Our Board

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dorian warren

Dorian T. Warren is President of the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA) and Vice-President of the Center for Community Change (CCC). He is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project. 

A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Warren has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for over two decades. He previously taught for over a decade 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, 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 currently serves on several boards including Working Partnerships USA, the Workers Lab, the National Employment Law Project, Capital & Main and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. As a commentator on public affairs, Warren has appeared regularly on television and radio including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, & NY1, among other outlets. He has also written for The Nation, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Washington Post, New York Times, Medium, Ebony, and Boston Review.

Warren is co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Race and American Political Development (Routledge). In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today. After growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Twitter: @dorianwarren


Jamira Burley

Jamira Burley is a White House Champion of Change and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree. For over a decade she’s worked as a strategist for both private and public entities, creating solutions at intersection of youth, policy and social good. Her expertise, has enabled her to develop and implementing community engagement strategies on issues like global education, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention and workforce development. Currently, Jamira is the Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education, helping to ensure a collaborative relationship between youth and business leaders; to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world. Prior to joining the Global Business Coalition for Education, Jamira was the National Deputy Millennial Vote Director at Hillary for America. 

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Anthony Smith

Anthony D. Smith – Executive Director, Cities United - a national mayor lead initiative focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African American men and boys.  Before joining Cities United, Anthony led the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods for Mayor Fischer and the city of Louisville.  Anthony is committed to creating positive outcomes for all youth, with a focus on young black men and boys.  Throughout his professional career, Anthony has made it a priority to cultivate up and coming leaders.

Currently serving on the board for Million Hoodies Movement for Justices and community leadership council for Community Justice Action Fund. Anthony was born and raised in Louisville, KY – earned his BA from Northern Kentucky University.  He is married to Devonya and has three boys – Kendrick, Haig and Chase.


Nick rathod

Nick Rathod is the founder and Executive Director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX). In 2014, Nick successfully worked with staff and partners to merge several organizations together to form SiX, including Progressive States Network, Center on State Innovation, and the American Legislative Issues and Campaign Exchange (ALICE). Prior to SiX, Nick served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama-Biden Transition Team. In these roles, Nick served as President Obama’s liaison to states and U.S. territories. Nick also worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren to help with the building and establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), serving as the Bureau’s Assistant Director, in charge of Intergovernmental and International Affairs.

Nick has also served as a Senior Advisor to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senior Manager of State and Regional Affairs at the Center for American Progress, and Director of State Campaigns for Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. A lawyer by training, Nick has also worked as a civil rights attorney and community organizer, with a focus on language access, housing discrimination, and immigrant rights issues. He is a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering the South Asian community. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_rathod.


Elle hearns

Elle Hearns is a organizer, speaker, strategist, and writer. She is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter network (formerly affiliated) an organization formed with multiple local chapters as a political project in the wake of the murder of Michael Brown Jr. Currently, Elle currently is the founding Executive Director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute an organization dedicated to protecting and defending the human rights of transgender and gender non conforming people in the US. Elle’s work has been featured and published by The CUNY Law Review and Ebony magazine. Her work has been honored by Essence Magazine, and she was named one of the 100 Most influential African American's of 2017 by The Root.


Pete Haviland-Eduah

Pete Haviland-Eduah is a public policy professional and graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY,  Pete has served as a spokesperson for and member of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice since 2014. 

Pete has been featured in the New York TimesWashington PostUSA Todaythe Hillthe Nation, and NBC News. He’s participated as a panelist and invited keynote public speaker at colleges and universities in the U.S. and was a co-creator of the 2015 short documentary film, Walking the Line of Blackness.