BRENDA WAY / ARIEL LUCKEY
ODC, San Francisco, CA
Brenda is the Founder and Artistic Director of ODC dance company and creator of the ODC Theater and ODC Dance Commons, community performance and training venues in San Francisco’s Mission District. Trained in classical ballet by the legendary George Balanchine, Brenda has choreographed more than 80 pieces with ODC, which dedicates major resources to interdisciplinary collaboration and musical commissions. Known equally well for her capacity for arts administration (ODC was the first modern dance company in the US to own its home facility) as she is for her award-winning choreography, Brenda is a national spokesperson for dance, has been published widely, has received numerous awards including Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for both choreography and sustained achievement, and 40 years of support from the National Endowment for the Arts. As she looks towards the future of the arts in the Bay Area, Brenda will be mentoring Ariel Lucky, who like her, has equal passions for creating art and creating institutions. Taking inspiration from family history, which he excavates with an eye towards looking for personal stories that will resonate with broader socio-political topics, Ariel is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor, dancer, and playwright whose performances intersect at the crossroads of education, art, and activism. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel was named a “Visionary” by the Utne Reader for the innovation and quality of his first play Free Land, which explores how the Homestead Act negatively impacted Native Americans while financially benefiting White settlers, and has toured across the country at over 50 theaters and universities. Ariel received The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s 2012 Playwright Commissioning Award, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s 2013 Visibility Award and the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s 2014 Community Arts Fund in support of his new play Amnesia. Ariel is eager to bring his gift for storytelling to ODC and to learn from Brenda how to create and sustain a vibrant community-based arts organization.
ROBERT J. ROSENTHAL / HANNAH YOUNG
The Center for Investigative Reporting, Emeryville, CA
Robert J. Rosenthal is Executive Director of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), is the nation’s first independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization dedicated to preserving democracy through fact-based investigative journalism. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. As a reporter, Rosenthal won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer-Prize winning Pentagon Papers project at The New York Times, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting, and has been a Pulitzer Prize judge four times. He joined CIR as executive director in 2008, which he has developed as a cutting-edge resource for digital innovation in journalism and a field leader in excellence in investigative journalism, qualities which were recognized in 2012 by a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. For his Butler Koshland Fellowship, Robert wanted to focus on digital innovation, hoping BKF could help him find a fellow who he could partner with to expand its multi-platform engagement efforts. With BKF, he selected Hannah Young, an emerging leader who is committed to ensuring that every American citizen has the information and access necessary to participate most fully in civic life. An advocate for, and a member of, the LGBTQ community, Hannah has a background in journalism, political organizing, and civic technology. Most recently, she worked for Code for America—a nonprofit with a mission to make government services simple, beautiful, and easy to use—where she developed their volunteer civic tech program into a national network of over 45,000 volunteers and 130 advocacy groups who worked collaboratively to make tech-based city services more accessible. She has a dual B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has applied her skills with various organizations, including: Wisconsin State Broadcasting, Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times, and the Obama for America campaign. Now working alongside her mentor, Robert, Hannah is thrilled by this opportunity to learn from him as they create strategies to reach the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.
