Demos Announces New President Sabeel Rahman

Sabeel Rahman

Demos, a New York-based public policy organization, announced the selection of thought leader and movement builder Sabeel Rahman as its new president.

Koya is proud to have led the national search, partnering with the Board of Trustees on the engagement.

An award-winning scholar, author and teacher, Rahman joins Demos from Brooklyn Law School, where he is an Associate Professor of Law, and where he has elevated groundbreaking ideas that address racial and economic inequality, democratic participation, power, exclusion and inequality. He had previously been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.

He writes extensively on issues of race, inequality, economic power, and building an inclusive democracy, with articles appearing in The Washington PostThe Atlantic, Boston ReviewThe American Prospect and elsewhere. Rahman also authored an award-winning 2017 book, Democracy Against Domination.

Beyond his academic work, Rahman is a sought-after collaborator and innovator, working extensively with grassroots organizations, foundations and policymakers to develop new approaches to addressing the issues of inequality, exclusion and democracy. As the Design Director for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Gettysburg Project, he helped convene leading progressive organizers to develop strategies for building an inclusive 21st century democracy. In 2014 and 2015, he served as a senior advisor in New York’s City Hall, helping to create and advance an inclusive economic development agenda. He served previously as a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and New America.

Sabeel Rahman will begin his work as president of Demos in September 2018.

Read the full press release here.