Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of award-winning news site Colorlines. Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity through research, media, and practice.
Gary Delgado is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. The founder and former Executive Director of the Applied Research Center, he is a nationally recognized researcher, lecturer, and activist on issues of race and social justice. Gary was one of the initial organizers of ACORN, a lead organizer with the National Welfare Rights Organization, and cofounder and director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO).
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 Co-Director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law & Policy and also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.
Victor Goode, Associate Professor, earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School. He has practiced in the areas of affirmative action, housing, and other civil rights issues. Before joining the CUNY Law School faculty, he served as Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, founded the Affirmative Action Coordinating Center, worked as part of the legal team that filed amicus briefs in three landmark affirmative action cases (Bakke, Weber, and Fullilove), and taught in the Urban Legal Studies Program at the City College of New York.
Ellen Gurzinsky founded WindowBox Coaching and Consulting with more than 30 years of organizational leadership and a wealth of experience in non-profit management. She deeply believes in the ability of leaders to transform themselves and organizations with the right kind of support. Ellen offers help with meeting facilitation, staff retreats and strategic planning and with fundraising from individuals. In her coaching she supports all leaders, new and experienced, to be more strategic, more engaged and more effective.
LeeAnn Hall has been the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society (formerly the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations) since its founding in 1993 and has over 28 years of organizing experience. She guides the development of campaigns and reports, and was at the forefront of designing testing models to address under-enrollment in public benefits programs. She has worked as the Director for Idaho Community Action Network and in that capacity she has overseen the successful campaign to cover farmworkers by Idaho’s minimum wage laws. LeeAnn was the recipient of the pres
Deepa Iyer is the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national, non-profit organization in the Washington DC area. Ms. Iyer has guided SAALT’s direction on policy advocacy, programs and partnerships since 2004. An attorney by training, Ms. Iyer has previously worked at Asian American legal organizations as well as the Civil Rights Division of the U.S.
Chris is a writer, consultant and speaker on the intersection of entrepreneurship, media, civic engagement and social identity. He is an adjunct professor at Temple University where he teaches social entrepreneurship and organizational innovation.
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of issues ranging from fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to ending Pat Buchanan’s tenure as an MSNBC analyst. Robinson spearheaded ColorOfChange’s American Legislative Council (ALEC) national campaign.
An activist turned journalist, in 2011 Liliana Segura was named Associate Editor of The Nation Magazine, a publication that has featured her writing on topics ranging from the criminal justice system to Colombian politics to the culture wars over sex education in public schools. Before that she was a senior writer and editor at AlterNet, where she covered Civil Liberties—with a focus on prisons and the death penalty—as well as and international topics—particularly Guantanamo and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist, the co-founder of and partner at Lux Digital, and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler 2010). She is a consultant to key media and advocacy organizations, and her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown.