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TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
THE FUTURE OF OPPORTUNITY
AT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
APRIL 8, 2011 - NEW YORK CITY
TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
THE FUTURE OF OPPORTUNITY
APRIL 8, 2011 PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA, NEW YORK CITY
6:00 RECEPTION PRESENTATIONS AND AWARD CEREMONY WELCOME Carlos Watson, Master of Ceremonies VIDEO PRESENTATION THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA Alan Jenkins, Executive Director CREATIVE CHANGE AWARD Maria Hinojosa Presented by Favianna Rodriguez CREATIVE CHANGE AWARD Suzanne Malveaux Presented by Lisa Quiroz OPPORTUNITY NOW! STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND RECOVERY Written and Performed by Rha Goddess CLOSING REMARKS Timothy Wilkins, Chair, Steering Committee 8:15 RECEPTION CONTINUES Please join us for food and drink in the lobby of the Paley Center.
5TH ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS
CIRCLE OF OPPORTUNITY Freshﬁelds Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Lambent Foundation Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. Charles and Karen Phillips Time Warner, Inc. Timothy Wilkins 5TH ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Suzanne Nora Johnson and David Johnson Anonymous HUMAN RIGHTS VISIONARY Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Michael Hirschhorn SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADER Susan Vail Berresford Kimberly Blacklow Edward J. Davis Connie and Jonathan Heller Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips/ Jewish Community Endowment Fund (Amandla Tikkun Philanthropic Fund) Henry and Celia McGee Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos/ Pannonia Foundation
HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE
Derrick Bell Susan V. Berresford Peter B. Edelman Melissa Harris-Perry Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Anita F. Hill Charles J. Ogletree Gloria Steinem Faye Wattleton Patricia J. Williams
E. Kwaku Andoh Caron Atlas Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos Deepak Bhargava Ellen F. Berkman Ludovic Blain Seth Borgos Vaughn Bu alo Vanessa Bush Katy Chevigny Michelle Co ey Tanya Coke Carol Crossdale Robert Curvin Edward J. Davis Angela Dorn Peter Eccles Colin Greer Daniel L. Greenberg Milano Harden Taryn Higashi and Ivan Zimmerman Michael Hirschhorn Dr. Olga Culmer Jenkins Carol Jenkins Alexis McGill Johnson Suzanne Nora Johnson and David Johnson Michelle Johnson Olati Johnson Natalia Kanem Sally Kohn Geraldine and Kit Laybourne Kirsten D. Levingston Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis Jr. Tamara Loomis Williams Lyons Liz Manne Lorraine and Gailon McGowen Ricardo Millett Taij K. Moteelall and Manauvaskar Kublall Mitty Owens Julia Pimsleur Susan Butler Plum Lisa Quiroz Rashad Robinson Lesley and Ted Rosenthal Rinku Sen Sabrina Silverberg Sue Simon Brian Smedley Ruth Ann Stewart Urvashi Vaid and Kate Clinton Diane Wachtell
MASTER OF CEREMONIES CARLOS WATSON
Carlos Watson works in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in New York, focused on media and for-proﬁt education companies. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the ﬁrm, Watson worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised a wide range of Fortune 500 companies. He also built and ran a successful venture-backed education company, Achieva College Prep Services, which he later sold to the Washington Post/Kaplan. In addition to his work in education, Watson has also had a distinguished media career, serving as an anchor and analyst for CNN and MSNBC. He won an Emmy Award in 2007 for his television interview specials. He graduated, with honors, from both Harvard University and Stanford Law School.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: ALAN JENKINS
Alan Jenkins is Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda, and a nationally respected human rights and civil rights advocate. His previous positions have included Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Jenkins has also taught law at Brooklyn Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter.
CHAIR OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE: TIM WILKINS
Timothy Wilkins is a corporate partner in the New York o ce of Freshﬁelds Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He has extensive experience representing European, Asian and U.S. multinational corporations on cross-border M&A, private equity and joint ventures. He also advises clients on their day-to-day legal and business issues, including corporate governance matters. A Chambers Global highly recommended lawyer in M&A in Japan, Wilkins has 11 years experience working in Tokyo as an investment banker and lawyer, and he is a member of the ﬁrm's Global Diversity Committee.
CREATIVE CHANGE AWARD PRESENTERS LISA QUIROZ
Lisa Quiroz is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity, Time Warner Inc. In this role, she has brought coherence and strategic alignment to the company’s community outreach and philanthropic programs in education and the arts. Quiroz has set a new course for corporate responsibility at Time Warner. In 2006, she was given added oversight for diversity and multicultural initiatives. Prior to assuming her current position, Quiroz was the catalyst for two of Time Inc.’s successful brand extensions—People en Español and Time for Kids. She was founding publisher of People en Español, the best-selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S. Under her leadership, the magazine topped Adweek’s “10 Under 40 Magazine” Hot List for three consecutive years.
