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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, Labor and Military, with more to come. For additional information please visit the About page.

Deana Around Him

Care

From day-care providers to parent advocates

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Deana Around Him
Senior Research Scientist, Youth Development Program, Child Trends
Around Him, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, focuses on American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children, youth, and their families at this organization focused on improving the lives of all children and youth, especially the vulnerable. Her areas include youth suicide, maternal and infant health, and the school climate experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Around Him, who often uses community-based participatory approaches, also works with the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center.

FOCUS: Care
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Child Trends

Prianka Nair

Disability

From people on the autism spectrum to disability advocates

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Prianka Nair
Assistant Professor, Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School
Nair, an expert on anti-discrimination, prison and guardianship law, previously worked as a public interest attorney at Disability Rights New York where she conducted abuse and neglect investigations. She has also litigated cases and led policy changes to achieve equal rights for persons with disabilities. She is co-director of the Brooklyn Law School’s Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, which provides legal services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

FOCUS: Disability
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Brooklyn Law School

Terrell Jones

Drugs

From active drug users to pain experts

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Terrell Jones
Co-Director, Peer Network of New York (PNNY)
After years of self-destructive drug use, Jones initiated his own recovery and began his life in harm reduction as a peer worker. An original member of PNNY, he’s also outreach and advocacy program manager for New York Harm Reduction Educators, where he conducts street outreach, coordinates peer programs, provides training for medical students, and assists with advocacy initiatives and programming. Terrell has also worked with Drug Policy Alliance, National Harm Reduction Coalition, New York Academy of Medicine, and VOCAL-NY to discuss harm reduction policies and programs with elected officials, medical providers, social service providers, and community members. NOTE: Jones prefers to be contacted by phone: (929) 309-7320 (mobile)

FOCUS: Drugs
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Peer Network of New York

Monica Garcia-Perez

Economics

From solidarity economists to equal pay experts

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Monica Garcia-Perez
Professor, Department of Economics, School of Public Affairs, St. Cloud State University
García-Pérez, whose research concentrates on labor economics, immigration, and health economics, is also on the SCSTU Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, which looks at immigrant workers’ experiences in Minnesota’s labor markets and their attempts to achieve full citizenship. She’s also a research fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and, in 2020, served as president, American Society of Hispanic Economists.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: St. Cloud University School of Public Affairs

Amanda Janoo

Labor

From gig work organizers to union researchers

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Amanda Janoo
Economics and Policy Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll)
Janoo has over a decade of experience working with governments and international development institutions. At WEAll, a collaboration of organizations and individuals working to transform economic systems, she works on policies oriented towards transforming economic systems to deliver social and ecological well-being. Prior to joining WEAll, Janoo worked for the United Nations and the African Development Bank.

FOCUS: Economics, Labor
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Elizabeth Beavers

Military

From Army veterans to conflict resolution specialists

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Elizabeth Beavers
Peace and Security Advocacy Strategist
As a consultant, Beavers has strengthened national advocacy organizations in their work to lobby lawmakers, organize and train grassroots activists and change the public narrative on matters of peace and security. She focuses on counter-terrorism law, demilitarization of U.S. foreign policy, Pentagon spending and Guantánamo. Beavers is also an adjunct national security law professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law and has worked at organizations including the Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers), the U.S. section of Amnesty International and Indivisible.

FOCUS: Military
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Self

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