We are a think tank that harnesses grassroots wisdom. We know that much of the most innovative and effective efforts towards social change have come from the vision of progressive national, state and local organizations and their leaders. We aim to scale up the most effective local advocacy and political education strategies while maintaining their vision and integrity.
At the Center for Advancing Innovative Policy (CAIP) we specialize in working with a broad range of organizations, including community groups, national organizations, local and state leaders, as well as funders to create innovative policy advocacy strategies that succeed in fostering progressive policy change and building vital connections across movements.
We develop multi-issue policy research and analysis that takes into consideration the long and short-term goals of movements for social justice. We counter divisive identity politics, and focus instead on base-building, founding strategic alliances and constructing a shared, collaborative vision among partners and allies.
We are social justice leaders and thinkers, each with years of experience fighting for progressive social change. We have expertise in online and new media. We are results-oriented. We honor collaborations, processes and deadlines.
We have worked in many different arenas of social justice advocacy, ranging from federal policy advocacy to grassroots direct service efforts. We believe in building movements.
We are coalition builders, who work across issues and make effective, strategic alliances across movements.
We believe that intersectional, issue-based collaborations are the future of social justice work, and our track record of success is rooted in this value. We believe that this is how we win.
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 fundamentally 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. As a consultant, Eesha has worked with the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence, Provide, Women with a Vision, The International Rescue Committee, The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, and The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program. Currently, Eesha is a founding member of the Crunk Feminist Collective. 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.
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.