Heather C. McGhee is the Director of the Washington office of Demos, a New York-based public policy center. Demos blends research, advocacy and communications in the pursuit of three overarching goals: a more equitable economy with opportunity for all; a more robust democracy in which all Americans are empowered to participate, and strong public sector that can provide for our common interests and shared needs.
As Director, Heather develops and executes strategy for increasing the organization's impact on federal policy debates on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity and financial regulation, trade and globalization. She is also a frequent commentator in print, radio and television news. In 2010, she became a contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV. She is also a frequent guest on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She is the co-author of a chapter on retirement insecurity in the book Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences (New Press, 2005).
In 2009, she co-chaired a task force within Americans for Financial Reform that helped shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2008, she served as the Deputy Policy Director in charge of Domestic and Economic Policy with the John Edwards for President campaign, helping craft that campaign's agenda-setting policies to end poverty, halt global climate change, reform financial services, and other far-reaching aims.
She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.