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Overview


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CAIP creates transformative policy strategies to change the dominant narrative on policy from one where only educated white men get to decide the laws that govern our lives to one that encourages everyone to participate in determining how we’re governed.

The Center for Advancing Innovative Policy partners with grassroots organizations, coalitions, and networks to decode, develop, and deliver policy strategy that meets the needs of the people first.

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Who We Are


Who We Are


OUR STORY

We don’t believe in ‘paying your dues.’

Often, in the early days of our activist lives, we each heard senior colleagues say “That’s just how it goes. You have to learn the hard way. We did. It’s just paying your dues.” What they meant, really, was that there was nobody there to show them the ropes of how policy change happens. They had to make mistakes, and deal with the feeling of being an outsider until they, too, knew the ropes.

Well that’s not effective, nor is it just. At CAIP, we believe this exclusion is a power-play, and we are here to upset that hierarchy.

We believe that those of us who have learned how to access these highly exclusive policy spaces can, and should, work to make those spaces accessible to all.

So, we started CAIP to meet this need.

The Center for Advancing Innovative Policy partners with grassroots organizations, coalitions, and networks to decode, develop, and deliver policy strategy that meets the needs of the people first.

Eesha Pandit is co-founder of CAIP, where she brings over a decade of thought leadership and strategic communications around progressive policy. She has led policy, program, and communications work in innovative and groundbreaking ways that have shaped national and international movements for human rights, reproductive justice, and violence against women. Eesha brings expertise and experience in hard policy analysis and the organizing and coalition-building required effect policy change. She is a founding member of the Crunk Feminist Collective and South Asian Youth in Houston Unite (SAYHU). She is a queer, South Asian immigrant, based in Houston, Texas, and brings her expertise as a creative strategist, respected thinker, writer and social media influencer to work for CAIP’s partners. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Chicago, where she studied political philosophy. Eesha loves hosting long, leisurely brunches with friends, listening to political podcasts nonstop, and any afternoon spent walking through a museum.

Verónica Bayetti Flores is co-founder of CAIP, where she helps our partners to think big about their policy change goals. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, police accountability, and LGBTQ liberation. Along with multi-issue expertise, she brings strong relationships with leaders and advocates around the country, deep expertise in intersectional policy analysis, and the big-picture strategy required to develop timely left-flank policy platforms that shift movements toward the visionary coalition-building needed to win. Verónica has worked with national, state and local organizations to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought to reduce the harms of immigration detention, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. Verónica holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She is a New York City-based queer, immigrant Latina who brings her experience as a policy analyst, writer, speaker, facilitator, and strategic communicator to CAIP. Verónica loves plants, cooking elaborate meals for her most beloved people, and the daily artistic practice of getting dressed.