The 2017 Women's March was led by four co-chairs. The 2019 Women's March is led by a steering committee of over 20 women from a wide range of backgrounds that more fully represents the diversity and vibrancy of the Women's March movement. We all experience womanhood in different ways depending on who we are.
On January 19th and beyond, we bring our communities together and commit to defending each other, to understanding the different struggles we hold and those we share. Our #WomensWave will rise high enough to break down any wall in our way. Meet the 2019 Women's March Steering Committee:
Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent; she is the 10th generation of the Baal Shem Tov - founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore different world views. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy. Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, WSJ, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, Instyle, and more, as well as live appearances on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, ShowTime, NowThis, PopSugar, as well as internationally. In 2016 Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are affecting change in the world. She is currently studying gender studies and political science at Columbia University. Her book “Becoming Eve” A Memoir, will be published by Seal Press in fall 2019.
Aida Hurtado is a Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a social psychologist whose research focuses on race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, specializing in educational equity for Chicanas/os, Chicana feminist theory, and media representations of Latinos.
Aimee Allison is the Founder of She the People, the national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color. By bringing together the most promising women of color candidates, strategists, and movement leaders, Ms. Allison is one of the primary architects for the electoral successes in 2018 that made it the “year of women of color in politics.” In September 2018, she convened the first summit to focus on women of color in politics to show that social justice can, in fact, become the law of the land. A democratic innovator and visionary, Ms. Allison has led forums and initiatives on race and gender at the Democratic National Convention and Politicon, among others. In conjunction with her leadership of She the People, Ms. Allison is President of Democracy in Color, dedicated to empowering the multiracial progressive electorate through media, public conversations, research, and analysis. She has led national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions, expand the electorate, and support leaders who advocate for a progressive future. A thought leader, a speaker, and a writer, Ms. Allison's acclaimed podcast, “Democracy in Color,” has featured some of the best and brightest political leadership, including Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Congressman Ted Lieu, and Senator Cory Booker. In the early 1990’s, Ms. Allison was one of the first women of color to be honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector and works today to support courageous, moral leadership. Aimee Allison holds a B.A. in history and M.A. in education from Stanford University. Author of Army of None, she has written for the New York Times, The Hill, and ESSENCE Magazine; and is online @aimeeallison.
Ana Maria Archila
Ana María emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 17 and has become a leading voice for racial justice, economic justice and immigrant rights in New York and nationally, first as co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY), and now as co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). During Ana María's 13 years at MRNY and its predecessor organization, the Latin American Integration Center, Ana Maria helped build a build the organization into a powerful force for change in New York and nationally. In 2014, Ana María stepped into a new role as Co-Executive Director at the Center for Popular Democracy, and helped build it into one of the largest community organizing networks in the country, with 45 affiliate organizations in 32 states.
April Baskin has been committed to opening doors and embracing diversity in the Jewish community throughout her career. Raised in Sacramento, CA, by a white Jewish mother and a black Jewish father, Baskin was immersed in Reform Jewish life from an early age, and relished opportunities in her synagogue, camp, and youth group to engage in Jewish learning and participate in social action. “I was that rare kid who not only liked, but loved Hebrew school,” she has said. As an adult, she drew on her experience as a young, multiracial Jew who had felt both inside and outside mainstream Jewish life, to consult with Jewish organizations across the country on diversity initiatives. Baskin attended Tufts University, graduating with a degree in Sociology in 2007. She served as president of the Jewish Multiracial Network from 2010 to 2013, and worked at InterfaithFamily as their Director of Resources and Training. In 2015, she joined the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) as Vice President of Audacious Hospitality, a title that reflects the URJ’s commitment to welcoming groups of Jews who have traditionally been marginalized from institutional Jewish settings. This inaugural position, which she still held until the end of 2018, was a natural outgrowth of Baskin’s dedication to social justice, activism, and outreach and enabled her to shape programs and policies that she says “incorporate the diversity that is the reality and future of Jewish life.” April is a member of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Network and has served on the leadership team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable since 2017.
