Visionary, passionate and fiercely dedicated to the empowerment of every victim of trauma and abuse, Elaine M. Whitefeather has spent her last 38 years in human service work, 36 of those years in the field of domestic violence. Motivated by personal experiences that included childhood abuse, racial violence, sexual assault and cancer, she has turned these obstacles into opportunities of empowerment, healing and wholeness.
Elaine is a recognized authority in the field of domestic and family violence. She has created and resurrected over 40 domestic violence programs both nationally and internationally. In 1974 Elaine graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. She then combined her formal education with her vast training by cultural and spiritual leaders from around the world to build innovative, effective and progressive social programs. These ground-breaking curriculums have been established as models for the Family Support Centers serving military families and civilian communities from the Philippines to Hawaii; Southern California to her current service here in Sacramento County. This span of diversity is reflected in her own diverse ancestral heritage. She is Japanese, African American, Native American and German.
A professional speaker and published author, she has delivered keynotes that challenge, catalyze and inspire audiences from Domestic Violence Coalitions and organizations to businesses, faith based audiences; from the homeless to college students, locally and nationally. She is an ordained Interfaith minister and is part of the Greater Sacramento Interfaith Council and honored to open the California State Legislative and Senate session in prayer. Elaine is currently the Executive Director of A Community For Peace, a trauma informed domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center in Sacramento County and CEO of Foundation For Peaceful Communities, a foundation developing and supporting social renewal projects and enterprises that empower under served and high risk populations.
Devaa Haley Mitchell
Chief Transformation Officer, hosts Shift Network’s Inspiring Women Summit, facilitates our women’s programs, and designs facilitation and transformation strategies for many of our programs. Devaa’s
background includes roles in the public benefit sector (Director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Exec. Director of Full Circle Fund), as well as the business sector (Boston Consulting Group). Devaa was ordained as an interfaith minister by the Chaplaincy Institute and received a BA and an MA from Stanford University. She was also awarded a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation.
Karin Tamerius, MD is the Founder and Executive Director of SMART Politics. Dr. Tamerius is the creator of Radical Civility and the Radical Civility Cycle and an expert in the intersection between psychology and politics.
Dr. Dan Engle
Dr. Dan Engle is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a clinical practice that combines aspects of regenerative medicine, orthomolecular psychiatry, integrative spirituality and peak performance methods.
Currently, he is Medical Consultant to Onnit Labs in Austin, the Revive Treatment Centers of America in Denver, the True Rest Float Centers in Phoenix and several international healing centers using indigenous plant medicines of the Peruvian Amazon River basin.
His programs include Freedom From Meds, a comprehensive and integrative tool kit for successful transition from psychiatric medications, the Concussion Repair Manual, facilitating the return to optimal function after concussion and traumatic brain injury, BOLD – Brain Optimization and Lifestyle Design – program for maximizing brain health and cognitive performance, and Full Spectrum Medicine, a research, education and advocacy platform pioneering the future psychiatric healing centers using consciousness expansion tools for root-cause healing and total life transformation.
Maura Cunningham is the Founder and Executive Director of Rock The Street, Wall Street, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Maura’s span of 25 years of financial services experience includes her beginnings on Wall Street where she worked at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in Real Estate Syndication, UIT’s and Mortgage Backed Securities. Maura then headed south and developed a successful financial planning practice on the east coast of Florida then later in Nashville, Tennessee. She developed her private financial planning practice and held the role of Estate Tax and Business Succession Specialist with the clients of major Wall Street firms including, UBS and Morgan Stanley where she constructed and implemented tax advantaged succession strategies for privately held/family-owned companies. Maura stays current with the market by trading index options.
Maura founded Rock The Street, Wall Street in 2013 when she saw the majority of women across all socioeconomic strata bewildered by math and repressed throughout their lives by their poor financial choices. She was moved too, by typically being one of very few women in the room at financial industry conferences, where still today, women are vastly underrepresented. Knowing that most of financial math is nothing more than first year algebra, she aims to lift the veil on personal money management and the financial profession for girls so they too, can be lifted out of a headset of scarcity.
"WE FELT LIKE OUTCASTS. Sure, as The Kin, we were signed to Interscope/Universal Records; we toured with Coldplay and Pink and Rod Stewart. We played arenas. We played Conan. And yeah, you could hear our music in major movies. But despite all of this we woke up to the fact that we were allowing someone else to define our value. We were done chasing approval."
The Brothers Koren experienced first hand how restrictive the music industry was to their expression, and after 15 years they knew they wanted to redefine the landscape. They launched the writer/producer team BRÅVES as an experiment in finding value in expression without rules.
Now, through the development of The Songwriter's Journey, they are helping others reclaim the music they abandoned to do the same.
Melanie Porras, is on the Youth Advisory Council for Compassionate California a Youth Leader for High School Student Marches in Santa Monica, California. She is a Youth Town Hall Presenter, at the 2018 United State Of Women, in Los Angeles, representing Pico Youth and Family Center and Compassionate ARTS. Melanie works with Fe Love on projects promoting racial justice and safety in the community and in schools. She is concerned about violence against Trans Girls, and gun violence.
Mizan has worked for over 20 years as a community organizer and youth development professional. Her commitment to social justice has fueled her work as a crisis intervention specialist, health educator, curriculum coach, experiential workshop facilitator, community researcher and School Based Health Center Supervisor. Mizan promotes trauma-informed, healing-centered, strengths-based wellness for educators, parents, and youth as the Co-Founder of Spearitwurx Foundation. Mizan is the creator of Sankofa Sistahs, culturally-based, gender specific Healing Circles for youth and adults and lead organizer for the Black Power Parent and Powerful Parent Conferences. Mizan is a Certified Yoga Teacher of Raja Yoga and incorporates mindful movement into her facilitation. She is a wife, mother of five and artist, and lives in Oakland CA. with here family.
Sizwe is a father, husband and youth organizer that has worked in the Bay Area since 2001. While the foundation of his youth development experience is K-12 academic instruction, Sizwe has worked as Conflict Resolution Coordinator at Skyline High School, a Life Skills Facilitator with youth at Ujamaa Adult and Family Services, (a culturally based mental health agency for people of African descent based in San Jose CA.,) and has been impactful in forwarding the African American Male Achievement Initiative through the Oakland Unified School District as a Manhood Development Program Facilitator and trainer. As the Co-Founder of Spearitwurx Foundation, Sizwe has spearheaded numerous programs, including Bush Camps, Brothers Keeper and Growing Forward- a social emotional wellness class taught through gardening. In collaboration with Mizan, Sizwe is also the lead organizer ans facilitator of the Black Power Parent and Powerful Parent Conferences. Sizwe utilizes his skills as MC and Hip Hop producer to build youth entrepreneurial-ism, critical thinking, and empowerment.
Kira Carrillo Corser
Kira D. Carrillo Corser is a California based artist who is known for her social and environmental justice projects combining photography, painting, video and installations with community and civic partnerships and documented outcomes. Her work is based in promoting hope, while giving communities a visual voice grounded in grass roots reality: fighting poverty, prejudice, gangs, war and injustice. She has a Masters in Fine Art, and Bachelors degree in Journalism. Her work has been on national broadcasts with President Clinton and President Carter, in the Smithsonian, the National Steinbeck Center, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Carter Center. Her work has won many awards, has 3 books, taught at California State University Monterey Bay for 8 years as a Social Justice and Visual Art Consultant, and co-founded 2 collaborative current projects: "The Posts for Peace and Justice" and "Sea Changes ACT," on Climate Change, Oceans and Human Rights.
Stacey Lawson is Executive Vice Chairman of Ygrene, a leading clean energy finance company. She brings 23 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business executive in the areas of finance, clean energy, technology and manufacturing. As Ygrene’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2016, Stacey spearheaded the design and growth of Ygrene’s innovative PACE model for the residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial sectors, scaling Ygrene to over $600M in financing volume. Prior to joining Ygrene, Stacey was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district where she advocated for property assessed clean energy (PACE) as a leading environmental policy initiative. Stacey is a cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, and has also held executive positions at Seibel Systems and Parametric Technology, and cofounded InPart Design. Stacey is the author of "Making More in America: How Restoring America’s Manufacturing Strength Can Help Rebuild the Middle Class". She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
J Manuel Herrera
J. Manuel Herrera, a Silicon Valley elected official, envisions the transformation of the public square in our communities and an emerging 21st Century politics that is whole, generative, and personally transformative (www.JManuelHerrera.com and www.thepeoplespeak.net).
Manuel is a Trustee for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California, first elected in 1990. He has served as Director of Planning for United Way of the Bay Area, Ombudsman for the City of San Jose, and legislative aide on Capitol Hill and in the California State Legislature. He has been a Democratic Party official in Silicon Valley, and has served on the Executive Board of the California State Democratic Party.
Manuel writes and speaks about integrating principles of the spiritual quest with public leadership, politics, and the public process (“The Reconciliation of Love & Power”). Manuel unveils conflict, power, and compromise as alchemical pathways for spiritual evolution and social change. He integrates these political elements into an emerging 21st century consciousness based on a new and higher rationality that expresses as love and power in our personal and public lives.
Dr. Roberto Vargas is a community organizer, organization psychologist, leadership coach, and ceremony leader. A community activist for over 50 years, his professional practice as a planning consultant has involved providing consultations on community problem-solving, multicultural team-building and strategic planning throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Sweden. Founding director of several counseling centers and author of Family Activism: Empowering Your Community, Beginning with Family and Friends (Berrett-Koelher, San Francisco), his theory and tools for people empowerment, leadership development, and cultural activism are used by many.
Ashanti Branch was raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland and persevered to study Engineering at Cal Poly SLO. Branch changed careers after tutoring struggling students and realizing his passion was teaching.
In 2004, as a first-year teacher Branch started the Ever Forward Club as a support group for African-American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. The Ever Forward Club has a 100% high school graduation rate and a 93% attending college, military or Trade School. Branch just completed a fellowship with the d.school K-12 Lab at Stanford University. This year he is working , for the first time, as the Founding Executive Director for Ever Forward - Siempre Adelante, which will have 10 clubs operating in middle and high schools across the Bay Area.
David Militzer has extensive experience in developing and delivering customized workshops and interactive presentations for educators on 21st century learning, student-centered resources and strategies for promoting engagement, healthy youth development, purpose-driven learning, and career readiness. Most recently, he is working with educators to develop strengths-based, trauma informed approaches to promoting character and transcendent motivation (motivation for the greater good). David's writings on hope, character, education, the great acceleration, and how to counter the forces of neo-liberalism on education have been published in the John Dewey Society's on-line Journal of School and Society.
Chuck Tyler is the Political Director of SMART Politics and the Deputy Political Director of For Wisconsin’s Future. He is a US Army combat veteran with over 15 years of campaign experience in building capacity, growing leaders, and moving targets for candidates and issues.
Daniela Cervantes is a student at the University of California, Berkeley studying the Arts and Humanities. Leaning towards a double major in Ethnic Studies and Theatre/Performance Studies, Daniela currently serves as a photographer for the Daily Californian, the official newspaper of the Berkeley campus and the surrounding community and one of the oldest newspapers on the West Coast. Daniela also serves as President of her Residence Hall Association and as Digital Marketing intern at Silicon Valley Latino where she strategizes ways to increase involvement and success for her organizations. As a high school student from Greenfield, California, Daniela graduated at the top of her class receiving multiple scholarships including Berkeley’s most prestigious merit-based undergraduate Regents and Chancellor’s Scholarship, and the Coca-Cola Scholarship, which awards $20,000 to only 150 high school seniors in America out of 86,000 applicants. Daniela founded an organization that independently planned and funded a trip to France for nine low-income high school students who rigorously studied the French language, co-founded her school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance, served as ASB President, directed various French class plays performed in French, and was both an actress and executive officer in her Drama Club. Her flair for the arts, sense of community involvement, and passion for social justice are rooted in her involvement with local art classes she attended as a young child where she learned from artists such as Kira Corser, Ellen Martin, Marcela Diaz, and many other within First Night Monterey and the Arts Council for Monterey County.
