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Kevin Adler, Founder and CEO, NearShot  

 Kevin F. Adler ( believes everyone is invaluable, regardless of who they know, what they do, or how they look. As the Founder and CEO of NearShot, a media and interaction company based in San Francisco, Kevin and his team are pioneering the use of immersive storytelling and crowd-sourced content to show life as it is rarely seen but often felt, beginning with their first project, HomelessPOV. HomelessPOV helps homeless volunteers capture and share their stories and reconnect with their loved ones and local communities through wearable cameras, smart phones, and the help of their non-homeless neighbors.

Kevin started HomelessPOV in memory of his Uncle Mark, who suffered from schizophrenia and spent 30 years on-and-off the streets. HomelessPOV has been featured in dozens of major media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, NBC News, Fox Business, Forbes, PRI, CNET, Fusion TV, UpWorthy, TechCrunch, AOL, the Bold Italic, the Daily Mail, and Huffington Post. Previously, Kevin co-founded (a fundraising platform for high schools, acquired in 2013), Entangled Ventures (an EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (an online mentoring nonprofit). He served one year as an ambassador of goodwill in Oaxaca, Mexico, for Rotary International, y el mantiene su lenguaje espa–ol.

Kevin's latest book, Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, will be published by UPA (a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield) in early 2015. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, International Educator, and two edited volumes.

Kevin is a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, a StartingBloc Fellow, an NLC Fellow, and a Hive Global Leader. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, and was the Culley Award recipient as the top graduate at Occidental College. His academic research revealed on how disasters and shared traumas can bring people together; his professional pursuits seek to achieve similar results and reveal our interconnectivity through positive platforms and initiatives. Say hello @kevinfad, or join him for his monthly Fireside Potluck series on topics like success, failure, intimacy, love, and loss.


  Julie Barton, Development Manager, Raising A Reader 

Julie Barton is passionate about the power children’s literature has to positively impact children’s lives and society as a whole. After 9 years in London she has returned to the Bay Area, and currently works as the Development Manager for Raising A Reader San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties. Previous roles included nonprofit development and management positions at the Harry Potter Alliance and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

With a Ph.D. in Literature and a M.A. in Children’s Literature, she has multiple academic publications, has taught undergraduates at the University of East Anglia, and has studied issues of power in contemporary children's fiction. In London she served on the executive committee of the International Board on Books for Young People (UK) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).



Brianna Booth 

	Brianna	Booth	Brianna Booth is a researcher, educator, consultant, and writer. She works at the forefront of human sexuality studies and positive psychology. In an area that is often viewed in terms of its problems or is neglected entirely, Brianna brings an innovative approach to sexuality as it relates to our everyday lives and well-being. By giving voice to shared human experiences, individuals gain better access to their own experiences, ultimately helping to build bridges across divides. Brianna was compelled to do original research when she saw a range of issues linked by an inability to work constructively with sexuality. She saw the need for a more fundamental understanding of what sexuality is as a dimension of our humanity.

Rather than taking the view of medicine, public health, religion, evolutionary psychology, or commercialism, she takes a human-centered view with its emphasis on lived experience. Using classical grounded theory methodology, Brianna discovered underlying social-psychological patterns of behavior in sexuality. By reframing sexuality from this Òsquare one,"" she believes that we as a society can level-up on its challenges. Further, we can work not only to alleviate the problems associated with sexuality but also to cultivate well-being. Brianna has taught adolescents, medical students, military cadets, and positive psychology professionals.

She earned a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. with honors at Whitman College. She has presented her work at conferences, including the International Positive Psychology Association, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Brianna grew up in Yakima, WA and now calls San Francisco home.


Caroline Caselli, Founder, Haven Connect 

 Caroline Caselli is the founder of Haven Connect, a technology company that allows property managers to receive affordable housing applications online. The company aims to streamline the paper-based affordable housing application process, and relieve the administrative burden on property managers and low-income clients alike. She started the company after spending 4 years as a social worker, and handwriting innumerable housing applications on behalf of her clients. She previously was a case manager at St. Joseph's Family Shelter, a program of Catholic Charities CYO, where she placed 70% of her clients into transitional or permanent housing.

