Facing Race 2012 National Conference

Junot Díaz was born and raised in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. His work has appeared in: The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewTime OutGlimmer TrainStoryAfrican VoicesBest American Fiction `96 (ed. John Edgar Wideman); Best American Fiction `97 (ed. Annie Proulx); Best American Fiction `99 (ed. Amy Tan); Best American Fiction `00 (ed. E.L. Doctorow) and  The O.Henry Prize Stories anthology, 2009; Díaz was included in the ‘20 Writers for the 21st Century issue of The New Yorker (June ‘99). He received a Pushcart Prize XXII, for his story ‘Invierno” which was later also selected for The Pushcart Book of Short Stories, a compilation of the best fiction from the first 25 years of the Pushcart Prize.

Díaz edited The Beacon Best of 2001: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures. He co-wrote the screenplay for Washington Heights directed by Alfredo de Villa.He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Díaz’s story collection, Drown was published by Riverhead in `96 (pbk, July `97), it is in its 23rdprinting and was sold in 15 countries. (The story collection was also published in Spanish in the US, by Vintage Español, under the title Negocios.)


His first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (September 2007, Riverhead) won the Pulitzer Prize and remained on the New York Times and independent bookstore bestseller lists for two years – in hardback and paperback. It has been sold in 33 languages where it hit bestseller lists around the world.


Díaz’s next story collection, This Is How You Lose Her was published by Riverhead, September 11th2012, and was a New York Times bestseller in the first week of publication. He was the recipient of aMacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant in 2012. 
Lisa Abbott
Executive Director
World Trust Educational Services
Lisa Abbott is Executive Director of World Trust, an educational nonprofit rooted in love and justice. World Trust uses framing, film & community dialogue as a catalyst for racial equity. World Trust's latest film project directed by Shakti Butler, Cracking the Codes (www.crackingthecodes.org) asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity.
Erika Almiron
Executive Director
Erika Almiron is the Executive Director of Juntos, a Latino immigrant led organization in Philadelphia fighting on issues of immigration reform, eduacation, and worker rights. She was born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Paraguay and has worked on issues ranging from women
Gustavo Andrade
Organizing Director
CASA de Maryland
Gustavo Andrade is the Organizing Director for CASA de Maryland, the state's largest immigrant rights organization, with over 25,000 individual dues-paying members. Mr. Andrade leads all aspects of CASA's community organizing work, including the campaign to win the Maryland DREAM Act, workers' rights and the permanent struggle against the separation of families.
Shannon Bade
Director of Organizing
Alliance to Develop Power
Director of Organizing at the Alliance to Develop Power located in western MA. Bade began her career in 1997 organizing around welfare rights and food security in Pittsburgh. In 2000, Bade joined National People’s Action organizing on job/ job training issues and as the Training Director from 2002-2005. She has experience organizing around affordable housing and the green economy.
Nashira Baril
Program Director
Boston Public Health Commission
Nashira Baril is Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity and Social Justice at the Boston Public Health Commission and works to support BPHC’s vision to advance equity through sustainable community, policy, and systems change. Nashira is a member of several local and national boards and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Boston University.
Jesus Barraza
Dignidad Rebelde
Jesus Barraza is an activist printmaker based in San Leandro, California. Using bold colors and high contrast images, his prints reflect both his local and global community and their resistance in a struggle to create a new world. Barraza has worked closely with numerous community organizations to create prints that visualize struggles for immigration rights, housing, education, and international solidarity.
Josh Begley
Josh Begley is a web artist studying Interactive Telecommunications at NYU.
W. Kamau Bell
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is one of the fastest rising socio-political comics in the United States. A founding member of the stand-up comedy collective “Laughter Against the Machine,” he is also co-host of “The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture” podcast with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. His recent stand up album, Face Full of Flour, was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010 by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which was a Time Out NY critic’s pick in the 2010 NY Comedy Festival and a comedy pick in The Guardian during his 2011 run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This summer, Kamau will star in his own late night comedy series on the FX Network, executive produced by Chris Rock.
Diane Bell-McKoy
President and CEO
Associated Black Charities, Inc.
Diane Bell-McKoy is Pres./ CEO of Associated Black Charities, MD's leading African-American philanthropic organization. Its signature strategy, More in the Middle, expands opportunities/access for people of color, counteracting the detrimental impact of structural racism on economic and health outcomes. She lectures nationally about linkages of structural racism on economic and other development of communities, workers, and businesses of color.
J'nelle Bobb-Semple
Program Director
Border Crossers
Border Crossers is an education-equity nonprofit that provides resources for elementary school teachers to explore race, class and cultural differences with young students. We believe that if educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about issues of diversity, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.
Jessica Brill Ortiz
National Advocacy Coordinator
Direct Care Alliance
Jessica Brill Ortiz is the National Advocacy Coordinator with Direct Care Alliance, the national advocacy voice of direct care workers. Previously, Jessica led consumer education and advocacy programs with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. Jessica holds an MPA, an MA in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Cherrell Brown
Organizing Coordinator
Equal Justice USA
Cherrell is an Organizing Coordinator with Equal Justice USA, a national, grassroots organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and humane starting with repeal of the death penalty and increased services to families of homicide victims.. She is currently working to abolish the Death Penalty in Maryland.
Judith Browne-Dianis
Advancement Project
Judith Browne-Dianis has an extensive background in civil rights litigation in the areas of voting, education, housing, employment. Dianis has litigated voting rights cases including against the States of Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Through Advancement Project’s Voter Protection Program, she continues to eliminate barriers to voting in advance of Election Day. A prominent media commentator, Dianis makes regular appearances on MSNBC’s Hardball, on PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton, and on other major news outlets. Dianis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and a recipient of the distinguished Skadden Fellowship. She joined Advancement Project at its inception in 1999, after serving as the Managing Attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Dottye Burt-Markowitz
Baltimore Racial Justice Action
Dottye is a co-founder of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and has been an independent trainer and consultant on issues of racial justice and organizational development for over 20 years.
