Jorge Guzmán researches the economics of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, and entrepreneurial strategy. His work has been published in high impact academic journals, including Science and an NBER/CRIW Volume on Measuring Entrepreneurial Businesses. He is currently an assistant professor at the Management Division in Columbia Business School and formerly a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Entrepreneurship group at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Affiliate to the MIT Innovation Initiative. Jorge is a founding member of the Startup Cartography Project, a project that aims to measure the geographic distribution of entrepreneurship for the whole United States. Jorge holds a PhD in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico.
Kara is a serial entrepreneur, developing and managing startups. In her consulting work, sheadvises small businesses on productivity and cash flow processes. She uses her creativity to think outside the box, and ability to create and implement streamlined processes, to help small businesses improve efficiency and productivity. Kara is active in her community, supporting non-profits and social movements like Activate Labs, with meeting space, financial assistance and outreach.
Jerry McCann brings his depth of understanding and experience in both engineering and peacebuilding to peace initiatives around the world. Jerry is currently Senior Advisor for Build Up, a peacetech initiative that focuses on pioneering ways to bring technology into peacebuilding to broaden societal participation and amplify the impact of effective innovations. Prior to Build Up, Jerry was the Deputy Director-General for Interpeace, overseeing its peacebuilding operations around the world (over 20 countries on 5 continents). Before his 20 years of work overseas in development and peacebuilding, Jerry was a structural engineer and construction manager in California. His unique profile has allowed him to demonstrate the ways in which engineering, management science and peacebuilding can not only compliment but elevate peace, development and stability in societies in or recovering from conflict. He has a BSC from Cal Poly and Masters of Engineering at Berkeley. Jerry is now based in San Francisco but continues to work around the world. He is a digital nomad with a keen interest in engaging with individuals and groups that recognize the only solutions for peace come through locally-driven initiatives reinforced by greater external understanding and support.
Johanna Mustafa is an Advocacy Specialist for the Campaign to Take on Hate. Before joining the ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) team, she participated in participated in the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellowship with the Arab American Civic Council (AACC). She also served as a Field Organizer with the Arab American Institute (AAI), spearheading the Yalla Vote initiative in California. Prior to her community organizing experience with the AACC and AAI, she served as a Development and Outreach, and Children’s Rights intern with Human Rights Watch-Los Angeles, Research Intern with California Strategies, and Congressional Intern with Representative Karen Bass (CA-37) on Capitol Hill. The 2011 Arab Uprisings in the Middle East sparked Johanna’s interest in politics. She was an active organizer on her college campus and continues to work towards the advancement of marginalized communities through community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and leadership development. She believes that the liberation of all people must come from within and rise from the bottom-up. This is why she focuses on grassroots organizing and hopes to uplift the community to bring about positive social change as a Take on Hate Advocacy Specialist. Johanna received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society from the University of Southern California in 2016.
Vicki Callahan is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in the Division of Media Arts + Practice. Her research and teaching is focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues in film and media history, feminist studies, digital culture, media strategies for social change, and public scholarship. She is author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade (WSUP 2005), editor for the collection, Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History (WSUP 2010), and co-editor with Virginia Kuhn for the collection, Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies (Parlor Press, 2016). She was an NEH fellow for the inaugural workshop, “Scholarship in Sound and Image,” on Videographic Criticism at Middlebury College, and in 2015 she was in residence at University College Cork, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar with a focus on digital media praxis.
Rashad is director and founder of The Arab American Civic Council, a grassroots organization that strives to advance the Arab American community by encouraging their participation and engagement in the civic and political process through community organizing, advocacy, public policy, leadership development, cultural outreach, and cultivating partnerships with other communities. AACC and Activate Labs collaborate on projects like the Refugees Welcome Guide and around immigration and civil rights issues.