Pioneers in Justice is a Levi Strauss Foundation initiative that brings together next-generation leaders who are poised to shape the next wave of social justice work. Our goal is to enable peer learning among these leaders and equip them with new tools, strategies and ways of working to create change.
The San Francisco Bay Area has not only been Levi Strauss & Co.’s hometown for the past 150 years. It’s also a renowned cradle of innovation, both for technology and social movements.
The Levi Strauss Foundation’s Pioneers in Justice initiative supports a group of next-generation leaders of "bedrock" San Francisco civil rights organizations as they retool their organizations to transform social justice movements by partnering with “unlikely allies” outside their sectors, and testing new technologies and social media tools to reach stakeholders.
With Pioneers in Justice, the Levi Strauss Foundation extends its legacy of identifying and supporting social leaders all over the world who embody the pioneering spirit of Levi Strauss, forging on his legacy of risk-taking and commitment to social justice.
WHAT MAKES A PIONEER?
The Levi Strauss Foundation supports these next-generation social justice leaders because they embody the unique characteristics of Levi Strauss & Co.'s pioneering spirit. These leaders share some common attributes:
• They work at the frontlines of social change on the social justice issues of our day;
• They take value-based stands, challenging conventions and pushing the limits of what's possible;
• They explore new ways of leading, collaborating and communicating; and,
• They advance the social justice sector, both locally and nationally.
MEET THE PIONEERS
To follow the Pioneers and learn more about how they are promoting a more just and equitable society, enter the Pioneers in Justice Newsroom.
Arcelia Hurtado — Immigration Policy Advisor, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Arcelia Hurtado's career has been devoted to ensuring that underrepresented groups have access to justice.
Chris Punongbayan — Co-Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus
Chris Punongbayan doesn’t want to be your mentor. He wants to be your comrade.
Hyeon-Ju Rho — Co-Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice| Asian Law Caucus
In her sophomore year of college, Hyeon-Ju Rho received her political awakening...
Abdi Soltani — Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Abdi Soltani represents a new generation of public interest leaders in California.
Kimberly Thomas Rapp — Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Kimberly Thomas Rapp believes that agility and constant self-improvement are key to advance social justice movements.