Bamby Salcedo is a nationally recognized Latina transgender activist and President of the [email protected] Coalition. Her remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and [email protected] communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflects her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues. Bamby has served and participated in many local, national and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status and more. In 2012, Bamby was invited to participate in several panels at the White House including in 2012 for Women and Girls National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and in 2015, Transgender Women of Color and Violence and LGBTQ People of Color Summit. Bamby has also participated as the Opening Plenary Speaker at several conferences, including The 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, The United States Conference on AIDS in 2009 and 2012. She has participated as facilitator with The PanAmerican Health Organization while developing the blueprint on how to provide competent health care services for trans people as well as health care for LGBT people and Human Rights in Latin America and The Caribbean. Bamby also has participated in The People of Color Conference as a plenary speaker and the Civil Liberties and Public Policy for reproductive justice conference among other.
Cora Masters Barry
Cora Masters Barry, Chief Executive Officer of the Recreation Wish List Committee, former University of the District of Columbia political science professor and former First Lady of the city of Washington, D.C., was born May 7, 1945 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was raised there, along with her three sisters and two brothers, by her mother, Isabell Arch Masters. Masters Barry’s mother had separated from her father, Alfred Masters, when Masters Barry was young. The family moved to Pasadena, California during Masters Barry’s teenage years, and after high school she attended California State and Texas Southern universities. Masters Barry moved to Washington, D.C. in 1970, with her then-husband Moses Wilds and her two daughters, to work towards a master's degree at Howard University. In Washington, D.C., Masters Barry began her career with community projects in Anacostia and in Shaw, where she worked as a counselor for teenage girls with Operation Sisters United. She met Marion Barry in 1971 at a political function and in 1976 she began teaching at the University of the District of Columbia. During Barry’s bids for city council, and again in 1978, during his successful bid for mayor, Masters Barry campaigned for Marion Barry. In 1980, Mayor Barry appointed her as the first woman on the three-member D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission. She became chairman after her first three-year term, and left the position in 1988. Masters Barry and Marion Barry were married in 1994 and together they launched his mayoral comeback. Barry was re-elected in 1994 and served until 1998. After her service as Washington D.C.’s First Lady, Masters Barry started the nonprofit foundation, the Recreation Wish List, serving as its Chief Executive Officer. The organization built the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center where urban youth in Washington, D.C. learn about tennis. Masters Barry and former Mayor Barry divorced in 2003.
Cristina Jiménez is a community organizer, strategist, and freedom fighter. She is the Executive Director & Co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. Born in Ecuador, Cristina came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13. In New York, Cristina attended high school and college as an undocumented student. She has been organizing in immigrant communities for over a decade and was part of UWD’s campaign team that led to the historic victory of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 that protected close to a million young immigrants from deportation. Under Cristina’s leadership, UWD has grown to a powerful network of over 100 groups and 400,000 members. For her work as a social justice organizer Cristina was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine, and was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2017. Cristina currently serves on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, the Hazen Foundation, Make the Road New York Action and the Dream.US.
Darlene Leong Neal
Darlene Leong Neal serves as the Tennessee State Coordinator for Women’s March and is President of WMTN-Power Together. She is a co founder of TN Anti Racist Network, a grassroots network promoting racial equality and justice through education and direct action. Her community organizing focuses on racial, gender, and economic justice issues. She is a proud reSister.
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary and transformational. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. She was recently featured in a documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.
Heidi L. Sieck is an award-winning, C-level civic entrepreneur with a lifetime commitment to political organizing and foundational systems intervention - particularly elevating women to positions of leadership. She is the Co-founder/Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of #VOTEPROCHOICE, a national political engagement project of Democrats.com LLC. Most recently, Heidi was the founding Chief Operating Officer of Civic Hall and Democracy.com in New York City and interim Chief Operating Officer of Rock the Vote in Washington, D.C. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (formerly NARAL New York) and on the founding leadership team and Board of Directors of CTZNWELL, a movement of wellbeing for all. She is an Advisory Board Member of MarchOn Sister March Network, VoteRunLead and Emerge New York. Most recently, Heidi was a partner of the Women’s March on Washington and a member of the Policy Table responsible for writing the intersectional Unity Principles.
Jess Davidson is the Interim Executive Director of End Rape on Campus. Her internationally-recognized advocacy for survivors' civil rights has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, and been presented around the country. She has advised on and helped write dozens of pieces of federal and state-level legislation to address sexual violence and provide accommodations for survivors. Jess also serves on the Ending Violence Against Women Advisory Council at the Biden Foundation. In 2014, MSNBC recognized her as a top female leader in college politics, and in 2018, Good Morning America recognized her as one of four top activists fighting for Gender Equality in the United States. Prior to joining the EROC team, she led grassroots reform in her campus community as Student Body Vice President of the University of Denver, then worked in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement in Fall 2016. Jess was named an It’s On Us White House Champion of Change in April 2016, an honor given to ten students in the United States by the Obama White house for their work to address campus sexual assault. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Denver, and is the youngest person in the country to hold an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Georgetown University. She is 24 years old.
Kavita is committed to serving organizations that build equity, and advocate for justice. Prior to joining Sakhi, Kavita was most recently the interim Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. Kavita is an Advisory Board Member for the New Leaders Council’s New Jersey Chapter, a Board Member for LadyDrinks, and an Advisory Board Member for I Have A Dream Newark. Kavita has blogged for Ms. Magazine, the White House initiative Act To Change, and the Huffington Post. Kavita completed her Bachelor of Arts from New York University with a double major in both History and Gender Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in South Asian Studies, from Columbia University, as well as a certificate in Business Excellence from The Columbia Business School.
Kerri Evelyn Harris
Kerri Evelyn Harris transformed and invigorated the 2018 race for U.S. Senate in the state of Delaware by standing unapologetically for criminal justice reform -- emphasizing restorative justice and ending mass incarceration, while also providing economic opportunities for returning citizens. Kerri Evelyn Harris proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to inflation and defended educational access and environmental safeguards, all while fighting against the Bank Lobbyist Bill which weakened Dodd-Frank and has made it easier for communities to experience red-lining and predatory lending. As a citizen, a leader, an activist, a worker, a mother, a veteran and a queer woman of color woman, Kerri stood for the people of the state of Delaware and across America.
Kersha Deibel is a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio. She has over seven years of experience working with Planned Parenthood where she began her work as a patient in Cincinnati. She then became a Patient Educator in St. Louis, MO, helping people who were seeking abortion services while providing options counseling. Now, as the Director of Constituency Organizing at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington, DC, Kersha works to maximize Planned Parenthood's engagement with young people and people of color. Her experience is enhanced by her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health with a concentration in Women’s Health and Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, she teaches Social Work Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College, and loves curvy girl yoga!
Marcie Wells is the Interim Director of Women’s March Las Vegas. As a volunteer for Women’s March she is an activist and ally for all marginalized communities, and is committed to altering social norms in favor of uplifting the entire human family. In 2018, as a proud member, shop steward and contract negotiation committee member, she helped secure a 5 year contract for herself and her co-workers after coming close to having to go on strike. This hard-won contract included pay raises, excellent health insurance and, for the first time, specific language on protecting employees from sexual harassment. Marcie studied Human Services Counseling with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy at UNLV, where she began to see the true nature of suffering in America coupled with the limitations of our mental healthcare system. Over the course of 2018, she was blessed with an opportunity to be of service and receive free training from the country’s foremost experts. Women’s March was the clear forerunner on human rights and progressive legislation for Marcie based on the intersectional ideals and opportunity to show up and do work. This vast network of women and femmes has been trained to fight bigotry, discrimination and injustice. They have also become her chosen family and she looks forward to working towards making the 2019 Women’s Agenda a reality.
