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This database features alternative experts who are available to the press. Their authority derives from either lived experience or professional expertise or both. The current categories are Care, Disability, Drugs, Economics, History, Housing, Labor and Military with more to come. For additional information please visit the About page.

Tiffany Gale

Care

From day-care providers to parent advocates

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Tiffany Gale
Owner, Miss Tiffany’s Early Childhood Education House
Gale runs a home-based child care center in West Virginia for children between six weeks and 12 years of age. She advocates for WV House Bill 4792, which requires a rule for child subsidies to be based on monthly enrollment rather than daily attendance, and for a national paid leave program for all workers.

FOCUS: Care
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Miss Tiffany’s Early Childhood Education House

Steven Verdile

Disability

From people on the autism spectrum to disability advocates

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Steven Verdile
Founder, The Squeaky Wheel
Verdile is a designer, writer, fulltime wheelchair user and disability advocate. He founded the satirical website The Squeaky Wheel, which focuses on the experience of having a disability and uses humor to challenge misconceptions, highlight absurdity and criticize imbalances. Verdile also works in corporate communications at NBCUniversal, and additionally can speak about disability representation in TV and film. On a personal level, he can speak about Medicaid policy, home health care, accessibility of education and New York City Transit.

FOCUS: Disability
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: The Squeaky Wheel

Morgan Godvin

Drugs

From active drug users to pain experts

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Morgan Godvin
Member, Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council
Godvin’s research and advocacy emphasize overdose prevention, and the intersection of the criminal-legal system and substance use. Previously addicted to heroin, she says drug overdose, addiction and incarceration have touched every facet of her life, she was appointed by the Oregon Health Authority to serve on the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council overseeing grant funding for and implementation of addiction recovery centers, and on Oregon's Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. Godvin’s also founder, Beats Overdose, which provides harm reduction services to music events; engagement editor, JSTOR Daily’s American Prison Newspapers collection; and Narrative Justice fellow, Health in Justice Action Lab.

FOCUS: Drugs
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Self

Fenaba R. Addo

Economics

From solidarity economists to equal pay experts

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Fenaba R. Addo
Associate Professor, Public Policy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
Addo, who’s also associate professor, Sociology (adjunct), at UNC’s Carolina Population Center, examines debt and wealth inequality with a focus on family and relationships, higher education, union formation, and economic strain. In addition, she examines how racial disparities in student debt, older Black women and wealth, and the Millennial racial wealth gap stem from historical legacies of racial exclusion and discrimination and are reproduced over time. Addo previously was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, and the Lorna Jorgensen Wendt Associate Professor of Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fanny Julissa García

History

From oral historians to witness accounts

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Fanny Julissa García
Oral Historian and Educator
García is an award-winning Honduran-American oral historian contributing to Central American studies. Her work exists at the intersection of immigration justice and oral history and serves the community from which it emerges. She has taught workshops and presented oral history events across the country at universities and organizations including Barnard College, Trinity College, the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Oral History Association. García’s project “Separated: Stories of Injustice and Solidarity” documents the experiences of families separated by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.

FOCUS: History
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: Self

Andreanecia M. Morris

Housing

From tenant organizers to affordable housing advocates

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Andreanecia M. Morris
Executive Director, HousingNOLA
Morris, who has spent her career working to create affordable housing in metro New Orleans, also has expertise in national topics ranging from the ways race and housing intersect to the racial wealth gap to the politics of real estate. Previously, Morris was an organizer for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) when it started in 2007 as a loose coalition of community development nonprofits and since its incorporation in 2012 she has served as GNOHA’s president. HousingNOLA is a public-private partnership working to solve the New Orleans affordable-housing crisis.

FOCUS: Housing
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: HousingNOLA

Brian Callaci

Labor

From gig work organizers to union researchers

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Brian Callaci
Chief Economist, Open Markets Institute
Callaci is an economist studying market structure and worker power at Open Markets, which works to address threats to democracy, individual liberties, and national security from corporate monopolies. He researches and writes about market structure and antitrust law and their relationship to worker and employer power. Prior to this, Callaci, a former union researcher, worked at the Strategic Organizing Center and Workers United/SEIU.

FOCUS: Labor
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Open Markets Institute

Sarah Streyder

Military

From Army veterans to conflict resolution specialists

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Sarah Streyder
Executive Director, Secure Families Initiative
Streyder leads the Secure Families Initiative, a nonpartisan group of military families advocating for expanded voting rights and demilitarized approaches to foreign policy and domestic law enforcement. She's the spouse of an active-duty service member in the Space Force and was nationally recognized for her leadership. Previous to founding SFI, Streyder worked at the White House and the United Nations.

FOCUS: Military
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Secure Families Initiative

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