EVA PATERSON / CHRISTOPHER BRIDGES
Equal Justice Society, Oakland, CA
Eva Paterson is the President and a co-founder of the Equal Justice Society (EJS), a legal organization transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. A tireless warrior for civil rights, Eva possesses a brilliant legal mind and a heartfelt passion for justice that inspires everyone she meets. She has held many prestigious leadership positions in the legal field and is the recipient of more than fifty awards. Eva is an expert in affirmative action and has authored several landmark lawsuits in support of equal educational opportunities. To augment these legal strategies, Eva has been engaging with artists, social scientists, and teachers in an effort to create a cultural shift around the issue of race and its negative impact on education outcomes. Through this innovative collaboration, Eva and her colleagues are forging a new set of tools that will help educators recognize and manage the role that unconscious bias (or unintentional racism) plays in decision-making. This hopeful project has the potential to deescalate the extremely disproportionate school suspension rates African American and Latino students are currently experiencing. To assist her with this project, Eva has chosen Chris Bridges as her Fellow. Like Eva, Chris has a true calling to social justice and, in his own words,“a longstanding commitment to, and passion for, legal advocacy, community empowerment, and organizing alongside communities of color seeking equitable living, education, and decreased representation in the criminal justice system.” Most recently, he’s been working in Oakland with the ACLU of Northern California and local school administrators to address the systemic disparities that have led to the current “School to Prison Pipeline” crisis. Excited by this opportunity to hone his coalition-building skills under an collaborative leader like Eva, Chris jumped into his work with her and the team at Equal Justice Society on building their common dream: a future where every child has the opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of race. Since his fellowship, Chris has been hired on at EJS as part of the legal team and has also recently founded IT TAKES A VILLAGE NATION, a social networking platform (currently in the beta phase), with the goal of creating an online space for people to connect and share resources around social justice movements.
ESTA SOLER / LISA KIM
Futures Without Violence, San Francisco, CA
Esta Soler is one of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children. She founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and as its President has set the pace for its innovative educational programs, public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to prevent and end violence against women and children worldwide—including being instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women and Children Act which has been passed by the U.S. Congress. Esta’s pioneering efforts to transform the cultural and legal treatment of gender-based violence are a major force in a movement that is radically altering the landscape of abuse; since she began her work, the incidence of domestic violence against adults has dropped by 50% in the U.S. As she launched some exciting new policy-based violence prevention initiatives, Esta was partnered with a fellow, Lisa Kim. Lisa is an emerging leader in global policy who is dedicated to ensuring the integration of gender-sensitive perspectives in social policies—both in the U.S. and abroad. Fluent in Spanish and Korean, her interest in international development issues has taken her to countries in Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia where she has worked with a number of development organizations. Promoting gender equality via violence reduction has been a focus of Lisa’s work and she is especially excited by projects that require guiding multiple stakeholders to discover common ground. Before her fellowship, she worked to develop a violence prevention program in Cambodia, led by The Asia Foundation, which allowed her to partner with community leaders, government agents, NGOs, and business interests. During this project, Lisa also engaged with the emerging use of mobile technology as a means to prevent violence—a promising area of work she’d like to help expand. As she looks to deepen and vary her gender justice work, Lisa is thrilled by the opportunity to continue her work with Futures where she was hired after her fellowship. Currently her work is focused on a pilot project called “Low Wage / High Risk” which is being designed to address the vulnerability of low-wage workers—in the retail, food service, hotel, homecare, and agricultural sectors—to gender-based violence and exploitation.
JOE SPEIDEL / SARAH RAIFMAN
Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Joseph Speidel has dedicated his career to increasing access to family planning information and services—both domestically and internationally—and has held several influential positions in the public health field. A prolific writer, Joe is the author of more that 100 articles and chapters and editor or author of 14 books and monographs on issues relating to family planning, contraception, and population. He is currently serving as Co-Director of UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health where he is launching an exciting new initiative to build opportunities for collaboration between experts in family planning and food scarcity issues. The principle strategy of his project is to mobilize a food security advocates, researchers, and program implementers to become family planning advocates by clearly making the case that population growth can be reduced and food security improved via voluntary family planning programs. To assist him in this ambitious effort, Joe selected Sarah Raifman as his fellow. Sarah has a broad background in public health and international development, but her twin passions are maternal health and reproductive rights. In her quest to improve women’s healthcare, she has had the privilege of learning first-hand from nurse-midwives in Zimbabwe, community health advocates in Ethiopia, and clinic workers in Samoa. She has published several peer-reviewed papers and has also authored clinic manuals designed for use in low resource settings. While much of her writing is focused on increasing access to family planning services, Sarah has also done extensive work on postnatal care, especially as it concerns a set of innovative new methods that allow for the inexpensive and rapid treatment of postpartum hemorrhages. Since her fellowship, Sarah has continued to work with the Bixby Center and a group there called Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSRH) where she has studied the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives—both domestically and abroad—as part of the “Turnaway Study” project. She was recently hired as the Project Director for Dr. Daniel Grossman, the Director of ANSIRH, and is currently leading social science research studies to improve access to contraception and safe abortion. These projects include evaluating the impact of restrictive abortion legislation in Texas and other states; investigating demand for new models of service provision for medication abortion; and estimating rates of self-induction abortion attempts in the US.
