Executive Director

Matt Morrison

Executive Director

Matt Morrison

executive Director










Matt Morrison is the executive director of Working America, a three-million-member labor organization mobilizing working people who don’t have the benefit of a union at their jobs. He is a leading political practitioner with experience working in over 500 elections throughout his career. Most recently, Working America has achieved a 76 percent win rate in the 87 competitive elections it has worked in since November 2016.

The American Political Science Association has described Morrison's work as a “bedrock of experimentation in American politics” and recognized him as “influential on our understanding of political campaigns within political science” (2018).

In his earlier role as Working America’s political director, Morrison led the refinement of the organization’s field and member communications programs through the use of clinical testing and advanced analytics. Under his direction, Working America combines innovative integration of traditional field organizing with analytics to increase targeting accuracy and voter turnout for candidates who support a fair economy for working-class Americans.

Prior to joining Working America, Morrison served on John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, in the government affairs department of the American Federation of Teachers and on Capitol Hill in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.


The way to win centrist voters, working class voters, etc. isn’t a tact to the middle but to actually speak to their economic issues.
Matt Morrison
The Hill, "Dems must appeal to 'kitchen table issues' to win working-class voters, AFL-CIO affiliate says"

News Coverage


May 23, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle
View from outside California’s blue bubble: Trump could win re-election

May 23, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle's It's All Political Podcast
How Donald Trump Will Be Re-Elected

May 17, 2019
Los Angeles Times
Trump and Biden, potential 2020 rivals, both head to Pennsylvania, a key battleground

May 15, 2019
Matt Morrison on Morning Joe

March 15, 2019
The Hill
Dems must appeal to 'kitchen table issues' to win working-class voters, AFL-CIO affiliate says

March 6, 2019
How Donald Trump Played the (White) Race Card and Reshaped the Democratic Party

February 4, 2019
Huffington Post 
Democrats Want An Electable Nominee In 2020. They Just Don’t Know What That Means.

January 22, 2019
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Survey finds Eastern Iowa voters nervous

January 18, 2019
US News & World Report
The First Weekend of 2020


December 1, 2018
Star Tribune
Labor Ascendant at the Capitol

November 30, 2018
The Atlantic
Why Democrats’ Response to GM Matters

November 13, 2018
It wasn’t just Trump: How the DFL harnessed a massive get-out-the-vote effort to win the ’burbs

November 6, 2018
Al Jazeera English
Pre-Election Live Coverage with Matt Morrison and John Fredericks 

November 5, 2018
Daily Kos
Invest in Democracy, Not Just Elections

November 2, 2018
The Huffington Post 
Democrats Walloped Republicans In Health Care Ad Spending

October 31, 2018
The Huffington Post
Rust Belt Senate Seats Look Safely Democratic, Despite Trump’s 2016 Gains

October 28, 2018
Columbus Dispatch
Political Groups Mine Info About You to Get Your Vote

October 18, 2018
Why Politicians Don’t Always Listen To Political Scientists

September 24, 2018
The New York Times
The Best Way for Democrats to Win Working-Class Voters

September 7, 2018
The Atlantic 
What Liberal Organizers Are Seeing on the Ground in 2018
By Ronald Brownstein

July 31, 2018
The Young Turks 
Interview with Cenk Uygur

April 16, 2018
Demographic Change and Future Elections


November 3, 2017
Democrats still toxic in rural America 
By Kevin Robillard

November 3, 2017
U.S. News & World Report 
Still Stumped On Trump
By David Catanese

September 26, 2017
The Nation 
Democrats Must Stop Taking the Black Working Class for Granted
By Collier Meyerson

June 14, 2017
The Advocate 
How to Change Perceptions of Trans People in the Heartland
By Trudy Ring

June 23, 2017
The Advocate 
How to Get Republicans to Support Trans Right
By Nico Lang

June 20, 2017
The Laura Flanders Show 
Can Trump's Base Survive? Working America Surveys Ohio
Laura Flanders and Matt Morrison

February 22, 2017
The Hill 
How Democrats can rebuild a winning, multiracial coalition
By Matt Morrison

October 31, 2016
American Prospect 
How to Get White Workers to Vote for Clinton
By Justin Miller

October 28, 2016
How Labor Groups are Fighting Trump
By Marianne Levine

October 16, 2016
Ohio is One of the States Still Up for Grabs as Election Nears
By Asma Khalid

October 2, 2016
USA Today 
Data-driven doorknockers fan out through swing states
By Eliza Collins

July 25, 2016
Union Leaders Contend Clinton, Not Trump, Is True Champion Of The Middle Class
By Danielle Kurtzleben
July 3, 2016
Akron Beacon Journal 
Labor Union Works to Persuade Voters Door-to-Door
By Doug Livingston

April 7, 2016
In These Times Magazine 
Understanding What Makes Donald Trump Voters Tick: Is It Just Racism
By Ian Haney López and Matt Morrison 

January 29, 2016
NY Times Wonders How Union Members are Relating to Trump
By Michael Arria

January 29, 2016
Washington Examiner 
Trump has crossover appeal for Dems, liberals say
By Sean Higgins

January 29, 2016 
New York Times 
Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention
By Noam Scheiber