Mark Gomez is the founder of the Leap Forward Project dedicated to facilitating the research and development of innovative ideas to tackle extreme inequality, end racial economic exclusion and drive enduring prosperity. The project is currently working on an economic framework that brings together big ideas wage, income and asset reform policies. Over his career, Mark has worked with labor unions and community organizations. He was an industry strategist with the Justice for Janitors campaign that lifted 25,000 hard working California immigrants out of poverty. At ACORN, he coordinated state campaigns on education and housing. And at the Latino civic engagement organization SOL he devised an communications workshop series “Coming to California” to develop member spokespeople through the telling or their own lives. Mark was born in revolutionary Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York City, and now calls the Greater Bay Area home. He studied European and African history at the University of Chicago and U.S. labor and business history at Cornell University.