2021 HONOREES

BARBARA DOBKIN

A pioneer in the Jewish community as a donor-activist for programs to empower women and girls, Barbara Dobkin is one of the most visible and committed advocates for social change. She was the Founding Chair of Ma’yan, a program of The JCC in Manhattan, the Jewish Women’s Archive in Boston and the Hadassah Foundation. She was a founder of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and was board chair of American Jewish World Service. She also served on the boards of The Women’s Funding Network, The White House Project, the Women Donors Network and Lilith Magazine. A frequent speaker on women’s philanthropy and leadership, she is a significant supporter of and adviser to a variety of not-for-profits, both Jewish and secular in the U.S. and internationally. Barbara has been recognized by several organizations including the New York Women’s Foundation, the Jewish Funders Network and the Council on Foundations for her innovative philanthropic work.

ALICIA GARZA

Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve – to be powerful in 
every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, 
Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the 
Black Futures Lab conducted the Black Census Project – the largest survey of Black communities in 
over 150 years.

Alicia is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in four countries. She also serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Additionally, Alicia is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism.

Alicia has become a powerful voice in the media and frequently contributes thoughtful opinion pieces and expert commentary on politics, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. Her work is featured in Time , MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle and Essence.

In addition, Alicia has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including being on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influencial People in the World issue (September 2020), named to TIME’s 100 Women of the Year list (March 2020), Boomberg 50 (2020), BBC’s 100 Women 2020, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s Queer 50 list, Politico 50 and 3x recipient of The Root’s list of 100African American achievers and influencers. Alicia has received the Sydney Peace Prize, Adweek Beacon Award, Glamour’s Women of the Year Award, Marie Claire’s New Guard Award, and washonored as the Community Change Agent at BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards.

Alicia’s first book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, released October 20, 2020 with One World (Penguin Random House.) She shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture on her podcast, Lady Don’t Take No.

Alicia warns you – hashtags don’t start movements. People do.

IMARA JONES

Imara, whose work has won Emmy and Peabody Awards, is the creator of TransLash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. She is also the first Journalist-in-Residence at WNYC’s The Greene Space where she hosts the monthly program Lives At Stake, and is the host of the TransLash Podcast. In 2020 Imara was featured on the cover of Time Magazine as part of its New American Revolution special edition. In 2019 she chaired the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Gender Diversity with over 600 participants. Imara’s work as a host, on-air news analyst, and writer focuses on the full-range of social justice and equity issues. Imara has been featured regularly in The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, Mic, Colorlines, and is a frequent guest host of the In The Thick podcast. Imara has held economic policy posts in the Clinton White House and communications positions at Viacom. Imara holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia. Imara is a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow and on the board of the Anti-Violence Project, and the New Pride Agenda. She goes by the pronouns she/her.

KIFAH SHAH

Kifah Shah is a campaign strategist and digital/field organizer. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Analyst Institute, adjunct faculty at Columbia University, and co-facilitates a large cross-sectional organizing space called RISE Organizing. Her work spans several places and spaces: migration in the EU with the Migration Policy Group in Brussels; research on economic empowerment with USAID in Karachi; labor rights with Unite HERE! and CLUE in Los Angeles; and civic engagement with MPower Change. Recently, she co-authored Hold the Line: a Guide to Defending Democracy, which predicted thes cenarios witnessed surrounding the 2020 general election. In her spare time, Kifah overindulges in chocolate, works out to get stronger, and coordinates teach-ins on organizing with her friends and co-founders at Rad Organizing. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, TED, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, NPR, and more. Kifah holds a Masters in Public Administration in Economic Policy from The London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.

URVASHI VAID

Urvashi Vaid is an attorney, organizer and social entrepreneur who is President of The Vaid Group, a mission driven consulting and innovation firm working for racial, gender and economic equity. Vaid has worked as: Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation; Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation; Director of the Engaging Tradition Project, at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School; Senior Fellow at CUNY Graduate Center Department of Sociology; Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; and Staff Attorney at the National Prison Project, ACLU.

Vaid’s community based research and advocacy includes the first survey of HIV/AIDS policies in US prisons (conducted in 1984); the Black Pride Survey 2000; the first national policy agenda on criminalization of LGBTQ people called A Roadmap for Change: Public Policy Issues Affecting the Criminalization of LGBTQ People and People Living with HIV(2014); a participatory research project to develop a national agenda addressing LGBTQ poverty called Intersecting Injustice: Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All(2018), and the forthcoming National LGBTQ+ Women’s CommunitySurvey (2021).

Vaid is co-founder of the Donors of Color Network, LPAC, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, the Federation of Statewide LGBTQ Organizations (which became Equality Federation), and the Creating Change, among other projects.

She is author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation (Anchor/Doubleday,1995). She co-edited the anthology Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’sPress, 2000), with historians John D’Emilio and William Turner. Vaid is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.

THE REV. DR. KATHARINE RHODES HENDERSON

Over the past decade, President Katharine Henderson has led Auburn to become an innovator and national partner in building the multifaith, multiracial movement for justice. She founded the Lives of Commitment 25 years ago to celebrate the world changing moral leadership of women.

As President, Katharine guided Auburn, a 203-year-old institution founded by Presbyterians in upstate New York, to become a vibrant and nationally-recognized multifaith center for leadership and research while continuing in covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

She oversaw the building of relationship-based programs including the Auburn Senior Fellows, a multifaith cohort of visionary national justice leaders; Auburn Media, which trains and amplifies progressive faith leaders’ moral voices; and Being In Relationship, which bridges differences and deepens inclusion in communities of faith. Her leadership also delivered a state-of-the-art space renovation where people and institutions gather to pursue the work of justice.

Author of “God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World” (Continuum, 2006), Henderson is an internationally known speaker and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, TEDx, and more.

She earned her Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary and her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

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