Our Fellows


The Opportunity Agenda’s Communications Institute Fellows are media-ready experts on some of the country’s most urgent challenges, coming largely from communities most affected by those challenges. For journalists seeking voices with a grassroots perspective that links economic opportunity, criminal justice, immigrant opportunity, and racial justice issues to the lived experiences of Americans, Communications Fellows are ideal spokespeople.

Mizue Aizekei
Deputy Director, Immigrant Defense Project

Janaé Bonsu
National Public Policy Chair, Black Youth Project 100

Danny Cendejas
Organizing Director, Detention Watch Network

Astrid Dominguez
Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Texas

Vicki Gaubeca
Director, ACLU-New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights

Andi Gentile
Youth Justice Policy Strategist, Impact Justice’s Center on Youth Registration Reform

Kimberly Gonzalez
Miami Coordinator, Dream Defenders

Shena Gutierrez
Co-Founding Member, Border Patrol Victims Network

Dr. Kirk A. James
Professor, Columbia University

Lynne Lyman
California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Mark O'Brien
Director of Opioid Overdose Prevention and Treatment, Baltimore City Health Department | Behavioral Health System Baltimore

Ronald Simpson-Bey
Alumni Associate, JustLeadershipUSA

Catherine Tactaquin
Executive Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

John-Michael Torres
Communications Coordinator, La Unión del Pueblo Entero

Alisha Williams
Senior Staff Attorney, Peter Cicchino Youth Project