Learn more about our fabulous speakers for Budget Matters 2021.
Ankita Patel (she/her) – Moderator
Budget & Policy Center Board of Directors
Senior Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy, Philanthropy Northwest
As an Indian immigrant from Zambia, Ankita has had exposure to social and economic inequities affecting people, families and communities. She has dedicated her career to transforming public policy and advocacy efforts to addressing those inequities so that community leaders and communities can create bold visions for change and work towards making a sustainable impact.
April Sims (she/her)
Secretary Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
April Sims firmly believes in the power of working people organizing together, and has dedicated her working life to affirming that power. For her, the importance of union membership is personal; it was her mother’s union position as a psychiatric security attendant at Western State Hospital that allowed her family to move off welfare and build a sense of financial security. A life-long resident of Tacoma, April lives with her husband, two daughters, and 100-pound chocolate lab in the gritty city she’s proud to call home.
Monserrat Padilla (she/her)
Board member, Somos Seattle
Monserrat has worked at the state and national level building the capacity of grassroots organizations through programs and advocacy campaigns to foster community development for LGBTQ+, immigrants, and people of color. Under COVID19, Monserrat mustered state policy wins that brought economic relief for Washington state undocumented immigrant residents that provided direct cash assistance, legal support, and access to healthcare. Monserrat grew up undocumented in the United State since the age of two and is a beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive program under the Obama Administration which she helped shaped blueprint policy for.
State Representative Noel Frame (she/her)
Chair of House Finance Committee
Born and raised in Washington state, Noel is a former foster parent to two members of her own family. She is deeply committed to tackling the root causes of systemic issues facing families in crisis, such as eradicating poverty and increasing access to quality healthcare. Noel works to give a voice to those who are often forgotten in policy conversations, relying heavily on her nearly two decades of experience as an organizer to successfully navigate political systems.