Philip K. Howard

"This is a real wake-up call from one of America's finest public minds."

- Bill Bradley

"Mr. Howard's argument is fresh, reflecting an impressive combination of wisdom, wry humor, and quiet passion ... When we think about 'reinventing government,' it's a good place to start."

- New York Times Book Review

Howard is on to something ... [He] makes his case through anecdotes, and he packs some powerful ones.

- Washington Post

Philip K. Howard is a leader of government and legal reform in America. His latest book is Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left (W.W. Norton & Company, January 2019). His 2010 Ted Talk has been viewed over 650,000 times.

Philip is also the author of the best-seller The Death of Common Sense (Random House, 1995), The Collapse of the Common Good (Ballantine Books, 2002), Life Without Lawyers (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009), and The Rule of Nobody (W.W. Norton & Company, 2014). He writes periodically for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. He was a member of President Trump’s CEO council, advising on infrastructure, and regularly testifies before Congress.

In 2002, Philip formed Common Good, a nonpartisan national coalition dedicated to restoring common sense to America. His 2015 report “Two Years, Not Ten Years” delineated the economic and environmental costs of delayed infrastructure approvals, and has been endorsed by leaders of both major political parties.

The son of a minister, Philip got his start working summers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner and has been active in public affairs his entire adult life. He is a prominent civic leader in New York City and has advised national political leaders on legal and regulatory reform for fifteen years, including Vice President Al Gore and numerous governors. He is Senior Counsel at the law firm Covington & Burling, LLP. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School, and lives in Manhattan with his wife Alexandra. They have four children.

Read more on Common Good’s website here.

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