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On behalf of The OpEd Project, The Boone Family Foundation and The Dallas Public Voices Leadership & Advisory Committee, we are thrilled to announce the twenty-one civic and social justice leaders who will make up the fifth cohort of Dallas Public Voices—including five standout alumni, who will serve in a special new role within the cohort and work alongside The OpEd Project team to ensure the continued success and legacy of the Dallas Public Voices initiative.

Dallas Public Voices – 2019 COHORT

Amanda Arizola               Assistant Director, Dallas Community Tax Centers

Diana Ayala                      Director of External Affairs, Ntarupt

Yvette Blair–                     Reverend, Her Sisters Situation Ministry


Anna Clark                        Co-founder, Inclusive Economy Consortium

Lindsey Cooper                  Managing Director of People Strategy, Teach For America Dallas Fort Worth

Stephanie Drenka             Visual Storyteller, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Aidee Granados                Founder & CEO, Rosa Es Rojo, Inc.

Tina Green                         Assistant Director, Urban Teachers

Iram Hasan                        Director of Development & Alumni Relations, The University of Texas

Olga Martinez                  Executive Director, Bachman Lake Together


Tiffany Huitt                     Executive Director, Dallas ISD, Dallas ISD

Amy Jones                          CEO, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center

Michelle Kinder                Executive Director, Dallas ISD, Momentous Institute

Anyika McMillan           Artist/Director/Fundraiser, Soul Rep Theatre Company


Karen Quintero                Community Organizer, Jolt TX

Jennifer Rangel                Planning and Community Outreach Director, Inclusive Communities Project

Joli Robinson                    Manager of Community Engagement, Dallas Police Department

Alia Salem                          Founder & Executive Director, Facing Abuse in Community Environments

VR Small                            Founder & Executive Director, Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center

Ebony Smith                      Founder, Yoga N Da Hood

Yulise Reaves                     Director of Dallas County Programs, Lone Star Justice Alliance


Now in its fifth year, Dallas Public Voices is part of a broader national initiative launched by The OpEd Project in collaboration with over a dozen leading institutions — including Yale, Northwestern, Columbia, Dartmouth, the Ford Foundation and the Ms. Foundation — to make public discourse more inclusive and more intelligent.  Fellows from previous cohorts have published in high-impact venues, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the influential TED blog, and Huffington Post among others. They have appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR Radio and other broadcast outlets. They have given TED talks, briefed Congress, advised the White House, launched new research studies and centers, and sparked national and international debate.

Over the next three months, the 2019 Dallas Public Voices will endeavor to test the best existing research, learn from live experiments, tackle big philosophical questions and create an environment that is wildly generative of ideas.  They will be matched with seasoned journalist mentors and – alongside their peers at leading institutions across the nation – shape the important conversations of our age.

Following a tremendously competitive application process, we are pleased to announce the 2019 Dallas Public Voices and invite you to read more about their work under Voices.