Vice President of Human Resources, Harley Davidson, Inc., President, The Harley-Davidson Foundation
Tonit Calaway is vice president, human resources at Harley-Davidson, Inc. and president of The Harley-Davidson Foundation. She supervises more than 200 employees and guides leadership development, compensation and benefits, labor relations, diversity, facilities and security. A Milwaukee native, Calaway joined Harley-Davidson in 1998 as an attorney. She was promoted to assistant general counsel and chief compliance counsel and assistant secretary before being named vice president of human resources in 2009. Calaway was named to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Top Influential African-American Women in Corporate America” for 2013 and a “Woman of Influence” by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2014. She serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Meta House, Inc., and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Prior to Harley-Davidson, Calaway worked for two Milwaukee law firms. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Chicago Law School.
Vice President of Human Resources, Harley Davidson, Inc., President, The Harley-Davidson FoundationView Bio
Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Julián Castro is 16th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As Secretary, Castro’s focus is ensuring that HUD is a transparent, efficient and effective champion for the people it serves. He has charged the Department with one goal: giving every person, regardless of their station in life, new opportunities to thrive. Before HUD, Castro served as Mayor of the City of San Antonio. He became known as a national leader in urban development. One of his accomplishments, the “Decade of Downtown”, sparked investment in San Antonio’s center city and older neighborhoods. This effort has attracted 350 million dollars in private sector investment, which produced more than 2400 housing at end of 2014. Previously, Castro served as a member of the San Antonio City Council. He is also an attorney and worked at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld before starting his own practice. Secretary Castro received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentView Bio
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in its history. His administration resulted in moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative
42nd President of the United StatesView Bio
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Chelsea’s work at the Clinton Foundation emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation’s health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established – and continues to lead – the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. To help advance the full participation of women and girls around the world, Chelsea and Secretary Clinton, co-lead the Foundation’s newest initiative, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world’s most urgent challenges. In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford, a MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.
Clinton FoundationView Bio
Mayor, City of Detroit
Mike Duggan is the Mayor of Detroit and was elected largely on his track record of leading successful large-scale financial and operational turnarounds. His immediate priority is to address the numerous challenges residents have faced over the years, most notably, blight, public lighting, transportation and public safety. During his first year in office, the city has made significant progress in each of these areas, although he is the first to admit that much work remains. Partnering with Detroit City Council, as well as in Lansing and Washington, D.C., the city now is removing blight at a record pace, has installed more than 35,000 new LED streetlights, secured the purchase of 80 new District Depart of Transportation (DDOT) buses through federal funds and significantly reduced both police and EMS response times. The Mayor is now focusing his energies on economic growth in the city and creating pathways to opportunity for Detroit residents. His ultimate goal is to reverse the 60-year population decline that began around the time he was born.
City of DetroitView Bio
Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama. Duncan's tenure as secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers. He helped secure congressional support for President Obama's investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs, increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation, and interventions in low-performing schools. Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, from 1992 to 1998, Duncan ran the nonprofit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative, which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the I Have A Dream program
Secretary of Education
U.S. Department of EducationView Bio
Lieutenant Governor, State of New York
Kathleen C. Hochul is the 77th Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. Prior to her election, she served as a group vice president for strategic relationships at M&T Bank, serving as liaison for community matters and significant economic development projects. From 2011 to 2013, Hochul served in the House of Representatives from New York’s 26th Congressional District. Prior to her time in congress, Hochul was the highest-ranking female elected official in Erie County while serving as County Clerk from 2007 to 2011. Hochul also served 14 years as a Hamburg Town Councilmember. During her career, Hochul practiced law at a law firm in Washington, DC , served legal counsel to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and helped launch various family businesses. Hochul holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
State of New YorkView Bio
President, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
Lisa Nutter is president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a non-profit youth development organization that works in Philadelphia’s public high schools to provide career-based learning, college readiness support, and positive adult networks that motivate young people to graduate and prepare them for the 21st century economy. Her work has focused on approaches that best support young people in their transition to adulthood. She actively advocates for, and her organization implements, instruction that links learning to the real world and promotes youth resiliency.
Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
Chief Administrative Officer, Farmers Group, Inc.
Deborah Aldredge is Chief Administrative Officer for Farmers Group, Inc. based in Los Angeles, California. In this role, she oversees Human Resources, the University of Farmers, Corporate & Social Responsibility, Risk as well as administrative oversight for Internal Audit. Prior to joining Farmers, Aldredge served as the Human Resource Business Partner to the CEO and senior leadership team of Zurich North America Commercial in Schaumburg, Illinois. Aldredge has more than 25 years of experience driving transformational change with Fortune 500 companies through innovative human capital strategies designed to engage employees, delight customers and drive profitable growth. She has successfully championed diversity and inclusion throughout her career while launching the Farmers Women’s Inclusion Network with over 1,800 members and 20 chapters across the US. She is equally passionate about serving others and giving back to the communities through Farmers Insurance focus on Disaster Resilience and Recovery and strategic partnerships with the St. Bernard Project and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Western Board, where she serves on both boards.
Chief Administrative Officer
Farmers Group, Inc.View Bio
Co-Owner and Pastry Chef, Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, April Anderson attended Chadsey High School and afterwards obtained her Bachelors of Science from Spelman College. Later Anderson received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. However, Anderson knew at the early age of 9 that she wanted to be a baker and started making treats for her family on a regular basis. As Anderson’s curiosity grew and she began exploring more sophisticated recipes and started a home based baking business in 2008; this is also when Anderson took her first Wilton’s Cake decorating class. In 2010 she attended Macomb Community College for an associates of pastry arts degree. It was during this time that Anderson knew that she wanted to open a bakery in the Detroit area and discovered D:hive and later became one of the graduates of the February 2013 class.
Co-Owner and Pastry Chef
Good Cakes and Bakes, LLCView Bio
Executive Director, Philanthropy, AT&T
Nicole Anderson, Executive Director of Philanthropy at AT&T and President of the AT&T Foundation, is responsible for the operations and strategy of AT&T’s corporate charitable giving programs, including the AT&T Foundation’s signature program, AT&T Aspire. Under Aspire, AT&T has committed to investing $350 million between 2008-2017 to help students succeed — in school, in the workforce and in life. Anderson has held management positions in various departments at AT&T such as Industry Markets, External and Legislative Affairs, Network Services and Consumer Markets. Before joining AT&T, Anderson was a legislative analyst for a U.S. House Representative, communications director for the University of California Office of Federal Government Relations, and an associate brand manager for the Coca-Cola company’s Minute Maid division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as a trustee for America’s Promise Alliance and on the board of the Dallas Zoological Society.
Executive Director, Philanthropy
Co-founder and CEO, Birchbox
Katia Beauchamp is the Co-founder and CEO of Birchbox, a leading beauty and grooming retailer. Prior to founding Birchbox with her Harvard Business School classmate Hayley Barna, Beauchamp worked in structured finance and commercial real estate for three years . A native Texan, Beauchamp has a master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Headquartered in New York City, Birchbox now has one million subscribers.
Co-founder and CEO
Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Lucas Benitez, a Coalition of Immokalee Workers Co-founder, is a key organizational leader and member of the Fair Food Program worker education team. Benitez played a critical role in the investigation of several slavery cases, helping to free over 700 workers in one case alone. He also works with consumer allies to organize national actions, designed to bring pressure on the large retail purchasers of Florida produce to join the Fair Food Program. For his work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Benitez has been called “one of the most visible farmworker leaders in the US,” by the Los Angeles Times. He has accepted numerous national and international awards on behalf of the CIW, including, the Rolling Stone Magazine Brick Award for “America’s Best Young Community Leader,” the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, and along with two co-workers, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Coalition of Immokalee WorkersView Bio
Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Bernstein’s areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Bernstein is the author and coauthor of numerous books for both popular and academic audiences, including nine editions of “The State of Working America.” His writings appear in various venues, including The New York Times and Washington Post, and he is an on-air commentator for the cable stations CNBC and MSNBC. He hosts jaredbernsteinblog.com. Bernstein’s most recent book is The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity.
Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesView Bio
Mayor, City of Albuquerque
Mayor Richard J. Berry was first sworn into office on December 1st, 2009. Prior to serving as Albuquerque's chief executive officer, he was twice elected to the New Mexico Legislature. Mayor Berry is also an accomplished business entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest United States. He earned his degree in finance and administration at the University of New Mexico. Since his first election in late 2009, Mayor Berry has successfully worked to drop the crime rate in Albuquerque to some of the lowest levels in 20 years and has brought the city to the national forefront for transparency and accountability. He has cut the size of local government while keeping city employees on the job and services to the community intact. He has accomplished this without raising taxes and has consistently worked to provide value for taxpayers. On October 8, 2013, he was reelected for a second term with a historic 68% of the vote.
City of AlbuquerqueView Bio
Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Jim Bildner is the Managing Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm investing in early stage social enterprises that are tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems. Bildner is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. He is a trustee of the Kresge Foundation and chair of its Investment Committee and was the chair of their Social Innovative Capital Committee. Bildner serves on the board of multiple organizations including The Nonprofit Finance Fund, IDEO.org, EducationSuperHighway, Worldreader and SIRUM. In his board service, he serves on the Investment Committees with aggregate endowments in excess of $5.5 billion as well as a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards.
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics
Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration - opening up data, convening on standards and staffing "lean government startups." He is the author of the book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government," focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors. Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. He serves as President of NavHealth, a Hunch portfolio company, and is also a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future and an inaugural Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue.
Co-founder and Executive Vice President
Hunch AnalyticsView Bio
Chief Executive Officer, Sun Valley Institute for Resilience
Aimée Christensen is Chief Executive Officer of Christensen Global Strategies, collaborating with industries, investors, governments and organizations worldwide to develop solutions for a clean global economy. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google where she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives. At the U.S. Department of Energy Aimée negotiated the first U.S. bilateral climate change agreement and the first regional sustainable energy agenda, for the Summit of the Americas (1994). In 2012, she served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's High Level Group on Sustainable Energy For All; in 2010 and 2011, she was the founding program chair of the World Climate Summit, where over 800 business leaders met to share strategies and mobilize solutions to our climate challenge. In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she chairs the Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee and is co-founder of the recently launched Sun Valley Institute for Resilience.
Chief Executive Officer
Sun Valley Institute for ResilienceView Bio
Mayor, City of Greensburg, Kansas
Mayor Bob Dixson is a native Kansan and he has been a resident of Greensburg since 1985. Dixson took office as Mayor of Greensburg in May 2008 and he is leading the way in the process of rebuilding Greensburg following the May 4, 2007 EF5 tornado that destroyed 95 percent of the community. Sustainable building, renewable energy and “green” technologies are the cornerstones of the recovery of Greensburg. Community involvement and public,private partnerships have been essential in the recovery efforts. Mayor Dixson has presented to groups around the world on post-disaster recovery and sustainability.
City of Greensburg, KansasView Bio
Executive Director, Four Bands Community Fund
Tanya Fiddler is the executive director of Four Bands Community Fund, a native community development financial institution (CDFI) focused on financial capability and entrepreneurship development on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation located in north central South Dakota. Fiddler, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has served as the executive director of Four Bands since 2002. In November 2012, she was appointed by President Obama to the community development advisory board at the United States Treasury CDFI Fund. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in interdisciplinary sciences from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Fiddler is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2008 Bureau of Indian Affairs “Entrepreneur Advocate of the Year,” and the 2007 “Visionary Leader Award for Outstanding Achievement” in recognition of her impact in the CDFI field. She received a Fellowship in the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival in 2008.
Four Bands Community FundView Bio
Chief Executive Officer, Learn Fresh
Khalil Fuller is a young social entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change in education. His organization, Learn Fresh, makes math fun for kids and keeps them engaged in school. They have reached over 40,000 students nationwide.Fuller attended Brown University, where he studied education and social innovation, was a member of the varsity rugby team and the captain of the club hockey team. Fuller is an African American national merit scholar, an Echoing Green Black Male Achievement fellow, the youngest Echoing Green fellow in the organization’s 25 year history, and a winner of MassChallenge, the world's largest startup competition. Fuller has been honored by Ebony for "Manifesting Youth Leadership Now", he is on the Under30CEO list for the greater Boston area, The Washington Post's, The Root named Fuller one of the nation's 25 “Young Futurists”, in 2013 he was chosen by Forbes for the 30 under 30 list for social entrepreneurship, and in 2014 he won the Westly Prize.
