Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Sen was the architect of Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, and many more outlets dropping the i-word, affecting millions of readers every day. Rinku Sen's cutting edge book Stir it Up, read widely by community organizers and taught on campuses across the country, theorized a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other issues. Sen’s second book The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization told the story of Moroccan immigrant Fekkak Mamdouh, who co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York in the aftermath of September 11. Sen received a B.A. in Women's Studies from Brown University and an M.S. in Journalism at Columbia University. A native of India, Rinku grew up in northeastern factory towns, and learned to speak English in a two-room schoolhouse.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/11455/attachments/original/1474052406/00_a_Rinku_Sen.png?1474052406
Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice. These include The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Rebuild The Dream, and The Dream Corps (including #YesWeCode, #cut50 and Green For All). Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012). The second book chronicles his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy advisor. Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root's 2014 "The Root 100." He is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/11456/attachments/original/1474410715/00_a_Van_Jones.png?1474410715
Nina Rothschild Utne owns and operates Lily Springs Farm, a center for restoration (of land and spirit), education, and celebration. She is also incubating a book, Futurefit: 7 Principles for Navigating Change. In a prior life, she was the co-founder and former CEO of Utne Reader. Nina was also a founding member of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and City of Lakes Waldorf School. She received a BA in English from Harvard University and an MA in Human Development from St. Mary’s. Her PhD was obtained as a mother to three sons plus one stepson.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/11457/attachments/original/1474052870/00_a_Nina_Utne.png?1474052870
Noland is a strategist, coach and communications consultant focused on guiding high impact leaders and organizations through transformational change.
As a coach and consultant Noland has worked with executives at Fortune 50 companies, high growth startups, global media figures and political leaders. He specializes in organizational identity development and executive profile development, as well as guiding organizations through major shifts in strategy, moments of innovation, and moments of crisis.
Noland works with several consulting groups including SYPartners and Civic Advisors. Noland has previously served as the Director of External Affairs at Change.org, Chief of Staff to Van Jones, and a Deputy Field Director on the 2008 Obama campaign. He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and currently lives in San Francisco. He loves bourbon and live music.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/11459/attachments/original/1474053016/00_a_Noland_Chambliss.png?1474053016
Lea Endres is Co-Founder and President of NationBuilder Stories. A writer, educator and human rights advocate, Lea has spent the last two decades developing programs, curricula, and media that engage people in the process of social change. Prior to NationBuilder, Lea served as the Chief of Staff for Green for All – an organization she helped found that is dedicated to building an inclusive green economy. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Isidore Electronics Recycling, a Los Angeles-based social enterprise that is creating green jobs for people exiting California's correctional system.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/11460/attachments/original/1474053094/00_a_Lea_Endres_.png?1474053094