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Board of Directors

Aaron Dorfman  
Board Vice Chair, Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Aaron is executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. NCRP works to ensure America's grantmakers are responsive to the needs of those with the least wealth, opportunity and power. Before joining NCRP in 2007, Dorfman served for 15 years as a community organizer with two national organizing networks, spearheading grassroots campaigns to improve public education, expand public transportation for low-income residents and improve access to affordable housing. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Carleton College (where he studied under the late Senator Paul Wellstone) and a master's degree in philanthropic studies from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Dorfman frequently speaks and writes about the importance of diversity in philanthropy, the benefits of foundation funding for advocacy and community organizing, and the need for greater accountability and transparency in the philanthropic sector.

Andrew Friedman  
Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Andrew oversees CPD’s Development, Communications, Finance, Operations and Human Resources work, as well as our Organizing and Capacity Building and Opportunities Campaigns work, including our education and housing campaigns. Additionally, Andrew oversees Local Progress, a network of hundreds of local elected officials across the country committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government.

Andrew came to CPD after 15 years building CPD’s affiliate Make the Road New York (MRNY) into the leading democratically-run, immigrant-led community organization in New York State. Since co-founding MRNY in 1997, Andrew helped grow the organization from a small, volunteer-run effort to an $8 million organization with over 11,000 members, 100 staff, and four community-based centers in New York City and Long Island. Andrew helped oversee all aspects of Make the Road’s work, including the organizing, legal services, adult literacy, workforce development, operations and finance departments. After Make the Road, Andrew worked with the Latino Workers’ Center, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, the Center for Urban Community Services, the Government Benefits Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, and MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project.

Andrew has been awarded the Union Square Award of the Fund for the City of New York, the Cornerstone Award of the Jewish Funds for Justice, and the Community Health Leaders Award of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Andrew was a Skadden Public Interest Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. He has worked as an adjunct professor in New York University School of Law’s Clinical Program, NYU’s Wagner School for Public Service and the New School for Social Research, and as a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of Make the Road New York, Make the Road Action Fund, Local Progress, Hester Street Collaborative, CPD and CPD Action. Andrew is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College and a cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law.

Matt Hollamby  
Program Officer, Wyss Foundation
Christina Livingston  
Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Christina has been organizing throughout California since 2004. She first became interested in organizing while studying for her B.A. in Sociology at UC Berkeley. (Later she earned an MA in Sociology from Cal State Los Angeles). Her first organizing work was through Union Summer where she worked with the AFL-CIO’s community arm, Working America. Soon thereafter she began organizing with Los Angeles ACORN where she worked across South Los Angeles recruiting members, developing leaders, and running local campaigns for community improvements. Along with other dedicated staff and members she helped open the statewide California community organization ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) where she served as both Field Director and Deputy Director. She was recently appointed to the position of Executive Director by the ACCE board of directors. Her current work focuses on coordinating ACCE’s statewide campaign calling on big corporations and the wealthy to do their part to end the foreclosure crisis, restore communities, and refund California.

Alicia Russell  
Board member, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

One of 11 children born and raised in Arizona to Migrant Farm workers. In 2006, I  served as the Treasurer and Spokesperson for the Arizona Minimum Wage Coalition, which successfully established a minimum wage, with automatic annual indexing to the cost of living through ballot initiative.  I have led the community in a campaign for participation and civic engagement to increase latino voter registration and I assisted in reforming the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and  I have also assisted thousands of legal permanent residents apply for citizenship at citizenship fairs.