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.