Ady Barkan

Founder & Co-Executive Director, Be A Hero


Ady Barkan was the founding director of two major projects at the Center for Popular Democracy: Local Progress and the Fed Up campaign. Local Progress is a network of over 700 progressive local elected officials dedicated to shared prosperity, equal justice, sustainable and livable cities, and government that serves the public interest. Fed Up is a national campaign for full employment and a reformed Federal Reserve. Ady is now focused on strengthening America’s health care system and inspiring millions of Americans to take back our democracy. Before joining CPD, Ady worked at Make the Road New York, where he represented low-wage workers seeking to recover unpaid wages, engage in collective action, and obtain safe and dignified working conditions. He graduated from Yale Law School and Columbia College.