Thursday, April 12, 2018
How do women of color create and sustain their leadership styles? Going beyond what is visible on the surface, what fuels their drive? How do they navigate the worlds they seek to change? How does their unique insight illuminate a clear path for themselves and others? The women behind the veil are the leaders, change makers and agents renovating the landscape of their communities. This third panel in this series will feature Tamika Butler of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and Connie Malloy of The James Irvine Foundation, who will discuss their leadership journeys and the external and internal forces that influenced them, including navigating multiple identities, managing others’ expectations, and invisibility.
Tamika L. Butler serves as the executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social and racial equity, and wellness, by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across greater Los Angeles. Butler has a diverse background in law, community organizing and nonprofit leadership. Recently she served as the executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Prior to leading LACBC, Butler was the director of social change strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation and worked at Young Invincibles as the California director. She transitioned to policy work after litigating for three years as an employment lawyer at Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco (formerly Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center). Bulter previously served as the co-chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Board of Directors and served on the board of an affordable housing land trust, T.R.U.S.T. South LA. She currently serves on the boards of the New Leaders Council - Los Angeles and Lambda Literary Foundation and is an advisory board member for Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports program. Butler received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Connie Archbold Malloy serves as portfolio director at The James Irvine Foundation, where she developed the Fair Work initiative to ensure that fairness and opportunity are afforded to all of California’s workers. She leads grant-making in the areas of immigration, voter and civic engagement, elections policies and practices, and social impact bonds. Malloy is currently appointed to the first-ever California Citizens Redistricting Commission for a 10-year term until 2020. As rotating commission chair Malloy has overseen the creation and implementation of fair political districts for the first time in the nation’s history, redesigning California’s citizen representation across the Assembly, Senate, Congressional, and Board of Equalization maps. Her impact in urban planning, public and corporate policy innovation, and grassroots leadership development spans across the United States and Latin America. She is co-chair on the national Funders Committee for Civic Participation. She earned her master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. A native of San Andres Island, Colombia, she is a founding member of AFAAD: Adopted & Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora.
This conversation is part of the Behind the Veil: Women, Race, and Leadership in the Social Change Nonprofit Sector (“BTV”) speaker series. BTV explores leadership models and perspectives by harnessing the power of first person narrative and storytelling by nonprofit CEOs on the frontlines of social change.
Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW), will provide an analysis of current developments in the Middle East and how they tie into US foreign policy. Based on HRW's work in the region, her talk will focus primarily on the conflicts in the region in which the US is currently involved.
Whitson is the executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division and oversees the work of the division in 19 countries, with staff located in 10 countries. She has led dozens of advocacy and investigative missions throughout the region, focusing on issues of armed conflict, accountability, legal reform, migrant workers, and political rights. She has published widely on human rights issues in the Middle East in international and regional media, including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN. She appears regularly on Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, and CNN. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Whitson worked in New York for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Whitson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She speaks Armenian and Arabic.
Showcasing her current work in the Middle East, Whitson will discuss the region and the role of US foreign policy and will highlight the particular ways in which these modern day conflict situations tie directly to Armenian Genocide remembrance.
Whitson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
Ms. Whitson will deliver the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights’ Fourth Annual Lecture on Armenian Studies.