Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those...
Cristobal J. Alex
President, Latino Victory Fund
Cristóbal is the president of the Latino Victory Project and the Latino Victory Foundation. His career has focused on building political power and advancing rights, primarily in communities that have been historically excluded from our democracy. While at the Ford Foundation, Cristóbal managed the Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation initiative, working to increase voter participation through voter registration and mobilization, and by removing structural barriers to political participation through litigation, advocacy, and public policy reform. While at the Open Society Foundation, Cristóbal managed the civic engagement portfolio and supported a range of strategies to inspire public participation in underrepresented communities. He has previously served as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights.
Ellen Bravo, President
Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;
Director, Family Values @ Work Consortium
Ellen Bravo, treasurer and secretary of the Fund Board, is a long-time activist for working women. She began working for 9to5, National Association of Working Women in 1982, when she helped found the Milwaukee chapter, and served until 2004 as its national director. Ellen currently serves as director of the Family Values @ Work Consortium and teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including masters level classes on Family-Friendly Workplaces and on Sexual Harassment. She remains a consultant to 9to5. She is a member of several boards and committees, including the Work-Life Law Advisory Committee, the Ms. Foundation for Women Advisory Committee, and the Grants Advisory Committee of the Milwaukee Women’s Fund.
Rodell Mollineau, Treasurer and Secretary
Rodell Mollineau is a political consultant with fifteen years of experience developing national message campaigns and leading high-level communications operations. He is a veteran of statewide and presidential elections and has served several tours on Capitol Hill including Communications Director to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Most recently Rodell built and led the research and communications Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, which holds Republicans accountable for their words and actions. Rodell grew up in New York and New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Dayton in Ohio.
President, The Bauman Foundation
Patricia Bauman is President and Co-Director of the Bauman Foundation. In recent years, the Foundation has supported civic participation through general support of organizations engaged in voter registration and outreach and election protection. She is also a real estate investor, and is active as a donor to Democratic candidates. Patricia is a Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Defense Council and also serves of the boards of Montefiore Medical Center in New York, and the Trust for America 's Health.
President, Midwest Academy
Heather Booth has been an organizer for over forty years starting in the civil rights and women's movements. She is one of the country’s leading strategists about the development of progressive issue campaigns and the integration of issue and civic engagement efforts. Most recently, Heather was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She is currently consulting with a variety of organizations and working to promote voter registration.
Director of Public Advocacy and Partnerships, Sierra Club
Cathy Duvall is currently the Director of Public Advocacy and Partnerships of the Sierra Club and formerly served as the National Political Director. Cathy has led the organization in its most extensive and victorious political programs, expanding the work at both the national and state levels. She is a recognized leader in the DC progressive political community and was recently named "one of the top 100 most influential people in Washington DC” by Washington Life Magazine.
Partner, America Achieves
David Medina is a Co-Founder and COO of Results for America where he develops recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. David previously served in the Obama Administration as First Lady Michelle Obama's deputy chief of staff and as the Peace Corps' public engagement director. He has worked in government relations, politics, and labor, and been active with the University of Chicago's Alumni Visiting Committee, the Human Rights Campaign Millennium March on Washington, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute national boards of directors. David received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.P.P. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she helped start Domestic Workers United, the New York based organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which the National Domestic Workers Alliance was formed. Ai-jen also serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising.org, National Jobs with Justice, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Of Counsel, Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood
Frances is Of Counsel at Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood. After practicing as a criminal defense attorney, teaching juvenile law, and supervising a criminal law clinic, Frances switched her emphasis to defending workers’ rights. At the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, she trained administrative law judges, attorneys, and investigators. She managed the criminal Bureau of Investigations at Cal/OSHA, where she developed an occupational safety and health program. She was involved with a variety of construction trade union issues at the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California. Frances has been an active member of numerous Cal/OSHA regulatory advisory committees, and has participated in various Federal OSHA committees.
President and Executive Director, Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice (formerly the Applied Research Center) and the publisher of Colorlines.com. A leading figure in the racial justice movement, Rinku has positioned ARC as a national home for media, research and activism on these issues. Rinku is the Chair of the Media Consortium, the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and a board member of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
President, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Gov. Ted Strickland is the President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor to the Center for American Progress. Strickland represented Ohio for six terms in Congress and was Ohio’s 68th governor. His record in Congress included ensuring that America kept its promises to our veterans, and bringing home millions in investments for roads, technology, economic development, and healthcare initiatives. He helped co-author the Children’s Health Insurance Program, fought for adequate funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, and was a strong voice opposing the Iraq War. As Governor, Ted worked with Republican and Democratic legislators to jumpstart the economy, prioritize Ohio’s education system, expand healthcare, and usher in new advanced energy and energy efficiency standards in Ohio. He also worked to improve the efficiency of state government by spearheading a comprehensive reform of business regulations.
Principal, Westen Strategies;
Professor of Psychology, Emory University
Drew Westen is a clinical, personality, and political psychologist and neuroscientist, and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University and founder of Westen Strategies, a political and corporate consulting firm. Drew frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio, tv, and in print, including appearances on AC360, The Situation Room, Hardball, Good Morning America, the Charlie Rose Show, and articles in the Washington Post, Adweek, The New Republic, and the Huffington Post. He has advised and consulted a range of candidates and organizations, from presidential and congressional campaigns to major nonprofit organizations, the House Senate Democratic Caucuses, and the AFL-CIO.