Speakers

We are excited to welcome the dynamic speakers and experts listed below to this year’s conference. We invite you to review the information below to get to know a little more about our speakers. Be sure to check back regularly for future speaker confirmations.

Nell Abernathy

Nell Abernathy

Vice President for Strategy and Policy

she/her/hers

Roosevelt Institute

Breakout Speaker

Nell Abernathy identifies and develops new programmatic areas for Roosevelt, and guides research on institutional priorities. Prior to joining Roosevelt, Nell worked on political campaigns and in government for President Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. In addition, she worked as an economics reporter in emerging markets.

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Emily Atkin

Emily Atkin

Author and Founder

she/her/hers

HEATED

Breakout Speaker

Emily Atkin authors the daily climate newsletter HEATED, and is a contributing editor at The New Republic. Called "one of the foremost climate journalists in the U.S." by MSNBC's Ali Velshi, Emily previously served as climate staff writer for The New Republic, deputy climate editor at ThinkProgress, and national political reporter at Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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Deborah Axt

Deborah Axt

Co-Executive Director

she/her/hers

Make the Road New York

Breakout Speaker

Deborah leads Make the Road’s low-wage worker organizing and policy work, as well as the organization’s 50-person legal department, all other education and survival services, and finance and development operations. She led the successful campaign to pass the Wage Theft Prevention Act in New York State and has helped to craft and win passage of numerous other pieces of city and state legislation.

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Rick Banks

Rick Banks

Political Director/Organizer

he/him/his

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)

Breakout Speaker

Rick Banks is a Milwaukee native who is joining BLOC after spending three years as a neighborhood organizer. He’s been an activist and an organizer in Milwaukee since 2010 when he was spurred by protests following the passage of ACT 10. Rick proudly identifies as pro-labor, pro-student rights, pro-women & LGBT+ equality, and he strongly opposes white supremacy and police violence.

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Alan Barber

Alan Barber

Policy Director

he/him/his

Congressional Progressive Caucus Center

Breakout Speaker

Alan leads the policy team and the Center's Policy and Research Council, a coalition of think tanks, advocates and experts dedicated to strengthening the progressive movement. Prior to joining the CPC Center, he supported communications and policy efforts at the Center for Economic and Policy Research on a wide range of economic issues. He was a proud member and former president of IFPTE Local 70.

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Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey

President & CEO

she/her/hers

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Keynote Speaker

Heather Boushey is President & CEO and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the mission of which is to advance evidence-backed policies and ideas to support economic growth that is strong, stable, and broadly shared. She is one of the nation’s most influential voices on economic policy.

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Maurice BP-Weeks

Maurice BP-Weeks

Co-Executive Director

he/him/his

Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE)

Breakout Speaker

Maurice works with community organizations and labor unions on campaigns to go on offense against Wall Street to beat back their destruction of communities of color. He was previously the Campaign Director of the ReFund America Project and worked as the Wall Street Accountability and Housing Justice campaigner at the Center for Popular Democracy before that.

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Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

United States Senator

he/him/his

United States Senate

Keynote Speaker

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown – a champion of middle-class families in the Senate – has held more than 300 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with students, local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, workers and families to find ways to rebuild our economy.

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Dana Brown

Dana Brown

Director

she/her/hers

The Next System Project

Breakout Speaker

Dana Brown is the Director of the Next System Project. Her research focuses on health and care systems, the pharmaceutical sector, and economic transformation for health and well-being. Dana is the author of “Medicine For All: The Case for a Public Option in the Pharmaceutical Industry.”

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Beverly Brown Ruggia

Beverly Brown Ruggia

Financial Justice Organizer

she/her/hers

New Jersey Citizen Action

Breakout Speaker

Beverly Brown Ruggia is the Financial Justice Organizer for New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA). Beverly advocates for consumer finance protections and regulatory reforms and policies and to end unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices in banking and finance. Beverly leads the NJCA consumer finance protection coalition of state organizations working to combat all forms of predatory lending.

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Cherrie Bucknor

Cherrie Bucknor

Doctoral Student

she/her/hers

Harvard University

Breakout Speaker

Cherrie's research interests include class, race, gender, labor unions, and social policy. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between neoliberal public policies and racial, economic, and gender inequality, especially in a U.S. context. At Harvard, she studies the causes and consequences of racial wealth and income inequality, labor and social movements, crime and punishment.

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Ben Chin

Ben Chin

Deputy Director

he/him/his

Maine People's Alliance

Breakout Speaker

Ben manages the policy, organizing, and campaign teams at MPA. He helped build the teams that won a wage increase for one in three Mainers, paid sick days, and Medicaid expansion--the first state to win by ballot. Previously, he has been MPA's political director, immigrant rights organizer, and a canvass director.

