STEPPING INTO POWER » FACULTY
The Stepping Into Power training team is led by Eveline Shen and Forward Together senior staff, master practitioners of Forward Stance. In addition, throughout the sessions, we will be joined by three guest faculty in aikido, storytelling, and music.
Executive Director, Forward Together
Since Eveline's leadership began in 1999, Forward Together has become widely recognized for its innovative role in the Reproductive Justice Movement—working with grassroots communities; providing thought leadership; developing effective tools and resources for evaluation, training, and documentation; and organizing for long-term systemic change. In 2010 Eveline and other leaders launched the Strong Families Initiative, which now works with over 170 organizations to change the way people think, feel and act in support of families. Eveline served as Principal Investigator for two National Institutes of Health grants that explore the intersection between environmental justice and reproductive justice. Eveline is a recipient of the Gerbode Fellowship, was named one of Women's eNews' 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, and was awarded the 2015 San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award. She holds a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley in Community Health Education.
Deputy Director, Forward Together
Moira Bowman joined Forward Together in November 2007 and works primarily from Portland, Oregon. As Deputy Director, Moira builds and manages an effective staff team and plays a lead role in the strategy and implementation of the Strong Families initiative. Relying on more than 20 years of experience working with social justice nonprofits, Moira also provides technical assistance to a number of our allies. Moira has been active in the social justice movement for the last two decades on issues of economic and racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and gender justice. She brings extensive experience in movement building, organizing, political education, and technical assistance. As Director of the Gender Justice Program at Western States Center, Moira worked to build regional capacity (in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming) to counter the Right's agenda and to build progressive power for low-income families, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Basic Rights Oregon.
Senior Policy Director, Forward Together
Kalpana joined the Forward Together team in March 2013 as the Policy Director. Working from Portland, Oregon, Kalpana will be helping to develop and implement Forward Together's policy shift and civic engagement strategies. Most recently, Kalpana spent eight years as a field director at Western States Center focusing on building the racial justice and gender justice programs at the Center. She served as the primary author of the Oregon and Nevada legislative report cards on racial equity. She helped to develop and lead the Uniting Communities work, which works to help organizations of color meaningfully engage their own LGBT constituents of color. Prior to Western States, Kalpana worked in philanthropy at both the Third Wave Foundation and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She remains active in philanthropy and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the mother of two fabulous boys, Sachin and Kavi.
Communications Director, Forward Together
Erin joined Forward Together in April 2016 as the Communications Director working from Brooklyn, New York. As the Communications Director, Erin develops strategies to spread Forward Together’s message of empowering families with the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive. She oversees all aspects of the organization’s communications and is the first point of contact for media inquiries. Erin comes to Forward Together from the labor movement where she worked as a communicator for 1199SEIU. As a seasoned communications strategist, she has lead communications campaigns to win paid sick days and living wage legislation, secure affordable housing, keep hospitals open, secure strong union contracts, and provide medical relief in Haiti. Erin has previous experience as an organizer working to building union/community coalitions in the Bronx and Newark, organizing tenants at the University of California-San Diego and as an educator fighting for access to higher education and the retention of underrepresented students. She is also a communications trainer with degrees in advertising and communications and several years of teaching experience. When not nerding out on the latest trends in communications strategy, you can find her on the dance floor or roaming the streets of New York with her camera.
Dalia Rubiano Yedidia
Movement Building Manager, Forward Together
Dalia Rubiano Yedidia is the Movement Building Manager at Forward Together. Born and raised in San Francisco, Dalia’s organizing roots are in the domestic worker movement, where she worked with nannies, housecleaners, and personal attendants to seniors and people with disabilities in New York, Chicago, and the Bay Area. She worked on the New York and California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights campaigns, and, alongside thousands of immigrant women of color, fought for and won these groundbreaking statewide policies. As a mixed Colombian Jew still living in the city she grew up in, Dalia maintains an unwavering belief – and has over eight years of experience to know deeply – that organizing works. She also enjoys reading and writing creative nonfiction, knitting estilo colombiano, and hiking.