Steve Phillips is the Founder of Democracy in Color, an organization focused on race, politics and the New American Majority, and author of the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.
Phillips is national political leader, civil rights lawyer, and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. 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 effort backing Barack Obama, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. In 2014, Phillips 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. In 2016, Democracy in Color organized the first-ever panel on women of color in politics at the Democratic National Convention. In January 2017, Democracy in Color hosted the only DNC chair candidates forum focused on race and diversity.
Phillips has appeared on multiple national radio and television networks including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and TV One. He is a columnist for The Nation and a regular opinion contributor to The New York Times. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of the Law.
Aimee Allison is President of Democracy in Color, an organization that focuses on race, politics and the New American Majority that worked to elect President Barack Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, and other leaders who carry a social justice agenda. She is host of the “Democracy in Color” podcast. Aimee has launched "Get in Formation", a national call for Black women to support Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia. She is the author of Army of None (Seven Stories Press, 2007) and holds a MA and BA from Stanford University. Aimee's new book about women of color in politics is due out in 2018. Aimee lives in Oakland, California.
Edil Mari De Los Reyes
Edil, a Southern California native, is the daughter of Filipino immigrants who shared with her their passion for helping others. The experiences of her family shaped her political interests and understanding of social justice. Since college, she has made it her journey to become a better organizer and to empower others.
Over the years, Edil’s work has focused on engaging and strengthening underrepresented communities to secure a seat at the decision table. As an advocate, Edil has worked as the Political Director of PowerPAC+; New Media Organizer for the One Nation Working Together campaign; and Field Organizer for the California Democratic Party’s 2008 “Yes We Can” campaign. Currently she is PowerPAC.org’s Political Director, assisting the organization in the design and implementation of its campaigns and strategies. Additionally, a self-described data-geek, Edil works with the PowerPAC team on crunching and analyzing numbers about electoral patterns and trends and their interrelationship with country’s demographic changes.
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.