GLORIA DUFFY / MEHROZ BAIG
The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Gloria Duffy is the President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. Prior to this position, Gloria was the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction, serving under President Clinton 1993-1995. An expert on conflict resolution and nuclear non-proliferation, she has held positions with many prominent organizations, including Ploughshares Fund, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, the Rand Corporation, and Global Outlook, an independent research institute on international security issues which she founded and led from 1985-1992. Gloria is a frequent guest on radio and television news programs, has been published in most major newspapers in the United States, and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. Envisioning an opportunity for the Club to expand the reach of the high-quality content generated at its live programs, Gloria requested a fellow who could act as the Club’s in-house journalist—reporting on its important happenings and distributing this content to outside media outlets. Mehroz Baig was selected for this role. Mehroz is a talented journalist who has worked at CNN on the Fareed Zakaria Global Public Square program, as well as with other projects at NBC and PBS affiliates. She has a special interest in human rights, international affairs, and the experiences of Pakistani-Americans—much of her written work concerns these topics. During her time at the Club, Mehroz acted as an in-house journalist and developed a digital content strategy for its new state-of-the-art headquarters building. Mehroz is currently working with the Center for Learning and Innovation at the San Francisco Department of Public Health—a branch within the department focused on bringing innovation to public health and strengthening the public health workforce—where she is developing communications strategies for the a new national model of high-impact HIV prevention work.
HUGO MORALES / JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ
Radio Bilingüe, Oakland, CA
Hugo Morales is founder and executive director of Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino Public Radio Network. Radio Bilingüe first began broadcasting in the San Joaquin Valley in 1980, and since then has grown to provide local, regional, and transnational community radio service in Spanish, English, and Mixteco (an indigenous Mexican language) to the United States and Mexico. Hugo has been widely recognized for his work with multicultural media and has received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award, the Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, and the MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2012 Radio Bilingüe began an unprecedented period of expansion with the plan to create six full-power FM radio stations along the US/Mexico border. Hugo sought a fellow who could help him realize his dream of providing culturally relevant programming for Latino audiences along the border, and selected Mexican immigrant José González to work with him on this project. José is an artist, conservationist, and educator. Most recently, José worked with the California Mini-Corps as its San Jose State University Coordinator, leading its work to provide migrant children with outdoor education, and continues to give courses at National Hispanic University. An award-winning teacher, José is also the recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship. Since leaving Radio Bilingüe, José has launched a national initiative called “Latino Outdoors,” the purpose of which is to encourage and highlight Latino involvement in the environmental conservation movement. To learn more about José and his thoughts on being a “Green Chicano,” please visit his website.
LUCY BLAKE / PAUL BUROW
Northern Sierra Partnership, San Francisco, CA
Lucy Blake—a dedicated and visionary conservationist who has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Award—recently became President of the Northern Sierra Partnership. In this role, Lucy is spearheading a collaborative campaign—with partners the Feather River Land Trust, the Sierra Business Council, the Nature Conservancy, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the Trust for Public Land—to conserve, restore, and steward 167,000 acres of land in the northern Sierra region by 2020, and to raise the $222 million dollars needed to complete this mission. She chose fellow Paul Burow to work with her on this ambitious project. Paul is a Sierra-lover and gifted communicator who is excited to use his new media savvy to help build support for the Northern Sierra Partnership’s innovative approach to land conservation. Having participated in the founding of the Roosevelt Institute—a national think tank for college students—Paul has a keen interest in strategic planning, nonprofit management, and leadership development, especially as it concerns environmental policy. Immediately after completing his fellowship, he was hired by the Northern Sierra Partnership to serve as its Communications Manager. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he has been working in Montana with the tribal land departments of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on a land reclamation project.