Marisa Franco is a Phoenix-based organizer, writer and strategist. She is the Director and co-founder of Mijente, a digital and grassroots organizing hub for Latina/o and Chicana/o people. In her over 10 years of work as an organizer and movement builder, Marisa has helped lead key grassroots organizing campaigns rooted in low-income and communities of color, characterized by their innovation and effectiveness. Most recently she led the #Not1More Deportation campaign, recognized in 2014 by the National Organizing Institute as Campaign of the Year and co-authored How We Make Change is Changing, which describes Not1More’s campaign strategy and structure that activated hundreds of organizations across sectors and communities to demand a stop to deportations. As Campaign Director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Marisa helped spearhead the fight against Arizona’s SB1070 and build resistance to copycat laws in the Southeastern region in the United States. In 2012, she organized the ‘No Papers No Fear’ bus tour throughout the South en route to the Democratic National Convention (often referred to as the ‘Undocubus’). Prior to her work in the immigrant rights movement, Marisa helped form the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and was a Lead Organizer at the Right to the City Alliance in New York. For five years, Marisa organized at People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) in San Francisco, where she co-authored the book Towards Land, Work and Power. Franco was recently recognized by The Advocate’s 40 under 40 of 2016. She is a trusted collaborator with grassroots leaders across the country spanning across the immigrant rights, civil rights, women’s, LGBTQ and labor movements.
Known for her unique ability to build powerful coalitions that bring diverse people together for the common good, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, has fought for civil, youth and women’s rights for over 20 years. A veteran at leading, planning and managing highly successful multi-million dollar civic engagement, census, and issue-based campaigns, Campbell is recognized as one of the hardest working leaders in the social justice movement. Her leadership played a pivotal role in the 2012 election where Black people turned out at a higher rate than Whites and Black women surpassed everyone for the first time in history. In her role as convener of Black Women’s Roundtable, Campbell brings together coalitions of women from diverse races, ethnicities and backgrounds to advocate for policies to advance women. A nationally recognized expert in civic engagement, election reform and coalition building, successful projects enacted under her leadership include the Unity Voter Empowerment Campaign, Unity Diaspora Coalition Census 2010 Campaign, and the ReBuild Hope NOW Coalition to assist survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in rebuilding their lives in the Gulf Coast. One of her most rewarding accomplishments at the National Coalition has been creating an innovative, youth-focused leadership development program, Black Youth Vote! (BYV),for which she received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Legacy Award.
Mia Ives-Rublee, MSW, is a Disabled transracial adoptee who has dedicated her life’s work to civil rights activism. She began her journey as an adapted athlete, competing internationally in track, road racing, fencing, and crossfit. She obtained her Masters in Social Work and began working with Disabled people to help them find work and independence in their communities. She has worked as a research assistant at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Emergency Medicine and lectured across the country on issues related to social justice and enabling everyone to participate fully in all aspects of society. More recently, she began working for Women’s March, founding and coordinating the Women’s March Disability Caucus. She helped coordinate accessibility services for over 41,000 Disabled people and ensured that Women’s March was fully inclusive. For her work on the Women’s March on Washington, Mia was named by Glamour Magazine as one of 2017’s Women of the Year Award.
Pam Campos-Palma is an impactful political strategist, movement leader, and organizer with an impressive record in international policy, civics, and social change. Pam served in the US Air Force for over a decade as an operations intelligence analyst, specializing in geopolitical strategic analysis, counter and anti-terrorism, and as an aircrew intelligence trainer, and served in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Pam has been recognized internationally for her leadership and innovative coalition building, served as a gubernatorial appointee in the state of Oregon, and focuses on issues of peace & security, justice, and strengthening democracy with an inside-outside strategy that bridges the grassroots and grass tops for transformative change. Her core passion is crafting innovative, human-centered foreign policy and national security as a "people's issue" and transnational solidarity building.
In 2016 alone, Pam served as an international consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Eastern and South Africa, as strategy team lead in Guatemala for a global social venture, and with a poverty-relief NGO in Honduras. She was named a "Top 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy" by Huffington Post that same year. Most recently Pam served as the Executive Director of a national base building organization (PAC) of progressive veterans and military families. Through her trusted leadership, vision, and organizing across issues, she's been a pronounced catalyst for military members, veterans, and families' reclaiming their stories, service, and building their independent political voice and power.
Reverend Jacqueline Lewis
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1000-member multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality. Middle Church and Jacqui’s activism for these issues has been featured in media such as The Today Show, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New Yorker, Essence and The Huffington Post. Jacqui is a frequent contributor to MSNBC.
