Brad Rourke, Program Officer

Brad Rourke is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation and executive editor of National Issues Forums issue guides. His work includes studies of naming and framing issues in public terms and of how people make decisions and work together on shared challenges in communities.

Rourke has written and cowritten numerous articles and op-ed pieces, appearing in publications such as the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor. He contributed a chapter on the ethics of citizenship to Shades of Gray (Brookings Institution, 2002).
Rourke has been a Kettering associate since 2005. Prior to joining the foundation, Rourke was president of a public issues firm serving the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, founder and publisher of local online news source Rockville Central, director of external initiatives at The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, and vice president for public policy at the Institute for Global Ethics. He has served on the staffs of then-controller of California Gray Davis and Congresswoman Jane Harman.

Rourke received a BA in comparative literature from UC Berkeley and an MPA from American University.