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 prest
Dianne Yamashiro-Omi has served in the field of philanthropy and non-profit administration for over 30 years as a Program Officer and consultant for private and corporate foundations, and Executive Director of community-based social service organizations in the Bay Area. Currently she is the part-time Director of Funding Partnerships at Independent Television Services (ITVS), a non-profit funder and producer of social issue documentary films (Independent Lens), Point of View (POV) and Frontline.
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.
Scot got his first job as a community organizer in 1980, and since then has worked in organizational management, social research, public policy analysis and advocacy, and philanthropy. He also has a background as a teacher and a service provider working with low-income communities to create accountable organizations that are responsive to community needs.
Ramon Ramirez is the President of PCUN-Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), Oregon’s farmworkers union and largest Latino organization in the state. Originally from Los Angeles, Ramon has made Oregon his home for the past 40 years dedicating his life work to immigrant rights and social justice. In his spare time he enjoys making flower arrangements, cooking and time with family. He loves new challenges and looks forward to working for Evolve to make it a successful organization.
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 Executive Director at Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and formerly, the Chief Strategy Advisor for Equity Initiatives and Human Capital Development at The Atlantic Philanthropies.