2018 Communications Institute
2018 Communications Institute: The Power of Voice
On June 10 – 14, 2018, The Opportunity Agenda conducted its 9th annual Communications Institute, through which we trained social justice opinion leaders on a variety of communications skills and strategies.
The invitation-only Institute took place in New York City. The cohort of 17 Fellows received comprehensive training on a variety of communications skills, including framing and narrative development, media strategy, and on-camera interviews.
The substance of the Institute is five days of intensive, in-person training and skill-building, including on:
- Narrative and Messaging to Persuade and Activate Audiences
- Media Strategy
- Spokesperson Skills
- Broadcast Media Appearances
This year’s Institute focused on The Power of Voice in a time when social justice leaders are being actively silenced. The Opportunity Agenda is proud to launch these voices into the discourse to reframe the debate for social justice in the United States.
The 2018 Communications Institute was made possible, in part, by the generous contributions of the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, the Tow Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, The Libra Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and individual donors.
Meet the 2018 Fellows
Isaac Bryan is an expert on the criminal justice system and public policy implementation. Bryan is also a lead researcher for the Million Dollar Hoods Project at UCLA. His recent report " The Price for Freedom" received national attention for its first-ever in-depth look at the quantifiable impact of the...Get To know Isaac
Raquel Castañeda-López, a lifelong Detroiter, made history in November 2013 by becoming the first Latina elected to the Detroit City Council. A social worker by trade, Castañeda-López has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector and is committed to working for social justice. She developed a strong resident...Get To know Raquel
Itzel was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at a young age. She is one of the beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which allows her to work and be protected from deportation in the United States. Itzel began volunteering at a young age...Get To know Itzel
Norris Henderson, current E.D. of VOTE, a nonprofit organization designed to educate, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated persons in Louisiana. He is currently the recipient of the 2015 Martinet Society Earl Amedee Award for advancing the cause of justice. The 2014 Data News Weekly “Trailblazer of the Year” Award...Get To know Norris
April is Tohono O’odham and a mother to five (5). She studied religious studies and history at the University of Arizona but is especially proud of her Associates Degree from the Tohono O’odham Community College. April is a community organizer through the arts, is in the beginning stages of her...Get To know April
Jonathan Jayes-Green is an organizer, speaker, strategist, and believer. He’s a queer undocumented Afro-Panamanian and one of the co-founders of the UndocuBlack Network. Jonathan received his Associate’s degree from Montgomery College and his bachelor’s degree from Goucher College. He comes into this work having served as liaison and advocate of...Get To know Jonathan
Janet Kim is a communications strategist with a diverse background in consulting, media, campaigning and storytelling. As the Communications Director for Caring Across Generations, she's working to shape narratives to make dignified care a right at every stage of life while making the work of caregiving - and the paid...Get To know Janet
Jorge Luis Vasquez, Jr. is an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF and litigates on a broad range of civil rights matters throughout the United States. Jorge is a second generation Nuyorican and a proud product of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University...Get To know Jorge
Greisa Martinez Rosas is Executive Director at United We Dream. United We Dream (UWD) is a national nonpartisan, membership-based organization of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies. Led by its 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states, UWD advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of undocumented immigrant youth and their...Get To know Greisa Martinez Rosas
As the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Maria is at the helm of the leading organization in the US fighting to end the war on drugs in the United States and beyond. Previously, Maria held several positions at Human Rights Watch, including as co-director of its US Program,...Get To know Maria