The Book

Heather’s first book is now available to pre-order!

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The Sum of Us

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

A powerful new exploration of the self-destructive bargain of racism and its rising cost to all of us — including white people — from one of today's most insightful and influential thinkers.
One World / Penguin Random House 2021

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About

Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America.

About Heather

Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America.

Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her upcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together is now available for pre-order from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” reached 1 million views in just two months online. In the coming year, she will launch two original podcasts on the economy and on how to create cross-racial solidarity in challenging times.

As an NBC News Political Analyst, Heather regularly elevates the concerns of working families on shows including “Meet the Press”. She has testified in Congress, drafted legislation, and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that won changes to improve the lives of millions. For nearly two decades, Heather helped build the non-partisan "think and do" tank Demos, serving four years as president.

Heather graduated from Yale University and University of California Berkeley School of Law, and has an honorary degree from Muhlenberg College. She is the chair of the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and volunteers for numerous other boards in the fields of philanthropy and social justice. She lives in Brooklyn with her urbanist husband, an eighteen year-old cat and a chatty toddler.

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Heather is developing two original podcasts to launch later in 2020. Sign up to be the first to have a chance to subscribe!

Podcast Appearances

All Ears with Abigail Disney

Heather McGhee: The Hierarchy of Human Value

All Ears with Abigail Disney

Heather McGhee: The Hierarchy of Human Value

The Next Move Hosted by George Goehl

Government For All Of Us with Heather McGhee

The Next Move Hosted by George Goehl

Government For All Of Us with Heather McGhee

Pod Save America

Juneteenth

Pod Save America

Juneteenth

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd

Heather McGhee

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd

Heather McGhee

Sojourners - The Soul of The Nation With Jim Wallis

Why Racism Still Makes Sense to White People

Sojourners - The Soul of The Nation With Jim Wallis

Why Racism Still Makes Sense to White People

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

The Cost of Division with Heather McGhee

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

The Cost of Division with Heather McGhee

Writing & Research

Movement-Builders

Heather serves with key organizations building a movement for equality, chief among them Color of Change and Demos.

color of change

Heather is the Board Chair for Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization helping people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.

Heather is the past president and now Trustee Emeritus at Demos. Demos is a dynamic “think-and-do” tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy. Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity.

Heather@HeatherMcGhee.com
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