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Tamara Draut

Vice President, Policy & Research


As Vice President of Policy and Research, Tamara is responsible for developing and advancing the organization's goals through research, idea generation and policy development. Tamara is a member of the Demos Executive Team helping to develop and drive the strategic direction of the organization. She is the author of two ground-breaking books: Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America (2016) and Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead (2006), both published by Doubleday. A member of the Demos team since 2001, Tamara developed the organization’s groundbreaking work on household indebtedness, college affordability and the economic challenges facing young people.


Tamara's research has been covered by dozens of newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Her writing has appeared in The Hill, The San Francisco Chronicle, The American Prospect, The Boston Globe and The Boston Review. She is a frequent television commentator and has appeared on the Colbert Report, Today Show, CNN, Fox News, 20/20, MSNBC and many others.