Michael Omi is the co-author of Racial Formation in the United States, a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place. The 3rd edition of the book was released in 2015.
Tina Sacks is an assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. Her fields of special interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.
Samir Gambhir works as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) researcher and manager of Opportunity Mapping program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He has more than 9 years of experience in the field of mapping, spatial analysis and web-GIS. He has research experience in the areas of social justice, racial equity, planning, health and business, with a focus on human geography. Prior to joining the Haas Institute, Samir worked as GIS Manager for Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR), Toronto.
Wendy Ake currently directs the Haas Institute's Just Public Finance project. Prior to joining the Haas Institute, Wendy was a researcher with the Global Justice Program at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and served on the editorial board of Kirwan’s journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary in Global Contexts.
Richard Rothstein is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, where he works on policy issues regarding education and race. He is also the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. Rothstein was a senior fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at Berkeley’s law school, until that institute closed at the end of 2015.
Julie Nelson is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute where she is working with Director john powell on a national project to support and expand local government’s work on racial equity. Julie was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights for the City of Seattle from 2007 to early 2014, where under her leadership a vision was crafted for the city where all people enjoy equity, opportunity and freedom from illegal discrimination and institutionalized inequities.
Stephen Menendian is the Assistant Director and Director of Research at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the former senior legal associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University. Stephen oversees the Institute’s burgeoning research initiatives and ongoing projects, including the development of the Inclusiveness Index, opportunity enrollment methodology for university admissions, network building efforts, and community engagement.
Lonnie R. Snowden is Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, with joint appointments in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychology. He is Director of the U.C. Berkeley-U.C.S.F. Center for Mental Health Services Research, and has served on numerous review and advisory committees for the National Institutes of Mental Health and Drug Abuse.
A leading expert on social work practice within the Latino community, Dr. Organista’s research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos.