Maya M. Rockeymoore, PhD, President and CEO
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is the president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments.
A former Adjunct Professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar at the National Urban League, Chief Of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions.
Maya’s areas of expertise include health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America among many other articles and chapters. Rockeymoore serves on the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the National Association of Counties and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The recipient of many honors, she was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and is the recipient of Running Start’s 2007 Young Women to Watch Award.
A regular guest on radio and television shows, Maya has appeared on NPR, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN. Her opinions have also been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, LA Times, Boston Globe, Black America Web, and Houston Chronicle among other prominent national news sources.
Nikki Daruwala, MS, Vice President, Programs and Operations
Nikki Daruwala is the Vice President of Programs and Operations at the Center for Global Policy Solutions. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing teams and projects and ensuring high quality work in the area of health, education, and income security in support of a range of clients, including serving as the Deputy Director of Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Known as a catalyst for change, Nikki’s career in social responsibility spans over two decades, bringing vision, dedication, and expertise in strategic policy development, advocacy, partnerships, management, and organizational capacity to her current position. She has also served as Executive Director at DC Jobs with Justice, Founder and Director of the Socially Responsible Business Program at American Rights at Work, and Manager for Advocacy and Social Policy at Calvert Investments.
Nikki strongly believes in devoting time to community service and is an advocate for the rights of working people, women, and children worldwide. She is a founding member of the Child Labor Coalition and a long-time Girl Scouts leader. Nikki received her B.S. degree in Psychology and Business from Ithaca College and her M.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Andrew Sousa, MA, Communications Director
Andrew Sousa is the communications director for the Center for Global Policy Solutions. For more than a decade, Andrew has been developing and implementing short and long-range communications strategies to further the overall goals of public, private, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, he led communications strategies for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Health Through Action, a five-year capacity-building project with 18 grantees in 15 states. Prior to APIAHF, Andrew directed the public relations efforts for MZA Events (the organizers of the AIDS Walks in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles), and served as vice president, chief of communications for Operation HOPE, a national non-profit working to eradicate poverty through financial literacy education and the economic development of underserved communities.
Andrew directed public relations on a broad range of issues as press secretary for US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, raising her visibility as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He also managed local, national, and international media strategy following her controversial solo vote against a broad use of force resolution passed by the US Congress following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Andrew holds a BA in History and Sociology from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Communications from American University in Washington, DC. He lives in Glover Park with his wife Caroline, their son Declan, and a trusty canine companion named Rufus.
Elizabeth Hinman, MPP, Associate, Advocacy and Outreach
As the advocacy and outreach associate at the Center for Global Policy Solutions (GPS), Elizabeth Hinman works closely with clients, policymakers, coalitions and others to advance policy goals on a wide-range of policy issues.
Prior to joining CGPS, Elizabeth has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors on a variety of policy and advocacy issues, including public health and economic development. Most recently she managed a broad coalition of public-private partners in securing funding for one of the largest federal stimulus grants to support transportation infrastructure.
Elizabeth has expertise in organizational and policy analysis, public affairs and applied politics, communications and advocacy, and social policies and programs. She has conducted extensive legislative and policy research and helped devise successful messaging strategies to champion organizational policy positions.
A Virginia native, Elizabeth received her BA from the College of William & Mary and her MPP from American University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and lamenting the direction of the Washington Redskins’ season.
Cheryl Davis, MS, Associate, Policy and Training
Cheryl Davis is the Associate for Policy and Training at the Center for Global Policy Solutions, where her primary role is providing clients and policymakers with the technical assistance, training, and knowledge development resources they need to serve as successful advocates for healthy eating and active living policies.
Cheryl has expertise in capacity building, resource and curriculum development, policy analysis, and research. Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, Cheryl worked with a citywide workforce development program to evaluate recruitment and training policies and forged a partnership with New York City’s Workforce1 program to place minority youth in apprenticeships in the building and construction trades. She also worked with the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice to create and support the implementation of a placement system at secure detention facilities to reduce recidivism and improve case management. As the Education Director at the Center for Civic Responsibility, she conducted public workshops for first time candidates for office and volunteers to increase civic participation, educate community members about their rights before local and state centers of power, and promote government transparency.
Cheryl lives in Alexandria, VA and in her spare time provides fitness and nutritional counseling for clients with a variety of personal health goals. She holds a MS in Urban Policy Analysis from the Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
Andy Fountain, Associate, Communications
Andy Fountain serves as the communications associate at the Center for Global Policy Solutions. In this position, Andy works with clients and programs with the overall goal of promoting social change. He helps develop and implement strategic communications plans to promote the work of clients in education, public health and income security. He also manages new media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and assists with the operation of www.globalpolicy.tv.
Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, Andy worked as an executive and legislative assistant at a DC-based government relations firm. In this position, he conducted legislative tracking and research for a number of higher education and technology-focused clients. A native of Georgia, Andy received his BA from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs in 2007.
Liz Miyashiro, Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Liz Miyashiro serves as the office manager and executive assistant at the Center for Global Policy Solutions. In this position, she provides operations and administrative support to the Global Policy Solutions team and assists the President and CEO. Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, she worked with the Vera Institute of Justice, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Clean Water Action and Working America in a variety of operations and administrative roles. Her talents lie in organizing and administrative management for social change initiatives. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, attempting to keep her garden happy, and spending time with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Lola.