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Lenore Anderson is the director of Californians for Safety and Justice, a nonprofit campaign of Californians from all walks of life joining together to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. Before launching Californians for Safety and Justice, Anderson was chief of policy and chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Previously, she served as the director of the Books Not Bars campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She also currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Youth Wellness, a new initiative to reduce the health impacts of chronic stress and trauma on urban youth.
Lenore Anderson in Changing the Conversation: California Needs a Bold New Vision on Safety ›
Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, and a recognized leader in the criminal justice reform and reentry rights movements. After cycling in and out of the criminal justice system for nearly 15 years, Burton gained freedom and sobriety and founded A New Way of Life in 1998. She opened her doors to other women returning home from prisons and jails, offering shelter, safety, leadership, and support to those seeking to rebuild their lives. Among her accolades, Burton has been nominated as a CNN Top 10 Hero in the category of “community crusader,” was awarded the Purpose Prize in 2012, and received the Citizen Activist Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2010.
Susan Burton in Beyond Bars: It Is Time to Bring Women Home ›
Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU ULTCW — the United Long Term Care Workers' Union, which represents 180,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers across California. Butler brings to her position years of experience working to improve the lives of members by successfully running strategic organizing campaigns, forming alliances with community and political allies, and partnering with other unions to build workers' strength. Butler has played an important role in shaping the labor movement's strategy for organizing newly emergent multi-national, multi-service corporations such as Sodexho, Compass, and Aramark. In response to the outsourcing of millions of food service jobs, SEIU and Unite Here joined forces to form Service Workers United to organize and represent food service workers. As secretary-treasurer, Butler has been a part of uniting 25,000 food service workers around the country in a virtually non-union industry. Most recently, she served as SEIU's Property Services division director, responsible for the strategic direction of the more than 250,000 janitors, security officers, window cleaners, and food service workers across the country.
Laphonza Butler in The Future of Care in America: An Opportunity at the Intersection of Immigrant and Workers' Rights ›
Sofia Campos is the board chair of the United We Dream Network, the largest national immigrant youth organization in the country. Born in Peru, Campos migrated to the United States with her family when she was six years old. In her senior year of high school, she discovered she was undocumented and, with the encouragement of her parents, accepted her admissions into UCLA. There, she taught UCLA's first ever “Undocumented Student Experience” seminar and served as co-chair of Improving Dreams Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS) from 2010-2011. After gaining organizing experience inside and outside the classroom, Campos graduated with honors in Bachelors of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science and a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. She currently works at the Dream Resource Center in Los Angeles, and helps coordinate the national book tour for Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement. Campos is proud to be a community advocate and will continue her studies in an Urban Planning Master's program this fall.
Sofia Campos in Strength in Our Differences: The Future of the Dream Movement ›
Maria Echaveste is a senior fellow at Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. She is also co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group, a policy, legislative strategy, and advocacy group working with non-profit and corporate clients. From 1998 to 2001, she served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. Among her responsibilities in this role was overseeing issues relating to Mexico and Latin America. Echaveste has worked as a community leader and corporate attorney, and was previously the policy and program development director at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Maria Echaveste in Harnessing the Power of the New American Majority ›
Catherine Eusebio is an undocumented Filipino American from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in political science. As a student, she served on the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Task Force improving the campus climate for immigrant youth. Currently, Eusebio is a social justice fellow at Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) where she is partnered with UCLA Labor Center's Dream Summer internship program to increase opportunities for API youth to participate in our social justice movement.
Catherine Eusebio in Strength in Our Differences: The Future of the Dream Movement ›
District Attorney George Gascón
George Gascón was elected as District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco in November 2011. District Attorney Gascón was elected on a platform of reducing violent crime, protecting vulnerable victims, creating safer neighborhoods, and combating high school truancy. DA Gascón is the first Latino to hold the office of District Attorney in San Francisco. He has over three decades of experience in law enforcement and was previously San Francisco's Chief of Police.
George Gascón in The Courage to Change: How Prosecutors Can Lead on Public Safety ›
Maisie Greenawalt is vice president of strategy for Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides from-scratch food service to corporations, universities, and museums in 32 states. She has been instrumental in shaping the company's numerous commitments to social and environmental responsibility, starting with the Farm to Fork program, a groundbreaking companywide initiative to buy locally launched in 1991. Additionally, Greenawalt is cofounder and president of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, whose mission is to educate people about how their food choices affect the global environment and local economies. Bon Appétit is the first food service company to tackle issues such as antibiotics, food and climate change, and farmworker rights, and Greenawalt has been instrumental in facilitating fair labor practices throughout their entire supply chain. She is on the boards of Food Alliance and the Equitable Food Initiative.
Maisie Greenawalt in From Farm to Fork: How Consumers Can Make a Difference for Farm Workers ›
Daniel Grossman founded Wild Planet Toys in 1993 and currently serves as the company's chief executive officer. As CEO, he guides a growing company dedicated to developing non-violent, innovative products that appeal to both parents and kids. The company continues to receive numerous awards and accolades for its toys.
