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CPNC12 Speakers


The Honorable Hilda Solis
United States Secretary of Labor

Leader Nancy Pelosi

Senator Dick Durbin

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Jack Lew
White House Chief of Staff

José Antonio Vargas
Founder, Define American

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

Mrs. Neera Tanden
President, Center for American Progress

Mr. John Podesta
Chair & Counselor, Center for American Progress

Mrs. Anne Johnson
Director, Campus Progress

Mrs. Robin Wright

Zach Wahls
Young Activist & YouTube Star


Beau Sia

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai


How Young People are Changing Politics

Sean Eldridge, President, Hudson River Ventures
Sam Graham-Felsen, Former Chief Blogger, Obama For America ‘08
Ronnie Cho, Liaison to Young Americans, The White House
Alex Hellmuth, Student and Youth Coordinator with the Raise Hope for Congo, Enough Project

The Human Rights Narrative and the College Student

Michael Poffenberger, Co-Founder and Executive Director, RESOLVE
Omekongo Dibinga, Director, UPstander International
John Prendergast, Co-Founder, Enough Project


The Double Pronged War on Women: Misogyny in Pop Culture and Politics

Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, Choice USA
Malika Saada Saar, Managing Director, Human Rights Project for Girls
Jaclyn Friedman, Founder and Executive Director, Women, Action & the Media
Jamilah King, News Editor & Media Reform Reporter,

Global Security in a Progressive Age

Sabina Dewan, Director of Globalization and International Employment
Blaise Misztal, Associate Director, Foreign Policy Project
Mike Moschella, Political Director, Truman National Security Project
Derrick Ashong, Former Host of The Stream, Al Jazeera English

Economics for People Who Are Not Economists

Mike Konczal, Fellow, The Roosevelt Institute
Noel Ortega, New Economy Working Group Coordinator, Institute for Policy Studies
Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
Nicole Woo, Director of Domestic Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Fighting for Immigrant Rights in a Diverse Movement

Rinku Sen, Executive Director, Applied Research Center & Colorlines
Felipe Sousa Matos, Online Advocate,
Grace Kaissal, Co-Chair, Women of Color Network, Women’s Information Network
Sian Miranda Singh Ofaolain, Field Organizer, Rights Working Group

Rising from the Tar Sands: Building on the Keystone Victory and Growing the Environmental Movement

Bill McKibben, President and Co-Founder,
Courtney Hight, Deputy Political Director, Sierra Club
Navin Nayak, Senior Vice President, Campaigns
Quentin James National Director, Sierra Student Coalition (Sierra Club)

College Debt: The New Student Activism

Zakiya Smith, Senior Advisor for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council
Doug Lederman, Editor & Founder, Inside Higher Ed
Julie Morgan, Associate Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress

Upheaval – Modern Means to Change

Jamelle Bouie, Writing Fellow, The American Prospect
Rebecca MacKinnon, Co-Founder, Global Voices
Amanda Kloer, Campaigns Director,
Ana Kasparian, Co-Host, The Young Turks

Marriage Equality – What’s the Fight All About?

Fred Sainz, Vice-President, Communications and Marketing, Human Rights Campaign
Heather R. Mizeur, Delegate, Maryland General Assembly
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, Advisor, LGBT Policy & Racial Justice, Center for American Progress

The Future of Labor:  Millenials and Union Organizing

Kurston Cook, Young Workers Coordinator, AFL-CIO
Barby Halstead-Warrel, National Field Director, National Education Association
Meighan Davis, PAC Specialist, Maryland State Education Association
Gregory Cendana, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Modern Day Voter Suppression

Ari Berman, Political Correspondent, The Nation and Author of ‘Herding Donkeys:  The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics’
Dan Vicuna, Campus Vote Project Coordinator, Fair Elections Legal Network
Lee Rowland, Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Tara McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress