Jane Hamilton | Co-founder and Board Chair
Jane has two decades of experience in public policy, electoral politics and grassroots/community organizing. Her legislative work spans from the Texas State Legislature to the Halls of Congress. She began her career as a legislative aide to Texas State Representative Helen Giddings and a year later began her career in Washington, DC serving on the U.S. House Rules Committee as a professional staffer to Ranking Member Martin Frost. Jane also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Marc Veasey who represents portions of North Texas, mainly Dallas and Fort Worth. After serving in this role both in Washington, DC and Texas, she accepted an opportunity in Dallas, TX to become a General Manager with Noodle Partners, an online program management company specializing in bringing universities online and lowering the cost of delivering online education. Jane is a graduate of Lake Forest College where she double majored in Political Science and Mass Communications.
Lorraine Birabil | Co-founder and Executive Director
Lorraine is an attorney and dedicated servant leader who has served in various capacities at federal, state, and local levels to help shape legislation and policy for the benefit of working people. During her service as a state legislator, Lorraine was a tireless advocate on the issues that matter most including healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and justice reform, all while battling the pandemic and serving her constituents. For over a decade she has helped organize voter protection efforts, trained attorneys in election law, and played an important role in major election law litigation efforts that led to court ordered Texas redistricting maps as well as stopped Texas from implementing Voter ID as drafted. In her free time, Lorraine has served communities in a variety of ways including service on public boards, and mentoring up and coming community organizers. Lorraine earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University School of Law with an Intellectual Property Concentration. Prior to law school, Lorraine graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Jeri Brooks | Board Member
Jeri is Founder and Lead Strategist of One World Strategy Group, LLC. Her reputation for strategic problem solving and powerful execution has positioned her as a known leader throughout the state. Jeri is an impactful partner bringing home big wins for local, state, and global industry leaders on public policy matters. Jeri has worked on critical initiatives in the municipal and educational space including securing $800 million in bonds for Houston Independent School District, assisted former Mayor Annise Parker's administration in policy guidance, secured energy emissions reduction policies and most recently assisted in passing the recapture school finance ballot initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Master of Arts in Communications specializing in Organizational Meaning Systems.
Mitzi Wallace-Willis | Chair of Community Engagement and Development
Mitzi is a 25-year attorney and current doctoral student pursuing a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Mitzi is committed to ensuring equality and justice for people of color in Texas and across the United States. A native of Dallas, Texas, Mitzi was educated in the public schools of the Dallas Independent School District and attended Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Political Science. She then attended Pepperdine University School of Law, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence. In recent years, Mitzi focused her talents on social justice issues, specifically the intersectionality of race and gender, and what it means to be a Black woman, wife, mother, leader, advocate, and activist in our current climate. As a young attorney, Mitzi clerked for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and later became a commercial litigator, solo practitioner, and title company owner. However, her passion has always been service to others, dedicating much of her professional life to community service organizations that benefit women and children. This love of service and affinity for civics led her to enter the electoral arena following the 2016 election, becoming a grassroots organizer. She has organized online groups in Dallas, Fort Worth, East Texas, and the Texas panhandle while hosting statewide and local virtual events in furtherance of civic engagement efforts. Mitzi is a committed civic and servant leader.
Shellie Hayes-McMahon | Chair of Governance