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Amy Tran, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School

Amy TranAmy is currently the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Cornerstone Academy, an elementary charter school located in east San Jose. This work has allowed her to see the incredible dedication, perseverance, and sometimes creativity needed to build a school from the ground up. Prior to this, she taught English to university students in China for a year and traveled around Asia. She began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, where, for three years, she taught middle school Social Studies to primarily English Language Learners. During this time, Amy also worked as a Content Specialist and Faculty Advisor for Teach For America, leading professional development sessions and coaching first and second-year teachers. She holds a Bachelors degree in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of Houston. Besides education, her interests include reading, travel, music, and cooking. She also remains involved with USC as a mentor for the Asian Pacific American Student Services department. Raised in San Jose, Amy is proud to serve the community in which she grew up and loves being back in the Bay Area.

Anne Smart, Associate Director, Energy and Environment Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Anne SmartAnne is an associate director at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group where she advocates on behalf of over 330 Silicon Valley companies for regional, state, and national policies and programs that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change action. She also organizes events for business leaders including the Silicon Valley Energy Summit, the Data Center Efficiency Summit, and the Environmental Sustainability Symposium. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Anne was a fellow in the Delaware State Senate where she helped pass the state’s first Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. She has also held positions at the American Geological Institute, the Arizona Water Resources Research Center, and in the district office of former U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest. Anne graduated in 2009 from the University of Delaware with a Master of Energy and Environmental Policy. She also holds a B.A. in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As a student, she studied abroad and did research in Kenya, Paris, and India. Anne grew up in Bel Air, Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and hiking with her two dogs.

Anna Schlotz, Lead Organizer, South Bay Labor Council

Anna SchlotzAnna Schlotz is the Lead Organizer at the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, which works to build power for working families in Silicon Valley through politics, organizing, policy initiatives and leadership development. She works on a team to build public support for good-paying jobs with a future, keeping government accountable, affordable housing and accessible, high-quality healthcare programs. Prior to joining the Labor Council, she was a field director for Joan Buchanan's successful campaign in California Assembly District 15. Schlotz also directed grassroots canvassing offices to raise money for such issues as renewable energy subsidies, capping global warming pollution, safe and affordable healthcare, anti-employment discrimination legislation, and equal rights for same-sex couples. Schlotz earned a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Fresno, CA as an undergraduate she channeled her passion for conflict resolution, social justice and Middle Eastern studies into her academic work and activism with the campus antiwar coalition and other social justice oganizations. Schlotz currently resides in San Jose, though she will always be a proud Fresnan at heart.

Erin Pangilinan, News Correspondent, Philippine News

Erin PangilinanErin Pangilinan is a prolific writer, working at Philippine News for over five years and recently at as an Immigrant Rights blogger. She has published in Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology of Asian American Women's Poetry, {m}aganda magazine, Hardboiled, an Asian Pacific American news magazine, and has had her work performed by her and others at various stages in San Francisco Bay Area. Erin earned her BA at UC Berkeley as an Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies double major with honors.Her political, personal, and professional ambitions come from her roots as someone born and raised in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area and as someone who is the daughter of immigrants. Currently, Erin serves in two leadership roles of the largest national progressive Political Action Committees in the Asian American and Filipino American community. As a board member of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) and Associate Communications Director of KAYA – Filipino Americans for Progress, she supports progressive elected officials, electoral candidates, and issue-based campaigns. These national networks focus on electoral mobilization, leadership development, educational programming, and policy advocacy. She believes that coalition building and investment in communities will increase overall empowerment and civic engagement in this nation's political process.

Joanna Ho Bradshaw, Humanities Lead East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, Aspire Public Schools

Joanna Ho BradshawJoanna is the Humanities Department Lead and an English teacher at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, a high school supported by Aspire Public Schools, a non-profit organization that opens charter schools in underprivileged communities. She teaches ninth and eleventh grade English, teaches a dance elective and also runs the Yosemite Outdoor Education Program at the school. She is passionate about providing more just and equitable education to all students and feels lucky to work in a supportive school environment. Dissatisfied with an educational system that leaves many students behind, Joanna co-founded I Teach Foundation, an organization that seeks to unify educators, expose educational injustice and to change educational policy. She hopes to convince you to join the movement! Joanna holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and served a mission in Taipei, Taiwan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints following her graduation. She loves to travel and has lived abroad in Ghana, Uganda and Guatemala. She has an eclectic array of interests that include snowboarding, African dance, photography, scrapbooking, climbing, and backpacking. She currently lives in Palo Alto with her husband.

Jeffrey Cardenas, Field Representative, Office of Assemblymember Jerry Hill

Jeffrey CardenasJeffrey Cardenas was born to Mexican and Peruvian immigrants in San Jose, CA (most of it spent in the South Side). He was raised in a healthy sized household with three brothers and three sisters. His family is major part of who he is: the decisions he has made and where he wants to go. It was their inspiration that led him through UC Davis and beyond. They are the reason why he’s known, as long as he can remember, that he wanted to give back to his community through politics and government. His political activism started in high school, blossomed in college, and led him to a state-wide position with the California Democratic Party during the 2008 cycle. He gained valuable perspective while living and working in Washington, DC and the East Coast in 2009. He came home after 5 years away to work for the Yes on J: Santa Clara 49ers Stadium campaign. Shortly afterward, he managed the "Yes on T: Menlo Gateway" campaign. Currently, Jeffrey is a Field Representative for Assemblymember Jerry Hill. As a dedicated progressive, he is most passionate about social justice through budget and fiscal reform. As an openly LGBT Latino, he cares deeply about marriage equality.

Jeremy Barousse, Community News Writer,

Jeremy BarousseJeremy Barousse currently works as a news reporter in the South Bay Area with, an online community newspaper that covers community news. In past years, he has worked as a research analyst with the state's biggest labor union, SEIU, where he helped win big contracts for working families in the South Bay. He has also worked as a campaign manager with the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, where I helped get good progressive Democratic candidates elected to office. Lastly, he has spent a couple of years writing for a community newspaper chain in the South County area of Santa Clara County as a sports editor, a city and county reporter, and a copy editor. He has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from San Jose State University with an emphasis in reporting and editing. Jeremy was born and raised in San Jose, CA and loves writing. He am an officer with the Silicon Young Democrats, a network of young professionals in Silicon Valley.