We are excited to welcome the 2017 Class of New America CA Fellows. This year's fellows will be working on a wide range of pressing social challenges and innovative projects, including immigration, virtual reality, education, tech inclusiveness, journalism and political participation. These cutting-edge social entrepreneurs inspire decision-makers to make local, state, and national progress in policy and practice.
Ann M. Ravel was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Barack Obama on June 21, 2013. After her appointment received the unanimous consent of the United States Senate, Ms. Ravel joined the Commission on October 25, 2013. She served as Chair of the Commission for 2015 and Vice Chair for 2014 before leaving in 2017.
From March 2011 until her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Ravel served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to which Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed her. At the FPPC, Ms. Ravel oversaw the regulation of campaign finance, lobbyist registration and reporting, and ethics and conflicts of interest related to officeholders and public employees. During her tenure at the FPPC, Ms. Ravel was instrumental in the creation of the States' Unified Network (SUN) Center, a web-based center for sharing information on campaign finance.
Ms. Ravel has served as an elected Governor on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, a member of the Judicial Council of the State of California, and Chair of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. In 2014, she was named a California Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer magazine for her work in Government law, and in 2007, the State Bar of California named Ms. Ravel Public Attorney of the Year for her contributions to public service.
Ms. Ravel received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Ravel is the daughter of a Latin American immigrant mother and an American father. She was raised in Latin America before her family settled in the San Francisco Bay area, which she considers home.
Erika Pinheiro leverages technology in the nonprofit sector to serve California’s most vulnerable immigrants. Her medical legal partnerships serve uninsured and undocumented patients in the nation’s second largest public health system, Los Angeles County. She works with County agencies to design targeted interventions for youth in institutions, streamlining interagency wrap around programs. Her legal platform connects pro bono attorneys to refugees, and facilitates cross-border legal services for mixed status families affected by deportation. Erika strives to expand access to counsel and ensure that all Californians are connected to vital legal, medical, and social services. She advocates tirelessly to protect immigrants’ rights in the courts and at the border.
Erika holds both a JD and Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, focused on econometric analysis of immigration policy. Her legal work is data-driven, centered around trauma-informed screening tools that encompass metrics for impact analysis. She provides technical assistance to LA County to craft pro-immigrant policies, ensuring public agencies are responsive to the needs of all communities.
Erika worked on Inter-American Court Litigation in Brazil, and has conducted migration policy research in Guatemala, Haiti, and Geneva. She is the proud daughter of immigrants, in love with the ocean, and embraces the endless search for uncrowded waves and the perfect surfboard.
Kyle Halle-Erby is a teacher at San Francisco International High School, a public school exclusively serving newcomer immigrants who are also learning English. Kyle’s work at SF International focuses on building supported pathways to and through college and career with an innovative three-pronged approach: layered support for success in higher education; scaffolded college and career pathways; and, language development and career exploration. Kyle came to work in schools because he believes that they can operate as crawl spaces where we can practice new ways of building relationships, resolving conflicts and determining value. He is grateful for his brilliant students and tireless colleagues.
Kyle is from Baltimore, and came to the Bay by way of a Fulbright grant in Riohacha, Colombia where he ran digital storytelling projects. Kyle received an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA magna cum laude from Tufts University.
Michael Draskovic is the Founder and CEO of Ovrture, a Los Angeles based production company specializing in virtual reality (VR) content. Since its inception in 2015, Ovrture has produced socially relevant VR experiences for outlets such as HBO, MSNBC and A&E.
Prior to starting Ovrture, Draskovic served as the manager of marketing and creative partnerships for the ONE Campaign, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy and campaigning organization co-founded by Bono with the mission of ending extreme poverty. In this role, Drachkovitch worked to build awareness around the organization and its initiatives by creating partnerships with artists, brands, and by collaborating on strategic initiatives with the White House, United Nations and other public institutions. Drachkovitch also spearheaded artist and talent relationships for ONE’s first pan-African campaign, which generated over 2 million new members and secured life-saving policy commitments from African governments. Previously, he was Special Assistant to ONE’s President and CEO. In 2015, Drachkovitch served as Chief of Staff to Nigerian singer-songwriter D’Banj, and in 2012 he served as an Organizing Fellow and Operation Vote Coordinator on President Obama’s re-election campaign.
Drachkovitch holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MPA at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Atlantic Council’s The Art of the Future Project.
Tim Haydock is the Director of YouthWire, a project of New America Media. YouthWire is a network of five youth media hubs across California and the only statewide network of youth media hubs in the country. YouthWire produces youth-led community journalism in media deserts, trains underserved youth in media skills and encourages civic engagement in disenfranchised communities.
Under Tim’s leadership, YouthWire published 300 stories to the web and printed over 125,000 copies of print publications that were distributed by daily newspapers across California in 2016. Tim frequently speaks to groups across California about the power of storytelling in social justice work, the possibilities for civic engagement through youth media and best practices for working with youth.
Tim has taught media studies and production at California State University, Fresno and Fresno Pacific University, where he also served as faculty advisor to the student newspaper. He is on the Journalism Advisory Board for Fresno City College, an associate editor of The Pacific Journal and an adult ally with Fresno Boys and Men of Color. Tim graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a degree in Communication and holds a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary where he studied the intersection of theology and media studies while running the campus arts group.
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Tech Inclusion is dedicated to exploring innovative solutions to diversity and inclusion in tech through the Tech Inclusion Conference, consulting and workshops. Wayne’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Wayne shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early stage startups, Wayne’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world. Wayne Sutton writes about entrepreneurship, startups, diversity & inclusion in tech at SocialWayne.com.
Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.
In 2014 Wayne co-founded a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community Wayne has organized conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons.