Zachary Karabell is the founder of the Progress Network, a nonprofit media platform based at New America, which elevates the voices of thought leaders who articulate a more positive framework for viewing the world than that which often dominates news feeds. Zachary is also the president of River Twice Capital. From 2011-2013, he ran the River Twice Fund, an alternative fund focused on sustainability. Previously, he served as president of Fred Alger & Company and was head of Global Strategies at Envestnet.
Zachary is also an author, commentator, and historian who has written and spoken widely on history, economics, and international affairs. Zachary is a contributing editor at Politico and contributes to such publications as the Time Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Previously, he wrote the “The Edgy Optimist” column for Slate, Reuters, and The Atlantic. His books include Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power, The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World, and The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election, which won the 2000 Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for non-fiction book of the year. Zachary is also a commentator on CNBC, Fox Business, MSNBC, and hosts the Progress Network’s podcast, What Could Go Right?
Zachary sits on the boards of New America and PEN America. He earned a BA from Columbia University, an MPhil from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from Harvard University, where he studied US international relations during the Cold War.