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.

    Ahmad Abuznaid

    Legal & Policy Director, Dream Defenders

    Ahmad is the Legal & Policy Director for the Dream Defenders, a Florida based non-profit founded in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy that is working to end systemic injustice and build collective power.

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    Phillip Agnew

    Executive Director, Dream Defenders

    Phillip is a native of Chicago, IL and a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University.

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    Daryl Atkinson

    Attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

    Daryl is a staff attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice focusing on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and is a commissioner for the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services.

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    Robert Biko Baker


    From Milwaukee to Los Angeles and back again, Biko works at the intersection of culture and civic engagement.

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    sujatha baliga

    Restorative Justice Project Director, Impact Justice

    sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crimes.

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    Xochitl Bervera

    Director, Racial Justice Action Center

    Xochitl is the director of the Racial Justice Action Center, a vibrant, multiracial organizing and training institute building the grassroots leadership and power of low income communities of color to win political and social transformation in Georgia.

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    Inimai Chettiar

    Justice Program Director, Brennan Center for Justice

    Inimai is adept in applying economics and cost-benefit analysis to criminal justice reform efforts; through this, she demonstrates that helping struggling communities can help the whole country achieve economic and social prosperity.

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    Jean Chung

    Communications Manager, The Sentencing Project

    Jean is the Communications Manager at The Sentencing Project, where she has worked since 2012.

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    Crystal DeBoise

    Co-director, Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center

    Crystal has worked extensively providing direct services to survivors of human trafficking, sex workers, and survivors of violence.

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    Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff

    Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

    Dr. Goff is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, and an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender. Dr. Goff has conducted work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination. That is, despite the normative conceptualization of racial discrimination—that it stems naturally from prejudiced explicit or implicit attitudes—his research demonstrates that contextual factors can facilitate racially unequal outcomes.

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    Glenn Martin

    Founder, JustLeadership USA

    Glenn is the founder of JustLeadershipUSA, a national nonpartisan membership organization whose goal is to reduce by 2030 the number of people in prison by half.

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    Nicole Pittman

    Stoneleigh Fellow, National Council on Crime & Delinquency

    Nicole is a national expert on defending juveniles charged with sex offenses. In 2013, as a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow at Human Rights Watch, she authored Raised on the Registry, the first examination of the consequences of registration on youth sex offenders.

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    David Singleton

    Executive Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center

    David received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy, cum laude, from Duke University in 1987.

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    Delia Vega

    Executive Director for Local and State Organizing, EPOCA

    Delia was introduced to Ex-prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) seven years ago when she was in a six- month residential facility after being paroled.

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    Vince Warren

    Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

    Vincent currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), an organization that protects and advances rights guaranteed by the Constitution through groundbreaking litigation.

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    Art Way

    Senior Drug Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance

    Art is Senior Drug Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance.

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    Alisa Welleck

    Co-Executive Director, Immigrant Defense Project

    Alisa is Co-Executive Director of the Immigrant Defense Project, where she helps guide IDP's work to fight for the rights of all immigrants accused or convicted of crimes.

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