NO VOTE LEFT BEHIND Featured Guests
NO VOTE LEFT BEHIND
Countdown to Election Day, and now more than ever we must come together to empower democratic participation. HATCH and our Coalition Partners are uniting to inform, inspire and mobilize young voters, people of color, and underserved communities to REGISTER & VOTE.
This is not left or right, blue or red, but a collection of humans who care deeply about democracy, racial equity, education, women’s rights, the future economy, and the environment – our planet.
Nurah is a 17 year old gun violence prevention activist from Atlanta georgia. Co-founded a die in day of action in 2018 with over 100 sister protest.
Gbenga Akinnagbe is an actor, writer, and activist, best known for his roles as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire and as Larry Brown on the HBO series The Deuce. He’s an active leader in the Black Lives Matter and racial justice movements. His many theatre credits include Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway; Film credits include All the Devil’s Men, DC Noir (also co-directed), Egg, Home, Crown Heights, Detroit, Detour, Inde
CEO BIG BROTHERS & SISTERS Independence (Greater Philadelphia region), and National Board of Directors for BBBS, the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the country. Allen is a respected community leader and sought-after speaker for a variety of topics, including Mentoring, Mass Incarceration, Leadership Development, Board Governance, Economic Issues, Educational Excellence and Nonprofit Management. His op-eds are frequently featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he has received numerous awards. In 2016, Marcus Allen was appointed to the PA State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by Senator Patrick Toomey’s office, responsible for advising the Commission regarding civil rights and discrimination matters in the Commonwealth of PA. Allen currently serves on the board of directors for United Way, the Philadelphia Association of Community, and in 2013, was appointed to serve on the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity oversight board.
GRAMMY-NOMINATED SPOKEN WORD ARTIST – A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may now find Sekou keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable.
India Arie s a four-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, actress, record producer, and advocate. She has sold over 10 million records worldwide. In 2009 she received the DC Branch NAACP Centennial Award, was featured in the 2010 Image Award nominated documentary “Leading Women”, and had the privilege of meeting with the Dalai Lama prior to performing at an event for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. In September 2010 she was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Arie was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and in 2016 released her single “Breathe.” Its stronger emphasis on wellness, combined with a uniformly soft, stripped-down sound, was acknowledged with a Grammy nomination in the category of Best New Age Album. Arie continues to draw from sounds across the globe with her sixth full-length release, Worthy in 2019, and she continues to be an advocate for human rights, freedom and fairness.
Alec Baldwin is a distinguished actor, comedian, writer, and producer who has worked across many genres. He has been nominated several times for his work in film and on stage and awarded some of television’s premier accolades. Baldwin is also known as a dedicated supporter of the arts. He serves on the boards of several theater, film, and music organizations and is an active supporter of The Actors Fund and The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, among many others. Baldwin received his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU in 2010. He last appeared on stage in the 2013 Broadway production of “Orphans.” Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for his role in the 1992 Broadway production of “A Street Car Named Desire” and won an Obie Award for his role in “Prelude to a Kiss.” On television, Baldwin starred alongside Tina Fey on NBC’s “30 Rock,” winner of multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. Baldwin received eight SAG Awards (seven individual, one ensemble), three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award, and two Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Jack Donaghy. Baldwin has appeared in over forty films, including Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, The Cat in the Hat, The Aviator, The Departed, It’s Complicated, and many more. He earned an Oscar nomination for his role in romantic drama The Cooler.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. He is the author of four books: We Are Called to Be a Movement; Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear; and Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation. Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. Rev. Dr. Barber currently sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors and is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and The Nation Magazine, among others. He is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award, a 2018 MacArthur Foundation genius award recipient, and he is one of the 2019 recipients of the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.
Xiye Bastida is a teenage climate activist based in New York City and one of the lead organizers of the youth climate justice movement. Xiye was born and raised in Mexico as part of the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous Peoples and holds that philosophy and value-system for caring for Mother Earth. For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, she co-founded the Re-Earth Initiative, a 501c3 dedicated to educating youth about the intersectionality of the climate crisis. Since 2018, she has spoken at conferences such as the United Nations Climate Summit, COP25 and Earth X and TED. She received the “Spirit of the UN” award in 2018, and was named of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 women changing the world. See her recent TED TALK.
