Alfre Woodard is an American actor, producer, and political activist. She is extremely accomplished, having garnered Academy and Grammy award nominations, four Emmy’s, a Golden Globe, and three Screen Actors Guilds awards. She is best known for her work in 12 Years a Slave, Desparate Housewives, and The Practice, among a long list of other films and television shows.

In 1989, Woodard founded Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit devoted to advancing democracy and equality in South Africa, as well as fighting the AIDS epidemic there, a cause she has devoted much time and money to within, and outside of, her organization. The organization has raised over $9 million to provide healthcare for South African AIDS orphans. She is a proud supporter of LGBT rights and same sex marriage, which she advocated for in her role as a board member of the Democratic Party.