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.
Cheryl Wilkins is the Co-Founder and Associate Director at Columbia University’s Center for Justice (CFJ), where her work is committed to ending the nation’s reliance on incarceration, developing new approaches to safety and justice, and participating in the national and global conversation around developing effective criminal justice policy. She directs...Get To know Cheryl
Jheanelle Wilkins is an advocate for underserved communities and dedicated to creating greater opportunity for all people to live their best lives. She has pursued this passion through advocacy for a decade at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s premier civil rights coalition, where she is...Get To know Jheanelle
Alisha Williams works with homeless or street-involved queer and trans youth, providing free civil legal services at the Peter Cicchino Youth Project. Prior to working at PCYP, Alisha was at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where they served as the Director of the Prisoner Justice Project from 2012 to 2014....Get To know Alisha
Pamela Winn is known as "The Face of Dignity for Incarcerated Women". She is an activist from Atlanta, GA that studied Biology at Spelman College, obtained three post-secondary degrees in Nursing, and worked more than 10 years as a Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health prior to serving a 78-month...Get To know Pamela
Gina Womack is the Director and Co-Founder of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), a statewide membership-based organization dedicated to creating a better life for Louisiana's youth who are involved, or at risk of becoming involved, in the juvenile justice system. Working with allies in Louisiana, FLIC closed...Get To know Gina
Omaid Zabih is a Staff Attorney with the Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation Program at Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest law center dedicated to equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. The mission of Appleseed’s immigrant program...Get To know Omair