Today, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas President Andrei Cherny and Editor Michael Tomasky announce the hiring of Diana Rogalle to the position of Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. Rogalle, with extensive experience in progressive and Democratic fund-raising, will lead the journal’s effort to expand its donor base and raise its profile.
“I’m thrilled to have Diana joining us,” Tomasky said. “She has exactly the perfect combination of contacts and experience to help us get to a new phase. In our thirteen years, we’ve established ourselves as an intellectual leader on the broad liberal-left. Now we want to become a convener as well, bringing together journalists, social scientists, policy-makers, and politicians to chart out the future, both in our pages and in a range of public venues.”
“I’m very excited about this,” said Rogalle. “Democracy occupies a vital place in the progressive infrastructure—it’s our side’s ideas factory, and we won’t win anything without good ideas. But we also need to promote those ideas to the widest possible audience to maximize their influence. And that’s what I’m here to do.”
Rogalle, a Michigan native, has been a leading fundraiser for Democratic candidates and liberal groups for two decades. In 2005, she founded The Ashmead Group, a boutique political consulting firm. Her candidate roster has included Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Maria Cantwell, and Debbie Stabenow. Groups for which she’s raised money include Planned Parenthood, Priorities USA, and the Alliance for Climate Action.
“From our beginnings, we’ve believed that it’s vital to not just put forward big new ideas but push them forward as well — to get them noticed, debated, discussed, and ultimately accepted,” Cherny said. “Today that work is more important than ever, and we’re excited that Diana will be working with everyone at Democracy to take it to the next level.”
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas was founded in 2006 by Cherny and Kenneth Baer as a venue for progressive argument and ideas. Its editorial committee includes such figures as E.J. Dionne Jr., Robert Reich, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Melody Barnes. It is a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC.