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.
Richard Kim is the executive editor of The Nation. He is co-editor, with Betsy Reed, of the New York Times bestselling anthology Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare. Kim has appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Up with Chris Hayes/Steve Kornacki, Melissa Harris-Perry, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now! and other media outlets. He has taught at New York University and Skidmore College.
Ramon Ramirez is a Distinguished Taconic Fellow of the Washington D.C based organization, Community Change. Ramon was a founding member of PCUN, Oregon Farmworkers Union, and served as President from 1995 to 2018. In addition to Race Forward, Ramon serves on the Board of Directors of the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, Center for Popular Democracy and the United Farmworkers of America Foundation. Ramon is currently a member of the Higher Education Coordinating Council for the State of Oregon.
As President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Lori Bezahler leads a national grant making program supporting organizing and leadership by young people and communities of color to dismantle structural inequity based on race and class. During 2013, Ms. Bezahler was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Her writing and commentary have appeared in The Nation, the Washington Post, Foundation Review, the Journal of Responsive Philanthropy, and on numerous blogs and other media outlets.
Ron Shiffman is a city planner with over 50 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development assistance to community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In 1964, Ron Shiffman co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development [PICCED], which is today the oldest continuously operated university-based community design and development center in the United States.
Kavitha Mediratta is the founding executive director of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, a leadership programme for changemakers working to dismantle anti-Black racism in the United States and South Africa and served previously as Chief Strategy Advisor at the Atlantic Philanthropies, where she led the foundation’s racial equity programs including its work on the school to prison pipeline.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH recently joined the American Medical Association (AMA) in April 2019 as their inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President. Her role is to embed health equity in all the work of the AMA and to launch a Health Equity Center.
Kevin J. Allis is the founder and president of Thunderbird Strategies, LLC, a government relations firm specializing in advocacy of Native American rights, and a member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Allis is the former Chief Executive Officer at the National Congress of American Indians, and has years of experience working in Washington, D.C. as both an attorney and government relations practitioner.
Christi Tran currently works at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a senior adviser, where she's focused on community power and equity-promoting network approaches. Previously, she was a freelance consultant on strategic planning, human-centered design, and coaching to foundations and nonprofits, primarily those focused on social justice and racial equity. Having grown up in Houston, TX and lived in Oakland, CA and Honolulu, HI, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Rodney Foxworth is CEO of Common Future, a national intermediary and network of frontline leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists working to build an equitable and inclusive economy. Rodney has spoken on the issues of racial equity, impact investing, philanthropy, and community economic development at Skoll World Forum, Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), Global Philanthropy Forum, Mission Investors Exchange, Social Finance Forum, and Aspen Institute, among other stages.
Ralph Remington has extensive professional experience in arts administration and government, and has experience as a director, actor, essayist, playwright and screenwriter. Prior to joining the City and County of San Francisco as Director of Cultural Affairs, he served as the Deputy Director for Arts and Culture for the City of Tempe, Arizona. In that role, he was responsible for Tempe Center for the Arts’ comprehensive performance and visual art programming, as well as overseeing public art, the Tempe History Museum, arts engagement and municipal arts granting.
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at Community Change, where he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in the communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity, and anti-poverty programs. Before joining Community Change, Sean worked as a policy analyst at UnidosUS, where he focused on employment and income security issues.