Sarah Audelo

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.

Sarah (1)

Political and Field Director for Rock the Vote 

Areas of Expertise: Millennial Voter Engagement, Polling, Mobilization of Young Voters

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:

Phone:(661) 432-5608

Email:sarah@rockthevote.com

Twitter:@SarahAudelo 

Heard on C-Span: Youth Vote in 2016

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

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.

20160930 MSFS 095

Areas of expertise: democracy, human rights, international affairs

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Information: 

Email: nb44@georgetown.edu

Phone: (703) 772-1937 (cell)

(202)-687-8417 (landline)

Heard on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday: Security Issues Force Foreign Service to Adapt

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Amy Liu

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.

Liu
Amy Liu, co-founder of of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Washington. (Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

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

Contact Information:

Email: aliu@brookings.edu
Twitter: @amy_liuw
Media contact: Allison Courtin, acourtin@brookings.edu, 202.238.3556

Location: Washington, DC

Heard on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: Amy Liu Discusses New Orleans’ Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Aziz Abu Sarah

Azi Abu Sarah is the co-founder of  Middle East Justice Development Initiative Tours, a tour operator which “rejects the model of traditional consumer tourism … instead employing a new model of tourism based on clients, communities, and financial and environmental sustainability.”

He is also the co-founder of the education and development nonprofit InterAct. Abu Sarah formerly served as the co-executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, a position which bestows grants from National Geographic for environmentally-conscious projects. He is also a TED Fellow

He is the author of Strangers, Neighbors, Friends, which aims to bridge divisions between religions, and Crossing Boundaries: Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, a manual on travelling responsibly in times of polarization.

Aziz Abu Sarah
Aziz Abu Sarah. TED 2014, The Next Chapter, March 17 – 21, 2014, Vancouver Conference Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo by: Bret Hartman

Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, Arab Spring, interfaith dialogue, world religions, Iran, peacebuilding/conflict resolution, responsible tourism, Syrian refugees

Location: Washington, DC (with frequent travel to Jerusalem)

Contact Information:
Email:
 azizabusarah@gmail.com
Phone: (301) 466-6259 (c), 703-349-1554 (office) 
Middle East Mobile: +972-52-427-1058
Twitter: @AzizAbuSarah

Heard on WAMU: For a complete list, click here.
9/11 Anniversary: Local Muslims Reflect On Changes, Good And Bad

Featured on Fox 5 News: The Expanding Middle East Protests

Last updated February 21, 2020

Michelle Asha Cooper

Michelle Asha Cooper is the president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), one of the nation’s most effective voices in championing access and success for all students in postsecondary education. Cooper is recognized as a well-respected practitioner, researcher, and policy advocate, helping to reaffirm IHEP’s role of ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students. Cooper has raised millions to create and maintain IHEP’s strong partnerships with national and international leaders from the postsecondary, policy, philanthropic, business, and civic communities.

Prior to joining IHEP, Dr. Cooper held various leadership positions at the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance a the U.S. Department of Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College.

Michelle Asha Cooper
President, Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Areas of Expertise: Higher Education Access and Equity, Student Loans, Federal and State Policies Regarding Postsecondary Education

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
 president@ihep.org

Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition: College Students Hide Hunger, Homelessness

Added July 2015

Amanda Terkel

Amanda Terkel is a senior political reporter and the politics managing editor at The Huffington Post. She was previously deputy research director at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive research and advocacy organization. She was also the managing editor of ThinkProgress.org, one of CAP’s political blogs.

Terkel has provided political commentary for prominent news organizations, including MSNBC and the BBC. Her bio on shesource.org states that she was honored with a 2010 New Leaders Council 40 Under 40 Award, “which recognizes young leaders who exemplify the spirit of progressive political entrepreneurship.”


Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor, The Huffington Post

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Political and Social Issues, Political Commentary

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
aterkel@huffingtonpost.com
Phone: (646) 468-9170
Twitter: @aterkel

Listen to her speak on MSNBC: