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 President of Democracy in Color and host of the “Democracy in Color” podcast. She is Senior Vice President of PowerPAC+, an organization dedicated to electing social justice champions by engaging multiracial voters. 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. Aimee has been published in Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was awarded fellowships at the Women’s Media Center and the Knight Digital Media Center at U.C. Berkeley. Aimee serves on the corporate board of the YMCA of the East Bay. She is the author of Army of None (Seven Stories Press, 2007) and holds a MA and BA from Stanford University, where she recently was honored with an Award of Merit for her public service.
Aimee's new book about women of color in politics is due out in Fall 2017. Aimee lives in Oakland, California.
Jessica Byrd is a political strategist focused on recruiting and electing people of color and working with people of color centered and led organizations on strategic political programming. She leads Three Point Strategies, a progressive political consulting firm focused on candidate recruitment, candidate services, training curriculum & execution, and strategic planning. She is most interested in strategies that alleviate barriers for people of color to access political power. Prior, she spent four years at EMILY’s List where she coordinated the national training program and worked with hundreds of new and seasoned candidates in the state/local program.
She has spent the last decade creating new pathways for activists and elected leaders to create change. Most recently, Jessica was named to the 2016 #blackgirlmagic class in Essence Magazine and “12 New Faces of Black Leadership” by Time Magazine. Some of her personal interests include non-airport traveling, mentorship, Black feminism, and anything with guacamole on it.
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.
Lulie serves as Democracy in Color's Staff Attorney and Project Specialist. She is a member of the State Bar of California. She holds law degrees from The Sorbonne- Paris 1 as well as the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris – Sciences Po, and Berkeley Law- Boalt Hall. She is trilingual, speaking Spanish, English and French fluently, has worked extensively in Italian and Portuguese and is conversational in German and Hebrew.
Prior to joining Democracy in Color, Lulie interned at the State of Texas’s Department of Economic Development, specifically, the European and Middle Eastern Affairs Department, in Austin. She was a legal trainee at Abogados Alicia Osés Torras in Barcelona Spain, a law firm specializing in International Law and Immigration Law, as well as in Fieldfisher’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department in Paris, France. Lulie is also Staff Attorney and Project Specialist at PowerPAC+ a social justice organization dedicated to building a multiracial political coalition.
Deeply passionate about justice, equality and international human rights, she has traveled, volunteered, worked and lived abroad, having spent time in all seven continents.
She is an avid tennis player, enjoys scuba diving, and was part of her undergraduate women’s golf team.
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.