Markle Initiatives and a History of Impact

For more than a decade, Markle’s work has addressed previously intractable public problems in health and national security.  Recently, we launched a new initiative focusing on economic security for all Americans. With all of its initiatives, Markle’s task forces are at the center of its approach, bringing together some of the nation’s foremost leaders. They bring their expertise in business, government, technology, privacy, civil liberties, health, national security and economic security to solve some of our country’s most pressing challenges.

Markle Economic Future Initiative

Americans live in an age of unprecedented economic and social change. The forces of globalization and technology are gradually displacing older patterns of economic and social life in America. Yet with all of the advances that make our lives easier in many ways, Americans increasingly feel left out, left behind, and worried about the future. Faith in the American Dream is dwindling, as more than 60% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. The core purpose of Markle’s newest task force is to enable Americans to flourish in a global networked economy, inspiring renewed faith in the American Dream.


Convening civic leaders, business leaders, technology innovators and academics, the Markle Economic Future Initiative seeks to promote a new vision of today’s path to the American Dream. America is still the most innovative and flexible nation on earth. We have tremendous talent, resources and experience.  But we are falling increasingly behind other countries on measures that matter a great deal.  Before we lose the ability to surge ahead we must make a serious commitment to preserving our nation, our middle class and our hope for a great future. Blazing a fresh path for realization of the American Dream will require accelerating innovations that can open opportunities for millions of Americans to build businesses, and develop the knowledge and skills to connect them to work.


Co-chaired by Markle President Zoë Baird and Starbucks President and CEO Howard Schultz.

Markle Connecting for Health

Anticipating and accelerating the digital transformation of the health care sector, the Markle Connecting for Health collaborative identified how information technology (IT) can be applied toward improving health and the quality and cost effectiveness of health care. The task force developed a foundational policy and technology architecture for best practices in creating an information sharing environment and produced recommendations on overcoming some of the most stubborn impediments to information exchange between and among medical professionals and consumers. These solutions have since been incorporated into federal policies, including the landmark health IT regulations developed as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as by numerous public and private sector entities across the country. In addition, the task force conceived of the Blue Button, a simple but effective tool enabling millions of Americans to securely download, view, and transmit their personal health information, and thereby assume more active engagement in their own care. Signaling the strong consumer demand for access to personal health information, the Blue Button is now in use by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and several major insurers and pharmacies nationwide.


Chaired by Markle Managing Director Carol Diamond.

Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

As the U.S. began to confront the new, complex threats of a post-9/11 world, the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age convened to address how to transform the intelligence community to address terrorism and other dangers. The task force developed new business models to show how information technology and new business models can be deployed to strengthen national security while at the same time protect traditional civil liberties. The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age created a vision of a collaborative environment where information is shared among those at the edges and with policy makers whose mission it is to protect the U.S. In its reports, the task force explored how an information sharing network could allow for the creation of ad-hoc teams to quickly share, analyze, and collaborate around flows of data and new insights to develop a more agile response to prevent terrorism. The task force conceived a comprehensive policy and technology architecture that could facilitate the necessary interactions and collaborations. The task force’s recommendations and numerous reports informed the 9/11 Commission Report and were embraced in the Intelligence Reform & Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the Protect America Act of 2007.


Co-chaired by Markle President Zoë Baird and former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale.