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Merle McGee

President & CEO

Merle McGee brings nearly 25 years of experience in nonprofit settings to Everyday Democracy, including significant executive leadership experience. Most recently, she has served as Chief Equity and Engagement Officer for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. There she led organizational transformation by conceiving and implementing Reviving Radical, an initiative to reckon with the organization’s history and build accountable relationships with communities of color.  

Prior to her work at Planned Parenthood, Merle served as Chief Program Officer at YWCA of the City of New York. In this role, she launched numerous program initiatives, fostered strategic partnerships and spearheaded internal cultural change initiatives focused on social justice, race and gender equity. Ms. McGee has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Affairs, where she taught nonprofit consulting and Race and Identity in Organizations. 

Ms. McGee earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the New School.  

She is also co-facilitator and leader with the Anti-Racist Alliance and the co-founder of the BIPoC Project, a collective for people of color devoted to healing practices and dismantling racism and anti-blackness. 

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.