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Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

Associate Professor of Sociology

she/her/hers

Virginia Commonwealth University

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender.

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Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Co-Executive Director

he/him/his

Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality

Breakout Speaker

Indivar Dutta-Gupta is Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality where he works to develop and advance ideas that promote economic security and opportunity in the United States. His prior work includes positions as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits, at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and with the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Jessica Fulton

Jessica Fulton

Director of Economic Policy

she/her/hers

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Breakout Speaker

Jessica engages in research and analysis to identify policies that advance the socioeconomic status of the Black community. Prior to joining the Joint Center, she served as External Relations Director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She has also held positions at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and the Chicago Urban League.

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Jesús G. “Chuy” García

Jesús G. “Chuy” García

United States Congressman

he/him/his

United States Congress

Keynote Speaker

Representative Garcia is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 4th district, representing Chicago’s southwest and northwest sides. He is a strong progressive who has spent his career fighting to improve the lives of low income, working-class, and immigrant families with a focus on expanding access to quality education, affordable housing, and economic opportunity.

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Alexis Goldstein

Alexis Goldstein

Senior Policy Analyst

she/her/hers

Americans for Financial Reform

Breakout Speaker

Alexis Goldstein is a writer, activist, and advocate. She currently serves as senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform, a nonpartisan and nonprofit coalition of more than 200 groups that fights for a safer and fairer financial system. Goldstein was an activist in Occupy Wall Street, co-founding the group Occupy the SEC which focused on improving the Volcker Rule.

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Gaby Goldstein

Gaby Goldstein

Co-Founder & Political Director

she/her/hers

Sister District Project

Breakout Speaker

Gaby is Co-Founder & Political Director at Sister District Project (SDP), and Director of Research at Sister District Action Network (SDAN). Sister District's mission is to build progressive power in state legislatures, raise awareness about the importance of state legislatures, and facilitate progressive policy transfer between legislators and states. Her background is in health law and policy.

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Fatima Goss Graves

Fatima Goss Graves

President and CEO

she/her/hers

National Women's Law Center

Breakout Speaker

Ms. Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness.

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Helen Gym

Helen Gym

Councilmember

she/her/hers

Philadelphia City

Keynote Speaker

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Amy Hanauer

Amy Hanauer

Executive Director

she/her/hers

Institute on Taxation and Policy

Breakout Speaker

Amy Hanauer joined ITEP in 2020, bringing nearly 30 years of experience working to create economic policy that advances social justice. As executive director of both ITEP and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), Amy provides vision and leadership to promote fair and equitable state and national tax policy.

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Angela Hanks

Angela Hanks

Deputy Executive Director

she/her/hers

Groundwork Collaborative

Breakout Speaker

Angela Hanks is the Deputy Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative, working to advance a cross-cutting economic narrative for the progressive movement. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among others, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

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Prentiss Haney

Prentiss Haney

Executive Director

he/him/his

Ohio Student Association

Breakout Speaker

Prentiss, Executive Director of the Ohio Student Association, started organizing with Organizing for America, registering students and building campus teams. He joined OSA to continue building student power, playing roles ranging from training coordinator, regional team lead, to communication director, building up a social media presence and strengthening our internal communication structures.

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Natalie Hernandez

Natalie Hernandez

Deputy Political Director

she/her/hers

Make the Road NV

Breakout Speaker

Natalie Hernandez is the Deputy Political Director at Make the Road NV. Natalie has been organizing since 2011 after our nations unfair and inhumane immigration laws tore her family apart. She realized that she could help create change simply by talking with friends, neighbors and her community.

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Kate Hess Pace

Kate Hess Pace

Executive Director

she/her/hers

Hoosier Action

Breakout Speaker

Kate Hess Pace has worked in organizing and advocacy for the past 20 years. Prior to founding Hoosier Action, she worked as a community organizer for ISAIAH in the Twin Cities for 8 years to working to develop the leadership of people who have been left out of public decision making. She led the campaign to win the Homeowners Bill of Rights, securing some of the strongest foreclosure protections.

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Chye-Ching Huang

Chye-Ching Huang

Director of Federal Fiscal Policy

she/her/hers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Breakout Speaker

Chye-Ching Huang is Director of Federal Fiscal Policy with the Center’s Federal Fiscal Policy Team, where she focuses on the fiscal and economic effects of federal tax and budget policy. She rejoined the Center in July 2011 after working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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Mark Huelsman

Mark Huelsman

Associate Director, Policy & Research

he/him/his

Demos

Breakout Speaker

Mark is a nationally-recognized expert on college affordability and debt, and his writing has appeared in CNN, The Washington Post, Slate, The Nation, The Guardian, The New Republic, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, The Hill, The American Prospect, and U.S. News and World Report. He and his work have been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Marketwatch.

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Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Co-Chair

he/him/his

Economic Security Project

Keynote Speaker

Chris Hughes is the Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project, a non-profit working to make the modern economy more dynamic and fair by reinvigorating anti-monopoly policy and creating a guaranteed income for all Americans. Hughes has helped lead the growing movement to rein in the power of Big Tech and other large corporations.

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Deborah James

Deborah James

Director of International Programs

she/her/hers

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Breakout Speaker

Deborah James is the Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, where she facilitates the global civil society network on the WTO, Our World Is Not for Sale. Her current focus is on the impacts of proposed new rules on digital trade on democracy, labor, taxation, human rights, and the need for digital industrialization strategies.

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Suzanne Kahn

Suzanne Kahn

Deputy Director

she/her/hers

Great Democracy Initiative and Education Program at the Roosevelt Institute

Breakout Speaker

Suzanne Kahn is Deputy Director of the Great Democracy Initiative and Education Program at the Roosevelt Institute. Suzanne most recently worked as a research analyst at SEIU 32BJ, where she built a program to organize workers in new residential developments. Prior to that she worked on SEIU’s campaign to pass comprehensive healthcare reform.

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Claire Kelloway

Claire Kelloway

Researcher & Reporter

she/her/hers

Open Markets Institute

Breakout Speaker

Claire Kelloway is a reporter and researcher with the Open Markets Institute where she studies monopoly power in food and agriculture. In addition to conducting policy research, she covers issues of corporate consolidation in the food system for Open Markets "Food & Power" newsletter and outlets such as The Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, and Civil Eats.

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Mike Kubzansky

Mike Kubzansky

CEO

he/him/his

Omidyar Network

Breakout Speaker

Mike serves as CEO of Omidyar Network. Prior to this role, he led the firm’s Intellectual Capital practice, a function he established in 2013. Mike brings nearly 30 years of emerging-markets experience across both the private and public sectors. His deep expertise includes strategy, innovation, impact investing, and businesses focused on the low- and lower-middle income markets.

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Greg Leiserson

Greg Leiserson

Director of Tax Policy and Chief Economist

he/him/his

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Breakout Speaker

Greg Leiserson is the director of tax policy and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. His research focuses on the economics of tax, social insurance, and retirement policies. Prior to joining Equitable Growth, he served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as an economist in the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis.

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LaDon Love

LaDon Love

Executive Director

she/her/hers

SPACEs in Action/SIA

Breakout Speaker

LaDon Love is the Executive Director/ED of SPACEs in Action,/SIA. She has over 25 years of community organizing experience that includes local, state and national wins. She constantly works to ensure that the people who are directly impacted are partners in solution creation. It is how community leaders step into their power.

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Sean McElwee

Sean McElwee

Co-founder and Executive Director

he/him/his

Data for Progress

Breakout Speaker

Sean oversees Data for Progress operations, communications, polling, development & strategy. Sean has guided Data for Progress into a trusted public opinion research organization that has worked with Congressmembers, Senators, Presidential candidates & movement organizations on public opinion and policy design. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, & Vox among others.

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Brandon McKoy

Brandon McKoy

President

he/him/his

New Jersey Policy Perspective

Breakout Speaker

Brandon McKoy, President, is the chief executive of NJPP and leads the organization's efforts in shaping policy debates to advance economic justice for the many, not a chosen few. Prior to being named President of NJPP in February 2019, Brandon served as NJPP's Director of Government and Public Affairs, where he designed and implemented the organization's outreach and advocacy.

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Sapna Mehta

Sapna Mehta

Director of Policy & Research

she/her/hers

Groundwork Collaborative

Breakout Speaker

Sapna Mehta is the Director of Policy and Research at Groundwork Collaborative. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Crain’s New York, and other publications. Prior to joining Groundwork, Sapna was a member of the Ford Foundation’s Future of Work team, leading efforts to build power for working people through grassroots organizing and policy change.

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Chirag Mehta

Chirag Mehta

Director of Ideas Generation and Governing Agenda

he/him/his

Community Change

Breakout Speaker

Chirag Mehta is Director of Ideas Generation and Governing Agenda for Community Change. Mr. Mehta is an expert in economic and investment policy issues and has spent his career serving community-based and labor organizations in a policy and research capacity. Prior to joining the Center for Community Change, he served as Economic Issues Director at the Service Employees International Union.