Daniel Callahan
Multimedia Artist & Designer
Create & Record
Daniel Callahan is a multimedia artist and designer living in Roxbury MA. In his artwork Daniel merges various disciplines including but not limited to painting, music, video, drawing, collage, animation, photography, and performance to create immersive experiences that blur the line between artist, subject and viewer and exist outside of genre or period.
Francis Calpotura
TIGRA Executive Director
TIGRA: Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action
Doyle Canning
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Lamont Carey
LaCarey Entertainment, LLC
Lamont Carey, former bully, former prisoner now an internationally known and award winning spokenword artist, author, motivational speaker, filmmaker and playwright. He uses his platform to address social issues that effect the lives of young people.
Lisa Castellanos
Senior Organizer
Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action
Lisa has over 15 years of experience working in and with social justice organizations on issues affecting immigrants families and youth, and other low-income communities. Currently, Lisa works on TIGRA economic and consumer justice organizing initiatives and programs.
Jeff Chang
Executive Director
Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University
Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and an organizer with CultureStrike. He is the author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and the forthcoming Who We Be: The Colorization of America.
Maisie Chin
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Danisha Christian
Alliance for A Just Society
Danisha began her career in community organizing in 1993. She has worked on a wide array of issues, including school curriculum reform, police misconduct, tribal sovereignty, health care reform, and health equity. She joined the Alliance for A Just Society in 2008 where she is currently a National Field Organizer. Danisha is also an alternative health care provider.
Will Coley
Aquifer Media
Sheila K Collins
InterPlay Pittsburgh
Sheila K. Collins, PhD. directs InterPlay Pittsburgh, and the improvisational performance troupe, Wing & a Prayer Pittsburgh Players. She is a “dancing social worker” using the arts for social change and community transformation. Books include, Stillpoint: The Dance of Selfcaring, Selfhealing, and Warrior Mother, the story of accompanying two of her children on their journeys through illness, treatment, and death.
Terry Cross
Executive Director
National Indian Child Welfare Associaiton
Terry Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the developer, founder, and executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is the author of the Heritage and Helping curriculum, the Positive Indian Parenting curriculum, as well as Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. Terry has 38 years of experience in child welfare.
Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez
Senior Attorney and Director of Voter Protection
Advancement Project
Katherine Culliton-González leads a highly-qualified team in litigation, policy, voter education and community empowerment strategies to protect fundamental voting rights. A former Fulbright Scholar, she taught human rights law in Chile, and authored of a series of law review articles on civil and human rights in the Americas.
Andrew Curley
Andrew Curley, a member of the Navajo Nation (located in AZ, NM, and UT), studies attitudes toward coal mining, economic development, and climate change within the Navajo reservation.
Milly Hawk Daniel
VP, Communications
Milly Hawk Daniel is vice president for Communications at PolicyLink, the national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works
Trishala Deb
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Caring Across Generations
Trishala Deb is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with Caring Across Generations. Caring Across Generations is bringing together the stories of seniors, people with disabilities, working families, and direct care workers into one campaign to ensure freedom and dignity for the workers who provide care and those they support.
Jack DeJesus
Young Men's Program Organizer
Forward Together
Jack is the Young Men's Program Organizer at Forward Together in Oakland, CA. He is most passionate about cultivating a community of men that have a transformative analysis and concrete tools to dismantle patriarchy and challenge male supremacy and heterosexism.
Amalia Deloney
Associate Director
Center for Media Justice
amalia coordinates the media policy initiatives of the Center for Media Justice and the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). She has over 15 years of experience in community and cultural organizing, with a specific interest in human rights, cultural rights and traditional knowledge. At CMJ, amalia uses her extensive experience for field-building, community-building, and policy advocacy.
Junot Diaz
Junot Díaz was born and raised in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. His work has appeared in: The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Time Out, Glimmer Train, Story, African Voices, Best American Fiction `96 (ed. John Edgar Wideman); Best American Fiction `97 (ed. Annie Proulx); Best American Fiction `99 (ed. Amy Tan); Best American Fiction `00 (ed. E.L. Doctorow) and The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, 2009; Díaz was included in the ‘20 Writers for the 21st Century’ issue of The New Yorker (June ‘99). He received a Pushcart Prize XXII, for his story ‘Invierno” which was later also selected for The Pushcart Book of Short Stories, a compilation of the best fiction from the first 25 years of the Pushcart Prize. Díaz edited The Beacon Best of 2001: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures. He co-wrote the screenplay for Washington Heights directed by Alfredo de Villa. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Díaz’s story collection, Drown, was published by Riverhead in `96 (pbk, July `97), it is in its 23rd printing and was sold in 15 countries. (The story collection was also published in Spanish in the US, by Vintage Español, under the title Negocios.) His first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (September 2007, Riverhead) won the Pulitzer Prize and remained on the New York Times and independent bookstore bestseller lists for two years – in hardback and paperback. It has been sold in 33 languages and film rights have been optioned by Scott Rudin and Miramax.
Niqua Douglas
Regional Youth Organizer
Project South
Niqua is working with the Education Justice for Atlanta research project and the National Student Bill of Rights to coordinate a southeast agenda. As an aspiring hip hop artist, student of black southern movements and Atlanta history. Niqua has been a part of the Project South movement building community for over 3 years.
Tina Dove
Director of Programs, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign
The Schott Foundation for Public Education
Tina Dove, M.Ed.
Lolis Eric Elie
HBO's Treme
Lolis Eric Elie is a writer and documentary filmmaker. He's written about food, music and, most recently has worked on the HBO show "Treme."
Robert Espinoza
Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications
SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)
Robert Espinoza is the Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications at SAGE, the country
Rachel Falcone
Housing is a Human Right
Rachel Falcone is a NY-based multimedia producer and cultural organizer.
