Nedra Ginwright, Chief Flourish Officer, Flourish Agenda, Oakland 

nedraNedra Ginwright received her Master of Science in Psychology in 1994 from California State University, Hayward. She has over 15 years of youth development experience working with children and youth from urban communities. In 1989, Ms. Ginwright co-founded Leadership Excellence, a non-profit youth development organization in Oakland, California.

Currently, Nedra Ginwright is a consultant and has worked on projects for Bay Area Black United Fund, Bay Area Americorps, Project YES!, the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund, and The Twenty-First Century Foundation and a partner with Akili Consulting Associates. Ms. Ginwright was the 2003 recipient of the Vanguard Social Justice Sabbatical Award.



Michael McAfee, President at PolicyLink, Oakland

mcafee_downloadMichael McAfee oversees strategy development, the alignment of PolicyLink assets, and the achievement of policy wins that ensure all people in America have economic security, live in healthy communities of opportunity, and benefit from a just society. He joined PolicyLink in 2011 and under his leadership, PolicyLink emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems that ensure children and youth in the nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class.

Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He serves on the boards of Bridge Housing, Independent Sector, North Lawndale Employment Network, One Degree, and Sweet Beginnings, LLC. He served in the United States army, completed Harvard University’s Executive Program in Public Management, and earned his doctor of education in human and organizational learning from The George Washington University.


Silvia Paz, Director, Alianza Coachella Valley, California

PAZ,SILVIASilvia Paz runs the Building Healthy Communities in the Coachella Valley, California, an initiative which aims to transform the social and economic conditions in the eastern Coachella Valley by improving policies and systems that historically have excluded vulnerable populations.  Under Mrs. Paz, the initiative has advanced into a collective impact model by which non-profit organizations and residents seek the changes necessary to allow traditionally disenfranchised communities to participate in economic, social, and civic life.

During her working for the 80th (now 56th) Assembly District in the role of senior policy assistant, she specialized in housing, infrastructure, economic development, renewable energy and the Salton Sea. Mrs. Paz attended public schools in the Coachella Valley. She holds a BA in English from the University of San Diego and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.