Arisha Michelle Hatch

Color of Change

Arisha Headshot black

Arisha Michelle Hatch is the Vice President and Chief of Campaigns at Color Of Change and the Director of Color Of Change PAC, leading the organization’s civic engagement, advocacy, digital and organizing work across a number of racial justice issues; her portfolio of work includes criminal and economic justice reform, corporate accountability, democracy and elections. Arisha is a key leader, innovator and strategist in the racial justice movement. Since joining Color Of Change in 2012, Arisha, along with her team, have led groundbreaking campaigns that have pushed elected officials and progressive institutions to be more accountable to Black people; focusing on the district attorneys’ office, her team has led a coalition of national and local organizations who are determined to reimagine local law enforcement as bodies centered in decarceration strategies; she was worked to elect more than a dozen progressive prosecutors in Black communities across the country. On the national level, the Color Of Change team has forced corporate enablers of Trump to divest from the Republican National Convention and step down from Trump’s business council while also forcing Democrat and progressive leaders to cut ties with corporate lobbyists whose agendas conflict with improving the lives of Black people. Arisha was born in Texas and raised in Southern California. She has degrees in economics, creative writing and feminist studies from Stanford University and she received her doctorate in law from Santa Clara University. Before joining Color Of Change, Arisha left her job at a corporate law firm to become a volunteer organizer for the Barack Obama campaign in 2008. She later served as National Organizing Director for the Courage Campaign, a California-based progressive organization, where her focus was on movement-building and grassroots organizing in the effort to overturn Proposition 8.