Favianna Rodriguez is a visual artist and new media organizer who brings together the arts, visual communications, and new technologies to promote community building and social change. Named by UTNE Magazine as a "leading visionary artist and changemaker,” Rodriguez is renowned for her cultural media projects dealing with social issues such as war, immigration, and globalization, as well as for her leadership in establishing innovative institutions that promote and engage new audiences in the arts. In 2001, Rodriguez co-founded the EastSide Arts Cultural Center in Oakland, California. In 2003, she helped establish the Taller Tupac Amaru print studio to promote the historical practice of socially-engaged printmaking. Additionally, Rodriguez is co-founder and president of Tumis Inc., a bilingual design studio that serves nonproﬁts all over the United States. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a U.S.-based, nationwide organization dedicated to the political empowerment of Latinos via the internet and mobile messaging.
CREATIVE CHANGE AWARD RECIPIENT: MARIA HINOJOSA
For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. As the anchor and managing editor of her own longrunning weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-onOne from WGBH/La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously, a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently, a Contributing Correspondent for Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy award-winning stories of the poor in Alabama. Her investigative journalism presses the powerful for the truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in. Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including two Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking Child Brides: Stolen Lives. In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by DePaul University in Chicago, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting.
CREATIVE CHANGE AWARD RECIPIENT: SUZANNE MALVEAUX
Suzanne Malveaux anchors the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. edition of CNN Newsroom. Malveaux, who has worked in CNN’s White House unit for nearly a decade, has played a key role as a member of the network’s Best Political Team on Television and as the primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. During her tenure with CNN, Malveaux has covered three presidents, presidential campaigns, and key stories including the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the economic crisis. Based in Atlanta, Malveaux joined the network in May 2002. Malveaux covered the 2008 presidential election cycle from the campaign trail as a member of the network’s Best Political Team on Television. In advance of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Malveaux reported and crafted a 90-minute documentary on Sen. Barack Obama as part of a two-part series on the presidential candidates. Throughout the campaign season, Malveaux did several interviews with Barack and Michelle Obama. Additionally, Malveaux served as a panelist questioning the candidates in the Democratic presidential primary debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in January 2008. She also played a key role in CNN’s 2004 election coverage and its Emmy-winning 2006 election coverage.
STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND RECOVERY
ARTIST PROFILE: RHA GODDESS
Combining vibrant images, linguistic brilliance, hip-hop rhythms, and unﬂappable honesty, the work of Rha Goddess, performing artist, activist, and social entrepreneur, is legendary. Her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals. She has received rave industry reviews from Time Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Source, XXL, and Interview, among others. As Founder and CEO of Divine Dime Entertainment, Ltd., she was one of the ﬁrst women in Hip Hop to independently market and commercially distribute her music world wide. In May 2000, Essence Magazine recognized Rha as one of 30 Women to Watch in the new millennium. In 2002, BAM’s prestigious Next Wave festival’s NextNext series chose her as one of six artists deemed to be inﬂuential in the next decade. In 2005, Rha co-wrote and co-produced the international hit “All Over The World” (Uptoyoutoo) which launched MTV’s Africa Channel. In 2006, Rha’s debut solo theatrical work “LOW”: Meditations Trilogy Pt. I premiered for sold out audiences at the prestigious Humana Festival for New American Plays and toured nationally to sold out venues and rave reviews including her sold out o -Broadway Premiere at the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in 2008. In her 30+ year tenure as a creative organizer, Rha has worked on issues of racial justice and equality, electoral politics, o ender aid and restoration, mental health and youth and young women’s empowerment. She was the ﬁrst International Spokeswoman for the Universal Zulu Nation, the largest global organization dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop Culture, and co-founded the Sista II Sista Freedom School for Young Women of Color. Rha is also the Creator and Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed young women’s performance movement, “We Got Issues!” and the Hip Hop Mental Health Project. In her latest venture, she combines her business savvy with her longstanding passion for social change to create Move The Crowd, an entrepreneurial training and development company designed for social entrepreneurs of the hip-hop generation.
ARTIST STATEMENT ON OPPORTUNITY NOW!
