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

Reneé Boynton-Jarrett

Care

From day-care providers to parent advocates

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Reneé Boynton-Jarrett
Associate professor, pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, and founding director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network
Boynton-Jarrett is a pediatrician and social epidemiologist whose areas of expertise are health and medicine, public health, social epidemiology, and population health. She focuses on how early-life adversities, such as psychosocial stress, obesity, and early puberty, can affect health. She has studied the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect, and neighborhood characteristics. Vital Village is a Boston, Mass., network of residents and organizations committed to maximizing child, family, and community well-being.

FOCUS: Care
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Boston University School of Medicine

Maria Suchy-Kozak

Disability

From people on the autism spectrum to disability advocates

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Maria Suchy-Kozak
Education Advocate, Student Advocacy
Suchy-Kozak, an experienced special education advocate, is an expert in New York State adult disability systems. Her work includes attending Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with parents and disabled students to ensure that the school district is implementing an appropriate IEP for him/her. A member of NYS IEP Facilitators, she serves on the state Family Support Services Advisory Council, which informs the state about local needs of disabled individuals. She has raised autistic children and advocated on their behalf.

FOCUS: Disability
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Student Advocacy

Khary Rigg

Drugs

From active drug users to pain experts

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Khary Rigg
Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences

FOCUS: Drugs
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences

Lindsay Owens

Economics

From solidarity economists to equal pay experts

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Lindsay Owens
Executive Director, Groundwork Collaborative
Owens is a sociologist with expertise in economic inequality, poverty, housing policy, and recessions. She served as an economic policy advisor for Senator Elizabeth Warren, and as deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Reps. Keith Ellison and Pramila Jayapal helping to craft legislation to expand the social safety net and increase power for workers. She also co-edited a chartbook on inequality, Understanding Inequality with Data. Prior to Groundwork, which works to develop and advance a progressive economic worldview, Owens was a fellow at the Great Democracy Initiative at Roosevelt Institute.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Groundwork Collaborative

Allie Cannington

Housing

From tenant organizers to affordable housing advocates

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Allie Cannington
Senior Manager, Advocacy and Organizing, The Kelsey
Cannington organizes people with disabilities at the local, state and national levels, centering on marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, people of color, those living in poverty and youth with disabilities. At The Kelsey, a California-based organization that promotes the views of the disabled, she leads state and federal efforts to advance disability-forward housing solutions.

FOCUS: Housing
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: The Kelsey

Samir Sonti

Labor

From gig work organizers to union researchers

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Samir Sonti
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Labor and Urban Studies
A political organizer and union researcher at CUNY, Sonti has worked as a political organizer for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), and as a researcher for UNITE HERE, a union representing hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to CUNY, he served as a special advisor on the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.

FOCUS: Labor
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Jovanni Reyes

Military

From Army veterans to conflict resolution specialists

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Jovanni Reyes
Educator and Organizer
Reyes is a veteran, and an antimilitarist, anti-imperialist advocate and organizer. Part of the Puerto Rican-Dominican diaspora, he enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1993 and resigned from the military in 2007. Reyes focuses on analyzing American hegemonic foreign policy and militarism abroad, war and hybrid war, colonialism and imperialism and their effects, the relationship that exists among states with a focus on the Global South, especially Latin America, and more. Reyes co-hosts a podcast called Fortress on a Hill, is a member of About Face and collaborates with Veterans for Peace and World Beyond War.

FOCUS: Military
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: Self

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