SANDRA HERNÁNDEZ / SHANNON MALONE
San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Sandra Hernández is the President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation and a practicing physician at San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Clinic. She is the former CEO of the San Francisco Foundation—a position she held for 16 years. A pioneering leader in public health, Sandra has dedicated herself to improving access to healthcare for our most vulnerable citizens. As an extension of this work, the San Francisco Foundation has become a leader in disaster preparedness—both internally and in the communities it serves. Sandra decided to focus her fellow on this cause and chose Mississippi-native Shannon Malone to help her improve preparedness for low-income communities. Shannon first became interested in this field when she was forced to flee Hurricane Katrina unprepared. Since then, Shannon has become an active leader in the field, serving with AmeriCorps reconstructing communities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Rita. She has also worked with the Wharton Business School’s Team Rubicon international disaster response program. Shannon is certified in Sheltering Operations, Mass Care, and Psychological First Aid, and after moving to San Francisco has become a part of the Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team. Since completing her fellowship, Shannon has begun a PhD program in Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, focusing her work on the resilience and potential of girls in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She was also awarded a prestigious Kellogg Fellowship and The Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, with funding from the latter to support Shannon co-founding Girls Policy Institute—the mission of which is to develop a community of policy leaders throughout the state of Mississippi by equipping young women with the leadership skills, advocacy training, and opportunities to create transformative policy change.
GREG MOORE / BEN FASH
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco, CA
Greg Moore has served as the leader of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for thirty years, building it into a model organization. Internationally known for its excellence in park-making, serving visitors, creating educational programming, activating volunteers, and engaging donors, the Conservancy works to support the most visited National Park unit in the country. For his fellow, Greg chose Ben Fash, an artist, conservationist and educator who had originally been inspired towards ecological stewardship by the environmental devastation he witnessed while growing up in Copán, Honduras. Having just founded his own nonprofit—New Root, which supports the restoration and conservation of forest ecosystems in Honduras—Ben was eager to learn from an experienced leader like Greg. Alongside Greg, Ben managed executive communications, education programs, and fundraising for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. Once his fellowship was complete, Ben served for three years on the Conservancy’s Executive Team and in 2013, he led the development of the Conservancy’s proposal for the Presidio Exchange, an open-platform center for creative expression and the exchange of ideas about the intersection of nature and culture. He then focused his work on the ambitious New Presidio Parklands Project before entering a PhD program in Geography at Clark University. In his graduate program, Ben is utilizing what he learned from Greg about building community around parks to help inform his current work and longtime goal of creating more sustainable livelihoods for Honduran people through land conservation, sustainable farming, and education.
MARTY KRASNEY / MOLLY ELGIN
Dalai Lama Fellows, San Francisco, CA
In 2010, activist and experienced nonprofit leader Marty Krasney was asked to serve as the Founding Director of the Dalai Lama Fellows. This new secular global educational program aspires to improve the well-being of the human community by engaging university students and early-career citizen sector professionals in advancing the values that have distinguished the life and teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama: compassion, contemplation, courage, interconnectedness, collaboration, and service. Marty chose fellow Molly Elgin-Cossart to assist him in launching the organization. Molly is dedicated to the complex issues of international cooperation and global justice and since her fellowship has served as Chief of Staff at the Center on International Cooperation in New York City and Chief of Staff at the United Nations for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. She was also a Senior Fellow at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Center for American Progress, in its National Security and International Policy section. Her work there focused on the use of international development and diplomacy as tools to promote peace and stability in conflict-prone states. Most recently, Molly was hired in 2016 by the Omidyar Foundation where she leads US-based global policy and advocacy opportunities and works with Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative investees to help them achieve sector level change. She also continues to act as a consultant for the Dalai Lama Fellows, which is quickly growing to include more staff and program participants.
