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Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee

Heather C. McGhee (born August 18, 1988) is President of Demos, a public-policy organization working toward political and economic equality. In 2009, Heather co-chaired a task force within Americans for Financial Reform that helped shape provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2008, she served as deputy policy director for domestic and economic policy with the John Edwards Presidential Campaign.

Heather McGhee is a contributor to MSNBC, a member of the World Economic Forum, and serves on the boards of the Center for Working Families, the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation, and Consumer Reports.

Television Appearances

Heather McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her opinions, writing, and research have appeared in many outlets, as much as the New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill.

Awards & Accomplishments

McGhee has received the NYU’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award.

She is also one of The Root’s "23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know" and one of Grist’s "50 People You’ll Be Talking about in 2016."


Heather McGhee holds a B.A. in American studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley Law.


Citation Linkspeakerpedia.comHeather McGhee's Speakerpedia
Jan 22, 2016, 4:59 PM
Citation Linklinkedin.comHeather McGhee's LinkedInaccount.
Jul 28, 2016, 10:49 PM
Citation Linkdemos.orgHeather McGhee's website to DEMOS, the company of which she is the president for.
Jul 28, 2016, 10:46 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comHeather McGhee's primary Facebookaccount.
Jul 28, 2016, 10:55 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comChris Hayestalks to Heather McGhee about what she, as a Black woman, happens when a white man who admits to being prejudiced and wants to change
Aug 6, 2017, 2:34 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comAn insider's look at what happened when a caller named Garry admitted his racial bias and received a response from Heather McGhee about what he could do (via Upworthy)
Aug 6, 2017, 2:37 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comHeather McGhee joins Meet the Pressabout the Black Lives Mattermovement on the anniversary of the shooting of Mike Brown
Aug 6, 2017, 2:45 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comHeather McGhee on Real Time with Bill Maher  (May 15, 2015)
Aug 6, 2017, 2:47 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comHeather McGhee on Hardball with Chris Matthews: "This massive deal is not actually about trade."
Aug 6, 2017, 2:48 PM
Citation Linknytimes.comHeather McGhee's article in the New York Times : "Elections Have Become a Game for Billionaires" (February 25, 2016)
Aug 6, 2017, 2:49 PM
Citation Linkthenation.comHeather McGhee's article with Ian Haney-Lópezon  The Nation : "How Populists Like Bernie Sanders Should Talk About Racism" (January 28, 2016)
Aug 6, 2017, 2:50 PM
Citation Linkthehill.comHeather McGhee and Amy Traub's article on The Hill : "Executive order on federal contracting means real action on economic mobility" (January 29, 2014)
Aug 6, 2017, 2:52 PM
Citation Linktheroot.comThe Root's 2016 article: "23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know"
Aug 6, 2017, 2:53 PM
Citation Linkgrist.orgHeather McGhee was one of the 50 The Grist mentioned in their list, "50 People You'll Be Talking about in 2016"
Aug 6, 2017, 2:55 PM
Citation Linkmcsilver.nyu.eduHeather McGhee received the McSilver award in 2013
Aug 6, 2017, 3:04 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comHeather McGhee profile picture
Aug 6, 2017, 3:08 PM
Citation Linktwitter.comHeather McGhee's Twitteraccount.
Jul 28, 2016, 10:45 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comObama's Overtime Rule Explained
Jan 22, 2016, 4:59 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comAspen Ideas Offstage: Millennials and the American Workforce
Jan 22, 2016, 4:59 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comHeather McGhee's deliberation of DEMOS as the new president of the company.
Jul 28, 2016, 11:08 PM