From there, her passion for serving the homeless population led her to Tenderloin Housing Clinic, where she was the Support Service Manager for 1.5 years. She oversaw 5 SRO (single room occupancy) residential hotels, with over 700 tenants, many of whom had mental health or substance abuse issues. Caroline brokered partnerships with a variety of local nonprofits during her tenure. One such partnership was with the Learning Shelter, which enabled three formerly homeless tenants to receive training in 3D printing and laser-cutting at The Tech Shop. She also pioneered a pilot program with the SF AIDS Foundation that distributed needle boxes to tenants and connected tenants with Satellite Syringe Exchangers Ð volunteers who would come to tenantÕs doors to provide clean needles.

Previously, Caroline has worked at Pathways Hospice Foundation, Quick! Help for Meals and Hillary Clinton for President. She has also served on the Shelter Monitoring Committee. She graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, majoring in Gender Studies and Communication, with a minor in Photography. Caroline lives and works in San Francisco.

She was born and raised in San Jose, CA, with three international stints living in Argentina, South Africa, and Australia.


Kristin Ford, Press Secretary, Attorney General Kamala Harris/California Department of Justice 

 Kristin Ford serves as Press Secretary for California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Most recently, she worked with The California Endowment on their #Health4All campaign, drawing on research, multimedia messages, and grassroots outreach to build support for expanding health care access to undocumented immigrants in California.

She also helped lead the Endowment's #TheyAreChildren project to collect and showcase letters of compassion, as well as raise funds, for children who fled life-threatening violence in Central America and sought refuge in the United States. In addition, she's pursued progressive change on net neutrality, diplomacy-first foreign policy, the push to get big money out of politics, and more with and led the communications department at the immigrant youth network United We Dream, laying the groundwork for the biggest victory on immigration reform in decades and earning consistent, high-profile media coverage in outlets including Parade magazine, the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, NPR, and MSNBC.

Prior to her work with the national immigrant youth movement, she was the communications director for Educating Maryland Kids, the campaign to protect in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students from repeal at the ballot in Maryland, as well as Director of Communications Strategy at Washington, D.C.-based Faith in Public Life, amplifying the voices of progressive religious leaders speaking out on health care reform, the DREAM Act, climate change, economic justice, countering Islamophobia, and a range of other issues.

Originally from Springfield, Virginia and a recent transplant to California from Washington, D.C., she holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jolene Forman, Marijuana Policy Attorney, ACLU of Northern California

	Jolene	Forman	Jolene Forman earned her Juris Doctor degree from UC Berkeley School of Law and her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently, she is a Policy Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California. She authored the WomenÕs Foundation of California report, Bias Behind Bars: Decreasing Disproportionate Rates of Incarcerated Women in California and Nationwide for Low-Level Offenses.

In addition she coauthored two law review articles: Cooperative Federalism and Marijuana Regulation (with Erwin Chemerinsky, Allen Hopper, and Sam Kamin) and Shifting the Paradigm or Shifting the Problem? The Politics of California's Criminal Justice Realignment (with Allen Hopper and James Austin). She has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to criminal justice and drug policy reform through her experience working directly with communities impacted by incarceration and the war on drugs. Her dedication to this work began when she worked at a needle exchange program serving injection drug users, homeless youth, and sex workers. Her commitment was further strengthened when she ran a reentry program for people preparing to exit jail in Santa Cruz County.

Currently, her dedication to social justice work extends beyond her fulltime job: Jolene regularly volunteers as a Restorative Justice Roundtable volunteer at San Quentin State Prison and as a Program Team Member for the Essie Justice Group.


Kia Kolderup-Lane, Field Representative, Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

 Kia Kolderup-Lane serves as the Field Representative to the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. A native San Franciscan, Kia is dedicated to improving the lives of others and focuses greatly on issues of economic disparity, closing the gender and race gap in STEM, international development, and women's rights.