Chief Executive Officer
Learn FreshView Bio
Senior reporter , Chalkbeat Colorado
Nicholas Garcia is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization that covers education changes in local communities. Garcia reports on schools in and around Denver.
Chalkbeat ColoradoView Bio
Nicole Glaros is a partner at Techstars Ventures which follows the #givefirst mantra. Glaros is also an invester, mom, wife and adventure junkie.
Executive Director, California Reinvestment Coalition
California Reinvestment Coalition
Vice President, External Affairs and Communications, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
Mike Goss, Vice President of External Affairs and Communications at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, is responsible for messaging, media relations, speech writing and executive support; issues management; community and local government relations; and philanthropy and visitor’s centers. Goss also oversees 10 component and assembly manufacturing sites and the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which has responsibility for research and development, design and engineering. Goss guided Toyota’s North American plants in their local and state public relations and also served as a media spokesperson for North American manufacturing operations. Goss was manager of public affairs and general affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana during the facility’s formative years from 1998 through 2002. Previously, Goss was vice president at Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations in Louisville, Kentucky and also worked for The Wenz-Neely Company, a public relations firm in Louisville. Goss has also served as sports editor and then managing editor The Times-Tribune, a daily newspaper in Corbin, Kentucky.
Vice President, External Affairs and Communications
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North AmericaView Bio
Vice President, Research, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Vice President, Research
The Peter G. Peterson FoundationView Bio
Mayor, City & County of Denver
Michael B. Hancock became the 45th Mayor of Denver, Colorado, in July 2011 and immediately began to transform Denver into a more globally competitive city. Mayor Hancock closed a $100 million budget gap, earning Denver a spot as one of the most financially stable big cities in the country. Aggressive job strategies have added more than 27,000 new jobs and 1,500 businesses, and Denver’s unemployment rate has been nearly halved. Focused on ensuring Denver remains a livable city for all, Mayor Hancock is building opportunity neighborhood by neighborhood, providing unprecedented support for children, libraries, parks and transit-oriented development.
City & County of DenverView Bio
Governor , State of Colorado
John Hickenlooper calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for Mayor of Denver in 2003. He spent nearly eight years at City Hall before he became Governor of Colorado in 2011. Hickenlooper and his team at the Colorado State Capitol are working hard to restore faith in good government and leading Colorado out of the nationwide recession.
State of ColoradoView Bio
Founder and Managing Director, Springboard Fund
Kay Koplovitz created the business model for cable program networks by introducing two revenue streams—licensing and advertising. She is the founder of USA Network and the SyFy Channel, and served as Chairperson & CEO until the company was sold for $4.5 Billion in 1988. Among her notable accomplishments includes a nomination as Chairman of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in 1998 by President Clinton. During her term at the Whitehouse, Ms. Koplovitz co-founded Springboard Enterprises, which was launched in 2000 to raise venture capital for women entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Springboard Enterprises has presented over 550 companies that have raised $6.6 billion in new capital, including 11 IPO’s. In 2015, she co-founded the Springboard Fund to invest in Springboard portfolio companies. Ms. Koplovitz is the author of, Bold Women, Big Ideas (2002) and Been There, Run That (2015). She currently serves on the boards of CA Technologies, Time Inc. and Ion Media.
Founder and Managing Director
Springboard FundView Bio
Mayor, City of New Orleans
Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010 with a clear mandate to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in New Orleans. On February 1, 2014, Mayor Landrieu was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term and is continuing to deliver major victories. Under Landrieu, New Orleans became the fastest growing major city in the U.S. and added over 9,100 new jobs. Home values are up, unemployment has remained below the national average and new retail is booming. The Mayor launched “NOLA For Life”, a comprehensive strategy to reduce murders, and in 2013 New Orleans saw the lowest number of murders in nearly 30 years. Landrieu has initiated a blight reduction strategy that has reduced overall blight by 10,000 properties since 2010. He also secured nearly a half billion new dollars from FEMA for critical infrastructure and capital improvements to drive New Orleans’ recovery, including new funds for road and drainage projects, park and playground renovations, and new criminal justice facilities. Prior to serving as Mayor, Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana for six years and as a State legislator for 16 years. Landrieu was educated at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, Catholic University in Washington D.C., and earned a law degree from Loyola University. Throughout his years of public service, Mitch has governed by the philosophy that we are “one team, one fight, one voice, and one city.
City of New OrleansView Bio
Vice President, Enterprise Growth Business Development and Strategy, American Express
Denise Leonhard is the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy within the Enterprise Growth Group at American Express. Denise helped to shape American Express’s strategy around financial inclusion and determine how American Express could offer products to answer the needs of the financially underserved. She believes that technology can empower people with better financial products at lower costs in order to make their financial lives easier and more convenient. In her current role, Denise develops strategies and builds relationships to provide payment capabilities to new partners. Driving change and innovation has been the recurring theme in Denise’s career, and prior to American Express Denise was a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and Marketing Evolution and began her career at the online advertising startup, WhenU.
Vice President, Enterprise Growth Business Development and Strategy
American ExpressView Bio
Mary McBride is president of CoBank, which provides loans and financial services to agribusiness and rural infrastructure industries throughout the United States. With over 100 billion dollars in assets, CoBank is one of the nation's largest providers of credit to the United States rural economy. McBride joined CoBank in 1993. She has held a variety of executive positions during her tenure with the organization, including chief banking officer and chief operating officer. In total, she has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. McBride holds degrees from Wellesley College, the London School of Economics and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Sworn in for a second term in January 2012, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America’s fifth largest city – improving high school graduation and college attainment rates, vowing to strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America. Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Nutter has been committed to public service since his youth in West Philadelphia. He served almost 15 years on the Philadelphia City Council, earning the reputation of a reformer, before his election as Mayor of Philadelphia. In June 2013, Mayor Nutter concluded his year-long tenure as President of the United States Conference of Mayors.
City of PhiladelphiaView Bio
Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-director, Caring Across Generations
Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. Having organized immigrant women workers since 1996, in 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, together with 11 other organizations, DWU helped to launch the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In 2011, she facilitated the launch of Caring Across Generations to address two of the major social issues of our time: chronic unemployment and the need for care for the nation’s expanding aging population. Poo serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging. She is a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of Fortune.com’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.
Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Co-director, Caring Across GenerationsView Bio
President and CEO, Calvert Foundation
Jennifer Pryce brings 20 years of finance and community development work to her role as the President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. With the vision to unlock private capital for good, Calvert Foundation develops initiatives that combine a social issue with the power of impact investing. Two examples are the Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN), focused on empowering women, and Ours To Own, a place-based initiative. Investments in these initiatives are made through Calvert Foundation’s Community Investment Note, the only retail impact investment that enables investors to target a particular cause or place. Prior to Calvert Foundation, Pryce worked with Nonprofit Finance Fund. She has also held positions at Wall Street firms, working at Neuberger & Berman and Morgan Stanley. Pryce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa and also worked at the Public Theater in New York City.
President and CEO
Calvert FoundationView Bio
President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a three and a half billion dollars private, national foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities for vulnerable people in America’s cities. Since 2006, he has expanded Kresge’s grant making and investing tools to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions of urban life across the nation and in Kresge’s hometown of Detroit. In 2013, the foundation made grant and investment commitments totaling nearly 140 million dollars. A 40 year veteran of public policy and philanthropic leadership, Rapson’s experience includes civic administration, private law practice and strategic foundation governance. His work has elevated many public issues including early childhood development, urban revitalization, environmental preservation and arts and cultural support. He is active in his profession and in his community serving as a board member for ArtPlace America, Living Cities, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Downtown Detroit Partnership and M-1 Ra.
President and CEO
The Kresge FoundationView Bio
Mayor , City of Atlanta
Kasim Reed is the current mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, serving his second term. As mayor of Atlanta, he has increased core city services and reduced spending; has hired more than 900 police officers and created the largest force in the city's history; re-opened all of the city's recreation centers; and initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city's $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. He is a former partner at Holland and Knight, member of the Georgia General Assembly for 11 years, including two terms in the House of Representatives, and vice-chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus in the Georgia State Senate. Additionally, Reed is the current chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the US Conference of Mayors, chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and a former general trustee and current member of the board of trustees of Howard University.
City of AtlantaView Bio
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Policy Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution
Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in Economic Studies, policy director of the Center on Children and Families, and editor of the Social Mobility Memos blog. Prior to Brookings, he was director of strategy to the United Kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister. Reeves’s recent publications for Brookings include Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream (2014) and Character and Opportunity (2014). He is also a contributor to The Atlantic, National Affairs, Democracy Journal, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Reeves is the author of John Stuart Mill – Victorian Firebrand, an intellectual biography of the British liberal philosopher and politician. Some of his previous roles include director of Demos, the London-based political think-tank; director of futures at the Work Foundation; and principal policy advisor to the Minister for Welfare Reform. Reeves earned a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Warwick University.
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Policy Director, Center on Children and Families
Brookings InstitutionView Bio
Chief Executive Officer, St. Bernard Project
Zack Rosenburg is the CEO and Co-Founder of St. Bernard Project (SBP), a national leader in disaster resilience and recovery. Rosenburg directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development, and fundraising for the organization, which he co-founded following Hurricane Katrina. Some of the innovative programs at SBP include: Good Work/Good Pay, a construction training program for returned war veterans, under/unemployed local citizens and citizens recently released from jail; Opportunity Housing, an innovative blight eradicating/affordable housing program that turns blighted properties into well-built affordable housing, while also creating well-paying jobs for struggling community members; and Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab, which ensures that at-risk communities understand and mitigate risks before disaster, and that impacted communities recover from disasters in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Before founding SBP, Rosenburg was an E. Barrett Prettyman Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center and ran an indigent criminal defense practice in Washington, DC. Rosenburg has been recognized as New Orleanian of the Year, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Champion of Justice, and has received the Manhattan Institute Social Innovation Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and a distinguished alumnus award from Washington College of Law.
Chief Executive Officer
St. Bernard ProjectView Bio
Executive Director, Generation Next
After serving 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak became executive director of Generation Next in January of 2014. In his current role he aims to make Minneapolis and St. Paul a national leader in innovative, cradle-to-career approaches to youth development, and works to highlight the crisis of our region’s achievement gap and advance effective strategies for ending it. During his tenure as mayor, Rybak led efforts to revitalize north Minneapolis, attack juvenile crime, make Minneapolis a wireless city, end homelessness in 10 years, and significantly reduce the city’s energy consumption to combat global climate change. When he left office Minneapolis has restored its AAA bond rating, had the lowest unemployment in the country and had put 20,000 young people through the Step Up summer jobs program. Rybak also serves as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, a Senior Advisor for Municipal Practice at Living Cities, and is a visiting practitioner at the University of Minnesota. A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the Internet before being elected mayor in his first run for public office.
Co-founder and CEO, General Assembly
Jake Schwartz is Co-founder and CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to fourteen cities and has helped more than 250,000 students create and pursue work they love through educational programming in technology, business and design. Most recently Jake was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year and was featured on Crain's 2015 40 under 40 . He has a BA from Yale and earned an MBA with Honors from The Wharton School.
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Managing Director, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Ralph Smith is Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the managing director of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, an effort to increase rates of third grade reading proficiency for children from low-income families that includes a network of than 160 Campaign communities in 42 states, over 200 local Funders and more than 50 civic and private sector partners. Smith has been active in philanthropy for over two decades, during which he has served on the boards of the Council of Foundations, the Foundation Center, Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. Previously, Smith taught Corporations and Securities Law and Education Law and Policy as a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time he also served as a Cabinet Officer for the School District of Philadelphia (1983-90) and as a senior advisor to Philadelphia’s mayor (1990-94).