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Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell

Co-Director

she/her/hers

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Breakout Speaker

Stacy Mitchell is Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which produces research and develops policy to counter corporate control and build thriving, equitable communities. Stacy has written extensively about the dangers of monopoly power and her articles and reports have influenced lawmakers, journalists, and advocates.

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Kyle Moore

Kyle Moore

Senior Policy Analyst

he/him/his

Joint Economic Committee

Breakout Speaker

Kyle Moore is a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Moore is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at The New School for Social Research, studying racial economic disparities and the effects of poorly designed economic policy on marginalized groups. His research focuses on the effects of disparities in income, wealth, and exposure to stressful events on racial disparities.

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Javier Morillo

Javier Morillo

Research Fellow

he/him/his

Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers University

Breakout Speaker

Javier Morillo is a labor leader, advocate, podcaster, writer and storyteller based in Minnesota. He advises and consults in labor and philanthropy and is a research fellow with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers University, working on a Minnesota-based project on narrative and worker movement storytelling.

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Raj Nayak

Raj Nayak

Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program

he/him/his

Harvard Law School

Breakout Speaker

Rajesh is an attorney and Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. Until recently, he served as deputy executive director at the National Employment Law Project. Prior to NELP, Rajesh spent seven years serving in senior roles in the Obama administration’s Department of Labor, most recently as deputy chief of staff to Secretary Tom Perez.

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Julian Brave NoiseCat

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Vice President of Policy & Strategy

he/him/his

Data for Progress

Breakout Speaker

Julian Brave NoiseCat is Vice President of Policy & Strategy at Data for Progress and has led the organization to become a guiding voice on climate change and equity. Julian has advised Senators, Members of Congress and Presidential candidates on racial justice, climate policy and economic inequality.

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Osita Nwanevu

Osita Nwanevu

Staff Writer

he/him/his

The New Republic

Breakout Speaker

Osita Nwanevu is a staff writer at The New Republic covering American politics. He is a former staff writer at The New Yorker and Slate and his work has also appeared in Harper's Magazine, In These Times, and the Chicago Reader. He is the former editor in chief of the South Side Weekly, a Chicago alternative weekly.

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Margie Omero

Margie Omero

Principal

she/her/hers

GBAO Strategies

Breakout Speaker

Margie has over 20 years of experience providing strategic advice using qualitative & quantitative research. Her clients have included some of the world’s biggest brands, hundreds of Democratic candidates for office, and non-profit & advocacy groups. She has studied the country’s most challenging public opinion questions, such as race, abortion rights, immigration, guns, & the Kavanaugh hearings.

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Turquoise Parker

Turquoise Parker

she/her/hers

North Carolina Association of Educators

Breakout Speaker

On June 15, 2016, Turquoise LeJeune Parker along with 13 other North Carolina Public School teachers (one of those 13 being her husband, which was their third wedding anniversary) participated in civil disobedience because she believes all children and public school workers deserve more.

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Mark Paul

Mark Paul

Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies

he/him/his

New College of Florida

Breakout Speaker

Prof Paul is a political economist working in the areas of inequality, environmental economics, and applied microeconomics. His research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of inequality and assessing and designing remedies to address it. He is also involved in economic policy in the United States and is currently a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

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Angela Peoples

Angela Peoples

Director

sher/her/hers

BlackWomxnFor

Breakout Speaker

Angela is a strategist, trainer, & social justice economist focused on building movements for gender justice & Black liberation. Born & raised in Ypsilanti, MI, Angela started organizing in 2006 as a student activist with the USSA. She is CoFounder of the South-a brand where unapologetic Black culture defines political power. She has worked on campaigns like No Justice, No Pride, & #ForUsNotAmazon

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Anne Price

Anne Price

President

she/her/hers

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development’

Breakout Speaker

Anne has spent over 20 years working in the public sector on issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development, and higher education. Since 2011, Anne has led the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap initiative at the Insight Center, elevating the voices and opinions of experts of color in national economic debates and policy making.

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Connie Razza

Connie Razza

Chief of Campaigns and Policy

she/her/hers

Center for Popular Democracy

Breakout Speaker

Connie oversees CPD’s broad-ranging campaigns for economic justice and a robust, inclusive democracy, as well as the organization's research efforts. She had previously served as CPD's campaign director and research director. Prior to returning to CPD, Connie was Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos.

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Alexandra Rojas

Alexandra Rojas

Executive Director

she/her/hers

Justice Democrats

Breakout Speaker

Alexandra Rojas is the Executive Director of Justice Democrats. The group endorsed several freshman congresswomen who have been dominating the current news cycle with their progressive platforms, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Ilhan Omar. The group supports candidates who swear off corporate PAC money, espouse Medicare for all and the Green New Deal.

