Keynote speaker: Raaheela Ahmed,
member of the Prince George's County
Board of Education, Maryland.
Raaheela Ahmed is a grassroots community advocate and servant leader. She serves as the elected representative for the Prince George's County Board of Education, District 5, representing over 80,000 Maryland residents, as well as Deputy Director of Campus Vote Project, a nonprofit that focuses on institutionalizing voting and civic engagement at college campuses across the country.
As a young, first generation American, head-covering Muslim woman of Indian and Pakistani descent, Raaheela understands and passionately strives for equity and justice for marginalized people and communities. She has been featured by multiple media outlets for her work, including CNN, ELLE Magazine, NBC, FOX, The Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun.
Keynote speaker: Congressmember Karen Bass, representing the 37th Congressional
District of California.
Congressmember Karen Bass was re-elected to her sixth term representing the 37th Congressional District of California in November 2020. Congressmember Bass serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. She also serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, where she is active in working to craft sound criminal justice reform policies.
Congressmember Bass served as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in 2019 and 2020. During her tenure, the Congressional Black Caucus worked with the Congressional Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander, and Native American Caucuses to demand a targeted response to the COVID-19 pandemic and initiate a national needs assessment for communities of color. She also introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act - the most transformative piece of policing legislation to ever pass in a chamber of Congress
Keynote speaker: Dr. Khalilah M. Harris,
Vice President for K-12 Education Policy at
Center for American Progress.
Khalilah M. Harris, Ed.D, JD leads the K-12 education policy team at Center for American Progress and is a non-resident senior fellow with the Maryland Center on Economic Policy. Her research has focused on using critical race theory to examine the presence and influence of black leadership on education reform. Dr. Harris worked on expanding access to opportunity, community organizing, youth advocacy and building an inclusive workforce while viewing those challenges through a racial equity lens. She served as the first Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans during the Obama administration, and led the development and implementation of the first White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government.