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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.

Leslie Forde

Care

From day-care providers to parent advocates

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Leslie Forde
CEO and Founder, Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs
Forde developed the framework for Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs, an organization that looks at the challenges mothers face in making time for self-care, interests, and healthy relationships. The priorities at the base of the hierarchy, such as raising children and taking care of household tasks, mean self-care is often left out. She also helps employers retain working parents and create inclusive workplaces, and has been running an ongoing multi-wave study of parents’ attitudes and experiences of combining paid work and child care since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FOCUS: Care
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs

John Summers

Disability

From people on the autism spectrum to disability advocates

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

John Summers
Editorial Director, Lingua Franca Media
Summers writes and speaks about disability in American history and culture. His previous work has included Research Fellow in History and Disability at New America where he focused on treatments for autism such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), electric shock and biomedical interventions like homeopathy and nutrition. As the father of a son with autism, Summers is interested in ethical responsibility in parenting children with disabilities. Lingua Franca Media is a publishing initiative positioned between public debate and expert knowledge.

FOCUS: Disability
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Lingua Franca Media

Maia Szalavitz

Drugs

From active drug users to pain experts

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Maia Szalavitz
Co-founder, Changing the Narrative
Szalavitz is the author, most recently, of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, which is the first history of the movement to focus drug policy on minimizing harms, not highs. She's also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has written or co-written eight other books. Changing the Narrative is a network of reporters, researchers, academics and advocates concerned about the way media represents drug use and addiction.

FOCUS: Drugs
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Changing the Narrative

Nathan Tankus

Economics

From solidarity economists to equal pay experts

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Nathan Tankus
Research Fellow, Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and Research Director, Modern Money Network
Tankus has expertise in modern monetary theory, central banking, financial regulation, and the legal foundations of money. As author and publisher of the Notes on the Crises blog, he covers the economic and financial fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity is a policy think-tank that believes social justice and sustainable prosperity requires decent employment opportunities at a living wage. The Modern Money Network promotes understanding of money and finance through education, discussion, and scholarship.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, Modern Money Network

Fernando Martí

Housing

From tenant organizers to affordable housing advocates

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Fernando Martí
Community Architect and Housing Activist
San Francisco-based Martí, a licensed California architect, serves on the city’s Housing Stability Fund Oversight Board. His interests include affordable housing, economics of housing development, regional housing and segregation. He previously was co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, a San Francisco–focused coalition of community- and faith-based developers and justice advocates working for permanent, financially accessible housing under community control. Martí had built this network as a San Francisco renter since 1992, but in 2021 he was displaced from his longtime home after his landlord moved a relative into his apartment to circumvent rent control laws.

FOCUS: Housing
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: Self

Gustavo Ajche

Labor

From gig work organizers to union researchers

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Gustavo Ajche
Founder, Los Deliveristas Unidos, NYC
Ajche, an immigrant from Guatemala and delivery worker, is the public face of Los Deliveristas Unidos (LDU), an organizing effort spawned by the Workers Justice Project (WJP) to increase the protection and safety of app delivery workers in the gig economy. WJP is a New York City worker center that educates, organizes, and fights for better work conditions and social justice in the workplace. NOTE: Ajche also speaks K'iche.

FOCUS: Labor
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: Los Deliveristas Unidos, Workers Justice Project

Stephen Semler

Military

From Army veterans to conflict resolution specialists

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Stephen Semler
Co-founder, Security Policy Reform Institute (SPRI)
Semler, who was based in the Middle East as an analyst for the international humanitarian response to the conflict in Syria, has experience in federal budget authorizations and appropriations, forensic weapons investigations and government relations advocacy. He’s listed with the Forum on the Arms Trade, a network of civil society experts and a point of contact for strengthening public efforts to address the implications of arms transfers, security assistance and weapons use. SPRI is an independent, grassroots think tank that promotes meaningful reform of U.S. foreign policy and seeks not only to break the cycle of endless war, but also to serve the economic, social and political needs of working-class Americans.

FOCUS: Military
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Security Policy Reform Institute

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