2023 Summit Speakers

Fred Redmond

Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO and Recipient of the 2023 James E. Clyburn ``Vaults of Opportunity” Award

 Fredrick D. Redmond is the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO). At the AFL-CIO Convention in June 2022, he was unanimously elected to the position as the highest ranking African American officer in the history of America’s labor movement. For decades, Redmond served the United Steelworkers (USW) in various staff and senior leadership roles, assisting local unions, developing and conducting training programs, and bargaining contracts.

For many years, prior to becoming Secretary Treasurer, Brother Redmond was the major force and senior leader of the Black trade union movement through his chairmanship of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and in his leadership of and unwavering support for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU). 

In this capacity Fred Redmond has been the heir to the powerful legacy of A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Black Trade Union movement, the March on Washington and archteched of the Civil Rights Movemebt. As the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Brother Redmond is the partial fulfillment of Randolph’s project to make the Black worker central to organized labor and to transform of America. 

Dr. King, in his historic speech at the March on Washington, spoke of opening "the great vaults of opportunity” in “the bank of justice of this nation".

This year's Summit for Civil Rights recognizes the tremendous contribution of Brother Fred Redmond for his leadership of the American labor movement and for his recent, and well-deserved, elevation to Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. Mr. Redmond is the highest ranking African American labor leader in American history following in the footsteps of the great A. Philip Randolph.

The Clyburn Award was named for its first recipient James E. Clyburn who rose to become the highest ranking and most powerful African American member of United States Congress and for the “Great Vaults of Opportunity” that Dr. King insisted be pried opened for American working families of all colors in his August 28, 1963, speech at the March on Washington.


Brenda Lawrence

Former Congresswoman and recipient of Summit for Civil Rights Shirley Chisholm Breakthrough Leader Award

Brenda L. Lawrence is this year’s recipient of the Summit for Civil Rights Shirley Chisholm Breakthrough Leader Award for her extraordinary and inspirational rise to power.

Ms. Lawrence is a breakthrough leader whose history and experience personifies the American Civil Rights Movement’s critical alliance of Organized Labor, and powerful Black Elected office holders.

Congresswoman Lawrence began career as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. A member of the powerful American Postal Workers Union (APWU), she rose to executive leadership in the Postal Service while rising to prominence in Southfield Michigan from School board to City Council President and eventually becoming the first African American and first female mayor of this important Detroit suburb.

As a Member of Congress, she represented her district and the American people. She was elected the Freshman Whip and later appointed Senior Whip. She was a Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the Interior. She was also a member of the House Committee on Small Business and the powerful Committee on Appropriations.

Today, Congresswoman Lawrence is the Executive Director of Spill the Honey a national organization advancing and restoring the historic and powerful relationship between Black and Jewish communities and faith institutions and leaders during the American Civil Rights movement.


Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Senior Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH

Theologian, pastor and civic leader, the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is one of America’s most influential leaders. He was born in La Grange, GA in 1935. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, his master of divinity degree from Morehouse School of Religion/Inter-denominational Theological Center and his doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary.

In 2008, Reverend Moss retired from Olivet Institutional Baptist Church located in Cleveland, Ohio following thirty-three years of distinguished service. Prior to this service, he held pastoral positions at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in La Grange, GA, the Providence Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lockland, OH and as co-pastor with Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.

Reverend Moss has been actively involved in advocating for the achievement of education, civil and human rights and social justice issues for all of his adult life. He has been jailed in Georgia, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. in Civil Rights, Human Rights struggles.

His board memberships have included The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Foundation. Dr. Moss served as Chair of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees for over ten years. Morehouse named it’s newest dormitory suites in his honor. He served as board member and Regional Director of SCLC during Dr. King’s tenure as founding president. He also served as national board member and trustee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change.

His work in the international community has taken him to Hong Kong, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, West Africa, South Africa, India and Israel.

He served, as an advisor to former President Carter at Camp David and in 1994 he was the special guest of former President Bill Clinton at the Peace Treaty signing between Israel and Jordan. He served on President Obama’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership Council.

Reverend Moss is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992 and the Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996. He was inducted into the 2007 Class of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. In 2004, Dr. Moss was bestowed the unique honor of the Lyman Beecher Lectureship on Preaching, Yale University. He also holds eight honorary degrees from colleges and universities in Ohio, Georgia, and Arkansas. Morehouse College recently named their newest dormitory suites in honor of Dr. Moss.

His service to Ohio and the United States has been recognized by Governors of Ohio, the Ohio House of Representatives, Ebony Magazine, the Cleveland Press, the Call and Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Black Professional Association of Cleveland, the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland, Project Love: Remember the Children Foundation, The Cleveland Jewish Committee and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Moss is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule), to name a few. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show to discuss Current Trends in Religion.

In 1997, as pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in conjunction with University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland, he was the visionary in establishing the Otis Moss, Jr. University Hospitals Health Center that offers a wide range of primary and specialty care medical services.

Reverend Moss is married to Mrs. Edwina Hudson Moss and they are the parents of Kevin Moss, Daphne Moss (deceased) and Otis Moss, III. They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.


Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III

President and CEO of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Religious leader Reverend Frederick Douglass Haynes, III was born on November 10, 1960 in Dallas, Texas to Reverend Frederick D. Haynes, Jr. and Lynetta Haynes-Oliver. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California. Haynes earned his B.A. degree in religion and English from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas in 1982, his M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his D.Min. degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana in 2005. He also studied at Christ Church Oxford University in Oxford, England.

In 1983, Haynes accepted a position as senior pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church. Under his leadership, the Friendship-West Baptist Church adopted churches in both Zimbabwe and South Africa. With a great amount of assistance from Friendship-West, the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe built a worship facility, school, and health clinic. In 2010, with the earthquake in Haiti, Haynes and Friendship-West adopted a village in Haiti and helped construct wells to provide the village with water. Haynes is also involved in the radio industry. He hosted Freddy Haynes Unscripted on Radio One’s 94.5 KSOUL, in addition to delivering the closing “Inspirational Vitamin on K104’s Skip Murphy Morning Show for seven years. He currently delivers the “Praise Break” message for the Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Haynes helped organize the Faith Summit on Poverty, which consisted of Dallas community leaders and city officials who were dedicated to reducing domestic violence and poverty. Haynes has also used donations from Friendship-West to fund historically black colleges and universities with over $1 million, as well as scholarships to HBCU students to over $2 million. He serves as chairman of the board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, board member of the Conference of National Black Churches and the National Action Network, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Paul Quinn College.

Haynes authored two books, Healing Our Broken Village and Soul Fitness. He was named to Ebony magazines “Power 100 list of influential African Americans," and was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, both in 2012.


Pierrette “Petee” Talley

Director, The Ohio Unity Coalition, and the Political Director of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU)

Pierrette “Petee” Talley is the immediate past Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO and the first woman to hold one of the top two offices in the 56 year history of that organization.

Ms. Talley has been a leader in AFSCME and was the AFL-CIO’s state director in Michigan. She has been and is still a national leader of both the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

As the highest ranked African American leader in the Ohio AFL-CIO, Petee organized and mobilized tens of thousands of workers to fight and hold organized labor’s hard fought gains.

As the leader of the Ohio Unity Coalition she helped to create and lead Ohio's strongest labor/civil rights organization, playing a pivotal role in victories over anti-union attacks, including the repeal of SB 5.

Ms. Talley is a powerful breakthrough leader and a civil rights woman.


United States Congressman Donald Norcross

Recipient of the 2023 Steve LaTourette Unified America Award

Congressman Donald Norcross is the recipient of the 2023 Steve LaTourette Unified America Award for Outstanding Bipartisan Leadership.

Born and raised in South Jersey, Congressman Norcross is an electrician by trade and a proud union member. In Congress, he is committed to improving the lives of working families by focusing on the issues that matter most to them: raising wages and strengthening our economy, ensuring affordable access to a high-quality education, and supporting the brave men and women that protect our nation and our neighborhoods.

Congressman Norcross began his career working for minimum wage, and his on-the-job experiences shape his work in Congress. Congressman Norcross has been a fierce advocate for raising wages for workers, leading the House of Representatives to pass legislation that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

Congressman Norcross spent his career as an electrician connecting power to New Jersey businesses and industrial sites. He rose through the ranks and eventually became a business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351, as well as President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO, where he advocated on behalf of thousands of hardworking men and women for nearly 20 years.

A graduate of both Camden County College and a Registered Apprenticeship program, Congressman Norcross knows we need to advance job-training programs in America, and he also understands the value of a good education that doesn’t break the bank. As a former apprentice himself, Congressman Norcross led the House in passing the National Apprenticeship Act, expanding access to skills training and connecting workers with stable, good-paying jobs. 

As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Norcross is working to raise wages, protect the middle class, strengthen workplace protections and achieve equal pay and paid leave for those raising families. 

The Summit for Civil Rights is paying tribute to Congressman Norcross for his support for working men and women and particularly for his recent efforts, with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, to relaunch a Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus in the United States Congress. We look forward to working with him and other members to make that caucus more powerful and committed to inclusive living wage jobs.



U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick

Recipient of the 2023 Steve LaTourette Unified America Award

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the 2023 Steve LaTourette Unified America Award for Outstanding Bipartisan Leadership.

For 14 years prior to representing his hometown of Pennsylvania's First Congressional District, Brian Fitzpatrick served our nation both as an FBI Special Agent and Federal Prosecutor, fighting both domestic and international political corruption, and supporting global counterterrorism and counterintelligence efforts – including being embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Brian also served as National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program and as a National Supervisor for the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters, where he was recognized as an expert in restoring integrity to governmental institutions.

In the 118th Congress, Congressman Fitzpatrick sits on the Ways and Means Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In addition, he co-chairs the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and Congressional Ukraine Caucus, while also serving on the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force and NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

The Summit for Civil Rights is paying tribute to Congressman Fitzpatrick for his support for working men and women and particularly for his recent efforts, with Congressman Donald Norcross, to relaunch a Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus in the United States Congress. We look forward to working with him and other members to make that caucus more powerful and committed to inclusive living wage jobs.



Regina Anderson

Executive Director, Food Recovery Network

Regina is the Executive Director Food Recovery Network and is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts for Food Recovery Network. Regina works with the amazing team at national headquarters, stakeholders and partners around the country to achieve ambitious goals. Overall, FRN's goal is to support the higher education to be the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception. But Regina won't stop there. Businesses, events, public institutions also have a role in reducing food waste at the source. They also have a role to recover their surplus food and Regina wants to ensure they are integrated within the vibrant FRN network to make that happen. Most recently, Regina is tasked with implementing the three-year strategic plan for FRN and cannot wait to talk to all of YOU about how you can support FRN's goals.


Rev. Willie Francois

Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ Coalition Against Racial Exclusion NJ-CARE, BOA

Willie Dwayne Francois III serves as Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pleasantville, New Jersey and as the President of the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality. Francois' pastoral activism and literary witness take shape around racial equity, economic justice and criminal justice reform. Francois co-authored the book Christian Minister’s Manual: For the Pulpit and the Public Square for All Denomination—the most progressive and comprehensive clergy service resource for congregational and justice ministries. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion, holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University.


Roland V. Anglin

Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

Roland V. Anglin is Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Dean Anglin is recognized for his scholarly and applied work in the area of economic and community development. Dean Anglin is a passionate advocate for public polices and community-based strategies that create social and economic opportunities for marginalized communities and people.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Dr. Anglin was Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark and Director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, an applied research institute at the university. Dr. Anglin began his career at Rutgers University in 1987. He was recruited to the Ford Foundation in 1991, where he spent eight years. Dr. Anglin served first as the program officer responsible for community development and was promoted to Deputy Director for Community and Resource Development. After leaving the Ford Foundation in 1999, Dr. Anglin went to the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (Seedco), a community development financial intermediary. He is the author and co-author of four books and several peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Anglin sits on several public sector, nonprofit, and private sector boards. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, an MA from Northwestern University, and a BA from Brooklyn College (City University of New York).


Annette Blackwell

Mayor of Maple Heights

Annette Blackwell is the first female and first African American mayor of Maple Heights. She has also served as safety director and chief conservator of the peace since being sworn in on Jan. 6, 2016. Mayor Blackwell serves on several executive boards and chairs the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency‘s policy committee. She is also a Celebrity Godparent for MyCom’s Saving Our Daughters initiative, which helps young girls overcome life obstacles. During her time in office, Mayor Blackwell has received numerous awards — most notably, the Maple Heights City Schools Pathfinder recognition for her work in the field of citizenship and government; the National Action Network Greater Cleveland Humanitarian Award; and the Warrior of Justice and Leadership Award. Mayor Blackwell is an alumna of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute and is currently pursuing Ohio public manager certification at Cleveland State University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.


John C. Brittain

Olie W. Rauh Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

John C. Brittain joined the faculty of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, in 2009, as a tenured professor of law, and served as Acting Dean from 2018 to 2019. Prior to joining UDC Law, he served as Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of law at Texas Southern University in Houston, as a tenured law professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law for twenty-two years, and as Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., a public interest law organization founded by President John F. Kennedy to enlist private lawyers in taking pro bono cases in civil rights.

Professor Brittain writes and litigates on issues in civil and human rights, especially in education law. In 2015, the Mississippi Center for Justice honored him as a "pioneering civil rights leader and esteemed law professor who has inspired a generation of young attorneys." In 2013, he was named to the Charles Hamilton Houston Chair at North Carolina Central University School of Law, established to bring prominent civil rights law professors and litigators to the law school to teach constitutional and civil rights law for a year. Professor Brittain was one of the original counsel team in Sheff v. O’Neill, the landmark school desegregation case decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1996, chronicled in Susan Eaton’s book, The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial, in which he is frequently mentioned. He was a part of a legal team representing private plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the State of Maryland for denying Maryland’s historically black institutions of higher learning – Morgan, Coppin, Bowie and Maryland Eastern Shore Universities – comparable and competitive opportunities with traditional white universities

B.A., Howard University 1966; J.D., Howard University 1969


Rev. Evan Regis “Reegie” Bunch

Faith Community United

Evan Regis “Reegie” Bunch is the Membership Engagement Coordinator who helps formerly incarcerated folks, and their families stop Sheriff violence in Los Angeles County.  Before coming to Dignity and Power Now, Reegie spent six years both as a student in Nashville, Tennessee to complete both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Theology and as a community activist.  After successful campaigns stopping wage theft, exposing Metro Nashville Racial Profiling programs, and fighting for community oversight over Metro Nashville Police, Reegie now takes his activism to Los Angeles to fight for the abolition of prisons and jails.  Reegie enjoys riding bikes on the beach and planning his new church idea, Abolition Christian Church. Reegie is the son of the late Milton Lee Bunch and Mary Keyes. He is number 8 of 9 siblings and currently resides in South Central Los Angeles.


Michelle Burris

Senior Policy Associate, The Century Foundation

Michelle Burris is a senior policy associate at The Century Foundation, focusing on racial and socioeconomic integration in pre-K–12 settings. Prior to joining TCF, Michelle was a teacher at Truman High School in New York City working with African immigrant students. She also served in the United States Peace Corps in Rwanda, teaching English at a boarding school. Michelle participated in internships at the White House and was a congressional fellow in Congressman Jim Cooper’s office. She graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College with a BA in political science, and holds a MA in politics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.



Rev. Dr. Keith W. Byrd, Sr.

National First Vice-Presiden, Progressive National Baptist Convention

A native Washingtonian, Rev. Dr. Keith W. Byrd, Sr., is Pastor of the historic Zion Baptist Church in Northwest, Washington D.C. He was called as the church’s ninth pastor in January 2006. Dr. Byrd is a gifted preacher, teacher and leader. With God’s guidance and Rev. Byrd’s visionary leadership, Zion desires to be a family church, empowered by the love of Christ, to serve the family of God. He has established and expanded several ministries at Zion as well as overseen several church renovations.
Dr. Byrd’s current denominational leadership: Progressive National Baptist Convention, National First Vice-President; Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, President; D.C. Baptist Convention, member; Missionary Baptist Minister’s Conference of DC and Vicinity, member; Carter Baron Cluster of Churches.
Dr. Byrd received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Church Leadership from the Wesley Theological Seminary.
He is supported in ministry by his wife Kimberly O. Byrd, and together they have two sons, Keith, Jr. and Kevin.


Scott DiMauro

President, Ohio Education Association

Scott DiMauro, a high school social studies teacher from Worthington, was elected President of the OEA in 2019 after having served as vice president for six years. Over his 32-year career as an educator, Scott has worked to provide students the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need to be successful citizens in our democracy while advocating for students, educators, and strong public schools at all levels of his union.

Scott’s priorities as president have included strengthening local affiliates, enhancing professional supports for members, and elevating the voice of educators in public policy to ensure all students are given access to a high-quality education that inspires their creativity, imagination, and desire to learn. As OEA President, he helped lead a successful coalition effort that resulted in the historic passage of the Fair School Funding Plan along with an increase in the state minimum teacher’s salary as part of the most recent state budget bill.

Scott has facilitated OEA’s Board and leadership team in educating and organizing members to advocate for social, racial, and economic justice. That priority has framed OEA’s advocacy on school safety, resistance to attacks on educators’ freedom to teach and students’ freedom to learn an honest education, and a comprehensive strategy to attract and retain caring, qualified educators—both licensed and support professionals—in every community across Ohio.

As vice president, Scott was proud to guide the OEA Commission on Student Success to lay out a comprehensive vision for high-quality education for all students and lay the groundwork for positive implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act in Ohio. He also led an initiative to increase student access to breakfast in high-poverty districts and served as national spokesperson for the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. At the national level, he currently serves as president of the National Council of State Education Associations.



Ana Garcia-Ashley

Ana graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver, and began her career in Denver in 1981, where she organized The Concerned Citizens of Westwood. She affiliated with the Metropolitan Organization for People in 1982 and went on to work on local and state campaigns, including enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act and affordable public services.

Intensely interested in the intersection of politics and faith, Ana attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver to develop a foundation for organizing congregations. During her theological studies and organizing, Ana’s conviction deepened that organizing was a divine calling for her—the purpose of the miracle that allowed her and her family to safely emigrate from the Dominican Republic to the United States.

Ana began her work in Gamaliel in the early 1990s, as Lead Organizer of MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope). During her tenure there, the organization won a $500 million reinvestment commitment from the city’s banks. Ana was also the founding organizer for WISDOM, the Gamaliel-affiliated Wisconsin state organization.  She has been a member of the Gamaliel central staff for nearly two decades, serving as senior trainer at Gamaliel’s National Leadership Training and co-director of the Civil Rights for Immigrants campaign.

In 2009, Ana was named Associate Director, becoming Executive Director in 2012.  Under her leadership the organization’s Fire of Faith campaign is on track to save or create nearly 1 million jobs over 3 years, while also rekindling the 1,000 interfaith congregations that belong to Gamaliel’s affiliate organizations through community organizing.

Ana’s deep sense of organizing as a ministry, her interest in the relationship between faith and politics, and her status as a naturalized immigrant dovetail perfectly with the goal of Gamaliel to be “a community of people living out our faith and values to collectively transform our communities and bring about justice locally, nationally and globally.”

She splits her home life between Franklin, Wisconsin and Atlanta, Georgia. She is married and has two daughters.


James Gee

Former Chief of Staff, the Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman

James Gee has been around politics for most of his life. He began his career as an intern to then-Assembly Appropriations Chairman John S. Watson while still a student in high school. While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, Mr. Gee worked in the Georgia Senate, quickly distinguishing himself as a skilled political operative. In 1997, Mr. Gee’s career came full-circle when, after managing the unsuccessful congressional campaign of Georgia State Senator Ron Slotin, he returned to New Jersey and joined the campaign that elected Bonnie Watson Coleman, the daughter of his beloved mentor John Watson.

During the 2001 gubernatorial campaign, Mr. Gee became the statewide political director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. Following the election, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James E. McGreevy, serving as the governor’s liaison to the Legislature.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Mr. Gee served as the national political director for celebrity Sean "P.Diddy" Comb’s Vote or Die campaign, which was designed to inspire a new generation to become part of the political process.

In 2005, Mr. Gee served as the statewide political director for then-Senator Jon S. Corzine's campaign for governor and recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager of Jon Corzine’s unsuccessful re-election campaign.

During the 2008, Presidential Campaign Mr. Gee moved to the Washington, D.C. area to serve as one of five Regional Political Directors on the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign. During the hotly contested Democratic Primary James traveled to 10 different
states. Mr. Gee was lead Political Director in Texas and Pennsylvania where Senator Clinton won very close primary victories.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Gee worked in the New Jersey State Legislature as the Associate Director.

In 2014, Mr. Gee was the Campaign Manager for Bonnie Watson Coleman in her historic run in New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. Mr. Gee currently serves as Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's Chief of Staff.


Debbie Goettel

Hennepin County Commissioner

Debbie Goettel is Hennepin County Commissioner, representing District 5: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield. Before joining the county board, she served 10 years as Richfield’s mayor. During that time, she spurred significant redevelopment in the downtown area and south side of the city. Her collaboration with the city council and staff also led to the city’s first comprehensive five-year plan to repave all city streets.

In addition to her brick-and-mortar contributions to the city, Debbie is proud of her human rights initiatives. In 2011, she and the city passed an ordinance for partnership agreements, providing same-sex couples with the same rights as married couples. The success in Richfield paved the way for collaboration with other city mayors to pass similar partnership agreements. Debbie and her mayoral colleagues were proud to support the efforts that led to statewide equality in 2013.

Outside of her service in public office, Debbie has been an active participant in local and regional civics. Her passion for creating a brighter future led to service on the Richfield Foundation board, the Minnesota Environmental Initiatives Task Force, the Richfield 4th of July Committee, the Metropolitan Housing Policy Board, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Urban Land Institute's Regional Council of Mayors, and the Governor’s 2013 Local Government Aid task force.

Debbie has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and completed graduate studies on environmental sustainability at Harvard and University of Minnesota. In her professional career, she worked for international companies in the area of Sustainability, Environment, Health, and Safety. Debbie is married with three children and five grandchildren.


Lloyd D. Henderson, Esq.

President, Camden County East NAACP

Robert Kleidman

Coordinator of Building One Ohio and Associate Professor Sociology at Cleveland State University

Dr. Robert Kleidman is Coordinator of Building One Ohio and Associate Professor Sociology at Cleveland State University.  His research and service center on ‘public sociology,’ developing intellectual and institutional relationships between academia and organizing. His major areas of interest are the study of social movements and community organizing, and secondary areas including urban sociology.


Mike Kruglik

Mike Kruglik, Board President of Building One America

Mike Kruglik is Board President of Building One America. Mr. Kruglik is a graduate of Princeton University (1964) and was Adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities in the early 1970’s. He has been developing grass-roots citizens’ power organizations since 1973 with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the Gamaliel Foundation and Building One America. In 1986 Mr. Kruglik was co-founder of the Gamaliel Foundation and from 1999-2009 served as its Director of Metropolitan Equity. 

Mike is probably best known for having hired, trained, and mentored Barack Obama as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side in the mid to late 1980s.



Linda Hinton

District 4 Vice President, Communications Workers of America Union (CWA)

Ms. Hinton was sworn-in as Vice President of CWA District 4 on July 25, 2012, unanimously elected on April 22, 2013, re-elected on June 8, 2015, and again on July 29, 2019. Before that, Linda had served as a CWA Staff Representative from 1995 until being promoted to Administrative Director to the Vice President in 2007. In 2009, Linda became Assistant to the Vice President. As Vice President, Linda represents 50,000 CWA members in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Her duties include the coordination of all bargaining, organizing, education, and political action within the District. Ms. Hinton was born in Columbus, Ohio. She started her career in 1970 with Ohio Bell. It was not long before her excellent leadership skills were discovered and she was elected Vice President of CWA Local 4310. In 1984, Linda became the Local President. Her labor involvement has been quite extensive. She is a current member of the Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board, a delegate to the Northshore Federation of Labor CLC, a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the CWA Minority Caucus, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the NAACP, and Pride at Work. Her involvement in community activism also includes Stand Up Ohio for Good Jobs and Strong Communities and she serves on the Board of Directors of the North Coast Credit Union. Ms. Hinton is actively involved with her union, family, and community. While her family remains in Columbus, Linda currently makes Cleveland her home.


Tiffany Miller

Director of Federal Policy for the Learning Policy Institute

Tiffany Miller serves as the Director of Federal Policy for the Learning Policy Institute, where she works to bring evidence-based research to policymakers to advance policies that provide equitable learning opportunities for every child.

Prior to joining LPI, Miller was Vice President of Policy at Communities In Schools (CIS), where she developed and led a comprehensive government relations strategy and actively engaged with federal policymaking bodies to advocate for policies that empower youth to succeed in school and in life. She also led the development and implementation of state and local advocacy strategies that supported both the CIS network and built the field of integrated student supports. Miller also served as Director of Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, where her work focused on all aspects of school improvement. Previously, she served as a senior research associate at Policy Studies Associates, Inc., and worked as a political fundraiser.

Miller is also an Adjunct Professor at American University where she teaches Education and Public Policy as part of the School of Education’s Education Policy and Leadership Program. She holds a Master of Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University.


Abigail Moncrieff

Professor of Constitutional Law at the Cleveland State University College of Law

Dr. Abigail Moncrieff's research draws on a wide range of disciplines to illuminate legal, political and social issues at the intersection of health law and constitutional law. She has published articles on health law and constitutional theory in Columbia Law Review, U. Penn Law Review and Boston University Law Review, among others, and is currently working on an ambitious reconceptualization of the American constitutional order in her book-in-progress, Constitutional Technocracy.

At CSU, Moncrieff teaches the introductory Constitutional Law course to upper-level students as well as first-year Contracts. Her seminars focus on the concept of freedom in American law and political theory and on constitutional issues in healthcare reform. Moncrieff is also the co-director of the Center for Health Law and Policy at CSU College of Law, where she develops programming on health care law and policy for the broader Cleveland community.

Prior to joining the CSU faculties, Moncrieff was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas Law School. She has previously taught at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, N.Y.U. Law School, University of Texas Department of Government, Boston University Law School and St. John's University Law School. Moncrieff holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Wellesley College.


Reginald C. Oh

Professor of Constitutional Law at the Cleveland State University College of Law

Reginald Oh brings to the law school nine years of teaching experience and a lengthy roster of publications and presentations in this country and abroad. Professor Oh is a prolific scholar whose work is most often a careful examination of distributive justice, including the ways in which justice succeeds or fails when gender and race are involved.

History, politics, linguistic analysis, and race and gender studies inform articles such as "Interracial Marriage in the Shadows of Jim Crow: Racial Segregation as Racial and Gender Subordination" in the University of California Davis Law Review (2006) and "Discrimination and Distrust: A Critical Linguistic Analysis of the Discrimination Concept" in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2005). "Regulating White Desire," which examines the gendered nature of racial segregation, was published in the Wisconsin Law Review in 2007. "Fear of a Multiracial Planet: Loving’s Children and the Genocide of the White Race" was published in the Fordham Law Review in 2018.

At Cleveland-Marshall, Professor Oh teaches Civil Procedure, a Constitutional Law Seminar on the Fourteenth Amendment, and a seminar on Legal Issues in Education. Professor Oh is also a widely sought and widely traveled lecturer; in a two-year span he spoke at more than 30 national and international conferences. In July 2007, he presented "Race, Racism and Belonging" at the International Congress for Law and Mental Health in Padua, Italy; in March 2007 he lectured on "Reading Brown through Loving: Racial Segregation and the Promotion of White Supremacy" at the University of Iowa College of Law, and "Racial Segregation and the Thirteenth Amendment" at the Tenth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities at Georgetown University.



Myron Orfield

Myron Orfield

Professor of Civil Rights Law & Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School

Professor Myron Orfield is the Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. He has written three books and dozens of articles and book chapters on local government law, spatial inequality, fair housing, school desegregation, charter schools, state and local taxation and finance, and land use law. The syndicated columnist Neal Peirce called him “the most influential demographer in America’s burgeoning regional movement.” Orfield’s research has led to legislative and judicial reforms at the federal level and state level reform in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, and Maryland.


Rev. Raimon Prince

New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church

Josiah Quarles

Director of Organizing and Advocacy, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Josiah Quarles is NEOCH’S Director of Organizing and Advocacy. A long-time soccer coach, he views the sport as an apex of cooperation, communication, skill building, and endurance. Nurturing these attributes while appreciating the dignity and creative sovereignty of the individual permeates the way he thinks about organizing. The interplay of freedom and structure, space and connectivity, urgency and patience animate the points of tension that create moments of brilliance in what they call the “beautiful game”, and in movement work. 

Josiah has a background in grassroots organizing, public speaking, education, sport-based youth development, and multimedia arts. Social Justice and the liberation struggle have been at the heart of many of his professional and artistic endeavors. He views two-way education, community-based solutions, and decentralized power building as fundamentally essential to challenging the politics and policies that have codified the oppression and disenfranchisement of so many. Housing is foundational to creating community stability, safety and success, and he is happy to help lay that foundation.



Dale Robinson Anglin

Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Impact, the Cleveland Foundation

Dale Robinson Anglin joined the foundation in May 2017 as a consultant, and was hired in October 2017 as Program Director for Youth and Social Services. In her current role as Vice President, Program, Dale works to align the foundation’s grantmaking initiatives to the ongoing needs of diverse communities in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Dale was Associate Director for Programs at the Victoria Foundation in Newark, NJ, where she was responsible for successful programming in higher education, STEM/STEAM, K-12 education, summer youth employment and leadership efforts. Dale has served as Director of Resource Development for New Community Corporation in Newark, as the Executive Director of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and was a social analyst for the Congressional Research Service, both in Washington D.C.

Dale earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in government and African American Studies from Smith College, and a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as an Alfred P. Sloan/Association for Public Policy and Management Fellow.

Dale served on the Community Foundation of New Jersey board for nine years, the state’s largest community foundation, and she currently serves on the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation board. She is originally from Chicago, IL and is excited to be back in the Midwest.


David Rusk

Founding President, Building One America

David Rusk is a former mayor of Albuquerque and New Mexico legislator.  He has spoken and consulted on urban policy in over 130 US communities as well as abroad. He is author of Cities without Suburbs, Inside Game/Outside Game, and Baltimore Unbound. Rusk is founding president of Building One America and a founding board member of the Innovative Housing Institute, the USA’s leading advocate of inclusionary zoning.


Davida Russell

Councilwoman and President of the Northeast Ohio District of the Ohio Association of Public-School Employees OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4/AFL-CIO)

Davida Russell is the newly elected Councilwoman for the city of Cleveland Heights. Elected November 2019 receiving the 2nd highest vote of all the candidates while making history for her 1st time running for a public office.

