Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the 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.
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. Department of Justice
Chris Rabb 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.
Mike Keats is Principal, State and Local Government at North Highland, a global management consulting firm where he leads system implementation and business transformation initiatives for public health, social service, education, housing, and transportation agencies. In addition to his work in the public sector, Mike has extensive experience in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sector, focused on improving organizational effectiveness, business processes and financial management.
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). Gary received the prestigious Bannerman Fellowship for activists of color; he’s been recognized as a Hellraiser by Mother Jones magazine; and was profiled as a one of 61 Visionaries by the Utne Reader.
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. Ellen’s organizational experience reflects her commitment to racial, social, economic and gender justice. Her work has been focused on workers rights and labor education; women’s advocacy; violence against women; LGBT rights and movement building.
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
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.
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.
Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurant. Both restaurant concepts create an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted. Spaces to feed the mind, body and soul and where art, culture and politics take center stage. With 6 locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals. By Spring of 2016, Busboys and Poets will be open in Historic Anacostia in Ward 8 with a state of the art culinary and leadership
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.
Sharda Sekaran manages all of the Drug Policy Alliance’s communications and audience engagement efforts. Sharda has been an active human rights proponent since she was a high school student organizing opposition to budget cuts and inequity in the New York City public education system. She began her professional advocacy career in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, monitoring the international weapons trade.