Category Archives: Speaker 2017

Kanya Bennett, American Civil Liberties Union

Kanya Bennett serves as a Legislative Counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Kanya advances criminal justice reform at the federal level. Prior to joining the ACLU, Kanya spent over three years at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy as the Director of Policy Development and Programming where she focused
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Hilary O. Shelton

Hilary 0. Shelton, presently serves as the Director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau / Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy. The Washington Bureau is the Federal legislative and national public policy division of the over 500,000- member, 2,200-membership unit, national civil rights organization. In this capacity, Hilary is responsible for advocating the federal public
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Myriam Darmoni Charbit

Myriam Darmoni Charbit is Director of Civics and Shared life Education, Center for Educational Technology in Tel Aviv. She leads a team of ten staff members from various groups in the Israeli society. Her work focuses on developing strategies and resources for teachers to nurture civic dialogue in the classrooms and to engage Jewish and
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Barbara Weinstein, Religious Action Center

Barbara Weinstein is the Religious Action Center’s Associate Director. She directs legislative policy and helps guide the many aspects of the RAC’s social justice work. Barbara is also the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism
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Marci Gerston, Silicon Valley

Marci Gerston is currently serving her fifth and last year as chair of the JCRC at the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Her 2.5 terms have been focused among other things on African American and Muslim relations, immigration and affordable housing. Marci was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. She attended college and law school
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Renee Rosenfeld, United Way

Renée Rosenfeld is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way of the National Capital Area where she oversees the brand development and communications to bring to life the organization’s mission, vision and work in building the most vibrant and accessible community for everyone in the National Capital Area. Renée is a multi award-winning
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Magda Schaler-Haynes, Columbia University

Magda Schaler-Haynes is an attorney specializing in health and social policy, reproductive rights, and health care reform. As an independent consultant, she provides research-driven strategic guidance to diverse public, non-profit and private sector clients. Magda’s recent work includes serving as Amicus Manager for the Center for Reproductive Rights in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the
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David Kurzmann, JCRC of Metropolitan Detroit

David Kurzmann joined the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit (JCRC) as its executive director in October 2015 after spending nearly a decade working in the Chicago Jewish community. In July 2016, JCRC formed a partnership with American Jewish Committee (AJC) to better serve the Detroit community. David now directs JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for
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Bruce Turnbull, Turnbull Law Firm PLLC

Bruce H. Turnbull has his own law practice, representing major technology companies and multi-company consortia in the negotiation and deployment of licensing regimes for cutting edge technologies that deliver entertainment content to consumers. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was for over 25 years a partner in the Washington office a major multinational law
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Cornell Brooks, NAACP

Cornell William Brooks is the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected grassroots-based civil rights organization. In 2014, he became the 18th person to serve as chief executive of the Association, whose members in the United States and worldwide are
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