Center for American Progress

In Brief:

A large, multi-issue think tank that develops, disseminates, and advocates for ideas by blending policy development, multi-media communications, and a long-term progressive vision into its operations. CAP’s model of convening others, generating content, and spreading its innovative policy solutions helps amplify its messaging and framing, as well as integrates the work of key movement organizations across America.


The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Its aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Our values

America should be a land of boundless opportunity, where people can climb the ladder of economic mobility. CAP is built on the belief that we owe it to future generations to protect the planet and promote peace and shared global prosperity.

And CAP believes an effective government can earn the trust of the American people, champion the common good over narrow self-interest, and harness the strength of our diversity.


CAP develops new policy ideas, challenges the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shapes the national debate. With policy teams in major issue areas, CAP can think creatively at the cross-section of traditional boundaries to develop ideas for policymakers that lead to real change. By employing an extensive communications and outreach effort that we adapt to a rapidly changing media landscape, it moves its ideas aggressively in the national policy debate.

The Resistance

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Center for American Progress Action Fund continue to be a central policy and communications resource for the progressive movement. On health care, tax cuts, judicial nominations, and other central policy fights, CAP and CAP Action are arming resistance groups with congressional district-level data analysis, talking points, and fact sheets, to hold their legislators accountable. They have also built a storybank to lift up and tell the personal stories that can move elected officials and public sentiment on many of the issues currently under attack, including climate change and the environment, LGBTQ equality, abortion and reproductive access, workers’ rights and organizing, and criminal justice reform.