Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader, In 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history.
NLC Honorary Co-Chair New York General Assembly, District 79 Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee
New York State Assembly Member Michael Alexander Blake was born and raised in The Bronx, New York and is a son of Jamaican immigrants. His mother is a retired 40 year manufacturer and his late Father was an 1199SEIU maintenance supervisor at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx.
Mayor Cantrell’s life has been steeped in community service. As a little girl, her grandmother would bring her to neighborhood meetings, and by the age of 13, she was serving as secretary for her local chamber of commerce.
With over a decade of experience in campaign strategy, grassroots advocacy, and lobbying, Damara Catlett brings a thoughtful, innovative and thorough approach to her role as principal. In her role at The Raben Group, Damara manages a diverse portfolio of clients comprised of tech companies, and traditional civil rights groups, including, Discovery Channel, the African American Mayors Association, Google, Music First and Oculus.
NLC Arkansas '20 Alumnus Attorney and Community Builder
KenDrell Collins fights on the frontlines of the criminal justice system as a trial attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He also works to shape statewide polices as a member of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s newly formed Law Enforcement Taskforce.
NLC Los Angeles '20 Partnerships Coordinator, The Bail Project
Michael Deegan-McCree was a 2020 New Leaders Council LA Institute Fellow and now sits on the NLC LA Governing Board. He currently serves as the National Partnerships and Political lead at The Bail Project playing a pivotal role in developing grassroots and grasstops partnerships for The Bail Project.
Yordanos is a Partner at New Profit, a pioneering venture philanthropy organization that invests in breakthrough leaders and systems change initiatives to break down barriers to opportunity in America.
NLC Chicago '19 Alumna Campaign Director, Healthy Illinois
Graciela Guzmán is a healthcare advocate in Chicago and is Campaign Director for Healthy Illinois, a statewide coalition committed to fighting for healthcare for all people in Illinois regardless of their immigration status.
New Leaders Council New York City '15 Alumna Co-Director of the Community Outreach Unit, New York City Council
Crystal Hudson has over a decade of experience in operations, strategic planning, community engagement, and marketing and advertising working in both government and the private sector. She has recently returned to the New York City Council as Co-Director of the Community Outreach Unit, and previously served as First Deputy Public Advocate of Community Engagement under NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
Congressman Andy Kim was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County.
David Radcliff was the 2018 co-director of the Los Angeles institute of NLC, which was recognized by National as Institute of the Year. Born with cerebral palsy and raised in Nebraska, he has worked in business, education, journalism, and television and is a graduate of USC and UCLA.
Keith Sagers is the President and CEO of R.S. Empowerment Group, LLC and Founder of the Empowerment Lab, an Atlanta-based firm created for the sole purpose to Inspire, Empower, and Transform lives through leadership development, training and coaching.
NLC Atlanta '13 Alumna Founder, The Common Good Agency
Candace Stanciel founded The Common Good Agency (CGA), a diversity, equity and inclusion and convening consulting firm focused on capacity building for nonprofits and Higher Education institutions, in 2003.
Mini Timmaraju has over 20 years of professional experience leading federal, state and local campaigns, as well as advocacy efforts for non-profit organizations. She has an extensive background on gender issues and community outreach strategies. She currently serves as an Executive Director on the Diversity and Inclusion team for Comcast NBCUniversal, based out of their corporate headquarters in Philadelphia.
NLC Atlanta '13 Alumna Georgia State Senate, District 39 Democratic Party of Georgia Chair
Senator Nikema Williams has been a fearless advocate for women and families throughout her life. Since her election to represent Georgia’s 39th Senate District, which includes the cities of Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Union City and South Fulton, Sen. Nikema Williams has led the charge to improve her community and fight for the values of her constituents.
NLC Washington DC '17 Alumna and Current Co-Director Deputy Director of Network Learning and Collaboration, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Bernice Butler is the Deputy Director of Network Learning and Collaboration with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In this role, she develops and implements cross-sector learning labs and state network convenings to share best practices on expanding economic opportunity, reducing inequities, and fighting poverty across the State Priorities Partnership and compiles data that demonstrates the Partnership’s collective impact with the philanthropic community.
Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG – a thought leader around racism as a root cause of health inequities, Speaker, Trainer, Advocate, Policy Expert, and fighter for justice – is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative.
NLC Honorary Co-Chair Cook County State's Attorney
Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016 with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe.