MUSICIAN, PRODUCER, PHILANTHROPIST. Blacc fell in love with hip-hop as a kid and also discovered an affinity for folk-rock singer/songwriters during his college years. “One of the most important factors in my transition from hip-hop to being a singer was listening to people like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, and Cat Stevens,” Blacc says. “Their songs are full of emotion that’s expressed in strong lyrics, and that had a big impact on me. Blacc has collaborated with groundbreaking producers like Pharrell Williams, Lift Your Spirit dropped on New Year’s Day in 2014, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album. “When I signed a major-label contract, I recognized the power of having a larger audience, and I promised myself that I’d use my voice for social change. Rather than a genre, my music follows a theme I call A.I.M.: affirmation, inspiration, and motivation
FOUNDER, A BETTER LIFE FOUNDATION. Mark Brand offers an engaging, bold, brutally honest portrayal of hunger, homelessness and addiction today in our communities. His dedication to changing the landscape and encouraging others to look at sustainable business models is at the forefront of his inspiring keynotes. Social impact and change is not only evident in his own business models, but his thought leadership is contagious to challenge many others to also make a difference.
Heather is an award-winning poet, painter and policy scholar. She holds an MFA in Poetry and an interdisciplinary PhD in history, anthropology and Native American Studies. Heather works with tribal leaders, educators, youth and policymakers to find solutions to issues facing American Indians in the state of Montana. She is from the Flathead Reservation in western Montana and is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
NEXTGEN – Heather Chen is a junior in southeast Michigan. She is an organizer Sunrise Movement, working as a hub coordinator and a Middle/High School support team member. Additionally, Heather is an active member in township and school board politics. When she’s not on zoom meetings or finishing her homework, you can find Heather reading books, taking photos for her friends, or scrolling endlessly through fashion sites. You can find her online at the handle @heatherweixi.
Louis Cole, better known as FunForLouis, is a film-maker, top travel influencer, and YouTube personality with a following of over 2 million. FunForLouis documents his life and travels all over the globe. In 2007 Cole purchased and renovated a double-decker bus, equipping it as a mobile centre to help homeless youth with music and video game facilities.The Boombus project now receives funding from local council wards. Louis has directed a few films, Beyond Borders – A Journey Celebrating Global Diversity, and Beyond Borders – A Film Celebrating Unity. In 2016, Louis co-founded The Solvey Project with Dave Erasmus with the aim of funding social entrepreneurs.
EXPLORER, SCIENTIST, MUSICIAN, & FORMER ASTRONAUT – Recently retired after 24 years at NASA. Former Chief of Robotics, Astronaut Office. 2 Space Shuttle missions, 100 million miles traveled, 180 days in space. Having had the privilige of seeing our Earth from space, Cady feels compelled to bring others along for the journey. Convinced that the key to solving hard problems is recognizing the greatness in the other members of our crew: the crew of Spaceship Earth.
A transformative writer & entertainer with live performances as dynamic as his words. Private performances include President Obama, Oprah, Maya Angelou, & Norman Lear; His work has been seen on ABC, HBO, MTV & performed live at Sundance, TEDMED, Kennedy Center, & The White House. Corporate giants Cox, Pioneer, ADP & Gap Inc. are among the many companies amazed by Steve’s ability to entertain & inform with immersive multimedia speeches & performances. His celebrated piece “We Are The Lions” has 9+ million views & was performed at the UN & his band KillThePoets is hard at work on their new album
Working at the intersection of filmed and live cultural events and advocacy, Jerry has worked with numerous organizations, including the Annenberg Foundation and Morgan Freeman’s Rock River Foundation, producing films, video, music and other artist events, to raise awareness and funds for the most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues of our day. Cope is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Cope’s work has been featured in numerous documentary films and on Democracy Now, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Al Jazeera. Cope’s latest project for Friends Of the Earth and the United Nations Foundation has him joining forces with music’s heavy hitters to help fight climate change, with the song “Love Song To The Earth” now avaible on Itunes.
