2014 Participants

Stephanie Banchero

Senior Program Officer, Education
The Joyce Foundation

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Rich Barton

Co-founder and Executive Chairman
Zillow Inc.

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Rich Barton is an entrepreneur and investor with a knack for disrupting industries. He is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zillow, Inc., a real estate marketplace he co-founded in 2005 that went public in 2011 (NASDAQ: Z). Prior to Zillow, Barton founded Expedia inside Microsoft in 1994 at the age of 26, pioneering a new model that gave consumers more control over their travel. He built the original Expedia team, then spun out the company in a successful IPO in 1999, serving as President, CEO, and Director through the company’s acquisition by IAC Corp in 2003. He co-founded Zillow with many of his former Expedia compatriots with the goal to bring the same level of transparency to real estate that they brought to travel a decade earlier. Today, Zillow has expanded beyond its trademark Zestimate® to become the largest real estate site on mobile and the Web, attracting nearly 81.5 million unique users per month. In 2007, Barton co-founded Glassdoor, a jobs and career community that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent, and serves as Non-executive Chairman. He is also Co-founder of Trover, a mobile app helping people find and share their “discoveries” around the world. He is an active angel investor, a venture partner at Benchmark, and serves on the boards of Nextdoor, Netflix, RealSelf, Avvo, and the nonprofit YearUp. In 2014, he was named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering: industrial economics from Stanford University, and lives in Seattle with his wife, Sarah, and three kids.

Willow Bay

Special Correspondent
Bloomberg TV

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Willow Bay, a seasoned television journalist and author, is a Special Correspondent for Bloomberg Television. Bay also serves as Director of the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of California. Based in Los Angeles, Bay has reported from numerous special events for Bloomberg TV, including the Milken Institute Global Conference and the TED conference. She is the host of “Women to Watch,” Bloomberg TV’s primetime series that profiles the next generation of women leaders in various industries. She regularly interviews top business and thought leaders including Pepsi Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, Economist Nouriel Roubini, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and former Vice President Al Gore.

Meagan Campion

STEM Education Initiatives
Lockheed Martin

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Christopher Chatmon

Executive Director
Office of African American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District

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Chris Chatmon serves as the Executive Director for Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)’s Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA). In this role, he is leading a campaign to ensure the best education possible by improving the educational outcomes for African American male students from preschool through 12th grade. Chatmon’s groundbreaking work with AAMA has gained notoriety on both a local and national level. Under his leadership, AAMA earned the attention of the White House as a blue print for the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative in action. He participates in several national networks focused on education of black males and regularly contributes to the national conversations about a Full Service Community Schools approach, collective impact Cradle to Career, Racial Equity and Restorative Justice in School Discipline, and social and emotional learning through OUSD’s partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The work of AAMA has been covered in national newspapers and featured on national and local public television.

Raj Chetty

Bloomberg Professor of Economics
Harvard University

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Raj Chetty is the Bloomberg Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Chetty’s research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. His current research focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding? Chetty was recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given by the American Economic Association to the best American economist under age 40. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2003 at the age of 23 and is one of the youngest tenured professors in the university’s history.

Audrey Choi

Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Sustainable Investing
Morgan Stanley

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Audrey Choi is Chief Executive Officer of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Head of the Global Sustainable Finance Group. In these roles, she oversees the Firm’s efforts to promote economic opportunity, community development, and global sustainability through the capital markets. In a career spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Choi has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address public policy challenges. She served in the Clinton Administration in senior policy positions, including as Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisers and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President. Previously, Choi was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal, covering German reunification and a wide range of industry beats. She serves on President Obama’s Community Development Advisory Board and the boards of several national nonprofits focused on education, conservation, and impact investing.

Gail Christopher

Vice President for Program Strategy
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Dr. Gail Christopher is Vice President for Program Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She leads the Food, Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity, Community & Civic Engagement, and Leadership programming. Christopher is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in the issues related to social determinants of health, health inequities, and public policy issues of concern to our nation’s future. Her distinguished career and contributions to public service were honored in 1996 when she was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2011 she was awarded the “Change Agent Award” by the Schott Foundation for Public Education and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for her innovation and leadership in the field of maternal and child health. She is President of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York

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Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. secretary of state from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening, and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as first lady and senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for president, Clinton won 18 million votes.

President Bill Clinton

Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

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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.

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair
Clinton Foundation

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Chelsea Clinton works with her parents, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation. She is also a special correspondent for NBC News and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford. Clinton previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. She serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is also co-chair of the board of directors for the Of Many Institute at New York University. Clinton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Philosophy from Oxford, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. She and her husband, Marc, currently live in New York City.

Carlos Contreras

U.S. Education Director
Intel Corporation

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Carlos Contreras is the U.S. Education Director at Intel Corporation. Trained as an engineer, Contreras began his career as process engineer for Procter & Gamble paper products, where he made Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet paper for the West Coast. Following his work at Procter & Gamble, he went to graduate school at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. This led to work in finance. After working for 10 years in finance at Intel Corporation, he moved to Intel’s Corporate Affairs as a regional education manager. In this capacity, Contreras worked hands-on with others to create and implement programs that improved access to math, science, and technology education. As U.S. education manager for Intel, Contreras develops the Intel U.S. education strategy, working with others to drive education policy change at the national level. He oversees Intel’s education programs in the United States, which include grants to encourage excellence in math, science, and engineering in K–12, as well as higher education and use of technology in the classroom. He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s in Business from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. Contreras is married with two boys, is a proud owner of a 1966 mustang convertible, and enjoys making furniture in his spare time.

Charles D. Davidson

Chairman and CEO
Noble Energy, Inc.

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Charles D. “Chuck” Davidson is Noble Energy’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Noble Energy is a member of the S&P 500 and is one of the nation’s leading independent energy companies which has been engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas since 1932. Noble Energy’s operations include significant producing assets in the United States as well as in offshore West Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, in addition to numerous new venture areas. Before joining Noble Energy, Davidson was Chairman, President ,and Chief Executive of Vastar Resources, Inc., a publicly owned subsidiary of ARCO, which merged with BP in 2000. In total, he has over 40 years of energy industry experience. Davidson has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Texas in Dallas and has been recognized by both universities as a distinguished alumnus. He is a member in numerous professional and industry trade organizations as well as being involved with several Houston community organizations.

Rashid Ferrod Davis

Founding Principal, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)
New York City Department of Education

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Rashid Ferrod Davis—the Founding Principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)—has more than 18 years of experience working in the New York City Department of Education. P-TECH is a new grades 9-14 model that combines high school, two years of college, and industry experience. The collaborators are the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, the New York City College of Technology, and IBM. Davis is a graduate of Morehouse College with advanced degrees from Pace University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and Fordham University.

Ann M. Drake

Chairman and CEO
DSC Logistics

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Ann Drake is Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics, a leading supply chain management company. Under her guidance, DSC Logistics has become a leader in transforming logistics and supply chain management into a critical business strategy based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking, and high-performance operations. Drake is Vice Chair of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and a member of the board of the Supply Chain Innovative Network of Chicago (SINC), a council launched by Mayor Emanuel’s World Business Chicago Economic Growth Plan. She is the founder of AWESOME, Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education. Drake is also active in other women’s leadership organizations, including The Committee of 200, The International Women’s Forum, and The Chicago Network. Drake was the first woman to receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Distinguished Service Award (2012), is the recipient of the Alumni Merit Award (2012) from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and was named “Industry Leader of the Year” by IIT (2009). Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Iowa and her Master of Business Administration is from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Carly Fiorina

Chairman and CEO, Carly Fiorina Enterprises
Chairman, Good360

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Gregg Fleisher

Chief Academic Officer
National Math and Science Initiative

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Grace Covington Fricks

Founder and CEO
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. (ACE)

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Grace Covington Fricks founded the nonprofit small business lending organization, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. (ACE), in 2000, and was recently named by the Georgia Small Business Administration as the Financial Services Champion of the Year for 2014. Named as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine 2014, Fricks currently co-chairs the National MicroCredit Task Force Working Group on Ensuring Inclusion of Low-Wealth Communities. Fricks serves on the Board of Directors of Appalachian Community Capital; the Advisory Board for Enterprise to Empower (En2Em), a Georgia Institute of Technology student-led organization; University of North Georgia’s BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership; and Invest Atlanta’s New Market Tax Credit Committee. Fricks, a small business owner for more than 15 years and a former board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Atlanta chapter, knows first-hand the challenges faced by women business owners. This led to the development of WISE- Women Investing in Successful Entrepreneurs.

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Vice President, National Workforce Development
National Urban League

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In September 2011, Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez joined the National Urban League (NUL) to serve as the Vice President of National Workforce Development. Friedman-Gonzalez oversees over $25 million dollars in federal and private grants and her portfolio includes a senior job training program, an adult re-integration ex-offender program, an urban college bound program, and several urban youth empowerment programs focused on transitioning at-risk and adjudicated youth into meaningful career pathways and educational gateways. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor appointed Friedman-Gonzalez to serve on its Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships. Prior to joining NUL, Friedman-Gonzalez served as the Vice President of Community Based-Programs at Seedco. During her tenure at Seedco, Friedman-Gonzalez initiated and implemented several large scale and specialized workforce contracts- including Welfare to Work, Career Pathways, Wage Subsidy, Green Jobs, and Fatherhood programs to name a few. She was part of the original roll-out and implementation team of the nation’s first conditional cash transfer program and has been involved in several international learning networks focused on financial incentives. Prior to joining Seedco, Friedman-Gonzalez worked in Mexico City as a consultant for the UNFPA. Friedman-Gonzalez received her Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College. She has over 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and over 10 years of experience running Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment programs.

David Gregory

Moderator, “Meet the Press”
NBC News

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David Gregory is the moderator of “Meet the Press,” America’s longest running television program. Since taking the helm in December 2008, the program has maintained its tradition as must-see television for politics and public policy, setting the agenda and asking the tough questions of elected officials and candidates on such issues as the economy, budget, and foreign and political campaigns. Gregory has ushered in a new digital era for “Meet the Press,” expanding its reach via the program’s #TweetThePress interview series, its Flipboard magazine, and through social networking sites. Gregory is among the most followed news figures on Twitter. Since joining NBC News in 1995, Gregory has served as a correspondent based in Chicago and Los Angeles covering the OJ Simpson trials and the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. He first came to Washington in 1998 to cover the Clinton impeachment story for MSNBC and went on to serve as NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent for eight years during the Presidency of George W. Bush. Gregory has covered four presidential campaigns and reported extensively on the aftermath of 9-11, including the run up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from both Washington and around the world.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

City and County of Denver

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Michael Hancock became Denver’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately began to transform Denver into a globally competitive and connected city. The Mayor has developed strategic short- and long-term business plans to support and grow Denver’s diverse, intelligent, and forward-leaning businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy, bio-technology, telecommunications, aerospace, and healthcare. Through this work, Denver’s economy is at the forefront of American cities, offering one of the strongest job and housing markets in the U.S. The Mayor also believes there is nothing more important than helping every young person in every neighborhood compete and succeed in the 21st Century economy. He is aligning all City departments with nonprofits, businesses, and educational organizations to better prepare all children for every stage of life. Mayor Hancock has also brought meaningful reform to the Denver Police Department by establishing new leadership that has reorganized the department to get highly trained officers out of the office and back onto the streets. These steps together strengthen Denver’s unparalleled quality of life.

Burnie Hibbard

Fountain-Fort Carson High School

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Burnie Hibbard has served as the Principal at Fountain-Fort Carson High School since July 2010. His past educational experience includes over 30 years working in Arizona as a math teacher, coach, and administrator. He was highly successful at every level. While serving as a math teacher, he prepared students for academic success with many students graduating from prestigious universities. As a coach, his teams won over 400 victories including four state championships and a dozen regional championships. While serving as a principal, he opened an excelling high school, the first high school in the district. As an assistant superintendent, he had oversight on construction of two elementary schools and a middle school, and on the renovation/expansion of the high school, district office complex, transportation center, and maintenance facility. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The King’s College, a master’s degree in mathematics from Northern Arizona University, and administrative credentials from Northern Arizona University.

John Hickenlooper

Governor of the State of Colorado

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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.

Hattie Hill

President and CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF)

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Hattie Hill is an international leadership development expert, business owner, best-selling author, and globally renowned thought leader. Over her more than 30 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Hattie Hill Enterprises, Inc, her organization provided leadership development for thousands of senior leaders at numerous Fortune 500 companies and major organizations throughout North America and 51 countries, including such foodservice companies as McDonald’s, Frito-Lay, Aramark, and Compass. At WFF, she has provided business strategy and oversight related to risk assessment, revenue, and operations, as well as spearheaded the creation and implementation of WFF’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Hill focuses on advancing pathways to leadership for women in the food service industry, which is the second largest private employer after the government. She speaks regularly on matters concerning human relations in Corporate America.

Jacqueline Hinman

President and CEO

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Jacqueline Hinman serves as President and CEO of CH2M HILL. She has 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, and has held key management, operations, and technical roles in the fields of sport, transport, buildings, environmental cleanup, water/wastewater, utilities, and industrial facilities. Prior to this role, Hinman served as President of CH2M HILL’s International Division, which represented US$2.5 billion revenue and 12,000 employees. Hinman serves on CH2M HILL’s Board of Directors and the Catalyst Board of Directors, and is an active member of the World Economic Forum. Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, CH2M HILL is a Fortune 500 company and a global leader in full-service engineering, construction, procurement, program management, and operations for public and private clients. With more than US$6 billion revenue and 30,000 employees worldwide, CH2M HILL delivers innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions in areas of water, transportation, environment, energy, and infrastructure.

Sara Horowitz

Founder and Executive Director
Freelancers Union

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Sara Horowitz is the Founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union—and CEO of the social-purpose Freelancers Insurance Company (FIC)—and has been helping workers solve their problems for nearly two decades. A MacArthur Foundation “Genius” fellow, Horowitz has long been a leading voice for the emerging economy, early on recognizing the vital role independent workers would play in our networked, interconnected world. Today, 42 million Americans are “independent workers”—about one-third of the entire workforce. With a membership of more than 170,000 nationwide, Freelancers Union is building a new form of unionism through creative, cooperative, market-based solutions to pressing social problems.