Jacqui is the Co-Founder of The Middle Project, which hosts an annual conference to train faith leaders to build multiracial congregations. Jacqui earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and earned a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion from Drew University. She has been adjunct professor at seminaries across the country, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Union. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Jacqui is the first African American and first woman to serve as senior minister in the Collegiate Church, which was founded in New York City in 1628. She is the author of The Power of Stories; 10 Essential Strategies to Grow a Multiracial, Multicultural Congregation; and the children’s book, You Are So Wonderful!
Reverend Leah Daughtry
TheReverend Leah D. Daughtry is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC. With her ordination in 2002, she joined her sister, Dawnique, in the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family. She is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. Most recently, Daughtry served as Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee, responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the Democratic Party’s quadrennial presidential nominating convention. She simultaneously served as Chief of Staff of the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”), the governing body of the national Democratic Party, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the national Party’s affairs, ensuring that the Party is best positioned to help Democrats win elections. Since 2005, Daughtry has also led the DNC’s outreach to communities of Faith, and was named by Religion News Service as one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics and issues. Daughtry has previously held various senior posts at the United States Department of Labor during the Clinton Administration, including Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Chief of Staff, and lastly, Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, with oversight for the development of the Department’s management programs and policies, including responsibility for the Department's $35 billion budget. Daughtry also served on the Clinton-Gore 1992 Transition Team, as Managing Director of the 1992 Democratic National Convention, and as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY). Daughtry is a member of the Board of Visitors of The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, as well as the Boards of Directors of The House of the Lord Churches, the Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund, and World of Money.org. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Action Council. Daughtry has also served as Executive Director of MAN-To-man/Sister-to-Sister, a not-for-profit human service agency dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of families in Brooklyn, New York, during which she created a specialized mentoring program for girls with HIV-infected mothers. In all of her endeavors, Daughtry has brought sound, principled business and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.
Reverend Liz Theoharis
The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church, the director of the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and the co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She has spent more than the past two decades organizing amongst the poor and dispossessed in the United States. She has led and won major economic and racial justice campaigns across the country, organized hundreds of trainings and bible studies with grassroots leaders, written in major national and international publications and recently published Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor and Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing. In 2018, alongside the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, Theoharis helped to launch the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Over the coming years, the campaign will organize poor people across race, religion, geography, political party and other so-called lines of division to fuel a moral revolution of values in the country.
Rhiannon Childs is Executive Director for Women's March Ohio Chapter and Digital Communications Manager Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. Rhiannon’s background in the United States Air Force as a healthcare professional was the beginning of her compassion and dedication to social justice and uplifting voices of marginalized and oppressed communities. She is also the Chair of Community Outreach for Lean In Ohio, a member of the King Arts Complex Women's Service Board, and the Health and Legislative Chair for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Columbus, Ohio Chapter. She is a mom, a veteran, and the co-creator of the Confront White Womanhood project.
Roula Allouch is a trial attorney with experience in employment law, civil rights and general civil litigation. Ms. Allouch earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2006. She is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Allouch is an active member of the legal community and the community at large. She currently serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for the American Muslim community. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and serves as a Kentucky delegate to the Association’s House of Delegates. Ms. Allouch was recently recognized as a Daughter of Greatness but the Muhammad Ali Center and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Ms. Allouch was recently named a faculty member with the Islamic Seminary of America.
Ruby Sales, born in Jemison, Alabama, on July 8, 1948, suffered many hardships during the civil rights movement but was not disparaged. She has spent her adult life working in philanthropic endeavors. While studying at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, Sales became involved with the state's Freedom Summer voter registration drive. One afternoon, as she and Jonathan Daniels, a white seminarian, stood in line at a corner store, a man shot and killed Daniels for standing behind Sales in line. Unnerved and unable to speak significantly for seven months, Sales determined to attend the trial of Daniels' murderer, Tom Coleman, and to testify on behalf of her slain colleague. Her perseverance moved her to a career of social activism.
