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
Arlene Holt Baker

Arlene Holt Baker

Former Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

A trade union activist and labor leader, Arlene Holt Baker was the first African American to ever serve as an officer in the AFL-CIO. She was appointed Executive Vice PresidentMoredirectright
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

Co-Founder

Before co-founding Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement, Steve English was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morgan, Lewis & BockiusMoredirectright
Bonifacio (Bonny) Garcia, Esq

Bonifacio (Bonny) Garcia, Esq

Founding Partner, Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez

Bonifacio Bonny Garcia is the managing partner and a founder of Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez. Although he also heads the firm’s Glendale office, Garcia has extensive experienceMoredirectright
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
Bill Lann Lee, Esq. [Board Chair]

Bill Lann Lee, Esq. [Board Chair]

Shareholder, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, PC

Mr. Lee is a 40-year veteran civil rights lawyer. He served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration from December 1997-January 2001. He was Assistant Counsel inMoredirectright
Barrett S. Litt

Barrett S. Litt

Partner, Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt

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
Katherine Peck

Katherine Peck

Senior Vice President of Programs, Gill Foundation

Katherine Peck is currently the senior vice president of programs for the Gill Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing the foundation’s grant making and strategic programs, nationally andMoredirectright
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
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
Tom Unterman

Tom Unterman

Founding Partner of Rustic Canyon Partners

Tom is the Founding Partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, one of Los Angeles’ leading venture capital firms. Before founding Rustic Canyon Partners, he served as Executive Vice President andMoredirectright
Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse began his professional career teaching American, African and African-American History in low income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there JesseMoredirectright