NLC San Antonio '16 Alumnus Executive Director, MOVE Texas
H. Drew Galloway is the Executive Director of MOVE Texas (formerly MOVE San Antonio), a grassroots, nonpartisan nonprofit organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and progressive issue advocacy. Through fundraising, relationship building, and advocating for young people, Drew empowers young changemakers and activists across the Lone Star State.
President and Chief Consultant, KSGuillory Enterprises
Dr. Kristen Guillory, as featured on Fox and CBS affiliates as well as multiple podcasts and magazines, is a true force. She is a sought after speaker and trainer who uses her signature method that incorporates her own life experiences, contagious enthusiasm, dance, and a touch of humor.
Director of Strategic Communications and Voting Rights, Priorities USA
Ms. Aneesa McMillan is one of America’s leading political communicators. She currently serves as Director of Strategic Communications and Voting Rights at Priorities USA — the largest Democratic Super PAC in the nation — where she helps lead the organization's communications strategy while managing a $32 million litigation program aimed at challenging restrictive voting laws across the country.
NLC Tampa Bay '20 Alumna Poet. Indian. Activist. Lesbian. Scholar. Warrior.
Sam(ira) Obeid is the Program Director of Community Tampa Bay. She was born and raised in Chennai, India. She moved to the U.S. when she was 23 becoming an intersectional resistance activist/poet who speaks to the tensions of immigration, gender, sexuality and youth voice.
Alyene is a connector, gifted at bringing the right people together to unlock new possibilities. Throughout her career she has delivered a variety of successful business, customer, and organizational transformations, holding leadership positions in Strategy, Partnerships, Professional Services, and Human Resources.
NLC Boston '20 Alumna Community Health Assistant, Harvard Medical School -The Family Van
Joanne Suarez is a bioethicist and community healthcare professional. As a first generation college student, she is passionate about advocacy and addressing healthcare inequities in impoverished and underrepresented communities in Greater Boston.
NLC Washington DC '14 Alumna U.S. House of Representatives, IL-14
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and was sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
Sheba Williams was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She is a Norfolk State University alum with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, she has professional licenses in Cosmetology and Barbering, and her Master Instructor's license.
NLC North Carolina '19 Alumna Durham County Commissioner-elect
Born and raised by immigrant parents, my entire life I have seen the struggle to attain the American dream. These struggles never faded my parents' determination to raise my two sisters and myself to value and cherish the people around us no matter your background.
Since being elected mayor in a record turnout election in April 2010, Mayor Steve Benjamin has made it his mission to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.
Alex Bores leads the business side of Promise, a startup focused on criminal justice reform. Earlier this year he cofounded Foresight2020 (with NYC ’19 Fellow Amy Larsen), a nonprofit that has become the largest provider of live, personalized cybersecurity training for political campaigns in the country.
Nick founded Frontline Foods PDX to provide relief to restaurants struggling due to the COVID-19 economic shutdown. Run by a team of local volunteers, Frontline Foods PDX has raised more than $170,000 for Portland restaurants, who use the donations to deliver meals to local hospitals and food insecure families.
NLC Honorary Co-Chair Former US Housing and Urban Development Founder, People First Future
Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time.
Amanda is responsible for the legislative and regulatory healthcare policy issues for the Walmart Benefits and Health & Wellness business. In this capacity, she identifies public policy trends and opportunities for proactive engagement for Walmart.
Jessica currently serves as a Cannabis and Intellectual Property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross, as well as outside General Counsel for the national organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana and sits on the state and federal Policy Committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association.
President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Vanita Gupta is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.
Co-Director, Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project
Marcia Johnson-Blanco is the Co-director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project. She manages the Project’s programmatic and advocacy portfolios which include leading Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program, overseeing the work of the National Commission on Voting Rights, promoting election reform, ensuring minority participation in the redistricting process and ensuring that those with felony convictions regain their right to vote.
Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Jess Morales Rocketto is the Political Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Executive Director of Care in Action, where she spearheads political advocacy campaigns on economic justice, immigration reform, sexual harassment, and the future of work for the 2.5 million domestic workers in this country.
Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning organizer, social innovator, author, and a leading voice in the women’s movement. She is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Director of Caring Across Generations, Co-Founder of SuperMajority and Trustee of the Ford Foundation.
New Leaders Council Atlanta Consultant, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice
Dasheika is a Political Operative and a consultant for the American Civil Liberties Union’s (the ACLU”) National Campaign for Smart Justice, where she also is the immediate former Southern Regional Director.
NLC New York City '12 Alumna Executive Director, Integrity First for America
Amy Spitalnick is the Executive Director of Integrity First for America, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy—including our country's commitment to civil rights and equal justice.
Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For nearly 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture.