2018 Fellows

Sandhya Anantharaman, Data Scientist, Color of Change

SanFrancisco_Sandhya_Anantharaman_-_Sandhya_Anantharaman.jpgSandhya Anantharaman is a Co-Director of the Universal Income Project, a California advocacy organization devoted to the expansion of economic security and human dignity through the implementation of a universal basic income. She's focused on building a progressive California coalition in support of universal basic income.

She is the Data Scientist at Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization. Sandhya got her start in politics as a grassroots organizer on the Obama campaign, proceeding to work on Democratic campaigns for Senate, Governor, and Georgia state legislative races. She most recently consulted at ShareProgress, helping national progressive advocacy organizations to improve their analytics and run novel experiments


Toni Autry, Senior Community Development Specialist, Mayor's Office of Housing & Community Development

San_Francisco_Chapter_Toni_Autry_-_Toni_Autry.jpgToni Autry is a San Francisco native, and passionate about helping improve the lives of underserved populations. It is her personal life experience that fuels her passion to work to advance the inequities and disinvestment in her community, Bayview Hunters Point, and communities alike.

Determined to redress the inequities that she witnessed growing up, Toni earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California Davis in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Policy & Planning and Community Groups. Upon graduating college, Toni spent eight years at the San Francisco Housing Authority where she served in various roles. As a Program Manager, she was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Program. Additionally, Toni successfully led the implementation for the HOPE SF initiative - the nation’s first public-private partnership aimed at revitalizing dilapidated public housing which prioritizes existing public housing residents while also investing in high-quality, sustainable housing and broad scale community development. Toni also co-taught the HOPE SF Leadership Academy with Enterprise Community Partners, which is a 15 class course - that seeks to empower and engage residents of HOPE SF sites through increased knowledge of the development process and community building - which received the 2012 National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) - National Award of Merit in Program Innovation.

Moreover, positioning herself for career advancement, Toni returned to school and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from San Francisco State University. Currently, as a Senior Community Development Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development, Toni is overseeing a portfolio of Community Block Development (CBDG), General Fund, and other federal grants totaling $3.8 million dollars which fund organizations serving primarily the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in the areas of eviction prevention, place based housing services, access to housing, homeless services and foundational competencies. She also oversees and manages the policy implementation for HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and leads a collaborative effort with the San Francisco Housing Authority, HOPE SF, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure to create accessible pathways to homeownership for participants of federally funded housing programs using existing resources and the below-market-rate housing pipeline.

In her spare time, Toni loves spending time with her family and friends and is a faithful SF 49ers and Warriors fan!


Whit Bastian, Access Systems Administrator, University of San Francisco

SanFrancisco_Whit_Bastian_-_Whit_Bastian.jpgWhit came to San Francisco in 2011, from central Arizona, to study International Development Economics at the University of San Francisco (USF). Whit currently works at USF, as the Access Systems Administrator – in the University’s Public Safety Department. In this role, Whit is able to support the USF Community by providing technical solutions for concerns regarding physical safety.

Young, lost, and a deeply-closeted trans* person, Whit sought community and purpose while growing up in Arizona. Fortunately, he became connected with a LGBTQ+ youth organization, One-n-Ten, where he began to build amazing relationships, learn how to be an effective activist, and develop an appreciation for the complexity of identity. Later, during his undergraduate years at Arizona State University (ASU), Whit worked as an AmeriCorps Summer VISTA and as a research intern for a local labor organization. These experiences helped Whit apply what he was learning at ASU, in areas of economics and urban development, to real-world situations. These applications also helped develop Whit’s critical-thinking skills, especially in analyzing the differences (and usefulness) of theoretical concepts and the real-world impact of policy.

These experiences contributed to anchoring Whit’s core values of compassion and integrity. Because of these values, Whit has become very passionate about harm reduction, and volunteers with Syringe Access Services (part of the SF AIDS Foundation).


Rebecca Blanck-Weiss, Fort Funston and Oceana Nurseries Interim Manager, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

SanFrancisco_Rebecca_Blanck-Weiss_-_rebecca_Blanck-Weiss.JPGRebecca Blanck-Weiss grew up in the East Bay. Inspired by her childhood experiences volunteering with her synagogue, Rebecca developed a drive to give back and help the greater community. After earning a degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Pitzer College, Rebecca began her career growing organic vegetable starts in a Richmond nursery. With more schooling, Rebecca combined her passions for design and the environment to become a landscape architect.

Despite encouraging sustainable design, the years of helping families with disposable income beautify their yards left Rebecca wanting to have a larger impact. So, she returned to her community-minded roots to grow native plants for our national parks. Working with volunteers from local neighborhoods, Rebecca currently manages a habitat restoration nursery with the goal of protecting our natural areas and connecting people to our public lands. In addition to restoring the vibrant local plant communities, Rebecca also partners with a high school in San Mateo County to make sure the next generation has full access and investment in public lands. This career change has ignited her passion for continuing efforts for inclusivity in the parks and to bringing more awareness to the role of parklands in mitigating the effects of global warming.


Alexandria Butler, Program Management, Airbnb

SanFranciscoLexi_Business_Headshots-6661_-_Lexi_B.jpgAlexandria Noel Butler, affectionately known as Lexi B, wears many hats including entrepreneur, speaker, editor, and writer. Raised in St. Louis, MO, she graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with majors in Communication and Spanish.

After informally documenting her escapades as a young professional, Lexi B founded Grown Up Truth to discuss the professional and personal experiences of millennials. With statistics that include 10,000+ subscribers and 12,000+ monthly hits, Grown Up Truth has become a destination for candid conversations and opinions about navigating adulthood. Lexi’s writing audience spans multiple platforms such as Levo League, For Women to Women, and Rebel Magazine.

In March 2016, Lexi B joined Airbnb as a project manager, working on cross functional initiatives in finance, compliance and legal. When she is not project managing, she spends her time speaking in panels, leading workshops and participating in keynote speaking engagements about a variety of topics including diversity, career progression and professional development.

In April 2017, Lexi B founded the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech group to connect Black women with their tech peers around the world. With over 1200 members, the group has become a strategic partner with many underrepresented business and online campaigns to bring awareness to diversity and women empowerment. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her puppy, Duke.


Sameea Butt, Program Coordinator, Genesys Works

SanFrancisco_Sameea_Butt_-_Genesys_Works_Bay_Area.jpgSameea is passionate about education, counseling, and helping those in need. She worked as an Adviser with EducationUSA (a U.S. State Department program run in over 170 countries) in Islamabad, Pakistan where she planned and implemented programs to help students, counselors and parents navigate U.S. higher education. Her programs eventually found a focus in developing communication and thinking skills among high school students, especially young women.

Another focal point of her work involves a program she personally developed while an undergraduate. She designed and taught an active citizenship class to high school students for five years in Islamabad, Pakistan. Initially sponsored by the Davis Foundation’s Projects for Peace grant, the class aimed to hone the critical thinking, discussion and civic skills necessary to be thoughtful and engaged citizens. Students would split their time between reading about and discussing political and social issues, and developing SMART action plans to solve a problem in their community. For instance, one class worked on fair treatment of religious minorities in public schools, and petitioned the Federal Directorate of Education to institute a mandatory religious sensitivity training for all public school teachers in Islamabad.

Sameea graduated from Columbia University in 2013, with a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. She currently works as a Program Coordinator for Genesys Works, a non-profit that works to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experience, and impactful relationships.


Ellie Dehghan, Senior Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Clinics & Immigration Response - Northern California OneJustice

SanFrancisco_Ellie_Dehghan_-_Ellie_Dehghan.jpgEllie Dehghan is an advocate for social justice who challenges systems of inequity as a lawyer, advocate, and (sometimes) writer. The daughter of Mexican and Iranian immigrants, she has called the Bay Area home since her family fled the Iran-Iraq war in the 80s. The weight of the privilege of her story, and its consequential opportunities, drive her continued dedication to creating a more equitable community and world. Ellie is compelled to act by the urgency of today and its direct call on both her personal and professional backgrounds.

Ellie currently serves as the Senior Staff Attorney for Northern California Pro Bono Clinics and Immigration Response at OneJustice, where she focuses on harnessing the power and privilege of the private sector to help bridge the access to justice gap in rural and isolated communities.

Prior to joining OneJustice, she expanded Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice project to San Mateo County, serving youth at risk of homelessness as their holistic civil legal aid attorney. While at BayLegal, Ellie helped launch its Racial Justice Committee, spearheading equity and inclusion efforts not only in external client advocacy, but in internal organizational practices as well. She also served the community of South LA through the Medical Legal Community Partnership of Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles. Before joining legal aid, Ellie spent two years as a litigation associate at Bryan Cave LLP. She received her bachelor's degree in political science with honors from UC Berkeley, and her JD from Stanford Law School. In her free time, Ellie enjoys exploring California's outdoors and writing creative nonfiction.


Rory Gerberg, Consultant, Strategist, and Trainer, ReadySet

SanFrancisco_Rory_Gerberg_-_Rory_Gerberg.jpgFostering communities where everyone is seen, respected, valued, and leveraged is at the heart of Rory Gerberg’s work. Rory tackles issues of bias, sexual harassment, and diversity and inclusion in organizations. She works as a consultant, trainer, and strategic advisor with clients ranging from small startups and non-profits to large tech companies. With a master in Public Policy from Harvard University, Rory is energized by bringing empirical data and insights from behavioral economics and neuroscience to develop new solutions to old problems.

Rory has worked to tackle sexual harassment and assault in companies, higher education, government policy, and internationally. Currently, she consults on workplace sexual harassment policies and procedures, designs and facilitates prevention training, and advises employers and employees on preventing and responding to incidents when they do occur.

As an Adrienne Hall Fellow at Harvard, Rory developed an interactive training module on sexual harassment and assault. She submitted written comments on prevention policies and programs to a White House Task Force and to the U.S. Department of Education. She published Op-Eds in the Boston Globe and Harvard Kennedy School Review, and was featured in the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Her demonstrated impact was recognized with Harvard’s Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Women’s Advancement.

Rory’s previous experience includes the U.S. Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division); California Attorney General; U.S. Department of State; and International Center for Transitional Justice. In a previous life, she worked in Peru, Colombia, and Guatemala on inclusive policies and programs for communities rebuilding after armed conflict. Originally from New York, Rory moonlights as a salsa dancer, speaks fluent Spanish, and looks forward to her next multi-day backpacking trek.


Ty Lim, Privacy Program Manager, Adobe Systems Inc.

SanFrancisco_Ty_Lim_-_Ty_Lim.jpgTy Lim is the co-founder and current President of GAPA Foundation, a grassroots philanthropic organization that provides funds and leverages resources to empower the Asian & Pacific Islander LGBTQ community. He is a 1.5 generation queer Chinese and Cambodian American who came to the US as a refugee following the Khmer Rouge genocide and has spent much of his life working to empower and support not only the communities to which he belongs, but all marginalized communities. Through his leadership, the all volunteer organization has been critical in providing core funding in the form of scholarships to queer scholar activists and grants to projects supporting trans justice, leadership development, queer arts, and more. In addition to his work in the queer community with GAPA Foundation, Ty is also a Program Leader with the Roots: Him Mark Lai Family History Project, where he helps Chinese Americans conduct genealogical research to discover their ancestral roots in China and subsequently leads them back to visit their ancestral villages in China in the summer.

Professionally, Ty is currently a Program Manager at Adobe, overseeing the global privacy program. Prior to joining Adobe, Ty spent over 10 years managing and scaling global teams at Google and Facebook working on legal compliance and intellectual property, respectively. In the workplace, he has been active in both the queer and Asian & Pacific Islander employee resource groups, specifically focusing on diversity and inclusion, cultural education, professional development, and mentorship. Ty graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and Asian American Studies. He is a former recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, George Choy Memorial Scholarship, University of California LGBTI Scholarship, and an API Pride Scholar.


Liza Lopez, Software Engineer, doc.ai

SanFrancisco_Liza_Lopez_-_Liza_Lopez.JPGLiza is a software engineer with a passion for projects that use technology to drive social change – especially within education and political engagement – that began after moving halfway across the country to volunteer on voter outreach around the 2008 presidential campaign.

A graduate of Yale University, Liza initially taught English as a foreign language in Asia before working in New York for a leading civic-engagement nonprofit where she supported one of the largest voter-mobilization campaigns in the run-up to the 2012 Presidential Elections. Watching the growing impact that technology was having in scaling and implementing all types of mission-driven work, she moved to the Bay area in 2015 to complete her training as a developer. She currently works for doc.ai, an AI medical platform based in Palo Alto. She also volunteers for Project 100 Women to build a digital platform giving users the means to find and support women running for Congress. Having grown-up in El Paso, Liza is still coming to terms with San Francisco’s constant clouds, but has embraced every other part of the city’s lifestyle.


Daniel Osborn, Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General’s Office

SanFrancisco_Daniel_Osborn_-_Daniel_Osborn.pngDaniel Osborn is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice, where he is responsible for enforcing California’s consumer protection laws. Daniel regulates a broad array of industries, and focuses specifically on businesses that prey on vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Daniel was a Law Clerk at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where he worked on homicide cases, criminal appeals, and economic crimes. While a law student at Berkeley, Daniel worked in the law school’s Consumer Justice Clinic to defend low-income clients from intimidating and often illegal debt collection practices. Daniel was also Co-Director of Berkeley Law’s Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Daniel worked on a number of political campaigns and served as an executive staffer in the Office of then-California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Throughout Daniel’s career working in politics and in law, Daniel has always been driven by a passion for economic justice and a strong sense of fundamental fairness. In his spare time, Daniel spends way too much time in movie theaters and reading history.


Molly Peterson, Senior Operations Analyst, City and County of San Francisco, Office of the Assessor-Recorder

San_Francisco_Molly_Peterson_-_Molly_Peterson.jpgMolly Peterson is a Bay Area native and local government professional. After growing up in the East Bay, she attended the University of California, Berkeley where she studied political science and public policy. Molly became politically active in college, completing internships at EMILY’s List in Washington, D.C. and later for President Obama’s reelection campaign. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2013, she started her career in government at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department as a City Hall Fellow, completing a one-year program designed to bring young college graduates into government to improve the City’s efficiency. In that role, Molly worked on preparing the city’s recreation and parks facilities for emergencies and designing safety policies for staff. She now works as a Senior Operations Analyst with the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder’s Office, working on data, performance, and process improvement projects to improve the City’s property tax operations.

Outside of work, Molly has served on the board of City Hall Fellows, where she supported organizational operations to deliver weekly programming for the fellowship cohort. She is currently part of Leadership San Francisco, a program dedicated to building community trusteeship in San Francisco.

In her spare time, Molly enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and playing volleyball. She is always reading and attending lectures on the topics she is most passionate about, including feminism, social justice, and politics.


Ravi Rajendra, Associate Attorney, Altshuler Berzon LLP

SanFrancisco_Ravi_Rajendra_-_Ravi_Rajendra.jpgRaphael (Ravi) Rajendra came to the Bay Area in 2015 with his wife and son to find beauty and adventure and to continue his economic-justice work. He currently practices labor and employment law at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco, where he represents and counsels labor unions and low-wage workers in litigation and arbitration and on a variety of legislative and policy matters.

Ravi grew up in New York. He studied South Asian history and American labor history at Columbia University, where he was also on the managing board of the Columbia Daily Spectator. Ravi earned his law degree at New York University, where he was an articles selection editor for the New York Review of Law & Social Change. After law school he practiced environmental law for a year and then served as a law clerk to Judge Janet Bond Arterton of the U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut. He has also previously worked at a union-side law firm in Washington, DC and with the ACLU and the Brennan Center for Justice, an advocacy and litigation organization pursuing progressive solutions to a variety of issues affecting our democracy. Ravi and his family live in Berkeley. He enjoys reading literature and politics, cooking, chasing his toddler son around, and slowly learning Kannada, which his father grew up speaking in South India.


Michael Redding, Deputy District Attorney, San Mateo County District Attorney

San_Francisco_Michael_Redding_-_Michael_Redding.jpgMichael Redding was born and raised in San Jose and currently serves as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Mateo. While majoring in Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, he helped found a campus organization dedicated to educating men about toxic masculinity, sexual assault, and domestic violence, as well as an after-school leadership program for students at several South Bend, IN middle schools.

In 2008 he moved to Washington, D.C. and began working for then-U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel. After the election of President Barack Obama, Michael was hired as a political appointee in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. He attended Harvard Law School between 2010 and 2013 and, in addition to focusing academically on criminal law and policy, was active in Harvard Defenders, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Harvard Law and Policy Review (the journal for the American Constitution Society). In his final year of law school he was elected to serve as President of Harvard Defenders, an organization of approximately 120 law students providing free representation in criminal cases in the Greater Boston Area.

As a Deputy District Attorney, Michael currently works in the Domestic Violence Unit. He coaches the mock trial team at South San Francisco High School (with NLC-SF ’17 Alumnus Jamal Anderson) and regularly teaches classes in criminal law at the San Mateo County Explorers and Citizens Academies. Michael is extremely passionate about institutional design and criminal justice reform. He likes to read books and really likes to spend time with his wife.


Atira Richards, Product Manager, /dev/color

SanFrancisco_Atira_Richards_-_Atira_Richards.jpgAtira Richards works in the intersection of nonprofit and technology as a product manager at /dev/color, an organization that empowers Black software engineers to help one another grow into industry leaders. In her role, Atira is in charge of building out /dev/color’s core programs to enable members to fulfill the promise of their talents, transform the tech industry, and have the opportunity to use their resulting skills and position to give back to their communities. Before working in the diversity and inclusion space, Atira worked at Pinterest fighting spam for over three years in a mostly quantitatively-driven role and leading the team’s help organization to make Pinterest a safe and trustworthy place for its users.

Atira is excited to participate in the NLC Institute and become equipped with the tools she needs to expand her impact on communities she cares about beyond tech and build structures and frameworks that empower others to pursue work that changes the world they live in. In her free time, you can find Atira taking selfies for her blog on personal style, exploring the local art and music scene in the Bay Area and beyond, and frequenting her local boxing gym to de-stress and stay fit.


Raymond Rollan, Deputy City Attorney, Hayward City Attorney's Office

NLCSF_Raymond_Rollan_-_Raymond_Rollan.jpgRaymond R. Rollan currently serves as a Deputy City Attorney with the Hayward City Attorney’s Office, where he litigates civil rights and personal injury cases, provides legal advice to various City departments, and counsels on the City’s Public Records Act, rent control, and affordability programs.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Raymond witnessed the impacts of severe economic disparity and developed a passion for social justice at an early age. His family immigrated to the Bay Area in 2002.

Raymond earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. In 2015, he graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. While at USF, Raymond served as Vice-President of the Student Bar Association and as Co-President of the Pilipino American Law Society.

During law school Raymond completed internships with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, with the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, with Judge Kandis Westmore at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and with Justice James A. Richman of the California Court of Appeal. These experiences fueled Raymond’s interest in pursuing public interest law.

In addition to his current work in the area of public/municipal law, Raymond is active the Bay Area legal community. Raymond currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and the USF Law Public Interest Law Foundation. He is also an active member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court, a mentorship based organization that outreaches to high school students interested in the law, and of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), one of the largest LGBTQ lawyer organizations in the country. Through these organizations, Raymond has participated in legal clinics providing naturalization assistance and gender/name changes for transgender individuals.

As a Filipino immigrant, first-generation college graduate, and a public law practitioner, Raymond is particularly interested in the intersections of law, immigration, education, housing, and LGBTQ rights.

In his spare time, Raymond enjoys experiencing new cultures, traveling, watching musicals, spending time with family and friends, and playing volleyball. Raymond has also danced with various hip-hop dance companies located in San Francisco, San Diego, and New Jersey.


Neha Sharma, Senior Account Manager, Building Robotics dba Comfy

SanFrancisco_Neha_Sharma_-_Neha_Sharma.pngNeha is a Los Angeles native who spent three years in the environmental non-profit world, before moving on to study Environmental Economics & Policy at UC Berkeley. While building her non-profit experience at Sustainable Works, she scaled up the internship program, identified new fundraising channels, and collaborated with the Board of Directors to make key initiatives more sustainable. She also established and launched the organization’s first revenue-based Membership Program. In her spare time, she conducted sustainability report-outs for conferences in Los Angeles.

While at school, she continued to devote herself to environmental and energy issues through leadership in consulting clubs, internships, and contract work. After graduating, she continued to take a people-centric approach to mitigating energy use, but in the for-profit sector. She joined Building Robotics (known as Comfy) in 2014 and has helped secure large-scale partnerships that have allowed the team to grow from 6 to 60 during her tenure. At Comfy, Neha maintains external relationships, while specializing in enterprise accounts, international accounts, and partnerships, which regularly takes her from San Francisco to Singapore, and more.

