David Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to study and strengthen civil society, and Better Angels, a nonpartisan network of scholars and leaders whose vision is to reunite America. He is the author of Fatherless America (1995), The Future of Marriage (2007), Thrift: A Cyclopedia (2008), and New York's Promise (2013). He is also the co-editor of nine books, the most recent of which is American Thrift: A Reader (2013).
A 2007 profile in USA Today describes him as making "a career of thinking about big issues" and describes the Institute for American Values as "a catalyst for analysis and debate among those with differing views." A 2012 profile in the Deseret News says: "A soft-hearted liberal raised in Mississippi and educated at Harvard, he started his career as a civil rights organizer and has since carved out a unique career cutting across ideological lines. He is one of America's most important liberal thinkers concerned about family issues."