September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy

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The right-hand woman to the President of the United States, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett is the ultimate White House Insider. Shifting from her role as long-time mentor to the Obamas to the President’s most trusted advisor in the Oval Office, Valerie Jarrett impacts issues as wide-ranging as business and the economy to combatting sexual assault on college campuses.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Valerie Jarrett

The right-hand woman to the President of the United States, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett is the ultimate White House Insider. Shifting from her role as long-time mentor to the Obamas to the President’s most trusted advisor in the Oval Office, Valerie Jarrett impacts issues as wide-ranging as business and the economy to combatting sexual assault on college campuses.

When the Democratic Convention was threatened with controversy and chaos, it was Donna Brazile who stepped in to bring order and restore trust to both the convention and the Democratic National Committee in the face of unprecedented cyber-attacks. Brazile currently serves as the Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee. A long-time political insider, she was the first Black woman to chair a presidential campaign—that of Vice President Al Gore. Author, adjunct professor, and media commentator, Brazile continues her decades-long contributions, impacting both policy and politics at the highest levels.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Donna Brazile

When the Democratic Convention was threatened with controversy and chaos, it was Donna Brazile who stepped in to bring order and restore trust to both the convention and the Democratic National Committee in the face of unprecedented cyber-attacks. Brazile currently serves as the Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee. A long-time political insider, she was the first Black woman to chair a presidential campaign—that of Vice President Al Gore. Author, adjunct professor, and media commentator, Brazile continues her decades-long contributions, impacting both policy and politics at the highest levels.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is one of only two Black women elected statewide in the nation, but is now on the cusp of making history as she runs to be the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate in nearly 20 years and only the second Black woman to be elected to the Senate ever. The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, this Howard University graduate has made a habit out of doing what has never been done before. As the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, Harris became the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office. Now she looks to make history again.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is one of only two Black women elected statewide in the nation, but is now on the cusp of making history as she runs to be the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate in nearly 20 years and only the second Black woman to be elected to the Senate ever. The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, this Howard University graduate has made a habit out of doing what has never been done before. As the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, Harris became the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office. Now she looks to make history again.

The first African American elected to Congress from the state of Wisconsin and the only Democrat to ever beat now Governor and former Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker in a head-to-head match up, Congresswoman Gwen Moore brings Black Girl Magic to Capitol Hill on a daily basis. An unflinching and unapologetic fighter on behalf of women and low-income communities, Moore advances legislation focused on expanding economic opportunity, poverty reduction, entrepreneurship, and women’s rights.  A fierce defender of the Violence Against Women Act and passionate advocate on behalf of reproductive justice, Moore is a champion of the notion that women should have agency over their own lives, including the ability to live free of violence.  She’s proven herself time and time again to be one of the boldest and most consistent voices advancing the interests of some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Gwen Moore

The first African American elected to Congress from the state of Wisconsin and the only Democrat to ever beat now Governor and former Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker in a head-to-head match up, Congresswoman Gwen Moore brings Black Girl Magic to Capitol Hill on a daily basis. An unflinching and unapologetic fighter on behalf of women and low-income communities, Moore advances legislation focused on expanding economic opportunity, poverty reduction, entrepreneurship, and women’s rights. A fierce defender of the Violence Against Women Act and passionate advocate on behalf of reproductive justice, Moore is a champion of the notion that women should have agency over their own lives, including the ability to live free of violence. She’s proven herself time and time again to be one of the boldest and most consistent voices advancing the interests of some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, Melanie Campbell is perhaps the ultimate insider when it comes to policy advocacy and influence impacting the Black community generally and Black women specifically. Heir apparent to the legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Campbell is a consistent fixture among those in consultation with the White House on matters impacting the Black community, but her influence doesn’t stop there.  Her work also focuses on state-level change coordinated through various local entities engaged in the constant battle to protect voting rights, organize electoral participation, and push to uplift and advance issues most greatly impacting Black women and their families.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Melanie Campbell

President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, Melanie Campbell is perhaps the ultimate insider when it comes to policy advocacy and influence impacting the Black community generally and Black women specifically. Heir apparent to the legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Campbell is a consistent fixture among those in consultation with the White House on matters impacting the Black community, but her influence doesn’t stop there. Her work also focuses on state-level change coordinated through various local entities engaged in the constant battle to protect voting rights, organize electoral participation, and push to uplift and advance issues most greatly impacting Black women and their families.

