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Honorees & Special Guests

Center for Popular Democracy's
Washington, DC Gala
Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Patricia Bauman
President, Bauman Foundation 

Patricia Bauman, MS, JD, is President of the Bauman Foundation.  She has shaped its activities at the intersection of human health and environment and has been a leader in fostering right-to-know and open government initiatives. Since the early 2000s she has steered the Foundation towards civic engagement work with an emphasis on voter enfranchisement.  She is Chair of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, Co-Chair of the Brennan Center for Justice, a Trustee of Montefiore Medical Center, a board member of NEO Philanthropy and Working America Education Fund, and a Manager of Catalist LLC. Ms. Bauman is a graduate of Radcliffe/Harvard College, Columbia University School of Public Health, and Georgetown University Law Center. 


Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
Vice Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien, Shoreline and Normandy Park. She is proud of the district’s role in leading the country on issues like the minimum wage, racial equity and innovation, and will work to support that work and lift it up as a model for the rest of the country.

Her focus is on ensuring income equality; access to education, from early learning to higher education, including debt-free college; expanding Social Security and Medicare; protecting our environment for our next generation; and ensuring immigrant, civil and human rights for all.

The first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, Rep. Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and later received her MBA from Northwestern University. 


Heather McGhee
President, Demos

Heather C. McGhee is President of Demos. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. She is one of The Root’s 23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know and one of Grist’s 50 People You’ll Be Talking about in 2016. She has received the NYU’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award.

In 2009 she co-chaired a task force that helped shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, and in 2008 she served as John Edwards’ Deputy Policy Director in charge of Domestic and Economic Policy.

She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation and serves on the boards of the Center for Working Families and Consumer Reports.

She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.


Piper Perabo
Actress, Activist

Piper Perabo is an actress, who has starred in films such as Coyote Ugly, The Prestige & Looper and TV’s Covert Affairs, for which she nominated for a Golden Globe. 

Piper's activism has focused on supporting grassroots organizations on the ground and using her unique platform to amplify social and racial justice narratives within the entertainment industry, as well as boosting the profile of direct actions including The March Against White Supremacy and the DREAMER actions. She is also an advocate for such groups as the International Rescue Committee, and Vote Run Lead. 

She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Ohio University.