Lili Farhang
Human Impact Partners
Lili Farhang is Co-Director with Human Impact Partners, a non-profit in Oakland, CA. Guided by her long-standing belief that health is a product of social, economic and political forces, Lili works with organizations to re-conceptualize how health is understood and, through the use of innovative research and community engagement tools, how we can collectively improve health by targeting non-health policies.
Negin Farsad
Iranian-American comedian/filmmaker Negin Farsad was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. She has written, directed and/or performed on various series for MTV, Comedy Central, PBS, Nickelodeon, and IFC and web shows for AOL and MSN among others. You can frequently see her spinning political jokes on shows like Current TV’s The Young Turks and CNN’s Joy Behar Show. She is director of the upcoming docu-comedy THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! (featuring Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Janeane Garofalo). She also directed the award-winning comedy feature NERDCORE RISING (featuring Weird Al Yankovic, Prince Paul).
Kim Fellner
Associate Director
Working America
Kim Fellner is associate director of Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Starting out at SEIU in the distant 1970s, she worked at the Screen Actors Guild and directed the National Writers Union, before helping to found and direct the National Organizers Alliance. She wrote a book about Starbucks and believes organizing is improved by chocolate.
Marjorie Fine
Marjorie Fine is a consultant to national organizing and funder networks on social justice philanthropy and fundraising. She served for more than a decade as Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, and before that as Executive Director of the North Star Fund. She serves on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Reginald Fitzgerald
Community Housing and Relocation Working Group
Resident and vice-president of Community Housing and Relocation Working Group (CHRWG). CHRWG represents residents, churches, and businesses in the East Baltimore community affected by EBDI's redevelopment plan. CHRWG grassroots organization building a coalition to support a Community Benefits Agreement to assure equity for affected residents, churches, and businesses.
Tekoah Flory
Labor Community Strategy Center
As a Queer black Boi in the city of Los Angeles I have seen my family community and city constantly wrestling with the amount of racial tension that we have. I believe that we need a multigenrational movement to really make effective changes in this countries systems of power.
Alexi Freeman
Staff Attorney
Advancement Project
At Advancement Project, Alexi Freeman provides legal, policy, and communications support to grassroots groups nationwide on educational justice and inclusive development campaigns. She has co-authored many reports and revised policies/laws that are now national models for reform. Freeman received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jovonna Frieson
Parent Advocate
Child Welfare Organizing Project
Jovonna Frieson has been directly affected by the child welfare system and currently supports and advocates or families who are navigating through their own Family Court cases. Jovonna politically organizes for community-centered reform within the child welfare system through her work with East Harlem's 16-year old Child Welfare Organizing Project.
CJ Frosch
CJ Frosch is a biracial, genderqueer, queer collective member of the Charm City Kitty Club, a thrice-yearly Baltimore-based cabaret whose mission is to celebrate artistic expression among lesbian, dyke, trans*, & genderqueer individuals, as well as our allies. The organization makes a commitment to create and maintain an atmosphere free from racism, classism, biphobia, transphobia, misogyny, and cultural appropriation.
Sam Fulwood III
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress
Sam Fulwood III is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the CAP Leadership Institute. His work with the Center’s Progress 2050 project examines the impact of policies on the nation when there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by the year 2050.
Teana Gamill
Youth Leader
A Long Walk Home
Teana is a high school senior at North Lawndale College Prep Charter high school. Her artistic focus lies in percussion, performance, photography and poetry through which she expresses her commitment to ending violence against girls and women. She sees herself as a feminist activist and uses her arts for advocacy in her community and school.
Anthony Giancatarino
Coordinator for Research and Advocacy
The Center for Social Inclusion
Anthony Giancatarino is Coordinator of Research and Advocacy at The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). CSI is a national nonprofit policy, strategy and advocacy organization that works with communities of color on transforming barriers into opportunities through policy change. Anthony currently manages the Energy Democracy and Food Equity programs at CSI.
Yvonne Gilchrist
Yvonne Gilchrist has over 30 years directing child welfare and human service agencies. She has served as the Director of the Batimore City Department of Social Servics and as the Director of the Washington DC and Fulton County Georgia Departments of Human Services. She is currently working as a consultant with the Black Administrators in Child Welfare organization.
Kohl Gill
LaborVoices, Inc.
Kohl S. Gill, Ph.D., is the CEO of LaborVoices, Inc., which crowdsources supply chain transparency directly from factory workers, worldwide. Kohl served in the State Department, as the South Asia and Middle East Labor Officer. He previously volunteered in Delhi, fighting both petty and grand corruption. Kohl is a Mississippi-born physicist from Caltech and U.C. Santa Barbara.
Marisela Gomez
Marisela B. Gomez is a community organizer/activist, scholar, and author.
Jessica González-Rojas
Executive Director
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for over 20 million Latinas in the United States
Victor Goode
Associate Professor of Law
City University School of Law
Victor Goode, Associate Professor at CUNY Law School, has practiced in the areas of affirmative action, housing, and other civil rights fields. Before joining the Law School faculty, he served as Associate Director and later the National Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Jessica Gordon Nembhard
John Jay College, CUNY
Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies, John Jay College, CUNY. She is a political economist specializing in community economic development, cooperatives and worker ownership, and Black Political Economy.
Robert Gray
Manager of Faculty Development Services
University of South Alabama
Robert Gray manages faculty development and teaches English at the University of South Alabama.
Gita Gulati-Partee
Founder & Chief Strategist
OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc.
OpenSource Leadership Strategies founder and chief strategist Gita Gulati-Partee has published and presented on racial equity, philanthropy, organization and network development, adaptive leadership and change, organizational and movement strategy, and systems change advocacy. She consults regularly to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Community Food Security Coalition, and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Sarita Gupta
Executive Director
Jobs with Justice
Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and American Rights at Work (ARAW). She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a coalition working together for quality care and support and a dignified quality of life for all Americans.
