Friday, January 12, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 am PST
Women are at the forefront of political and social change. Meet four superheroes leading the way. Get inspired to use your special powers for good.
Meet our speakers
Aimee Allison is President of Democracy in Color, an organization that focuses on race, politics and the New American Majority that worked to elect President Barack Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, and other leaders who carry a social justice agenda. She is host of the “Democracy in Color” podcast. Aimee has launched "Get in Formation", a national call for Black women to support Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia. She is the author of Army of None (Seven Stories Press, 2007) and holds a MAand BA from Stanford University. Aimee's new book about women of color in politics is due out in 2018. Aimee lives in Oakland, California.
Marandah Field-Elliot is a reproductive justice organizer, sexual assault survivor advocate, and Senior at UC Berkeley. She is a college councilwoman with IGNITE, which helped her the skills to run for and win a competitive seat on UC Berkeley's student senate her Junior year. For the past three years, she has been involved in a campus campaign to implement medication abortion at UC Berkeley's health center that inspired a first-of-its-kind California Senate bill, SB320, that would expand reproductive health statewide by mandating all California colleges provide medication abortion. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in progressive politics and someday run for office.
Ada Marisol Recinos is currently a Richmond City Councilmember and nonprofit consultant. Most recently she was the Financial Sustainability Director for Prospera Co-ops an organization that partners with entrepreneurial Latinas to build cooperatives by providing them with culturally relevant training, workshops, technical assistance and coaching. Ada has done community work in various roles as a researcher, strategist, trainer, organizer, event planner, web developer and coach in the fight for equal rights for women, the food insecure, immigrants, and folks of color.
Julia Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer for OneJustice. She is responsible for leading OneJustice’s statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools and businesses that together provide life-changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low-income Californians each year. In addition to her executive responsibilities at OneJustice, she enjoys traveling around California providing training and consulting support to the executives and boards of the legal nonprofit organizations in OneJustice’s network. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative pro bono delivery systems and building effective and engaging board governance, including training board members how to be joyful “sparkplug” friend- and fund-raisers for their organizations.
Moderator: Sayra Trejo, IGNITE Participant
Sayra Trejo is a senior political science and communication-media studies double major at Dominican University of CA. She is passionate about the intersection of media and politics and the role of journalism in democracy. She is a Roy W. Howard reporting fellow, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and was given the 2016 “Emerging Environmental Journalist” award by the Society of Environmental Journalists. She is currently interning in the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of CA Congressman Alan Lowenthal, as a member of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional internship program. Read Sayra's interview with Meitza.