President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the largest and most influential Latino-focused advocacy organization in the nation, Janet Murguía is America’s most powerful and influential voice fighting on behalf of Latino rights and opportunity. Her work is wide-ranging, focusing not only on immigration, but also on issues of education, employment and the economy, health care, and voter registration.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Janet Murguía

President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the largest and most influential Latino-focused advocacy organization in the nation, Janet Murguía is America’s most powerful and influential voice fighting on behalf of Latino rights and opportunity. Her work is wide-ranging, focusing not only on immigration, but also on issues of education, employment and the economy, health care, and voter registration.

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is the President and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a leading Washington, DC-based think and action tank that expertly utilizes rigorous research to impact and shape public policy. Her groundbreaking work focuses on creating healthier communities, strengthening Social Security, and closing the racial wealth gap, including a focus on how meeting the needs of entrepreneurs of color could help shrink the racial wealth divide.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Maya Rockeymoore

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is the President and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a leading Washington, DC-based think and action tank that expertly utilizes rigorous research to impact and shape public policy. Her groundbreaking work focuses on creating healthier communities, strengthening Social Security, and closing the racial wealth gap, including a focus on how meeting the needs of entrepreneurs of color could help shrink the racial wealth divide.

A key legal mind influential and active in the Movement for the Protection of Black Lives, Ify Ike is one of those people who often works behind the scenes but is critically influential in getting important things done. At any given moment, she could be at a hot spot across the country protecting the rights of protestors. Or she could be working to create long-sustaining entities meant to provide a policy focus on those often overlooked, as was the case with her role as the key influencer and organizer behind the creation of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. Or she could be working to make sure that more people of color are registered and vote as she does in her role as Co-Creator of Black and Brown People Vote. Or it could be that you will find her involved in her latest creation, Black and Engaged, an effort to develop on-the-ground civic engagement and advocacy training in key Black communities across the nation. From the streets to the Halls of Congress, Ify helps make critical policy change happen.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Ifeoma (Ify) Ike

A key legal mind influential and active in the Movement for the Protection of Black Lives, Ify Ike is one of those people who often works behind the scenes but is critically influential in getting important things done. At any given moment, she could be at a hot spot across the country protecting the rights of protestors. Or she could be working to create long-sustaining entities meant to provide a policy focus on those often overlooked, as was the case with her role as the key influencer and organizer behind the creation of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. Or she could be working to make sure that more people of color are registered and vote as she does in her role as Co-Creator of Black and Brown People Vote. Or it could be that you will find her involved in her latest creation, Black and Engaged, an effort to develop on-the-ground civic engagement and advocacy training in key Black communities across the nation. From the streets to the Halls of Congress, Ify helps make critical policy change happen.

Whether the issue is the Dakota Pipeline or protecting the rights and life of Native American people across a wide range of policy issues, Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, will not be far from the center of the action.  Her unflinching advocacy seeks to make visible the needs and circumstances of Native American communities across the country with the goal of improving the lives and life chances of all Native American peoples.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
Jacqueline Pata

Whether the issue is the Dakota Pipeline or protecting the rights and life of Native American people across a wide range of policy issues, Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, will not be far from the center of the action. Her unflinching advocacy seeks to make visible the needs and circumstances of Native American communities across the country with the goal of improving the lives and life chances of all Native American peoples.

With an eye towards creating the change-makers of the future, Emerge America’s Political Director, A’shanti Gholar is all about encouraging and training women to run for elected office.  This former White House appointee and past Director of African American Engagement for the Democratic National Committee now spends her time focused on expanding the political footprint of Democratic women in states across the nation.  With the goal of getting women off the sidelines and in the trenches of policy change for themselves, her potential for shaping the policy direction of this nation is nothing short of boundless.
September 2016 | The List: 10 Women of Color in Policy
A'shanti Gholar

With an eye towards creating the change-makers of the future, Emerge America’s Political Director, A’shanti Gholar is all about encouraging and training women to run for elected office. This former White House appointee and past Director of African American Engagement for the Democratic National Committee now spends her time focused on expanding the political footprint of Democratic women in states across the nation. With the goal of getting women off the sidelines and in the trenches of policy change for themselves, her potential for shaping the policy direction of this nation is nothing short of boundless.

Want to get a peek at the real change-makers? The List for September 2016: 10 Women of Color in Policy features those who are making an indelible impact on the world around us. Through their brilliance, grit, and determination, these women make the daily commitment to create a better future for us all.

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