Next Generation Leadership Alumni Network

NGL Fellows

Cohort 4, 2001

David Arizmendi
Executive Director
Proyecto Azteca
San Juan, Texas

David Arizmendi is Executive Director of Proyecto Azteca, a nationally known community housing development corporation that operates a unique self-help housing program in Hidalgo County, Texas on the Texas-Mexico border. Through Proyecto Azteca, extremely low-income colonia families gain the opportunity to build their own homes. David is also the CEO and President of the Azteca Community Loan Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution that serves the financial needs of colonia residents, providing interest-free mortgage loans to extremely low-income families. He is currently engaged in the research and development of a $10,000 house kit.

David has been involved in community organizing / development for the past 20 years. David is also the Executive Director of Iniciativa Frontera; a local organizing project in the Rio Grande Valley designed to assist rural communities and their organizations to address adverse living conditions. From 1990-1994, he was the Regional Director for the American Federation of Teachers, the Executive Director of the National Farm Worker Service Center from 1989-1990, the Regional Manager of the Labor Research Group, Inc. from 1985-1989 and the Regional Director of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board from 1980-1984. David was featured recently in The Forgotten Americans, the Hector Galan documentary about the Texas colonias broadcast by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

David has a bachelor's degree in economics with a minor in sociology as well as a master's degree in sociology from the University of Texas Pan American.


Diana MTK Autin
Executive Director
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
Newark, New Jersey

Diana MTK Autin is the Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey (SPAN). For the past 7 ½ years, she has managed SPAN's 15 projects and 50 staff who provide information, training, technical assistance, support, leadership development, and public policy advocacy for families on education, health, and human services issues affecting their children, birth to 21.

Over the last 25 years, Diana has worked for a democratic labor union, a welfare rights organization, an "open information and open government" group, the equal employment contract compliance office of New York City, and Advocates for Children of New York. She has written numerous articles, legal and organizing manuals, and public policy reports, including Segregated and Second-Rate: "Special" Education in New York City, and A Grassroots Guide to Public Policy Advocacy (2002). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 2002 Distinguished Service Award (NJ Speech-Language-Hearing Association); NJ Department of Health Al Harrison Public Health Award (1999); Advocacy Institute Senior Leadership Fellow (1994); Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard University (1993); NYS Advocate of the Year (1993); and Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City at Columbia University (1987). She is a frequent public speaker on education, health, parent empowerment, and public policy advocacy.

Diana received a B.A. in History and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. Diana is a Cajun from Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana, with Sioux and Houma heritage; she has lived in 10 states and currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey. She is married with four adopted children ranging in age from 10-26, whose multi-racial backgrounds include African-American, Puerto Rican, and Filipina.


Deirdre Lynn Bailey (DECEASED)
Senior Manager
Keystone Mercy Health Plan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deirdre Lynn Bailey is a Senior Manager in Government Affairs at Keystone Mercy Health Plan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to her work at Keystone Mercy, Deirdre served as a Policy Analyst for State Representative Dwight Evans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work focused primarily on urban education and economic development issues. She is also a certified lawyer in Pennsylvania. Deirdre is a contributor to the National Urban League's State of Black America 2001. Her essay entitled "School Choice: Option of Success," focuses on the creation of educational options in the black community.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Deirdre served as Staff Manager for Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) in Connecticut. LEAP is a statewide youth service program that provides year-round academic and social mentoring to over 1,000 7-14 year old children in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London and Waterbury, Connecticut.

Deirdre was born and raised in New Haven. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.


Gwenn A. Baldwin
Innovation Partnership
Portland, Oregon

Gwenn A. Baldwin is a principal with Innovation Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to solving persistent civic problems that have resisted traditional solutions. IP is a "think-and-do tank" that brings together diverse groups of people who don't typically work together to develop solutions that are sustainable into the future.

Gwenn was previously Executive Director of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the world's largest gay and lesbian organization. Gwenn served as Secretary of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Centers (NALGBTCC). Gwenn has also worked in nonprofit management, communications, public policy and fund-raising in the public and private sectors. She was Senior Associate at a consulting firm from 1994 - 1999, Assistant to Governor Barbara Roberts for Communications from 1991 - 1994, and worked for Congressman Ron Wyden from 1985-1991 in a variety of capacities.

