About Us

Common Good is a nonpartisan reform coalition with one basic goal—to restore the freedom of officials and citizens to use common sense. We propose practical, bold ideas to simplify bureaucratic structures so that Americans can roll up their sleeves and get things done. Common Good’s philosophy is based on a simple but powerful idea: People, not rules, make things happen.

Common Good was founded in 2002 by Philip K. Howard and respected thought leaders. Our Advisory Board includes former elected officials Bill Bradley, Alan Simpson, and Tom Kean. We work from New York and Washington, D.C.

Our People

Philip K. Howard
Chairman of the Board
Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling

Perry Golkin
CEO, PPC Enterprises

Anthony C. M. Kiser
President, The William & Mary Greve Foundation

John E. Messervey
Founder & CEO, National Family Business Council

James O’Shaughnessy
Chairman & CEO, O’Shaughnessy Asset Management

Alan Siegel
CEO, Siegelvision
Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Siegel+Gale

Scott F. Smith
Partner, Covington & Burling