About Our Presenters

Our Host
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Kristina Bas Hamilton

Host

Kristina Bas Hamilton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Rutgers University. From 2014 to 2020, Kristina had the privilege of serving as Legislative Director for the United Domestic Workers (UDW), one of the largest unions in California. In 2021, Kristina founded KBH Advocacy, a Sacramento-based lobbying and consulting practice, to help advocacy organizations win the policies and resources they need to build just, sustainable communities. 

Our Speakers

Governor Gavin Newsom

Welcome video

Gavin Newsom is the Governor of California. Newsom is widely recognized for his willingness to lead – repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our most challenging issues. He first gained national recognition as a chief early advocate for marriage equality and marijuana decriminalization. Gavin is a champion for California values–from civil rights to immigration to environmental protection, education and expanding opportunity, and justice for all Californians.

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Jennifer Johnson

opening speaker

Dr. Jennifer Johnson is the Deputy Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities (AoD) in the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here, she oversees the cross-disability programs funded by AoD which work to remove barriers to community living and empower individuals with disabilities to lead self-determined lives. Her life’s work focuses on a broad variety of disability issues- early care and education, disability policy, disability and diversity intersectionalities, and professional development for educators.

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Dara Baldwin

keynote speaker

Ms. Baldwin is the Director of National Policy for the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR). The (CDR) is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities. In her position Ms. Baldwin is responsible for the legislative work, from research and writing comments, testimonies, letters and reports to assisting with advocacy outreach and working with Congressional staff, the Administration, coalition partners and others on multiple issue areas for improving the lives of persons with disabilities. 

Our Workshop Panelists
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Malcolm Harris

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “LTSS for All Grassroots Coalition” Malcolm Harris is the California Campaign Manager at Caring Across Generations. Recently, at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, Malcolm led a team of organizers moving a statewide coalition and campaign called “Black Workers United” to create stronger workplace protections for all California workers. This coalition won victory in 2019 with the creation of a Civil and Human Rights Office in the City of Los Angeles to address workplace discrimination, particularly for Black workers.
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Lindsay Imai Hong

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Workshop Panelist for: “LTSS for All Grassroots Coalition”

Lindsay Imai Hong is the California Director of Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, where she organizes employers of nannies, house cleaners, and home attendants and their families to partner with domestic workers to transform the care economy to ensure that all Californians can live, work and age with dignity. Her organizing work has contributed to the passage of the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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Carrie Madden

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Workshop Panelist for: “LTSS for All Grassroots Coalition”

Carrie Madden is a Systems Change Advocate at Communities Actively Living Independent and Free in Downtown Los Angeles and works on IHSS issues. She is a member of the LA County Public Authority Board also known as PASC. Carrie is also a member of the DOnetwork/Hand In Hand, The Domestic Employers Network’s LTSS for All Grassroots Coalition.

Vance Taylor

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Accessible Transportation for Emergencies and Disasters

Luis “Vance” Taylor is the Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access or functional needs are identified before, during and after disasters and integrated into the State’s emergency management systems.

Lilian Aluri

Lilian Aluri

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Workshop Panelist for: “Transforming the Way We Virtually Organize”

Lilian Aluri is the REV UP Voting Campaign Coordinator at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). REV UP is a nationwide coalition of organizations and advocates building the power of the disability vote. Lilian organizes voting initiatives, trainings, and resources on getting out the disability vote and voting accessibility.

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Ana Acton

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Workshop Panelist for: “Meet our Consumers! Demographics of ILCs and ADRCs” and “California’s One Door System” (Closing Panelist). 

Ana Acton is the Deputy Director for the Independent Living and Community Access Division at the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Under this division, the DOR works with Independent Living Centers, Traumatic brain Injury Program sites, and Assistive Technology (AT) service providers throughout California to provide a wide variety of disability services and supports.

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Anastasia Dodson

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Where’s My Data? A User’s Guide to DHCS Data Dashboards.”

