Spotlight is a weekly profile interview of researchers, advocates, community leaders and others who have dedicated their careers to improving our communities, our nation and the world. We believe that the amazing people profiled are worthy of recognition and hope that by highlighting their work, others will be inspired into action.
Reid Cramer is director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote policies and ideas that significantly broaden access to economic resources through increased savings and asset ownership, especially among lower-income families.
Kezia Williams serves as Chair of Capital Cause, a DC-based fiscally-sponsored nonprofit dedicated to engaging young philanthropists in giving. Her work with this organization has included growing the organization from five vested members to over 5,000 young professionals influenced by the message of young philanthropy.
Indi Dutta-Gupta is Senior Policy Advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where his work primarily focused on federal budget and tax policies and cross-cutting low-income issues.
Dr. Williams is the National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and former Counsel to the U.S. Congress’ District of Columbia Sub-Committee on the Judiciary and Education. She previously served as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff for a District of Columbia Councilmember.
Dorothy A. Brown is a professor of law at Emory University and teaches several tax classes and a critical race theory seminar. A nationally recognized scholar in the area of race, class, and tax policy, she has authored dozens of articles, including Race and Class Matters in Tax Policy, published in the Columbia Law Review.
Dr. Algernon Austin is the Director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at the Economic Policy Institute. As the director of PREE, Dr. Austin oversees reports and policy analysis in the economic condition of America's people of color.
As the executive director of the International Association for Indigenous Aging, Dave Baldridge works to improve the status of older people worldwide, especially indigenous populations. He is a member of Cherokee Nation.
Zul R.H. Surani is manager for community outreach and partnerships at the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also the co-founder and director of Saath USA, a community-based organization focused on South Asian health.
- health disparities
- health care reform
- Asian American
- Pacific Islanders
- community service
- Saath USA
- University of Southern California
- Asian Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivorship Network
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- Aga Khan Council for the Western United States
Toni Vaughn Heineman, DMH, is the founder and executive director of A Home Within. She is Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, in Psychiatry and has been in private practice in San Francisco, working with adults, children, and families for over 30 years.
Professor Mitchell is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an expert on property issues which impact African-Americans. Recently, Professor Mitchell drafted a model state statute which several state legislatures are considering to reduce land loss among the many poor and minority property owners who own so-called "heirs' property."