The Advancement Project


John Kim

Executive Director

John Kim currently serves as Co-Director of Advancement Project's California office. John works closely with the other Co-Directors on the development of new policy research/advocacy initiatives, partnership building, and strategic organizational development efforts. 

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Stephen R. English

Founding Co-Director

Before co-founding Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement, Steve English was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for twelve years, helping manage a 20-lawyer litigation department. Together with Co-Directors Connie Rice and Molly Munger, Steve launched a coalition lawsuit, Godinez v. Davis, which won ... 

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Molly Munger

Founding Co-Director

Molly Munger is a co-founder and director of the Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement.  Founded in 1999, Advancement Project engineers large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Molly brings an extensive background of legal expertise to the Advancement Project, including twenty years as a federal prosecutor and business litigator.   Read Molly Munger's full biography

Constance L. Rice

Founding Co-Director

In her legal work, Connie has led multi-racial coalitions of lawyers and clients to win more than $10 billion in damages and policy changes, through traditional class action civil rights cases redressing police misconduct, race and sex discrimination and unfair public policy in transportation, probation and public housing.

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Khydeeja Alam Javid

Manager of Governmental Relations

Khydeeja Alam Javid is a Legislative Advocate in our Sacramento office.  Khydeeja works on legislative and budget issues related to K-12 Education, foster youth, early childcare and education, public school facilities, juvenile justice, and violence prevention/intervention policy.  Khydeeja is involved in local politics and various youth empowerment programs.  She has been elected District Delegate for Assembly District 13 for the California Democratic Party; she will serve as a delegate until 2014.  Khydeeja is a founding board member of Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS), a non-profit organization that promotes involvement in public policy and serves as a professional development and support network for youth.  Prior to the Advancement Project, Khydeeja worked for Assembly Member Anna Caballero as her district representative, where she was a liaison between the citizens, state government and community leaders.  She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and was recognized on the Dean’s Honor List for her educational achievement.   During her time at Cal, Khydeeja was a scholar intern at the University of California Center in Sacramento (UCCS) and worked at Birdsall & Associates as an assistant legislative coordinator, an advocacy firm dedicated to K-12 education policy, representing various school districts and education related clients.

Jennifer Arceneaux

Grants Manager

As Grant Writer, Jennifer Arceneaux proactivelyresearches traditional and innovative funding opportunities to support and growAdvancement Project’s $14 million budget. Her expertise in grant writing benefits from the five years prior she spent reviewing proposals as Program Officer in Education & Youth Development at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where she managed a portfolio of grants totaling $2 million dollars to organizations working to improve high school graduation rates in Los Angeles County. Motivated by her joint passions for education work as well as performing and visual arts, she has worked in grant writing, grassroots fundraising, program development, executive support, and membership for diverse nonprofit educational justice and arts organizations and museums. Jennifer is a native of Los Angeles and attended local public and private schools. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Literature and Media Studies and minor in Spanish.

Mike Areyan

Program Associate

Mike started volunteering as a mentor with At- Risk youth and gang members in the late 1990’s in the East Los Angeles area, and moved on to working as a Gang Intervention Worker. Working across the city and county of Los Angeles for the last fifteen years he has provided substance abuse services, coordinated and directed afterschool and Gang Intervention Programs from the San Fernando Valley to Lennox. Mike’s position prior to coming to AP was the Program Director of a non-profit organization providing substance abuse and violence intervention services to students at Lennox Middle School where he had an office on campus for the four years preceding his employment with AP. In addition to doing Hospital Based Intervention while coordinating a program at Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center he graduated from the first class in the collaboration of Cal State L.A., The School of Criminal Justice and the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute’s Gang Intervention Training and the first Accelerated Intervention Course offered through the Urban Peace Academy.  He also obtained a certificate as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the C.A.D.C... Currently at The Advancement Project Mike’s title is Urban Peace Program Associate in which a good deal of his role consists of being a member of the Urban Peace Organizational Management Team where he aids in the organizing, oversight and facilitation of the Urban Peace Academy’s 140 hour entry level training. He is also involved in the Urban Peace Expansion Training Team; traveling throughout the state and country supporting other cities in their efforts to bringing awareness and reducing violence by assisting in needs assessments and aiding in the creation and implementation of tailored trainings.

Juana Rosa Cavero

Coordinator, Healthy City

With a strong commitment to social justice, Juana Rosa Cavero has dedicated herself to ensuring that communities have access to information and that power structures exist to support positive health and well-being. Most recently, Juana Rosa was Director of the Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles, leading over 25 organizations in advocacy campaigns. Globally, while at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health,she engaged community-based organizations in the U.S., Sudan, Uganda, Peru and Guatemala. In 2011, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom.  From 2003-2008, Juana Rosa served as Board Chair of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, as the organization grew to become a national model of young women-led, health advocacy leadership. Additionally, in the field of tobacco prevention and control, Juana Rosa led the implementation of the statewide smoke-free law in disproportionally affected communities at the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance at the Latino/a Research & Policy Center.

In 2009, Juana Rosa was accepted as a Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of California and successfully passed legislation to improve government efficiency in protecting farm workers from overexposure to pesticides. Currently, she is a Fellow for the CoreAlign Generative Innovation Project at the University of California San Francisco to cross cultivate innovative ideas that increase gender parity.  Juana Rosa is currently finishing her M.A. in Public Policy.

Erin Coleman

Data Coordinator

Erin Coleman joins Advancement Project as Data Coordinator for Healthy City. Erin earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, Erin focused her efforts on research projects and interactive mapping tools promoting affordable housing and equitable Transit Oriented Development. She conducted her client project for the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing on the relationship between rail development and gentrification in Los Angeles. In fulfillment of her internship requirements, Erin served as a research associate on a comparative analysis of two housing microfinance programs for the Center for Environmental Planning and Technologyin Ahmedabad, India. Erin also served as a teaching assistant for a web-based GIS course, and a research assistant on analyses of the Mortgage Interest Deduction and Backyard Housing.

Carmen Davis

Office Manager

Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Carmen has an AA degree in Business Administration and Fashion Designing.  She has worked as an administrative assistant in a variety of administrative offices in the field of Operations, Production, Telecommunications, and has 17 years with Los Angeles County working in the Departments of Public Social Services, Hall of Records, and Mental Health.  Carmen has been an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 26 years, she volunteers for hospitals, Martin Luther King Day Parades, visits V.A. Vets, and coordinates the Annual Auxiliary Fashion Show at the Legion.  She joins our team with prior experience assisting and working with CEO’s, Presidents, Directors, Clients and Customers and has a background for caring, being compassionate and sensitive to assist and support others.

John Dobard

Manager of Strategic Initiatives

John supports Advancement Project California (APCA) leadership in the development and implementation of initiatives to realize APCA’s new 5-year vision. Before being hired as Manager of Strategic Initiatives, John served as a Policy Analyst Intern at APCA, working on issues ranging from voting rights to budget advocacy to educational equity; and prior to that, he volunteered as a Research Fellow at the California Community Foundation, providing research on, among other topics, community indicators projects across the country. He also has a decade of experience in teaching and educational outreach to students and parents at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels. John is a proud product of the California Community Colleges system and holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Leila Forouzan

Research Analyst

Leila Forouzan earned her M.P.A. in Public Policy from Baruch College, City University of New York and B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. As a graduate student, Leila served as a GIS research assistant on demographic and climate change studies. Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Leila was part of the Census 2010 Greater Hollywood area management team which mainly covered Hard-to-Count tracts. While living in Chicago she was the Technology and Administration Coordinator at (what is now) J Street, a pro-peace grassroots organization educating and advocating for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her volunteer work includes serving as a Board Member for the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council and as a Deployment Site Coordinator for the 2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Leila is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and New Orleans, LA.

Angela Glover

Director of Development

Angela Glover serves as the Director of Development for the Advancement Project. In that capacity, she is responsible for the fundraising and working with the Communications team on  outreach efforts for the organization. Angela has over 16 years for development experience  working with hospitals, colleges and universities as well as advocacy organizations. Prior to joining AP Angela served as the Director of Development for the West Coast for Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. She holds a BA in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a JD from the University of Miami, School of Law. Angela is a native of Long Beach, CA.

Josh Green

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Josh is an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP and Edison International. As a fellow, Josh is developing and implementing a program to minimize the negative consequences of civil gang injunctions in Los Angeles communities and to provide representation to individuals who believe that they have been wrongly added to a gang injunction and/or who have made the choice to leave a gang and wish to remove themselves from injunction enforcement. Prior to joining the Advancement Project as a fellow, Josh graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice.