Ditas Katague is currently the Director of the California Complete Count – Census 2020 for the State of California. She served as the Director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Census 2010 project. In 2000, as Chief Deputy Campaign Director for the Governor’s Census 2000 California Complete Count campaign, she led a groundbreaking multi-lingual, multi-media outreach effort that resulted in a mail-in return rate that outpaced the entire nation. She is an expert in multi-ethnic outreach and civic engagement. Ditas most recently served as Chief of Staff to the California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval where she improved public participation and access to the energy and telecommunications utility rate and regulation process. Since 1998, she has served on the Advisory Board for the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Representing TCE work with Youth Leaders:
Migdalia Sazo is a proud Chapina raised in South Central Los Angeles. She is currently a Sacramento State student studying Social Work and Political Science. During her first year in high school, she became a member of Brown Issues, an organization dedicated to cultivating the Brown Leaders of tomorrow. Brown Issues has produced opportunities to speak out on issues affecting the youth community. Migdalia was recently a featured speaker at March for Our Lives in Los Angeles, bringing attention to all the lives lost in schools due to gun violence, but also bringing focus to all the lives lost on a day to day basis in her community.
“Brown Issues has allowed me to step into a space of leadership to help uplift community. As a family we make sure that our communities are being represented."
Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut. He spent nearly 30 years with The Kroger Co. managing distribution centers and food manufacturing plants in Missouri, Georgia and California. His consulting company, Power in Learning, helps organizations achieve excellence.
In 2007, Rudy and his wife, Karyn joined the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Sunrise. Rudy was selected and served as District Governor in 2015-16. During that year, Rudy convened the Rotary Presidential Peace Conference, the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016. The conference had nearly 1800 attendees, over 100 breakout sessions and six general sessions and more. He was co-founder of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace, D5330 and is now a member of that club.
He was programs chair for the Pre-Convention Peace Conference at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention. He was advisor to RI President Riseley’s Six Presidential Peace Conferences for the 2017-18 Rotary year.
Rudy is Convener and Chair of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2020, a multi-district peace conference. He also is a trained mediator and a member of Mediators Beyond Borders. Rudy is president of Solutions for Peace Foundation Inc.
Harvard College A.B. 1967
Founder of The Butterfly People
Producer of the Dan Karslake film 'Every three Seconds'
CFO of Dickinson Family Foundation
Founder of The Common Sense Party
Drawing on her love of inspirational stories, her passion to use business as a force for good, and her vast entrepreneurial experience, Trina recently launched Conscious Good, a media studio for the conscious generation. Conscious Good curates, produces and distributes the highest quality conscious media content via innovative platforms: OTT streaming, Film Festivals and its network of yoga & meditation studios. Conscious Good is also home to the Creators’ Network: a community networking platform to encourage conscious creators to collaborate and connect to conscious media lovers. In parallel to her work with Conscious Good, Trina is currently producing feature film, Love & Oatmeal, with Black Label Media, starring Ben Platt and Lola Kirke.
One of Trina’s most notable and rewarding career achievements was launching the Tribeca Film Festival for Robert De Niro and taking the reigns as its first Festival Director. Trina has also held leadership positions with several entertainment companies such as Gaia, (its first Chief Content Office), Prana Studios (oversaw acquisition of Rhythm and Hues), Intrepid Pictures, (COO/CFO), Withoutabox (facilitated sale to Amazon/IMDB) and Film Independent, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to independent film.
Trina received her MBA from NYU and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. An avid yogi for over twenty years, Trina completed her Kundalini yoga teacher training. This past April, Trina was honored to join the Evolutionary Leaders. She lives with her husband, Sasha, and her children, Lola and Trust, in Ojai, California.
