What Is ColorOfChange.org?
ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America's political voice. Our goal is to empower our members - Black Americans and our allies - to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.
We were heart-broken and outraged by the catastrophe that followed Hurricane Katrina. And we were devastated to realize that no African-American organization or coalition had the capacity to respond on the necessary scale.
Hurricane Katrina made it clear that our lack of a political voice has life-and-death consequences. With no one to speak for them, hundreds of thousands of people - largely Black, poor, and elderly - were left behind to die. But it wasn't just Black folks. Poor, sick, and elderly people of every color were abandoned too. We are not alone, and when we work to protect Black lives and interests, we do the same for all who have been left behind in political silence.
ColorOfChange.org is comprised of Black folks from every economic class, as well as those of every color who seek to help our voices be heard. Our members are united behind a simple, powerful pledge: we will do all we can to make sure all Americans are represented, served, and protected - regardless of race or class.
FCC Protects the Open InternetNew rules announced by FCC will protect net neutrality, which has been crucial to modern day civil rights movements and fights for equality.
SNL Adds Black Women to CastThese exciting hires are important steps toward fostering a comedic landscape — and a larger media landscape — that presents fair and humanizing portrayals of Black women.
Fox Drops COPS From Its Primetime LineupAfter months of pressure, senior executives at Fox let us know this dangerous and dehumanizing show will not return for a 26th season.
Exonerations in Cook CountyJudges vacated the convictions of ten men falsely arrested and harshly prosecuted as teenagers for crimes they did not commit.
NYPD to Now Follow State LawColorOfChange.org members were part of a huge victory against racially-biased marijuana arrests in New York City.
Clemency for Kelley Williams-BolarThe single mom's felony convictions for sending her kids to a school outside her district have been reduced to misdemeanors.
Satellite Voting for Katrina SurvivorsGov. Blanco urged to protect displaced New Orleanians' voting rights in first post-hurricane mayoral election.
Rally for Jena 6Six young men were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with a White classmate; the charges were reduced to simple misdemeanors.
Lose Your Home, Lose Your Vote?Michigan GOP planned to target every voter with a house on a foreclosure list to challenge their voting rights in the last presidential election.
DOJ Investigates "Whites Only" PoolPhiladelphia's Valley Swim Club shut down as a result of financial pressures from class action lawsuit and civil rights investigation.
CNN Ousts Lou DobbsDobbs called to account for using his platform to legitimize bogus questions about President Obama’s citizenship.
What We Do
Using the Internet, we enable our members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice. We keep them informed about the most pressing issues for Black people in America and give them ways to act. We lobby elected representatives using email, the telephone, and face-to-face meetings.
We bring attention to the needs and concerns of Black folks by holding coordinated events in different parts of the country, running TV and print advertisements, and demanding that the news media cover our issues. We also work with other groups - online efforts and other organizations that are doing related work - to magnify our impact.
When we come together and speak with one voice, we cannot be ignored.
- Rashad Robinson »
serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under Rashad’s leadership, ColorOfChange has grown its membership to over one million people nationwide. In 2015, Fast Company named ColorOfChange the 6th Most Innovative Company in the world, "for creating a civil rights group for the 21st century."
Since 2005, ColorOfChange has been a leading force in holding government and corporations accountable to Black people and advancing visionary solutions for building a just society. For the past four years, Rashad has greatly expanded the scope and impact of the organization, and continued to build a member-driven movement around the issues that matter most to Black folks. From fighting for justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride and Trayvon Martin, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to helping shape the successful strategy in the fight to protect a free and open Internet, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of the most critical civil rights issues of this century.
Under Rashad's leadership, ColorOfChange developed and led the national campaign against the right-wing policy shop, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). After exposing ALEC's involvement in passing discriminatory voter ID and harmful Stand Your Ground laws, ColorOfChange pushed over 90 corporations to end their financial support of ALEC. As a result, ALEC disbanded the the Public Safety and Elections task force — the committee responsible for drafting those harmful laws. Leveraging his strategic expertise in culture change and large-scale messaging projects in Hollywood, Rashad has led ColorOfChange’s work to change the systemic practices in news, entertainment and reality television production that result in widespread inaccurate and dehumanizing portrayals of Black people.
A thought leader in civil rights, social change, and technology-driven activism, Rashad has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, and political discussions in media outlets such as ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, the New York Times, Fast Company and NPR. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, Newsday and Huffington Post, among others. For the past five years, the Washington Post’s “The Root” has named Rashad to “The Root 100,” a list of influential African Americans under 45. In 2015, Ebony magazine named Rashad a breakthrough leader in the fight for justice. Rashad is also the proud recipient of the ADCOLOR Advocate Award and the Transforming America Award from Demos.