As I have watched the economy unravel, I have had many questions: What had gone wrong? How bad is it for everyday hardworking people? How was the much-maligned economic stimulus helping people and communities? How could organizations like The Opportunity Agenda spur a recovery that lays the foundation for a fairer and more just economy? My ﬁrst step was to understand The Opportunity Agenda’s work. I participated in a leadership training program that The Opportunity Agenda hosted, and I spent time with activists from around the country who were deeply committed to commonsense solutions that are both equitable and transformational. Then I met with everyday people in Columbus, Ohio; in New York City; and in Oakland, California. I traced the economy’s impact on the ground, so I could capture the struggles of people coping with foreclosures, joblessness, and lack of transportation. I needed to see and hear past the facts and ﬁgures to reach the unheard and ignored stories. As I developed the work, I chose to engage voices on a number of distinct levels. I wanted to trace advocacy from the legislature to the grassroots, and into the living rooms of the most a ected people. I wanted to understand the views of those advocating for others, and I wanted to know the people who were being advocated for. More than that, I wanted to know how the economy was a ecting people’s ability to survive and thrive day-to-day. I wanted to know what moved people to stand up, ﬁght, and band together, or give up, remain silent, and isolated. I wanted to ﬁnd the intersecting lines that challenge the ones we tend to draw. You know: the assumptions we sometimes make about why misfortune lands upon the doorsteps of others and not our own. During my interviews, I came to recognize that there were very few doorways where misfortune had not crossed. And this gave me an insight not only into the magnitude of this crisis, but also a window into the wealth of opportunity before us. My mission as an artist and activist lives at the center of The Opportunity Agenda’s work, to move hearts, minds and policy towards the vision of a more just and sustainable economy that works for the beneﬁt of us all. It is in this spirit that I present. . . Opportunity Now! To Jason, Juhu, Alan, Janet, Eva-Marie and my entire family at The Opportunity Agenda. . . it has been an honor and a privilege.
THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA: OUR MISSION
The Opportunity Agenda is a non-partisan public interest organization with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. We use strategic communications, research, law, and advocacy to move public support and public policy toward greater and more equal opportunity for all. Economic Opportunity: We work to ensure that American jobs, housing and transportation infrastructure invest in greater and more equal opportunity for all. Immigrants and Opportunity: We help create public discourse and a policy environment that fosters the economic and social integration of immigrants and protects the human rights of everyone in our country. Reproductive Justice: We build public support to promote access to the full range of reproductive health choices—regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or income—as a fundamental human right.
Opinion and Media Research: The Opportunity Agenda uses research on values, public opinion, media, and persuasion to understand public attitudes and craft strategies for inﬂuencing the public debate. Policy Analysis and Advocacy: We analyze policy options and promote e ective solutions that expand opportunity for all. Our e orts include legal and policy briefs, public testimony, and advocacy before federal, state, and municipal agencies. Communications Tools: We work with partners to develop timely and e ective narrative and messaging, conveyed through toolkits, talking points, and guidance on breaking events. Media Training and Outreach: We train hundreds of diverse leaders and spokespeople on e ective media strategy, and place partners in a wide range of media outlets. Arts + Culture: We connect socially conscious artists to social justice initiatives and campaigns, expanding audiences and strengthening movements.
THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS FROM ITS FIRST FIVE YEARS
FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS ($25,000+)
Aetna Foundation American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Inc. The Annie E. Casey Foundation Arcus Foundation The Atlantic Philanthropies California Community Foundation The California Endowment Carnegie Corporation of New York The Commonwealth Fund Connecticut Health Foundation Equal Justice America Ford Foundation Four Freedoms Fund, Public Interest Projects Fulﬁlling the Dream Fund, Public Interest Projects Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Lambent Foundation The Libra Foundation Marguerite Casey Foundation Mertz Gilmore Foundation Ms. Foundation for Women The Nathan Cummings Foundation Oak Foundation Open Society Foundations The Overbrook Foundation Public Welfare Foundation The Reed Foundation Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation Tides Foundation Unbound Philanthropy US Human Rights Fund, Public Interest Projects Voter Action Fund of Tides Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation ZeroDivide
INDIVIDUAL DONORS ($5,000+)
Wendy Bloom David C. Carter Teresa Clarke Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan Connie and Jonathan Heller James L. Kainen Geraldine and Kit Laybourne Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. David May William and Lucy O'Brien Richard Parsons Paulette Jones Robinson Charles and Karen Phillips Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips Frank Sica Saul B. Shapiro and Kerith Aronow Sung-Hee Suh and Peter E. Dolotta Kenneth S. Taymor and Beth H. Parker Timothy Wilkins Anonymous