Molly Nugent is the Sacramento Ambassador for the United State of Women, a national organization that seeks to connect, convene, and amplify voices in the movement for gender equality. Molly also manages a Department of Justice - Office on Violence Against Women grant that funds a collaboration between WEAVE, Inc. and Society for the Blind. The intent of this grant is to improve access to services for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence who are blind or low vision. In the past, Molly has served as a sexual assault advocate, long-term counselor, and Speakers Bureau member at Standing Together Against Sexual Assault (formerly the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center). She was also a Public Policy Intern for Girls Inc. in Washington D.C, where she lobbied for federal policies to support women and girls. Molly is passionate about sexual assault advocacy and higher education; in 2015, she served as an advisor for a large STEM department at UC Santa Barbara, where she worked with the Disabled Students Program and served on the university’s Trans Task Force and Eucalyptus LGBTQ Committees. Molly received her bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara in the History of Public Policy, with a cognate emphasis in Feminist Studies.
Molly is eager to work with local leaders, organizations, and engaged individuals to improve gender equality in Sacramento.
Dr. Brian K. Gladden
Brian is Director, Consulting Services for CGI in Northern California. He has recently founded the Strategy & Innovation Institute (SI2), of which he is CEO. The focus of SI2 is Blue Ocean Strategy and business model innovation consulting. Brian is one of the leading experts in the US on Blue Ocean Strategy, and possibly the only one with a dissertation based on Blue Ocean Strategy and business model innovation, with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Strategy & Innovation (from Capella University).
Dr. Gladden also has an Executive Certificate in International Management from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of Intl. Management. He completed an MBA from University of Warwick, Coventry, England, and received his Bachelor of Science, Marketing from Fresno State University, Fresno, CA. For 28 years, Brian has been involved in Hi-Tech sales, strategy, business development, and consulting to Fortune 500 firms as well as start-ups.
Rotary, and providing service to others, has been part of Brian’s life since he was 16. Brian has been a Rotarian for 20 years, and involved with Rotary for 35 years. In Rotary District 5180, he is an Assistant Governor (2016-2019), and was president of the Rotary Club of Roseville in 2010-11. As immediate past president in 2012, the Rotary Club of Roseville was named the Best Large Rotary Club in the World!
Brian is one of the Rotarians who have created the largest Rotary human trafficking grant to date, which is also the largest collaborative effort to prevent human trafficking in the history of Sacramento. This project is underway now in the Sacramento Region, and has involved all key stakeholder groups in the region, such as the DA, law enforcement, education, healthcare, and non-profits working on victim services. The initiative is based on prevention through education, and encompasses two components: 1) education to our kids in school, and 2) education to the public. The project will continue for another year and will educate approximately 80,000 students and teachers in the region. The public awareness campaign, “The Ugly Truth”, will run for 3 months and will raise awareness of the issue, educate the public on what human trafficking really looks like in our community, and will result in more reports and arrests of trafficking activity.
David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute has been called “the number one expert on social change.” He applies his visionary leadership and social change expertise to designing second order change solutions for cities, countries and the planet that enable the seemingly impossible to become possible. Over the past four decades the initiatives he’s designed have won many awards and achieved much recognition.
David used his empowerment and social change proficiency to organize at the height of the cold war, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund and ABC Television, the planet’s first global unitive event—the First Earth Run. Building on his background as the Director of the Lake Placid Olympic Torch Relay, he used the mythic power of fire and relaying a torch of peace around the world to engage the participation of twenty-five million people in sixty-two countries, the world’s political leadership and, through the media, an estimated billion people. The First Earth Run raised millions of dollars to help UNICEF care for the planet’s neediest children and empowered hundreds of community initiatives around the world.
David is author of twelve books, including the award-winning Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World and the best-selling Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It. He co-directs Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change which empowers social entrepreneurs from around the world to design and implement second order change social innovations. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and the United Nations on empowerment and social change.
He is currently working on an initiative called: “A Bottom-Up Grand Strategy to Reinvent the Planet: Building Second Order Change Capacity Around the Five Strategic Levers—Climate, Development Peace, Knowledge and Money.” David has dedicated his life to empowering humanity to believe we can create the world of our dreams and designing the strategies and tools to help us make this a reality.
