Gloria Allred is a founding partner of the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg (AM&G). Her firm handles more women’s rights cases than any other private law firm in the nation and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims. Over the course of her 42-year legal career, Gloria Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women’s rights and rights for minorities. In 2014, Gloria received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Trial Lawyers for her role in combating injustices and winning new rights for women and minorities. She was honored at the 2016 International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference with the 2016 IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award. Ms. Allred is also the author of “Fight Back and Win, My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice—And How You Can Win Your Own Battles”.
Wendy Carrillo was elected to serve in the California State Assembly in December 2017. She represents the 51st Assembly District, home to 500,000 residents in the City of Los Angeles, unincorporated East Los Angeles and includes some of the most historic and iconic communities in the city. Prior to being elected to office, Assemblywoman Carrillo was a broadcast journalist for twelve years covering human rights, global conflict and US politics. Additionally, she worked in communications for the SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, which represents over 350,000 home healthcare workers in California. Assemblywoman Carrillo immigrated to the US as a young child during El Salvador’s civil war and is a first-generation American with Salvadoran and Mexican heritage. She received a BA in Communications from California State University Los Angeles and a Master’s in Journalism and Political Science from the USC.
At age nine, Nalleli Cobo engaged in community activism for the first time. Her journey began when she noticed she was often ill. Her frequent headaches, stomach pains, nosebleeds, and body spasms worsened to asthma and heart palpitations. Soon after, Nalleli learned others in her community were also having similar problems. Nalleli lived in an apartment complex in South LA across from AllenCo’s oil drilling operations. Terrible odors would take over her community every day. After calling regulatory agencies, Nalleli noticed the smells from the oil well only getting worse. Nalleli and her neighbors took action, creating a grassroots campaign called People Not Pozos (People not Wells). Through grassroots organizing, Nalleli uplifted her community’s voice by fighting AllenCo, who has been poisoning her neighborhood for years, and making them temporarily close in 2013. Her community continues to fight to close this oil well permanently.
Nourbese Flint serves as the Policy Director and manager of reproductive justice programs at Black Women for Wellness (BWW). Here, she directs reproductive and environmental health policy,organizese community advocacy and manages reproductive and sexual health programming as well as civic engagement.
Before joining BWW, Nourbese studied women’s health in both Spain and Cuba and journalism in Scotland. Nourbese communication’s background includes serving as Communication Director at the Center of Women’s Health and Human Rights, as well as reporting for KPFK evening news. Nourbese has a Masters of Arts in Women’s Health from Suffolk University, where she specialized in health disparities as it relates to media influence. In addition, Nourbese is a proud alumnus of San Jose State University, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and African American Studies.Nourbese is a founding member of Trust Black Women; a national coalition dedicated to increasing respect and support of Black Women and is the co-chair of girls policy for the California Women’s Agenda.
Patti Giggans has been the executive director of Peace Over Violence since 1985. Peace Over Violence, formerly the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW), is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to intervention, prevention, education and advocacy for victims of abuse and violence. It offers a variety of educational programs and counseling services, and operates an emergency hotline.
Giggans has held leadership positions in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence including president of The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and founding board member of the California Partnership To End Domestic Violence (CPEDV). She helped create violence prevention curricula, co-authored books on teen dating violence and women’s self-defense, and founded the first women’s martial arts school in Southern California in 1978.
Marjorie Gilberg, CEO of NCJW LA, works to steer the agency towards economic justice and equity for women. Most recently, Marjorie was the Executive Director of the House of Blues Music Forward. Marjorie has guided the strategic operations, development, and communications at a number of organizations including serving as the Executive Director of Break the Cycle, a leading national nonprofit committed to preventing dating abuse. Throughout her career, Marjorie has combined her unrelenting passion for social justice with keen business savvy to forge unparalleled partnerships between the nonprofit sector and powerful brands. Marjorie has lobbied to protect the rights of women and youth in numerous states and worked closely with policymakers in DC to increase funding for young victims of violence. She was a founding member of the “No More” campaign – a national partnership between corporate and social sector agencies designed to raise awareness for bystander intervention and accountability.
Katie Hill is the US Representative for California’s 25th Congressional District, serving the Antelope, Simi, and Santa Clarita Valleys. Representative Hill was elected by her colleagues to be the Freshman Co-Representative to Leadership in the 116th Congress and was the first Member-elect to present the Democratic Weekly Address. The daughter of a registered nurse and police officer, she most recently worked as Executive Director of PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), the largest homeless services organization in California. Under her leadership, in just four years PATH helped more than 7,000 chronically homeless individuals, veterans, and families make it off the streets into permanent housing.
Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015. She previously served as a Councilmember for two years. 2009 to 2011, and as Mayor from April 2015 to April 2016. Councilmember Horvath serves as a Global Coordinator for One Billion Rising, a global campaign of the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. She is also an Advocate for A Window Between Worlds, UN Foundation, and CARE. She was first appointed to the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board in 2007, focusing on the issues facing women and families in West Hollywood, and has collaborated with community leaders and organizations in successfully advocating for the full funding of the backlog of untested rape kit evidence in the City and County of Los Angeles. In addition to her service as an elected official, Horvath works as an entertainment advertising executive, and has created award-winning campaigns for movies and television. Horvath graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Laura Jiménez is Executive Director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She has worked with women of color organizations across the country on issues of reproductive justice, including the National Latina Health Organization (Oakland), the Dominican Women’s Development Center (New York) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (Atlanta). Laura is proud to be a California native, but holds dear the time she spent in New York and the South, learning about traditions of resistance from powerful women nationwide. She holds degrees in Ethnic Studies from both UC San Diego and San Francisco State University.
Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. Her mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop. Through singles “Mute,” “City Slums” (featuring Mumbai rapper Divine), “Believe In You,” and her latest “I Did It,” as well as her debut EP, The Come Up (the cover features an image of Kumari with her head draped in both a gold tikka and an American flag), Kumari announces that this is the new face of America. “I want my fans to feel one hundred percent seen and to have a safe space to be themselves,” she says.
Abbe Land is the executive director of Los Angeles County’s Women and Girls Initiative. She is the former Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Prior to joining Trevor, Abbe served as Co‐CEO of The Saban Community Clinic in Los Angeles, a community clinic that provides comprehensive medical care to low income people in the Los Angeles area. Abbe served as an elected Councilmember of the City of West Hollywood, 1986 to 1997, and 2003 to 2015, during which Abbe served as Mayor five times.
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the Assistant President Pro-Tem of Los Angeles City Council. As one of only two women elected out of 18 Los Angeles city offices, she’s the first Latina to ever hold a leadership position on the Council. As the Councilwoman for the sixth district, Councilwoman Martinez is the champion of bringing the basic services of city government to the often-underserved communities she represents. At City Hall, Councilwoman Martinez leads the Council on major initiatives such as fighting human trafficking, empowering women, and reducing the negative impact of those who would pollute our environment. Councilwoman Martinez has dedicated her life to the San Fernando Valley where she was born and raised and was proud to serve her community on the L.A. Unified School Board 2009-2013. The product of public schools and the first in her family to graduate from college, Councilwoman Martinez led the School Board and was devoted to expanding access to quality education for all communities. She is Chair of the Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee, Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee, and a member of the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity, as well as the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committees.
After a decade of quiet independent releases and tireless gigs around her native Los Angeles, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and poet MILCK confidently carried a generational anthem in the form of “Quiet.” Traveling to the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC, MILCK teamed up with 25 female singers—whom she had never met before—and delivered seven a capella flashmob performances of “Quiet” on the streets. A video of the flashmobs was captured by the award-winning director Alma Har’el and quickly went viral after being posted on her Facebook page, drawing over 14 million plays in just two days.
Susan Minato is a 4th generation Japanese American whose family immigrated to the California in 1888. She started her career in worker justice as a labor lawyer for the Utility Workers Union, and later left law to become an organizer. Susan’s work as a union organizer began in 1993 in San Diego and Nevada, where she organized strippers and casino workers. Susan is one of a core group of organizers who worked to rebuild what is now UNITE HERE Local 11. Today the union has grown to represent over 30,000 workers and vastly improve working conditions pay and benefits across the industries it represents. Susan is one of three Co Presidents. Her focus is on training organizers and innovating campaign tactics.
Activist, author and speaker, Zoe Nicholson’s memoir is The Hungry Heart ~ A Women’s Fast for Justice. Zoe newest book is The Engaged Heart. Zoe is the founder of ERA Once and for All, member of the National ERA Roundtable, lifelong member of NOW and president of Pacific Shore NOW, outspoken voice for LGBTQ rights, and featured in the films March On and An American Housewife. Zoe Nicholson has never take her eyes off of her goal; liberation and equality. Collecting experiences in church reform, feminism, civil rights, LGBTQ and Peace Movements, Zoe has funneled it all into a refined understanding of intersectionality.
