Board Members

Barbara R. Arnwine

President & Founder

Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq, president & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Currently, she also serves as Co-Chair and Facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings and the Voting Rights Alliance.

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Brenda Harding

Attorney and Consultant

Brenda Ford Harding is an attorney and consultant in Durham, N.C. She works extensively in the voting rights area, specifically using different strategies to ensure the citizens of North Carolina have the ability to vote and working on “Get Out to Vote” campaigns. As an extension of her work with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law (LCCRUL), she continues to educate and develop strategies on diversity of the judiciary and independence of judges. Brenda received a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Brian McCoy

Founder and President of BDM Sports & Education Foundation

Brian McCoy is the Founder and President of BDM Sports & Education Foundation, (BDMS&E) based in Chicago, Illinois which was established in 2014 to provide access to the “Business World” of sports for students and student-athletes to expose and educate them to the business side of professional sports. The goal of its programming is designed to stretch and broaden the students’ scope of thinking, in terms of educational, career, and life choices…thereby shifting their focus and direction into more positive/productive directions.

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Dolores Huerta

Co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers

Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. Who Is Dolores Huerta? Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women.

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DR. LUKE HARRIS

Director of Programs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African American Policy Forum

Mr. Luke C. Harris, Director of Programs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African American Policy Forum, is an Associate Professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law. He clerked for the late A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., the distinguished scholar and former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and he served as a Fulbright Scholar to England at the University of Warwick, School of Law.

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Joel Segal

Co-founder, and the National Climate Justice Campaign Coordinator for the “Justice Action Mobilization Network

Joel Segal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he focused on constitutional law and conflict resolution studies. He has been a social justice activist for over 30 years and is a professional bass player. Joel Segal is a cofounder, and the National Climate Justice Campaign Coordiantor for the “Justice Action Mobilization Network;” a nationwide multiracial climate justice network co-chaired by Reverend Lennox Yearwood.

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Lawrence H. Parks

Rodney Sadler Jr.

Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary

Rodney S. Sadler Jr’s teaching experience includes courses in biblical languages, Old and New Testament interpretation, wisdom literature in the Bible, the history and religion of ancient Israel, and African American biblical interpretation. His first authored book, Can A Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible, was published in 2005

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Judith Abrams

Tony & Olivier Award-Winning Producer

Judith Ann Abrams began her producing career as the Founder/Producer of the famed family musical company, The Broadway Pixie Judy Troupe, dubbed by Liz Smith as “that 30-year, show-biz-for-kids-phenomenon.” The Troupe played throughout the US, in London & at the White House, performing for the children of two Presidents.

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Terry O’Neill

Feminist Attorney, Professor and Activist for Social Justice

Terry O’Neill, a feminist attorney, professor, and activist for social justice were elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committee and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O’Neill oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive rights and justice, promoting racial justice, stopping violence against women, winning civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA community, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women.

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Harvey Wasserman

Host of Green Power and Wellness Hour

Harvey Wasserman brings to the air his half-century of joyous activism on issues ranging from peace, civil rights, legal cannabis and human liberties to No Nukes, election protection, people’s history, natural healing and much more. Fukushima, about which he has written extensively and continuously, has deepened Harvey’s focus on shutting the nuke power industry and winning a Solartopian green-powered Earth. Harvey has served as senior advisor to Greenpeace USA, for whom he spoke to 350,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock 2 (1994).

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Dianne Wilkerson

First African American Female to serve in the Massachusetts Senate

In 1993, she became the first African American female to serve in the Massachusetts Senate. She lost the September 2008 Democratic primary to Sonia Chang-Díaz, and on October 31, 2008, announced that she was ending her sticker campaign to seek re-election in the November 4, 2008, election. On November 19, 2008, Wilkerson formally resigned from the Massachusetts state Senate.

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LOUIS A. ELISA, II

Elector to the Massachusetts Electoral College

An Elector to the Massachusetts Electoral College, the Honorable Louis A. Elisa served as the Executive Secretary of the Seaport Advisory Council, Director of Port Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, from 2007-2015. Before being tapped by Governor Patrick, Louis served as a Special Assistant and advisor to Boston City Councilor, Charles C. Yancey.

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