At The Opportunity Agenda's Communications Institutes, rising leaders working on issues critical to opportunity develop their communication skills, including framing and narrative development, utilizing public opinion and media research, understanding digital communications and social networking, persuasive writing, and on-camera broadcast presentation. Upon completion, they become Communication Fellows, and get to work shaping the public dialogue in their home communities.

    Bettina Damiani

    Director, Good Jobs New York

    Bettina Damiani is the Director of Good Jobs New York, a project of Good Jobs First and the Fiscal Policy Institute, which seeks to make economic development subsidies more accountable.

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    Radhika K. Fox

    Federal Policy Director, PolicyLink

    Radhika K. Fox is the Federal Policy Director for PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by lifting up what works. Fox coordinates the organization’s federal legislative agenda.

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    Sharon Garrison

    Communications Director, Mississippi Center for Justice

    Sharon Garrison is the Communications Director for the Mississippi Center for Justice. Previously, Garrison served as press secretary for a 2007 gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi and served as Communications Director of The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, a statewide nonprofit that received national acclaim for campaigns to reduce tobacco use.

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    Chris Keeley

    Coordinator, New York Stimulus Alliance

    Chris Keeley is the coordinator of the New York Stimulus Alliance, a state-wide collaboration of six organizing groups working to bring accountability, transparency and fairness to the Recovery Act.

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    Yvonne Liu

    Senior Research Associate, Applied Research Center

    Yvonne Liu is a Senior Research Associate at the Applied Research Center, a public policy institute advancing racial justice through research, advocacy, and journalism. She has four years of experience in policy analysis and applied sociological research in the areas of healthcare, education, and urban planning.

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    Guillermo Mayer

    President and CEO, Public Advocates Inc.

    Guillermo Mayer is the President/CEO at Public Advocates Inc. in San Francisco, specializing in education and transit equity litigation and advocacy. Mayer worked in the California Senate, first as legislative aide for former Senator Hilda Solis, and subsequently as legislative director for former Senator Tom Hayden.

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    Tani Mills

    Chief of External and Legislative Affairs, Center for Employment Opportunities

    Tani Mills is the Chief of External and Legislative Affairs for the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a nonprofit corporation that provides employment services to men and women with criminal convictions in New York. Mills is responsible for external affairs including business development in New York City, community presentations and networking in New York and national forums; legislative affairs in New York and nationally.

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    Dennis Parker

    Director of the Racial Justice Program, ACLU

    Dennis Parker is the Director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, which seeks to create equal opportunities for communities of color through litigation, public education, organizing, and legislation.

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    Claudia Peña

    Statewide Coordinator, California Coalition for Civil Rights

    Claudia Peña is the Statewide Coordinator for the California Coalition for Civil Rights. She was previously Equal Justice Society’s Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellow.

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    Jason Reece

    Senior Researcher, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

    Jason Reece is a Senior Researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and has worked for the Institute since 2003. He manages and directs the Opportunity Communities Initiative, which includes all GIS, housing, community development, neighborhood revitalization, and regional equity initiatives at the Institute.

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    Brittny Saunders

    Senior Advocate, Center for Social Inclusion

    Brittny Saunders is a Senior Advocate at the Center for Social Inclusion. While in law school, she worked with a number of racial justice organizations, including the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment and the ACLU Racial Justice Program, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Journal, the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and the Harvard Law School Democrats.

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    Mindy Tarlow

    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities

    Mindy Tarlow is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a nonprofit corporation that provides employment services to men and women with criminal convictions in New York.

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    Sharyn Tejani

    Special Litigation Counsel, Civil Rights Division Department of Justice

    Sharyn Tejani recently returned to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Her current capacity is Special Litigation Counsel for the Employment Litigation Section.

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