Ilyse Hogue

President of NARAL Pro-Choice America

Ilyse Hogue is a nationally recognized social change practitioner and expert in online engagement with a passion for progressive work. In January 2013, Ilyse was named president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, succeeding Nancy Keenan. Ilyse has worked for and with a multitude of progressive organizations, and most recently served as co-director of Friends of Democracy, a 2012 initiative to build political power around the issue of money in politics.

Previously she was a senior adviser to Media Matters for America, where she focused on advocacy programs to undercut the power of right-wing media. From 2006–2011, Ilyse served as director of political advocacy and communications for MoveOn.org.

In her time at MoveOn, she was responsible for shaping political strategy and developing communications initiatives to give the organization’s five million members a voice in Washington. Ilyse is an expert in both electoral and advocacy campaigns, and she mobilized MoveOn members and worked closely with leaders in Congress and the White House to advocate for progressive legislation on financial regulatory reform and health care. In these capacities, she has served as a spokesperson to the media, frequently analyzing breaking news on both television and in print.

Before joining MoveOn, Ilyse was program director at the Rainforest Action Network, where she spent six years pioneering and implementing corporate advocacy campaigns. She received the Business Ethics Network Award in 2005 for her work in the financial sector. This work included a campaign that moved more than 60 multinational banks to adopt the Equator Principles, a groundbreaking framework of environmental standards for private investment. These principles led to a host of voluntary initiatives in the U.S. banking sector, including action by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Ilyse was the chief negotiator in each of those agreements and worked to market them to a spectrum of constituencies, from institutional investors to environmental NGOs. She has lectured on this work at Yale and Columbia, and in 2005 a Harvard Business School case study was written about it.

She has been a frequent speaker and writer about issues ranging from political and social movements to impacts of legislation on specific constituencies to electoral dynamics. Her recent focus has been on women's issues. She’s been a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC. She also writes opinion pieces for CNN and has a regular column in the Nation. Ilyse has travelled extensively and works with emerging democratic movements keen to have a voice in their governing institutions.

Ilyse is the co-founder of the smartMeme Strategy and Training Project, which amplifies the impact of grassroots organizing with new strategy and training resources, values-based communications, collaborations and meme campaigning. Ilyse serves on the boards of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Public Campaign and Story of Stuff.

Ilyse holds a master’s degree in resource ecology management from the University of Michigan, where she studied the impact of resource constraints in politics and culture. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

Twitter handle: 
@ilyseh; @NARAL

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good