After earning her B.A. in American history in 1971 from Manhattanville College, where she was a National Council of Churches Merit Scholar, Sales enrolled in graduate school at Princeton University. Between 1971 and 1976, she was a Danforth Scholar, and she advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in American history before leaving the university. Sales taught adult education in Boston for a year, and then worked as director of the Citizens' Complaint Center in Washington, D.C. From 1986 to 1988, she taught courses on the civil rights movement and African American women's history at the University of Maryland before becoming affiliated with the National Women's Studies Association. She served as director from 1989 to 1991 of Black Women's Voices and Images, an initiative to wed research to action on issues affecting black women. For the following three years she worked as director of Women of All Colors, coordinating a broad coalition of progressive organizations to work on issues affecting all women. In 1994, Sales entered the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She studied feminist, African American and liberation theologies with an emphasis on race, class and gender issues, and in 1998 received her master's of divinity. Her training as a seminarian prepared her to launch SpiritHouse in 2000, a nonprofit organization focused on community organizing and spiritually based community building. Sales has written several articles and has appeared as a commentator on several television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Eagle Heart
Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, is a powerful storyteller whose deep perspective on healing trauma is rooted in her life story and experiences as a teen activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is an internationally accomplished executive focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples. She has spent the last decade building momentum around healing and sustainability in the spirit of cultural revitalization. Her diverse background in tribal, corporate, faith-based and non-profit organizations focused on communications, marketing, program development, and advocacy offers a unique vantage point that powerfully amplifies impact. One of her recent philanthropy and influencer partnerships released in 2018 is virtual reality and 2D animated project titled “Crow: The Legend” with BaoBab Studios starring John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Constance Wu, Tye Sheridan and Liza Koshy. Another recent 2018 collaborative project she is proud of is the "#StandNVote" PSA to get out the vote with Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley and Tonia Jo Hall. Sarah is also the winner of the 2017 American Express Next Generation Leadership Award.
Senator Nina Turner
Senator Nina Turner is committed to advocating for progressive ideals and values, a vocation she views as bigger than political affiliation. Most recently a national surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the turbulent 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, Nina Turner is an insightful advocate and agent for social change. Today, she serves as president of Our Revolution, an organization that Sanders created to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate political consciousness. When she served in the Ohio Senate, Turner was known as a fierce advocate, garnering recognition and praise from elected leaders across the political spectrum. She maintained an uncanny ability to both unify opposing viewpoints and challenge political leaders to live up to their highest selves. Her political experience as an elected member of the Cleveland City Council and a strategic leader of the Ohio Democratic Party afford her a unique understanding of government processes and how to overcome partisan perspectives. Outside of the political arena, Turner has decades of experience as a college professor and motivational speaker. She routinely travels across the country to inspire action and instill hope in crowds of more than 20,000. A champion for progressive causes such as labor, women’s reproductive health, voting rights and the eradication of wealth and income inequality, Turner forms deep connections with people from all walks of life. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that she was tapped to serve as the Democratic nominee for Ohio’s Secretary of State race in 2014. Turner is recognized as a voice of truth, even when speaking the truth is unpopular. In 2011, The Nation magazine named her “Most Valuable State Senator,” and in 2014 The Root listed her as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in the U.S. Cleveland’s Inside Business Magazine recognized her in 2015 as one of the top 25 most powerful people in Northeast Ohio. In 2017, Politico named her to their Politico Playbook Power List of 18 to watch in 2018.
Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is an attorney, the Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a wide range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. She spent six months living on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is heavily engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere. Tara has given a TED talk, a keynote at Harvard, received an "Awesome Women Award" from Melinda Gates, has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Indian Country Today and appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, Democracy Now, BBC, CBC.
Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. She was born and raised in Clovis, California, where her family settled as Sikh farmers in 1913. When a family friend was the first person killed in a hate crime after September 11, 2001, she began to document hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, which resulted in the award-winning film Divided We Fall. Since then, she has made films and led story-based campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, considered “America’s largest multifaith online organizing network,” recognized for “dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century.” She also founded the Yale Visual Law Project, where she trained law students how to make films for social change, and co-founded Faithful Internet to build the movement for net neutrality. Recognized as a leading Sikh American voice, she has been a Senior Fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary since 2013. During her work, whether inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo, or at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a public ethic and wellspring for social action. Valarie earned undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and International Relations at Stanford University, a master’s in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, where she was a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, and a J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a Knight Law and Media Scholar. She has worked on complex civil rights cases, clerked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and served as a legal observer at Guantanamo Bay. She was a faculty member of the Stanford Philosophy Institute, teaching high school students religion and philosophy. Valarie was recognized as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. She has an honorary doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a member of the California Bar.
