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Aleyamma Mathew

Aleyamma Mathew is the Director of the Women’s Economic Justice Program at the Ms. Foundation. She brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, policy and advocacy, campaign development, capacity building for social justice organizations at the local and national levels. In her current capacity, she leads the foundation’s work on economic justice in which she focuses on labor rights, child care access, and regional funding in the U.S. South.  Aleyamma also worked at the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development for Human Rights, which documented human rights abuses in the U.S. specially impacting women of color. She was also part of the Founding Steering Committee, the first staff person and served as the Program Director for the National CAPACD for 6 years.Aleyamma is a member of the Funders for a Just Economy and the Grantmakers for Southern Progress.  She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including the Fulbright Fellowship, the New American Leaders Fellowship by Coros and the Asian Pacific Leadership Program at the East West Center in Hawaii.

Andrea Levere

Andrea Levere is President of Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), a private nonprofit organization with the mission of ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to gain financial stability, build wealth and achieve prosperity.  Under Ms. Levere’s leadership, Prosperity Now designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to integrate financial capability services into systems serving low-income people, build assets and savings, and advance research and policies that expands economy mobility for all.  Ms. Levere is part of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Community Advisory Council and serves as Chair of Resident Owned Communities USA, a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives. She is a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion and Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board. In 2013 President Obama appointed Ms. Levere to the National Cooperative Bank’s Board of Directors to represent the interests of low-income consumers. Ms. Levere holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University.

Cat Bao Le

Cat Bao Le is the founder and current Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC), a grassroots-run/grassroots-focused effort, serving high-need communities in the South. SEAC’s work include base-building, integrated voter engagement, key legal services/case management, multi-racial youth organizing, cross-movement building/direct action, and advocacy on the local level. Prior to her work at SEAC, Cat worked at an Asian American civil rights organization in San Francisco until 2009. In 2010. she transitioned to Saigon and Hanoi, as a fellow in the study of Vietnamese labor laws. Cat graduated with a degree in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 2005.

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