Glenn Harris
Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager
Seattle Office for Civil Rights, City of Seattle
Glenn Harris is the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager. Glenn has been involved in social justice work for 20 years, as an organizer (Coalition for Human Dignity, Western States Center, Peoples Coalition for Justice); as a funder (MRG Foundation, Social Justice Fund), and as a Seattle City employee (Department of Neighborhoods, Race and Social Justice Initiative).
Arisha Hatch
Campaign Director
Arisha Michelle Hatch serves as a Campaign Director at ColorOfChange. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Arisha left behind a legal career to organize for the Obama Campaign and later worked to mobilize the LGBT community as National Organizing Director at the Courage Campaign. Arisha studied Economics and Creative Writing at Stanford.
Lawrence G. Hayes
Founding Member
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Lawerence G. Hayes believes killing is wrong no matter how and in which way and by whom. He is a founding member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, which started in the mid-1990s at Harvard University.
Paulina Helm-Hernandez
SONG / Southerners On New Ground
Paulina Helm-Hernandez has been the Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) for 6 years. She has a background in farm worker and immigrant / refugee rights organizing, cultural work, youth organizing, anti-violence work, and liberation work that centers people most affected by violence, poverty, war and racism.
Wade Henderson
President and CEO
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. He is the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law.
Alheli M. Herrera
Enlace Chicago
Alheli Herrera is an organizer with Enlace Chicago, a member organization of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations. She is a 1.5 generation immigrant from Mexico and her work has been dedicated to justice for immigrants in the U.S.
Marielena Hincapie
Executive Director
National Immigration Law Center
Marielena Hincapié is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. Under her leadership, NILC has grown, and has been able to more strategically use a combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies to effect social change.
Maria Hinojosa
President & CEO
The Futuro Media Group
For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience.
Jovon Howard
Advocacy Team Member
New Lens
Jovon Howard works as an Advocacy Team Member with New Lens, a youth-driven organization that uses art and media to create social change. Mr. Howard co-created a video series addressing youth employment issues and has done work on youth/police relations. He is currently a student at Community College Baltimore County studying acting and criminology.
Etang Inyang
Raks Africa
N/A - I am a colleague of Tammy Johnson
Deepa Iyer
Executive Director
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Deepa Iyer is Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national non-profit organization that amplifies policy issues and engages in community mobilization programs.
Saru Jayaraman
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Co-Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She authored Behind the Kitchen Door, forthcoming February 2013 from Cornell University Press.
Alan Jenkins
Executive Director
Opportunity Agenda
Alan Jenkins is Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Alan was Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, managing grant making in the United States and eleven overseas regions.
Tammy Johnson
TMJ Abundance
Tammy Johnson is a dancer, writer, and equity activist. She has been featured in several media outlets including The Christian Science Monitor and The Huffington Post. Along with Etang Inyang, Tammy is a part of the award-winning bellydance duo, Raks Africa, and co-owner of Your Body Raks, a movement and wellness business that celebrates bodies of every size.
Bakari Jones
Bois of Baltimore Founder & CEO
Bois of Baltimore
Bakari Jones, MBA, is a native Baltimorean committed to reshaping the landscape of her hometown. In January 2012 she founded Bois of Baltimore with the mission of creating safe spaces for alternative masculinity. Bois of Baltimore unites those that identify along the masculine spectrum through a diverse offering of group activities, community service projects, local partnerships, discussions, and educational programs.
Sandra Jones
Associate Professor
Rowan University- Sociology & Anthropology
Sandra Jones is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Rowan University, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a community activist. An abolitionist in the anti-death penalty movement for 18 years, she serves on the Board of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. She is the author of Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement: Privileged Morality, Race Realities.
Vina Kay
Director of Research and Policy
Organizing Apprenticeship Project
Vina Kay, Director of Research and Policy, OAP. A graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School, Vina spent several years working with john powell at the Institute on Race and Poverty. She is a writer and filmmaker working on the documentary Building the Pink Tower, which reimagines schools and learning through the lens of Montessori education.
Lea Keal
Sustainable Environmental Enterprises, L3C
A Philly native who has embraced community economic development and the vibrant local arts culture in every metro area where she's lived including her hometown—Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Tel-Aviv, and now New Orleans.
Navina Khanna
Movement Strategy Center
Navina Khanna works with Movement Strategy Center and Live Real. Based in Oakland, she has spent nearly 15 years focused on transformative change through agriculture and food systems, as an educator, community organizer, artivist, and policy advocate. A first generation South Asian American, Navina’s worldview is shaped by growing up – and growing food – in the U.S. and India.
Kate Khatib
AK Press
Kate Khatib is a managing editor at AK Press, and the co-editor of We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation. Based in Baltimore, MD, she teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art and is a founding member of the Red Emma's collective.
Richard Kim
Executive Editor
The Nation
Richard Kim is the executive editor of TheNation.com. He is co-editor, with Betsy Reed, of the New York Times bestselling anthology Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare. He has taught at New York University and Skidmore College.
Emily Kirsch
Emily Kirsch is the Co-Founder and Director of the Solar for Universal Need Cube (SfunCube). The SfunCube is a solar business incubator and accelerator partnership between Sungevity, one of the fastest growing residential solar companies in the country, and Inner City Advisors, a nationally recognized nonprofit leading the charge to create good jobs for inner city residents. The goal of the SfunCube is to make Oakland the nation's epicenter for solar and clean-tech entrepreneurship.
Sally Kohn
Salon / Fox News / sallykohn.com
Sally Kohn is a writer, activist and television commentator. A progressive Fox News Contributor and columnist for Salon, Sally’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Reuters, USA Today, Politico, Time and more. Sally also works as a communications consultant.
Kung Li Kung
Systems analyst
KL Research & Consulting
Kung Li is a systems analyst, writer and litigator based in East Point, Georgia. Kung Li is the former executive director of the Southern Center for Human Rights and a 2010-11 Open Society Fellow. On Twitter: @KungLiATL
Luis Larin
Leadership Organizer
United Workers
After organizing against free trade in Guatemala, Luis came to the U.S. and experienced poverty as a day laborer. As a Leadership Organizer with United Workers, he helped with their successful Living Wages at Camden Yards Campaign. UW currently focuses on Fair Development in Baltimore, creating an organizing model at the intersection of public resources, poverty and human rights.
