On October 20, 2022, Public Advocates hosted a 50th Anniversary Gala at the Commonwealth Club in downtown San Francisco. It was a fabulous evening and one we won’t forget! A gathering of our friends, community partners, allies from the legal community, and fellow social justice advocates to celebrate our accomplishments together, renew our commitment to social justice and honor our legacy.
We sincerely thank our sponsors, honorary hosts, leadership circle, and everyone who was able to join us as well as those who bought tickets but were unable to attend!
For Distinguished Service as a longtime member of Public Advocates Board of Governors and his lifelong commitment to social and racial justice.
For Outstanding Community Impact in their work as a youth-powered organization fighting to improve the lives of communities of color, immigrants, low-income, LGBTQ and other marginalized communities since 1995.
For Outstanding Community Leadership in her role as bus operator and rank-and-file organizer with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, where she fought for federal funding of bus service and hazard pay for bus workers during the pandemic.
Ai-jen Poo is co-founder and president of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a nonprofit working to bring dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who provide care and cleaning services in our homes. In 12 years, NDWA has grown to include more than 70 affiliate organizations and chapters and over 250,000 members.
In 2011, Poo launched Caring Across Generations, a campaign to address the nation’s crumbling care infrastructure. More recently, she helped launch #MeTooVoter to hold politicians accountable and the Survivors’ Agenda, a survivor-led initiative to advance justice and shift the narrative around sexual violence in America. In 2019, she also co-founded SuperMajority, which mobilizes people across race and gender to fight for gender equity. Recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Poo was also the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She is the author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America (2015).
Porsche Veu (pronounced vay-oo) aka The Poetic Activist, is an author, speaker, facilitator and artist of many talents from Oakland, California. She has spoken and performed in a variety of spaces including Ted Talk, Google, and Apple as well as a host of schools, organizations, and more. With a passion for God, social justice, Black & women empowerment and mental health, Porsche aims to bridge the gap between faith & social justice, and create brave atmospheres for uncomfortable conversations. She was joined by renowned bassist and composer Marcus Shelby!