Steve Phillips is the founder of Democracy in Color, a multimedia platform on race and politics. He 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 bestselling book, Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a 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, CSPAN and TV One. He is a regular columnist for The Nation and is also an op-ed contributor to The New York Times. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of the Law.
Aimee Allison is the Founder of She the People, the national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color. By bringing together the most promising women of color candidates, strategists, and movement leaders, Ms. Allison is one of the primary architects for the electoral successes in 2018 that made it the “year of women of color in politics.” In September 2018, she convened the first summit to focus on women of color in politics to show that social justice can, in fact, become the law of the land. A democratic innovator and visionary, Ms. Allison has led forums and initiatives on race and gender at the Democratic National Convention and Politicon, among others. In conjunction with her leadership of She the People, Ms. Allison is President of Democracy in Color, dedicated to empowering the multiracial progressive electorate through media, public conversations, research, and analysis. She has led national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions, expand the electorate, and support leaders who advocate for a progressive future. A thought leader, a speaker, and a writer, Ms. Allison's acclaimed podcast, “Democracy in Color,” has featured some of the best and brightest political leadership, including Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Congressman Ted Lieu, and Senator Cory Booker. In the early 1990’s, Ms. Allison was one of the first women of color to be honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector and works today to support courageous, moral leadership. Aimee Allison holds a B.A. in history and M.A. in education from Stanford University. Author of Army of None, she has written for the New YorkTimes, The Hill, and ESSENCE Magazine; and is online @aimeeallison.
Sharline Chiang is Co-Editor and Director of Media Relations for Democracy in Color. She is also the editor of the Democracy in Color Report.
A proud member of the New American Majority, Sharline is a Berkeley-based writer, editor, journalist, book coach and strategic communications consultant. Originally from New Jersey, she has written about race, parenthood, education and other issues for BuzzFeed, OZY, Hyphen, New York Daily News, and LA Daily News among other publications. She served as editor and book coach for New York Times bestseller, Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority, by Democracy in Color Founder Steve Phillips.
A mother and advocate for women of color issues, and longtime member of the national writers of color network VONA, Sharline holds a business degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Olivia is the Digital Director for Democracy in Color. Her previous professional life includes working as management staff to a number of political campaigns at the state & local levels. She is one of the founding members of Close the Gap CA, a statewide, 4-year campaign to recruit women to the California State Legislature. In addition to her position at Democracy in Color, Olivia currently serves as Co-Chair to the PAC Committee on the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the oldest LGBT Democratic club in the country.
Raised in Anchorage, AK and Seattle, WA, Olivia currently lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with her partner and their goofy dog, Carson. Aside from her political work, Olivia has a passion for all things food, drink, and travel. You can follow her crusade through different bars & breweries all over the world on Instagram at @olivecitysf.