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Keynote Panel Discussion: How to Best Advance MLK's Food Justice Vision


Jan 19, 2021 10:48 AM

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Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq.
CEO & Executive Director @Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
Jennifer Jones Austin is the CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy organization with 170 member agencies and faith partners. She has led and secured monumental changes in social policy and law in New York State to strengthen and empower the disenfranchised and marginalized. Prior to joining FPWA, she served as Senior Vice President of United Way of New York City, Family Services Coordinator for Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children's Services, Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools. Jennifer co-hosts the awarding winning WBLS “Open Line”, weekly guest hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, “Keep’n It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton”, and is a monthly contributor on the “Karen Hunter Show”.
Desiree Tucker-Sorini
Director @AmeriCorps VISTA
Desiree Tucker-Sorini brings 30 years of high-level government, private, and nonprofit experience to CNCS. She has served in several executive positions such as CNCS’s Chief of Staff, where she oversaw operations of over six departments and managed the day to day operations of CNCS for the CEO. Tucker-Sorini also was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and Public Liaison at the Department of Treasury, in addition to a multitude of civic-centered positions that gave her a deep appreciation for the impact of civic engagement and public service. She brings her wealth of knowledge in communications strategies, domestic and international press, budget and nonprofit management, and team development to aid the VISTA program in alleviating poverty across the nation.
Michael J. Wilson
Director @Maryland Hunger Solutions