Mijo Lee
Program Director
Social Justice Fund NW
Mijo has been an activist and organizer in a variety of movements in the Seattle area, including domestic violence advocacy, fair trade, and police accountability movements. At Social Justice Fund NW she has helped to develop and establish Giving Projects, a new model that uses grassroots fundraising and cross-class community building to fund racial justice organizing throughout the Northwest.
Laura Lemus
Labor Community Strategy Center
I am a queer non conforming salvadorean womyn born and raised in the Los Angeles Area. As a working class student I have been targeted in my community and in my school, because of the color of my skin.
Barbara Lewis
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Barbara Lewis is going to submit this via email to Nadia.
Jaime-Jin Lewis
Executive Director
Border Crossers
Jaime-Jin Lewis is the Executive Director of Border Crossers and has worked as a committed activist, organizer and educator in the social change sector her whole life. This year, Jaime-Jin was cited in the New York Times article,
Ruth Lindberg
Program Manager
National Center for Healthy Housing
Ms. Lindberg serves as a Program Manager for the National Center for Healthy Housing, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating healthy and safe homes for children through practical and proven steps. Ms. Lindberg holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Brown University.
Tiffany Loftin
The United States Student Association
Tiffany Dena Loftin serves as President of the United States Student Association, the oldest, largest and most inclusive student run student lead national organization. Training and developing college students from all over the country who organize daily for a more affordable and accessible education for all.
Jose Lopez
Campaigns Coordinator
Make the Road New York
Jose Lopez has spent half his life fighting for justice and opportunity in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The son of two working class latin@s, Jose learned early the importance of family and community. At 14, Jose helped to create the Youth Power Project, the youth organizing arm of Make the Road NY, a grassroots organization working with families to improve their hoods.
Suguet Lopez
Executive Director
Lideres Campesinas
Suguet López is Lideres Campesinas’ Executive Director. She brings much experience and knowledge about issues that affect women, especially immigrant women. Ms. López was the first in her family to attend higher education and obtain a Bachelors’ Degree in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – college of agriculture and graduated with honors.
Adriel Luis
Adriel Luis injects imagination into social and political conversations. He utilizes music, visual art, design, and poetry to discover creative approaches to social engagement.
Mariana Marroquin
Client Advocate
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
Actress and activist, with more than 10 Yrs working for LGBT community. Currently works as Client Advocate at LA Gay & Lesbian Center. She was granted with political asylum in 2006, this event change her life, she made the commitment of giving back to the country that recognizes her as a transgender woman and gave her a safe place to call home
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Research and PhD Candidate
Emory University
Tressie McMillan Cottom is a PhD Student in Sociology at Emory University and a Researcher for the Racial Network for Ethnic and Racial Inequality at Duke University. She researches education, labor, stratification and for-profit colleges.
Selene Medina
I was born in Mexico but raised in Charlotte, NC. I am 18 years old and am an undocumented college student. I am an activist in my community and part of a youth group from the Latin American Coalition called United 4 the DREAM. I am a co-chair for the Drop the I word campaign in our community.
Pamela Merritt
Pamela Merritt (Shark-Fu) blogs at AngryBlackBitch.com, where she has developed a blog that offers opinion pieces from a black feminist perspective. Merritt is a staff writer for RH RealityCheck.org and a contributor to Feministng.com. Merritt’s writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian UK, and Salon.
Janet Mock
Janet Mock is a writer and Staff Editor at People.com, who publicly shared her teenage transition story in Marie Claire magazine in 2011. A native of Honolulu, Janet has spoken about transgender issues on MSNBC and HLN, holds a masters in journalism from New York University and runs the online campaign #GirlsLikeUs to empower trans women to live visibly. Her memoir Fish Food comes out Fall 2013 with Atria Books.
Aisha Moodie-Mills
Advisor, LGBT Policy & Racial Justice
Center for American Progress
Policy wonk, political commentator, and equality advocate. Aisha’s work with the FIRE Initiative at CAP explores the intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender, and she has been featured by a host of print and television outlets including MSNBC, Essence, CurrentTV, and Politico among others. She, and her wife Danielle, also pen the politics and culture blog, threeLOL.com.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Executive Editor
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, speaker and technologist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Executive Editor of the popular website Feministing.com and is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. She is also co-host of the podcast Opinionated on Citizen Radio.
Moses Newson
Retired Journalist with the Baltimore Afro-American Newspapers
Member of the Hall of Fame for MD/DE Press Association
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Zachary Norris
Justice for Families
Zachary Norris is the Co-Director of Justice for Families, a national alliance of family driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic. Zachary is an attorney, a former Soros Justice Fellow and past director of Books Not Bars, a campaign of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Sian OFaolain
Field Organizer
Rights Working Group
Michael Omi
University of California, Berkeley
Michael Omi is a professor of Asian American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award — an honor bestowed on only 232 UC Berkeley faculty members since the award’s inception in 1959. He is the co-author of Racial Formation in the United States, a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place.
Jacqueline Johnson Pata
Executive Director
National Congress of American Indians
Jacqueline Pata is the Executive Director of NCAI, the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. Pata was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs during the Clinton Administration and serves on the Executive Board for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Abraham Paulos
Executive Director
Families for Freedom
ABRAHAM PAULOS is deeply committed to social justice and has worked for a number of years advocating for immigrant rights. Abraham is an Eritrean refugee, born in Sudan and raised in Chicago. He is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and is currently finishing a Masters in Human Rights at the New School University.
Sonia Pena
Associate Director
Ana Perez
National Movement Director
Ana Perez is the National Movement Building Director for Presente.org, the largest Latino on-line membership organization. She has been at the forefront of organizing effective multi-racial and multi-sector coalitions rooted in equity and community empowerment frameworks. She fled the Salvadoran civil war in the early 1980s, grew up in Los Angeles, and benefited from the 1986 immigration reform.
