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Demos Welcomes New Fellows: Michael Edwards, Beth Shulman, Deborah Stone, and Jared Duval

New York, NY — Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action, a national, non-partisan public policy research and advocacy center, is pleased to announce the addition of four new members of its fellows program who are also developing new books under the Demos Books Project:

MICHAEL EDWARDS joins Demos as a Distinguished Senior Fellow working on issues of philanthropy, civil society and global problem-solving. Edwards is an independent writer and activist based in upstate New York who is affiliated with the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK.

From 1999 to 2008 he was the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program in New York, having previously worked for the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington DC, London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi, and India. In 2008, Demos and the Young Foundation in the UK published Edwards' new book Just Another Emperor: The Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism.

BETH SHULMAN joins Demos as a Senior Fellow working on issues of employment, poverty and economic justice. She is the author of The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans (Fall 2003, The New Press), a revealing examination of low wage work in the United States. She is now working on a new book, Building a Good Jobs Nation, about the imperative for creating good jobs in the United States and the choices we can make to fulfill that goal. Shulman currently co-chairs the Fairness Initiative on Low-Wage Work, a project to increase public awareness about the problems of low-wage work and the need for policy change to respond to this issue and works with the Russell Sage Foundations Social Inequality and Future of Work Projects.

Previously she was a Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and an adjunct professor at the School of Business and Public Management at The George Washington University. She began her career as a civil rights lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee focusing on employment discrimination and school desegregation cases.

DEBORAH STONE joins Demos as a Senior Fellow working on issues of governance and civic engagement. She is the author of the recent book The Samaritan's Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? (Nation Books, Summer 2008), which documents Americans' everyday altruism, and shows why taking altruism seriously is the first step to reviving American democracy so as to restore Americans' faith in the quest for social justice, freedom and equality through government.

Stone is also a Research Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and a founding editor of The American Prospect. She is the author of three previous books, including Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision-Making, which has been translated into five languages and won the Aaron Wildavsky Award from the American Political Science Association for its enduring contribution to policy studies. She has taught at M.I.T. and Brandeis University, and as a visitor at Yale, Tulane, University of Bremen, Germany, and National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. Her essays have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Boston Review, Civilization, and Natural History. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Harvard Law School, was a Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar, and is now a Senior Fellow of Demos.

JARED DUVAL joins Demos as Fellow, working on generational change, social progress in the 21st century, specifically exploring shifts towards democratic governance and a clean energy economy.

From 2005 to 2007 Jared was the National Director of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC), the national student chapter of the Sierra Club and the largest student environmental organization in America. During this time he helped build the Energy Action Coalition and the Campus Climate Challenge campaign, serving as the effort's co-chair for two years. Previously, Jared founded a peer to peer HIV/AIDS education program while teaching economics in Tanzania during 2004 and served as the youngest member of Howard Dean's policy team during the presidential primary campaign of 2003.

Jared also serves on the World Future Council and on the Board of the Orton Family Foundation, based in Vermont where Jared's family has lived for ten generations. A recipient of the Morris K. Udall and Harry S. Truman scholarships, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2005.

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About Demos:

Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization. Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy; a vibrant and inclusive democracy; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.