Gwenn received her B.A. in Government & Legal Studies and Psychology from Bowdoin College. She and her partner, Diane Goodwin, reside in Portland with three dogs and a cat.


Andrea G. Black
Policy Advocate
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
Florence, Arizona

Andrea Black is the Executive Director of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, Arizona, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to individuals detained by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Arizona. A recipient of a Soros Justice Fellowship, Andrea works to educate the public, media and administrative policy makers about the injustice of immigration incarceration and to advocate for positive detention reform.

Upon joining the Florence Project in 1996, Andrea developed and implemented an innovative legal service delivery program for immigrants detained in an INS facility in Eloy, Arizona. The model integrates video and written materials with individual and group workshops to assist individuals through each step of their court process. The Eloy Pro Se Model was awarded the 2001 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. In addition, Andrea produced a bilingual hour-long "know-your-rights" video and secured agreement from the INS to distribute it to detention centers nationwide.

Prior to law school, Andrea was with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong where she managed the Family Reunification program for Vietnamese refugees.

Andrea received a B.A. in history from Harvard-Radcliffe University and a J.D. degree from New York University Law School.


JoAnn K. Chase
Executive Director
National Network of Grantmakers
Washington, D.C.

JoAnn Chase was recently selected as the Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers (NNG), an organization of individuals involved in funding social and economic justice. NNG values individuals, projects and organizations working for systemic change in the U.S. and abroad, in order to create an equitable distribution of wealth, power and mutual respect for all people.

Prior to her appointment to NNG, JoAnn served for seven years as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest National Indian organization devoted to promoting and protecting the rights of American Indian and Alaska Native's tribal governments and their citizens. During her tenure with NCAI, the organization's membership and budget tripled, and NCAI enjoyed an unprecedented visibility and viability as the nation's premier advocacy organization for native peoples.

JoAnn, a Mandan, Akirara and Hidatsa Indian, was born and raised in the village of Twinn Buttes on the Fort Bethold reservation in North Dakota. She received her B.A. in Film Theory and Criticism from Boston University and her J.D. from the University of New Mexico.


Raymond A. Colmenar
Senior Associate
Oakland, California

Raymond Colmenar is a Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a national nonprofit research, communications, capacity building and advocacy organization, dedicated to advancing policies to achieve economic and social equity based on the wisdom, voice and experience of local constituencies. Ray is also on the boards of Filipinos for Affirmative Action in Oakland, CA, the South of Market Community Action Network in San Francisco, LISTEN Inc., based in Washington, D.C., and the National Community Building Network.

Prior to PolicyLink, Ray was a program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation and focusing on the areas of employment and community building. From 1992 to 1994, Ray directed the South of Market Council - a coalition of community organizations engaged in community building activities in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. From 1990 to 1992, he analyzed welfare and other policies as a policy analyst for the city and county of San Francisco.

Ray has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, at Berkeley. Ray was born in the Philippines and immigrated to San Diego, California in 1975. Ray lives in Oakland, California with his wife Fatima Angeles and daughter, Isabela.


Hasan Davis
Founder / Consultant
Empowerment Solutions
Berea, KY

Hasan Davis is a lawyer, educator, youth advocate and actor. Hasan founded Empowerment Solutions in 1998, following his position as the director of the Youth Violence Prevention Project for the city of Lexington, Kentucky. As a consultant/trainer for government, school and community groups, Hasan's primary focus is on issues of youth development, community empowerment and cultural respect. In addition, Hasan spends part of his time as a community artist-in-residence. His Staging Success curriculum combines the arts of theater, creative writing and storytelling to address important social issues with youth participants. Hasan is also currently serving as Chair of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) for the State of Kentucky, is a member of the Implementation Task Force For Racial/Ethnic Fairness in Kentucky's Courts and is a founding board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Madison County.

In his spare time, Hasan tours and performs two one-man shows nationally as a springboard for community conversations into the need to uncover the hidden history of America, which provides validation and affirmation of the presence of people of color at all levels and areas of American Life. The Long Climb to Freedom: Slave, Soldier, Scholar is a dramatization of the Life of Angus Augustus Burleigh who escaped the bonds of slavery and went on to become an educator and minister. York: The Invisible Explorer is the story of an African-American man known only as York was a distinguished member of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803. He was returned to a position of insignificance and inferiority when the explorers returned to "civilization".

