Stand Against Racism Facebook Live

Women of Color Leading Change

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:00 PM EST
The United State of Women Facebook page


Join us and the United State of Women on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:00 PM EST, for a Facebook Live event for Stand Against Racism! Featuring Fatima Goss Gaves, Brittany Packnett, Dr. Nicole Mason, and YWCA USA's very own Alicia Gill, we will be discussing issues that impact women of color in leadership and in the workplace, the importance of women of color leadership, and more! Tune in to the discussion on the United State of Women's Facebook page to learn more – and we'll be taking questions live from the audience during the event!


  • Alicia Gill, Director of Research and Program Evaluation, YWCA USA
  • Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program and President-elect, National Women's Law Center
  • C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, the New York Women's Foundation
  • Brittany Packnett, Founder, Love + Power; Co-Founder, Campaign Zero; Vice President, National Community Alliances, Teach For America
Alicia Gill

Alicia Gill

Director of Research and Program Evaluation, YWCA USA

Alicia Sanchez Gill provides leadership to research initiatives, data collection, analysis, and organizational metrics related to women and girls, intimate partner violence, and racial justice at YWCA USA. She has 10 years of experience in various gender-based violence, HIV prevention, LGBTQ, and women's empowerment programs. Alicia has been responsible for crisis intervention with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and has managed initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. She has utilized evidence-based practice to inform curriculum, develop interventions, and conduct impact evaluations. She recently worked with HUD's Office on HIV Housing to utilize empirical data and best practices to improve services to people living with HIV/AIDS with a focus on domestic violence survivors and LGBTQ housing needs.

Alicia holds a masters of social work and has conducted research and policy writing on reproductive justice, the intersections of HIV and intimate partner violence, trauma-informed care, street-based economies, and harm-reduction models. She believes data can help tell our stories and can be both accessible and impactful. She is deeply committed to dismantling oppression, uplifting solidarity across identities, and helping to collectively shape a more just world.

Fatima Goss Graves

Fatima Goss Graves

Senior Vice President for Program and President-elect, National Women's Law Center

Fatima Goss Graves is the Senior Vice President for Program and President-elect of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC). Fatima has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. As SVP of Program, she oversaw the Center's program agenda to advance progress and eliminate barriers in employment, education, health and reproductive rights and lift women and families out of poverty. Prior to that role, Fatima led the Center's anti-discrimination initiatives, including work to promote equal pay, combat harassment and sexual assault at work and at school, and advance equal access to education programs, with a particular focus on outcomes for women and girls of color.

Fatima received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001 and is widely recognized for her effectiveness in the complex public policy arena at both the state and federal levels. She began her career as a litigator at the law firm of Mayer Brown after clerking for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, the New York Women's Foundation

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin's Press). She is also the Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest at the New York Women's Foundation. Prior to her position at CR2PI, Mason was the most recent Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. There, she held the distinction of being one of the youngest scholar-practitioners to lead a major U.S. research center or think tank.

She is also an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. She has written hundreds of articles on women, leadership development and economic security. Her writing and commentary have been featured in MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, Real Clear Politics, the Nation, the Washington Post, Marie Claire Magazine, The New York Times, the Progressive, ESSENCE Magazine, the Root, the Grio, the Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and numerous NPR affiliates, among others. She also delivered at TEDTalk at TEDWomen 2016 on the courage to disrupt and the gift of being difficult.

Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett

Founder, Love + Power; Co-Founder, Campaign Zero; Vice President, National Community Alliances, Teach For America

Brittany Packnett is an unapologetic educator, organizer, activist, writer, speaker, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany has become a sought after voice in the work of social change and empowerment. A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, has committed her life and career to justice. She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom.

Full time, Brittany serves as Teach For America's Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships with communities of color and with them, is crafting the organization's first civil rights and equity agenda. Beyond Teach For America, Brittany was a Ferguson protestor and continues in activism as, among other things, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. In 2015, at the height of national crisis, Brittany was appointed to the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media.

From New Zealand to London, across the United States, and at the White House, Brittany has travelled extensively to impart lessons of movement building, effective social impact, liberatory leadership, and empowerment for women and girls-especially those of color. Her popular TEDx talk, "It's about time to value Women of Color in Leadership" exemplifies the passionate and personal storytelling she shares with audiences. She has been named one TIME Magazine's 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, LinkedIn's Next Wave, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico's 2016 50 Most Influential list.

Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, American University in Washington, and Is a current Aspen Institute Education fellow. Ultimately, Brittany is a proud Black woman who believes that freedom is within our grasp- as long as we unleash love, and build our power, because "power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice" (MLK). Recently, Brittany launched Love + Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and organize everyday people to seismically shift society.