Board of Directors
Heather McGhee, Board Chair
Heather is the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos. She helps to set Demos’ strategy organization-wide and oversees the Communications and Advocacy Departments. She is a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation. In 2010, she became a contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV. She is also a regular guest on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN. Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She is the co-author of a chapter on retirement insecurity in the book Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences (New Press, 2005).
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. In 2008, she served as the Deputy Policy Director in charge of Domestic and Economic Policy with the John Edwards for President campaign, helping craft that campaign’s agenda-setting policies to end poverty, halt global climate change, reform financial services, and other far-reaching aims. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
Barbara Dudley is an Adjunct Professor in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She is also co-chair of the Oregon Working Families Party, board member of Working Families Organization and a partner in Bethel Heights Vineyard in Polk County. She formerly served as President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Assistant Director for Strategic Campaigns of the national AFL‑CIO.
Katrina Gamble is the Political Director at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). Before coming to CPD, Katrina was an assistant professor of Political Science at Brown University. She taught and conducted research on race, gender and identity politics in the United States. Her work on race and political representation can be found in top-peer reviewed journals. Most recently she published a chapter in Whose Black Politics: Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership (Routledge) on Race, gender and political leadership. She also has a chapter forthcoming co-authored with Marion Orr on Latino-Black political and economic coalition building in En Ciencia Política: The Scientific Analysis of Latino Politics in the United States (NYU Press). In 2009-10 she was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow where she served as a policy adviser in the Office of the Majority Whip for James E. Clyburn (D-SC). She has a PhD in Political Science from Emory University and B.A. from Smith College.
As Political Director she oversees CPD’s political department, which focuses on building and strengthening political power and influence of communities of color, immigrant communities, and low-income communities. Her work includes oversight of CPD’s Voting Rights and Democracy program. She supports the development and implementation of state/local level political programs of state partner organizations, including voter education, GOTV, and ballot campaigns.
Anna Lefer Kuhn
Anna Lefer Kuhn is the Executive Director of the Arca Foundation, which works to advance social justice and human rights in the US and abroad. During Anna’s tenure, Arca has turned its attention toward the economic crisis, promoting the engagement of citizens in Wall Street accountability as a means to advance a more equitable economy and just democracy. Prior to Arca, Anna was a Program Officer at the Open Society Foundation, where she conceived of and led a multi-year initiative that helped to build a movement of diverse, progressive youth activists leading change on social justice issues. In addition, Anna coordinated OSF’s Youth Media Program, a $12 million initiative that provided low-income youth with the communication skills to engage in the public debate on critical issues.
Anna has served on boards of a number of organizations, including the White House Project, the Urban Justice Center and the League of Young Voters. She is on the Steering Committee of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation, and is chair of the advisory board of the Youth Engagement Fund, a project she launched with the Democracy Alliance in 2008. Anna is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and was a member of the 2004-2005 class of Coro Leadership New York. Anna lives in Washington DC with her husband Jonathan, an architect and small business owner, and her highly rambunctious, loving and curious pre-school aged twins.
Bob Master is the Director of Legislative/Political and Mobilization Activities for District One of the Communications Workers of America, which represents 140,000 workers in New York, New Jersey and New England. He began his career at CWA in 1986, and his responsibilities now include overseeing membership mobilization activities during contract campaigns, as well as all aspects of legislative and political action for the union. This has included major responsibility for CWA’s contract campaigns at Verizon, where the union represents 20,000 workers throughout the northeast, and for CWA’s New Jersey State Worker bargaining unit, covering 40,000 state workers.
As CWA’s Political Director, Bob played a central role in convening the coalition of unions, community organizations, and progressive activists that founded the New York State Working Families Party in June, 1998. Bob has served as one of the statewide co‑chairs of the Party since its founding. In New Jersey, he helped to found the New Jersey Fairness Alliance, a coalition that led the fight for passage of the so-called “millionaires tax” in 2003 and 2004. Since 2005, he has been a leader of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, a coalition of unions and community organizations that organizes in support of progressive electoral candidates and a progressive legislative agenda in the Garden State. Bob also serves as a board member for Citizen Action of New York, ALIGN/Jobs with Justice (Alliance for a Greater New York), and the community organization New Jersey Communities United.
Bob began his career in the labor movement as a reporter for the newspaper of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1977, and later won the AFL‑CIO’s Max Steinbock Award for Humanistic Spirit in Journalism for a story about injured workers at J.P. Stevens, a southern textile company that the union was organizing at the time. He worked in 1980 as the New York State Director of the Citizens Party, a third party effort for President on behalf of the late environmentalist Barry Commoner; and spent two years working for United, Food, and Commercial Workers Local 342. Bob is married to Nancy Goldhill, Director of Legal Services of New York’s Staten Island office and they have two children–Ben, aged 24 and Ilana, aged 21—and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He is an avid baseball fan (Mets) and an increasingly less serious runner, having completed (just barely) three New York City marathons a long time ago.
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of issues ranging from fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to ending Pat Buchanan’s tenure as an MSNBC analyst. Robinson spearheaded ColorOfChange’s American Legislative Council (ALEC) national campaign. After ColorOfChange exposed ALEC’s involvement in passing discriminatory voter ID and harmful Shoot First laws, over 50 corporate funders ended their financial support of ALEC.
Robinson has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, and political discussions through outlets including ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, the New York Times, Fast Company and NPR. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Newsday and Huffington Post, among others. For the past four years, Washington Post’s “The Root” named Robinson to “The Root 100,” a list of influential African Americans under 45-years old. Robinson is also the proud recipient of the “Transforming America” award from Demos and the “Bayard Rustin Citizen Change” award from Americans for Democratic Action. He previously held leadership roles at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Right to Vote Campaign and FairVote. Robinson currently serves on the Board of Directors for ALLOUT, the Global Campaign for LGBT Equality, Applied Research Center and State Voices.
Ms. Schifeling currently serves as National Director, Organizing & Electoral Campaigns for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and in her role oversees the strategy and implementation of PPFA’s campaign efforts and Independent Expenditure electoral work conducted by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF). In this capacity, Ms. Schifeling is responsible for planning and executing the strategy and activities in support of legislative and electoral goals in close partnership and coordination with its affiliates and PPFA. In addition, Ms. Schifeling directs base building work among partners and constituencies and oversees long term strategic planning in these areas.
Prior to joining Planned Parenthood in 2010, Ms. Schifeling served as Director of External Affairs at the New York State Senate Majority Conference as a member of the senior team driving political, field and issue program development. In addition, Ms. Schifeling spent over 6 years collectively with the Working Families Party and held various positions including Deputy Director, Organizing Director and Political Organizer.
Ms. Schifeling has over 16 years experience in organizing, electoral and issue campaign work. She co-founded the Center for Working Families, a progressive “think and do tank” in New York, directed Minority Information Services for the New York State Senate and started her career as a union organizer for UNITE and United Steelworkers of America.
Ms. Schifeling is a graduate from Sarah Lawrence College and currently resides in Takoma Park, MD with her husband and two children.
Dorian T. Warren
Dorian T. Warren is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing & politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and policy, American political development, community organizing, public policy, and social science methodology At Columbia, Warren is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and coordinates the Center for Urban Research & Policy Seminar Series.
A native Chicagoan, Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He has been a Post-Doctoral Scholar and Visiting Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and has received research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, CUNY, the University of Notre Dame and the Russell Sage Foundation. He has also worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, American Rights at Work, AFL-CIO, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, NGLTF Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, and Columbia Law School’s Center for Social and Institutional Change, and is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.