2023 Communications Institute
The Opportunity Agenda’s Communications Institute is one of the nation’s premier social justice communications training programs. For over a decade, the Communications Institute has brought together diverse social justice leaders from across the country to receive intensive training, tools, and support to supercharge the effectiveness of their communications and narrative strategies.
Housed within the Narrative Innovators Lab, the Communications Institute provides Fellows the opportunity to ideate and collaborate with participants from our Culture & Narrative Fellowship. The Communications Institute curriculum covers a variety of strategic communications skills, including narrative development, utilizing public opinion and media research, on-camera interview preparation, values-based message development, and more. Our hundreds of alumni have gone on to create powerful campaigns and lasting change using the skills and relationships they built through our convenings.
The 2023 Communications Institute Fellows will receive in-depth training and support through a six-month long program, including:
- A week-long, in-person convening with the Cultural & Narrative Fellows in NYC in March
- Four digital learning sessions
- A four-day long, in-person reflection and closing convening in NYC in September
Sarah Harris is the Deputy Communications Director and Press Secretary at Stand Up America, helping to highlight Stand Up America’s campaigns for the press and the public. Through her work, she emphasizes the importance and urgency of making sure everyone has access to a democracy that functions for everyone in...Get To know Sarah
Myaisha is the Campaign Strategies Director at MediaJustice. She previously spent two years as the organization’s National Organizer on Criminal Justice & Technology, where she oversaw the launch of the #NoDigitalPrisons and #ProtectBlackDissent campaigns. Myaisha has an organizing background that includes issue areas such as labor, electoral, and mass incarceration.Get To know Myaisha
Jasmine Heiss leads the Vera Institute of Justice’s national work to reduce jail incarceration and eliminate money bail, with a particular focus on smaller cities and rural counties. She previously served as the deputy director of The Coalition for Public Safety, the nation's largest bipartisan effort to reform the U.S....Get To know Jasmine
Laura A. Hughes, Director of Narrative Strategies at PolicyLink, is a curious learner, change-maker, and persuasive leader with high emotional intelligence. In this role, Laura is responsible for harnessing the power of narrative to advance racial equity and justice specific to housing for the more than one million individuals who...Get To know Laura A.
Sol is a trans immigrant from Mexico City, a first-generation DACA recipient, and a renowned makeup artist. They have coordinated local and national racial justice work, prioritizing transgender communities and Black trans women.Get To know Sol
Erica Johnson has been working for positive changes in immigration policy at the local, state and federal levels since 2006. Originally from Iowa, Erica is the Founding Executive Director of the Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice.Get To know Erica
Qainat Khan is a communications strategist with the national ACLU, working on communications and public education related to criminal legal reform. Before joining the national organization, Qainat was the communications director at the ACLU of Maine. A focus of her work in Maine was to be in coalition with and...Get To know Qainat
Valerie Kiebala is a radical feminist writer, organizer, and artist centering relationships and firsthand experiences to produce groundbreaking narrative work towards dismantling oppressive structures and uplifting our people. She is currently the Communications Director at Straight Ahead.Get To know Valerie
Priscilla Olivarez is a Policy Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) based in San Antonio, TX. Priscilla's other advocacy experience includes working abroad, providing legal support to survivors of human trafficking in the Philippines. Priscilla has also advocated on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and represented unaccompanied...Get To know Priscilla