Jorge Jimenez

Director of Human Resources, Finance & Administration

Jorge Jimenez serves as the Director of Human Resources, Finance, and Administration for APCA.  In this role as a human resource leader, Jorge is responsible for overseeing employee relations, leadership and employee development, training, compensation, benefits and workers’ compensation.  He also works closely with the Advancement Project’s CFO to ensure that the California office has the financial management support it needs and that it complies with financial management standards and requirements.

Jorge has over 16 years of experience working with non-profits, 13 of which have been in a leadership capacity.  Prior to taking this role in November of 2012, Jorge served as Director of Finance and Administration for Central American Resource Center, the largest Central American immigration and advocacy organization in the country, where he was responsible for planning, directing and controlling financial and administrative functions for the organization.  He also successfully implemented the Human Resource department’s systems and practices to be in alignment with operational goals and objectives.  Jorge has held a number of director roles for other non-profit organizations in Los Angeles County in finance, business administration, and program management.  He has also served for the US Armed Forces and is a proud Army veteran.

Jorge holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of La Verne.

Wendelyn Killian

Associate Director

Wendelyn Killian is the organization’s Associate Director and works closely with senior leadership to ensure the organization runs smoothly and fulfills its mission. Ms.Killian has worked at the private law firms of Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey, LLP and Katten Muchin Zavis, as well as Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that organizes African American and Latino residents to build a prosperous and healthy South Los Angeles. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Ms. Killian was the Executive Director of InsideOUT Writers, a non-profit organization that provides services and resources to currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults. Ms. Killian graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. She grew up in Lancaster, California.

Eric Lam

Coalition Organizer/Policy Analyst

Prior to his work with the Advancement Project, Eric Lam was a Senior Human Relations Specialist with the Orange County Human Relations Council.  He has experience working in low-income housing and in diverse communities throughout CA and NY developing and implementing social and educational services and change.  Eric has a background in community services, empowerment and engagement with an emphasis in leadership development and youth organizing holding positions with South Park Youth Center in San Diego, Project Access in Westminster, and the NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in New York City.  Eric is Vietnamese and has also been involved with the Asian Pacific Islander Youth Collaborative in Orange County.  He holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Urban Studies & Planning from University of California, San Diego as well as a Master of Arts degree in Sociology of Education, Education Policy from New York University.

Erica Lawless

Accounting Associate

Erica Lawless graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Before joining the Advancement Project, she worked for the Disability Support Services Office at LMU, assisting students with physical, psychological, learning disabilities, and ADD/ADHD. As a student, Erica served as an active member of Isang Bansa (the Filipino and Filipino-American student organization), helping to promote cultural awareness and diversity through campus involvement, community outreach, and cultural dance performances. Erica has also volunteered for the Pasadena Humane Society, as well as the Teen Outreach Program at Haven House Emergency Woman's Shelter and participated in workshops on teen dating violence and healthy relationships.

Virginia Lee

Urban Peace Manager

Virginia Lee serves as the Urban Peace Manager and manages the Urban Peace team’s technical assistance and training efforts in communities striving for safety. She comes to Advancement Project with more than 14 years of experience as a public health advocate having successfully worked on a variety of public health, equity, and community health issues including the intersection between violence and chronic disease, Healthy Eating and Active Living, HIV prevention, and tobacco control. She was recently accepted into the Next Generation Leaders of Color, a year-long program that integrates transformational leadership with management skills through a multicultural framework.

Prior to Advancement Project, Virginia worked as a program manager at Prevention Institute and was instrumental in facilitating the work of the Convergence Partnership, a national collaborative of funders advancing policy and environmental change through multi-field partnerships. In 2005, she completed a three-year training and service fellowship with the Public Health Prevention Service, where she honed her skills in program management, planning, and implementation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health-Seattle & King County. Virginia also has experience working with immigrant families and youth as a project director for  Asian Youth Center, a community-based nonprofit in Los Angeles County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University.

Cecilia Ley

Administrative Coordinator

Cecilia Ley attended CSU, Los Angeles and graduate with a degree in History with a minor in English.  Prior to working for the Advancement Project, Cecilia was a Program Coordinator for Public Counsel a non-profit law firm in Los Angeles, working in both the Early Care and Education Law Project and the Center for Veterans Advancement.  She was also a History teacher for LAUSD, for several years where she helped to establish a Teen Court Program and the creation of a small learning community that served over 200 students.  Cecilia has also volunteered for the USO since 2003, providing hospitality for military personnel and their families.