Davida Russell is also the State President of the Coalition of labor Union Women, a Vice President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, State Executive Board Member and President of the Northeast Ohio District of the Ohio Association of Public-School Employees OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4/AFL-CIO), Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the North Coast Area Labor Federation, and Trustee of the Cleveland North Shore Federation of Labor AFL-CIO,  In these positions, Davida represents more than 180,000 members across Ohio and 11,000 just in Northeast Ohio.

Davida is a Commission Member of the Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission appointed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and Executive Board Member of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation of Greater Cleveland one of two single appointment of Mayor Frank Jackson.

Davida served as president of the Ohio Association of Public-School Employees OAPSE/AFSCME Local 744 for 20 consecutive years, representing Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) Transportation workers until her retirement. Davida was appointed by Governor, Ted Strickland to the Board of Commission of MR/DD to serve on the Futures Study Committee for the state of Ohio. Davida also served as the Vice Chair of the first historic Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission appointed by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald and served on the Cleveland Heights Reaching Heights Board. Davida served nationally on President Clinton’s Women’s Round Table of Greater Cleveland and has been invited to the White House on three separate occasions. Davida represented public employees in Sao Paulo Brazil where she received an award from the Ambassador of Italy;

Davida also served as State Vice President of the Ohio Association of Public-School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4/AFL-CIO) for over 10 years until her resignation in 2015 to focus more of her time in Northeast Ohio.

Well known for her dedication to working people, she has been in the forefront of organizing, educating, training, increasing political awareness among workers, campaigning for pro-labor politicians and issues and operating and managing the largest canvassing operation in the state of Ohio since 2002. Every few months Davida continues to be featured on America’s Work Force Radio WERE 1490 the only daily labor-radio program in America. Davida been entered in several editions of Who’s Who including the 2019 edition as One of The Most Influential Black Women in Cleveland Celebrating African American Achievement. She has also been a co-host on a local television show located on cable public access station called “Another Look.”  Davida has been featured in union sponsored radio commercials She have wrote, produced and directed a union play called “We May Be Getting Old… But We Ain’t Dead Yet”! The play was presented in Cleveland’s downtown Music Hall for the OAPSE/AFSCME Convention.

She’s the author of the book “The Birth of a Union: The Legacy of Noridean McDonald” published in 2007. She is a graduate of Cleveland State Labor-Management Relations Center Program a graduate of Leadership Cleveland Class 2004.

Davida graduated from the George Meany National Labor College with a double major Bachelor’s in Labor Studies and in Union Leadership and Administration.


Judge Michael John Ryan

Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals

On December 19, 2022, Judge Michael John Ryan was sworn in to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in the Rotunda of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. Judge Ryan was elected on November 8, 2022, to serve out the remainder of the late Judge Larry A. Jones Sr.’s term on the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Notably. Prior to being elected to the court of appeals, Judge Ryan served as a common pleas juvenile court judge for nearly ten years and a municipal court judge for seven years. He also worked as a city prosecutor and magistrate with Cleveland Municipal Court.


Mungu Sanchez

Deputy Political Director Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters

Mungu Sanchez, Deputy Political Director for the Northeast
Regional Council Council of Carpenters, started his career in politics
in his early 20’s working as a staffer for the Pennsylvania House of
Representatives. During his time there, he quickly realized his
political potential and passion for rallying behind important social
issues to improve the quality of life for people within his community.
He also quickly discovered the saliency of organizing people to
effectively open the doors to better opportunities and how politics
should always be used as a catalyst for positive change. Mungu
soon became a part of the solution, working closely with
communities affected by various socioeconomic issues and as a key
player in local government. He has decades of experience with
activism and political organization and has had a strong impact in
his hometown of Philadelphia, PA.


Theodore M. Shaw

Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill

Professor Shaw was the fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of twenty-six years. He has litigated education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts, and in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Shaw’s legal career began as a Trial Attorney in the Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., where he worked from 1979 until 1982. In addition to teaching at Columbia and at Michigan Law School, Professor Shaw held the 1997-1998 Haywood Burns Chair at CUNY School of Law at Queens College and the 2003 Phyllis Beck Chair at Temple Law School. He was a visiting scholar at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2008-2009. He is a member of the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). Mr. Shaw served on the Obama Transition Team after the 2008 presidential election, as team leader for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.


Dr. Keith A. Troy

Pastor, New Salem Baptist Church

Born in Toledo, Ohio he is the second of five sons from the linage of Rev. and Mrs. Leon Troy, Sr. As a youth his education was spent in the public school system of Warren, Ohio where his academic, athletic, and leadership skills became apparent at an early age.

Dr. Troy went on to received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in Religion and minored in Education. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from the Colgate Crozer Seminary in Rochester, New York, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Troy’s level of formal training coupled with his renowned modern-day practical approach to religion serves as the basis for why so many refer to him as a “master teacher.”

Since, October, 1983, Dr. Troy has served as the Pastor of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Under his guidance, the congregation has grown steadily over the years to approximately 5,000 members. His unyielding passion for training and leadership serves as the foundation upon which New Salem’s internal church growth model is built and continues to yield a relevant ministry for tomorrow’s generation of global minded citizens.

Outside of New Salem his “beyond the walls” approach to ministry has guided the church in the purchase of 60+ acres of land for future consideration in the development of the New Salem Community of Caring Campus.