Melanie is a professional skydiver, business woman, and activist with 11,000 jumps. Competition, world records and around the world as a headlining skydiving coach. Melanie leads through courageous self-expression as avenue to our deepest healing and highest contribution and connection. A fierce champion for growth, kindness and inclusion. This led Melanie to a powerful position of influence and expanded career as a life coach, speaker, author and artist. 3 books, a podcast, funny spoof movies, dance. Now a demonstration jump team to inspire and elevate the conversation of gender equality and social justice.
ACTOR, PRESIDENT OF CREATIVE COALITION, Tim has been an actor for 40 years, playing myriad roles in TV, films, and theater. He is the recipient of Theatre World, Golden Satellite, GLAAD, Gracie, and Peabody Awards, and has been nominated for Emmy and SAG awards. He is perhaps best known for his roles in WINGS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE SOPRANOS, and as the voice of Superman for the animated series. He most recently starred in MADAM SECRETARY on CBS and the YouTube web series THE DALY SHOW. Tim is an activist in various political and social causes and uses his voice and stature to promote issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of arts advocacy, public education, and First Amendment rights. Since 2008, he has been president of The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, politically advocacy group. He is on the board of Inside Out Writers, a non-profit organization that uses the power of creative writing to help juvenile offenders reclaim their lives.
Executive Director of Future Coalition, Katie oversees the day to day operations of the coalition and helps to craft the long term vision and strategy for the organization. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Katie is currently taking two years off between high school and college to work full time on Future Coalition. She’ll be starting at Stanford University in the fall of 2020. Katie started organizing in the 4th grade when she convinced her class to stage a sit-in in gym to address gender discrimination. Katie then went on to found Kids Tales, an organization dedicated to empowering young people to find their voice through creative writing, which she worked on throughout middle school and high school. Katie is also a co-founder of 50 Miles More, an organization started in 2018 to address the gun violence epidemic in the US.
Shepard is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing who became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. Since then, Fairey has painted more than 105 public murals, become one of the most sought-after and provocative artists in the world, and changed the way people converse about art and view the urban landscape. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston has described him as one of the best known and most influential street artists in history, and his work is included in collections at The Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and more. Shepard and Amanda Fairey founded Make America Smart Again to empower individuals to use their brains and their voices and vote in every election.
America Ferrera is an Emmy-winning and Golden-Globe winning actress best known for her fearless portrayal of “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty. In tandem with her work on multiple features and tv series, Ferrera served as an ambassador on a campaign called, “America4America” joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign aims to reach people across the country by using online content to engage in conversations with the actress and discusses issues related to voter identification laws, education, and immigration. She also served as an artist ambassador for Save The Children and traveled to West Africa where she raised funds to build a school in southern Mali. Additionally, she recently visited Honduras on behalf of the organization ONE in support of women facing the challenges of extreme poverty.
Madame Gandhi is an artist and activist whose mission is to celebrate gender liberation. She has toured drumming for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation and most recently Oprah on her 2020 Vision Stadium Tour with morning dance party Daybreaker. She has been listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 member and is a 2020 TED Fellow. Her uplifting music and talks have been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Billboard, NPR and more.
Founder/CEO of Onward, an organization that empowers high-impact partners to create inclusive organizations. As CEO, she oversees program strategy, development, and implementation, partnering with nonprofits, companies, schools-systems, and communities to provide tailor-made change management plans, and customized learning experiences. Thaly also served as executive director of the Lynch Leadership Academy. Prior to that she was the executive director of aligned staff at New Leaders, a national leadership development organization, where she developed a strategic plan for improving leadership and achieving dramatic student academic gains across the Washington, DC charter sector. While serving as a principal in Washington, DC, and in teaching in New York and Washington, DC. While a DC charter school leader, Thaly’s school received the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) “Silver Gain” award. In New York City, Thaly worked as an educator at Harry S. Truman High School, where she helped to establish the Peace and Diversity Academy.
Eli is a NextGen motivated entrepreneur who was a volunteer in the 2016 election, and in 2018 was a campaign staffer. In 2020 Eli founded OurVote USA based on a simple premise – when young people Vote, change happens. In order to make the change we want to see in the world, OurVote USA is training a new generation of activists, and using innovations like scannable “Smart T-shirts” to register new voters.