Kathleen Manis Johnson

Senior Policy Analyst

Kathleen Manis received her Master's of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining The Advancement Project's education team, Kathleen worked as a research analyst for K to College, a Bay Area education nonprofit committed to equal access to educational opportunity for low-income students, and continues to serve on their board of directors. While in graduate school, Kathleen worked for an international child welfare nonprofit in a policy research capacity, focusing on early childhood issues in orphanages in the developing world. Kathleen is committed to effective education and child welfare policy initiatives and reform.

Megan McClaire

Director of Healthy City

Megan McClaire currently serves as the Director of Healthy City. In this capacity, she leads efforts that use community-driven and data-informed approaches to address health inequities impacting California residents. Megan is a Chicago native and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received both her B.S. in Health Planning and Administration and M.S. in Public Health. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Megan was at the Boston Public Health Commission, where she held multiple positions, including Associate Director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division and, most recently, Chief of Staff. In both capacities, she led strategic planning processes to embed racial justice and health equity principles into public health work plans and implementation strategies. Megan was also Public Health Prevention Fellowship at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she worked on injury and violence prevention policy and environmental health education. Prior to CDC, Megan was Health Promotions Coordinator at Prairie State Coordinator and Hotline Coordinator at Champaign County Health Care Consumers. 

Devon Miner

Policy Analyst

Devon Miner is an Inglewood, California native.  He currently serves as a Policy Analyst within the Educational Equity Department at Advancement Project.  In his role, Devon is responsible for orchestrating Advancement Project’s Annual Water Cooler Conference while also working diligently to improve the quality of education for underserved populations of children.  Prior to joining Advancement Project, Devon resided in Philadelphia where he worked on K-12 education policy and funding at the state and local level.  Devon received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he worked to improve college access among underrepresented communities and later received his Master of Science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania where he helped produced a report on the factors that help Black and Latino males succeed in high school and college.

Alison Morgan

Major Gifts Consultant

Alison Morgan joins Advancement Project after most recently serving as Development Director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty. A long time fundraiser for progressive political candidates in California, Alison has helped numbers of politicians become financially competitive and ultimately win their elections. Based in Los Angeles, Morgan & Associates clients have included Senator Barbara Boxer, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Los Angeles Mayor (and Speaker Emeritus) Antonio Villaraigosa, former and current State Senators Sheila Kuehl and Fran Pavley, Assembly members Karen Bass and Michael Feuer former LA City Council members, Ruth Galanter, and (now former Assembly member) Jackie Goldberg, and former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin. Alison is on the Board of LA social justice foundation Liberty Hill, and still leads fundraising workshops. Married to campaign strategist Parke Skelton, their worlds have been blissfully upended by navigating the lives of now 9 year old Zora, and 13 year old Jasper.

Jonathan Nomachi

Manager of Collaborative Initiatives

Jonathan Nomachi received his undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and his Master's in Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Jonathan spent the last eight years at Community Health Councils (a health advocacy organization in South Los Angeles) serving most recently as the Research/Data Manager where he coordinated and advanced the research and data needs for the agency. Jonathan has extensive experience in Community Participatory Research approaches as well as data collection and evaluation techniques. Jonathan is a native of Los Angeles and hopes to continue to empower underrepresented communities at HealthyCity.

Kim Pattillo Brownson

Director of Educational Equity

Kim Pattillo Brownson is a civil rights lawyer with extensive experience in education law, policy and advocacy. Kim leads  Advancement Project's Education staff across Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, working to expand and improve educational opportunities for under-served communities.  Her work focuses on early education, school funding, and school facilities.  Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Kim was an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where she focused upon ensuring that the State of California provided school children with the basic necessities of a decent education. She also worked as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Kim began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores Sloviter on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Kim holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. Prior to law school, Kim worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where she provided financial and strategic planning services to Fortune 500 companies.  She is happily married, and enjoys family hikes with her husband and two exuberant little girls.