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Consultant, Pacific Investment
Gene Sperling was the Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Upon his appointment on January 7, 2011, Mr. Sperling became the first person to serve as NEC Director and principal economic policy advisor for two presidents: first under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, and now under President Obama. In the Obama Administration, Sperling has played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as serving as the White House point person on several of the President’s top priorities including the American Jobs Act, manufacturing policy, housing, GSE reform, skills initiatives and patent reform. During his eight years in the Clinton Administration, Sperling helped negotiate the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, the 1997 Bipartisan Balanced Budget agreement, the increase in the earned-income tax credit and was a key architect of Saving Social Security First, amongst other bills. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Sperling was the founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and Brookings Institute, and a Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress.
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Chairman, President, and CEO, Banc of California, Inc.
Steven Sugarman is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Banc of California, Inc. and its national banking subsidiary, Banc of California N.A. Sugarman also is Chief Executive Officer and Director of COR Securities Holding Inc., the parent company of COR Clearing LLC, a broker dealer and national securities clearing firm. Previously, Sugarman founded or co-founded COR Capital, LLC, GPS Partners LLC, Sugarman Enterprises Inc., and the Law Offices of Steven Sugarman, Inc. Sugarman began his career at McKinsey & Company and Lehman Brothers. Sugarman is a California Real Estate Broker and member of the California State Bar. He is also the co-author of “the Forewarned Investor: Don’t Get Fooled Again by Corporate Fraud.” Sugarman is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Dartmouth College. He resides in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife and three children.
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Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, The Container Store
Under Kip Tindell’s leadership, The Container Store has been lauded for its commitment to its employees and focus on its original concept and inventory mix. Tindell’s approach has been to adhere to the tenets of Conscious Capitalism and the company’s values-based foundation principles™, which center around an employee-first culture, superior customer service and strict merchandising. With his focus on employees first, Tindell has nurtured a fierce loyalty to the company. In fact, that culture has landed The Container Store on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 16 years in a row. Tindell’s book, “Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives,” is about The Container Store’s culture, foundation principles, devotion to Conscious Capitalism, and delves deeper into the retailer’s unique approach to business. Learn more at uncontainable.com.
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Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Laura D. Tyson is a professor and director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She served as dean of London Business School from 2002 to 2006 and as dean of Berkeley-Haas from 1998 to 2001. Tyson was a member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board, a member of President Obama’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness, and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton administration as the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as director of the National Economic Council (1995-1996). She is a member of the board of directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc., and Silver Spring Networks. Tyson is also an economic advisory board member of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation
Professor, Haas School of Business
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Executive Director, Televisa Foundation
Alejandro Villanueva is the Executive Director of Televisa Foundation, a US based 501c3 that aims to propel Latino children and youth through innovative education and culture programs. The foundation is mainly focused on improving educational performance of English Language Learners, empowering migrant youth, and inspiring young Latinos and their families through STEM. Villanueva has also served as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and has also worked at McKinsey & Co. providing strategy consulting to public, private and social organizations around the world. Early in his career Villanueva was elected as city counselor of Mexico City representing several low-income neighborhoods.
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Former Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa is a respected voice in American politics and a prominent policymaker with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. Villaraigosa is known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisan coalitions, drawing support from the broad center of both Democratic and Republican voters. In 2013, Villaraigosa finished his two terms as 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform. Prior to his election as Mayor, Villaraigosa served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Villaraigosa served in the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly. Villaraigosa is currently as a fellow at Harvard University, a professor in public policy at the University of Southern California. He is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and Senior Advisor with Banc of California and Edelman Public Relations, amongst others, and serves on the McGraw Hill Global Education board of directors.
