Alumnae/i in the News
Many Rockwood graduates are making waves across the country, and around the world. Following are some recent stories and accolades.
Rockwood alum, Joe Goode’s piece, “Hush,” reviewed
Rockwood alum Barbara Arnwine honored with Feminist Majority Fearless Trailblazer Award
Rockwood alum, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President & Executive Director, Barbara Arnwine, was honored with a Feminist Majority Fearless Trailblazer Award.
Rockwood alums pictured in photo as part of The New York Times story, "As Critics United, Stalled Battle Against Frisking Tactic Took Off."
Rockwood alums, Linda Sarsour (National Advocacy Director, ACCESS/National Network for Arab American Communities), Fahd Ahmed (Legal and Policy Director, DRUM), Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele (Senior Organizer, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund), and Priscilla Gonzalez (Director, Organizing, Communities United Police Reform) are pictured in a photo as part of The New York Times story, "As Critics United, Stalled Battle Against Frisking Tactic Took Off."
Rockwood alum, Mary Kay Henry on The Colbert Report
Rockwood alum, Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU, was on The Colbert Report to discuss the fast food workers strike.
Nine Rockwood alum arrested at immigration reform protest in Washington, DC
Nine Rockwood alum were arrested at an immigration reform protest in Washington, DC: Deepak Bhargava (Executive Director, Campaign for Community Change), Heather Booth (Democracy Partners and President, Midwest Academy), Gregory Cendana (Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance), Sarita Gupta (Executive Director, Jobs with Justice), Marielena Hincapié (Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center), Andrea Cristina Mercado (National Campaign Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance), Phil Radford (Executive Director, Greenpeace), Angelica Salas (Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles), and Miriam Yeung (Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum).
Rockwood alum, Jotaka Eaddy and Anna Galland get 1.5 million people to sign an online petition calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman
Rockwood alum, Jotaka Eaddy, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO and Senior Director of Voting Rights of NAACP, and Anna Galland, Executive Director of MoveOn.org, collaborated to get 1.5 million people to sign an online petition calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman
Leading from the Inside Out alum, Ben Jealous, on CNN
President & CEO, NAACP, discusses George Zimmerman trial verdict.
Leading from the Inside Out alum, Ilyse Hogue, on Hardball with Chris Matthews
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America, addresses Texas abortion restriction legislation.
Cross-Movement Leading from the Inside Out alum, Jotaka Eaddy, on MSNBC
Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, and Senior Director, Voting Rights, NAACP, talks about the Voting Rights Act.
Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders alum, Rea Carey, on NPR
Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, interviewed for All Things Considered story, “Gays and Lesbians Turn Fight to Workplace Discrimination Ban.”
Leading from the Inside Out alum, Barbara Arnwine, on Melissa Harris-Perry
Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law discusses Voting Rights Act.
Leading from the Inside Out alum, Michael Brune, and Art of Leadership alum, Michael Shellenberger, on KQED Forum with Michael Krasny
Executive Director, Sierra Club, and President, The Breakthrough Institute, discuss Obama’s new climate plan.
Death Penalty Abolition Fellowship alum, Bill Pelke, on CNN
President and Founder of Journey of Hope talks about the healing power of forgiveness.
Leading from the Inside Out alum, Thomas Saenz, on Democracy Now!
President of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund discusses the Voting Rights Act.
Art of Leadership alum, Naomi Paiss on Al Jazeera English's, The Stream
VP, Public Affairs, New Israel Fund, talks about African migrants in Israel.
Art of Leadership Alum, Nicole Matthews shares her, "Journey of Self-Discovery"
The Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition writes about her experience at Rockwood's Art of Leadership on the Move to End Violence blog.
Rockwood BCORR Alum, Saru Jayaraman, in Z Magazine
The Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers, and the Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley is interviewed for the piece, "Behind the Kitchen Door."
Leading from the Inside Out Alum, Nan Aron, on The Diane Rehm Show
The President of the Alliance for Justice joins a discussion of the, "High Stakes Battle Over Judicial Appointments."
Rockwood Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellow, Linda Sarsour, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Linda breaks down profiling in the segment, "The Only Unfair Thing Ever."
