2017 cohort of Dallas Public Voices

2017 cohort of Dallas Public Voices Announcement

Dallas Public Voices is part of a bold multi-year, multi-institution initiative launched by The OpEd Project in partnership with leading universities and foundations nationwide. It was piloted at Yale, Princeton and Stanford universities, and has since launched in collaboration with a dozen institutions and foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the McCormick Foundation. The 2017 cohort  will join one of the most powerful emerging networks for public impact thought leadership – both in Dallas and across the nation. Over the next three months, the cohort members will endeavor to test the best existing research, learn from live experiments, tackle big philosophical questions and create an environment that is wildly generative of ideas.  They will be matched with seasoned journalist mentors, and transform their ideas into concrete results that light up the world.

Following a tremendously competitive application process, we are pleased to announce the twenty civic and social justice leaders who will make up the 2017 cohort of Dallas Public Voices:
Froswa Booker-Drew
Director of Community Affairs, State Fair of Texas

Jessica Dixon Weaver
Associate Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law

Hillary Evans
Public Policy Consultant, Leadership ISD

Alicia Farhat
Dallas Programs Director, Brighter Bites

Sadie Funk
Executive Director, First3Years Texas

Kaitlin Guthrow
Executive Director, Reading Partners of North Texas

Christina Hanger
Executive Director, Dallas Afterschool Network

Annie Lord
Chief Program Officer, CitySquare

Candace Lucas-Bledsoe
Graduate of Liberal Studies Faculty, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education

Sara Martinez
Justice for the Peace, Precinct 5 Dallas County

Margo McClinton Stoglin
Executive Director, IGNITE Texas

Yulise Reaves Waters, JD 2008
Assistant City Attorney & Community Courts Prosecutor, City of Dallas

Alia Salem
Executive Director, Council of American-Islamic Relations Dallas-Fort Worth

Jennifer Sampson
McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Aditi Sinha
Director of Diversity and Leadership, Teach for America

Elizabeth Sodel Blum
Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Eva Szalkai Csaky
Director, Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity

Jamila Thomas
Coordinator for African American Success Initiate, Dallas ISD

Maria Gabriela Vega
Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Center

Annie Wright
Director of Evaluation, Southern Methodist University Center on Research & Evaluation
For more information about the 2017 cohort members see Photos and Bios.

The inaugural Dallas Public Voices Leadership & Advisory Committee led the 2017 nomination and selection process.  Members represent different Public Voices cohorts (2013 – 2016) and key areas of interest throughout the city of Dallas. Each member of the committee was an outstanding representative of her respective cohort, with numerous publishing successes and a clear commitment to the Public Voices mission.  The Boone Family Foundation is grateful for the Advisory Committee’s leadership recruiting an outstanding 2017 cohort.