RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy Advisory Board
List updated July 2022
Interim Board Chair
CEO and Principal Consultant, Brasfield & Associates
Dr. Giovanna Brasfield, commonly known as "Dr. G," presently serves as the CEO and Principal Consultant at Brasfield & Associates focusing on leadership, diversity, and inclusion. Most recently, Dr. G served as the Vice President of Project Diversity and Inclusion for Flatiron Construction's Southwest Division as well as the lnclusivity Manager for LINXS Joint Venture team delivering one of the region's key infrastructure projects on the Los Angeles World Airport's Automated People Mover (APM) project. Dr. Brasfield has been named the 2021 LA County Impact Maker by Stratiscope, 2020 Mujer del Ano by the Regional Hispanic Institute as part of the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, identified by Autodesk's construction industry bloggers as one of the 2020's and also the 2019's "Top 50 Construction Influencers" across the United States, by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a finalist for the Rising Star Award, and by Diversity Professional Magazine as a "Game Changer".
Co-Founder and President, The Impact Guild
Chad Boettcher is the co-founder and president of The Impact Guild. His work on behalf of major media companies and philanthropies like Univision, The Onion, Participant Media, MTV, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California Endowment, Open Society Foundations and others has appeared in leading national and international news outlets and won dozens of awards, including multiple Emmy Awards in community and public service. Boettcher also taught marketing innovation at NYU and worked for the presidential campaigns of both Al Gore (2000) and Barack Obama (2008). He is a former board member of GLAAD, a current board member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and holds a BA in Political Science, Spanish and Botany from Miami University.
Indira J. Cameron-Banks
Founder, Cameron Banks Law
Indira J. Cameron-Banks is the founder of Cameron Banks Law. She was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for over thirteen years. Indira's roles at the U.S. Dept. of Justice included Chief of the Financial Litigation Section and Special Counsel to the United States Attorney. During the global pandemic, she left her federal appointment to serve vulnerable members of the community by assuming direction of a Los Angeles County-funded, county-wide legal services program dedicated to vulnerable tenants and those experiencing homelessness.
Cameron-Banks was recently appointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy. In addition to volunteering time with Los Angeles Superior Court programs, Cameron-Banks volunteers on the Board of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Constitution Society, along with being a member of the Prosecutors Alliance of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Presidential Advisory on Women in the Legal Profession. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and of Boston University School of Law.
Vice President–Field Operations, Flock Safety
Roy Dockery is vice president of field operations at Flock Safety. Roy is also co-director of On Faith Ministries and a leadership coach and podcaster with the Savage Truth Network. Previously he served as the vice president of customer care for Swisslog Healthcare North America. In this role, he oversaw Field Service, Support Services, and Operations Administration for Swisslog's healthcare automation products. Roy joined Swisslog in 2010 as a field service technician and was permitted the opportunity to build a Pharmacy Automation service division from the ground up as the director of field service operations in 2013. Dockery is a US Navy veteran. He earned a BS in general management, applied science and technology, and nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State University and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix.
Civil Rights Advocate; Vice Chair, AbilityOne Commission
Chai Feldblum is a long-time civil rights advocate and scholar. As Legislative Counsel to the ACLU AIDS Project in the late 1980s, Chai played a leading role in drafting and negotiating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. She later played the same role on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Chai also led the drafting and negotiating of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As a law professor at Georgetown Law, Chai created a Federal Legislation Clinic where she and her students helped non-profit organizations advance their legislative social justice goals. The Clinic's clients included various disability organizations and Catholic Charities USA. Chai also founded and directed Workplace Flexibility 2010, an effort designed to bring employers and employees together on policy approaches to advance workplace flexibility. Chai served as a Commissioner of the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2010 to 2019 where she played a significant role in establishing the rights of LGBTQ employees under existing sex discrimination laws, enhancing the employment of people with disabilities, protecting the rights of pregnant workers, and leading a proactive effort to prevent harassment in the workplace. From 2019 to 2021, Chai was a Partner and Director of Workplace Culture Consulting at Morgan Lewis, where she helped employers create safe, respectful, diverse and inclusive workplaces. She continues to consult with Morgan Lewis on selected projects. In 2021, Chai became a freelance civil rights advocate. She assists with legislative and regulatory work regarding civil rights, particularly for LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women. She also serves as Vice Chair of the AbilityOne Commission, a federal agency devoted to the employment of people with significant disabilities. Chai attended Barnard College and Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Founder and Principal, Audacious Philanthropy
Judy Friedman is the founder and principal of Audacious Philanthropy, advising philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits on achieving the greatest environmental, social, and financial value from their philanthropic resources. Prior to founding Audacious Philanthropy, Friedman served for 15 years as vice president, business and legal affairs of Saban Capital Group. Friedman serves as EVP and general counsel of PhilmCo Media, general counsel of the Impact Guild, board member and vice president of Safe Place for Youth, as well as on the advisory boards of American Impact Capital, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Partners for Change, supporting the work of Heifer International. Friedman holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, a B.A. in American civilization and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a concentration in legal studies from the Wharton School, as well as an executive certification in social impact strategy from SP2.
