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Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
At American Progress, we recognize and celebrate an undeniable truth: America’s greatness is defined by the collective strength and richness of its diversity. We strive to advance progressive values on nearly every possible front—and there are perhaps no more important values than expanding diversity, inclusion, and opportunity on behalf of every person who lives in our country.
As an institution, we cannot hope to solve the most pressing challenges confronting the nation unless we embrace the knowledge, experiences, and perspectives of people from across our society. That is why we are determined to build and foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.
American Progress continues to take definitive strides toward attracting and retaining talented employees who represent many different backgrounds. Yet, we also understand that there is much progress still to be made. The information provided below—which details the composition of American Progress’ staff and how we identify by race/ethnicity, gender, age, LGBTQ+, and disability status—is part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of transparency. We will continue our work to promote greater diversity and inclusion at every level of our organization.
Our diversity statistics as of January 31, 2021 are below. Our statistics for the prior year are available here.
All Staff, 2021
Race/Ethnicity
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021 (268 employees). Values may not add precisely due to rounding and may not total 100% due to a decline to answer rate of 3.7 percent. Some data hidden to protect individual privacy.
American Indian
Asian
Black
Latinx
Two or more
Staff of color
White
0.0%
3.4%
6.3%
5.2%
0.7%
15.6%
23.1%
Men
(data hidden)
6.7%
12.3%
6.0%
2.2%
27.6%
28.4%
Women


2.2% Decline to answer
44.8%
53.0%
White
Staff of color
Gender
3.7% Decline to answer
0.7% Nonbinary
Female
Male
39.2%
56.3%
(data hidden)
(data hidden)
(data hidden)
(data hidden)
(data hidden)
(data hidden)
0.8%
Nonbinary
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx
Asian
Two or more races
American Indian or Alaska Native
19.0%
11.9%
3.4%
10.1%
0.4%
All Staff by Generation
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021 (268 employees). Values may not add precisely due to rounding.
Millennials
(1981–1996)
Generation Z
(1997–2012)
Generation X
(1965–1980)
18.7%
66.4%
6.0%
Baby Boomers
(1946–1964)
8.6%
Silent Generation
(1925–1945)
0.4%
Staff of Color Diversity Trends
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021 (268 employees). Values are rounded.
Black or African
American
Hispanic or Latinx
Two or more races
Decline to answer (2.2%)
Asian
American Indian or
Alaska Native
2014
2021
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
+9.0
+6.9
+6.1
-1.6
+0.4
LGBTQ+ Status
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021. Values may not add precisely due to rounding.
Queer
Gay or Lesbian
Bisexual
Asexual


8.2% Decline to answer
17.9%
LGBTQ+
Non-LGBTQ+
73.9%
6.3%
7.1%
4.1%
0.4%
1.1% Transgender

Senior Management
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021 (43 employees). Values may not add
precisely due to rounding.
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
Senior Management: Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, and Executives
41.9%
58.1%
0.0%
0.0%
4.7%
4.7%
9.3%
9.3%
2.3%
7.0%
0.0%
2.3%
16.3%
23.3%
27.9%
32.6%
Female



18.6%
9.3%
9.3%
2.3%
39.5%
60.5%
White
Staff of color
Male
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx
Asian
Two or more races
American Indian
Asian
Black
Latinx
Two or more
Staff of color
White
Men
Women
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
Nonbinary
53.5%
White

Policy Teams
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021 (142 employees). Values may not add
precisely due to rounding.
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
14.8%
12.0%
4.9%
2.1% Decline to answer
12.0%
0.7%
33.1%
60.6%
44.4%
53.5%
5.6% Decline to answer
0.7% Nonbinary

White
Female
Staff of color
Male
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx
Asian
Two or more races
American Indian or Alaska Native


Non-Policy Teams
Statistics are as of January 31, 2021 (126 employees). Values may not add
precisely due to rounding.
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
23.8%
11.9%
1.6%
2.4% Decline to answer
2.4% Decline to answer
0.8% Nonbinary
7.9%
45.2%
52.4%
46.0%
50.8%
White
Female
Staff of color
Male
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx
Asian
Two or more races
Other ways we self-identify
Two or More RacesAdoptedMotherAmericanColombian AmericanWhite-Passing AsianBlackBlack/African American and GuamanianFamily MemberAsian/Asian AmericanPakistaniChristianSecularMulti-racialIrish-AmericanEnglishCatholicChicanoMuslimMiddle Eastern/North AmericanMarriedKrio-AmericanCaretakerPeace Corps VolunteerAtheistAfro-CaribbeanAfricanCuban • ChileanMixed RaceHispanic or LatinxMidwesternIndigenous Mexican AmericanKorean AmericanWorking MotherIndian AmericanWorking-Class FamilyAsian American, MixedHispanic/Latino/LatinxAsian AmericanCaucasian and Middle EasternMostly Irish American Western EuropeanAfro-Latino(a)BiracialAsianImmigrantParent of a Trans ChildCaucasianAfrican AmericanSouth AsianBlack or African AmericanLower Middle ClassFirst GenerationVeteranBaha’iTurkish AmericanLives With a DisabilityBlack Latino(a)WhiteJewishAfro-Latino(a)Chinese AmericanAAPI-Indian American
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