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.

    Isaac Bryan

    Director of Research and Municipal Projects, Rowe Policy+Media

    Isaac Bryan is an expert on the criminal justice system and public policy implementation. Bryan is also a lead researcher for the Million Dollar Hoods Project at UCLA. His recent report "The Price for Freedom" received national attention for its first ever in-depth look at the quantifiable impact of the money bail system in the City of Los Angeles.

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    Raquel Castañeda-López

    Detroit City Council Member

    Raquel Castañeda-López, a lifelong Detroiter, made history in November 2013 by becoming the first Latina elected to the Detroit City Council. A social worker by trade, Castañeda-López has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector and is committed to working for social justice.

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    Itzel Guillen

    Immigration Integration Coordinator, Alliance San Diego

    As Alliance San Diego’s Immigrant Integration Coordinator, Itzel has been organizing and coordinating informational forums throughout the county as well as immigration consultations and application assistance workshops for the immigrant community.

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    Norris Henderson

    Executive Director, VOTE

    Norris Henderson, current E.D. of VOTE, a nonprofit organization designed to educate, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated persons in Louisiana. Norris is self-taught in criminal law during his years in prison as a paralegal, advocate and organizer.  He is clear that only by working together can communities of color protect themselves from the criminal justice system in this country.

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    April Ignacio

    Founder, Indivisible Tohono

    April is a founding member of Indivisible Tohono, a grassroots organization that provides opportunities for civic engagement and education for members of her Nation. She is a community organizer through the arts, is in the beginning stages of her research of Tohono O’odham – Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and volunteers at the local tribal jail as a writing/life skills instructor.

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    Jonathan Jayes-Green

    Director, UndocuBlack Network

    Jonathan Jayes-Green is an organizer, speaker, strategist, and believer. He’s a queer undocumented Afro-Panamanian and one of the co-founders of the UndocuBlack Network. Jonathan received his Associate’s degree from Montgomery College and his bachelor’s degree from Goucher College.

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    Janet Kim

    Communications Director, Caring Across Generations

    Janet Kim is a communications strategist with a diverse background in consulting, media, campaigning and storytelling. As the Communications Director for Caring Across Generations, she's working to shape narratives to make dignified care a right at every stage of life while making the work of caregiving - and the paid and unpaid caregivers who do it - more visible and valued, grounded in racial, gender and economic justice.

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    Greisa Martinez Rosas

    Executive Director, United We Dream

    Greisa Martinez Rosas is Deputy Executive Director at United We Dream, a national nonpartisan, membership-based organization of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies. She has organized immigrant youth, students and workers for the passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local, state and national level for the past 10 years.

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    Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

    Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

    As the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Maria is at the helm of the leading organization in the US fighting to end the war on drugs in the United States and beyond. Maria grew up in Lima, Peru, and holds a JD from NYU School of Law.

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    Cynthia Pompa

    Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU Border Rights Center

    Cynthia Pompa is a proud native to the borderlands who grew up in both Cd. Juárez, Chih. and El Paso, TX. She is the Advocacy Coordinator at the ACLU Border Rights Center in El Paso. In this role, she works to develop and coordinate advocacy and organizing strategies among the four ACLU southwest border affiliates, CA, AZ, NM and TX, and the ACLU national office.

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    Jennifer Ramo

    Executive Director, New Mexico Appleseed

    Jennifer Ramo is the founder and Executive Director of New Mexico Appleseed. An experienced attorney, she designed New Mexico Appleseed’s effective system of change and created Appleseed’s first in the nation programs such as the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights, the Breakfast After the Bell law and the Food Access Navigator project on the Navajo Nation.

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    Topeka K. Sam

    Founder and Executive Director, The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM)

    Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The LOHM – whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and girls transition back into society through spiritual empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. She is also the co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC – a safe housing space for women and girls. Topeka serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership and Operation Restoration.

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    Qiana Torregano

    Spokesperson/Advocate, RESULTS

    Qiana Marie Torregano is a New Orleans native, Master Teacher, and RESULTS Spokesperson. Qiana currently serve as a K-8 English Language Arts Instructional Coach. She has been dedicated to providing high quality instruction in both public and charter schools located in underserved urban communities in Louisiana for the past 15 years.

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    Jorge Luis Vasquez

    Associate Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

    Jorge Luis Vasquez, Jr. is an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF and litigates on a broad range of civil rights matters throughout the United States. Jorge is a second generation Nuyorican and a proud product of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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    Manar Waheed

    Legislative and Advocacy Counsel, ACLU

    As Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at the ACLU, Manar works on the intersection of issues impacting Muslims, Arabs, Middle Easterners, and South Asians, including immigration, national security and counterterrorism, and hate violence.

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    Roy Waterman

    Criminal Justice Project Manager, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

    Roy Waterman is the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Criminal Justice Project Manager (JCPA). This project is focused on educating and empowering the Jewish community relations field to advocate on criminal justice reform at the national and local level. He will assist to mobilize these communities against the modern day Civil Rights Movement to End Mass Incarceration.

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