Diversity & Inclusion Podcast Archives

Francella Ochillo: Latinos and Tech Policy — The Policy Year Ahead (Ep. 153)

Latinos and Tech Policy — The Policy Year Ahead (Ep. 153)

Francella Ochillo (@Francella202) is the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Vice President, Policy and General Counsel.

Ron Gonzales: How to Build Bridges for Latinos in Silicon Valley (Ep. 150)

Ron Gonzales: How to Build Bridges for Latinos in Silicon Valley (Ep. 150)

Ron Gonzales (@rongon2000) is President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Previously, Ron served as Mayor of San José.

K.J. Bagchi: The Obstacle is the Myth (Ep. 149)

K.J. Bagchi: The Obstacle is the Myth (Ep. 149)

K.J. Bagchi (@kjbagchi) is the Senior Staff Attorney for Telecommunications, Technology, and Media at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. K.J. has broad experience providing counsel and policy advice for elected members at the local, state and federal levels. He worked as Legislative Counsel at the D.C. City Council and for former Congressman Mike Honda. He has drafted legislation in a variety of areas including juvenile justice, immigration, and consumer protection. Through various roles, K.J. has developed programs, trainings, and conversations to embolden and empower the AAPI community in civic participation.

Karina Cabrera Bell: How to Empower Moms in Leadership (Ep. 138)

How to Empower Moms in Leadership (Ep. 138)

Karina Cabrera Bell (@KarinaCBell) is the President of the Reach Mama Network and Host of the Reach Mama Podcast. Previously, she worked in the Obama White House, the U.S. Department of Energy, and in the U.S. Senate as Policy Advisor for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Brian Woolfolk: A New and Relevant Voice for Inclusive Tech Policymaking (Ep. 119)

Brian Woolfolk: A New and Relevant Voice for Inclusive Tech Policymaking (Ep. 119)

Brian Woolfolk (@brianpwoolfolk) is the Founding Executive Director of Full Color Future–a new think tank and advocacy organization committed to changing the narrative about people of color in media, tech and innovation. He has been passionate about inclusive tech, telecom and media policy for more than 20 years, since he got his start on Capitol Hill.

Brian served as Democratic Counsel on the US House Judiciary Committee and advised Committee Members on the Telecommunications Act, media ownership diversity, and free speech issues. He also advised members and staff on constitutional, civil rights, antitrust, criminal justice and investigative issues. Prior to his Committee work, Brian served as legislative counsel to Congressman Robert C. (Bobby) Scott of Virginia, currently the Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Brian has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School. Brian currently serves as a Member of the William and Mary Board of Visitors (Trustees).

Cheryl Leanza: How Trump’s FCC Plans to Change the Media Ownership Rules (Ep. 114)

Cheryl Leanza: How Trump’s FCC Plans to Change the Media Ownership Rules (Ep. 114)

Cheryl A. Leanza (@cleanza) is the President of her consulting firm, A Learned Hand, LLC, www.alearnedhand.com.  In this capacity she serves as policy advisor to the United Church of Christ’s historic media advocacy arm and as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights Media & Telecommunications Task Force.  Her other clients have included the Progressive States Network, Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Future of Music Coalition, Public Knowledge, and Native Public Media, among others.

Karan Chopra: How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

Karan Chopra (@karchopra) a is Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Opportunity@Work, where he  provides leadership on strategic direction and execution of Opportunity@Work’s priorities and the TechHire initiative. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic wellbeing but of individual dignity.

How to Build a Lobbying Presence in Washington with Elizabeth Frazee (Ep. 102)

How to Build a Lobbying Presence in Washington with Elizabeth Frazee (Ep. 102)

Before you build a lobbying presence in Washington, consider the fact that technology now touches almost every aspect of our lives. Accordingly, our policymaking has become more complex as companies develop new technologies and consumers use technology in ways that were unanticipated. What are the key issues that policymakers and businesses should be focused on as they seek to fine-tune their policy strategies?