CEO of Burning Man – As Chief Executive Officer of Burning Man, Marian Goodell oversees all aspects of the 501(c)3 Burning Man Project including the subsidiary Black Rock City LLC production company for the annual Burning Man event. She is one of six founders of the initial event LLC formed in 1997. Before being named CEO in early 2014, Marian was for 15 years responsible for development of year-round operations including communications, technology, accounting, administrative processes, legal, and government affairs. Marian helped spearhead Burning Man’s global engagement in 1997 with the launch of the Regional Network, which now includes more than 220 ambassadors in 150 locations on 6 continents supporting Burning Man cultural expansion worldwide. She is currently developing the strategic process for scaling the Burning Man Project’s work in the arts, education, civic engagement and social enterprise. Marian is also a founding board member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Black Rock Solar.
NEXTGEN Anushka is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of GEN-ZiNE, a publication dedicated to addressing contemporary issues through the eyes of Generation Z. GEN-ZiNE provides a space for members of Generation Z to share their concerns and opinions on issues that ignite them, encourage deep and critical thought, educate, and inspire action. At USC she studies Communication with a minor in Media Economics and Entrepreneurship, and is committed to designing media for social change. Anushka believes in the power of storytelling to empower communities and echo unheard voices.
Aryeh-Or is a multidisciplinary artist and activist from Los Angeles, CA. His primary focuses lie in theatrical/cinematic arts, music and literature. Aryeh received a in degree in theatrical arts from AADA and has worked in Film & TV with industry greats such as Clint Eastwood, Antoine Fuqua & Leonardo DiCaprio to name a few. Aryeh has also played music all his life and is currently finishing his first full length studio album. He is also an avid traveler, combining adventure and service from building a primary school in Malawi to joining the front lines at Standing Rock. Most recently, Aryeh has been named Creative Director at 76 Words, a major political communications and advertising firm. In his new position, Aryeh has found a lane which allows him to combine all of his skills and passions as both artist and activist, creating content for ballot measures, organizations and candidates aligned with social justice and the enactment of positive CHANGE.
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, ACUMEN. Acumen is a U.S.-based non-profit impact investment organization with close to 20 years’ experience in investing in social enterprises that serve low-income communities in developing countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Acumen invests “Patient Capital,” capital that bridges the gap between the efficiency and scale of market-based approaches and the social impact of pure philanthropy, in entrepreneurs bringing sustainable solutions to big problems of poverty. Otho was a co-founder of the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship in Harlem and a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program. Most recently, Otho was an Ambassador for Health Equity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Advisory Committee on a Culture of Health Program.
NEXTGEN CLIMATE ACTIVIST – Sophia Kianni is an 18-year-old climate and environmental activist, specializing in media and strategy. Her passion for environmental advocacy began after she witnessed the devastating effect pollution was having on her parents’ home country, Iran. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with over 5,500 volunteers translating climate information into more than 100 languages. She was recently selected to represent the United States as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She is also the host of the New Fashion Initiative Podcast, interviewing everyone from sustainability leaders at Lush Cosmetics and Mara Hoffman to politicians like Tom Steyer. Sophia’s activism has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, The Guardian, CNBC, and even on the front page of The Washington Post. She has written for news outlets such as MTV News, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, and Cosmopolitan. Sophia has been publicly commended by the Congressional Committee on the Climate Crisis and the United Nations Foundation for her advocacy. She is an adamant public speaker and has spoken to people around the world from Doha, Qatar to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Yarrow is the Founder of HATCH and H360.ai, is an Aspen Institute Fellow, RSA Fellow, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. He’s directed projects with Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and more. He is a pioneer of social networking and has been building communities for twenty years. In 1999, Yarrow created an online network – The Hero Project, which grew to 1.5 Million users and was acquired by FOX. In 2004, Yarrow founded HATCH, connecting global influencers to accelerate solutions for the UN’s SDGs. In 2016 Yarrow founded H360.ai, a machine learning impact collaboration platform. H360 connects people to resources and unlocks the potential of communities and organizations, powering a “Network of Networks.” Yarrow is featured in the book Talent for Humanity,, was honored with the Audfest Impact Award in 2019, and has led think tanks with Intel, Hasbro, Ernst & Young, NASA, spoken at TEDx, Vivatech, EarthX, Day One, and Business Innovation Factory Summit (BIF). Watch Yarrow’s DAY ONE keynote.