Hasan was diagnosed LD/ADHD at an early age, arrested at 11, and expelled from Alternative school at 18. He earned his G.E.D. from the state of Georgia Department of Education, received his B.A. in Oral Communications from Berea College and completed the Juris Doctor of Law program at the University of Kentucky.


Moises Gonzales
Assistant Planning Director Rio Arriba County
Planner, Canon de Carnuel Land Grant
Espanola, New Mexico

Moises Gonzales is a Natural Resource Planner working in high mountain Chicano land-based communities of Northern New Mexico. He is currently the Assistant Planning Director of Rio Arriba County where he worked to develop agricultural conservation policies to protect traditional agricultural lands, acequias (community ditch infrastructure), and localized watersheds from adverse development and gentrification.

Moises Gonzales is a member of a traditional ejido, a community land grant, known as the Canon de Carnuel Land Grant, located in the east face of the Sandia Mountain Range, established in 1763 by indigenous groups. Moises is the land grant planner and is responsible for planning the uses of common lands held by the land grant to ensure protection of land and water resources for future generations. He also works in advocating for the return of community lands confiscated by the U.S. government after the U.S. war with Mexico in 1848.

Moises earned his Master's degree in Natural Resource Planning from the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture and Planning in 1997. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and traditional farming, but most of all, he enjoys spending time with his 2-year-old daughter Mariposa, his 4-year-old son Vidal and wife Kim.


Mark Winston Griffith
Executive Director
Central Brooklyn Partnership
Brooklyn, New York

Mark Winston Griffith is the founding Executive Director of the Central Brooklyn Partnership. The partnership is a neighborhood-based organization that pursues the building of grassroots power and community self-determination through direct action organizing, women's and youth leadership development, micro-enterprise development and the incubation of cooperatively-owned economic development institutions.

Over the last sixteen years, Mark has served as the Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Clarance Norman Jr. (1985-1987), Acting Director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition (1990), the Assistant to the Director of Political Development at the Community Service Society of New York (1991) and the Assistant Director of the Crown Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association. In 1993 Mark co-founded and served as the original Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union. In addition, Mark's articles on politics, community affairs and popular culture have appeared in a variety of publications.

Mark received a B.A. from Brown University in 1985, a master's degree in Nigerian Poetry from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1988 and was a 1993-1994 Revson Fellow at Columbia University. Mark was born in Brooklyn to Jamaican parents and is a resident of Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights.


Paraskeve (Evie) Hantzopoulos
Deputy Director / Director of Programs
Global Kids, Inc.
New York, New York

Evie Hantzopoulos is the Deputy Director of Programs of Global Kids Inc., (GK) a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing urban youth to become community leaders and global citizens. She is responsible for the development and supervision of GK's school-based programs, social action projects, and international initiatives and special projects that reach over 5,000 young people and educators each year.

With a team of diverse youth, Evie has traveled to Croatia each summer since 1997 to facilitate training on human rights, diversity, violence prevention and youth empowerment for local Croatian youth and refugees and to provide technical assistance for emerging youth development agencies in the former Yugoslavia. She also coordinates Global Kids Roundtables at the Council on Foreign Relations, which bring together public high school students and Council staff and members to discuss foreign policy. Previously, Evie supervised an AmeriCorps conflict resolution program in the South Bronx for ASPIRA of New York and worked as an actor / teacher in public schools for New York University's Creative Arts Team.

Evie received a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University. She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Julie Horowitz
Vice President, Business Development,
Edison Schools Inc.
New York, New York

Julie Horowitz is a Vice President, Business Development at Edison Schools, Inc., the country's leading private manager of public schools.

Julie joined Edison in 2002, after nearly a decade of work as an executive, consultant and advisor to a wide variety of public, private and non-profit educational organizations, including some of the nation's leading childcare providers, charter schools, and educational technology companies.

Beginning her career as a public school teacher in New York City and Cape Town, South Africa, Julie honed her business skills as an equity research analyst at Furman Selz LLC, a subsidiary of the ING Barings Group. While at Furman Selz, Julie was one of the first analysts to provide the institutional investment community with research coverage of companies in the for-profit education industry. She left Wall Street to lead business development efforts for two early-stage companies - ChildrenFirst, Inc., a corporate childcare provider, and Skoodles Inc., a children's Internet company.

