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Carmen Rojas, PhD, is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab, an organization that funds experiments and innovation to build power for working people. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and non-profits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. Prior to building The Workers Lab, Carmen was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. She supported 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world to invest in improving economic opportunity for low-income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building. From 2008 to 2011, Carmen was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs. Alongside her work at the foundation, Carmen also taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to this, Carmen was the Coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out-Migration to address African American displacement from the city. Carmen currently sits on the boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Neighborhood Funders Group, General Service Foundation, JOLT, Certification Associates, and on the Advisory Boards of Fund Good Jobs and Floodgate Academy.





We’re honored to have three prominent leaders judge the 2018 RWJF-APIC Award.  

This Award will recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions towards achieving health equity. 

Rogene Gee Calvert is a native Houstonian of Chinese descent. Rogene has worked as an organizational consultant, specializing in non-profit board and management issues and starting up new projects and organizations.  Her foray into politics occurred when she managed Martha Wong’s first political campaign in 1993, which resulted in Ms. Wong being the first Asian American ever elected to Houston City Council. She served as the Chief of Staff for Gordon Quan from 2000-2004, the first Asian American elected city-wide to Houston City Council and the first Asian American Mayor Pro Tem. She also served as Director of Personnel and Volunteer Initiatives program appointed by Mayor Bill White in 2004-2010. Currently, she serves as a principal for Outreach Strategists, LLC, a certified 8(a), MBE, SDB public affairs, political and strategic communications firm based in Houston. In this role, she has worked in redistricting efforts and protecting the Voting Rights Act, especially Sections 205 and 208, on behalf of Asian Americans in Texas and serves clients such as AARP, City of Houston Health Department and Kelsey Seybold Clinic. Rogene was recently appointed to serve on the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights and was recognized as the 2017 Robert Woods Johnson Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Health Equity Awardee.

Michael McAfee, is President of PolicyLink, oversees strategy development, the alignment of PolicyLink assets, and the achievement of policy wins that ensure all people in America have economic security, live in healthy communities of opportunity, and benefit from a just society. Under his leadership, PolicyLink emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems that ensure children and youth in our nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class. His partnership with local leaders in more than 60 communities contributed to significant improvements in the educational and developmental outcomes for more than 300,000 children, and helped attract public and private investments that exceed $1 billion. Because of the focus on results, Promise Neighborhoods became a permanent federal program through the 2015 authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Michael is also the catalyst for the creation of the Corporate Racial Equity Advantage, the first comprehensive tool to guide private sector companies in assessing and actively promoting equity in every aspect of their business operations and strategy. Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). His vocation is to achieve equity in America—just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. He serves on the boards of Bridge Housing, Independent Sector, North Lawndale Employment Network, One Degree, and Sweet Beginnings, LLC.