Bonner Center Virtual Speaker Series: Race, Public Policy, and Transportation Access
Date, time, location
DateFriday, November 13, 2020
Time12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
The Bonner Center is hosting a series of facilitated Zoom conversations each Friday with regional community partners focused on considering pressing national issues through a regional racial justice lens.
This week's speakers will focus on Race, Public Policy, and Transportation Access.
Daniel Ortiz is the outreach director for Policy Matters Ohio. A native of Lorain, Ohio, and graduate of Oberlin College, Ortiz joined Policy Matters in 2016 and brings 15 years of experience in organizing, campaign strategy and education. Before his work with Policy Matters, Ortiz worked at the local, state, and national level leading campaigns and managing key partnerships across the Midwest and the South.
Since returning to Ohio, Daniel has been an advocate for voting rights, a complete count in the 2020 Census, policies that increase equity and help all communities thrive. He draws from experience as a teacher and work as a campaign professional to develop programs that connect Policy Matters research with the community. He is a member of the Hispanic Roundtable and Young Latino Network. He previously served on the board of the Hispanic Alliance.
Sharon Pearson serves as the Lorain County Mobility Manager, an Impact Initiative of United Way of Greater Lorain County. Her position is to increase awareness of current transportation options; identify unmet transportation needs specifically for seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income; and encourage and develop collaborative projects to close the gap on unmet transportation needs.
She has either lived or worked in Oberlin her entire life. She went to Oberlin City Schools and Lorain County Joint Vocational School to focus on business courses. She started working part time for the city of Oberlin, which lead to working full time with a total of 25 years of service to the community.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Green and Sustainable Business Enterprise Management, she became the program coordinator for the Oberlin Project. She also became a three-term member of Oberlin City Council, which ended in December 2019. Her knowledge and passion for public transportation options flourished during her time at the Oberlin Project.