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Keynote Speakers

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown
Senior United States Senator from Ohio

Sen. Brown has represented Ohio in the Senate since 2007. Brown’s numerous legislative achievements include helping to pass the historic health care and Wall Street reform laws.  He has also been instrumental in strengthening the farm safety net and addressing childhood hunger, and is a passionate advocate for American manufacturing and manufacturing workers.

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senior United States Senator from Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, elected in 2012. Recognized as one of the nation’s top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families, she was the driving force behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, she served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Senator Warren was a law professor for more than 30 years, most recently at Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers School.

National Policy Agenda Presentation by

Dorian T. Warren

Dorian T. Warren
Associate Professor of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University and Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute

Dorian T. Warren is Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing, politics & policy, race and ethnic politics, African-American politics, urban politics and policy, American political development, community organizing, social movements, and social science methodology.

Ana María Archila

Ana María Archila
Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy

Ana María emigrated to the U.S. at age 17 and has become a leading advocate for civil rights, health care access, education equity, and immigrant rights.  She is Co-Executive Director of CPD. CPD works in partnership with organizations, alliances, and unions to win a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. Previously, Ana Maria served as Co-Executive Director at Make the Road New York and Executive Director of the Latin American Integration Center (LAIC).

Moderators and Panelists

Reina Acosta

Reina Acosta
OLÉ Working Parents Association/People for the Kids Board Member

Reina is a member of the OLÉ Working Parents Association and a board member of People for the Kids. She is a single mother of a wonderful three year old boy named Evan, and she works as a waitress in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to her leadership work with OLÉ, she also volunteers with the Special Olympics.

Rasheen Aldridge Jr.

Rasheen Aldridge Jr.
Jobs With Justice Missouri

Aldridge is a community organizer and activist who was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.   Aldridge currently serves as the Director of Young Activist United St. Louis and sits as the Student Co-chair for Missouri Jobs with Justice. He has a passion for justice and is a leader in the Show Me 15 Workers Rights Movement advocating living wages for fast food workers. He was recently one of seven young activists who meet with President Obama to discuss police brutality after the unrest in Ferguson and the nation and serves on the Ferguson Commission–an empowered, independent and diverse group that is studying the underlying social and economic conditions existing in the wake of the death of Michael Brown.

Deepak Bhargava

Deepak Bhargava
Executive Director of the Center for Community Change and Center for Community Action

For the last 13 years, Deepak Bhargava has served as the executive director of the Center for Community Change, a social justice organization that empowers low-income and people of color to build social movements to improve their lives.  He joined CCC in 1994, serving first as Director of Public Policy before becoming Executive Director in 2002. Bhargava has stewarded the organization’s pioneering work to support and grow the immigrant rights and economic justice movements in America.

Dan Cantor

Dan Cantor
National Director of the Working Families Organization

Dan Cantor helped found the Working Families Party of New York, and now serves as National Director of the Working Families Organization. With organizational partners across the country, Working Families fights for progressive policy reforms and backs political leaders who share its commitment to equality and democracy. 

Sarita Gupta

Sarita Gupta
Executive Director of Jobs With Justice and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations

Sarita Gupta co-founded Caring Across Generations, and has led Jobs With Justice–an organization which protects and expands the ability for men and women to bargain by anchoring strategic campaigns and shaping discourse to generate power and opportunities for working people–since 2007. Sarita is an expert on the economic, labor and political issues affecting working people, particularly women and those employed in low-wage sectors.

Pastor Michael Harrison

Pastor Michael Harrison
Ohio Organizing Collaborative

In 1995, Pastor Harrison was called to the Pastorate of the Union Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to his role as senior pastor, he is co-chairman of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and leads the Ohio Baptist State Convention. He has taken active leadership of campaigns to encourage voting and address economic justice issues. In April of 2008, Pastor Harrison became a member of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court Citizens Advisory Board. 

Wade Henderson

Wade Henderson
President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Under Henderson’s stewardship, The Leadership Conference has become one of the nation’s most effective advocates for civil and human rights. He is also the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and holds the position as the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.

Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union

In 2010, Henry was unanimously elected International President and became the first woman to lead SEIU. Henry was elected to SEIU’s International Executive Board in 1996 and was elected as International Executive Vice President in 2004. Her commitment to confront income inequality and social injustice is embodied in the historic "Fight for 15" movement and in SEIU’s continued dedication to holding politicians accountable to working families.

Representative Keith Ellison

Representative Keith Ellison
United States Representative from Minnesota

Congressman Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota since January 4, 2007. His philosophy is one of “generosity and inclusiveness.” Keith’s priorities in Congress are promoting peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and civil and human rights. His roots as a community activist and his message of democratic participation for all resonate throughout the country.

Celinda Lake

Celinda Lake
President of Lake Research Partners

Celinda Lake is President of Lake Research Partners and one of America’s leading political strategists. Lake and her firm are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education. She has also discussed her work and provided expert commentary on numerous television and radio news programs.

Veronica Mendez

Veronica Mendez
Centro de Trabajadores en Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL)

Veronica Mendez Moore is the Co-Director of CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha), a Workers Center in Minneapolis that is on the cutting edge of creating new models of worker organizing, including a major victory with Target Corporation resulting in organizing rights for workers that clean their stores. 

Gloria Walton

Gloria Walton
President and CEO of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)

Gloria Walton leads SCOPE in its work to build grassroots power to establish social and economic justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles, California. To do this, SCOPE organizes people and communities in South L.A. so that residents have an active role in shaping policies that affect their quality of life. The organization is guided by the values of justice, respect, responsibility, integrity, and voice.