Previously to working for Leader Pelosi, she served as a Project Manager at (San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation). Outside of work and NLC she is an active member of the U.S. Department of State's TechWomen program and Women Get It Done.


Annie Lee, Equal Justice Works Fellow, National Center for Youth Law

	Annie	Lee	Annie Lee works at the National Center for Youth Law as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Oracle Corporation and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. At the National Center for Youth Law, Annie works to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth through statewide policy implementation, local cross-agency projects, and direct representation of individual clients.

In 2014, Annie graduated with honors from Harvard Law School where she spent two years as a student attorney through the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. At the Legal Aid Bureau, Annie represented over one dozen low-income families in eviction, benefits, and wage and hour cases. She also led a weekly clinic to assist more than fifty unrepresented tenants in filing their legal defenses and trained undergraduate interns to assist with the clinic.

Prior to law school, Annie taught 11th grade United States History in the Bronx, where she co-created a multicultural U.S. History curriculum and helped her students achieve the highest pass rate of any state-tested subject in their school. Annie received a BA in Political Science and East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, graduating from both institutions summa cum laude.

She is the daughter of monolingual Chinese immigrants, and she was born and raised in the Sunset District in San Francisco. In her spare time, Annie enjoys long distance running, spinning, and yoga.


Jessica Lovejoy, Associate, 50+1 Strategies 

 Jessica is an Associate at 50+1 Strategies, a grassroots political organizing firm based in San Francisco. In 2013, she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her career in progressive politics. She is passionate about community organizing and believes strongly in its capacity to empower individuals to participate in politics and bring about social change.

Jessica received her B.A in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, museums, and discovering the hidden wonders of her new home.



Aida Mariam, Director of Advocacy, CCSA 

Aida comes to new leaders council schools with over 8 years of community and labor organizing experience, political campaign management, and policy analysis. She attended University of California, Berkeley to study Political Science and African Studies, where she learned the theory of organizing. While working on a publication for SEIU she put her organizing theory to the test in the labor movement. Aida worked on several contract and political campaigns. Seeing a need to connect qualitative and quantitative analysis she pursued a masters at University of Southern California in public policy. During her time at USC she was exposed to education reform during her Education Pioneer fellowship. Most recently, she worked at SEIU as the Western Region Coordinator where she led the efforts for the nation's first $15 living wage in the city of SeaTac.


Rachel Marshall, Associate Deputy Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender 

 Rachel Marshall is a public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender's Office in Oakland, where she has worked since 2012. Rachel is passionate about criminal justice reform and fighting for racial and economic equality. Rachel graduated from Stanford Law School in 2010.

After law school, Rachel clerked for Federal District Court Judge David O. Carter in the Central District of California. She was then awarded the Stanford Criminal Defense Fellowship, which allowed her to work as a public defender in the San Francisco Public Defender Office. During her time at Stanford Law School, Rachel received many Public Interest awards, including the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship and the California Bar Exam Rosenthal Scholarship. Rachel was a member of both the Stanford Law Review and the Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. She served as co-president of the Stanford Law Association and on the Boards of Shaking the Foundations: The Progressive Lawyering Conference, and the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF). She also represented numerous clients in pro bonos and legal clinics, including the Stanford Community Law Clinic and the Stanford Criminal Defense Clinic (now known as the Stanford Three Strikes Project), where she successfully fought for the release of one of her clients, who was sentenced to 25 years to life for stealing a pair of pants under California's Three Strikes Law. During her summers, she worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, and the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. Rachel also spent much of her first year of law school campaigning in several different states for Barack Obama.

Rachel graduated from Brown University in 2004, where she majored in history and political science and wrote an honors thesis on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. During her time at Brown, Rachel was involved in numerous extracurricular activities and was the author of The Marshall Plan, a biweekly op-ed column in the Brown Daily Herald. After graduating from Brown, Rachel spent three years teaching high school in the South Bronx, New York through Teach for America. Rachel created an original student-centered U.S. History curriculum and led several student groups. During her time teaching, Rachel also served as a Teachers Network Leadership Institute MetLife Fellow, through which she worked with policymakers to formulate and advance education policy.

