Michael Waldman is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. The Center is one of the nation’s leading legal voices on election law, Constitutional law, government reform and racial justice. In 2008 it protected the voting rights of at least 500,000 citizens. The Boston Globe called the Center “indispensable." Waldman has led the Center since 2005.
Waldman was Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995–99, serving as Assistant to the President. He was responsible for writing or editing nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union speeches and two Inaugural Addresses. He was Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination from 1993-95. As the top White House policy aide on campaign finance reform, he drafted the Clinton administration's public financing proposal.
Waldman is the author of several books, including My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America’s Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama (Sourcebooks, 2003 and 2010); A Return to Common Sense (Sourcebooks 2008); POTUS Speaks (Simon & Schuster, 2000); and Who Robbed America? A Citizens' Guide to the S&L Scandal (Random House, 1990).
Waldman appears frequently on television and radio to discuss public policy, the presidency and the law. Appearances include Good Morning America; PBS Newshour, CBS Evening News; the O'Reilly Factor; Nightline; 60 Minutes; Hardball with Chris Matthews; CNN’s Crossfire; the Dylan Ratigan Show ; color commentary on NBC (State of the Union) and ABC (Obama inaugural); NPR’s Morning Edition; All Things Considered; Fresh Air; Diane Rehm and many other programs. He writes frequently for publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Slate and Democracy.
Prior to his government service, Waldman was the executive director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, then the capital's largest consumer lobbying office (1989–92). He was a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001–03), teaching courses on political reform, public leadership and communications. He was a partner in a litigation law firm in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Waldman spent the majority of his childhood in Great Neck, New York. In 1990 he married Elizabeth Fine, currently the general counsel to the New York City Council and previously the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the United States during the Clinton administration. Together, they have three children; Benjamin was born in 1993, Susannah in 1995, and Joshua in 1997. Waldman and his family currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.
- "Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law"
- Stengel, Andrew M. (November 25, 2008). "Hearing on Voting Registration and Election Resolutions". Testimony before the Committee on Government Operations, New York City Council. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Editorial (October 21, 2008). "Won't Get Fooled Again". "The Boston Globe". Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Waldman, Michael. “Staff Biography" Brennan Center for Justice. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Interview (September 2000). "The Clinton Years". "PBS Frontline". Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Waldman, Michael (2000). “POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words that Defined the Clinton Presidency". Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0020-9. 1st edition.
- Waldman, Michael (2010). “My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama". Sourcebooks. ISBN 1-4022-4367-7.
- Waldman, Michael (2008). A Return to Common Sense. Sourcebooks. ISBN 1-4022-1365-4.
- Waldman, Michael (2000). POTUS Speaks Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0020-9, 1st edition.
- Waldman, Michael (1990). Who Robbed America? A Citizens' Guide to the S&L Scandal Random House. ISBN 0-679-73482-1, 1st edition.
- "Public Citizen's Congress Watch"
- "The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy: Spring 2001 Visiting Faculty
- New York University School of Law. “Michael Waldman: Alumnus of the Month". Retrieved November 23, 2010.