Silvia Paz

Data Analyst

Silvia Paz received a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Medical Sociology from the California State University of Long Beach (CSULB).  Before joining Advancement Project’s Healthy City Project, Silvia worked as a Program Coordinator for AccessOC, an Orange County based program focusing on improving the health of vulnerable people who are uninsured by providing access to no-cost outpatient surgeries.  Silvia also worked for the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training, as a Project/Evaluation Coordinator, where she coordinated health-related projects targeting the Latino community and worked closely with the National Council of La Raza’s Institute for Hispanic Health staff as project support around data and evaluation.  The projects she worked on ranged from a focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the Latino community; to education around maternal and infant health; as well as behavioral health.  Silvia also worked with CSULB faculty to assess the environmental pollution concerns of a community near the Port of Long Beach.  Silvia has always been interested in improving the health and wellbeing of underrepresented communities and working for Healthy City provides the opportunity to engage these communities.

Karla Pleitéz Howell

Associate Director of Educational Equity

Karla Pleitéz Howell is a public interest lawyer with experience in direct client services, systems change, and advocacy. She is currently the Associate Director of the Advancement Project’s Education team and is responsible for managing operations.  In addition, Karla works with key stakeholders to identify education priorities to assure equity in California’s education system. Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Karla was the Supervising Attorney for Public Counsel’s Early Care & Education Law Unit. She offered legal advice to small businesses and nonprofits; advocated for increased child care facilities throughout Los Angeles County; and led policy work in the Southeast cities to increase green space and educational opportunities for young children. Karla also worked as the Directing Attorney for El Rescate Legal Services, a nonprofit focused on assisting families with immigration legal issues. Karla began her legal career as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Karla attended UCLA as an undergraduate and holds a J.D. from U.C. Hastings.

Fernando Rejón

Deputy Director of Urban Peace

Fernando Rejón manages the overall operation of the training Academy for gang intervention workers, through coordination and facilitation of practitioner-led tables including the professional standards committee and regional training team.  In addition, he manages the Advanced Law Enforcement Training which provides an overview of the particular role of intervention practitioners in effective violence reduction and community policing strategies.  He has over 10 years of experience working in non-profits including 14 years of community organizing and program development experience.  He began organizing as a university student fighting for the successful establishment of an Ethnic Studies program and working on preventing impending gentrification efforts in San Diego.  While in college, he worked as a counselor for youth on probation re-entering the community from juvenile hall and camps. Later, he worked on issues of environmental justice in Pacoima where he co-developed and managed training institutes for community members, both youth and adults, focused on environmental health including the development of community-based curriculum to empower residents to seek social justice.  He has also worked with indigenous communities organizing for alternatives to free trade agreements and to establish dialogues between U.S. people of color and indigenous peoples in México and beyond.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego and a M.A. in Chican@ Studies from California State University, Northridge. 

Jessenia Reyes

Engagement Coordinator/Policy Analyst

Jessenia Reyes currently serves as an Engagement Coordinator/Policy Analyst at Advancement Project California where she will help lead the organization’s first effort in community mobilization for parents with children ages 0-8 in Southeast LA. She is a first generation student who was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley where she attended local public schools and received her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development at California State University, Northridge. While earning her B.A., Jessenia worked full time for a non-profit organization that focused on after school programming for underperforming middle schools in low-income areas; subsequently, she developed a passion for working with at risk youth, and undocumented families within the school system. As an advocate for education, she has participated in multiple platforms to help support families and students as a mentor/tutor, as well as help schools increase college awareness, plan and partake in community events and coordinate local fundraisers. Due to her experience on the field through multiple CBO’s and school systems, she realized that education is the key to help empower families and children to overcome environmental and personal challenges. Jessenia received her MSW at University of Southern California, with a concentration on Community Organization, Planning and Administration and an additional certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy.

Chris Ringewald

Research Manager

Chris Ringewald came to Healthy City after working for the National Park Service's Inventory & Monitoring Program in South Florida. Chris graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters degree in Regional Planning. While in college, Chris was active in public service initiatives, intramural sports, and social organizations. After graduation, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Cornell Public Service Center. Originally from San Diego, Chris is excited to return to Southern California.

Michael Russo

Equity in Public Funds Manager

As the Equity in Public Funds Manager, Mike Russo works to provide community-based organizations with the data, training, and tools they need to be effective advocates for local budgets that reflect the needs of low-income communities and communities of color. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Mike served as the director of the federal office of U.S. PIRG, a nationwide federation of state-based public interest advocacy organizations.  He also previously led U.S. PIRG’s work on health care, such as overseeing campaigns to implement of the Affordable Care Act, and helping to create a program to analyze and watchdog insurers’ rate filings, which has saved consumers over $25 million. Mike is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and Columbia Law School.