Rachel grew up in Chicago and now lives in San Francisco. She enjoys politics, vegetarian cooking, international travel, and exploring the San Francisco.


Jesse Medlong, Litigation associate, DLA Piper LLP (US)

	Jesse	Medlong	Jesse is a lawyer at the global law firm DLA Piper, where he was selected as a Krantz Fellow working exclusively on pro bono matters for his first year. During that year, his time was divided between providing legal services to military veterans in need and supporting DLA Piper's international pro bono efforts with New Perimeter, the firm's unique global nonprofit. He is now a litigation associate in DLA Piper's San Francisco office.

Jesse has focused academically and professionally on issues of international policy and international law. He has a masters degree in international relations. Hand as a law student at the University of Michigan, he externed at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva, where he supported the U.S. delegation to the Human Rights Council. He is also part of a team of lawyers representing the country Georgia at United Nations climate negotiations on a pro bono basis. Throughout his adult life, Jesse has been devoted to service. Before going to law school, he served for ten years in the U.S. Navy. During that time, he received a commendation for his performance on over 100 maritime interdiction operations in support of U.N. Security Council resolution 986. This work helped keep materials for use in advanced weapons programs out of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and it prevented the illicit export of oil outside the U.N.Õs Oil for Food Programme.

Besides his official duties while in the Navy, Jesse also regularly volunteered, especially with special-needs children. More recently, he cofounded BACK@YOU, a nonprofit that distributes backpacks of essential supplies and basic comfort items, including handmade scarves, to homeless people in St. Louis. He now serves as a director and as corporate secretary for BACK@YOU. Jesse is also heavily involved with several other nonprofits, including some in development. This work is quite varied, and it includes helping to develop a low-cost community cafe in Central Florida and supporting a San Francisco organization that connects volunteer lawyers to pro bono work that advances gender equity around the world.

Apart from his professional and civic work, Jesse stays busy with four young children. He is also an avid writer, producing everything from academic legal articles to children's literature (although he gets significant help on the latter from Sylvia and Clementine, two of his daughters). He sees his community activities as an integral part of teaching responsible citizenship to his children.


Meaghan Mitchell, Community Outreach Specialist, Andrea Baker Consulting 

 Meaghan Mitchell is a San Francisco native that has devoted her time to her city and its betterment. With a creative and genuine approach, Meaghan has provided community outreach services for various small business and non-profit organizations throughout San Francisco. Meaghan currently works as a Community Outreach Specialist at Andrea Baker Consulting, which is a firm that focuses on business attraction/retention in the San Francisco Bay Area. Meaghan also assisted Andrea Baker in developing programs such as Bayview Connect and Bayview Underground Food Scene.

As the former Memberships Manager of San Francisco Beautiful, Meaghan worked alongside the Communications manager on digital marketing strategies and organized special events to actively engage members of the organization. While partnering with the Mayors Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the San Francisco ArtÕs Commission, Meaghan co-facilitated workshops on community engagement, murals, and outdoor event planning. She also led a social media campaign at the Outside Lands Music Festival by securing San Francisco Beautiful as an official non-profit partner.

Prior to that position, Meaghan partnered with Livable City in launching a program called "Play Streets for All", which is an initiative under Partnership for a Healthier America, and First Lady Michelle Obama to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Meaghan worked with the Boys & Girls Club, Y.M.C.A., and San Francisco Rec & Park on training stakeholders from the Bayview, Fillmore, and Excelsior District's on how to host an outdoor event for the youth in their communities.

Meaghan is incredibly passionate about her work and views it more as a "labor of love." In her spare time she performs in theater productions and travels. She is very excited to be apart of the New Leader's Council and is looking forward to further developing her professional skills.


