Sean McElwee

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Sean McElwee
Sean McElwee

1992/1993 (age 28–29)[1]
Alma materKing's College
Occupationdata scientist, progressive activist
Known forData for Progress
MovementAmerican progressivism

Sean McElwee (born 1992 or 1993) is an American policy advisor, data scientist, and activist. McElwee currently serves as the Executive Director of Data for Progress, a progressive think tank and polling firm he co-founded in 2018.

Early life and career[edit]

McElwee attended The King's College in New York City. After graduation, McElwee briefly worked at the Reason Foundation, and also held internships at CBS News and Salon.[2] McElwee later became a researcher the progressive think tank Demos.[3][4]

Political advocacy[edit]

McElwee gained national attention in 2018 for his support for the Abolish ICE movement.[5] In 2018, McElwee co-founded Data for Progress (DFP), a progressive think tank and polling firm.[6]


In 2018, McElwee was named one of the "Politico 50", a list of 50 individuals considered by the website Politico to have created an idea that is "driving politics". McElwee's work led to him being interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes, and also led to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to appear at one of McElwee's weekly happy hours.[1]

McElwee has contributed to The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vox, and The Washington Post.[4]


  1. ^ a b Malone, Clare (January 22, 2019). "The Young Left's Anti-Capitalist Manifesto". FiveThirtyEight.
  2. ^ Costa, Rebecca. "The Costa Report : Radio Archives : Week of Dec 7, 2015 : Sean..." Rebecca Costa. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  3. ^ Neason, Alexandria (2019-06-18). "Sean McElwee's media influence". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  4. ^ a b "Who We Are". Data For Progress. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  5. ^ "Voices on the left are rising in the US. Why aren't they in mainstream media?". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  6. ^ Brennan, Trip (2020-11-19). "Sean McElwee on How Data for Progress Operates". Blue Tent. Retrieved 2021-08-28.

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