A native New Yorker and graduate of the city's public schools, Julie received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Yale University, studied as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa, and served as an Urban Fellow in New York City government. Her work with children and educational organizations began during her own childhood, when she was one of the original child reporters for Children's Express, the international youth news and advocacy organization that she ultimately led as a teenager. Julie currently serves on the boards of two early childhood non-profits, Jumpstart (New York, NY) and All Our Kin (New Haven, CT).


Matthew Klein
Executive Director
Blue Ridge Foundation New York
Brooklyn, New York

Matthew Klein is the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, a private foundation associated with the investment firm Blue Ridge Capital. Blue Ridge Foundation New York supports social change strategies that operate in high poverty communities and connect people to the opportunities, resources, and support they need to fulfill their full potential. Drawing on principles of venture philanthropy and community building, Blue Ridge pursues its work by providing grants and comprehensive management assistance to start-up nonprofits and integrating the programs of the organizations that we support. The Foundation's goal is to help build sustainable institutions that use innovative and effective strategies to address tough social problems.

Matt's experience prior to Blue Ridge includes work in non-profit management and civil rights law. Matt is a co-founder of Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a nationally recognized youth development agency operating in high-poverty neighborhoods throughout Connecticut. Since 1992, LEAP has grown to serve over 1,300 children in five cities and has garnered multiple awards for innovation and effectiveness. In his legal work, Matt focused on issues of equal opportunity, clerking for such organizations as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, one of the principal litigating attorneys in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit. Matt is a board member of Groundwork, Inc. and iMentor, and currently sits on the Committee on Civil Rights of the Association of the Bar of New York City.

Matt grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Yale College and Yale Law School.


Sonny Le
Communications Director of the East Meets West Foundation
Oakland, California

Sonny Le has just been appointed as the Communications Director of the East Meets West Foundation, an international sustainable development & relief organization with programs throughout Vietnam.

Prior to this position, Sonny served as the Strategic Communications & Ethnic Media Consultant. In that role, Sonny facilitated media workshops for the East Bay Resource Center for Nonprofit Support and provides media and public relations services to its membership, and also consulted for individual corporate and nonprofit organizations. His clients include the U.S. Postal Service, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Independent Press Association. He recently directed the U.S. Census Bureau's Census 2000 PR and Media Campaign in Northern California, covering the Bay Area to the Oregon border. He went on to coordinate the New California Media EXPO & Awards in February, the nation's largest ethnic media & marketing exposition.

Sonny began his nonprofit career at an immigrant and refugee resettlement service organization in Berkeley, CA shortly after arriving from Vietnam as a refugee in 1982. He soon became involved in advocating and promoting political and artistic expressions and cultural arts for social-change in a multiracial and multicultural context. He went on to direct the Ohana Cultural Center, a Bay Area's pioneer in collaboration between African, Asian and Latino American artists and performers, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Viet Nam Health, Education and Literature Projects (VNHELP), an organization that funds and promotes sustainable development initiatives in Vietnam. He has finally found his "calling" in working with and promoting ethnic media, the link to the nation's "Emerging Majority" and the New Majority of California. Collectively, California-based ethnic media organizations reach over 17 million residents in more than 20 different languages and English.


Jane C. Leu
Founder / Director
Upwardly Global
Sausalito, CA

Jane Leu is Founder/Director of Upwardly Global, a Bay Area nonprofit organization that helps refugee and immigrant professionals rebuild their careers and networks in the U.S. Upwardly Global also works with employers to eliminate discriminatory interviewing and hiring practices that prevent them from bringing immigrant professionals into their companies. Before founding Upwardly Global in 1999, Jane worked for a national refugee resettlement organization where she was intensely involved with welfare reform policy and programs and helped launch seven refugee Welfare-to-Work programs.

Jane is also co-founder of the craigslist nonprofit venture forum, a new approach for connecting small, young nonprofits to local donors and funders who can provide capital, resources and expertise. Her goal is to create and experiment with new models for the nonprofit sector. In the mid-90's Jane was the first program coordinator of the Nonprofit Program (now the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations) at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jane holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


Zar Ni
Executive Director
Institute for Community and Institutional Development - Burma Inc.
Richmond, California

An exiled human rights activist and former English teacher from Burma, Zar Ni is the Founder and Director of the Free Burma Coalition, one of the first and largest Internet-based human rights and pro-democracy campaigns in the world. For the past 13 years, he has been an activist and educator on campuses in the democratic countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. From 1995-1997, he led a successful 100-campus Pepsi Boycott campaign. To date, his coalition has successfully campaigned for the withdrawal of more than 50 multinational corporations from Burma.

