Honorary Advisory Board

Carol Anderson is Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Professor Anderson’s research and teaching focus on public policy; particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice, and equality in the United States. She is the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; and Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960. Her most recent work, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, was a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Editor's Pick. In March 2017, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. She was recently awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. 

 

Susan Blaustein is the Founder/Executive Director of WomenStrong International (WSI), a global consortium of NGOs working with women and girls to eradicate extreme urban poverty. An expert in urban development, poverty, and gender at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Blaustein teaches in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program there, after leading The Earth Institute’s Millennium Cities Initiative, an urban development project across the sub-Saharan region, for over a decade. Prior to her work at The Earth Institute, Dr. Blaustein reported on conflict, politics, economics and social injustice from the Balkans, Southeast Asia, and Washington, DC, for the International Crisis Group, the Coalition for International Justice, and for such publications as The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Nation.

 

Katherine Franke is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Constitutional Rights is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies.  She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, religion, and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory. Her books include Repair: Slavery's Unfinished Business (Haymarket, 2019) and Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (NYU Press, 2015). 

 

Michael Hirschhorn has expertise in the fields of education, human rights, and leadership development. He has been the Executive Director of the International Human Rights Funders Group, Coro New York Leadership Center and the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City. Michael has also been a consistent voice on human rights in the United States, arguing powerfully against American exceptionalism, and has been a strong ally of the immigrant rights movement. Michael’s most recent project (mebl |Transforming Furniture) involves bringing the work of artisans from all over the US and the world who make furniture from reused wood and metal directly to the North American market. He seeks to ensure a more just market, supporting a decent livelihood for the artisans and avoiding the impacts of environmental degradation. 

 

Scot Nakagawa, Senior Partner at Change Lab, is an organizer, activist, cultural worker and political writer.  His primary work has been in the fight against vigilante white supremacist groups, white nationalism, Nativism, and authoritarian evangelical political movements.  Before forming ChangeLab, Scot served as the Field Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Associate Director of the Western Prison Project (now the Partnership for Safety and Justice), Interim Executive Director of Social Justice Fund Northwest, Executive Director of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, and as Education Co-Coordinator of the Highlander Research and Education Center. 

 

Robert Pollin is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He has published seven books on topics ranging from living wage, full employment, greening the global economy, globalization and transforming the U.S. financial system, and has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and non-governmental organizations in several countries on various aspects of building high-employment green economies. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Commission project on Financialization, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development (FESSUD) from 2012-2017 and was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2013.

 

Regan Pritzker has a background in education and is an influential philanthropist. She is chair of the investment committee of her family’s foundation, the Libra Foundation, as well as a member of Edge Funders Alliance, and is a leading philanthropist in the Just Transition movement, taking leadership in moving progressive investors to rethink their ethical framework for private investment. Regan works closely with groups like Transform Finance and seeks to align the Libra Foundation’s assets with progressive and radical values. Regan argues against extractive and speculative investment and for ensuring just returns for communities not just investors. She also has deep familiarity with coop movements and efforts across the country and is a strong proponent of third sector economic models valuing collective ownership and community control. 

  

Karen Ranucci is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and videographer.  She has worked in independent video and film production for the last 35 years, beginning at Downtown Community TV Center in New York. Karen worked as a freelance correspondent for the NBC Nightly News and Today Show and in 1985 she won a National Emmy for “Best Investigative Reporting” for a series she developed about workers being poisoned in the tungsten carbide industry. In the days following September 11, 2001, Karen joined the Democracy Now! team, where she worked for over a decade in a variety of positions in both production and administration and is currently Chair of their Board. 

 

*Michael Ratner, in memoriam 

Michael Ratner was a radical movement lawyer associated throughout his career with the Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization he led from 1984 to 1990 and was President of the Board of Directors from 2002 to 20014.  He took on ground breaking cases challenging indefinite detention at Guantanamo, U.S. military intervention in Latin American, U.S. backed torture, killings, rape and abuse abroad and in Puerto Rico, illegal surveillance by government, abuse of prisoners, detentions of refugees, injustice against Palestinians, and infringements on the right to protest. As an attorney, writer, speaker, educator, activist Michael Ratner dedicated his career not just to the law but also to the struggle for justice and peace, crossing all cultural bounds. For details of Michael’s cases and numerous awards please see MichaelRatner.com