Michael Montaño, VP, Jurispect 

 In 1980, Michael Montaño was born in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up on the city's impoverished Southside but spending many of his formative years in school on the city's affluent Northside, Michael learned early the many contradictions of socioeconomic inequality and developed a lifelong commitment to broadening opportunity for all.

After accumulating sixteen years in San Antonio Catholic schools, Michael boarded a train for New Haven, Connecticut. There, Michael earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale and then spent three years working for a local non-profit organization through a fellowship from the Academy for Educational Development. At the non-profit organization, Michael created an economic development program that worked to lift participants out of poverty through financial education and entrepreneurial empowerment. As a part of that effort, Michael also worked to establish the United States' first municipal identification card system open to all residents, regardless of immigration status. Seeking a new frontier, Michael packed his car and drove to Palo Alto, California, to attend law school at Stanford. There, he spent his early years focused on constitutional law; specifically the powers of the federal executive in the war on terror, as well as on a still-favorite subject, statutory interpretation.

Later, Michael stretched beyond the walls of the law school and developed a significant interest in behavioral science and design thinking. Outside of the classroom, Michael founded the Voting Rights Project at Stanford, which still works with local elected officials and political campaigns on voter protection and enrollment issues, and served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review. It was the law review that offered Michael his first foray into technology entrepreneurship in his role as the person responsible for launching The Legal Workshop, an online publisher of general-audience legal scholarship.

Seized with a passion for management and belief in the transformative potential of the Internet, Michael has worked for technology companies ever since. But Michael's commitment to progressive politics is yet a significant part of his life, and he has, in the past, carved out significant periods for full-time campaign work. Now, Michael spends his extracurricular hours providing strategic advice to elected officials and working with scholars and political organizations to design and execute electoral campaign experiments that test innovative voter persuasion and turnout techniques. Unjaded, Michael still believes politics has the power to elevate us all.


Sam Pandey, CORO Fellow, CORO Northern California 

 The major themes that have shaped Sam's life have been his current service in the army, his pursuit to empower communities, and his heightened interest in community safety, Sam first became involved with politics when he ran for city council and served as a housing commissioner in San Jose. At 19, he worked with fellow commissioners to interpret zoning ordinances and provide recommendations to the council. Sam later joined the US Army after being encouraged by the sacrifice of a community hero, Pat Tillman. In college, Sam's trajectory from then on led him to advocate for deferred action student applicants in the UC system, represent student veterans of all backgrounds, crowd fund a public safety platform. The events of the student shootings at UCSB forever placed a major placeholder on safety and community protection in Sam's heart and mind.

Currently Sam serves as a Coro Fellow in San Francisco and aims to reform infrastructure and empower communities . His interests are aimed at pursuing a position in the DA's office after law school as a ADA as his hopes are to diminish youth recidivism and increase community safety. He later hopes to pursue elected office in the city upon the encouragement of constituents in District 2 in a few years.

Currently his projects include: -Working on a debate program for incarcerated youth -Creating a Veteran Democratic Club in San Francisco -Working on a Homeless Veteran Outreach Project with the Military Mental Health Project.



Paul Tran, Director of Community Engagement, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

 Paul Tran is the Director of Community Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. He works with corporations and community partners to further the mission of serving at risk youth throughout five counties in the Bay Area. He currently runs the workplace mentorship program at Gap Inc. that provides inner city youth with opportunities to gain professional skills and experiences in a mentorship capacity at Gap headquarters. Recently, he collaborated with a group of UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Graduate students on local youth mentorship advocacy in Robert Reich's Public Leadership and Management course.

Paul also serves as an adviser for the Junior Board and South Bay Young Professional's Committee, two organizations affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters and dedicated to community engagement and mentoring advocacy. He also serves on the South Bay Mentoring Coalition, a consortium of mentoring organizations that expand the mission of providing opportunities for at risk youth in the South Bay through mentoring. Prior to his appointment at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, Mr. Tran had 7 years of experience in Private Wealth Management, working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, UBS and Northwestern Mutual.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Political Economy. A California native, Paul currently lives in San Francisco.


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