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Adel Syed, Government Relations Coordinator, Council on American Islamic Relations - Los Angeles (CAIR-LA)

Adel Syed is the Government Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA). CAIR is a leading American Muslim civil-rights organization. In his role Adel is responsible for strengthening working relationships between the LA area Muslim community and government officials and organizations. Prior to this, Adel was the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Sacramento office CAIR where he evaluated civil-rights discrimination complaints and served as an advocate for complainants in need. He also worked with California state officials to address concerns of Muslims as well as underrepresented ethnic and minority communities. Additionally, Adel served on the Sacramento County Hate Crimes Task Force and facilitated the start of Project Feed Sacramento, an initiative to motivate students and young professionals to help curb homelessness in the city. Adel is a graduate of the University of California Davis with a degree in political science with an emphasis in public service. He completed a senior thesis on the impact of law enforcement measures on the American Muslim community post 9/11 and was accepted to present to students and faculty at the UC Davis undergraduate research conference. He resides in Fullerton California.

Angelica Ramos, Children's Rights Advocate and Law Clerk, The Fox Firm

Angelica RamosAngelica Ramos is a recent graduate of Whittier Law School (WLS), where she earned a Juris Doctorate with concentrations in Children’s Rights and Criminal Law. She is an alumna of the American University, Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society with a minor in Communications. Angelica’s passion is advocating for abused and neglected children. During law school, she served as a law clerk for the Orange County Juvenile Court’s Presiding Judge, (ret.) Carolyn Kirkwood, the Sexual Assault Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Family Violence Clinic at WLS and the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. She also served as the Associate Editor of the Whittier Law Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, an honors organization, and as the Director of “On Common Ground”, a program that promotes dialogue about how minority groups experience oppression. She volunteers on the National Women’s Political Caucus as the board’s secretary, is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Children's Rights Litigation Committee and is certified as a sexual assault counselor in both California and Washington, D.C. Angelica has an extensive record of leadership. While at AU, Angelica became President of Barkada: The Philippine Society, where she built a network for the organization through the Filipino Intercollegiate Network Dialogue, Inc. as a National Director on the National Board. During law school, she was elected as the Student Bar Association representative to the ABA and as Class Representative of 2010. During her final year, Angelica became a nominee to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Presidential Management Fellows program. Most recently she served as Campaign Coordinator for Melissa Fox, candidate for the 70th California Assembly District. Angelica continues to work with Melissa Fox, and is preparing to take the California Bar exam. She is from Fremont, California, and loves spending time with her rescue dog, Josie.

Anne Kim, Outreach Coordinator, GRID Alternatives

Anne KimAnne Y. Kim is an Outreach Coordinator at GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer managing California’s SASH program. Her work engages low-income families in making their homes more energy efficient while assisting them in learning about and receiving solar panels to offset the high cost of energy, greening the community one homeowner at a time – in English, Korean, and Spanish. She also is a Policy Intern at Community Health Councils, a non-profit community-based health promotion, advocacy and policy organization. There, her work focuses on California’s implementation of federal health reform.Prior to working at GRID, Anne traveled extensively working on hurricane relief in Biloxi, Mississippi, researching environmental regulations in Spain, Korea, and Argentina, and interpreting for production companies in the US and Australia. She served as an environmental commissioner for the City of Berkeley, crafting municipal environmental legislation such as a Biofuels Ordinance. Anne earned her BA in International Environmental Relations and Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She will earn her MS in Health Policy in the fall at Harvard School of Public Health. In her free time, she contributes to a leadership blog, mentors under-resourced adolescents, and reads to children at the local library in her native Los Angeles.

Leslie Colwell, Associate, Public Leadership Initiative Teach For America

Leslie ColwellLeslie Colwell works on Teach For America’s Public Leadership Initiative, a national team that works to promote civic engagement and inspire alumni to see leadership in the field of politics, policy, and advocacy as accessible and impactful. Prior to joining staff, Leslie was a Teach For America corps member teaching 6th grade math and science at Bethune Middle School in south Los Angeles. In June 2010, Leslie was elected to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (an advisory body to the L.A. City Council) as an Arts, Cultural, and Education Interests Director. On the Council, she serves as the Education Committee Chair. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she rowed on the varsity crew team, lived abroad in Madrid twice, and graduated summa cum laude with majors in Political Science and Public Communication. She also volunteered for political campaigns and interned for several non-profit organizations, including the Women & Politics Institute and Critical Exposure. As a teacher, she earned a multiple subject teaching credential at UCLA. She continues to work with youth as a mentor with Step Up Women’s Network’s Young Luminaries Program.