DAVE SUTTON / TAYLOR MEE-LEE
Trust for Public Land, San Francisco, CA
Dave Sutton is the Northern California and Nevada Director of the Trust for Public Land. Known for his ability to bring multiple stakeholders into alignment, Dave is especially devoted to the Sierra Nevada region where he has helped to preserve thousands of acres of land. To extend his work there, Dave enlisted the help of fellow Taylor Mee-Lee. A passionate conservationist and classically trained cellist, Taylor had first become interested in the intersections between business and the environment while teaching high school students conservation practices on a working cattle ranch. Taylor was especially eager to learn more about the business side of public land acquisition—working side-by-side with an experienced leader like Dave gave Taylor the opportunity to do just that. Taylor brought enthusiasm and dedication to his work with the Trust for Public Land where he was eventually promoted to Senior Project Associate. He is now traveling in South East Asia, visiting ecotourism centers in hopes of creating a project in Cambodia that can bring government and business together to preserve fragile coastal landscapes.
BOB FRIEDMAN / DAN GEBALLE
Corporation for Enterprise Development, San Francisco, CA
Bob Friedman founded the Corporation for Enterprise Development in 1979 and currently serves as its Chair of the Board and General Council. A recognized leader in economic development innovation, Bob is active in the movement to bring excluded communities into the economic mainstream as entrepreneurs, savers, investors, and skilled employees. For his fellow, Bob chose Dan Geballe who was interested in using his background in the finance industry to support the building of assets for low-income people. Together they participated in the launch of the American Dream Match Funds and 1:1 Fund, programs that use microenterprise platforms to help low-income people increase their savings and break the cycle of poverty. While still active with this program and other microenterprise initiatives, Dan has recently earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and began a position with SJF Ventures, a socially responsible venture financing firm that specializes in environmental sustainability. Dan also serves on the Koshland Committee of the San Francisco Foundation, the board of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and the Advisory Committee of Butler Koshland Fellowships.
JANET CARTER / NGOC LY
Coaching Corps, Oakland, CA
Janet Carter, Executive Director of Coaching Corps and a nationally recognized leader in the prevention of violence against women and girls, selected fellow Ngoc Ly to help her work with Coaching Corps’ programs. Ngoc was inspired to get involved in public service by the experiences she had as a child, when she was taught English by volunteers from the YMCA after coming to the United States as a refugee. Having later been given the opportunity to play soccer as a teenager in San Francisco, Ngoc learned firsthand how participating in sports can help youth stay on a positive path. Coaching Corps’ mission to make opportunities for low-income children to participate in sports was a perfect fit with Ngoc’s interests and desire to give back. While there, she worked with the Team Up for Girls project creating opportunities for girls to receive the benefits of participating in sports. In addition to her passion for sports, Ngoc has also focused her career around civic involvement, especially from volunteers, and has served as the Community Liaison for McKesson. Currently Ngoc is taking time away from the workforce to be with her baby son, Alexander.
MARY HUGHES / SHEILA BAPAT
The 2012 Project, Palo Alto, CA
Mary Hughes, a highly regarded political strategist and founder of the consulting firm Hughes & Company, chose fellow Sheila Bapat to help launch a non-partisan national movement to get more women into political office—the 2012 Project. Sheila, an attorney and accomplished reproductive rights activist, brought her own passion for social justice and political empowerment to Mary’s ambitious project. Together, Mary and Sheila built the 2012 Project from the ground up, eventually securing the prestigious Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University as their partner. Although Sheila has moved on from the 2012 Project, she is still active in politics and has co-founded South Asians for Kamala Harris, serves on the board of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, and is publishing her writing on reproductive law and policy, gender discrimination, and gender parity in the workforce and politics—her first book Part of the Family?: Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights was published last spring . The 2012 Project had great success during the 2012 election under Mary’s leadership, activating hundreds of women to run for office and bringing major media attention the problem of gender disparity in the United States. Mary has since launched a campaign called—Close the Gap CA—to recruit progressive women to serve in the California State Legislature.
