Shalanda Baker is a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She is an expert on energy and environmental policy. Baker also found the Energy Justice Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawai’i.
Sharon A. Navarro is professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an expert consultant on women in politics, race and American politics, and Latinx politics. Her most recent publications include Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary, Latinas in American Politics, Latino Urban Agency, co-authored Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008), and authored Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership (2008).
Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, a nonprofit organization that helps people obtain IDs for jobs, housing, medical care, and voting. She is an expert on voting rights. Calvin is one of the 2018 Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been a Business Insider 30 Under 30.
Khalilah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. Her research interests include the political dynamics surrounding the criminal justice system, especially as it relates to voting rights policies.
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is a professor in the practice of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
She served for over a decade at the U.S. State Department before working in democracy and human rights NGOs and academia. She has chaired two NGO boards focused on human trafficking and religious freedom.
Additionally, Bibbins Sedaca has led local governance programs in Ecuador, managed aid programs for displaced citizens in Kosovo and advised the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.
Areas of expertise: democracy, human rights, international affairs
Leah Wright Rigueur is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an expert on race and politics, modern African American history, U.S. political and social history, and riots, backlash and campus unrest. Rigueur has explored the dynamics of black Republican activists, officials and politicians as it relates to civil rights and conservatism in her latest book The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power. She has been featured on various news outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Areas of expertise: Race and Politics, Modern African American History, U.S. Political and Social History, and Riots, Backlash and Campus Unrest
Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University in New York, NY. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race, ethnicity- specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy. Monforti is the former president of the APSA Latino Caucus- an association pushing for the promotion and protection of professional development of Latina/os in political science. She has contributed to several news articles and broadcasts including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University
Areas of Expertise: Public Policy Impacts by Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Impacts of Technology, Military System and Immigration Policy on Latino Youth
Sundararajan’s research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. His current research focuses on crowd-based capitalism, which he believes will evolve into a dominant model of organizing economic activity in the 21st century, altering how we consume, what it means to have a job, the nature of regulation, and the basis for trust in society. Sundararajan has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony and to a variety of city, state and federal government agencies. Hisop-eds and expert commentary have appeared in print publications like the New Yorker, the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, as well as a variety of radio shows and TV programs.
Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at New York University
Areas of Expertise: All Things Digital, The Sharing Economy, The Future Of Work, Tech In Emerging Markets, and Online Privacy
Erika Andiola is a well-known immigration activist. She recently joined Bernie Sanders’ campaign as a Latino outreach strategist, focusing on states in the Southwest. Andiola co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. She’s a former Congressional Staffer for Arizona Congresswoman, Kyrsten Sinema. Her passion for immigrant rights is driven from her own struggle as an undocumented woman. She has appeared on MSNBC and Univision.
Immigration rights activist
Areas of expertise: Immigration activism
Location: Bernie Sanders campaign HQ in Burlington, VT
Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.
As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.
Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.
At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.
Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution
Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery