Lateefah Simon is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights who brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing racial and social justice causes in the Bay Area. In addition to leading the Akonadi Foundation, Ms. Simon was elected to the BART Board of Directors in November of 2016, and serves as a California State University Trustee. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship and was named “California Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly.
With the battle for social justice raging across the country, it’s gratifying to celebrate those whose work has significantly moved communities forward. Envision-Transform-Build East Palo Alto has long fought gentrification and recently won $20 million for affordable housing in East Palo Alto. What started as a grassroots coalition of neighbors, has become a recognized leader and symbol of how organized communities can meet corporate giants like Facebook on a level playing field. We’re delighted to honor Envision-Transform-Build EPA.
Public Advocates is pleased to honor four distinguished law firms that have made major contributions to our organization’s work on education equity by offering their pro bono services to our legal teams. The award to Pro Bono Champions is being made for the first time this year in recognition of the critical role these law firms play in helping Public Advocates further its mission to challenge the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination. We salute Pro Bono Champions Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Covington & Burling LLP, Mayer Brown and Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
Lori Andrus and Steve Croft
Hudley-Hayes & Associates
John Affeldt and Karen Hoy
Parisa and Bryan Fatehi-Weeks
Barry and Sandy Goldstein
Angelica Jongco and Daniel Hutchinson
Jamienne S. Studley and Gary J. Smith
ACLU of Northern California
Linda Darling-Hammond and Allen Hammond
Sylvia and Stephen Melikian
Sam Tepperman-Gelfant and Kevin Lingerfelt
The Friends of Public Advocates provide general operating funds that allow us to respond to urgent needs and emerging issues. A big THANK YOU to all those who showed their support in 2016!
As of February 23, 2017