Paul Oakley Stovall

Mr. Stovall joins the board after working as a National Advance Lead and National Trip Director for the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign.

He served as an Advance Associate for the White House, working as a Press Lead for President and First Lady Obama from 2008-2015. He also managed the “Day of Service” for the Obamas in 2012 before the Inauguration. Additionally, he was the Director of Surrogate Operations at the 2012 Democratic Convention. Mr. Stovall has written several plays (Immediate Family, CLEAR, Ape, and The Alley among others) and is currently a staff writer on the hit STARZ series Survivor’s Remorse.

César Vargas

César Vargas is a writer, director, strategist, and advocate.

He founded UPLIFTT and was named one of 40 under 40: Latinos in American Politics. His op-eds and quotes can be found on the Huffington Post, Latino Rebels, Okayafrica, Okayplayer, Latino Magazine, Fox News, Sky News, NBC, Salon, The Hill, and the Guardian. He’s a recent recipient of two awards from the NHFA and Fusion.

Christopher M. Whitt, Ph.D

Dr. Whitt is an Associate Professor and the Chair in the Political Science department at Augustana College.

He also is the Director of Augustana College’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity. His Ph.D in Government & Politics (Political Science) was earned at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Whitt is Augustana’s expert on American government and politics, the Presidency, political behavior, minority politics, and gender politics. He is also a leader at the college in community, faculty, and overall workforce diversity efforts. In addition to his roles at the college he is also the Political Analyst for KWQC, the Quad Cities’ NBC television affiliate.

Roy Mr. Tatem Jr.

Businessman, Leader, Organizer

After graduating from Virginia State University with his degree in Political Science and Philosophy, Mr. Tatem went on to work in the United States Senate as a Legislative Aide. While working on Capitol Hill Roy also began to expand his interest into entrepreneurship with LegalShield by 2004 Roy was on his way to becoming one of the youngest in the history of the company to earn a six-figure income. Roy served as the Deputy Director for African American Outreach for the Bernie 2016 Campaign.

Matt Cooke

Actor. Filmmaker. Activist

Since last year, Mr. Cooke’s social justice commentaries have been viewed over 90 million times online — shared and promoted by the ACLU, World Star Hip Hop, Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, Susan Sarandon, Julian Lennon, DL Hughley, Adrian Grenier, Daily Kos, RYOT.org, Huffington Post, FilmingCops.org, The Anti-Media, The Free Thought Project, and many more.

Levi Sanders

Attorney. Strategist. Mentor

Levi currently works with the Greater Boston Legal Services Cambridge as well as Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services. In his practice, Levi represents clients in a variety of legal areas. Levi previously served as a senior advisor for Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential campaign.

Dr. Maria Cole, Co-Chair

Dr. Cole has spent her entire life in pursuit of social and economic justice for the underserved and disenfranchised.

Dr. Cole divides her time between New York City, where she serves as the Special Assistant to Dr. Cornel West, and Palm Beach County, where she coordinates conferences and training sessions for community and political campaign staff. She is also a Board member and active participant of the Riviera Beach Citizens Task Force and a founding Board member of Legacy Palm Beach County. Her spare time is devoted to the practice of yoga and enjoying good food and wine with her family and friends, and pursuing her creative passions.

Ja’Mal Green

Musician, entrepreneur, crime prevention and anti-police violence activist and advocate

Ja’Mal always wanted to inspire youth. At the early age of 15, Ja’Mal cofounded a youth organization, Sky-rocketing Teens Corp. A born leader, Ja’Mal was thrusted further into the spotlight in the late fall of 2015. After learning of the Laquan McDonald shooting and the subsequent cover up from the Emanuel administration, Ja’Mal became the voice of reason for the young people in the community. Ja’Mal has received massive recognition for his efforts in the community including awards from the Nation of Islam, Chicago’s Buzzin Off Awards, and several for “activist of the year.”

Courtney Richardson

A former stockbroker and financial advisor with an intimate knowledge of finance and how it to make it work.

In 2014, Courtney saw the need to provide “industry advice in simple terms” and started her blog, The Ivy Investor. Her legal and financial commentary has been featured in The Huffington Post, Pull Magazine, Urban Romance Online, and MyFabFinance. She currently practices tax law and is an adjunct professor at Penn State Berks. Courtney holds a BS degree in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a JD from West Virginia University College of Law.

Electra Skrzydlewski

An experienced community organizer creating positive change through coalition building, policy advocacy and public education campaigns.

Electra became NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada’s Organizing Director in July 2016 where she has been educating and mobilizing a statewide network of pro-choice activists to promote reproductive rights. Previously, she served as the Nevada Deputy Political Outreach Director for the Bernie Sanders campaign. She is passionate about inspiring the underrepresented to engage with policy makers and helping citizens advocate for themselves. She is a graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government.

Lailan Sandra Huen, Co-Chair

Grassroots Organizer & Political Strategist

Lailan was born and raised in Oakland and has been campaigning since the 3rd grade when her mother decided to run for School Board, followed by City Council, and Mayor, watching those 24 years of public service and all the back-end political maneuvering needed to move progressive policies forward. With a foundation in youth organizing, leadership development, and strategic communications, she served as Senior Field Representative for California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson and trained with top progressive political firm SG&A Campaigns. With a Bachelors in Urban Studies and Masters in Media Studies from Columbia University, she worked as Community Development and Organizing Manager for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, advancing equitable development and anti-displacement strategies in cultural districts threatened by gentrification, and works with Right to the City’s Homes for All network that coordinates housing justice advocates nationally and internationally.

Stephen Bishop

Actor, Stephen Bishop is best known for his character as David Paulk on BET’s hit TV show Being Mary Jane.

After graduating from UC Riverside with a BA in Business, Bishop signed with the Atlanta Braves and played for them and the Baltimore Orioles for three years. He then spent two years scouting for the Braves before deciding to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
Stephen’s breakout role was as the baseball legend David Justice in the six-time Academy Award Nominee film Moneyball. In addition to his acting career, Stephen Bishop is heavily involved as a green building advocate, working toward helping the US Government ‘green’ all of their building projects. He’s also a board member of the nonprofit organization, #RAKE (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere), which grants and houses innovative charitable initiatives.

Joshua Harris

A leader and visionary who advocates on behalf of the community.

Mr. Harris was a 2016 Green Party candidate for mayor of Baltimore, garnering more than 22,000 votes, more than any third party candidate in the history of the city. He is dedicated to creating attainable solutions for the challenges Baltimore and similar urban cities face around the nation. As co­-founder of Hollins Creative Placemaking, he leads initiatives that foster urban revitalization by including the use of art and the creative processes. Active in the fight for social justice, he is committed to public safety reform and has also served the state of Maryland, doing policy work for a state representative. He is proud to have worked on and been lead sponsor of legislation that made it legal for police in the state to wear body cameras. His community involvement extends to community leadership, as he sits on the Baltimore’s Promise Mentoring Task Force, and is the youngest member on several boards.