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President Miles Rapoport Leaving Demos To Lead Common Cause

January 14, 2014

Miles Rapoport, who led Demos through a period of extraordinary growth as President, will step down on March 10th to become the President and CEO of Common Cause, a grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy.

“I am incredibly excited to have the chance to lead Common Cause, an organization with a truly remarkable history and an even more promising future,” Rapoport said. “That said, I will miss Demos tremendously. Demos has never been a job. It has been a mission, a family, and an organization that has grown to have national reach. Demos today is in the best shape it’s ever been in terms of the quality and focus of our work, the dedication and skills of the staff, the commitment of the Board, and the profound impact we are having.”

“It has been a privilege to work with Miles and watch Demos, under his leadership, thrive as an organization dedicated to making real impact on issues that concern millions of Americans,” said Amelia Warren Tyagi, Demos’ Board Chair. “I’ll miss working with him so closely, but I know that his move to Common Cause is not only the right one at the right time for him, but a boon to the progressive movement at large.”

Long a champion of strengthening our nation’s democracy, Rapoport has had a distinguished career as an elected official, activist, organizer, and advocate for over four decades. Under his leadership, Demos' litigation and advocacy work helped enable more than two million low-income Americans to register to vote at public service agencies in states around the country. Demos has also helped pass Same Day Registration in seven new states, a reform Miles championed in the Connecticut legislature.

Rapoport’s commitment to democracy is grounded in  a vision of the fairer economy that a more inclusive democracy would create. In the last decade, Demos has generated and advocated for policies to build new pathways to the middle class, including the landmark work that led to credit card industry reform in 2009. It is now working to build new momentum to address student debt and wage inequality nationwide.

“In his 13 years as President, Miles has built Demos up to where it is today: full of potential, and ready to take the next, exciting leap forward,”  Tyagi said. “One of Demos’ strengths has been the cultivation of a new generation of leadership for its future—a legacy Miles will leave with us. Demos’ Board will be thrilled to make an announcement about our new President in the coming weeks.”

Founded in 2000, Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.

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