May 3rd Meeting: Continuing our Focus on Vulnerable Communities with Speakers Committed to Their Protection

Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at LGBT Center OC
Topic: How to Address the Current Political Climate & Trump Administration’s Danger to the LGBT Community
Laura Kanter joined the LGBT Center OC in 2011. She has worked as a middle and high school counselor in Santa Ana Unified School District. Laura’s post-graduate work included research on the experiences of LGBT youth and the best policies and practices to support them. She is an advocate and activist who has fought for marriage equality, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the rights of Transgender students, school discipline policies, restorative justice and immigration reform. She is a Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and was given the OC Weekly 2012 award for Best Voice for the Little Gay in Orange County. Laura has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Learn more at

Candidates for 45th Congressional District
This month we will hear from two candidates for the 45th CD. In future months, we will hear from other candidates in Orange County congressional districts, which the Democratic Party has targeted for potentially historic gains in 2018! Each candidate will have time for a short introduction and our questions.

Dave Min
Dave Min is a nationally-recognized expert on economic policy who has taken on Wall Street greed and fought to strengthen the middle class for nearly two decades. A first-generation Korean-American, Dave worked as an enforcement attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, as an economic and financial policy advisor to Senator Chuck Schumer, and as an economic policy director at the Center for American Progress. Dave grew up in California, and Dave and his wife Jane settled in Irvine where they both teach at the UC Irvine School of Law while raising their three children.

Kia Hamadanchy
The son of small business owners and immigrants from Iran, Kia was born and raised in Irvine, California.  After law school, Kia moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as legal counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Under Chairman Tom Harkin, Kia worked to expose exploitation of students by the for-profit college industry and helped to crack down on their fraudulent practices. Kia worked in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown, one of the Senate’s leading advocates for working families. Kia has devoted his career to fighting for students and families across this countrmy.

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