Aparna has worked for social change and expanded democracy with immigrant and low-income communities for over 18 years. She is the Executive Director of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV), a statewide, multiracial coalition of grassroots organizations that builds the power and capacity of immigrant communities through electoral engagement. Prior to MIV, Aparna worked to advance the self-determination and reproductive justice of women, people of color, and queer communities. In addition, she spent several years working to transform a public middle school into a vibrant youth and community center in San Francisco's Mission District. Aparna is an inaugural Fellow for a New California with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, on the Board of the East Oakland Community Playdate, and holds a Masters of Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She was born in Manila, grew up in Mumbai, and lives with her family in Oakland, CA.
Lacy Maria Serros
Lacy is the Northeast Program Manager for Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), based in the organization's New York office. Lacy has ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector with a strong background in grantmaking, policy, and Latino community advocacy. Prior to HIP, Lacy lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as the Community Activist Fellow at the Tides Foundation. She also gained direct experience working in Latino communities at organizations such as the Latino Issues Forum, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and the United Farm Workers of America. Lacy also participated in the Women's Policy Institute of the Women's Foundation of California, a yearlong training program on the policymaking process in California. Lacy raised awareness about reproductive justice and garnered broad support from communities of color. She subsequently co-mentored the Environment and Reproductive Justice team of the Women's Policy Institute class of 2010. Lacy joined HIP in the summer of 2011 after receiving a Masters in Public Administration through the National Urban Fellowship program. Lacy also graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS degree in Biotechnology and a minor in Chicana/o studies. A native Californian, Lacy enjoys gardening, hiking, and yoga.
Samantha is a Program Officer at Johnson Family Foundation (JFF), where she began as Grants Manager & Program Associate in 2010. She is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Grants Managers Network and has participated on volunteer committees for both organizations. She currently serves on the New York Women's Foundation Grants Advisory Committee and the grant making board of the Queer Youth Fund, and she participates on various planning committees and working groups for Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
Prior to working for JFF, she held the positions of Project Manager at an education policy and workforce development think tank in Boston, MA, and of Junior Capacity Building Specialist at the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York City. Samantha has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Social Work Administration. She is passionate about the political and social advancement of all members of the diverse and multifaceted SGL/2-S/LGBTQ communities. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Brooklyn.
Sandra is the Founder and CEO of Everyday Feminism, one of the fastest growing online feminist platforms. Everyday Feminism helps people address the everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization they experience due to their gender, sexual orientation, race, and class through their online magazine, forum, and online courses. Sandra brings an inside-out approach to feminism because she believes personal transformation and social transformation are interdependent. She's also pioneering an innovative online business model for feminism and social justice to make this work sustainable for activists.
Sandra brings a wide range of approaches and skills to Everyday Feminism from her experience working with trauma survivors, healing and personal transformation, and social change. She has worked on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and in the social innovation and capacity-building field from her work at Polaris Project, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and Management Assistance Group (MAG). Sandra is also a trained life coach from the Coaches Training Institute. In her volunteer time, she has worked with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, people involved in gangs, and landless rural workers.