THANKS AND RECOGNITION Tonight’s program was produced by the development sta of The Opportunity Agenda, Jason P. Drucker, Cindy Cuesta, Ross Mudrick, along with the principals of Media Sutra Inc: Taij Moteelall, Manauvaskar Kublall, and Simone D. Jhingoor. We are grateful to our colleagues for their support. SPECIAL THANKS On behalf of the entire sta of The Opportunity Agenda, special thanks go to Timothy Wilkins for chairing our 5th Anniversary event. We are also greatful for the more than seventy members of our honorary committee and host committee. We are appreciative for your support and assistance on executing tonight’s celebratory event. MEDIA SUTRA INC. Jason P. Drucker and the sta of The Opportunity Agenda would like to thank Media Sutra Inc. for a tremendous e ort in helping produce tonight’s event, and would like to commend Taij Moteelall, Manauvaskar Kublall, and Simone D.Jhingoor for their creativity and spirit of collaboration. For more information about the work of Media Sutra Inc., please see: www.mediasutra.net OPPORTUNITY NOW! For their support of The Opportunity Agenda’s Creative Change work integrating arts and social justice advocacy, we wish to thank a number of foundations including the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and The Time Warner Foundation. Claudine Brown and Michelle Co ey were early supporters of our arts and culture work, and connected us to artist, activist, and entrepreneur, Rha Goddess. Rha Goddess thanks Chay Yew for his collaboration as director; Manauvaskar Kublall for sound design; for reaching out to me about this commission, Jason P. Drucker; for your thoughtful feedback and insight, Alan Jenkins, Juhu Thukral, Janet Dewart Bell, Taij Moteelall, and Manauvaskar Kublall; for assistance on press, Eva-Marie Malone and April Silver (AkilaWorksongs). For their participation and inspiration in the story-telling, special thanks go to Tani Mills and Mindy Tarlow (Center for Employment Opportunities); Jason Reece and Wendy Ake (Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity); Guillermo Mayer (Public Advocates Inc.); Dennis Parker (ACLU Racial Justice Program); Chris Keeley (New York Stimulus Alliance); Bettina Damiani (Good Jobs New York); Michael Harris; Lance Mann; Jessica Centano; Jessica Bachman; Kenneth Hardwick; Andre Antoine; Mary Lewis; Tamu Favorite; Juan Montanez; Victor Elliot; Kate Curry; Patricia Ake; Elsadig Elsheikh; Zohra; Leslie Strickland; Matt Martin; Robert Caldwell; Hanif Abdurraqib; Margaret Madison (United Methodist Free Store); Laura Thompkins; Lonnie Poindexter (St. Stephens Community House); Sylvia Darensburg; Francisca Porchas; Barbara LottHolland (LA Bus Riders Union); Bob Allen (Urban Habitat); Janny Castillo; Boona Cheema (BOSS); Claire Hass; Jason Osajima; and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. ORGANIZATION VIDEO—ARTS ENGINE INC. For their e orts towards the production of The Opportunity Agenda’s organizational video, we wish to thank the sta of Arts Engine Inc. including Beth Davenport, Katy Chevigny, and Kim Borba; editor Daniel Perry; Sean Eno (Motion Graphics); and the individuals who were proﬁled including Ellen Buchman (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), Deepak Bhargava (Center for Community Change), Bettina Damiani (Good Jobs New York), and Dennis Parker (ACLU). LIMITED EDITION MUG BY FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ We are very grateful to world-renowned visual artist, Favianna Rodriguez, for designing the limited edition mug that all guests of the event have received as a token of our appreciation on our 5th anniversary. Thanks to Emily Accamando for her help in the production process.
STAFF OF THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA
Alan Jenkins Janet Dewart Bell Jason P. Drucker, Ph.D. Juhu Thukral Emily Accamando Cindy Lou Cuesta Eleni Delimpaltadaki Megan Haberle Nerissa Kunakemakorn Eva-Marie Malone Jill Mizell Christopher Moore Ross Mudrick Kisha Parks Julie Rowe Robert Valencia Executive Director Director of Communications Director of Development and Operations Director of Law and Advocacy Program Associate Development Associate Public Opinion and Media Research Coordinator Economic Opportunity Fellow & Associate Counsel Associate Counsel and Robert L. Carter Fellow Communications Associate Executive and Research Assistant Communications Associate Development Coordinator O ce and Fiscal Manager Framing and Messaging Coordinator Web Strategist
Yvette Diaz, Pam Bamberger, Judi Seibel Tides Center
STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA
Timothy Wilkins Alan Jenkins Bill Lann Lee Je rey H. Blattner Teresa Clarke Sara K. Gould Idelisse Malavé David May Sharon Pratt Favianna Rodriguez Partner, Freshﬁelds Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Chair, The Opportunity Agenda Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda Partner, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.; Advisory Board Chair and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda Strategic Advisor on Law and Public Policy Chairman & CEO, Africa.com LLC Atlantic Philanthropies Senior Fellow Organizational Consultant Vice President of Global Marketing, Goldman Sachs Director, Opportunity Funding Corporation Visual Artist and Co-Founder, Presente.org
The Opportunity Agenda is a project of Tides Center.
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