About Progressive Majority Action

Progressive Majority Action Fund is a nonprofit advocacy group that helps turn grassroots activists into progressive champions. Our goal is to transform American politics from the grassroots up, to promote equity and justice, and to restore the American Dream.

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Gloria Totten is the founder and President of the Progressive Majority Action Fund, as well as Progressive Majority and the Public Leadership Institute. For more than 20 years she has directed political nonprofits and led advocacy and electoral campaigns on the federal, state, and local levels.

Gloria was recruited to build Progressive Majority in 2001 to help elect progressive candidates at all levels of government. Beginning in 2004, 

Progressive Majority’s mission shifted to focus on the state and local levels, helping to elect hundreds of candidates and building up a progressive “farm team” across the nation. Under Gloria’s leadership, the organization has developed into the most comprehensive national progressive candidate recruitment program in the country. Previously, beginning in 1996, Gloria served as political director of NARAL where she oversaw the organization's electoral and grassroots work and managed its 27 state affiliates. She oversaw the development of the organization's first nationwide pro-choice voter file, and devised all of NARAL's advocacy campaigns, including numerous ballot initiative campaigns, legislative battles, and the Stop Ashcroft! campaign in 2001.

Gloria first worked with NARAL as the executive director of Maryland NARAL from 1993-1996. During her tenure, she was the organization's chief lobbyist and strategist, chairperson for the state pro-choice coalition, director of the political action committee, and was responsible for raising the annual operating and program budgets. Earlier, Gloria worked as the education director for Pro-Choice Resources, as president and lobbyist for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and as a grassroots organizer on campaigns from the presidential to mayoral levels.

Currently, Gloria serves as chair of the board of directors for Brave New Films and is a board member for PAC+ and the New American Leaders Project. She is an Advisory Committee Member for the Drum Major Institute Scholars Program, ProgressNow, Wellstone Action, the Women's Information Network, and the State Innovation Exchange. Gloria was named a “Rising Star of Politics” in 2002 by Campaigns & Elections magazine and was awarded the “Progressive Champion Award” by Campaign for America’s Future and the “Progressive Leadership Award” by Midwest Academy in 2006. She is co-author of Voicing Our Values: A message guide for candidates and lawmakers.

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Bernie Horn, Senior Advisor for the Progressive Majority Action Fund and the Public Leadership Institute, has worked in politics for more than 25 years as a lawyer, lobbyist, political consultant, policy director, and communications trainer.

Bernie is the author of Framing the Future: How Progressive Values Can Win Elections and Influence People, published in 2008 by Berrett-Koehler, and co-author of Voicing Our Values: A message guide for candidates and lawmakers, published in 2012 and updated in 2014. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, working on domestic policy and message framing. Between 2000 and 2008, Bernie was Senior Director for Policy and Communications at the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA). Among other things, he wrote CPA’s flagship policy books: eight editions of the Progressive Agenda for the States and two editions of the Progressive Platform for the States. While at CPA, he taught message framing to hundreds of elected officials and candidates.

From 1994 to 2000, Bernie was President of Strategic Campaign Initiatives, Inc., a political consulting firm that helped elect and reelect hundreds of federal, state and local officials.  Additionally, he helped win issue campaigns for increased gun control, tobacco taxes and health care, and against casino gambling and restrictions on abortion. Between 1988 and 1994, Bernie directed legislative strategy in all state legislatures for Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), and served as one of the chief lobbyists for the Brady Bill, drafted and lobbied for the federal ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, and conceived the federal ban on handgun sales to minors. Earlier, he was a campaign manager and issues director for congressional campaigns. Bernie is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the Georgetown University Law Center.

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