Who We Are

  • Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., a widely respected author, scholar, educator, and leader in the health equity, health reform, and mental health movements, is executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and a professor of health law, policy, and management.

  • Senior Community Development Advisor

    Dell Gines, MBA, MSF, PhD, CEcD, is the Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is committed to helping empower economically distressed communities through innovative economic development strategies.

  • Darrick Hamilton is the director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy, and jointly appointed as a professor of economics and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research at The New School in New York.  He is a co-associate director of the Cook Center on Social Equity.

  • Rita Johnson-Mills, MS, MPA, is an Independent Director serving on the Board of Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (BKD). She chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. Johnson-Mills is a former C-suite business to consumer healthcare executive and business unit CEO for UnitedHealthcare and Centene Corporation.
  • Nancy López, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice and she is the founding coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium.
  • Jamila Michener, PhD, is an associate professor of Government at Cornell University. She is co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program. 

  • Jewel Mullen, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A. is Associate Dean for Health Equity at Dell Medical School, as well as an associate professor in the school’s population health and internal medicine departments. She also serves as Director of Health Equity at Ascension Seton to help meet health equity goals across its system.

  • Mai Thi Nguyen, PhD, is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. She is an award-winning researcher and teacher. Her research focuses on social and spatial equity and examines planning and policy topics related to housing, immigration, and climate change.