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Dorian T. Warren is the newly-named President of the Center for Community Change (CCC). He will take on this new role in November. He is currently the vice-president of CCC and the president of the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA). He is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project.

A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Dorian has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for more than two decades. He previously taught for more than 10 years at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was Co-Director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy. Dorian also worked at MSNBC where he was a contributor, fill-in host for Melissa Harris Perry and Now with Alex Wagner, and host and executive producer of Nerding Out on MSNBC’s digital platform.

He currently serves on several boards including Working Partnerships USA, the Workers Lab, the National Employment Law Project, Capital & Main and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. As a commentator on public affairs, Dorian has appeared regularly on television and radio including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, & NY1, among other outlets. He has also written for The Nation, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Washington Post, New York Times, Medium, Ebony, and Boston Review.

Dorian is co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Race and American Political Development (Routledge). In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s the Grio’s 100 People Making History Today.

Dorian received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan who grew up on the South Side of Chicago.

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Video: Introducing Dorian Warren as Next CCC President

Get to know our next president! Dorian Warren is a grassroots activist, political scientist and media personality who will continue to advance racial, gender and economic justice in the Center for Community Change’s 50th anniversary year.

Center for Community Change Announces Dorian Warren as Next President

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Community Change’s (CCC) Board of Directors unanimously selected Dorian Warren as President at its June Board meeting. Warren was the clear choice to lead CCC’s work as shown through his diversity of experiences and life-long commitment to the values that drive the organization’s work. Warren will take the helm immediately following the 2018 elections.

How Can Democrats Connect ‘Identity Politics’ to Economics?

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How Budget Cuts and Attacks on Unions Have Revived One of Labor’s Most Effective Tactics

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We Must Denounce Trump’s Racist Actions, Not Just His Racist Words

The victories of the civil-rights movement include Medicaid and reforms to our immigration system. Trump targeted both of these, in one day.

MSNBC: Nerding Out

On Nerding Out, one of MSNBC's online-only shows, Professor and Roosevelt Institute fellow Dorian Warren took an academic look at current events, geeking out on angles beyond the obvious. Catch up on past episodes here.

The GOP To Sick People: Go Die

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