The ReFrame Mentorship has immense gratitude for these amazing individuals who have served as Program Advisors,
helping scheme and dream and shape the vision for this project.
helping scheme and dream and shape the vision for this project.
Eli Il Yong Lee and Sandra Wechsler
The Quad Team
Eli Il Yong Lee is a consultant who has survived over twenty-five years of executive leadership, issue advocacy and political campaigns, both nationally and in New Mexico. He is a co-founder of The Quad. He has served as campaign manager or general consultant for progressive candidates and issue campaigns and was the founding CEO of the Center for Civic Policy, which advanced innovations in nonpartisan civic engagement in the fields of communications, modeling and external metrics. He’s a former board member of State Voices; the former Board President of the Asian American Association of New Mexico; a former board member of the State of New Mexico Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Commission; and a longtime board member of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, founded by his mentor, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, the mother of murdered Civil Rights worker Andrew Goodman. Columbia University reluctantly graduated him in 1990. Eli remains Korean American and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sandra Wechsler brings nearly two decades of experience working to further progressive candidates, issues and policies. She co-founded The Quad after years of working with civic engagement organizations to build aggressive strategies built on focused planning and real-time learning. Sandra specializes in consulting with campaign-driven organizations, particularly in the areas of data-driven strategy and evaluation. Her professional experience includes campaign management, impact assessment and leadership development, both locally and nationally, including direction of New Mexico’s only leadership network for progressive advocates. Before starting her own consulting business, Sandra spent years navigating the world of nonprofits, community organizing and violence prevention. Sandra received her B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Masters in Public Health from the University of New Mexico. She also has a dog named Omar, named after her favorite character from the HBO television show, The Wire.
Shanelle Matthews is an award-winning communications strategist with a decade of experience in journalism, legislative, litigation, rapid response, and campaign communications. She currently serves as the Deputy Communications Director for the Sierra Club, leading communications strategy for Beyond Coal, a national effort to close, or transition to cleaner energy, half of the nation's coal fleet by 2017. Previously she worked as a strategist for the ACLU where she engineered the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive strategic communications plans. She believes in using communications both as a tool for social change and to win. As an alumna of Progressive Women’s Voices, the Women’s Media Center’s premier media and leadership training program for women, Shanelle has executed her training as a spokesperson in outlets like Al Jazeera and NPR. Her writing can be found in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Ebony Magazine, The Root (Washington Post affiliate), Women’s eNews, Women’s Media Center, Colorlines, and Clutch Magazine among others. She serves on the boards of the National Network of Abortion Funds and RH Reality Check. She holds a degree in Journalism and New and Online Media from the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. She is a lover of cheese, Miles Davis, and full-bodied Spanish wines. She lives and plays in Oakland.
Columnist. Activist. Pundit. Etc.
Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America. She is currently a CNN contributor and columnist for the Daily Beast. Sally was previously a Fox News contributor, the motivation for her widely-seen TED talk, as well as a regular guest on MSNBC. Sally’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine, Reuters, USA Today, Salon, Politico, Time and many other outlets. Her work has been highlighted by outlets from the Colbert Report to the New York Times to the National Review. In 2014, Mediaite listed Sally as one of the top 9 rising stars in cable news and The Advocate ranked Sally as the 35th most influential gay person in the media.
Sally also works as a communications consultant, providing media training and public speaking coaching to political candidates, corporate executives and non-profit leaders.
Previously, Sally was Senior Campaign Strategist with the Center for Community Change, a 45-year-old hub of grassroots organizations nationwide. Sally served as co-director of ideas and innovation for the Center, helping lead the pioneering Campaign for Community Values, producing a nationally televised Presidential candidate forum in 2008, developing a new media organizing project on health care reform in rural communities and spearheading several other initiatives.
Before that, Sally held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants to social justice organizations nationwide. She was also strategic advisor to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, a private network of 25 top program staff from some of the nation’s most prominent foundations, working to identify a shared strategy and coordinate grantmaking. Before that, Sally served as Executive Director of the Third Wave Foundation, the leading young women’s organization in the country. She was also a distinguished Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, where she published a groundbreaking guidebook for organizing campaigns to win domestic partnership benefits. Sally also worked as a consultant with the Urban Justice Center, publishing a report on the experiences of gay youth in the New York juvenile justice system.
Sally received a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University and was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in D.C. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Sally now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner Sarah Hansen and their daughter Willa.
Celia Alario is a communications strategist, facilitator, coach, spokesperson trainer and educator. She cavorts with grassroots change agents, artists, academics and journalists who share her love for social justice, planetary healing and culture shaping. In the last 25 years Alario has helped spin groundbreaking media campaigns, provided one-on-one coaching for Communications Directors and staffers, trained hundreds in public speaking and spokesperson skills and placed thousands of stories about critical social justice and environmental issues in media outlets worldwide.
Alario teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Environmental Communications for the Environmental Studies Department and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at her alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. Her topics include storytelling for social change, grassroots organizing, journalism, public relations, media campaigns, public speaking, social media and strategic communications.
Alario is currently incubating a project to enhance collaboration between academics, journalists and social change practitioners. She’s on the Board of the Center for Story-Based Strategy, and on the Advisory Boards of IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) and The Kindle Project. She alternatively chases her poodle across the majestic red rock landscapes of Moab, Utah and the effervescent coastlines of Santa Barbara, California. Find her on Twitter @celiaalario.
Social Transformation Project
Jodie Tonita is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Social Transformation Project. Jodie has had a 10-year career in building progressive infrastructure projects and helping individuals, organizations and movements maximize their power and effectiveness.
Before founding the Social Transformation Project, Jodie co-lead the evolution of Web of Change, a prominent conference and community that connects the foremost thinkers and do-ers in social media, technology, and social change. Jodie served as Program Manager for Groundwire, a 501 c3 nonprofit dedicated to the creative and strategic use of technology for scaling social change. While at Groundwire Jodie helped found Organizing for Change and Conservation Voters of BC, two collaborative efforts designed to win critical environmental policy fights.
In the decade prior, Jodie ran her own management consulting firm working with corporate clients on their large-scale information technology and change management projects. During these years she served on the board of the Surrey Women’s Center and was a dedicated volunteer with Oxfam Canada.
Jodie is currently a leadership fellow at the Broadbent Institute, and a former board member of Leadnow.ca and Groundwire.
Tracy Van Slyke
Citizen Engagement Lab
Tracy Van Slyke is the director of the The Culture Lab at Citizen Engagement Lab. The Culture Lab links together strategy, knowledge and technology-based services to help changemakers use culture to advance social progress. As an Opportunity Agenda fellow in 2014, she wrote the report, “Spoiler Alert: How Progressives Will Break Through with Pop Culture.” From 2011-2013, Van Slyke was the co-director of the New Bottom Line, an alignment of leading grassroots organizations that came together to build a fair economy. Previously, she was the director of The Media Consortium, where she worked with the country’s leading progressive independent media outlets to increase their impact. Van Slyke is the former publisher of In These Times magazine. In 2010, she co-authored the book Beyond The Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics (New Press).