Policy Director, New Consensus
Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy director for New Consensus, an organization that is developing and promoting the Green New Deal, among other projects. She was previously the policy director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 Michigan gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, was a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and served on the policy team for former First Lady Michelle Obama. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
Big IdeaSometimes it feels like I am arguing for or against my own humanity. The urge to learn from one another means that I am supposed to wash away all the structural differences and worldview and what that means for myself and people like me. It’s deeply uncomfortable and really treacherous terrain.Rhiana Gunn-Wright