Leadership Conference Education Fund Adds to Board
Barack Obama alumna Stephanie Valencia Ramírez, scholar Dr. Dorian T. Warren, and activist James Rucker have joined the Board of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Valencia Ramírez is the co-founder of EquisLabs, an organization that invests in leaders and ideas that will create a more active, powerful Latinx electorate. She recently served as Political Director at InvestingIn.Us and earlier, ran Strategic Partnerships and Outreach at Google. The Boston College graduate served in the Obama White House and on his presidential campaign as an aide to the president at the White House Office of Public Engagement; as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; and as Deputy Latino Vote Director on the 2008 campaign. Before that, Valencia Ramírez worked for several lawmakers on Capitol Hill. She is a co-author of West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers,Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House. Dr. Warren is President of Community Change and Community Change Action, and he is also Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project. Warren has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for more than two decades. He previously taught for more than 10 years at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was Co-Director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy. Warren also worked at MSNBC, where he was a contributor and fill-in host for Melissa Harris-Perry and Now with Alex Wagner, and host and Executive Producer of Nerding Out on MSNBC’s digital platform. He’s the co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy. The University of Illinois graduate holds a Master’s and Ph.D. from Yale University. Rucker is the co-founder of Springboard Partners, a home for launching social change efforts and aligned for-profit startups. The Stanford University graduate is also the co-founder of Color Of Change, an online community of over one million people dedicated to amplifying the political voice of Black America, and is also co-founder of Citizen Engagement Laboratory, a home for people and projects working to shift culture and transform society. Previously, Rucker served as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org. Before working in politics and social change, Rucker worked in various roles in the software industry in Silicon Valley. In addition to The Education Fund, Rucker serves on the boards of Color Of Change, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, and MoveOn.org. The Education Fund also announced Carolyn Osolinik as its new Board Chair. Longtime Board Chair William “Bill” Robinson and Dr. Mary Frances Berry are stepping down. More here.