City of Los Angeles
Program Officer, Education, The San Francisco Foundation
Lisa Villarreal, program officer for education, has over 30 years of experience in public education serving as teacher, counselor, and administrator at the local level and director of grants and professional development programs at the county, state, and university levels. Villarreal is also a national consultant on education reform and community school partnerships. Before joining The San Francisco Foundation in 2005, Villarreal was executive director at the CRESS Center (Cooperative Research and Extension Services for Students), The Center for Community School Partnerships and The Healthy Start Field Office, all at the University of California, Davis. She currently serves on the executive board of directors for Grantmakers for Education, is an advisory board member at the Foundation Center and the San Francisco Exploratorium, and chairs the National Coalition for Community Schools steering committee. A first-generation Mexican American, Villarreal holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Education.
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Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack serves as the nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the Department of Agriculture, Vilsack is working to strengthen the agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the innovation of rural America. Vilsack has worked to implement the President's agenda, putting Americans back to work and creating a lasting economy. As chair of White House Rural Council, Vilsack is strengthening services for rural businesses and entrepreneurs. Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate, and as the Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
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President, American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work. Weingarten has launched major efforts to place real education reform high on the nation’s and her union’s agendas. She promotes what she calls “solution-driven unionism”—an approach to collective bargaining and collective action that unites the interests of union members and those they serve in the pursuit of solutions that benefit students, schools and communities. Under Weingarten’s leadership, the AFT continues to grow and expand its voice as a union of professionals.
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President, New Orleans City Council
Jason Williams, born in New Orleans, attended Woodward Academy in College Park, GA and graduated from both Tulane University and Law School. In 2000, Williams opened his own law firm specializing in criminal defense. In his practice, Williams also worked pro-bono to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project of New Orleans. Only three years after opening his practice, Williams was appointed as an ad hoc judge by the Louisiana Supreme Court. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, and made several appearances as a legal analyst on various media outlets. He continues to work as lead counsel at Jason Rogers Williams & Associates and was elected as a New Orleans City Council Member At-Large in March 2014. He is currently President of the council, and chair of the Council Utilities Committee.
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Walter B. Wriston Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Scott Winship, the Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has written extensively on the topic of living standards and economic mobility. Previously a fellow at the Brookings Institution, his areas of expertise include living standards and economic mobility, inequality, and insecurity. Earlier in his career, Winship was the research manager of the Economic Mobility Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and a senior policy advisor at Third Way. Winship writes a column for Forbes.com and his research has been published in City Journal, National Affairs, National Review, The Wilson Quarterly, and Breakthrough Journal, among others. He has also testified before Congress on the issues of poverty and inequality. Winship received a B.A. in sociology and urban studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in social policy from Harvard University.
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Founder and CEO, Venture for America
Andrew Yang is the founder and CEO of Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging American cities. His prior experience includes president and CEO of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an internet company and an executive at a health care software start-up. He has appeared on CNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, TIME, Techcrunch, the Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets. Yang was named a Champion of Change by the White House for his work with Venture for America and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He graduated from Brown University and holds a law degree from Colombia University. Yang’s first book, “Smart People Should Build Things,” was published by Harper Business in early 2014.
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Chief Executive Officer, First Book
Kyle Zimmer is President, CEO, and co-founder of First Book. In 1992, while a corporate attorney, Kyle volunteered at a D.C. soup kitchen, where she learned that the kids she worked with had no books. Realizing that books are scarce for millions of kids in need, she and two friends set out to build a market-driven solution. First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, provides access to affordable and relevant new books and educational resources for kids in need ages 0 – 18. More than 20 years and 125 million brand-new books later, First Book’s win-win approach is unifying the voice and purchasing power of educators, creating a new market for publishers, and fueling learning and promoting educational equity for millions of children. Kyle is a passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship, and the importance of literacy to further economic competitiveness and global understanding. Her commitment to innovation to address social needs has earned her a reputation as a social sector leader
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Mayor, City of Hoboken, NJ
Dawn Zimmer became the first woman to serve as mayor of the City of Hoboken in 2009. Mayor Zimmer led Hoboken through several major crises, including Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and has developed a comprehensive resiliency and readiness plan to protect the city from flooding, power outages, and other impacts of climate change. Zimmer has been an outspoken advocate for changing federal and state regulations related to flood insurance, reconstruction funding, and building standards in order to meet the unique challenges and characteristics of urban communities. Mayor Zimmer is a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
City of Hoboken, NJ