Header Image Mobile Header Image

LA Honorees & Special Guests

Stronger Together
Los Angeles Benefit
Thursday, May 23, 2019
LA River Studios
2025 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED: Tickets are still available! Please contact Kelsea Norris at knorris@populardemocracy.org or (770) 401-7911.

If you'd still like to make a contribution to support our work, please visit populardemocracy.org/donate.



Dr. Robert K. Ross
President & CEO of The California Endowment

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and CEO of The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation that has been addressing the health needs of Californians since 2000. Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy as a public health administrator and clinician, including serving as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego, commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Co-Chair, Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition, and has served as a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Board. Dr. Ross also served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative.


Tom Steyer
Philanthropist, Climate Activist, Founder of NextGen America & Need to Impeach

Tom Steyer is a philanthropist and climate activist. As founder of investment firm, Farallon Capital, Tom become one of the most successful investors in America. Believing we have a moral responsibility to each other and to give back, he left his investment company and began working full time to guarantee every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate. To further this mission Tom founded grassroots advocacy organization, NextGen America, to fight for progressive outcomes on issues like climate change, healthcare, immigration, inequality, and criminal justice. live in San Francisco and have four children. Tom and his wife Kat Taylor have pledged to give the vast majority of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes.


Christopher Noxon
Writer, Activist & Author of "Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook"

Christopher Noxon is a writer and illustrator and founding member of the grassroots LA activist group Hang Out Do Good (HODG). Proceeds from his new book Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook are being donated to the Center for Popular Democracy. He’s the author of the novel Plus One and the nonfiction Rejuvenile: Kickball Cartoons Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up. He has contributed to the New Yorker, Details, the New York Times Magazine and Salon. His illustrations have appeared in Tablet, the Hollywood Reporter and the Reboot publication Unscrolled.


Chris Bubser
Community Leader & Co-Founder, Hang Out Do Good

Chris Bubser recently left a long career in biotechnology and healthcare marketing to join the Birddog Nation, a CPD Action and HousingWorks partnership working to save the ACA and bring universal healthcare to everyone in the US. After the 2016 election, she co-founded Hang Out Do Good (HODG), a progressive and action oriented team that works in coalition to solve urgent racial, economic and social justice challenges at local, state and federal levels. Chris leads the Temple Israel of Hollywood task force on healthcare equality and is working with NNU on their 2019 Medicare for All initiative.




Kendrick Sampson
Master of Ceremonies

Kendrick hails from Houston, Texas where he was raised in a family of musicians and artists. As an actor, Kendrick is known for his work on How to Get Away with Murder, The Vampire Diaries and most recently as Nathan on the hit HBO series Insecure. Kendrick uses his voice to empower marginalized communities and to shine light on issues of inequity. His activism is focused on racial justice, specifically intersectionality within criminal justice reform and uniting the oppressed black, brown & indigenous communities. He is a proud supporter of Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock movements, progressive political campaigns, and social justice education.  


The Reminders
Hip-Hop Duo & Activists

The Reminders seamlessly blend soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Emcee Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns, displaying his street-smart credibility in his lyrics, which is perfectly complemented by Aja Black's confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The duo also actively engages with community organizations and schools, delivering workshops, talks, and special performances.



Rebel Diaz
Hip-Hop Duo & Community Organizers

RodStarz and G1 grew up in Chicago and came up in The South Bronx. Their bilingual sound has been shaped by South American folk, house, and latin percussion and getting down with boom-bap breaks and 808s. Educators across the world use their music and videos as learning tools. Today, they continue in la lucha with their families and in their community through their music and multimedia work.




DJ Ethos
Emcee, Musician, Activist

Representing Michoacán, Mexico via Los Angeles where he has been rocking on-point performances with the ethical integrity of a true turntablist, DJ Ethos has collaborated widely in the LA underground scene where he plays with some of most influential and respected emcees and musicians. Ethos is part of Project Blowed, one of the most groundbreaking and innovative LA-based crews on the scene.



If you have any questions, please reach out to Beth Slade, Fundraising Events & Partnerships Coordinator.  

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED: Tickets are still available! Please contact Kelsea Norris at knorris@populardemocracy.org or (770) 401-7911.

If you'd still like to make a contribution to support our work, please visit populardemocracy.org/donate.