Demos Staff and Fellows Available For Election Day Commentary

Release Date: 
November 5, 2012

NEW YORK – National public policy organization Demos announces experts available for commentary on and around Election Day 2012.  Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of three overarching goals, an equitable economy, inclusive democracy and a public sector that works for the common good. 

Demos experts including President Miles Rapoport and Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert are frequent guests on national television and radio shows, providing progressive analysis to the issues that matter this November, ranging from voter suppression and racial justice, to student debt and financial regulation.  

GENERALISTS:

  • Miles Rapoport has been President of Demos since 2001, previously serving as Secretary of the State of Connecticut from 1995-1998. As Secretary, he was an energetic advocate for a democracy leading efforts for voter registration, youth civic engagement, and campaign finance reform. Having overseen the state’s election administration, Rapoport is available to comment on election rules, voter suppression and intimidation as well Election Day challenges. Full bio and expert reel: http://bit.ly/TmFLWO
  • Heather C. McGhee is Demos’ Vice President of Policy and Outreach. 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. She is a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity and racial equity. Full bio and expert reel: http://bit.ly/R0RcGB

DEMOCRACY AND VOTING RIGHTS

  • Brenda Wright is the Vice President of Legal Strategies at Demos.  She has led many progressive legal and policy initiatives on voting rights, campaign finance reform, redistricting, election administration and other democracy and electoral reform issues.  She has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Randall v. Sorrell (campaign finance) and Young v. Fordice (voting rights) and testifies regularly before Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures. Full bio and expert reel: http://bit.ly/VkEGAe
  • Lisa Danetz is Senior Counsel at Demos. A voting rights and campaign finance lawyer, she addresses issues of inequality and fairness in elections. She is an expert on implementation of Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act, has worked cooperatively with and also litigated against states regarding implementation of the National Voter Registration Act, and has engaged in advocacy before Congress and federal executive offices on the issue.  Full bio: http://bit.ly/P64TEt
  • David Rubino is Counsel at Demos, focusing on litigation related to elections, with a particular emphasis on the National Voter Registration Act. Full bio: http://bit.ly/TDYmDo

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND INEQUALITY:

  • Bob Herbert joined Demos as Distinguished Senior Fellow after an 18-year career at The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist, writing about politics, urban affairs and social trends in a twice-weekly column. His work with Demos includes frequent commentary on poverty and the plight of the middle class. Full bio and expert reel: http://bit.ly/WcVIF3

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

SUSTAINABILITY AND GROWTH

  • J. Mijin Cha is a Senior Analyst at Demos. Working on key issues at the intersection of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, her research includes reports on the economic opportunity of renewables and the role of money in politics. She also writes about the ways in which the GDP inadequately measures critical economic indicators such as inequality and climate change. Full bio: http://bit.ly/QnwRcZ

GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR

  • Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow. He is the author of eight books, including the recent New York Times bestseller, Obama's Challenge: American's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency; The Squandering of America, which explores political roots of America's narrowing prosperity and the systemic risks facing the U.S. economy; and Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets. Full bio and expert reel: http://bit.ly/Qnx2EZ
  • Richard Brodsky is a former 14-term New York State Assemblyman from Westchester and Senior Fellow at Demos. He authored the historic 2009 Public Authorities Reform Act, a sweeping reform of all of New York’s 700 authorities. In the NYS Assembly, Richard chaired the Committee on Environmental Conservation creating New York’s Environmental Protection Fund, which has disbursed billions of dollars to preserve and restore the environment statewide. Full bio: http://bit.ly/tapWkj

For a full list of Demos experts, sortable by issue areas, please visit: www.demos.org/experts

To schedule conversations with Demos Staff and Fellows, please contact Demos Communications Director Elektra Gray at egray@demos.org or at 212 485 6014.