Greg Hodge Featured in Oakland Local
Rockwood Chair of the Board Interviewed about Oakland-Based "Brotherhood of Elders"
Two Rockwood BCORR Leaders to Receive Gloria Awards
Saru Jayaraman and Kierra Johnson Recognized for being Women of Vision
Ten Rockwood Fellows & Alums Included in Trans 100 List
Trans 100 Rockwood leaders celebrated for their groundbreaking work: Kylar Broadus, Cecilia Chung, Masen Davis, Justus Eisfeld, Zander Keig, Dru Levasseur, Shane Morgan, Teiji Okamoto, Harper Jean Tobin, Jaan Williams
"My Father Called" Marriage Equality Article by Nadine Smith
Rockwood alum Nadine Smith writes of the connections between interracial marriage and marriage equality
Rinku Sen Discusses AP Stopping Usage of phrase "illegal immigrant"
The Rockwood alum was featured on Democracy Now
Rinku Sen on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show
Rockwood Alum Discusses How to be a Good Ally
Hector Sanchez and Thomas Saenz announce Latinos United for Immigration Reform
The two Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out Fellows help launch the campaign as members of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
Masen Davis discusses transgender rights on MSNBC
The National Leading from the Inside Out Fellow discusses Arizona's proposed anti-transgender legislation to criminalize people who use the "wrong bathroom"
Darlene Nipper on Melissa Harris-Perry Show
Rockwood trainer and deputy director of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force discusses marriage equality and more
Four Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out Fellows Are "Top Women of Color to Watch in 2013"
Judith Browne Dianis, Nita Chaudhary, Sarita Gupta, and Angelica Salas Made the List
Saru Jayaraman featured on Bill Moyers
Rockwood BCORR Alum and Author Suggests Speaking Out When You Dine Out
Cecilia Munoz Featured in Washington Post
The Head of White House Domestic Policy Council and Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out Alum Highlighted for Her Work on Immigration
Mary Anne Hitt and Ben Jealous Make the "New Guard" List of Who's Shaping Washington
Both leaders are alums of Rockwood's National Yearlong Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship
Ilyse Hogue Named President of NARAL
Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out Alum to Lead NARAL Pro-Choice America
Heather Hurlburt Makes Magazine's Top 10 List of Women for National Security Jobs
Rockwood Alum Selected by Foreign Policy as 1 of 10 Women Obama Could Appoint to Top Security Posts
Rockwood President Akaya Windwood Interviewed on "Have Fun, Do Good"
"I believe that if we're going to really make change in the world...it's going to require that we love each other."
Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellowship alums interviewed on Al Jazeera English
Shahid Buttar and Michelle Richardson Discuss the Law that Allows Wiretapping Without a Warrant
Suzanne Foster Receives 2012 Courageous Luminary Award on behalf of Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
The Rockwood Fellowship for New California Fellow received the award from Rockwood Fellow Nora Preciado
24 Rockwood Alums in list of "50 Young Progressives who are Changing America"
List includes leaders from Rockwood's Art of Leadership, Leading from the Inside Out, Building Capacity for Organizational Resilience & Renewal, and other Fellowships
LGBTQ Fellowship Alum Named CEO of San Francisco Pride
Earl Plante joins SF Pride from the Latino Commission on AIDS in New York City
Cross-Movement Yearlong Fellow Wins Midwest Academy Award
Jotaka Eaddy wins Midwest Academy Heather Award for her contributions to the Progressive Movement
Rockwood alum Samah Salaima Agbariye awarded Dror Prize for Social Change
Founder of AWC-Arab Women in the Center recognized for raising public awareness about the murders of Arab women
Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out alums Ai-jen Poo and George Goehl on the re-election of Barack Obama
"Yes, WE Can!" and "The Path Forward Starts with Learning from the Past" Poo and Goehl say on Moyers & Co "What Matters Today"
Rockwood CA Leaders of Color alum Alicia Garza on advancing a New Progressive vision for San Francisco
SF Chronicle Op Ed co-written by Jane Martin and Gabriel Haaland on San Francisco Politics, Feminism, and Compassion
Pedro Rios on the Need for Border Patrol Accountability
The Rockwood Fellowship for New California alum published this op ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune
Rockwood CA Leaders of Color alum Fania E. Davis on Oakland's School District Investigation
Davis Op Ed says innovative school board proposal contains real elements of restorative justice
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, #18 on Roots 100 List
The Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out Fellow is recognized as one of the US's most influential Black leaders
Majora Carter, Ben Jealous and Van Jones on 100 Top Black Influencers List
Roots 100 profiles these three Rockwood Leading from the Inside Out alums
Workplace Religious Freedom Act Signed Into Law
The Sikh Coalition (Rockwood alum Rajdeep Singh is Director of Law & Policy) introduced and sponsored the bill
Rockwood alum Heather Hulbert named 1 of Most Powerful Democrats on Foreign Policy
Executive Director of National Security Network a past Rockwood Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellow
ACLU Deputy Director Louise Melling on CNN
Rockwood alum defends rights of pregnant and "suspected pregnant" girls
Angelica Salas, Ai-jen Poo, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, George Goehl named Social Justice Heroes
The Nation lists 8 Social Justice Heroes – 4 of them Rockwood alums
"Sticks in a Bundle are Unbreakable"
Rockwood alum Rajasvini Bhansali interviewed by Jonathan Lewis in Huffington Post
Miri Shalem Awarded the Yaffa London Ya'ari Prize
In May 2012, the Art of Collaborative Leadership alum received the women's leadership and entrepreneurship award for her relentless efforts to build a diverse forum of women in her hometown, Beit Shemesh.
Hassan Jabareen Awarded Goldberg Prize for Peace
Art of Collaborative Leadership alum and founder of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel co-awarded prestigious honor
Jeff Blodgett Named State Director for Obama Re-Election Campaign
Leading from the Inside Out alum will head campaign in Minnesota
Collaboration Results in National Murrow Award Win for G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism
Organization led by Media, Communications, and Information Policy Fellow Linda Jue Wins Murrow Award for Audio Investigative Reporting
Leaning into Discomfort: Social Sector Leadership for the 21st Century
Nonprofit Quarterly article co-written by Rockwood Selah alum Robin Katcher, featuring alums George Goehl and Ai-Jen Poo
Mary Rogier Makes List of 150 Most Influential Women in Bay Area
Northern California Community Loan Fund President in SF Business Times
Yeshi Neumann on Conscious Grandmothering
Rockwood Trainer guest blogger on the 3rd Act
Maria Lopez de Leon to be Nominated to National Council on the Arts
Rockwood Arts & Culture Fellow to be Nominated to White House Administration Post
Racial Profiling at Airports? There's an App for That
Rockwood alum Rajdeep Singh is Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, which unveiled the mobile app
The Advocate Recognizes Two Rockwood Alums
Malkia Cyril and Rachel Tiven Selected for Forty Under 40
"Rebuild the Dream" aims to serve 100% of Americans
Rockwood alum Van Jones' new book and organization is amplifying key demands & offering new ways to solve our nation's problems
Breakfast with the 1%
Rockwood alum Sarita Gupta on corporations acting badly and the 99% Power Movement
Ai-Jen Poo named one of most influential people in the World
Read Gloria Steinem's profile of Poo, Rockwood alum and co-founder of National Domestic Workers Alliance
Stacy Kono Featured in Center for Transformative Change Journal
Learn what inspires the leadership of this Rockwood alum and staff member
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee Selected President & CEO of National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications
Rockwood Fellowship alum to begin her new post at NAMIC effective April 2, 2012.
Rockwood alum Billy Parish co-author of recently released "Making Good"
Billy Parish and Dev Aujla co-authored "Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World" offering practical solutions for how to succeed financially while making positive change in the world
Janet Murguía to be honored with Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award
The Rockwood alum and President of National Council of La Raza CEO Murguía will be honored along with Barney Frank May 2012
Rockwood alum Cecilia Muñoz new White House Director of Domestic Policy Council
President Obama Announces New White House Director of Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz
Vincent Warren on Why Congress Should Close Guantánamo
Vincent Warren is a Rockwood National Yearlong Fellow and executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights
Liberty Elusive for Sikh Americans
New York Times "Room for Debate" article by Rajdeep Singh, Rockwood alum and director of law and policy for the Sikh Coalition
Nikki Fortunato Bas, Rockwood alum and director of EBASE, highlighted in SF Chronicle
Nikki Fortunato Bas, Rockwood alum and director of EBASE, talks about race, justice, and thriving communities in this Sunday Insight feature
Rockwood alum Malkia Cyril of Center for Media Justice featured
Cyril was featured in SF Chronicle for her work as founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice
Rockwood alum Rinku Sen Discusses Harsh Immigration Policies
Rockwood alum Rinku Sen discusses the human cost of harsh immigration policies.
Kung Li on Occupy Atlanta
Rockwood National Yearlong Leading from the Inside Out alum Kung Li offers a sweeping historical perspective about why you must face race to Occupy Atlanta.
Rockwood Fellow Talat Hamdani Featured in The New York Times 9/11 Video Portrait
Hear how Talat Hamdani, Rockwood Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellow, talks about how the loss of her son on 9/11 and the injustices surrounding his death inspired her to speak out.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards the 2011 Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Rockwood alums Amal Elsana Alh'jooj and Vivian Silver
June 13th, 2011
June 13th, 2011
Amal Elsana Alh'jooj, an Arab citizen of Israel, and Vivian Silver, a Jewish citizen of Israel, will receive the Goldberg Prize in recognition of their efforts to promote peace and development by working to build a more just society in Israel. This is the first time that the Goldberg IIE Prize is being awarded to two women leaders.
The Nannies’ Norma Rae (Ai-jen Poo)
by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Magazine
April 26th, 2011
by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Magazine
April 26th, 2011
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is profiled by Barbara Ehrenreich in the NY Times Magazine. Poo is recognized for her work in organizing domestic workers and the 2010 passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in the New York State legislature. Ai-jen Poo is an alumna of Rockwood’s Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship.
Benjamin Jealous: On King and Living a Life Beyond Fear
April 4th, 2011
April 4th, 2011
Forty-three years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s slaying, those who fight for social and economic justice still face real threats to their safety and rights, says the NAACP's president.
Ilyse Hogue on what Wisconsin, ACORN, and Planned Parenthood share in common
March 21st, 2011
March 21st, 2011
Ilyse Hogue, a Leading from the Inside Out Fellow, recently published an article in The Nation about what Wisconsin, ACORN, and Planned Parenthood share in common.