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Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America.

About Heather

Heather Is The Immediate Past President And Now Distinguished Senior Fellow Of Demos...

Heather is the Distinguished Senior Fellow and immediate past president at Demos, a nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank that powers the movement for a just and inclusive multiracial democracy. As an NBC News Political Analyst, Heather regularly elevates the concerns of working families on shows including “Meet the Press” and “Real Time with Bill Maher”. She has testified in Congress, drafted legislation, and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that won changes to improve the lives of millions.

Her upcoming book, The Sum of Us, is available for pre-order now from One World, an imprint of Random House. She will anchor two original podcasts later in 2020. 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 philanthropy and social justice. She lives in Brooklyn with her urbanist husband, an eighteen year-old cat and a chatty toddler.

The Book

Heather’s first book is now available for 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

Pre-order now at participating retailers.

Moments

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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

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

Ezra Klein Show

“Heather McGhee on What Democrats Get Wrong about Racism”

Ezra Klein Show

“Heather McGhee on What Democrats Get Wrong about Racism”

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Interview with Heather McGhee, November 2018

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Interview with Heather McGhee, November 2018

“The Wilderness” by Jon Favreau

How can Democrats build a multiracial coalition...

“The Wilderness” by Jon Favreau

How can Democrats build a multiracial coalition...

Pod Save America

August 28, 2017

Pod Save America

August 28, 2017

Ezra Klein Show

“Heather McGhee Returns to Talk Trump, Race and Empathy”

Ezra Klein Show

“Heather McGhee Returns to Talk Trump, Race and Empathy”

Sunstorm

With Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo January 2019

Sunstorm

With Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo January 2019

Writing & Research

Movement-Builders

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

Heather is the Distinguished Senior Fellow 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.

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.

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