Michele L. Jawando: Social Justice Advocate


In celebration of Women’s History Month, Walker’s Legacy is pleased to present this month’s #BEENBOSS video profile series on lessons on mentorship. Our exclusive interviews feature leading women as they discuss their professional journeys, the impact mentorship has had on their success, and why access to mentorship is particularly important for professional women.

This video features Michele L. Jawando, Vice-President of Center for American Progress and Senior adviser for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The Center for American Progress aims not just to change the conversation, but to change the country. Join Michele as she discusses how success can be defined differently for everyone.

“You’re never in this thing by yourself, even when you feel like you’re alone”Michele L. Jawando, Vice-President, Center for American Progress

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About The Speaker

Michele Jawando is an attorney and social justice advocate working at the intersection of policy, political strategy, and media. She currently serves as a vice president at the Center for American Progress and a senior adviser for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Starting spring 2017, she added another facet to her work, becoming a co-host of the highly acclaimed podcast Thinking CAP, a 30-minute weekly news and politics podcast that has maintained steady but fast growth, reaching No. 16 on the iTunes Top 200 list for News and Politics podcasts in early August and No. 125 for all podcasts.

Previously, she served as general counsel and senior adviser to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), where she was responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio of policy issues pertaining to the federal judiciary and nominations; voting rights; women and labor issues; LGBT issues; education; telecommunications; technology; and ethics. As a member of Sen. Gillibrand’s senior staff, she was responsible for leading some of the office’s landmark work, including the passage of the 9/11 health bill; the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan; and Sen. Gillibrand’s trailblazing work on military and campus sexual assault.

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Walker’s Legacy is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman and exists to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community.

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