Téa is an actor who has starred in the films and television including Flying Blind, The Naked Truth, Madam Secretary and more. Her breakthrough role was in the 1995 action comedy film Bad Boys. In later years, Leoni had lead roles in films such as Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III, Spanglish, and Fun with Dick and Jane. Leoni was named a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 2001.
NextGen Poet – Dharma Lemon is a young writer from Los Angeles County, who works for Get Lit-Words Ignite as a Get Lit Player. Her quirky and passionate work revolves around feminism, body positivity, the environment, and racial injustice. Dharma’s passion for poetry is fused with her love for activism, having performed alongside celebrity activists like Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Morgan Freeman, and many others. She has also shared her work in the virtual space for Artists For Amazonia, SoCal Public Broadcast, and numerous environmental justice-focused orgs & events.
Matthew is a veteran of both stage and screen, well known for his performances in over 50 films and television shows. Lillard is associated with Hollywood Box Office hits totaling over $800 million dollars in revenue worldwide, as well as critical darlings like SLC Punk! and Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen. His directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World won the Audience Award at the SXSW in 2012. He’s currently working on the Amazon show BOSCH and Showtime’s TWIN PEAKS, and the new NBC drama GOOD GIRLS. He has collaborated with HATCHers on 5 Jamma-Slamma, a music video featuring Dr. Victor Pineda, and HIVE BE GOOD.
Maxwell Lubin is the co-founder and CEO of Rise, a nonprofit mobilizing college students and young people to advocate for free college and get out the vote. Prior to founding Rise, Max was appointed by President Obama’s Administration to serve in the U.S. Department of Education where he worked in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. Max has worked on grassroots campaigns at the local, state, and national level, and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Songa Bahati Manassé
NextGen Poet / Activist –A native Atlantan and current Robert Woodruff-MLK Scholar as a Freshman at Emory University, Royce is Legislative Director of March for our Lives GA and received international acclaim for poems about race/gender/equality. Featured speaker on all major TV networks, HATCH, GLAAD Awards NYC/SF/ATL, NEXUS, True Colors, Global Citizens, BIF, and at the invitation of the King Family at Ebenezer Church for MLK Day and on the GA Capitol steps. Grand Marshal for 2019 ATL Pride, Royce interned for APS School Board, Rep. David Dreyer, and political campaigns including Stacey Abrams, and currently: Organizer of Students for Ossoff (for a GA US Senate seat). Creator/Host of QuaranTeen, he was a 2020 GA Scholar, featured in Decatur 20 Under 20, and has acted in films, commercials, and numerous pro theaters including the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theater.
Filmmaker, speaker, and social entrepreneur. Nirvan directed Caine’s Arcade, founded the Imagination Foundation, and was Creative Director for the #EarthToParis campaign for GOOD and the UN Foundation. He lives in LA, serves on the Board of CicLAvia, and is working on several documentary projects.
Ty Hobson Powell
Ty Hobson-Powell (25) is a native Washingtonian and lifelong community advocate. After graduating from high school at 13, he become the youngest student in history to matriculate at Howard University. After gaining his Bachelor’s degree at age 15 from the University of Baltimore and his Master’s degree at 17 from Liberty University, Ty began his career in public service with DC’s Dept. of Employment Services availing supports to some of the District’s most disadvantaged residents through his work with MBSYEP, MBYLI & OYP. He also worked for Hillary for America in the 2016 presidential election as a field organizer in Erie, Pennsylvania. Currently, Ty serves as Co-Founder and Director of Policy for Concerned Citizens DC, Civic Engagement Coordinator for UDC, and is a lead organizer with the 51For51 D.C. statehood campaign and JustDemocracy.
IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam Champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. He’s inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined.
