The Inexhaustible Optimist: Meet Heather McGhee, President of Demos

August 1, 2017 | mm La Fleur |

Heather McGhee became the president of Demos, a New York-based think tank focused on creating a democracy where all people have an equal chance in our economy, when she was just 33 years old (she turned down the job at least five times, she says, before her colleagues finally convinced her to take it). You might recognize her from TV, or this surprising video that went viral last December; it features a man named Garry Civitello who contacted Heather on C-Span to ask for advice on getting over his racism. Here, she talks early career frustrations, finding her footing at Demos, and how she dresses when she knows she already stands out.