Terry Loftis is the president and executive director of The Arts Community Alliance, a nonprofit supporting the arts in North Texas through grant making, capacity building and thought leadership. He can provide insight on the struggles cultural institutions are facing during the pandemic as well as what the future holds.
Before joining TACA, Loftis was vice president of the Broadway Strategic Return Fund in New York, which co-produced the Tony Award-winning productions Once on This Island and Hadestown. He also produced the 2017 Broadway run of Bandstand, which won the Tony for Best Choreography and Orchestration.
A Dallas native, Loftis graduated from the city’s Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. He has a 25-year career in marketing and advertising.
Outside of TACA, he serves on the boards of directors for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Black Tie Dinner, Arts District Dallas, and the president’s council of the advisory board of Booker T. Washington High School.
Location: Dallas, TX
Expertise Field: Arts and culture, arts and culture funding, theater, music, museums, nonprofits
His research examines how urban school leaders enact culturally relevant leadership practices—which are leadership behaviors that most optimally help marginalized students in school and their communities. More specifically, he looks at how school leaders can promote inclusive school environments, how they can effectively engage parents and neighborhood community contexts, and how they can confront racism in their own school buildings.
Khalifa has been published in the Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, Urban Review, Urban Education, the Journal of Negro Education, and the Journal of School Leadership. He is coeditor of the forthcoming “Rage, Love & Transcendence in the Emergence of Social Justice Scholars: Becoming Critical in Diverse Social Spaces” and “Handbook on Urban Educational Leadership.”
Khalifa has been engaged in school leadership reform in African and Asian countries. Notably, he has developed the Nation’s first online equity audit equity audits to address achievement gaps and discipline gaps in school. This online equity audit is currently being used to analyze and address inequity in U.S. schools.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University
Areas of Expertise: Education, Race, Culture, Leadership Practices, School Leadership
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
Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the first woman of color to hold this position and an expert on women’s leadership, youth development, and public policy. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano. In 2016, Anna Maria Chávez was the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence Award. She works in New York, New York.
Georges Benjamin is the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on infectious diseases and administrative leadership in health systems. Benjamin is a board certified doctor in internal medicine and Modern Healthcare Magazine named him of the top 25 minority executives in health care.
He’s served various leadership roles within hospitals and public health entities including the interim director of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department. Benjamin has authored several book chapters including his own exposé The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History. He can be heard on this NPR Morning Edition story “Many Dislike Health Care System But Are Pleased With Their Own Care”.
Executive Director, The American Public Health Association
Areas of Expertise: Infectious Diseases and Administrative Leadership in Health Systems
Location: Washington, DC
You may contact him through one of the following APHA press kit contacts
David A. Thomas is Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. During his administration, Dean Thomas has made a number of contributions to the School, including major redesign of the MBA curriculum, expansion of the MBA career management activities, and enhancement of academic and professional opportunities for undergraduate students. Dean Thomas has also increased the diversity of the school’s faculty among women, underrepresented minorities, and international faculty.
Before becoming the Dean at the McDonough School, Thomas taught business administration at Harvard University and finance at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, the Washington Business Journal recognized Thomas as one of the top Minority Business Leaders.
Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Areas of Expertise: leadership, cultural diversity in organizations, organizational behavior, strategic human resource management, executive development, and organizational change
Jerry Gonzalez is the founder and current executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Gonzalez has been named one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential” by Georgia Trend Magazine. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.
Previously Gonzalez worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a Legislative Policy Analyst, focusing upon immigrants’ rights issues at the Georgia General Assembly and in several local jurisdictions across the Southeast. Through his efforts, DeKalb County became the largest municipality to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card as a form of identification for Mexican nationals in DeKalb County and he worked towards the passage of a new Georgia flag without the confederate battle emblem.
During the 2010 Census, Gonzalez advocated for strong participation of the Latino community in Georgia, which ended up having a 96% increase, representing 28% of the state’s overall growth. In voter engagement efforts, the Latino electorate has grown to well over 150,000 from a mere 10,000 in 2003. In addition, the Latino voter participation rates in most jurisdictions in Georgia during the 2008 election out-performed the national Latino voter participation rates.
Most recently Gonzalez and GALEO have been actively fighting passage of Georgia’s HB 87, an Arizona-style anti-immigration legislation. After the passage of HB 87, Gonzalez worked with community leaders and lawyers on a lawsuit that sought to halt its implementation and filed an Amicus Brief in support of the litigation to stop HB87 which resulted in the judges halting the “show me your papers” provisions of the law.
Founder, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials
Areas of Expertise: Latino Issues, Immigration, Politics, Latino Vote, Latino Politics,Leadership Development, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Gay Rights, Marriage Equality
Carter went on to found the non-profit Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx). With her motto “you shouldn’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one”, she built a new park on the site of an illegal garbage dump and launched urban green-collar job training initiatives. By 2005 she received a MacArthur ‘genius’ Fellowship, and in 2008, Carter formed a for-profit consulting firm, Majora Carter Group LLC (MCG). Her Clients represent a cross section of leading national organizations in the government, private and academic sectors.
Since 2010 she’s appeared and produced numerous videos for Sundance Channel and Science Channel, as well as videos for corporate brands such as Honda, Cisco, Mazda, Holiday Inn, HSBC. In 2011 her nationally broadcast special radio series, The Promised Land, won a Peabody Award.
Majora’s current work involves urban on-shoring entry level tech jobs into economically under-performing communities via her new social enterprise, StartUp Box.