Advancement Project Closing the Opportunity Gap

Members

Joe Alvarez

Partner, Alvarez Porter Group

Joe Alvarez brings a lifetime of experience on the front lines of the labor movement fighting for racial justice, civil rights, peace, workers’ and immigrants’ rights. In 2005, he left his position with labor and became a founding partner of the Alvarez Porter Group, an organization development consulting firm that specializes in work with mission-driven

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Arlene Holt Baker

Former Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

A trade union activist and labor leader, Arlene Holt Baker was the first African American to ever serve as an officer in the AFL-CIO. She was appointed Executive Vice President in 2007 and won re-election in 2009. Originally from Fort Worth, Holt Baker started out as an organizer for American Federation of State, County and

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Harry Belafonte

Belafonte Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Belafonte, internationally acclaimed entertainer and social activist, was a close confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He played a major role in developing Advancement Project’s Urban Peace program, now the Urban Peace Institute.

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Bonifacio Bonny Garcia

Managing Partner, Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP

Bonny Garcia is a founder of Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney, & Bermudez LLP, a law firm with offices in San Diego, Glendale and Oakland representing governmental and corporate clients throughout the State of California. Bonny specializes in negotiations, labor and employment matters and advising governmental entities and their governance teams. Bonny serves as the City Attorney

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Gerry Hudson

Executive Vice President, SEIU

Gerry Hudson came to SEIU in 1978 from the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, N.Y., where he was a member of SEIU Local 144. Elected as executive vice president for the former-District 1199 in 1989, Hudson spent more than a dozen years supervising 1199 New York’s political action, education, publications, and cultural affairs

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Barrett S. Litt

Partner, Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt

Barrett S. Litt is a founding partner of Litt & Stormer, Litt & Marquez, Litt & Associates, and now Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, LLP. A 1969 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Barry began his career as a criminal defense attorney, and worked on the Pentagon Papers and

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Pam Martinez

Founding Member and Co-Director, Padres & Jovenes Unidos

Pam Martinez is a founding member and Co-Director of Padres & Jovenes Unidos. Pam has been involved in organizing for racial justice and equality for working class people over the last forty years. Her passion has been reflected in organizing for democratic unions, supporting the United Farmworkrs, organizing against unjust wars and for the right

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Katherine Peck

Senior Vice President, Civic Participation Action Fund

Katherine Peck is currently the Senior Vice President of the Civic Participation Action Fund. She is formerly the Senior Vice President of programs for the Gill Foundation, where she was responsible for overseeing the foundation’s grant making and strategic programs, nationally and in Colorado, focusing on achieving full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

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Constance L. Rice

Founding Co-Director, Advancement Project

In her legal work, Connie has led multi-racial coalitions of lawyers and clients to win more than $10 billion in damages and policy changes, through traditional class action civil rights cases redressing police misconduct, race and sex discrimination and unfair public policy in transportation, probation and public housing. She filed a landmark case on behalf

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Sheila Thomas

Attorney

Sheila Thomas is a plaintiff’s employment attorney with her own practice in Oakland, California. Ms. Thomas has experience litigating both class and individual gender and race employment discrimination cases. Currently, Ms. Thomas is one of the attorneys litigating Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a nationwide gender discrimination class action against Wal-Mart Stores, and is Class

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Gerald Torres, Esq.

Professor of Law, Cornell University

Mr. Torres is Professor of Law at Cornell University and former Senior Attorney in the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration. He and Professor Lani Guinier of Harvard Law School are the co-authors of the celebrated book Miner’s Canary.

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Tom Unterman

Founding Partner of Rustic Canyon Partners

Tom is the Founding Partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, one of Los Angeles’ leading venture capital firms. Before founding Rustic Canyon Partners, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Times Mirror Company. Prior to joining Times Mirror he was a partner of Morrison & Foerster and, earlier, Orrick, Herrington &

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Jesse Williams

Actor & Activist

A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse began his professional career teaching American, African and African-American History in low income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there Jesse moved to Brooklyn, New York and, after working in Manhattan law firms, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre, under

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Officers

Bill Lann Lee, Esq.

Chair; Senior Counsel, California office of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

Mr. Lee is a 20-year civil rights veteran. He has served as Co-Director of the Los Angeles office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc., and as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration.

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Molly Munger

President; Founding Co-Director, Advancement Project
Molly Munger

Molly Munger is a co-founder and director of the Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. Founded in 1999, Advancement Project engineers large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Molly brings an extensive background of legal expertise to the Advancement Project, including

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Stephen R. English

Secretary & Treasurer; Founding Co-Director, Advancement Project

Before co-founding Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement, Steve English was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for twelve years, helping manage a 20-lawyer litigation department. Together with Co-Directors Connie Rice and Molly Munger, Steve launched a coalition lawsuit, Godinez v. Davis,

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