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Heidi Shierholz

Heidi Shierholz

Senior Economist and Director of Policy

she/her/hers

Economic Policy Institute

Breakout Speaker

Dr. Shierholz leads EPI’s policy team, which monitors wage and employment policies coming out of Congress and the administration and advances a worker-first policy agenda. Throughout her career, she has educated policymakers, journalists, & the public about the effects of economic policies on low- and middle-income families. Her work has been cited in many broadcast, radio, print, and online news.

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William E. Spriggs

William E. Spriggs

Chief Economist

he/him/his

AFL-CIO

Breakout Speaker

William Spriggs is a professor in, and former chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University and serves as chief economist to the AFL-CIO. In his role with the AFL-CIO, he chairs the Economic Policy Working Group for the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and serves on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart

Senior Program Officer

she/her/hers

Solidarity Center

Breakout Speaker

Lauren Stewart is an international labor rights advocate and has devoted the past decade to building worker power worldwide. She is the Senior Program Officer for Latin America at the Solidarity Center, where she supports an extensive portfolio of programs that empower workers to collectively improve wages and working conditions, and advance public policies for socioeconomic justice.

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Ericka Taylor

Ericka Taylor

Popular Education Manager

she/her/hers

Take on Wall Street

Breakout Speaker

Ericka is the Popular Education Manager for TOWS. Prior, she served as a Co-Director of DC Working Families Party. She has spent most of her career in organizing, advocacy, and philanthropy including positions with DC ACORN, Fair Budget Coalition, and the Public Welfare Foundation.

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Amy Traub

Amy Traub

Associate Director of Policy & Research

she/her/hers

Demos

Breakout Speaker

Amy Traub is Associate Director of Policy & Research at Demos. Amy has a broad research and policy focus on consumer debt, improving jobs, and racial economic inequality. She has long advocated for reform of the credit reporting industry and a ban on the discriminatory use of credit checks in hiring.

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Sandeep Vaheesan

Sandeep Vaheesan

Legal Director

he/him/his

Open Markets Institute

Breakout Speaker

Prior to Demos, Mark worked as a research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a policy analyst at New America, and a legislative assistant at the Brookings Institution. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.

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Dorian Warren

Dorian Warren

President

he/him/his

Community Change

Keynote Speaker

A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Dorian Warren has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for over 20 years. Like the organizations he leads, Warren is driven by the innate conviction that only social movements – led by the communities most affected by injustice – can change our communities and public policies for the better.

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Jeannette Wicks-Lim

Jeannette Wicks-Lim

Associate Research Professor at the Political Economy Research Institute

she/her/hers

University of Massachusetts

Breakout Speaker

Jeannette Wicks-Lim is an Associate Research Professor at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also earned her Ph.D. in economics. Wicks-Lim specializes in labor economics with an emphasis on the low-wage labor market, the political economy of racism, and the intersection of income, employment, health and health care.

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Robb Willer

Robb Willer

Professor of Sociology

he/him/his

Stanford University

Breakout Speaker

Prof. Willer is the Director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab and the Co-Director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. His teaching and research focus on the bases of social order. He explores the social psychology of political attitudes, including the effects of fear, prejudice, and masculinity in contemporary U.S. politics.

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Felicia Wong

Felicia Wong

President and CEO

she/her/hers

Roosevelt Institute

Keynote Speaker

Felicia Wong is the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a New York-based think tank and campus network that promotes a bold economic and political vision capable of bringing the ideals of Franklin and Eleanor into the 21st century. She helps lead the Roosevelt Institute's work on a rewriting the rules agenda, a comprehensive economic program and narrative.

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Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Rhiana Gunn-Wright

she/her/hers

Breakout Speaker

Rhiana Gunn-Wright was the policy director for New Consensus, an organization that is developing and promoting the Green New Deal, among other projects. She was previously the policy director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 Michigan gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department.

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Haeyoung Yoon

Haeyoung Yoon

Co-Director

she/her/hers

Families Belong Together

Breakout Speaker

Haeyoung Yoon is Co-Director of Families Belong Together and Senior Director of Immigration Policy at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), where she works on a range of immigration issues at its intersection with the economy, jobs, gender, and families. Over the course of her career, Haeyoung worked on low-wage and immigrant workers rights issues.

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Naomi Zewde

Naomi Zewde

Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

she/her/hers

The City University of New York

Breakout Speaker

Naomi Zewde is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy at the City University of New York, and a research fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. She is formerly a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in social work at Columbia University, a member of the research staff at the Penn Wharton Budget Model, and a fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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