Board of Directors

Joe Alvarez

Joe Alvarez

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, heMoredirectright
Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

Mr. Belafonte, internationally acclaimed entertainer and social activist, was a close confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He plays a major role in Advancement Project's Urban Peace Project. Moredirectright
Stephen R. English, Esq

Stephen R. English, Esq

Stephen English was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for twelve years, helping to manage a 20-lawyer litigation department. A committed advocate for legalMoredirectright
Penda D. Hair, Esq.

Penda D. Hair, Esq.

Co-Director

A staunch civil-rights advocate, Penda Hair co-founded Advancement Project in 1999 as an innovative racial justice organization that would help eradicate structural inequities that threaten the democratic process and work alongsideMoredirectright
Gerry Hudson

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 presidentMoredirectright
Bruce Iwasaki

Bruce Iwasaki

Partner, Lim, Ruger & Kim

Bruce Iwasaki is a senior partner in the litigation group, where he specializes in commercial and tort litigation. Prior to joining Lim Ruger, Mr. Iwasaki handled complex business litigation atMoredirectright
Bill Lann Lee, Esq.

Bill Lann Lee, Esq.

Partner, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson

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 AssistantMoredirectright
Barrett S. Litt

Barrett S. Litt

Partner, Litt, Estuar, Harrison & Kitson, 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 ChicagoMoredirectright
Pam Martinez

Pam Martinez

Founding member and Co-Director of 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 theMoredirectright
Molly Munger, Esq.

Molly Munger, Esq.

Molly Munger brings an extensive background of legal expertise to Advancement Project, including twenty years as a federal prosecutor and business litigator. Before becoming a staff attorney with the LosMoredirectright
Connie Rice, Esq.

Connie Rice, Esq.

Connie Rice is renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion. For example, she has teamed up with conservatives on education issues and the Los AngelesMoredirectright
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Bonifacio (Bonny) Garcia, Esq

Founding Partner, Garcia Calderõn Ruìz, LLP

Mr. Garcia is an attorney specializing in labor and education law and in the negotiation and litigation of complex matters. Moredirectright
Sheila Thomas

Sheila Thomas

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.Moredirectright
Gerald Torres, Esq.

Gerald Torres, Esq.

Mr. Torres is Professor of Law at the University of Texas and former Senior Attorney in the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration. He and Professor Lani Guinier of HarvardMoredirectright
Jack Walker

Jack Walker

Zeughauser Group

Jack Walker joined Zeughauser Group to counsel law firm leaders on strategic planning and growth initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, and to advise them about management and leadership best practices. Moredirectright