Agunda Okeyo is a writer, producer, filmmaker and activist born in Nairobi and raised between New York City and the Kenyan capital. She has called New York City home for more than 20 years and proudly considers herself a Pan-African New Yorker. Okeyo understands and writes from a global perspective about race, gender, politics, culture, film, and comedy. She is published with Salon, The Daily Beast, Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog, For Harriet, Urban Cusp, Okay Africa, NBC and Women’s Media Center (WMC) founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, among others. A panoramic awareness has shaped her professional experience with organizations such as Duara Foundation, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, Re:Gender and Cultural Survival. She is lauded for her ongoing production at Caroline’s on Broadway called Sisters of Comedy. It is the only all black women showcase at any of the top comedy clubs in NYC. She has also produced comedy shows at Ginny’s Supper Club and Gotham Comedy Club. In February 2016, Okeyo produced a benefit show to support an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution to better assure gender equality. The star studded event was hosted by Jane Fonda and featured Gloria Steinem, Sarah Jones, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Sasheer Zamata. Okeyo has been featured as a rising producer and activist in Time Out New York, The New Yorker, Essence, The Root, Black Enterprise, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, NBC and The New York Times. In 2016 She was named a Progressive Women’s Voices fellow with Women’s Media Center. Follow her on Twitter @AgundaOkeyo.
Emily is a disability rights activist harnessing the powers of communication and social media as tools for people of all abilities to become informed and engaged on disability rights issues. Emily maintains a website and blog, Words I Wheel By, and her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post. Alongside her work as a writer, Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, ranging from a panel about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the U.S. Department of Education, to the occupational therapy program at New York University. She's a native of Long Island, New York, where she graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013.
Kamala Kelkar is a tenacious journalist who has traversed India, Alaska and both U.S. coasts during the last decade, reporting on stories that will break your heart and also inspire you. Her latest work as a reporter for PBS NewsHour Weekend’s digital team has connected slavery in the 1800s with the Electoral College system and explained how it developed into today’s forced prison labor industry. Before joining PBS, Kelkar covered everything from the bride trafficking trade in India to the dubious use of brain scans as arbiters in American death penalty cases. She has written and produced for The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Wall Street Journal, KQED, PRI’s The World, Vice and many other outlets. She received her bachelor’s in journalism from San Francisco State University, her master’s in science and public health reporting from Columbia University and has trained as a climate change reporter through Deutsche Welle in Chennai. Follow her on Twitter @kkelkar.
Melanie Breault is the Communications Associate at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), a membership organization of New York City non-profit neighborhood housing groups whose mission is to ensure flourishing neighborhoods and decent, affordable housing for all New Yorkers. Melanie is also the Web Editor and Social Media Specialist for Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women, a weekly podcast that captures the fire and energy, humor, heart, soul and impact of the female creative experience. In her free time, Melanie is involved with the Planners Network, an association of progressive urban planning. Her work has been published on sites such as TheNation.com, Mic.com, and Rewire, and she lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Clarkson and several other fellow WAM!ers. Follow her on Twitter @mbreaul1.
Odochi is a media creator, journalist, social media manager, community engagement specialist, brand manager and producer who has navigated through the many aspects of the media landscape, picking up new skills as she goes. In 2016, Odochi created "The Five-Fifths Podcast”, a bi-weekly conversation about the many aspects of life that go into celebrating wholeness as a Black American, dedicated to building community, ending hate and discrimination through intersectional social justice. Odochi is the daughter of a Nigerian father and Black American mother, and is a New York native currently living in Brooklyn. She studied print journalism and Spanish at Howard University, working at the illustrious Hilltop Newspaper, where iconic trailblazers in journalism such as Zora Neal Hurston, got their start. She served on the executive board of the National Council of Negro Women for two years as the fundraising chair and vice president. An unapologetic, carefree black girl, Odochi reclaims her time playing Quidditch, traveling the world, volunteering, and searching for delicious vegan noms for her Instagram feed. Her writing has been featured on Quartz, Corner Media Group, and Munaluchi Bridal to name a few.
Renée Feltz is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered immigration and criminal justice for 15 years, most recently for Rewire,The Guardianand the daily TV-radio newshour Democracy Now!, where she is a correspondent and was a senior producer. As a 2010 Soros Justice media fellow she co-produced DeportationNation.org with Stokely Baksh. The two first worked together on the Webby-nominated BusinessofDetention.com. Renée also reported with The New York Times investigative unit on a Pulitzer Prize-nominated series about the 2008 financial meltdown, and was a multimedia producer for PBS Wide Angle. Her cover story for The Texas Observer about how Texas used junk science to execute mentally retarded prisoners, supported by The Nation Investigative Fund, was a 2010 IRE finalist. She honed her skills muckraking on deadline as news director for Pacifica radio station KPFT-FM in Houston, Texas from 2002-2006, where she interviewed more than 20 men and women on death row, covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and trained and managed hundreds of community reporters. Renée is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and an adjunct journalism lecturer at CUNY-Brooklyn College. Follow her on Twitter @reneefeltz.
Stephanie Russell-Kraft is a freelance reporter focused on the intersections of religion, law and gender, with bylines at The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The Progressive, New York Magazine, The Hill, Rewire, Vice, AlterNet, Refinery 29, Fusion, Jezebel, and Religion Dispatches, among others. She is also a regular contributing reporter for Bloomberg Law. Russell-Kraft became a full-time journalist after earning a master’s in cultural anthropology from Humboldt University in Berlin, cutting her teeth as a legal reporter for Law360. She’s also a French and German translator for various news sites, including The Huffington Post. In 2016, she was the recipient of a U.S.-Austria Journalism Exchange Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists, publishing several articles in German for Austrian newspaper Der Standard. Follow her on Twitter @srussellkraft.