FOUNDER, SPECTRAL Q. John Quigley is an award-winning Artist, Producer, and Activist. As a producer he has worked with dozens of influencers from the entertainment industry on livestreams, concerts, and PSAs to benefit a variety of causes. He recently served as Executive Producer for the Artists United for Amazonia Livestream with high profile artists and experts such as Barbra Streisand, STING, Jeff Bridges, Jane Fonda, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews,Jane Goodall, Greta Thunberg, and many others. As founder of Spectral Q his unique mix of human installation and aerial photography brings together communities to create large-scale messages for the common good. Focusing on themes of health, human rights, social justice, ecological balance, democracy, and freedom, his work strives to liberate the spirit and inspire unity through creative participation. He has created more than 200 Aerial Art images involving over 200,000 people on 7 continents, profiled in hundreds of media outlets around the world. He has worked with virtually every major environmental organization in the US, including having served on the national and international boards for Earth Day. He currently serves as the Founding Director of Artists for Amazonia, as well as a board member of the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and the Whaleman Foundation.
CELLIST, COMPOSER, Kendall Ramseur Kendall is one-fourth of the nationally-acclaimed and billboard charting quartet, Sons of Serendip who gained fame during Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The quartet was also invited to perform at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. As a soloist, Mr. Ramseur released his debut album in 2013 and was awarded the Inspirational Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards. Since then, Kendall has performed his original compositions at 100’s of events around the country and orchestrated various parts for the quartet’s performances with the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Kendall has been offering his music to the Global Living Rooms and Impact Labs for several months.
Leah Song and Chloe Smith, founding sisters of Rising Appalachia, have long witnessed themselves – by both choice and coincidence – carrying harmony into settings of upheaval and discord. Soon after their eponymous release in 2006, the siblings moved to New Orleans to assist in rebuilding efforts following Katrina. There they gained not only a deeper sense of connection to the roots of American music, but also an abiding sense of purpose as musicians. The band, which has now grown to include musicians David Brown on upright bass and baritone guitar, and Biko Casini on world percussion, has settled into its stride and purpose through creating original music with a mission, rooted in the traditions of folk songs, storytelling, and grassroots activism. The band manages to meld traditions and genres the same way Leah and Chloe blend their voices; it’s casual, beguiling, and effortlessly singular. Their persuasive and powerful new genre of acoustic folk melds old-time music with a thick rhythm section, southern soul, West African instrumentation and an occasional Colombian love song. The diverse influences converge through the voices of Leah and Chloe, which go together as only two siblings’ can.
Lia Rose creates music and tours with projects focused on making a positive impact. She writes songs that are intensely honest and at times unmistakably autobiographical. In addition to her solo releases, Rose is a member of band Built For The Sea (Experimental/Electronic/Ambient), signed to Tom Morello & Ryan Harvey’s record label Firebrand Records whose aims are sharply focused on social justice. Both solo and with bands, Rose’s music has been featured widely in TV & Film, including features in trailers & sizzle reels from HBO to NBC, MTV to USA.
Cindy Blackman Santana
Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer, bandleader and musician, with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. Throughout her career, Cindy has toured the globe and made albums with artists including Lenny Kravitz, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. She writes, records, and performs with her own bands, Cindy Blackman Santana Group and Another Lifetime, which released its critically-acclaimed self-titled debut in 2010. In 2016, Cindy joined Santana full-time and has been mesmerizing audiences around the globe ever since.In September 2020, she delivered a new solo album Give the Drummer Some, with songs that span the realm of jazz, rock, and funk and featuring Cindy’s incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone.
Atossa Soltani is the founder and board president of Amazon Watch and served as the organization’s first Executive Director for 18 years. Currently Atossa is the director of global strategy for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, working to protect one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. The initiative is led by an alliance of Amazonian indigenous nations of Ecuador and Peru with support from Fundación Pachamama, Amazon Watch and the Pachamama Alliance. Atossa is the Hillary Institute 2013 Global Laureate for Climate Leadership and recipient of the 2014 Hillary Step Prize. She is currently producing her first feature-length documentary film titled The Flow about learning from nature’s genius. Atossa served on the board of trustees of The Christensen Fund from 2008-2017 and was Board chair from 2012-2016.
A former Black Panther activist, Bettie is a master transformational trainer, a world-renowned executive coach, management consultant, entrepreneur, and trainer with over 45 years of experience in transformational leadership, innovation, and cultural diversity. She is a certified Master NLP practitioner and a recognized thought leader in Ontological, Mindful, and Ecological Living. Bettie has designed and facilitated workshops in leadership, mastery, and communication effectiveness for communities and businesses in Russia, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, England, Hong Kong, Canada, Ghana, and the United States.
