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Liberal think tank names new president

Demos, a liberal-leaning think tank, named a new president on Monday.

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Heather McGhee will take helm of the group starting on March 10. She first joined Demos a decade ago and is its vice president of policy and outreach.

“I am honored that Demos’ board and staff have entrusted me with the leadership of this extraordinary organization at this moment,” McGhee said in a statement. “It’s true that a future progressive majority is emerging, but deep change is needed to ensure that the next generation has a meaningful say in our democracy and a chance in our economy. At a time when more Americans are demanding solutions to the inequality crisis, there’s simply no place I’d rather be.”

She replaces the outgoing Miles Rapoport, who is leaving to lead Common Cause, the prominent public interest group.

McGhee was deputy policy director for former Sen. John Edwards’s (D-N.C.) 2008 presidential campaign and was heavily involved in the think tank’s work in support of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

“Miles Rapoport had the vision to build an organization that could both change policy in the near-term and develop the ideas and leaders we need for the future,” said Amelia Warren Tyagi, Demos’s board chairwoman. “The board of directors recognized that we had the opportunity to turbocharge the progressive movement by naming Heather McGhee as our next president.”