Winnie Wong is a radical media maker, internet activist and founding organizer of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy. Occupy Sandy hit the ground running In the immediate aftermath of a Hurricane Sandy devastated New York. More than 60,000 volunteers were trained and dispatched to the Far Rockaways, New Jersey, and Staten Island to provide what has now become the largest crowd powered disaster relief effort in history. As a movement strategist, she has helped vision, facilitate and implement numerous paradigm shifting campaigns for political, cultural and social change. In the Spring of 2014, she helped to launch Ready For Warren. In the Spring of 2015, she co-founded People For Bernie 2016, and created the viral political hashtag: #FeelTheBern. She will theorize the hegemony and continue to use the internet as a powerful tool for organizing toward direct democracy, equality, and justice for all.
Yavilah McCoy is the founder of Ayecha, a nonprofit Jewish organization that provided Jewish diversity education and advocacy for Jews of color in the United States. Raised in an Orthodox family, Yavilah studied at Yeshiva University High School and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has taught Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and English Literature in elementary and secondary schools. In directing Ayecha from 2000–2008, she worked with rabbis, synagogues, schools, federations and multiple agencies to increase awareness of Jewish diversity and expand inclusion for Jews of color. As an anti-racism activist, she has provided training and consulting to numerous social justice agencies both within and outside of the Jewish community. In 2008 she became director of the New England Curriculum Initiative, a non-profit educational consultancy that services 600 prep schools across the nation with religious diversity resources. In 2009 Yavilah co-wrote and performed The Colors of Water, a Jewish gospel musical describing the matriarchal journey of four generations of her African-American Jewish family. In 2014 she established Dimensions Educational Consulting, through which she continues to support organizations in expanding their relationships across race, religion, identity and culture.
Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of DIMENSIONS Inc. in Boston. She has spent the past 20 years working extensively in multi-faith communities and partnering specifically with the Jewish community to engage issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Yavilah is an educator, activist and spiritual teacher. She is a Jewish woman and a person of color and has designed numerous tools and methods that enable students and educators to be better citizens of the world through exploring differences and reaching for tangible solutions in allied engagement. Yavilah brings a wealth of wisdom and experience in DEI consulting, non-profit management, philanthropy and engagement to this project and has worked with numerous partners to build strong, healthy organizations with measurable commitments to racial justice, equity and anti-oppression strategies. Yavilah is a certified trainer for ADL’s World of Difference Institute, National Conference for Community and Justice, and the National Coalition Building Institute. She is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary Pastoral Training program and is a renowned speaker, educator, and spiritual practitioner.
Zakiyah Ansari is the Advocacy Director with the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) the leading statewide organization that has been working to fight for educational equity for the last 14 years. Zakiyah is one of the co-initiators on a national grassroots movement “Journey for Justice”, an emerging alliance currently comprised of grassroots community-based organizations from 18 cities across the United States representing constituencies of youth, parents, and inter-generational organizations who have been impacted by the closing, turnaround, and charter expansion of schools in communities of color. The goal of the Journey for Justice Alliance is to bring the voice of those directly impacted by discriminatory school actions into the debate about the direction for public education in the 21st century and to promote sustainable, community-driven school reform for all school districts across the country.
Zakiyah resides in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. She is also the mother of eight children, all of whom have or are currently attending public school. Zakiyah was a parent volunteer with AQE for over 6 years before she became employed by them. She was an active parent volunteer in her children’s PTA and was a founding parent leader with Coalition for Educational Justice. In addition, she was a Learning Leader for five years and served as Co-President of Manhattan High School Presidents’ Council (MHSPC) for two years. As Co-President, one of her responsibilities was sitting on the District Leadership Team of School Districts 1-6.