A Rare Sight – Bipartisanship in Action

by Mark Edwards   •  

Since the launch of Opportunity Nation, we have held a steadfast belief that the most productive solutions to closing the opportunity gap in America will come from bipartisan collaboration and innovation.

Today is a milestone in that belief.

At a time when partisanship seems to have stalled progress on virtually every significant challenge facing America, Opportunity Nation announced today that former Director of the Obama Administration’s Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes, will join John Bridgeland, former Director of Domestic Policy for President George W. Bush as members of the Opportunity Nation Leadership Council.

We are extremely fortunate to count the chief domestic policy advisors to the last two Presidents of the United States as strategic advisors of our campaign.  Both Melody and John are visionaries who have a deep and committed passion to making our country a better place for all Americans.

Today, they published a joint op-ed in Politico articulating why the issue of economic mobility is a debate our country must have now, as well as and why they believe the Opportunity Nation campaign is the right catalyst for change at the right time.

The two rightly point out that “As this heated election continues, no political party has a monopoly on ideas to close the opportunity gap, [and we can not wait] for election returns to find innovative solutions to boost mobility.  It’s time to have a constructive conversation about these complex and related issues.” 

Melody and John join the 125 other national through-leaders who are a part of our Leadership Council; the nearly 250 partner organizations that make up our cross-sector coalition; the 100+ grassroots leaders part of our Opportunity Leaders and Scholars program; and thousands of concerned and engaged people like you who know how important it is to enhance opportunity in our country.

There’s a long road ahead in our pursuits to ensure that every American has access to the American Dream.  By continuing to work together in a bipartisan and collaborative way – the way that Melody and John and demonstrating – I know that we will be successful.

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards is the founder and co-chair of Opportunity Nation. Read Mark's bio.

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