Under her leadership, California Common Cause has been active in championing election and redistricting reforms, government sunshine and accountability laws, campaign finance reforms, media access, and the voting rights of traditionally disenfranchised communities. Kathay helped spearhead successful campaigns to pass initiatives to create an independent citizens redistricting commission to draw state legislative and congressional districts in a fair and independent manner. She also helped lead successful Los Angeles coalition efforts to reform the matching funds campaign finance system in 2011. Kathay has been an activist and civil rights attorney in California for more than 10 years. She is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds a law degree from UCLA School of Law. Professor Leobardo Estrada’s areas of expertise include ethnic and racial demographic trends, particularly in the Latino population of the southwestern United States, inner city redevelopment, and social policy analysis and research methods. He twice has been asked to provide his knowledge on methodologies related to ethnic and racial groups to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, serving as Special Assistant to the Chief of the Population Division and as Staff Assistant to the Deputy Director. He has participated in numerous national studies, including an evaluation of the U.S. Standard of Live Birth for the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Light lunch will be served.