Lew Daly is a Senior Policy Analyst and Special Advisor for Policy Development. Previously, he was Director of Policy and Research, and Director of the Sustainable Progress Initiative. In his current role, Lew is leading Demos’ work at the intersection of climate policy and racial equity, managing research and policy development in support of state and local coalitions and campaigns, as well as advising on federal policies for equitable carbon pricing and other approaches. He serves on the steering committee and the policy committee of the NY Renews Coalition. Lew previously led Demos’ Beyond GDP project, a multi-year campaign to advance alternative indicators of well-being and sustainability in federal and state-level governance in the United States. From 2007-2011, he was a Demos Senior Fellow and then Director of the Fellows Program. Among other Demos reports, he is the author (with Stephen Posner) of Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy, as well as a companion report, What is Our Public GDP? Valuing Government in the Twenty-First Century Economy. Lew has worked internationally as a member of Global Well-Being Lab and as an advisor to the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation in South Africa. He was an expert advisor to the Santa Monica Well-Being Project in 2015.
In addition to his program work, Lew writes on religion, economic policy, and welfare state development. His recent books include (with Gar Alperovitz) Unjust Deserts: How the Rich are Taking our Common Inheritance (The New Press), which proposes a new theory of distributive justice for the era of the knowledge economy, and God's Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State (University of Chicago Press), a comparative study of religion and social policy in Europe and the United States. He is also the author of God and the Welfare State (The MIT Press), and has published articles, reviews, and commentary in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Newsweek, Democracy, Policy Review, Boston Review, Commonweal, Dissent, Tikkun, and many other publications. His ideas have been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, The Weekly Standard, and the Nation, among other publications. Lew is a frequent guest on radio programs, and he co-edited a series of on-line forums with The Democratic Strategist. In 2012-2013, he was chief editorial consultant to the Economic Crisis Study Team of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Lew was previously a fellow of the Schumann Center for Media & Democracy, where he worked closely with then-president Bill Moyers on special projects, and he was a research fellow of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland from 2002-2005. In the mid-1990s, he did pastoral work in a federal prison as well as community organizing on labor issues. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and advanced degrees from Brown University, the University at Buffalo, and Union Theological Seminary. With his wife Pam Rehm and their children Nate and Cora, he lives in the West Harlem neighborhood of upper Manhattan