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Svante Myrick at Interview

Svante Myrick

President and CEO

As one of the most dynamic young, progressive Black leaders today, Myrick is spearheading the transformation of People For as it grows and adapts to today’s challenges. 

Under his leadership, People For has invested in new programs and campaigns that reflect a commitment to building the strongest multigenerational, multiracial, multicultural identity in the organization’s history. These include a new Artists for Democracy program as well as the nonpartisan Grandparents for Truth and Defend the Black Vote campaigns maintained by the People For the American Way Foundation.     


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Board of Directors, People For the American Way

  • Lara Bergthold — Co-Chair
  • Rev. Timothy McDonald — Co-Chair
  • Cristela Alonzo
  • David Altschul — Co-Treasurer
  • Alec Baldwin
  • David Bowen
  • Jamal Bryant
  • Bertis Downs
  • Greg Frezados — Co-Treasurer
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Michael Keegan
  • Howard Klein
  • Jim Lovelace
  • Seth MacFarlane
  • Joel Madden
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Svante Myrick
  • Yolanda Parker
  • Haroon Saleem
  • Joshua Sapan
  • Rabbi David Saperstein
  • Carole Shields
  • Lois Stainman
  • Margery Tabankin
  • Horacio Trujillo
  • Reg Weaver
  • Carrie Mae Weems
  • Barbara Bluhm-Kaul
  • Rene Spellman


Board of Directors, People For the American Way Foundation

  • Yolanda "Cookie" Parker — Chair
  • David Altschul
    Arthur Bellinzoni
    Rev. DeLishia Davis Treasurer
    Michael Keegan
    Kevin Killer
    Svante Myrick
    Haroon Saleem
    Joshua Sapan
    Rabbi David Saperstein
    Clara Shin
    Marge Tabankin
    Horacio Trujillo
    Kathleen Turner