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Strengthening the Pipeline for Women of Color Staff in Politics and Government
Join Ready to Launch and The USC Dornsife Center for Leadership by Women of Color (CLWOC) for a panel conversation that will bridge the gap between big-picture structural inequities in politics and government, and practical tips and support for women of color interested in these careers.

Jan 19, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Christian Phillips
Assistant Professor of Political Science @University of Southern California
Dr. Phillips' research addresses political behavior, electoral institutions, and political incorporation, with an emphasis on the intersection of race, gender and immigrant communities in American politics. Her first book, Nowhere to Run: Race, Gender and Immigration in American Elections, was published in June 2021. The book is an intersectional, national study of changing patterns of descriptive representation in American state legislatures. She examines how growing immigrant communities are reshaping the roles that race and gender play in American electoral politics. Her analysis pays particular attention to the pathways to candidacy of Asian American and Latinx peoples. Prior to her work as an academic, she led organizing and political campaigns in the American labor movement. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, an M.P.A. from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and her B.A. from Hampshire College.
Jess Huang
Communications Manager @Pay Our Interns
Jess Huang is the first member of her family to work in politics and couldn’t have done it without internships. That’s why she wants to make the intern process more equitable for all. Previously, she spent over a decade working for elected officials, across all levels of government. When she’s not working, she’s a writer with bylines in CNN, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and proudly repped by the Bent Agency. As a graduate student at King’s College London, she helped organize an event for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and learned all about royal protocol. She has an MA in War Studies and is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Global Security. When she’s not writing press releases or thinking about the perfect social media tweet, she’s catering to the whims of her three cats, Tortellini, Jack and Sadie.
Jessica Angima
Training Associate @Arena
Jessica works to support and grow Arena training events. Jessica is a first-generation Kenyan American cultural producer and healing artist, working in the modality of meditation. In a constant state of process, she facilitates intimate community through the exploration of art, justice, and contemplative practice. She has taught for BRIC, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, SELF Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Google, theSkimm and more. Jessica was a 2019 Create Change Fellow at The Laundromat Project and holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Charlotte White
Co-Founder & Board Member @Ready to Launch
Charlotte’s background is in finance and operations, having managed multi-million dollar political campaigns, PACs, and nonprofit initiatives. Charlotte most recently managed economic development programs at Accelerator for America. She began her career at Goldman Sachs after graduating from USC. Charlotte serves on the Board of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, providing arts education to under-resourced youth, and previously served on the California Democratic Party’s Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.