Author. Adviser. Policymaker. Coalition-Builder.
Justin Talbot Zorn has served as both a policymaker and a meditation teacher in the US Congress. On Capitol Hill, he served as Legislative Director to three Members of Congress. As a writer, he has been a contributor to publications including Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Wired, The Nation, The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, and CNN. His book, with Leigh Marz—Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise—was published with HarperCollins in the US and Penguin in the UK, translated into 13 other languages, and reached the top ten bestsellers list on the Audible charts in the US.
Justin is a Senior Adviser to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a strategic adviser for a variety of mission-driven businesses, think tanks, and advocacy groups. In his policy and communications work, Justin specializes in climate, innovation, manufacturing, and economic competitiveness. He has organized ideologically diverse coalitions in business and government to support policy reforms to allow Net Metering and Community Solar, to increase funding for election administration, and to increase federal investments in translational research focused on clean energy, health, and climate adaptation. He frequently gives workshops on writing and communications as well as lectures on public policy issues in Congress, leading universities, think tanks, private sector firms.
Justin helped to launch and lead a first-of-its-kind mindfulness program in the US House of Representatives, bringing together people from across the political spectrum to do the work of finding greater calmness and insight. He holds graduate degrees in international relations and public policy from Oxford University and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.