Publisher and Executive Director
Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano served for six years as Associate Director of the former Justice Matters and has worked in nonprofit administration for 13 years. Founder and publisher of Kórima Press, an award-winning queer Chicana and Chicano literary press, his essays and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. He is also a former contributor to Change.org’s Race in America and Gay Rights blogs and editor of three anthologies. As a vocal cultural critic, Herrera y Lozano is active in literary, activist, policy, and academic spaces that grapple with race, class, and gender within the context of LGBTQ justice, immigration, public education, economic justice, and reproductive justice. He holds a master’s in liberal arts from St. Edward’s University where he also obtained graduate training in organizational leadership and ethics.
Board of Directors
Lauren Veasey, Board Chair, is an education policy consultant based in Oakland. Formerly she served as program officer for the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), the nation’s oldest independent education nonprofit, advancing equity and excellence in education in the South. She is a former Education Policy Fellow with Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (2008); a Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow(2007), and an Association of Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellow (2006). She is a member of Grantmakers for Education (GFE) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Veasey has also worked with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and as a substitute teacher with Oakland Unified School District. She received her master’s in education policy and research from the University of Michigan and received her bachelor's in political science and African-American studies from Stanford University.
Maisie Chin is co-founder and current director of Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), an independent parent organization in South Los Angeles for low-income African American and Latino parents/caregivers. Under Chin’s leadership CADRE has successfully influenced policy at the local school district level and is moving towards addressing state and national policies using the human rights framework. She has been part of the educational and social justice movement for 16 years, dedicated to fighting institutional racism by protecting and transforming public education in low-income neighborhoods of color. She also has 18 years of experience in facilitation, training, and organizational development. She holds a bachelor's in history and master’s in urban planning–community development from UCLA.
Steve Phillips is the founder and chairman of PowerPAC+, a political action committee dedicated to building the political power of the multiracial majority in America. He is also the founder and chairman of PowerPAC.org, a national advocacy organization that conducted the country’s largest independent expenditure effort in support of Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential primaries. A San Francisco-based donor activist, lawyer, philanthropist, and political leader, Steve works on both the state and national level in progressive donor organizing and infrastructure-building, after a 30-year career as a student organizer, education reformer, attorney and elected official. He is the author of Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority (New Press, 2015).
Sharline Chiang is a Berkeley-based editor, book coach, writer, and non-profit communications strategist and consultant. She has 10 years of experience in journalism and 15 years in nonprofit communications and strategic planning. Most recently she served as director of strategic communications for National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to the improvement of the teaching of writing in schools and universities across the nation. She is a former staff reporter for the New York Daily News, LA Daily News and Riverside Press-Enterprise, among other newspapers, and is the former managing editor of Beijing Scene. She holds a bachelor's in accounting from Rutgers University and master’s in journalism from Columbia University.