Considered the father of the US grassroots Free Burma campaign, Zar Ni has written articles and book chapters on "Free Burma" activism and edited an activist manual entitled "Free Burma Coalition Manual: How You Can Help Burma's Struggle for Freedom" (1997). He has been an invited speaker and panelist at international conferences including the Second International Harvard Conference on Internet and Society, USA; Higher Education for Peace, Norway; and the Hague Appeal for Peace, The Netherlands.

He was an assistant professor of education at the National College of Education, National-Louis University at Chicago campus from 2000-2001 where he taught historical foundations of education and contemporary issues in education. Zar Ni now lives in Berkeley, California where he runs the Institute for Community and Institutional Development - Burma, developing educational, leadership, and other civil society initiatives for Burmese democrats in anticipation of democracy's return in Burma.

He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Mandalay, Burma, an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Rudy Nickens, Jr.
Vice President
St. Louis 2004
St. Louis, Missouri

Rudy Nickens is Vice President of St. Louis 2004. St Louis 2004 is a catalyst for improvement in the St. Louis region, bringing people, organizations and resources together to make the region a better place to live, work and recreate. Rudy manages three of the organization's thirteen initiatives, Racial Economic Progress, Zero Tolerance for Hate and Combating Youth and Gang Violence. He works with leaders and workers from every sector, helping to develop and implement programs that will make a serious impact on the lives of people throughout the region with a deadline of the year 2004.

For nearly 15 years, Rudy has worked on many social justice projects locally, nationally and internationally. He is adjunct faculty at Webster University in St. Louis where he teaches a course on multiculturalism and diversity. He has worked as a sexuality educator, developing curriculum and programs for boys and men through Planned Parenthood and has been a leader in the field of AIDS prevention and care. He has presented at numerous conferences, including the World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. He led workshops on internalized racism at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia and Other Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa in September 2001.

Rudy was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.


Shaun Paul
Executive Director
EcoLogic Development Fund
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Shaun Paul is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the EcoLogic Development Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing destruction of significant tropical ecosystems by advancing economic development and self-determination among local communities in threatened habitats. These goals are accomplished through direct financial and technical support to Latin American organizations that promote community-based development and resource management projects in areas where local people depend on the health of endangered habitats.

Prior to founding the EcoLogic Development Fund, Shaun Paul served with the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network to develop and implement a cross-cultural exchange program that forged international partnerships between communities monitoring their watersheds. From 1989 -1990, Paul lived in Guatemala and worked for Adoptions International where he served as Regional Coordinator for Central America. He has also worked for the United Nations and as Foreign Policy Assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy.

Shaun is a native of Philadelphia and fluent in Spanish. He received an M.A. in Development and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Michigan in 1992 and a B.A. in International Relations from The American University and spent time at the Universidad Catolica de Argentina and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is a member of the Social Venture Network, Grantmakers Without Borders, National Network of Grantmakers, board member of Artcorp and elected to Who's Who in America (Marquis), 2002.


Janet Louise Perkins
Senior Program Director
Southern Partners Fund
Atlanta, Georgia

Janet Louise Perkins is the Senior Program Director of the Southern Partners Fund, a public foundation created to serve southern communities and organizations seeking social, economic, and environmental justice by providing them with financial resources, technical assistance and training and access to systems of information and power.

Janet's career as an advocate for social justice started in 1985 as a staff member of the Women's Project located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Women's Project is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to the elimination of sexism and racism. While on the staff of the Women's project Janet created a training program to assist women in developing the necessary skills and confidence to work in occupations generally held by men. She has provided workshops on eliminating violence against women and children, undoing racism and HIV/AIDS preventative education to community groups, college students, female and male inmates in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and church groups. Janet continues to provide technical assistance to support non-profit groups in organizational development.

Janet received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and did graduate work in the field of Counseling Psychology at the University of Central Arkansas.


Renee M. Saucedo
San Francisco Day Labor Program
San Francisco, California

Renee Maria Saucedo is the Director of the San Francisco Day Labor Program that focuses on meeting the unique service and organizing needs of day laborers and immigrant workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past ten years, she has been a leader in campaigns that advocate for the empowerment of, and continuation of services for, immigrants, and particularly undocumented immigrants. As the founder of INS WATCH, a grassroots, human rights organization, Ms. Saucedo has established "no-collaboration" policies between local police departments and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and ensured that San Francisco declare itself an "INS raid-free zone."

Ms. Saucedo connects poverty and migration in the United States with global policies and injustice. Working with organizations such as Global Exchange, she travels often to Mexico and other countries to provide solidarity assistance to indigenous communities. Ms. Saucedo is frequently invited by universities and other groups to speak and conduct workshops on topics related to her work and has received various local and national awards.

Ms. Saucedo is a second-generation Chicana, raised in Mexico City and in California. At U.C. Berkeley, she received both a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D.


Jon Stout
Program Director & General Manager
Free Speech TV
Boulder, Colorado

Jon Stout is the Program Director and General Manager of Free Speech TV. Working with activists and artists, FSTV uses television to cultivate an informed and active citizenry in order to advance progressive social change. FSTV broadcasts full-time via national satellite on the DISH Network (channel 9415) and cablecasts part-time on a network of community access stations. FSTV's website hosts the Internet's largest collection of progressive on-line media.

Jon previously served as Executive Director of Los Angeles Filmforum, an ongoing showcase for alternative film and video, and as Publicist for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. He has participated on numerous media arts funding panels, and he occasionally lectures on activist media, the indymedia movement, and media democracy. He is currently a board member of Working Films, a national organization linking filmmakers to progressive social action and community education.

Jon received his B.A. from Gettysburg College and his M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Residing in Boulder, CO, Jon enjoys attending music and film festivals, reading novels, hiking and camping, and soaking in Rocky Mountain hot springs with his partner and friends.


Alvin Warren
Owner, Warren Consultation Services
Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico

Alvin Warren, the owner of Warren Consultation Services, specializes in assisting Indigenous peoples with mapping, protecting and recovering legal title to their traditional lands and resources. He is currently the Associate Project Director of the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative as well as a consultant to Santa Clara Pueblo on traditional land reacquisition. He is an enrolled member of Santa Clara Pueblo, a Native American tribe in northern New Mexico. For over eight years he worked as the Director of Santa Clara Pueblo's Land Claims / Rights Protection Office. In this capacity, he successfully led his Pueblo's efforts to regain over 5,000 acres of their Ancestral Homeland; their largest land reacquisition in almost a century.

Alvin has served five terms on Santa Clara Pueblo's Tribal Council, the Tribe's legislative body. In addition, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has appointed him to the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program's Technical Advisory Panel. He also serves in several capacities with the Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, including as a founding member of the New Mexico Advisory Council, a member of the Tribal Lands Program Advisory Council and a founding member of the national advisory council to the Center for Land and People.

Born and raised in northern New Mexico, Alvin earned his B.A. and Certification in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College. Alvin lives in Santa Clara Pueblo with his wife Pamela and their two children.


Dr. Joseph Youngblood, II
Executive Director
John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy
Thomas Edison State College
Trenton, New Jersey

Joseph Youngblood II currently serves as the Executive Director of the Trenton, New Jersey-based John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State College. The Watson Institute is an organization which seeks to respond to the needs of public-sector and non-profit decision-makers across New Jersey. Prior to this position, Joseph served as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Leadership Development (Project LEAD) and Director of School Based Youth Services for the Trenton Public Schools. Joseph's educational interests and work are interdisciplinary in nature and cross a variety of academic fields including Special Education, Anthropology of Education, Human Development, History, Law and Public Policy.

A native of Miami, Florida, Joseph has spent the past thirteen years working in public education, law, and public policy. Prior to his work with the Trenton Board of Education, Joseph was a Fellow at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy in Trenton, NJ; Executive Director of the Philadelphia Start-On-Success (SOS) Scholars Internship Program-a nationally recognized work transition program for inner-city youth with special needs now replicated in MD, CT, PA, and OH; a PULSE Fellow and program director at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES).

Joseph received a B.S. in Political Science & English Literature from Florida A&M University, an M.A. in Education Administration from the University of Iowa College of Education, a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.