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Center on Policy Initiatives Founders & Leaders

Center on Policy Initiatives Founders & Leaders awarded for having bold ideas and taking courageous action that inspires progress toward economic and social justice.
Donald Cohen, CPI co-founder and first executive director, now Executive Director of In the Public Interest, a national research and policy center committed to democratic control of public assets and services.
Mary Grillo, CPI co-founder and first board chair, former Executive Director of SEIU Local 2028, recently retired after 34 years of fighting for workers’ rights.
Quynh Nguyen, CPI’s first organizer, now CPI Development Director.
Alex Tom, founder of CPI’s Students for Economic Justice program, now Executive Director of Chinese Progressive Association, an organization that works to build power among low-income and working class Chinese immigrant communities in San Francisco.
Murtaza Baxamusa, PhD, CPI’s first research director, now Director of Planning and Development for the San Diego County Building Trades.
Clare Crawford, CPI’s second executive director and leader of the campaign for San Diego’s minimum wage, now Senior Policy Advisor with In The Public Interest.

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