Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Aug. 4 9:00 AM
Ends: Saturday, Aug. 4 10:15 AM
As progressives engage in urgent fights today, it’s important to also think about where we’re going in the longer term—what does a progressive vision of the future look like? What policies will we eventually need to enact to create a 21st century social contract that supports and empowers all members of our society? And how do we hold onto this long-term vision while still engaging in the critical battles we face right now? Join us for a discussion with leading progressive advocates and thinkers as we explore these questions.
Sandhya Anantharaman is a Co-Director of the Universal Income Project, where she works to build progressive California strategy for universal basic income. Sandhya leads the Universal Income Project grassroots organizing work, working with hundreds of artists, writers, technologists, and activists to build support for the policy.
Sandhya got her start in politics as a grassroots organizer on the Obama campaign, proceeding to work on Democratic campaigns for Senate, Governor, and Georgia state legislative races. She’s worked with major digital advocacy organizations on analytics and experiments, most recently at Color of Change, and trains on analytics with Wellstone.
Jessica Bartholow is a legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty with over a decade of experience in anti-poverty organizing, advocacy and program development at the local, state and national level. She has led in coalition to pass a dozen pieces of legislation. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and is the 2012 recipient of the National Food Research and Action Center’s Wellstone – Wheeler Anti-hunger Advocate of the Year Award. Jessica is a native of Northern California.
Rakeen Mabud is the Program Director of the Roosevelt Institute’s 21st Century Economy and Economic Inclusion programs. She manages the Institute’s work on job creation, contingent work, the racial wealth gap, and intersectionality and economics. At Roosevelt, she has written about Universal Basic Income and the future of work, and managed the publication of Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy. She also co-authored Roosevelt’s paper on digital equity, Wired: Connecting Equity to a Universal Broadband Strategy. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Hill, and Teen Vogue.
Rakeen comes to Roosevelt with a background in economic policy. Before moving to New York, she served as a political appointee in the Obama administration, where she worked on domestic microeconomic policy issues at the Treasury Department. Rakeen holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where her doctoral research examined how housing wealth affects political preferences. She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College.
Aisha Nyandoro is the Chief Executive Officer of Springboard To Opportunities. Springboard provides strategic, direct support to residents of federally subsidized affordable housing. The organization’s service delivery model uses a “radically resident-driven” approach designed to improve quality of life and end the generational poverty trajectory. Nyandoro has more than a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with limited resources.
She has worked in various capacities– as an academic, evaluator, philanthropist, and nonprofit executive. These varied experiences have allowed her to better understand systems and policies that impact vulnerable communities. Prior to serving with Springboard, Aisha served as a Program Officer with the Foundation for the Mid South. During her tenure, she strengthened the Foundation’s community development portfolio by executing a plan focused on five specific strategies aimed at transforming communities. Additionally, she led the Foundation’s place based initiative – Community of Opportunities. Under her leadership, community leaders were able to leverage more than $20 million in federal and private funding. In addition, she established statewide, regional, and national public-private partnerships to create resources and assist the Foundation in achieving its mission and goals.
She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a M.A. in Community Psychology and Urban Affairs and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University. Aisha’s commitment to community and passion for social change is demonstrated through her volunteer work with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the various boards of directors and advisory councils to which she lends her expertise and service. Aisha has received multiple honors, including recognition as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Aisha’s life mission is to holistically and compassionately lift families out of cycles of poverty. When not working to transform impoverished communities, she is a wife and mommy to the best two little boys in the world.
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York based organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which the NDWA was formed. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and the Time 100 list.