Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, started PolicyLink in 1999. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure.
Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as Senior VP at the Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates. Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), and she authored The Curb Cut Effect, which was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2017.
As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, she is a frequent speaker at major conferences and a commentator for some of the nation’s top news organizations. Angela serves on numerous boards, and she also advises the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of 15 members of its Community Advisory Council.
Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund
Ellen Dorsey is Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation focused on progressive social change in the fields of environment, democracy, human rights and corporate accountability. Under her leadership, the Fund is recognized for creative philanthropic strategies and mission-related investing. This alignment of programs and investments led the foundation to support the fossil fuel divestment movement since its inception and to launch a new global campaign, Shine, to end energy poverty. Dorsey was awarded the 2016 inaugural Nelson Mandela – Graca Machel Brave Philanthropy Award for launching Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of over 170 foundations committed to deploying their investments to address the climate crisis and accelerate the clean energy transition.
Anand Giridharadas, Author of "Winners Take All"
Anand Giridharadas is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All, The True American (soon to be a feature film), and India Calling. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. He is a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, a visiting scholar at New York University, an on-air political analyst for NBC News, and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a global, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize.' Her reporting on East Timor and Nigeria won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award.
Goodman has also co-authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her latest, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.
Regina Hall, Actress and Climate Activist
Regina Hall began her acting career in the late 1990's while simultaneously earning a master's degree from New York University. With numerous film and television credits to her name, Regina Hall has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses. Hall recently broke records when she was named the first African-American woman to win in “Best Actress” by the New York Film Critics Circle for her role in Support the Girls.
Hall’s most recent project is the Showtime series “Black Monday” opposite Don Cheadle. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct and executive produce. David Caspe and Jordan Cahan are the creators and will also serve as executive producers and showrunners. Hall serves as producers of the show that takes place in the late 1980s before the stock market crash. The series will be premiering on January 20th, 2019. Hall also executive produced Little for Universal, alongside Girls Trip producer Will Packer and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. She will star alongside Issa Rae and Marsai Martin, in the film which follows a woman who receives a second-chance to relive a younger version of herself when the hardships of adulthood become too difficult. The film is set to release April 12th, 2019. Up next, Hall will be seen in the Warner Bros. film Shaft opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher and Alexandra Shipp. The film is set to release June 14th, 2019. Last year, Hall starring in the independent film Support the Girls for Magnolia Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski, the film received rave reviews. For her leading role, Hall was nominated in the “Best Actress” category by The Gotham Independent Film Awards and “Best Female Lead” by the Independent Spirit Awards. Hall was also seen staring in the Fox 2000 film, The Hate U Give with Amandla Stenberg, Russel Hornsby, Issa Rae and KJ Apa. This timely drama follows a teenage girl who witnesses a white police officer shooting her best friend and is based on the novel by Angela Thomas. The film premiered at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and has been praised by critics and fans alike. In July 2017, she was seen on the big screen in Girls Trip alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. Directed by Malcom D. Lee, the film was released by Universal and went on to make over $140 million worldwide and was one of the biggest and most talked about films in the Summer of 2017. Past films include When the Bough Breaks with Morris Chestnut and Barbershop 3 with Ice Cube, Common and Nicki Minaj, the comedy The Best Man Holiday, the sequel to the hilarious The Best Man, Think Like A Man Too, a sequel to Screen Gems’ Think Like A Man, About Last Night opposite Kevin Hart, Law Abiding Citizen, Scary Movie as well as its three sequels. Hall had supporting roles in Love and Basketball and Disappearing Acts. On television, Hall also appeared in guest roles on FOX’s “Grandfathered”, HBO’s “Insecure”, and ABC’s “Black-ish.” In January 2015, she starred in the Lifetime film With This Ring. Other past television roles include a guest starring role on the FX series “Married” as well as the role of Deputy D.A. Evelyn Prince on “Law & Order: LA” and Coretta Lipp on “Ally McBeal.”
Antonique Smith, Grammy Nominated Singer, Actress, Activist and People’s Climate Music Ambassador
Antonique Smith is an acclaimed actor and a 2015 Grammy nominated singer and writer. She is most famous for her starring role of Faith Evans in "Notorious" where she received rave reviews and was praised by critics, including Jeffrey Lyons who called her "one to watch".
In 2018, Antonique will be starring in the second season of the NETFLIX series, Luke Cage. Legendary director Sidney Lumet heralded Antonique as "an amazing actress with a great career ahead of her". Antonique shocked the world in 2015 with the release of her EP "Love Is Everything", stemming from her successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 where Smith raised over $50,000 in 30 days from her fans. 'Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)' is the Grammy nominated, edgy, uptempo, future meets retro, soul pleaser.
Having completed a 20-city "Act On Climate" tour with the Hip Hop Caucus and also singing for the Pope's climate rally for over 100,000 people on the National Mall in D.C., Antonique is a serious advocate for climate justice and human rights. In 2014, Antonique’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me” was selected as the anthem of the People’s Climate March. As a People’s Climate Music Ambassador, Antonique traveled to Paris in 2015 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21. In 2017, she released her version of “Here Comes the Sun,” featuring Jeremih during New York Climate Week and was recently honored by Grist as one of the 50 fixers in the climate space. A New Jersey native and a Superstorm Sandy Survivor, Antonique has dedicated her time to working to bring attention and support to vulnerable communities. From working in Flint, MI to helping the communities affected by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria to drawing attention to the oil drilling taking place in Los Angeles and being and advocate for solar energy, Antonique is a leading “Artivist” and her efforts are a real-world example of how culture can affect change.
Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.
Additionally, Edgar is an instructor with The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University and Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. There he oversees grant investment and capacity-building supports for education-focused justice campaigns across the United States.
Previously Edgar has held leadership roles at Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina and at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.
Edgar holds two degrees from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him on Twitter at @VillanuevaEdgar.
Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings School Law and Author of “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America”
Described as having "something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter century. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams’ path-breaking work helped create the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies.
Williams is one of the 10 most cited scholars in her field. She has authored 11 books, over 90 academic articles, and her work has been covered in publications from Oprah Magazine to The Atlantic. Her Harvard Business Review article, “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class” has been read over 3.7 million times and is now the most read article in HBR’s90-plus year history.