Global Progressive Hub (GPH) seeks to build a stronger U.S. activist base for progressive global values that promote a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Founded in June 2015, GPH brings together leaders across the movement to develop and implement strategies that promote a new conversation about the U.S. role in the world; increase coordination and engagement with international allies; and deepen diverse U.S. initiatives for progressive globalism.
Jeff Blum is a leader of the Center for International Policy Common Defense Campaign, helping progressive organizations and activists to integrate foreign policy issues into their program activities. In that role, he serves as director of the Progressive Global Strategy Project. Blum was the founding executive director of USAction, a national citizen activist organization, and led the organization from 1999 – 2013. He was a founding leader of Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (2007) and a leader of the Pentagon Budget Campaign (2013-14). He was a founder and co-chair of Health Care for America Now, a 1000-organization coalition supporting national health care from 2007-2013.
As founding executive director of Pennsylvania Public Interest Coalition/Pennsylvania Citizen Action, he led efforts to end Contra aid and to divest state assets from South Africa (1987-89). He led reform of the state’s public utility code and passage of the state’s first public transit tax and Toxic Chemical Right to Know law. He has served on the boards of Citizens for Tax Justice, Americans United to Preserve Social Security, and the Citizen/Labor Energy Coalition. He was a founder of a Jewish social advocacy foundation.
Michelle has helped manage a wide range of global issue campaigns and coalitions over the last decade and a half. Most recently prior to PGSP she co-founded the Online Progressive Engagement Network, an alliance of the world’s leading national digital campaigning organizations.
As Outreach Director for the ONE Campaign (2005-08), she played a key role in growing the campaign from its initial 11 founding partners to a coalition of over 170 major non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations and transitioning the initiative into an independent organization with more than 2.5 million members. Following ONE, she served as International Campaigns Manager for the Global Campaign for Education (2008-11) (an alliance of over 1000 NGOs and teachers’ unions) where she led their work in G20 countries and drove several major campaigns such as 1GOAL, a multi-sector initiative backed by FIFA which generated over 18 million supporters worldwide. And as Outreach Director of the US Climate Action Network (2011-12) she coordinated the engagement of CAN’s members, allies and constituencies. She worked as Constituency Outreach Director for the Kerry Campaign in Oregon, on grassroots advocacy projects in India, Uganda, Ecuador, Indonesia and Mexico and founded the Student Trade Justice Campaign. Michelle did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Ben Armbruster is the Communications Director for the Global Progressive Hub. He has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of politics, foreign policy and media, most recently playing a pivotal communications role in the domestic campaign to support the Iran nuclear agreement. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from Ohio University and a master of arts in international relations from King’s College London. Ben previously held senior editorial and management positions at Media Matters, ThinkProgress and ReThink Media.