Anastasia Dodson is Deputy Director for the Office of Medicare Innovation and Integration at the California Department of Health Care Services. She provides focused leadership and expertise on innovative models and strategies for Medicare beneficiaries in California, including both dual eligible and Medicare-only beneficiaries.

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Jacqulene Lang

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Workshop Panelist for: “Where’s My Data? A User’s Guide to DHCS Data Dashboards.”

Jacqulene began state service as a Research Data Analyst II with the Department of Rehabilitation where she served as the lead researcher for the Strategic Initiatives Office. In this capacity, she led the quantitative and qualitative research that helped to identify gaps and barriers to service for underserved Californians with disabilities. 

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Sheri Burns

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Building IL Community”

Sheri Burns has served as the Executive Director at Silicon Valley Center for Independent Living (SVILC) in San Jose, CA since July, 2015. Sheri has extensive training in disability rights and laws, ADA access standards, and disaster services focusing on Access and Functional Needs.

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TJ Hill

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Building IL Community”

TJ Hill is the Executive Director of the Disability Community Resource Center (DCRC), an Independent Living Center located in Mar Vista that serves people with disabilities across Western Los Angeles County. Mr. Hill has over 20 years of policy experience in intersectional social justice relating to disability, special education, mental health, healthcare, employment, labor and housing. 

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Larry Wanger

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Building IL Community”

Larry Wanger has worked in the nonprofit world for 24 years, serving in a variety of positions. He is presently the Executive Director of the Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC), a Center for Independent Living serving Orange County California. Larry has worked extensively in the areas of community organizing on issues ranging from access and expansion of public transportation, disability rights, and others. He has served as a volunteer on a number of political campaigns and served on a variety of boards and commissions.

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Sutep Laohavanich​

Panelist

Closing Panelist for: ” California’s One Door System”

Sutep Laohavanich is the Deputy Director for the Division of Home and Community Living at the California Department of Aging. He has managed programs funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and served as a consultant to various state units on health, aging, and disability.

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Joe Xavier

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Closing Panelist for: “California’s One Door System”

Joe Xavier, Director Department of Rehabilitation, has over 36 years of experience in business and public administration, as well as many years participating in advocacy and community organizations. As an immigrant, a blind consumer, a beneficiary of the DOR’s services, Joe has the experience and understands the challenges and opportunities available to individuals with disabilities, and the services required to maximize an individual’s full potential.

Our Networking Session Moderators
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Dan Okenfuss

Moderator

Networking Session #1: “There Ought to be a Law”

Dan Okenfuss is CFILC’s Public Policy Manager. Based in Sacramento, Dan’s role is to represent CFILC at the State Capitol. Dan is a veteran of California state politics, having served on the legislative staff of Assembly Members Tim Grayson, Susan Bonilla, Jared Huffman, Ted Lieu, and Dario Frommer.

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Russell Rawlings

Moderator

Networking Session #2: “Community Organizing: Our Public Narrative”

Russell is honored to serve as CFILC’s Statewide Community Organizer, a role with a legacy of leaders committed to the strengthening the power of the Disability community. His personal organizing philosophy centers around the promotion and development of Disabled leaders willing to influence power to achieve an equitable, accessible and transformational justice for all people.

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Jessica Riestra

Moderator

Networking Session #2: “Community Organizing: Our Public Narrative”

Jessica Riestra is CFILC’s Youth Organizer. Her role is to support disabled youth (16-28) to be educated, connect with one another, and to organize for their rights to be heard. Jessica has history in organizing. Prior to CFILC, Jessica was a Regional Organizing Director for March for Our Lives in which she oversaw the West Coast Region.

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Christina N. Mills

Moderator

Networking Session #3: “Centering Consumers”

Christina Mills has served as the Executive Director of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) since 2017, and she has over 20 years of disability rights and independent living center services experience. As Executive Director of CFILC, Christina is responsible for seamlessly implementing six statewide programs while also building the capacity of her Independent Living Center members.