Amy Sausser

Communications Officer

Amy Sausser has more than 18 years of experience with nonprofits, with a specialization in communications. She believes that nonprofits make an important contribution to our communities and, all too often, their stories go unheard. Even worse, the needs of their clients and constituents go unnoticed - communications can help change that. Her communication services include production of publications - annual reports, newsletters, websites, brochures, informational reports, fundraising letters - as well as communications planning and grant proposal and report writing. She has taught communications seminars and workshops at the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and the California Association of Nonprofits' annual conference. Previously, Ms. Sausser served as Director of Communications at Southern California Grantmakers and Deputy Director of Development at the Liberty Hill Foundation. Committed to social change in Los Angeles, the Liberty Hill Foundation relied heavily on communications to both raise funds for grantmaking programs and to shape public opinion on issues as diverse as environmental justice and education reform. Ms. Sausser has also served as the Managing Editor of the California Association of Nonprofits' Alert newsletter, providing cutting-edge information and resources for nonprofit managers statewide. In 1994, she started the employment newsletter Opportunity NOCs (now known as Nonprofit Directions) and went on to become the Manager of Communications at the Center for Nonprofit Management. A native of Southern California, Ms. Sausser received her MA from UCLA in Critical Studies in Film & Television in 1991 and her BA from CSU Northridge in Film and Television.

Pia Schiavo-Campo

Development Coordinator

In her role as the Development Coordinator for Advancement Project, Pia Schiavo-Campo researches and writes grant proposals and reports for all program areas. She also helps to plan and implement communication efforts, like creating newsletters and brochures, and creating content for the website. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Pia spent three and a half years as a Grant Writer, Facilitator and Social Media Coordinator for youTHink, a program of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, which uses thepower of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, promote literacy and serve as a tool for social change for underserved youth in Los Angeles.  Pia is passionate about social justice and empowering underrepresented people of color to create lasting change within their communities.  She believes in public education and is a product of public and international schools on the east coast and abroad.  Pia has lived and traveled overseas extensively in places like Somalia, India and the Philippines.  Before shifting careers to the non-profit world, Pia spent 10 years as an interior designer and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Sociology.  Pia is originally from Washington, D.C.and speaks Italian fluently.

Timothy Shugrue

Finance Manager

Timothy L. Shugrue has more than 19 years experience as an accounting and human resources professional. He joined The Advancement Project in September 2010 with significant prior experience working for non-profit and for profit companies and law firms in accounts management and financial reporting, most recently for the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), a non-profit organization providing oversight and counsel to city and county officials, police leaders, jail administrators and community and civil rights groups with respect to accountability, risk management and recommended practices, where he had served as Accounting Manager and Human Resources Manager for over 7 years. Timothy is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.

Lori Thompson

Manager, Online and Digital Initiatives

As Manager of Online & Digital Initiatives at Advancement Project, Lori manages website design and development, training, and communications efforts for the Healthy City Program. Lori has extensive experience managing complex, multi-dimensional GIS mapping projects and online campaigns with a range of partners including Community-Based Organizations, Governmental Entities, and Philanthropic Institutions.  Through these projects, she looks to increase the accessibility of data and information. Her graduate studies in Nonprofit Management focused on Shared Leadership and Organizational Development.  Her first exposure to GIS Mapping was at Tufts University where she received her bachelor's degree with a double major in Environmental Studies and Japanese. Upon graduation, Lori worked in Kobe, Japan for two and a half years as a project manager at an English Conversation Academy. Lori joined the Advancement Project in 2006, after working at ERDT/Share!, a global non-profit educational foundation.

Juhyun Yoo

Senior Research Analyst

JuHyun joined Healthy City program in 2010. With her expertise in urban and regional policy, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), quantitative analysis, and data visualizations, she has conducted research projects emphasizing equitable distribution of social and health resources for communities of color. Her research projects at Healthy City include philanthropic investment and community need analyses for The California Wellness Foundation, California Community Foundation and First 5 California and community health and safety needs assessments for Los Angeles City, Santa Cruz County, City of Santa Rosa, and City of Sacramento. Since 2014, she has worked on developing Student Equity Need Indices for several school districts throughout California to provide an advocacy tool for more resources for higher-need schools. She holds Master of Public Affairs from Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.