Thought Leadership on Communication and Culture


The Opportunity Agenda’s leadership brings deep roots in the social justice world as well as expertise on the communications techniques and law and policy frameworks necessary to create change. They use this experience and knowledge to create a nimbler, more effective social justice movement that can move hearts, minds, and policy on the most pressing issues.

Ellen Buchman brings to The Opportunity Agenda a breadth of knowledge, expertise, experience, and relationships having worked among leaders at local, state, national, and international levels for more than 25 years. She is an internationally-known trainer, leader, and practitioner of organization and coalition building, campaign initiating and implementing, and training in the intersection of organizing, advocating, and communicating for social justice. Ellen's career has been focused on building effective and inclusive teams and partnerships for progress toward racial and gender equity. Her work has centered mainly on issue areas including but not limited to criminal justice reform, immigration and immigrant human rights, and voting rights and access to democracy; and she has developed training curricula for advocates on the state, national and international levels on not only issues such as these but also on the skills needed for effective organizing, communicating and advocating for social change. Her expertise and vision is in building campaign and organizational structures to build power, and she is trained in outreach, leadership development, organizing and social work for change.

Julie Fisher-Rowe has been building advocates’ capacity to offer a shared values-based narrative for more than two decades. She is a leading thinker on framing and messaging and helped drive the creation of a movement-wide coordinated communications strategy in support of immigrant rights and integration.

Eva Marie Malone is an issue expert on economic opportunity and a strategy expert on the growth and development of high-capacity organizations that can effectively communicate a shared, forward-looking vision. She has extensive experience with nationally-known legal organizations and publications such as the Pro Bono Institute, New Jersey Lawyer, and American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Betsy Richards is a key driver of the public conversation on the relationship between the arts and social justice, a leader on Native arts, and is supporting social justice leaders across the country in using storytelling and narrative shift strategies to make change. She has worked in the world of arts and culture from many angles, as a Program Officer in Media, Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation, as the Director of Public Programs for the Pequot Museum, and in running multiple theater companies and directing on stages in New York, Los Angeles and Canada.