Speakers

 

Jannah Scott

Jannah Scott has served in many capacities with government, faith and the nonprofit community for the past 35 years. In March of 2009, Jannah joined President Obama’s administration as Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that role, Jannah guides the engagement of faith-based and community groups on issues of emergency preparedness, community resilience, and other issues within Homeland Security. Her most recent endeavors include: modeling “whole community” engagement in crisis management; and development of policies, standards and protocols for government work with private sector groups. Jannah also helps groups connect with President Obama’s White House Office for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships and the 14 other centers in federal Departments. Jannah received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and an honorary doctorate from the Gateway International Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona..

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California's 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove in Orange County. Rep. Sanchez began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.She holds senior positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and serves as the co-chair of the Immigration Task Force. In addition to her committee work, Rep. Sanchez gives Orange County a strong voice in Congress. She stays connected by traveling back to California nearly every weekend, regularly visiting schools and businesses and meeting with residents. She is committed to facilitating job creation, reducing crime, supporting quality educational opportunities and increasing access to affordable health care for everyone.

Cecil “Chip” Murray

Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray joined the faculty of USC. After retiring from his post as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), he was appointed as the John R. Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. In addition, Rev. Murray was named a senior fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He chairs the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. Murray holds a doctorate from Claremont School of Theology and has many years of experience as a senior statesman in the African American community and in the city of Los Angeles as a whole.

Todd Spitzer

Supervisor Todd Spitzer is an Orange County Supervisor and former California State Assembly Member and who has dedicated his career to public service. Supervisor Spitzer is dedicated to enhancing public safety, strengthening fiscal responsibility and improving vital infrastructure. In his current term as Third District Supervisor, Todd Spitzer secured a location for Orange County’s first year-round homeless shelter, placed an Ethics Commission on the ballot, authored and gained passage of pension reform measures, and strengthened public safety oversight and transparency by expanding the Office of Independent Review. He earned the Visionary in Victim Services Award from Community Service Programs. Todd Spitzer has a long record of advocating for public safety and led the successful campaign to pass Marsy’s Law for All, the nation’s most comprehensive victims’ Bill of Rights. He is a champion for public safety in the State Assembly.

Mijares

Mijares was appointed Orange County Superintendent of Schools in August 2012, and prior to that time he served for six years as the Vice President of the College Board where he worked to expand the high school-to-university pipeline, in order to assure the college readiness and success for students, especially the underrepresented. He joined the College Board after serving as Superintendent of the Santa Ana (CA) Unified School District for more than 11 years. Under his guidance, the district received national recognition for successfully meeting the needs of its diverse student body. Mijares was praised for his innovative curricular reform and for improving reading and math skills. He earned his bachelor’s degree in child development/special education from California State University, Northridge. While working in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project specialist for physically handicapped children in public schools, Mijares earned his master’s in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Brie Loskota

Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California. CRCC, which was named a Pew Center of Excellence in 2002, is a creative nexus where scholars, practitioners and thought-leaders interact to produce research and programs that bring new insight into the roles of religion in the public square. In her capacity as executive director, Loskota oversees the Center’s strategic planning, media presence and relations with foundations and government agencies. She also conducts research, develops programs and seeds new ventures across CRCC’s areas of expertise. Loskota’s research examines how religious groups change and how they make change in the world. Specifically, her work focuses on the evolving landscape of different religious communities in the U.S., builds capacity among faith-based non-profit organizations and facilitates partnerships between government agencies and faith groups on issues like disaster response. Currently she is examining the ways religious groups prepare for and respond to disasters. Loskota speaks and writes frequently on topics such as interfaith engagement, faith-based human services and religious identity among post-Boomers. She received her M.A. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, studied Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed her B.A. in history and religion at the University of Southern California.

Sandra Hutchens

Sandra Hutchens is the 12th Orange County Sheriff and the first to be selected bythe Board of Supervisors to serve out the term of a sheriff who retired. She was selected from a field of 48 candidates after a nationwide search. Chief Hutchens was also involved in the Community Law Enforcement Partnership Program, responsible for coordinating crime prevention, Town Hall meetings, and community relations. She was an instrumental leader in the development of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center, a convergence of the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles County Sheriff, LAPD and the FBI. This created a much needed central repository for intelligence information. Her career at LASD also included serving as Legislative Liaison in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. She developed cross-cultural and community relations skills; and a diverse education, including counterterrorism training in Israel, FBI National Academy training, participation in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University, and Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.

Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. In short, Cornel West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.