Prior to founding Wild Planet, Grossman worked at Aviva Sports from 1991 to 1993, and was on the senior management team of Mattel International. Grossman is currently the board chair of the Rosenberg Foundation.
Daniel Grossman in Welcome ›
Jorge Gutierrez is fierce, queer, and undocumented. He was born in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from the California State University, Fullerton. Gutierrez is a Queer Dream Summer coordinator, a program of the Dream Resource Center, and a member of Dream Team Los Angeles. He is also a co-founder of DeColores Queer Orange County and project coordinator of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a project of United We Dream. QUIP is a national program seeking to organize and mobilize queer undocumented youth in order to bridge the LGBTQ and immigrant rights movements.
Jorge Gutierrez in Strength in Our Differences: The Future of the Dream Movement ›
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is the founding physician and former medical director of the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center. She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Burke Harris has recently embarked on a new project to create the Center for Youth Wellness, a comprehensive health and wellness center that integrates medical, mental health, holistic, and social services for an evidence-based approach to improving the health and well-being of urban children and youth. She also maintains her clinical practice at the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris in Futures at Risk: Preventing Children's Exposure to Violence ›
Benjamin Todd Jealous
Benjamin Todd Jealous is the 17th president and CEO of the NAACP. Appointed to that position at age 35 in 2008, he is the youngest person to lead the century-old organization. As president of the NAACP, he has opened national programs on education, health, and environmental justice. He has also greatly increased the organization's capacity to work on issues related to the economy and to register and mobilize voters. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford University, the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation and served as the founding director of Amnesty International's US Human Rights Program.
Benjamin Todd Jealous in Harnessing the Power of the New American Majority ›
Kate Kendell, Esq., is the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Through direct litigation and advocacy, NCLR works to change discriminatory laws and to create new laws and policies benefiting the LGBT community. Kendell is a nationally recognized spokesperson for LGBT rights and has an active voice in major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Advocate, NPR, CNN, and many others.
Kate Kendell in Harnessing the Power of the New American Majority ›
Erik Nicholson is the national vice president of the United Farm Workers (UFW). He oversees the union's activities in the states of Oregon and Washington and coordinates the UFW's international work. He also serves as co-chair of the Equitable Food Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on creating a certification process for food around farm labor, food safety, and environmental stewardship issues. Nicholson has worked extensively on pesticide issues as they affect farmworkers and their families, child labor, housing, consumer outreach and education, and legislative issues, and is also currently a member of the board of directors of Fair Trade USA.
Erik Nicholson in From Farm to Fork: How Consumers Can Make a Difference for Farm Workers ›
Judy Patrick is president and CEO of the Women's Foundation of California. Prior to her appointment in 2008, Patrick held the post of executive vice president of programs for nine years. In that role, Patrick led the Foundation's advocacy and policy change work, including the development of the groundbreaking Women's Policy Institute. She also worked to develop programs to strengthen grant partners' organizational capacity and to evaluate the impact of their work.
Judy Patrick in Beyond Bars: It Is Time to Bring Women Home ›
Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000, she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state's historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. She serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Among her numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, and being named to Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women list and the Time 100 list.
Ai-jen Poo in The Future of Care in America: An Opportunity at the Intersection of Immigrant and Workers' Rights ›
Timothy P. Silard
Tim Silard is the president of the Rosenberg Foundation. Since joining the Foundation in 2008, he has made criminal justice reform in California a core focus of the Foundation. Silard joined the Rosenberg Foundation from the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where he served as chief of policy, developing reforms in criminal justice, civil rights, and immigrant rights. He previously was HOPE VI Director for the Corporation for National Service, where he served on the Community Enterprise Board and White House Urban Policy Working Group.
Timothy P. Silard in Welcome ›
Minor Sinclair is the regional director for Oxfam's U.S. program and serves as co-chair of the Equitable Food Initiative. The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) was created by a consortium of major food buyers, growers, farm worker groups, and consumer advocates to certify compliance with standards on food safety, pesticide reduction, and working conditions in fresh food production. Prior, Sinclair co-led Oxfam's Caribbean program and worked for many years on human rights and global issues including overseas service with the Mennonite Central Committee. He obtained a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Minor Sinclair in From Farm to Fork: How Consumers Can Make a Difference for Farm Workers ›
One of the world's foremost experts on violence against women and children, Esta Soler founded Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, 30 years ago and made it one of the world's leading violence prevention agencies. With offices in San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C., and partners around the world, Futures Without Violence develops innovative strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking, and child abuse. Soler's many awards include a 2010 Woman of the Year honor from a California legislator, a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California, Public Health Heroes Award.
Esta Soler in Futures at Risk: Preventing Children's Exposure to Violence ›