President and Co-Founder, i.c.stars
Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit leadership and technology training program founded in 1999 to prepare inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership. Prior to i.c.stars, Kastrul's experience as an educator, diversity trainer, educational consultant, and a performing artist drew her creative talents to the forefront. Her accomplishments include designing a comprehensive science and civics interactive program for GED students at Jobs for Yough, implementing a professional development program with Harold Washington College Career Center, developing experiential learning modules for more than 70 schools, and creating artist in residency programs as well as training artists to work in clsasrooms for arts organizations.
Founder and Managing Director, iPullRank
The founder and managing director of iPullRank, Michael King has an extensive background in software, web development, and a proclivity for creative solutions. Previously, King was the marketing director for iAcquire were he led growth initiatives and the transition from link buiding into content marketing initiatives including market research, content strategy, social strategy, and on-page SEO. Prior to that he led the SEO campaigns of LG, Citi, Sanofi Pasteur, Cartier, and General Mills as the SEO lead at Publicis Modem. Publicis Modem was his second agency within the umbrella as he was member of the SEO team at Razorfish contributing to many wins for Ralph Lauren, Hawaiian Airlines, ABC, ADT, State Farm, and a number of Johnson & Johnson and Genetech brands. King has simultaneously made the transition to sought-after speaker delivering memorable talks at many conferences internationally and domestically from Australia to Israel and all stops in between.
Erika Soto Lamb
Vice President, Social Impact Strategy, MTV and Comedy Central
Erika Soto Lamb was the founding head of social impacts strategy at Comedy Central and now leads civic engagement campaigns for ViacomCBS brands including Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Logo, CMT, TV Land, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel and Pop. In this role she isa. co-founder of Power the Polls, the first national campaign to recruit a new generation of poll workers, and a sterring committee member for the inaugural Vote Early Day. She was previously the founding chief communications officer at Everytown for Gun Safety. Soto Lamb was previously a vice presidnet at Ketchum, a global PR firm. Earlier in her career, Soto Lamb focused on media relations and message development for political candidates and issue campaigns, as well as for public and private sector clients. Soto Lamb also sites on the board of the Violence Intervention Program, Inc., a direct service and advocacy organization working to end intimate partner violence and empower women—and in particular Latinas—in New York City. Soto Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford Univesity and a Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.
Gina C. Torino
Interim Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor, SUNY Empire State College
Dr. Gina C. Torino received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 2009 and is currently an associate professor at SUNY Empire State College. She has published widely in topics such as cultural competency development, microaggressions, White racial identify development, and teaching strategies that promote cultural self-awareness. Dr. Torino is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York. During her career as a psychologist, in both clinical and higher education settings, she has helped individuals to develop both culturally and personally. Dr. Torino and her team provide specialized diversity consultation servies to corporate and non-profit organizations.
Former Board Members
We thank members for their critical contributions during the first phase of the center.
Jameta Nicole Barlow
Community health psychologist; assistant professor of writing at The George Washington University
Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH, a Charlottesville, Virginia native, is a community health psychologist and an assistant professor of writing at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Barlow utilizes decolonizing methodologies to disrupt intergenerational trauma, chronic health diseases and structural polices adversely affecting Black girls' and women's health. She has spent nearly 22 years in transdisciplinary collaborations with physicians, public health practitioners, researchers, policy administrators, activists, political appointees, and community members in diverse settings. Dr. Barlow holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from Spelman College, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Certified as an Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator, Dr. Barlow is a 2015 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholar in Residence Fellow and a 2016 RAND Faculty Leaders Fellow in Policy Research and Analysis. Her writings on Black girls' and women's health, intersectionality and restorative health practices in psychology and public health research appear in various publications. Her most recent work, the Saving Our Sisters Project, is focused on Black women's mental health and well-being.