Patrick Palma grew up in Venice, California surrounded by gangs, surfers, skaters, artists, and musicians in a culture that promoted free thinking and inclusion. After college, Mr. Palma embarked on a life-long career of public service within Los Angeles County government. He is currently a Senior Network Systems Administrator, and has served on numerous LA County strategic planning committees and interdepartmental technology initiatives where he has provided consultation, analysis, and management of enterprise-level integrated solutions.
Belinda Escobosa is principal counsel of Escobosa Law. Belinda has established herself as one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice by representing and amplifying the voices of the most marginalized communities. Belinda’s achievements in impact litigation have led to: changes to the electoral systems in Anaheim and Fullerton, CA; the restoration of rights for immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, the incarcerated, and other marginalized communities; and the near erasure of the use of gang injunctions in the state of California.
Jody Vallejo is Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. She is also Associate Director of USC Equity Research Institute and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology. She also co-edits (with Blanca Ramirez), the USC Equity Research Institute Blog. Her research areas include immigration, immigrant integration, race/ethnicity, and inequality, poverty, and mobility.