Deray McKesson

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School.

As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of, and DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policymakers with commonsense policies to ensure equity.

DeRay also hosts critically acclaimed, Pod Save The People, a weekly podcast creating space for conversation about the most important issues of the week, making sure people have the information they need to be thoughtful activists and organizers.