Margaret Prescod is the host and producer of “Sojourner Truth” a nationally-syndicated drive-time public affairs program on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York City and WPFW in Washington DC, as well as several other stations, where she has interviewed key figures. Margaret was named by the LA Weekly as the best radio personality in Southern California. She is the author of “Black Women Bringing It All Back Home,” published in the UK.
Michaé is a queer, trans, Latinx community connector, artist, and educator born and raised in Los Angeles. She currently works as the Policy Strategist and Organizer at the [email protected] Coalition, where she is working to change the landscape for trans-inclusive legislation statewide and nationally. Navigating this world post-gender, Michaé sees the direct impact of a corrupt social, economic, and political system that hurts those that choose to not live abiding by the norm. They believe it is their responsibility to uplift the real experiences of the trans community, not just what is glamorized. In becoming more fluent in the policy process, she brings information about the system back to her community and works to improve conditions for future generations of black, brown, indigenous, queer, and trans people.
Marwa Rifahie is the Civil Rights Managing Attorney with the CAIR-LA Office. Marwa provides direct legal services to individuals who are victims of discrimination from both the government and private entities. Marwa is experienced in a diverse array of practice areas within the civil rights context including employment, national security, law enforcement practices, and prisoner’s rights. Marwa received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Middle East/South Asia Studies from University of California, Davis and received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.
Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez was elected to the Los Angeles City Council on July 1, 2017, becoming the first woman elected to serve the Seventh District and the third Latina to serve on the City Council. A lifelong resident of the Seventh District, she brings more than twenty years of community, public, private, and nonprofit sector experience earning a reputation as an innovative, results-oriented leader. The daughter of working-class immigrants, she is a graduate of San Fernando High School and Occidental College. Councilwoman Rodriguez represents the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and La Tuna Canyon.
Hilda L. Solis is a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley. She represents the San Gabriel Valley, Northeast and East LA as the Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and USC, Supervisor Solis has served on the Rio Honda Community College Board, in the State Assembly and State Senate, and in the US House of Representatives. Prior to becoming Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis served as the US Secretary of Labor under President Obama, the first Latina to serve in the presidential cabinet.
When Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Aura Vasquez to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners in 2017, she became the youngest Commissioner in the City. As a community organizer, Aura championed local and state immigrant rights with the PICO Network. As a protector of the environment, she spearheaded the ban on single-use plastic bags in Los Angeles. She was a prominent player in the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” Campaign, which secured a commitment by the City of Los Angeles to go coal-free by 2025. By partnering with a diverse coalition of stakeholders, Vasquez was instrumental in the development of the Feed-in Tariffs Program in Los Angeles, the largest rooftop solar program for businesses in the US.
Kristen Visbal was born in Montevideo, Uruguay; daughter of an American Foreign Service diplomat. A bronze sculptor working in both realism and the abstract, Visbal apprenticed in lost wax casting or cire perdue. Visbal’s sculpture has won numerous awards and has been exhibited at the Lincoln Center and the National Arts Club. Visbal has created and installed multiple large-scale nautical public works as well as American historical figure Alexander Hamilton at life and a half. Most well known, Fearless Girl, a sculpture of a young girl, has come to symbolize the call for gender diversity in decision-making. The 50 inch bronze figure, created in celebration of International Women’s Day, was installed in 2017 on Wall Street in New York City and was moved to the New York Stock Exchange where she stands as inspiration and empowerment for women worldwide. Be Fearless!
Hector Villagra is executive director at the ACLU of Southern California, since 2011. Before joining ACLU SoCal, Hector served as regional counsel for the Los Angeles office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and as a staff attorney. He has led numerous civil rights cases involving such issues as educational equity, religious discrimination, immigrants’ rights and voting rights. Hector graduated from Columbia University and Columbia University School of Law. After graduation he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Wilentz, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He currently serves on the board of Just Detention International.
Kait Ziegler is so grateful to participate in activism, art, and community building in this beautiful and challenging city. She is co-founder of Moral Mondays LA, which is a space to bridge mindfulness and activism, and to connect individuals’ passions/capacities to direct action/community work that will create a kinder, sustainable future that we can live in. She’s helping move forward the work of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and serves as one of the co-chairs for California.