Magda Phillips
Community Organizer
Baltimore Algebra Project
Has been serving as a member of the Baltimore Algebra Project since 2008. As a member, she has embarked in: a camp out on City Hall
Maria Poblet
Executive Director
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Ai-jen Poo
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the organization that spearheaded the passage of New York state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2012 Ai-jen was named to Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list and the Time 100 list.
Nicole Porter
Director of Advocacy
The Sentencing Project
Nicole D. Porter is the Director of Advocacy and coordinates state campaigns for The Sentencing Project. She manages efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Porter works closely with advocates at the state and local level in planning their media and advocacy strategies to advance criminal justice reforms.
Maggie Potapchuk
MP Associates
Maggie Potapchuk MP Associates (www.mpassociates.us) - dedicated to building the capacity of organizations & communities to effectively address structural racism and privilege for building a just society. Her research includes, Community Change Processes in Addressing Racial Inequities and Flipping the Script: White Privilege & Community Building. She co-created www.racialequitytools.org & www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org.
John Powell
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
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Jennifer Pozner
Executive Director
Women In Media & News
Jennifer Pozner is a journalist, public speaker and founding director of Women In Media & News, a media analysis, education and advocacy group. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry calls her book, Reality Bites Back:The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, "required reading for every American girl and woman." Her widely-published media analysis is featured on ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN,MSNBC&FOX.
Michael Premo
Housing is a Human Right
Michael Premo is an artist, cultural worker and organizer dedicated to human rights. Michael co-created the Housing is a Human Right storytelling project; and among others has worked with Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, StoryCorps, The Civilians and Organizing for Occupation. He is on the Board of The Network of Ensemble Theaters.
Dennis Quirin
Program Officer
Race & Equity Collaborative, Proteus Fund
Chris Rabb
Social Entrepreneur in Residence
Temple University's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute
Chris Rabb is a teacher, writer, social entrepreneur and thought leader on the intersection of entrepreneurship, politics, media and social identity.
Soyinka Rahim
Our Thing Performance Company
Soyinka Rahim, founder of Our Thing Arts Company is a Certified InterPlay Leader. Raised in Oakland, California, Soyinka facilitates Movement Meditations and Interplay with diverse groups in the U.S. and abroad. A member of the Bay Area’s most renowned dance companies, she has choreographed multigenerational dance performances including an original dance play, “An Altar Piece to Alter Peace.”
Nitika Raj
National Organizer
Resource Generation
Nitika Raj, National Organizer at Resource Generation organizing young people of color with wealth. She comes from anti-violence and anti-homophobia work using arts for building power and healing. In 2010, Nitika became a member of Social Justice Fund’s first giving project. Her “giving” (returning of wealth) supports the liberation of women & LGBTQ communities of color, art, and creating peace.
Franchesca Ramsey
An actress, comedian and blogger with 95k subscribers on YouTube. Her videos have been featured on MTV, The NY Times and The BBC. “Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls” was viewed 5 million times in 5 days, garnering coverage on MSNBC, ABC and Anderson Cooper. Franchesca dreams of having a talk show or sitcom where she can continue to inspire.
Lisa Ranghelli
Director, Grantmaking for Community Impact Project
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Lisa Ranghelli is the director of NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project, combining research and field engagement to increase funding for policy solutions to pressing community issues. Prior to joining NCRP in 2008, Lisa spent 20 years promoting advocacy and civic engagement among underserved communities. Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a master of regional planning degree from Cornell University.
Sangeetha Ravichandran
Program Director
A Long Walk Home
Sangeetha Ravichandran, MAAT, LPC, was born and raised in India, moved to Chicago to pursue her fine art career and then an art therapy career. Her research and work centers around intersectional approaches to examining empowerment and serving women and girls in marginalized communities by acknowledging their resilience, helping them heal and gain a stronger voice against violence.
Jill Reese
Associate Director
Alliance for a Just Society
Jill Reese is the Associate Director of the Alliance for a Just Society. She joined the Alliance in 2003 after serving three years with its affiliate, Idaho Community Action Network. From 2009-2011, Jill directed the Health Rights Organizing Project, a coalition of 35 organizations in 23 states that was instrumental in winning inclusion of health equity provisions in health reform.
Steven Renderos
National Organizer
Center for Media Justice
Steven is the National Organizer at the Center for Media Justice. He's been organizing for 7 years and producing media for 10. He is a native of Los Angeles, spent 9 years in Minneapolis and recently relocated to New York. He's also a DJ and was the co-founder of Radio Pocho a successful program at a community radio station in Minneapolis, MN.
Zo Reznick Gewanter
Program Director
New Lens
Scott Roberts
Campaign Coordinator
Advancement Project
Scott Roberts is the Campaign Coordinator for Advancement Project’s Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline program. In this role he works directly with local community organizations and activists to provide support, training, and strategic advice in their efforts to address harmful and discriminatory school discipline policies and practices.
Diana Robinson
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Diana Robinson is the Campaign and Education Coordinator of the FCWA. Diana previously worked at UFCW Local 1500, where she played dual roles as a worker organizer and the Food Policy Coordinator. She was a leader of the union’s 2011 campaign to organize Target workers. Diana graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer that works for social change.
Bayet̩ Ross Smith
Artist, photographer, educator
Question Bridge: Black males
Bayet̩ Ross Smith is a photographer and multi-media artist from Harlem, New York. His work examines identity, beauty and media literacy. He also creates community based public art. Bayet̩ is a faculty member at NYU, the ICP and Parsons. His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Amirah Sackett
Don't Panic""
We're Muslim
Babatunde Salaam
Advocacy Leader
New Lens
Babatunde Salaam works as Advocacy Leader at New Lens, a youth-led organization that uses art and media to create social change. Mr. Salaam has worked on video projects addressing education, police/youth relations, sexual health, youth employment and other issues. Mr. Salaam is currently a student at Morgan State University and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.
