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A Featured Profile of Ilyse Hogue

Ilyse Hogue is a nationally-recognized social change practitioner and expert in online engagement with a passion for progressive work. She has been president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since January 2013.

Ilyse Hogue has been the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since January 2013.

She is an expert in both electoral and advocacy campaigns who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America and She has worked to organize constituencies in service of social-justice outcomes from environmental sustainability to human rights to media reform and representation. In her six years at, Ilyse served as the director of communications and political advocacy, using cutting-edge online engagement strategies to mobilize around issues such as health care and financial reform, and to engage millions of Americans in grassroots lobbying and participation in federal elections. During Ilyse's time at MoveOn the organization grew by more than two million members. 

Ilyse is a frequent guest on network and cable news shows as an expert on the political and policy landscape for reproductive freedom. She writes regular commentary for and The Nation, and has had dozens of opinion pieces published in local and national outlets.

She is the co-founder of the Center for Story-Based Strategy, which works to amplify the impact of grassroots organizing with new strategy and training resources, values-based communications and narrative campaigning. Ilyse serves on the board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and on the editorial board for The Nation magazine, the country’s oldest progressive news publication. Ilyse holds a Master of Science in resource ecology management from the University of Michigan, where she studied the impact of resource constraints on politics and culture. Her Bachelor of Arts is from Vassar College.

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