Paul “DJ Spooky” Miller
MUSICIAN, PRODUCER, ACTIVIST – Paul Miller is passionate about mobilizing the vote, creativity for change, and the climate crisis – a National Geographic Explorer, composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono.
DACA DREAMER, CEO/FOUNDER – Samantha is CEO of Offtharecord.com, a creative content agency and digital magazine run by POC with a focus on uplifting marginalized voices. Samantha is also the founder of the Kick Ass Girl Pow Wow, a digital platform which celebrates and highlights girls and women who live OUTLOUD. She is a filmmaker, creative director, writer, mother, and a proud Mexico-born DREAMer.
Sheléa is an R&B singer and musician who has performed around the world, and at the White House in 2012 and the Library of Congress in 2014. She is recognized for her popular songs “I’ll Never Let You Go” and “Seeing You” Her 2014 track “I’ll Never Let You Go” peaked at 23 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart. She is mentored by Stevie Wonder, and is a protégée of Quincy Jones.
Teneia is a national touring musician who spreads a message of love and equality. Her profound take on love and social justice makes her a force of nature. She’s a musical ambassador for the United States. She has also shared the stage with Jessi Colter, Sophie B.Hawkins, Ben Taylor, The War & Treaty and many more.
NextGen Poet / Activist – Violeta Tabilla-Esquivel aka ‘La Poeta Violeta’ is a 14 year old LatinX spoken word artist. At just 10 years old, she became the youngest performer with Get Lit-Words Ignite; performing classic and original poems to promote literacy and language arts in schools. She is a published poet who uses her words to powerfully cope with stressors in her life and advocate for humanity. She speaks on climate change, LatinX-girl power, immigration reform, and gun violence. Most recently her poem on gun violence was one of 3 in the country chosen for publication by CNN. Her most recent performances include opening for Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix at Fire Drill Friday, speaking alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti at a Second Home gathering for the Environment, featuring at the National Teachers Association, the Long Beach City Council, and at A Day of Unreasonable Conversation at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, where John Legend opened for her. She was also a featured artist in an international Puma campaign with Cara Delevingne, recorded in London.
Jade Tailor is an actress, singer, writer, film maker and social activist. Originally born in Hollywood, California she has spent her life bi-coastally in both New York and Los Angeles. Her most recent and notable work is on the hit SyFy series, The Magicians. She is also the founder of several non-profits, a NWHM ambassador, & DV/IPV counselor, and ICF certified life coach.
Hailed as the Shirley Chisholm of our times, Nina Turner is a motivational speaker, cable news commentator and defining political icon. She is a national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, a former state senator from Ohio and former professor of African American history. Turner is also a founding member of the Bernie Sanders Institute, an entity dedicated to transforming American democracy through research, education and outreach. Prior to joining the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, Turner led the grassroots organization, Our Revolution, an entity that Sanders founded to revitalize American democracy and empower progressive leaders. Prior to her stint at the helm of Our Revolution, she was a national surrogate for Sanders (I-VT) during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Notably, she was also the Democratic nominee for the 2014 Ohio Secretary of State race.
Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian who wows audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Reggie blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy. No two performances are the same and to that end, “genius” is the word most often used to describe Reggie Watts. LA Weekly crowned him “the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years” while New York Magazine hailed Reggie as “Spectacularly original,” Rolling Stone featured him as “Hot Comedian,” SPIN named him as “Best New Comedian” and the LA Times praised Reggie is “a superstar.”
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in a run up to the 2004 Presidential Election. To carry the energy of the efforts beyond election day, he founded Hip Hop Caucus in September of 2004. The goal of Hip Hop Caucus is to build a powerful and sustainable organization for the culture’s role in the civic process and empowerment of communities impacted first and worst by injustice. As a non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue organization, Hip Hop Caucus focuses on addressing core issues impacting underserved and vulnerable communities, with programs and campaigns that support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Through a collaborative network, Hip Hop Caucus holds elected officials accountable, shapes policy, and builds more diverse and powerful movements to ignite positive change. As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, he has raised awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns and elected officials. His innovative stance has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including the Sunrise Movement, League of Conservation Voters, Earthjustice, and Zero Hour.