Kat Calvin, Chair
Kat Calvin is the Founder and Executive Director of Spread The Vote and Project ID. A lawyer, activist, and social entrepreneur, Kat has built a national organization that helps Americans obtain the IDs they need for jobs, housing, and life and that also allows them to go to the polls.
Kat is one of the 2018 Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been a Business Insider 30 Under 30, The Grio 100, and more. Kat has been featured on PBS' To The Contrary, BET's Black History Month profiles, has been a guest commentator on Sirius XM, and has been featured in numerous print and digital outlets.
Kat attended Mount Holyoke College and the University of Michigan Law School. She is an Army brat mostly from Seattle and Sierra Vista, AZ and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano has been in the spotlight for most of her life. She chooses to shine that spotlight on causes that matter deeply to her. Her advancement of #MeToo sparked a viral movement of women fighting against sexual harassment and assault and she has been involved in TimesUp since its inception. She recently joined the ERA Coalition’s Advisory Council. She is also the ACLU’s Ambassador for Reproductive Rights.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Alyssa became one of the founders of NoRA, a coalition dedicated to combatting the NRA money in political campaigns so that common sense gun reform can be enacted. For 15 years, she has been a UNICEF National Ambassador. In 2016, she received their Spirit of Compassion Award for her dedication to their mission of advocating for the protection of children's rights, helping meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential. She has lobbied members of congress for greater rights for immigrants as well as education reform and has been on the forefront of efforts to protect health coverage for all Americans. She continues to use her voice and platform to advocate for social justice, fairness and equality.
Amie brings her mission to build successful value-driven and human-centric businesses to Instrument where she leads our teams to make innovative digital work as thoughtful partners to our clients. Her life-long passion for understanding humanity through compelling stories was started as a voracious early reader and is fueled today by engaging digital storytelling, late-night reading sessions, and regular visits to her favorite independent movie theatre.
Dr. Robert Carpenter
Dr. Robert Mark Carpenter is the director of the 2x Emmy Award winning USC Media Institute for Social Change and the director of the highly anticipated upcoming documentary feature film "American Dropout." He has worked with studios ranging from Netflix to Dinsey, and on shows like Ballers, Silicon Valley, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Prior to his time in Hollywood, Dr. Carpenter taught as a professor, started and sold an investor backed tech company, and at 23 served as the youngest Commissioner of Transportation in the history of Los Angeles, where he saved 100 ambulance worker jobs and exposed $217 million in fraud.
Dr. Carpenter has taught courses in South Central and the Middle East, participated in over a dozen social activist fellowships around the world, and is the first person in his family to graduate from college. He is currently working on a number of books and movies that will be releasing starting in 2020.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni
Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox is currently touring her one-woman show:One Drop of Love. Fanshen is also a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films.
She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and holds a BA in Spanish & Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film & Theatre. She has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves on the board of The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and on the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Equity Advisory Committee. Fanshen is also a co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand.
Vada O. Manager is a premier global business and communication strategist with particular expertise in sport and product marketing, branding and positioning, crisis management, litigation communication, corporate governance and issues management. Savoy Magazine named Vada to its “Power 300 Most Influential Black Directors” in both its 2016 & 2017 editions.
Mr. Manager is the founder and CEO of Manager Global Consulting Group, an independent consultancy based in Washington DC and Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to founding Manager Global Consulting, he was senior director of global issues management for Nike, Inc.,
Prior to joining Nike, Mr. Manager was senior manager of global communications for Levi Strauss & Co, providing strategic communication counsel to the global leadership team as the company successfully launched and expanded its Dockers and SLATES brands. He was also a vice president at Powell Tate, where he co-managed accounts for key clients such as the PGA Tour, Major League Baseball and Court TV. While there, he also consulted the African National Congress in their transition to power in South Africa under newly elected President Nelson Mandela.
Mr. Manager holds a Bachelor of Science from the Arizona State University and is an inductee in its Hall of Fame (College of Liberal Arts, 2000).