John W. Roulac is the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods.
Founded in 1999 and dedicated to nourishing people and planet, Nutiva has been named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing companies in America for five years in a row, and is the fastest-growing superfoods company on the planet.
A longtime advocate for healthy people and ecosystems, with expertise ranging from home composting and natural healing to forestry and hemp agriculture, John has authored four books on environmental topics, with combined sales of more than one million copies. He helped jumpstart the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s and successfully sued the US DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001. He has founded four nonprofit ecological groups, including GMOInside.org.
Sarah Eagle Heart
Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, is a powerful storyteller whose deep perspective on healing trauma is rooted in her life story and experiences as a teen activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is an internationally accomplished executive focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples. She has spent the last decade building momentum around healing and sustainability in the spirit of cultural revitalization. Her diverse background in tribal, corporate, faith-based and non-profit organizations focused on communications, marketing, program development, and advocacy offers a unique vantage point that powerfully amplifies impact. Her latest philanthropy and influencer partnership is VR project “Crow: The Legend” with BaoBab Studios starring John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Tye Sheridan and Liza Koshy. Sarah is also the winner of the 2017 American Express Next Generation Leadership Award.
Kimberly K. Gudino grew up in South Sacramento where she experienced social inequities in education and healthcare first hand. Her exposure to these social inequalities prompted her to find her voice and become civically engaged. She joined Brown Issues with the motivation to help address some of the social ills that plague far too many Latinx communities and transitioned her personal experience into advocacy. Ms. Gudino developed and presented youth-centered workshops related to the importance of universal high quality affordable healthcare coverage, the negative health impacts sugar sweetened beverages, and the high cost of mass-incarceration in promoting safe and healthy communities. Today, she serves as the Brown Issues Rosa Parks Middle School Advisor where she is tasked with helping to provide youth with social-emotional support programing and acts as an LCHC ambassador that introduces health advocacy campaigns to youth and their families. Kimberly aspires to learn more about how community voice can better inform policy design and implementation. Ms. Gudino is in pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.
Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and a PhD Candidate in Culture and Performance at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Bell received her M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and B.A. with Honors in American Studies and Ethnicity specializing in African American Studies at the University of Southern California. Her work on what she calls, ""street dance activism"" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspectives as a scholar, dancer, and choreographer. Shamell’s research examines street dance movements in South Central Los Angeles through an autoethnographic and performance studies lens. Her street dance experience includes featured roles in music videos, award shows, and tours. An original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (BLMLA) to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations such as the BLM network, Blackout For Human Rights, The Undercommons at UCLA, among others. She also consults for social justice impact in the tv, film, and music industry with most recents credits such as George Tillman Jr.'s film adaptation of Angie Thomas' best selling book, "The Hate U Give". As a member of a think tank for actor, activist, and rapper Common's philanthropic company, Think Common, she helped provide ideas for pivotal social impact moments such as his groundbreaking 2018 Oscars performance for "Stand Up For Something" with Andra Day.
Emiliana is an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA, with a passion for giving back to the community. Along with being an award-winning event producer, Emi devotes much of her time to advocacy programs for women's rights, Latino education, and gender equality. As a stellar community organizer, Emiliana brings her 10+ plus years of event experience to Women's March LA. In 2016, Emiliana founded the Women's March LA Foundation, a non-profit organization, and is the driving force behind the official Women's March in Los Angeles. Emi also serves as President of Women's March California leading 20+ chapters. Emi has become extremely involved in activism, both on a local and national level, and has served as the bridge between many organizations to combine forces in the Summer of Resistance. Emi has spoken to numerous groups, spreading the Women's March movement, including The League of Women Voters, Cal State Los Angeles, USC, UCLA, and was a panelist at 2017 Politicon, the HOPE Conference, and Hispanas Organize for Equality. Emiliana is currently a contributor for Huffington Post . Emi has been honored by the Pat Brown Institute (Civic Engagement Award), HRC (Ally for Equality Award), LA City Council (Pioneer Woman of the Year)