Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Sen was the architect of Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, and many more outlets dropping the i-word, affecting millions of readers every day. Rinku Sen's cutting edge book Stir it Up, read widely by community organizers and taught on campuses across the country, theorized a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other issues. Sen’s second book The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization told the story of Moroccan immigrant Fekkak Mamdouh, who co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York in the aftermath of September 11. Sen received a B.A. in Women's Studies from Brown University and an M.S. in Journalism at Columbia University. A native of India, Rinku grew up in northeastern factory towns, and learned to speak English in a two-room schoolhouse.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14783/attachments/original/1474052406/00_a_Rinku_Sen.png?1474052406
Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice. These include The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Rebuild The Dream, and The Dream Corps (including #YesWeCode, #cut50 and Green For All). Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012). The second book chronicles his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy advisor. Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root's 2014 "The Root 100." He is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14780/attachments/original/1474410715/00_a_Van_Jones.png?1474410715
Nina Rothschild Utne owns and operates Lily Springs Farm, a center for restoration (of land and spirit), education, and celebration. She is also incubating a book, Futurefit: 7 Principles for Navigating Change. In a prior life, she was the co-founder and former CEO of Utne Reader. Nina was also a founding member of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and City of Lakes Waldorf School. She received a BA in English from Harvard University and an MA in Human Development from St. Mary’s. Her PhD was obtained as a mother to three sons plus one stepson.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14779/attachments/original/1474052870/00_a_Nina_Utne.png?1474052870
Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic and Housing Development, Baye Adofo-Wilson is leading the City of Newark’s efforts to redevelop Newark’s neighborhood commercial corridors, expand small business opportunities, build more mixed-income housing and increase access to Newark’s Riverfront. Mr. Adofo-Wilson was a member of the 2013-2014 Loeb Fellows class at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, during which he examined strategies and opportunities for re-imagining and rebuilding low-income communities using sustainability, culture and local living economies as a model to spur economic development and increase local participation. Baye was the New Jersey Director & Senior Fellow of Community Development of the Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest private, non-profit regional planning association, where he worked on policy issues such as housing, economic development, transportation, arts and culture, and the environment. Baye Adofo-Wilson is a graduate of Rutgers-Newark, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14781/attachments/original/1474053300/00_a_Baye.png?1474053300
As Change.org’s Director of External Affairs Noland managed the company’s outreach to strategic communities and influencers, including high profile brands and public figures. His team had a particular focus on companies, organizations and elected officials being petitioned by Change.org users. They promoted and developed our new Change.org for Decision Makers feature, which allows those being petitioned to respond.
Noland came to Change.org as the founding member of the Strategic Communications team, leading the development of the company’s global brand strategy, core identity, and messaging architecture. He spent his first year guiding the company through an extensive process of shifting its brand positioning and clarifying its core identity.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14778/attachments/original/1474053016/00_a_Noland_Chambliss.png?1474053016
Lea Endres is Co-Founder and President of NationBuilder Stories. A writer, educator and human rights advocate, Lea has spent the last two decades developing programs, curricula, and media that engage people in the process of social change. Prior to NationBuilder, Lea served as the Chief of Staff for Green for All – an organization she helped found that is dedicated to building an inclusive green economy. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Isidore Electronics Recycling, a Los Angeles-based social enterprise that is creating green jobs for people exiting California's correctional system.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14782/attachments/original/1474053094/00_a_Lea_Endres_.png?1474053094