MALCOLM MARGOLIN / KATE BRUMAGE
Heyday, Berkeley, CA
Malcolm Margolin is the founder and Executive Director of Heyday and a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award. As is the case with many founders, Malcolm had yet to institutionalize and share fully his knowledge. He agreed to become a mentor in hopes that the California publishing community could be benefited by a study of nonprofit publishing and that in the process, Heyday itself would be strengthened as well. With the help of his staff, he found Kate Brumage, who brought an entrepreneurial spirit and high energy to Heyday’s outreach efforts. She was subsequently appointed Director of Publishing Partnerships there, where she worked closely with the Board of Directors on marketing and development, and also served as managing editor for the Yosemite imprint—a joint project of the National Park Service and the Yosemite Conservancy. In 2011, Kate left Heyday to become to the first Executive Director of Butler Koshland Fellowships. She has served on the Fundraising Advisory Committee for Groundwork Opportunities, an organization that supports emerging leaders in the developing world as they launch community-based poverty solutions; volunteered as a career coach for Summer Search providing low-income high school and college students with leadership development; and is a member of the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team.
PEGGY SAIKA / SANDY KAJIYAMA
Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, San Francisco, CA
Peggy Saika is Executive Director of Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). A tireless advocate for the Asian American community, Peggy is the former Founding Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network and co-founder of the Asian Women’s Shelter. Peggy selected Sandy Kajiyama as her fellow. Sandy had previously worked in marketing in the technology industry, but was looking for an opportunity to shift her career into public service. Together Peggy and Sandy participated in the creation of a new program to develop “giving circles” in Asian American communities, whereby communities pool their charitable contributions to have greater impact. This project has become tremendously successful and since its founding, over 2,000 people have participated in AAPIP’s community-based philanthropy model and raised over $2M. Directly after completing her fellowship, Sandy became the Community Philanthropy Manager at Asian American Pacific Islanders. She has since been promoted to the position of Systems Director and frequently travels nationally to promote community philanthropy.
LAURIE OLSEN / LORRAINE CHOW
California Tomorrow, Oakland, CA
Laurie Olsen is an expert in multicultural education and has published dozens of books and articles on the subject including the award-winning Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools. Laurie brought this expertise to her role as the long-time executive director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit research, advocacy and technical assistance organization committed to building a fair and inclusive multicultural society. For her fellow, Laurie selected Lorraine Chow who has significant experience in the field of early childhood education. Lorraine was able to contribute to Laurie’s work at California Tomorrow while learning from Laurie how to influence the politics and public policy affecting early childhood education. Lorraine is now Professor of Early Childhood Education at Los Rios Community College District and is carrying out the kind of work California Tomorrow pioneered. Laurie has since retired from California Tomorrow, but continues to be a leader for programs promoting educational equity and advancement statewide, and is Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Language Initiative for English Learners.
MAURICIO LIM MILLER / MARCEL DIALLO
Family Independence Initiative, Oakland, CA
Mauricio Lim Miller is the President and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative—a national center for anti-poverty innovation. Maurice also serves on the board of the California Endowment and has been appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Maurice selected arts activist Marcel Diallo as his fellow. Called the “Mayor of West Oakland” by friends, Marcel had been working, in the face of increasing development pressure, to keep the historic African-American cultural district of West Oakland thriving with Black home and business ownership. The fellowship gave Marcel access to the financing community while Mauricio’s work was benefited by this opportunity for him to learn more about the kind of challenges neighborhoods like these face. Marcel used what he learned as a fellow to form the Village Bottoms Community Building and Development Corporation in Oakland, which has created an urban farm, performance venues, affordable housing, and cooperative grocery services. His pioneering efforts were the subject of a cover article in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. Marcel is also a poet and author of Black New World Manifesto (with a foreword by Amiri Baraka) and co-founder of the Black Dot Artist’s Collective and Eastside Arts Alliance. Marcel’s most recent project—Oakland 2 New Orleans—is focused on creating opportunities for cultural and economic exchange in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This new chapter has given Mauricio an opportunity to share his ideas about economic innovation with New Orleans where he has worked with Marcel on project to create economic opportunity for the African American “Mardi Gras Indian” community.