Julio Salgado
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com and member of CultureStrike. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement.
Diamond Sampson
Student Leader
Inner Harbor Project
My name is Diamond Sampson and I am a sophomore at Baltimore City College high school. I joined the Inner Harbor Project in June 2012. I think this project will give young people a chance to reveal the unknown. As a person I am very outspoken so this is a way to let my voice be heard!
Jessica Sandoval
Director of National Field Operations
Campaign for Youth Justice
Jessica Sandoval, Director of National Field Operations at the Campaign for Youth Justice, a national organization that is dedicated to ending the practice of prosecuting children under 18 in the adult criminal justice system. She is responsible for the overall state campaign strategy. Ms. Sandoval uses her organizing and advocacy expertise to build grassroots campaigns and to increase field capacity.
Linda Sarsour
National Advocacy Director
National Network for Arab American Communities
Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and national security reform activist. Linda has been at the forefront of recent controversy around the warrantless surveillance of Muslim Americans in NYC. Linda is a proponent of coalition building and connecting the different movements to look at the criminal justice, immigration enforcement and national security systems through a racial justice lens.
Christine Schweidler
Research Director
Chris is Research Director at DataCenter, and a research justice activist! Research justice is a transformative research agenda that challenges inequalities in knowledge production and access to information, and centers community knowledge and leadership in movements for social change. Chris has collaborated on community driven research projects across areas including health, workers' rights, the prison industrial complex, and housing.
Liliana Segura
Editor and journalist
The Nation
Liliana Segura is an editor and journalist with a focus on prisons and sentencing. Her writing on criminal justice issues has appeared in The Nation, AlterNet, ColorLines, and other publications. She has appeared on Democracy Now, Up With Chris Hayes, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She is on the board of ARC and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.
Rinku Sen
Applied Research Center (ARC)
Rinku Sen is the President of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and publisher of Colorlines.com. Rinku is also the author of Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization. Her work on immigration has recently been featured on ABC and MSNBC. Rinku is a Prime Movers Fellow and was named one of Ms. Magazine’s “21 Feminists to Watch.”
Neomara Serges
Neomara Serges was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois wear she is currently trying to back to college because it's expenisve. However in her free time she enjoys volunteering for different orginizations as the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and About Face Youth Theatre.
Silky Shah
Communications Director
Detention Watch Network
Silky Shah is the Communications Director of the Detention Watch Network (DWN), a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to reform the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system. In addition to her work with DWN, she co-produces Asia Pacific Forum, a pan-Asian radio show on Pacifica's WBAI 99.5 FM in New York.
Andy Shallal
Busboys and Poets
Andy Shallal is the owner and founder of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurants, spaces that are created for community gatherings where art, culture and politics intentionally collide and where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.
Lucas Shapiro
Senior Organizer
FUREE (Families United for Racial & Economic Equality)
Lucas Shapiro is a Senior Organizer at FUREE working with members on its Accountable Development Campaign. He serves on the board of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice and is working to open a new community organizing and cultural center in NYC: www.movementspaceproject.org
Iman Sifterllah-Griffin
Don't Panic""
We're Muslim
Khadijah Sifterllah-Griffin
Don't Panic""
We're Muslim
Dara Silverman
Rise Consulting
Dara Silverman is a consultant, organizer and trainer who works with social justice organizations to build their organizing skills, fundraising and organizational capacity. Dara is on the Leadership Team of SURJ: Showing up for Racial Justice. She splits her time between consulting and teaching yoga. For more information: http://www.darasilverman.wordpress.com
Rajdeep Singh
Director of Law and Policy
The Sikh Coalition
Rajdeep Singh serves as director of law and policy for the Sikh Coalition. In recent years, he led successful efforts to pass civil rights legislation in Oregon and California; published articles in the Washington Post and New York Times; and appeared on numerous television and radio programs. He earned his JD in 2006 at the College of William & Mary.
Saket Soni
Executive Director
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
Saket Soni is an Organizer and the Director of the New Orleans Workers
Lester Spence
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkims University
Lester Spence is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Larrinita Starks
Youth Leader
A Long Walk Home
Larrinita is a high school senior at North Lawndale College Prep Charter high school. Larrinita identifies as a natural leader and uses her poetry to advocate and bring awareness about ending violence against girls and women in her community.
Christian Sundquist
Professor of Law
Albany Law School
Professor Sundquist teaches critical race theory, evidence, federal courts and immigration at Albany Law School. His scholarly interest lies at the intersection of race and law, and his publications have appeared in the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal, the Columbia Journal for Race and Law and the N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law Journal, among others.
Tiffani Sykhammountry
GLSEN Student Ambassador
Tiffani has dealt with bullying but it was her close friend's experiences with severe forms of harassment that motivated her to pursue anti-bullying and human rights work. Tiffani is a senior in high school, President of her school’s GSA and Humanitarian Club, and a GLSEN Student Ambassador.
Lenora Taitt-Magubane
Education/Social Work Consultant
Dr.A.Lenora Taitt-Magubane is a native New Yorker who became involved in the civil rights movement while attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she became a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights(Atlanta Student Movement). In December 1961 traveling by train from Atlanta, she became one of the 11 Albany Georgia freedom riders who tested interstate travel, were arrested and spent two weeks in the Albany City and County jails. Presently, she works as an Education/ Social Work Consultant and lecturer on the civil rights movement of the 1960
Susan Taylor Batten
Association of Black Foundation Executives
Ms. Batten is the President of the Association of Black Foundation Executives. Prior to joining ABFE, she was a Senior Associate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group and has served on several councils on issues of diversity in the field of philanthropy.
James Thindwa
Civic Engagement Coordinator
American Federation of Teachers
James Thindwa is the civic engagement coordinator for the American Federation of Teachers. He is a former consumer rights activist for Citizen Action (Ohio & Indiana), organizer for Metro Seniors (Chicago) and director of Chicago Jobs With Justice. Thindwa serves on the boards of Illinois Labor History Society, CAN TV and In These Times magazine, where is he also a writer.
