Erica Bernal-Martinez is the Chief Operating Officer of NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) Educational Fund.
The NALEO Educational Fund works to encourage the participation of Latinos in the America political process and increase the effectiveness of Latino policymakers on issues such as immigration, voting rights and election reform.
Bernal-Martinez is an expert on the political participation and leadership among the Latino population. In her 20 years at NALEO Educational Fund, she has overseen the operations for the entire organization, including civic engagement, development and communications departments. She has led the organization’s efforts on voter registration through four presidential election cycles, as well as Get Out the Count campaigns for the 2010 and 2020 Census.
Areas of expertise: Political participation, civic engagement, governance of policy makers, and political leadership among the Latino population
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Note: Contact information is forAmanda Bosquez, NALEO Educational Fund National Director of Communications
Adolphus Belk Jr. is a professor of political science at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Belk has taught courses on American government, black politics, public policy, and race and ethnic politics in the United States.
Belk Jr.’s research has concentrated on the politics of crime and punishment, and white nationalism in American politics. His research focuses on the prison-industrial complex and the politics of mass incarceration. His work has been published in several journals, including The Journal of Race and Policy, where he also served as a guest editor in a special issue that examined how the 2008 presidential election affected race, racism, and policy in the U.S.
Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Areas of Expertise:American Government, Race & Ethnic Politics in the U.S., the Politics of Mass Incarceration, Public Policy
In 2015, Glaude was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colgate University. He is a columnist for Time magazine and regularly provides commentary on radio and television news programs.
He is currently working on a book about James Baldwin, of whom he writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others.“
William S. Tod professor of Religion and African American studies and Chair of the Department of African Studies at Princeton University
Location: New Jersey/ St.Thomas
Areas of Expertise: Religion, Ethics, Politics, Religion in the Americas, African American Studies
Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.
Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Global Executive Director of Equality Now
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science
Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.
McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.
Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns
Sarah J. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching interests include the use of media and technology to represent racial justice and social movements, with a particular focus on the role of social media in activism. Her research on the use of Twitter by journalists and activists has been funded by the Knight foundation.
Jackson is also a faculty affiliate of Northeastern’s Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Her most recent book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics and the Press examines the relationship between race, celebrity protest and the media. Her commentary has been featured on PBS, Politico and NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Affiliate of Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University
Areas of Expertise: Communications, Media Studies, Technology, Gender Studies, Social Media, Politics, Culture, Social Sciences
Sarah Audelo is the Political and Field Director for Rock The Vote – a non-profit, non-partisan organization that mobilizes young voters to the polls in the U.S. She is responsible for the organization’s political partnerships, polling and research. Audelo is the former policy director at Generation Progress where she led a team that focused on economic justice, higher education, among other important issues facing millennials. She’s also led the domestic policy portfolio and a campaign for Advocates for Youth on issues like HIV/AIDS prevention, abortion access and LGBTQ rights. She is passionate about the engagement and impact of the millennial electorate in 2016 as heard in a C-Span interview, here.
Political and Field Director for Rock the Vote
Areas of Expertise: Millennial Voter Engagement, Polling, Mobilization of Young Voters
Ange-Marie Hancock is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation, a new online certification and collaboration platform that assists individuals and organizations to update their work in these two fields.
Hancock is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world’s leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written three books on the intersectionality and its effect on policy, including the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Pubic Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004, New York University Press), Solidarity Politics for Milennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and the forthcoming Oxford University Press book Intersectionality: An Intellectual History, which be published in December 2015. In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, Hancock conducted the original survey research and designed the business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California
CEO of RISIST
Areas of Expertise: Politics, Gender and Sports, Feminism, Intersectionality
Angela Rye is principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Washington, DC seeks to empower young professionals in economic development, civic engagement, and political involvement. As the former Executive Director and General Counsel to the 112th Congressional Black Caucus, Rye is an expert on political strategy, public engagement, and issue advocacy.
Rye serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and National Bar Association, and her law background allows for a range of dialogue from political campaign to legislation that bears national and international implications. She is a proud graduate of the Seattle University School of Law, and serves on the University’s board of alumni.
Principal and CEO, IMPACT Strategies
Areas of Expertise: Government contracting, political campaigns, issue advocacy, strategic communications, political fundraising
Location: Washington, DC
Contact Information: Please contact her associate, Taylor Wills.
Bakari Kitwana is the Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, which conducts townhall meetings across the US on difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation, and the Senior Media Fellow at the Harvard Law based Think Tank, The Jamestown Project. Kitwana wrote the bestselling book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, which is used as a coursebook in over 100 colleges and universities.
Kitwana was former executive editor of The Source: The magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics and editorial director of Third World Press. He also taught political science at University of Chicago and was a visiting scholar at Columbia College. Kitwana is the author of the forthcoming book Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era set to publish later this fall.
Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop
Senior Media Fellow at the The Jamestown Project
Areas of Expertise: Hip-hop activism, youth culture and young voter political participation