Jay Harris is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, and the former publisher of The American Prospect.
From 1991 to 2009, Jay was the president and publisher of Mother Jones, the investigative news organization.
Most recently, Jay has been a media consultant and the director of the We the People Campaign, a project, started with Jim Hightower and Katrina vanden Heuvel, to fight the dominance of corporate influence in elections and policy. As a consultant to independent media brands, Jay has specialized in strategy for organizations with “hybrid” business models—ones that support journalistic missions through a combination of commercial and philanthropic revenues.
Jay is the president of the board of the Public Intelligence Foundation (publishers of the Hightower Lowdown) and serves on the board of the First Amendment Coalition and the communications advisory board of Human Rights Watch. He lives in San Francisco.