S. Leigh Thompson
Executive Director
The Forum Project
S. Leigh Thompson is a social justice artist, critical educator, raging queer and the Executive Director of The Forum Project, an organization using Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) to engage communities in dialogue around oppression. Leigh holds an MA from NYU in utilizing TO for political and social change, and serves on the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Board.
Wendy Thompson
Harvest of Empire
EVS Communication
For nearly 12 years, Ms. Wendy Thompson was Vice President of ZGS Broadcast Holdings, a minority-owned communications company where she supervised the daily operations and advertising sales of eleven Telemundo network affiliates.
Aimee Thorne-Thomsen
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships
Advocates for Youth
Aimée Thorne-Thomsen is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth, a national sexual and reproductive health organization serving young people. She has an extensive background in communications, movement-building, and new media technologies. Aimée earned her BA from Yale University and an MPA from Baruch College, City University of New York.
Opal Tometi
National Organizer
Black Alliance for Just Immigration/ Black Immigration Network
Opal Tometi is the National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), where she helps to educate and advocate for immigrant rights and racial justice with African-Americans, Afro-Latinos, African and Caribbean immigrant communities.
Jermaine Toney
Research Consultant
Applied Research Center
Jermaine Toney is Research Consultant with Applied Research Center. He is working towards a doctorate in economics from New School for Social Research in NYC. Previously, Jermaine worked as lead researcher with Organizing Apprenticeship Project in Minnesota. There, he authored policy reports on economic opportunity and education. He has presented at Kirwan Institute’s Transforming Race Conference in 2012.
Loan Tran
United 4 the DREAM
Loan Tran is a queer immigrant community organizer originally from Vietnam and currently based (and loving it) in the South. Loan believes in ending intrapersonal violence, advocating for migration as a basic human right, creating anti-racist spaces, addressing issues of socioeconomic injustice, and the liberation of queer and transgender individuals in their community through story sharing as a revolutionary tactic.
Tracy Van Slyke
The New Bottom Line
Tracy Van Slyke is the director of The New Bottom Line-an alignment of community organizations, congregations and individuals working to challenge big bank interests and build an economy that works for everyone. Van Slyke is the former director of The Media Consortium and is co-author of the book, Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Multimedia Journalist, Founder of Define American
Define American
Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning multimedia journalist, is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.
Lori Villarosa
Executive Director
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Lori Villarosa is the executive director and founder of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), www.racialequity.org, a multiyear project intended to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism. She has been in philanthropy for more than 20 years, and sits on the board of directors of several foundations and nonprofit organizations.
Carla Wallace
Coordinating Team
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Mentored by white southern antiracist Anne Braden and activists in Kentucky's Black Liberation Movement, Carla has been engaged in social justice organizing for over 30 years. She is a cofounder of the Fairness Campaign in Louisville which places racial justice central to the struggle for LGBTQ equality. She helps lead Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice and the national SURJ network.
Dorian Warren
Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs
Columbia University
Dorian T. Warren is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.
Jamal Watkins
Chief of Staff
Center for Social Inclusion
In his role as Chief of Staff, Mr. Watkins is responsible for providing programmatic leadership through the management of all program staff. This includes but is not limited to strategy development, program management, organizational networking, alliance building and relationship management.
Seth Wessler
Applied Research Center
Maya Wiley
Founder & President
Center for Social Inclusion
Maya Wiley is the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national organization that works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. A civil rights attorney, Maya has litigated, lobbied the US Congress and developed programs to transform structural racial inequity in the US and South Africa.
Chancellar Williams
Government and External Affairs Manager
Free Press
Chancellar lobbies for public interest media policies. He works to make Washington more accessible by engaging key allies in lobbying and advocacy on Capitol Hill and at the FCC. Chancellar also builds collaborative projects that advance Free Press’ policy and movement-building goals. Chancellar serves on the board of Allied Media Projects and the advisory council of the Media Literacy Project.
Ron Williams
Executive Director
Oregon Action
Ron Williams entered the realm of community organizing through leadership development training provided by the Industrial Areas Foundation. Ron’s particular expertise is in the area of designing and facilitating leadership development workshops and trainings for dis-empowered and disenfranchised groups. Ron Williams is Executive Director of Oregon Action based in Portland, Oregon.
Jamia Wilson
Vice President of Programs
Women's Media Center
Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller. Her words and works have been featured in GOOD Magazine, CBS News, Alternet, GRIT TV, Ms. Magazine, The Today Show, Rookie Magazine, and more.
Tim Wise
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, and the author of 6 books, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and his latest, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, which examines rising white anxiety in an increasingly multicultural nation.
Janée Woods Weber
Program Officer
Everyday Democracy
As a program officer, Jan̩e provides training and coaching to community coalitions to help them develop large-scale, diverse dialogue programs and problem solving strategies for community-wide issues.
Kai Wright
Editorial Director
Kai Wright is Editorial Director of the award-winning daily news site Colorlines.com, fellow of The Nation Institute, and author of three books on race, sexuality and African American history. Kai has closely covered the foreclosure crisis and the ensuing economic collapse and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, The Root, The American Prospect, and other high-profile media outlets. Follow @kai_wright.
Miriam Yeung
Executive Director
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Miriam W. Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) guides the country’s only national, multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the US.
Kalima Young
Project Coordinator
Maryland Institute College of Art
Ms. Young coordinates the Baltimore Art + Justice Project. She facilitates dialogue, data collection and mapping that enables Baltimore City to identify and strengthen its arts based social justice assets. Formerly with the ACLU of Maryland, Ms. Young also served as Project Director of Connect to Protect: Baltimore, a project that mapped communities to support partnerships and advocacy around HIV/AIDS.
Deanna Zandt
Media Technologist
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media and advocacy organizations, and her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more.