District Lines and Political Power: State Level Redistricting


Wed, April 14, 4:00 - 5:30 pm 

The redistricting process is at its best when the public and community groups are involved to ensure the most accurate representation possible. Thrive invites you to join the next event in our educational series on redistricting to hear from State Redistricting Commissioner Yee, who will explain California Redistricting Basics. He will walk us through redistricting impact on communities, lines drawing criteria, commissioner duties and more.

Paul Mitchell, head of Redistricting Partners, an organization which has worked for last 10 years on redistricting, racially polarized voting analysis, and California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) implementation, will guide us in how to organize and provide input on redistricting, using examples from San Mateo County.

Community leaders, including Kalimah Salahuddin, President, Jefferson Union High School District Board of Education, who are working on redistricting in their local areas will also share their concerns and tactics.

For more information and past trainings on redistricting basics, please go to Thrive's webpage.

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Meet the Speakers



Paul Mitchell, Head of Redistricting Partners

Paul Mitchell has conducted the redistricting for more than 35 cities, school boards and community college districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, and most recently, the Cities of Santa Ana, Davis and Napa. The firm’s work on racially polarized voting analysis and demographics has aided dozens of agencies as they navigate the California and Federal Voting Rights Acts. Mitchell also works with nonprofit organizations, such as the Irvine Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, the Advancement Project, and others in building community engagement and working throughout California on elections and voting issues. Mitchell has been regularly cited in the media as an expert on elections and redistricting, including as the subject of a CNN Presents special on the decennial redistricting process, being interviewed on the PBS News Hour election coverage in 2020, participating in the 538 Podcast series on redistricting reform, and as a regular analyst on California-based network TV election coverage. For the past 8 years, Mitchell has also served as Vice President of the bi-partisan Political Data Inc where he works with both political parties, campaigns, nonprofits and universities, with a specialty in polling and survey data. Mitchell earned his Associates Degree from Orange Coast College, Undergraduate from American University and Masters in Public Policy from USC.

Russell Yee


Russell Yee, State Redistricting Commissioner

Dr. Russell Yee graduated from Oakland High School, UC Berkeley (BS), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and the Graduate Theological Union (PhD), where his research focused on sociolinguistic aspects of liturgical and free worship. He has taught mostly for Fuller Theological Seminary and especially enjoys teaching his class on Oakland for St. Mary’s College. He’s the author of Worship on the Way (2012), which explores worship in Asian and South East Asian North American churches. He pastored a church for ten years and is active in his present multicultural church community, which wrestles tangibly with matters of social justice, class & race, cultural contextualization, community redevelopment, crime & safety, recovery, re-entry, and homelessness. He’s a longtime history docent at the Oakland Museum of California, with a special interest in the state’s indigenous peoples. He was the first board secretary for Habitat for Humanity East Bay (now East Bay/Silicon Valley). An avid marathon runner, he volunteers with Running for a Better Oakland, a youth sports and scholarship program. He is registered with the Republican Party.


Kalimah Salahuddin, President, Jefferson Union High School District Board of Education

Kalimah Salahuddin currently serves as President for the Jefferson Union High School District Board of Education and is running for her third term in November. She is the immediate Past President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association (SMCSBA) were she served for two years and continues to serve as the Coordinator for the SMCSBA Equity Network. She also was recently appointed to the Board of the Housing Leadership Council and previously served as a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she has been a regular site volunteer. Kalimah was the Campaign Manager for Yes on L, the successful renewal of the local funding measure for the Pacifica School District, and Yes on Y and Yes on E, two successful local funding measures for the Jefferson Union High School District. She also served on the Board of Educate Our State and as President of Saving Pacifica Schools in advocacy of public school systems at the local and state levels. Kalimah is employed as a Public Affairs Coordinator at Exelixis and is a mother to three wonderful young adults.


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