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Randall Akee is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies at UCLA. A microeconomist, Akee studies labor economics, economic development, and migration among Native Americans, First Nations, Native Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians.
Khiara M. Bridges is a professor of law at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and an anthropologist specializing in the intersectionality of race, class, reproductive justice and law. She studies how reproductive rights law and biomedical ethics reinforce racial inequalities in the United States. Bridges teaches courses in criminal law, reproductive rights and justice, environmental justice and family law.
Alice Wong is a disabled activist, writer and consultant. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community that creates and shares stories focused on disability culture. She writes about media, politics, disability representation and activism.
Michaela Madrid is the operations manager for the Sovereign Bodies Institute, an Indigenous organization that works to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people through research and data-driven direct services.
Veena Dubal is a law professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and an expert on the intersection of employment and labor law, technology and work in the precarious gig economy.
Priti Krishtel is a health justice lawyer and the co-founder of I-MAK, a nonprofit that focuses on improving global access to vaccines and medicines by challenging drug patent monopolies. Krishtel has spent nearly two decades exposing structural inequities affecting access to medicines and vaccines across the Global South and in the United States.
Tim Jin is a disability rights advocate with cerebral palsy. He is on the board of directors for Disability Voices United, an organization focused on improving education and services for those with developmental disabilities. Jin advocates for improving the accessibility of technology-aided communication for those with speech-related disabilities.
Logan Mohtashami is an expert on the housing market and a lead data analyst at housingwire.com, a trade publication for mortgage, real estate and housing professionals. He writes on housing and mortgage rate trends. Mohtashami has contributed to and been quoted in Bloomberg Business.
Sarah Aarons is an earth scientist and assistant professor in the Geosciences Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. She can speak about the effects of global climate change, the patterns of weather throughout history, and decolonizing science.
Dr. Stephen Lockhart is the chairman of the nonprofit Parks California, which supports the state’s parks. He previously served as chief medical officer at Sutter Health, where he oversaw the quality and safety of the organization’s patient care, as well as research and education. Sutter Health is a not-for-profit health care network in California.
Emma Robbins is the director of the Navajo Water Project, which provides infrastructure for Navajo families to access running water in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The project is a part of the water nonprofit DigDeep. Native American households face barriers to accessing running water.
Victor Pineda is a senior research fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights. Pineda is the president of World Enabled, a nonprofit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities.
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.
Tracey Ross is director of federal policy and narrative change at PolicyLink. She also serves as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Leadership program, which fosters connections between leaders in both countries.
Miguel Tinker Salas is the Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies, a professor of history and Chicana/o Latina/o studies, and the coordinator of Latin American studies at Pomona College. He is an authority on the political and social issues confronting Latin America. His research focuses on Venezuelan politics and culture, and the U.S.
Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.
David C. Kang is the Maria Crutcher Professor in International Relations and a professor of international relations, business and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Southern California. He is director of the school’s Korean Studies Institute and Center for International Studies.
Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an associate professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. She documents working-class history and lives and challenges stereotypes of the so-called “banana republics” in Central America.
Karen Tongson is a professor of English, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies and ethnicity, and chair of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in queer theory, women and pop music, and queer and racial representations and stereotyping in popular culture.
José A. Quiñonez is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and the founding CEO of Mission Asset Fund (MAF), a nonprofit that helps financially excluded communities, particularly low-income and immigrant families, to become visible, active and successful participants in the U.S. financial mainstream.
Mariana Ibañez is an associate professor and the chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and the co-founder and principal of the architectural studio Ibañez Kim. Her research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery, with a focus on the relationship between technology, culture and the environment.
Erica Bernal-Martinez is the CEO of NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) Educational Fund, which 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.
Lanhee J. Chen is the director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the public policy program at Stanford University and the David and Diane Steffy Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His research interests include health care policy, the design of public institutions and advanced policy analysis.
Vamsee Juluri is a professor of media studies and Asian studies at the University of San Francisco. His research interests include the expansion of media audiences, particularly as it relates to Indian cinema, mythology and Ghandian philosophy.
Dr. Seema Yasmin is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, a clinical assistant professor in Stanford University’s department of medicine, and visiting professor at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, where she teaches crisis management and communications.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker is policy director and senior researcher at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She owns DGW Consulting and is an adjunct professor of American Indian Studies at California State University, San Marcos.
Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to advance his research interests, which involve applying advanced mathematical principles to the social sciences. Su has a passion for popularizing mathematics.
Paloma Vargas is an assistant professor of biology, director of Hispanic-Serving Institute Initiatives and co-director of ALLIES in STEM at California Lutheran University. She is an expert in microbiology and host-parasite relationships.
Mehrsa Baradaran is a law professor at the University of California’s Irvine School of Law. She is the author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and The Racial Wealth Gap (2017) and How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation and the Threat to Democracy (2019). Her research focuses on race, inequality and financial institutions.
Constance Iloh is an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University in the School of Behavioral and Applied Science and the Department of Higher Education. Her research focuses on educational inequities and opportunity; institutional and organizational culture; college access and choice; social context; and student experiences.
Shirin Sinnar is a professor of law at Stanford University Law School. Her research focuses on the legal treatment of political violence, the procedural dimensions of civil rights litigation, and the role of institutions in protecting individual rights and democratic values in the national security context.
Erika Zavaleta is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She directs the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program and the CAMINO (Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-based Opportunities) at UCSC. In 2021, she was appointed by the governor to the California Fish and Game Commission.
Luisa Blanco is a professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where she teaches the core course on macroeconomic policy. Her research in Latin America concentrates on economic development and international policy-making. In the United States, Blanco studies household finance and financial planning, with a focus on minorities.
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen is a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also serves as the vice provost for Academic Planning. Her expertise is in environmental microbiology, environmental engineering and bioremediation — a waste management technique that uses organisms to remove contaminants.
Tina Trujillo is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on education inequality, federal educational policymaking and test-based educational reforms.
Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at California Lutheran University. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race and ethnicity — specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy.
Mariel Vazquez is a professor of mathematics and of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis. She is faculty director of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science. Vazquez’s research lies at the intersection of mathematics, polymer physics and molecular biology.
Adriana Galván is the dean of undergraduate education and director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy, including juvenile criminal justice. Galván’s work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning and decision making process of adolescents.
Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is Dean’s Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation. Hancock is a scholar of intersectionality theory.
Pedro Noguera is a sociologist and dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He researches ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.
Ian Haney López is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law and director of the Racial Politics Project at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley.
Akilah R. Carter-Francique is the founder of Francique Sport and Education Consulting LLC, which provides education, research and development for sports participation. She is an associate professor at San Jose State University (SJSU) in the department of African American studies.
Sung Won Sohn is a professor of finance and economics at Loyola Marymount University and president of SS Economics, an economic consulting firm. His interests include the international economy, especially Pacific-Rim countries, and China’s impact on the global economy.
Kathy Martinez is president and CEO of Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit advancing equal rights for people with disabilities. She serves on the board of The American Association of People with Disabilities. Martinez is an expert in disability employment, including the emergence of disability as an essential component of workplace diversity and inclusion.
Jeffrey Fields is an associate professor of the practice of international relations at the University of Southern California and directs USC’s Dornsife Washington D.C. Program. He also directs the Intersect Project, which facilitates a dialogue between scholars of international relations and policymakers in Washington, D.C.
Patricia Gándara is a research professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Her research interests include the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the U.S. and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican students and U.S. students of Mexican origin.
Caroline Hoxby is the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics at Stanford University. She is also the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Jenny S. Martinez is the dean and the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law of Stanford Law School. She is an expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law, and the laws of war.
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American writer and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times and in many anthologies.
Valerie Lundy-Wagner is assistant vice chancellor of research and data at California Community Colleges. Her interests include postsecondary access and completion, community colleges, and comprehensive regional four-year institutions, with specific attention to minority-serving institutions, the STEM fields, and the role of race, class and gender.
Jennifer L. Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Eberhardt is a social psychologist who focuses on what she describes as “the stereotypical associations between blacks and crime.” She is co-director of Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions (SPARQ) at Stanford.
Armando Fox is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. His focus is at the intersection of digital learning, programming systems, and software engineering, and he co-designed and co-taught Berkeley’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on engineering software as a service, which has certified more than 10,000 students.
Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the Los Angeles Times.
Margaret Russell is an associate professor of constitutional law at California’s Santa Clara University. She specializes in constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties, as well as freedom of speech, racial equality, sexual orientation equality, and the Supreme Court.
Erica Williams Simon is the CEO of Sage House, a content, experience and consulting company. She is co-host and co-creator of the Rosario Dawson-produced talk show The Assembly and the host of the podcast The Call with Erica.