Steve Cobble: PDA’s Guiding Light. Rest In Peace
Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team
Steve Cobble Presente!
We are heartbroken to announce that PDA’s Political Director and Co-Founder Steve Cobble died on Friday.
Steve’s accomplishments are legendary: a George McGovern delegate in 1972 at age 20, a top aide for Jesse Jackson’s 1988 campaign, a political consultant with the African National Congress in its first post-Apartheid election, and the architect of PDA’s RunBernieRun campaign that successfully drafted Bernie Sanders to run for President as a Democrat in 2016.
Along the way, Steve co-founded Progressive Democrats of America, supporting his longtime friend Tim Carpenter.
Steve’s knowledge of, and insight into, American politics was unrivaled. He wrote for The Nation, The Progressive, and countless other journals. He taught and did research at the Institute for Policy Studies and The Harvard Institute of Politics. He mentored generations of activists and organizers.
Yet, if you knew Steve, none of his accomplishments, or his renown, ever interfered with how he engaged with people. Steve Cobble was one of the most generous, kind, humorous, and welcoming people you could ever meet. In this, as much as his intellectual prowess, he has been and will always be PDA’s guiding light.
Steve’s commitment to progressive principles were inseparable from his generosity of spirit and his love of people.
We love you, Steve Cobble. You’ll always be with us.