Bringing together both faith and function, under Dr. Troy’s direction and support, New Salem’s Renaissance Development Corporation was a lead partner in the building of the Agler Family Housing Project, representing a first of its kind faith-based collaborative involving a 144-unit multi-family housing project located adjacent to a 90-unit congregate care faculty, complemented by two man-made ponds. Dr. Troy’s vision and partnership model for community also helped pave the way for the following economic development projects: The Renaissance Community Village, a 33-unit affordable housing complex serving the special needs of large families. These three and four bedroom units are leased with a purchase option and offer below-market rents; The Unity Resource Center, a combined effort with other local CDC’s and the Department of Human Services to develop a multimillion dollar 40,000 sq. ft. one-stop shop for employment training and job opportunities in Northeast Columbus; and The Unity Health & Wellness Center, a 54,000 sq. ft. Town Hall of Health Care facility to service area families.

Other initiatives and community development accomplishments spear-headed under Dr. Troy’s leadership have included: a food pantry; a childcare center with a latch key program; the Kings Corner bookstore; the LIFE motor cycle ministry; the purchase of two, four-unit apartment buildings, now known as New Salem Gardens; and the development of New Salem Manor, a 31-unit senior citizen housing complex involving a collaborative partnership between HUD and the New Salem Church CDC.

Dr. Troy has developed a legacy of service with participation in numerous religious and community organizations. Included among his past positions and current roll call of service are: President of the Baptist Pastors Conference, Immediate Past President of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention; Ford Foundation Research Fellow, The Columbus Morehouse College Alumni Association; Community Centered Banking Founding member; Trustee of The House of Troy Foundation; Board Member of the Martin Luther King Arts Complex and Founding member of Unity Partnership, a faith- based economic development corporation that facilitated upwards of $50 million in public/private investment in the areas of housing, employment, and health care services throughout Northeast Columbus.

He is married to the former Brenda Patterson, a native of Warren, Ohio. Together they are the proud parents of three daughters, Myeshia, Tiffane’, Shanece and two sons, Andre’ and Kendall and six grandchildren.


Deepa Vedavyas

Program Manager, Neighborhoods and Environment at The Cleveland Foundation

Deepa Vedavyas joined the Cleveland Foundation in August 2021 as Program Manager, Neighborhoods and Environment. In her current role, Deepa works on an integrated broad-based approach that knits together the work of built environment, neighborhoods, housing and community development and build capacity for Greater Cleveland’s environmental sector to advance equity.

In her former role she served as the Sustainability Manager at the Mayor's Office of Sustainability in Cleveland, Ohio. She managed and documented the citywide LEED for Cities certification process as one of the 20-city cohort by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2020 and managed the completion of Cleveland’s Clean and Equitable Energy Plan, a roadmap for the city to get to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Additionally, she has served in various leadership roles in community development, education, planning and design consulting.

She holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a Bachelor’s in Architecture (B.Arch) from Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, India. She was part of Harvard's Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership cohort in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Sustainability through Harvard Extension School.

She serves as an appointed member of the USGBC's LEED for Cities and Communities Working Group; co-chair of the UN SDSN Diversity, Equity and Justice for Sustainable Development Working Group; was appointed as the Climate Champion of OH (2021-22) by the APA Sustainable Communities Division; and is a member of the City of Cleveland's Healthy Neighborhoods Committee.


KaRon Waites Jr.

Financial Secretary for UAW Local 1050, Vice President, Ohio APRI

KaRon Waites Jr. as UAW Local 1050. KaRon is the Financial Secretary for UAW Local 1050 and has worked for Alcoa Arconic Howmet since 1994. He first got involved in his union in 2001, when he was elected Chief Steward. Since then he has held numerous positions in his UAW chapter and has volunteered with nearly every event the UAW has organized. KaRon Waites, Jr. is the Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute Ohio Chapter


André Washington

President, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Ohio

André is the 2nd Vice President of the NAACP Ohio Conference. André started his labor career at the University of Michigan Medical Center, AFSCME Local 1583 where he worked for 13 years before being hired as an organizer for AFSCME Council 25 in Detroit, Michigan. He helped organize the Detroit Medical Center hospitals.

 In 2000, André was hired by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees as a Field Representative in the Toledo area where he negotiated for 17 locals. In 2012, André received a promotion to OAPSE Field Representative/Special Projects Coordinator in Columbus, Ohio, representing over 3,100 employees of the Columbus City School District, where his primary focus is on labor arbitration and being the Chief Negotiator. André also attended Wayne State University for the labor study two-year program. André Washington has been a member of many community and labor organizations during his labor career. He is a graduate of the George Meany National Labor College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Studies. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, where he served as a member of the National NAACP Resolutions Committee and currently serves as the NAACP Ohio State Conference Treasurer. André is an active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the League of Women Voters, pride@work, Ohio State Voice Table, the Central Ohio Labor Council, Labor Council for Latino American Advancement, and the Ohio Unity Coalition.

André is the father of two sons Chris and Derick. He attends the Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus. He is passionate about working with minorities and underserved communities, educating, encouraging and empowering people to be their best. His passion and dedication have him involved in many organizations. He currently serves as Midwest Regional Representative and Ohio State President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), overseeing 10 states.