She is passionate about technology for good, female empowerment, health awareness, and human rights - especially when combined in new ways. In 2015, her team won the Most Likely to Go-To-Market Award in a Hardware Hackathon for their project called LadyTemp, a wearable, internet-enabled female health tracking system that could aid in the detection of anomalies indicative of ovarian cysts, cancer, or other health risks. The goal of empowering women with information about how the environment affects their bodies speaks to the intersection of her passions.

When she’s not improving our approach to energy use or brainstorming new health access tools, Neha enjoys wandering in nature and experimenting in the kitchen.


Jennifer Sta.Ana, Associate Attorney, Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP

SanFranciscoIMG_3075_-_Jennifer_StaAna.jpgJennifer L. Sta.Ana is an Associate Attorney at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, where she brings to bear her passion for social justice by advocating for workers’ rights.

Jennifer graduated from USF School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the USF Law Review and was an Advocate of the Year finalist. In 2015, Jennifer externed for the Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the Supreme Court of California. After being admitted to the California Bar, Jennifer worked as a Bay Area Legal Incubator Attorney at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC), helping low-wage Filipino workers with their labor trafficking and wage theft claims. Jennifer’s past legal experience also include protecting workers as a clerk at the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, working in immigration law as a clerk at the Asian Law Alliance, and working on issues of international human rights at the Ateneo Human Rights Center in the Philippines.

Subsequent to receiving her B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UCLA, Jennifer worked at the intersection of science and policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. Disillusioned by the unidirectional production of ideas for “progress” emanating from Washington, she completed a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and pursued a Ph.D. at Northwestern University (which she did not complete), studying the neo-colonial effects of international development standards onto the Philippines. Jennifer crafted her graduate work through the interdisciplinary lens of post-colonial theory, ethnic studies, gender studies, and religious studies. However, she left academia and pursued law to directly help workers disenfranchised by a political economy that caters to the dictates of the powerful.


Kelly Walsh, Business Development Analyst, Fenwick & West

San_Francisco_Kelly_Walsh_-_Kelly_Walsh.jpgKelly Walsh is a Business Development Analyst at a top-tier international law firm, where she focuses on strategic business planning and execution for the international and intellectual property practice groups. Kelly also serves as the Director of Marketing and Government Relations for the Center for Immigrant Protection (CIP), a non-profit that provides comprehensive pro-bono legal services to immigrants seeking protection in the United States. Through CIP, Kelly has been focused on the LGBT Asylum Project, which helps vulnerable LGBTQ immigrants feeling persecution abroad to gain asylum in the United States.

In addition to these roles, Kelly is a tireless advocate for gender and sexuality equality, particularly around issues impacting low-income mothers. As a young single parent herself, Kelly has overcome numerous obstacles, including having access to high quality and affordable childcare. Understanding the huge financial strain that childcare can place on low-income families and particularly mothers, Kelly works to support policies that dismantle the roadblocks to social and economic empowerment for low-income families and single mothers.

Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont, where she studied political science and global studies. During college, she was involved in number of organizations focused on promoting social and economic justice.


Luis Zamora, Facilities Supervisor, Morgan Lewis

San_Francisco_Luis_Zamora_-_Luis_Zamora.pngLuis A. Zamora (he/him/his) is the current Chief of Staff and former Northern California Regional Director for the California Young Democrats LGBTQ Caucus. A native of Orange, California, Luis has resided in the Bay Area for the past 5 years. A graduate of Santiago Canyon Community College, Luis was the first in his family to earn a college degree while working full-time.

Most recently, Luis became a 2017 Victory Institute Alumni, the nation’s only organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government. Also, in early 2017, Luis was appointed to the Board of Directors of Spectra Project, a San Francisco based non-profit that focuses on assistance to LGBTQ refugees in the Middle East and North African Regions. He is also a current member of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party, the CYD Latino Caucus, and the San Francisco Young Democrats.

During the day, Luis works at the global law offices of Morgan Lewis as the San Francisco office Facility Supervisor. Luis is also a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) where he holds the title of Treasurer for the San Francisco Chapter.

In his spare time, Luis enjoys time with his friends, social events, and spending time with his boyfriend, dog watching and engaging in vigorous debates.