Steve Phillips, Founder and Chairman
Steve Phillips is a national political leader, civil rights lawyer, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and author of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. Phillips is the founder and editor-in-chief of Democracy in Color, a multimedia magazine on race, politics, and the New American Majority. In 1992 he became the youngest person ever elected to public office in San Francisco and went on to serve as president of the Board of Education. He is co-founder of PowerPAC+, a social justice organization dedicated to building a multiracial political coalition. PowerPAC+ conducted the largest independent voter mobilization efforts backing Barack Obama, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. In 2014, he co-authored the first-ever audit of Democratic Party spending and was named one of “America’s Top 50 Influencers” by Campaigns and Elections magazine. He has appeared on multiple national radio and television networks including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and TV One. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of the Law. Follow Steve on Twitter @StevePtweets; www.stevephillips.com
Aimee Allison, Senior Vice President
Aimee Allison is host of the "Democracy in Color" podcast. A political and communications strategist, she was a director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and led several sessions at the United Nations Commission on the status of women NGO conference. Aimee was an on-camera host for LinkTV, Comcast Newsmakers on CNN Headline News and host of the KPFA morning show. She has appeared as a political commentator on various media outlets including PBS, CBS, and Fox. She is the author of Army of None (Seven Stories Press, 2007) and holds MA and BA degrees from Stanford University. Her new book about women of color in politics, She the People, is due out from Justice Matters Press in 2016.
Shirley Burke, Office Manager
Shirley Burke remembers her first encounter with politics—the “Freedom Riders” organizing in her neighborhood during the time of Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ boycotts and sit-ins. Now at PowerPAC.org, Shirley continues to support social justice as operations manager at PowerPAC.org.
Shirley has over 20 years of administrative customer service and event production experience having worked with Apple Computer, Zelerate (an open source software startup) and in the real estate industry. At PowerPAC.org, Shirley assists the Chairman, President, Senior Vice President, Operations Manager and works closely with the Controller to ensure logistics are operating smoothly in each office location.
Shirley attended Southern University in Louisiana, and later went on to obtain her Real Estate and Notary Public license. She worked for Apple Computer for 15 years where she developed the Developer Technical Support (DTS) conference that’s still flourishing today.