Ash Community Speaker Series: The Outsiders – Winning from the Margins


Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for a discussion with Ford Foundation Mason Fellows Uche Pedro and Beth Fukumoto about how digital technology and innovative practices can help raise the voices of citizens and political candidates. Tim Glynn-Burke, Ash Center Executive Director, Programs, will moderate. 

Lunch will be served. 


Uche Pedro is currently studying at the Harvard Kennedy School in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA)/Mason program. Prior to enrolling at the Kennedy School, she spent the last decade in digital entrepreneurship as the Founder of BellaNaija, Africa’s leading lifestyle digital media company with a distinct focus covering a diverse range of areas including entertainment, cinema, fashion, culture and advocacy. She co-founded PVCitizen to encourage millennials and Generation Z Nigerians to register, vote and become active citizens.

First elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012, Beth Fukumoto was the youngest woman in the United States to hold a legislative caucus leader position. In 2017, Beth was stripped of her leadership title in response to her criticism of President Trump at the Hawaii Women’s March. Named one of Washington Post "The Fix's 40 under 40" rising political stars and Business Insider’s “8 of the most influential millennial women in US politics, Beth’s story gained broad national attention. She made appearances on Chelsea, The Jim Jefferies Show, and Liz Plank’s Divided States of Women. She was featured in publications such as Elle, Slate, Wall Street Journal and Teen Vogue. A short documentary on Beth’s decision to leave the Republican party, produced by The Outline, was recently nominated for an Ellie Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

About the Ash Community Speaker Series

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.