Prior to his work at ColorOfChange, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where he led the organization’s programmatic and advocacy work to transform the representation of LGBT people in the media. At GLAAD, Rashad developed and executed the organization's strategic direction in developing research-based messaging to shift public opinion, helping to fuel the major political shift around LGBT rights in America. Previously, Rashad held leadership roles at the Right to Vote Campaign and FairVote.
- Keith Goodman »
serves as the Chief of Staff and Operations at ColorOfChange. Throughout his career, he has focused on solving problems with multi-disciplinary teams and innovative strategy, with deep experience working at the intersection of organizing, data, and technology. Keith previously worked at the AFL-CIO where he developed targeting strategies for the 2004 election and the Democratic National Committee and Obama Campaign, where he led the 2008 Neighbor-to-Neighbor online voter contact program for the general election. Keith has also advised dozens of progressive organizations and mission-oriented for-profits on strategic planning, organizational design, online organizing, and data management.
- Arisha Michelle Hatch »
serves as the Managing Director of Campaigns at ColorOfChange.org and leads the organization's civic engagement, voting rights, corporate accountability and media work. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Arisha left behind a legal career to organize for the Obama Campaign in 2008, and later as National Organizing Director of the Courage Campaign, led innovative earned media campaigns including "Tax Kim Kardashian" in support of the California Millionaire's Tax (the precursor to the historic Proposition 30), as well as, a variety of efforts aimed at mobilizing the LGBT community during the aftermath of Prop 8. Her creative approach to online campaigning -- concentrated at the intersection of politics and pop culture -- has been featured in hundreds of news stories. She earned degrees in Economics and Creative Writing from Stanford and her juris doctorate from Santa Clara University.
- Sheena Brown »
serves as the Development Director at ColorofChange and leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with supporters and donors to secure the financial sustainability of the organization. Sheena brings over 12 years of experience as a Management & Capacity Building Consultant to community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions. Prior to joining ColorofChange, Sheena held senior development roles at progressive social change organizations such as New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Third Wave Foundation. Sheena volunteers her talents and time to a number of organizations in New York City and Jamaica, West Indies. She has dedicated her career (over 20 years) to strengthening the progressive non profit infrastructure through her partnerships with organizations that are primarily led by and serve communities of color, young people and women. Sheena was raised in New England and received her B.A. in Political Science & Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She claims Brooklyn as her home and headquarters.
- Sonia Peña »
joined ColorOfChange.org in 2013 and serves as the Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Sonia served as the Associate Director of Finance and Operations at the Applied Research Center (ARC) from 2000-2012. She is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing's (CTWO) Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) and worked for CTWO from 1988-2000 as a program director, organizer and trainer. She has trained leaders and organizers in the skills of community organizing, organizational development, and grassroots fundraising. Sonia has a degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
- Hope Wood »
serves as the Deputy Director of Campaigns at Color of Change, leading a team focused on distributed campaigning, staff development, and developing our state grasstops organizing program. Hope has devoted the last 14 years of her life to community organizing, beginning as UCLA-trained teacher in inner city Los Angeles, and then finding her political voice in the 2007-08 Obama campaign. In 2009, Hope co-developed the Courage Campaign Deputy Field Organizer program, helping to build local progressive coalition across CA in the aftermath of Prop 8. Over the past 5 years as Organizing Training Manager at New Organizing Institute, Hope used what she has learned as a teacher, organizer, and a mentee of legendary organizer Marshall Ganz to coach and train new and seasoned campaigners to employ engagement organizing strategies and practices in their work.
- Lyla Bugara »
joined the ColorOfChange team in summer 2012 as a Campaign Fellow and now serves as a Campaign Manager. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Lyla interned with Human Rights Watch and the Correctional Association of New York. Lyla spends her free time supporting anti-prison expansion work. She holds a BA from Hampshire College in Race, Legal and Prison studies.
- Joe Carrano »
joined Color of Change in 2015 and serves as the Director of Product. Joe is a self taught technologist and NYC native who has utilized technology and tech education to spur entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in NYC's most underserved communities. Prior to ColorofChange,Joe acted as Director of the Bronx Business Incubator and incubated over 150 South Bronx Based startups providing them with technology and start up strategy consulting and support. Joe also is Co-Founder of The Knowledge House, a community based program, which teaches disconnected young adults, in the South Bronx and Harlem, technology and entrepreneurship skills. He is the chief organizer of the Bronx Digital, a meet up group which provides free technology workshops, and hack-a-thons to communities in the South Bronx.
- Brittaney Carter »
joined the ColorOfChange team in 2015 as Economic Justice Campaign Manager. Previously, Brittaney worked as a policy research consultant at Race Forward and a Financial Security intern at PolicyLink. Her past work includes communications consulting, student advocacy and teaching English abroad in Santiago, Chile. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and BA degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Georgia.
- Brandi Collins »
joined ColorofChange as Media Justice Director in 2014. She comes to ColorofChange from The Center for Media Justice, an organization fighting for media rights, access and representation for marginalized communities. Previously, Brandi worked at Safer Foundation as Public Policy Associate where she crafted state and national recommendations and statements on workforce development, community capacity building, and prisoner reentry. She holds a B.A. in History from Agnes Scott College, and a J.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
- Shani Ealey »
joined ColorOfChange in summer 2014 as the Civic Engagement Fellow and now serves as a Campaign Associate. Prior to ColorOfChange, Shani tackled educational disparities among Black youth as a graduate student at Columbia University where she earned a Master’s degree in African American Studies. For inspiration, she turns to Octavia Butler, Huey P. Newton, and Sam Greenly who’s words continue to be sources of strength and encouragement during challenging times.
- Evan Feeney »
joined ColorofChange as a Media Justice Campaign Manager in May 2015. Prior to joining ColorofChange, Evan worked as a Government Affairs Program Assistant for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization fighting to ensure that all people have equal access to clean air, clean water, and a safe and stable climate. At the same time, Evan also operated as a Senior Campaigner for a local campaign pushing the nation's capital to end its financial investments in the companies that are polluting our democracy and wrecking our climate. He graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Geography.
- Tatiana Hofmans »
joined ColorofChange in August 2014 and serves as the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Campaigns, Arisha Hatch. Prior to ColofChange, Tatiana worked as a field organizer at Detroit Action Commonwealth where she fought to combat the various issues that lead to homelessness in Detroit, MI. On campus, she worked to create more inclusive spaces where students of color and intersectional identities could thrive. Most notably, she served as the President of the multicultural arts advocacy organization,FOKUS, where she used the power of the arts to unite individuals and communities across differences. Tatiana holds a B.A. in the interdisciplinary field of Social Theory and Practice from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
- Lisa Juachon »
joined ColorOfChange in January 2014 and serves as Business Associate. For almost a decade, Lisa has worked alongside immigrant families in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood tackling issues of displacement, gentrification and community preservation. She worked as a Community Development Intern with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's Americorps Program, Manager of the Bayanihan Community Center and Community Service Worker for the Veterans Equity Center. Currently, Lisa is a community organizer for TIGRA, a non-profit organization that works with immigrant communities in building stable financial futures through education and action. She also serves on the board of the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity, a transnational environmental justice organization.
- Hannah Lucal »
joined ColorOfChange in July 2013 and serves as Program Manager. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Hannah was a New York City Coro Fellow, where she completed projects for organizations in the government, labor, business, non profit and political campaign sectors. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
- Johnny Mathias »
joined the ColorOfChange team in June 2012 and serves as a Campaign Manager. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Johnny managed numerous electoral campaigns across the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South and Midwest. In 2008, he worked field for Al Franken in Minnesota until the last ballot was counted. Johnny organized with SEIU in Wisconsin during the historic uprising in Madison in the winter of 2011. He holds a BA in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park with a concentration in African American studies.
- Alicia Meeks »
joined ColorofChange in July 2015 and serves as the Director of the Executive Office. Alicia served as Senior Administrative Coordinator to the CEO at Girl Scouts of the USA—the largest leadership organization for girls in the world—where she provided executive level assistance and helped manage the information flow from all levels of the organization, working directly with a large network of stakeholders and regional offices across the U.S. With over eight years of experience working in higher education, non-profit, and the financial sector, Alicia previously held administrative and operational management positions at Columbia University and BHB Holdings in New York, and at investment consulting firm, Callan Associates, and Bank of America, in San Francisco. Highly driven and a dynamic team player, Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA from Walden University.
- Samantha Phillips »
joined ColorofChange in June 2015 and serves as the Operations Manager. She has diverse work experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently she was the Early Childhood Program Coordinator at Studio in a School where she work with a team of artists to bring art experiences to young children throughout the New York City school system. Prior to this she has done field research with the Brooklyn Laundry Social Club and worked as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Programs at UNICEF Headquarters. Samantha attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a focus on Cultural and Visual Anthropology. Outside of work Samantha enjoys documentaries, listening to music and going to museums.
- Michele St. Julien »
joined ColorofChange in June 2015, and serves as the Program Associate. Prior to joining ColorofChange, she worked across government, labor, business and nonprofit sectors through participation in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, a full-time, graduate level, experiential leadership training program that prepares high potential individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Michele holds a B.A. with honors in Sociology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
- Erika Strong »
joined ColorOfChange in November 2012 and serves as the Development Officer and Grant Writer. Prior to joining ColorOfChange, Erika worked in program planning, development, and coordination in various areas including criminal justice reform, hunger action, and public health. Erika is an active anti-racist organizer and trainer in NYC. She received a Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington in Seattle.