About Us

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board brings together a slate of bipartisan leaders from across the country who are guiding Humanity Forward’s outreach, development, and policy work.

Our Bipartisan Advisory Board

  • Kim Joiner

    Anne Kimberley “Kim” Joiner, of Virginia, worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy under President Trump. Joiner has extensive experience in the defense industry, serving as the Director for business development at both General Atomics and FLIR. During the George W. Bush administration, she served in the Department of Homeland Security, as the Director of Immigration, Transportation and Border Security in the Office of Legislative Affairs. She now works as the Vice President at Teamworx Security.

  • Katy Gaul-Stigge

    Katy Gaul-Stigge is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to connect to employment. Prior to Goodwill, Gaul-Stigge led workforce and human service initiatives in key city-wide agencies in her fourteen years of city service. She gained national attention for her development of Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways strategy as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Gaul-Stigge was also Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS) where she led the Training and Advancement team which launched NYC Training Guide and expanded anti-poverty programs for working New Yorkers.

  • Ja’Ron Smith

    Ja’Ron Smith served as a Special Assistant to President Trump for Legislative Affairs and was the President’s liaison to the United States House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Agriculture Committee, Education and Workforce Committee, Homeland Security Committee, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He has been a longtime advocate for economic development, crime prevention, entrepreneurship, and workforce development, and was awarded the Bipartisan Justice Award in 2020. Smith now works as Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, which which aims to create economic mobility for people living in fragile communities.

  • Celinda Lake

    Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists. She was one of two lead pollsters for the Biden campaign in 2020 and continues to serve as a pollster to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), other national party committees, and dozens of Democratic incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Lake and her firm, Lake Research Partners, are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education, and have worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), and AFL-CIO.