Tony Hsieh

Chief Executive Officer
Zappos.com, Inc.

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In 1999, at age 24, Tony Hsieh sold LinkExchange—the company he co-founded—to Microsoft for $265 million. He joined Zappos in 1999 as an investor, and became CEO in 2000. Zappos grew from almost no sales to over $1 Billion in annual gross merchandise. In 2009, Amazon acquired Zappos for an estimated $1.2 billion. Hsieh’s book, “Delivering Happiness,” released in 2010, shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. He is also leading the “Downtown Project,” a group committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.

Sly James

City of Kansas City, Missouri

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Mayor Sly James was elected on March 22, 2011 and sworn in on May 1, 2011. Mayor James focuses his efforts to further strengthen Kansas City in four areas: Education, Employment, Efficiency, and Enforcement. Mayor James’ own educational pursuits laid the foundation for his commitment to ensure all Kansas City students, regardless of their socio-economic background, have equal opportunities to attend high quality schools. Mayor James has worked to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile by highlighting the myriad of cultural and human capital resources in the city. At the state level, he has been a voice for commonsense gun control laws, economic development tools, and education reform. Nationally, he is a member of Black Mayors for Education Reform, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an Urban Land Institute Fellow, and was elected in June 2013 to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Bill Ritter Jr.

Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Former Governor, State of Colorado

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Bill Ritter, Jr. is the Founder and Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University, which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, three senior policy advisors, an executive assistant, and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision-makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st Governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is a member of the board of the directors of the Energy Foundation and a Senior Fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver’s District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. The Ritters have four children: August, Abe, Sam, and Tally.

Denise M. Juneau

Montana Superintendent
Office of Public Instruction

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Denise M. Juneau began her second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 7, 2013. Under her tenure, test scores are up and dropout rates are down. Her initiative, Graduation Matters Montana, has schools and communities working together to implement locally-developed plans to keep more students in school. Additionally, the state has raised standards in English and Math and is providing more opportunity for students to access higher education. Juneau is the first American Indian woman to serve in a statewide elected office. She graduated from Browning High School in Browning, Montana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Montana State University; her Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana.

Tiffany Lewin

Systems and Hardware Analyst
New York Presbyterian Hospital

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Tiffany Lewin is a certified computer technician and currently works at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Working with computers started as a hobby for Lewin, until she realized that she should turn her hobby into a career. After some extensive online research, she found Per Scholas Institute for Technology and became a student. Lewin received her CompTIA A+ certification in November of 2011, and is currently studying for her CompTIA Net+. She hopes that more programs like Per Scholas will become readily available for everyone, everywhere.

Andrea Luecke

President and Executive Director
The Solar Foundation

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Andrea Luecke is the President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation and is responsible for developing and implementing high-level research and national educational initiatives that promote solar market transformation. She is the lead on the Foundation’s highly acclaimed National Solar Jobs Census report series, serves as Vice-chair of the ANSI-IREC Clean Energy Workforce Accreditation Committee, serves as Co-chair of the National Solar Schools Consortium, and is an advisor to the Women in Solar group. As a subject matter expert, Luecke frequently presents on practical “best practice” approaches and has provided consultation to numerous organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to joining the Foundation, she ran the City of Milwaukee’s multimillion dollar U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities program, Milwaukee Shines, where she was tasked with developing and implementing policies and programs aimed at increasing solar energy capacity within the City.

David Miller

President and CEO
The Denver Foundation

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David Miller has been the President and CEO of The Denver Foundation since 1996. The Denver Foundation is the oldest and largest community foundation in the Rocky Mountain region. Under Miller’s leadership, the assets of The Denver Foundation have grown from $50 million to more than $680 million. Miller is a native of Denver and a fifth generation Denverite. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. Since then, he has worked in all three sectors: public, private, and nonprofit. He spent ten years in Colorado state and local government, serving as Executive Director of the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting and as Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Federico Peña. After that and before coming to The Denver Foundation, he was a principal in Greenberg, Baron, Simon & Miller—a strategic communications consulting firm.

Monty Moran

Co-Chief Executive Officer
Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Monty Moran was named Co-Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle in January 2009, after serving as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since March 2005. In this role, he is involved in strategy development and operational oversight for all facets of the business, and has been the primary driver of a people culture that rivals the company’s unique food culture. Prior to joining Chipotle, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Denver-based law firm Messner & Reeves, where he also served as General Counsel to Chipotle and other companies, and as head of the firm’s litigation group. Moran began his career as an associate with the Los Angeles law firm Morris, Polich & Purdy, where he practiced until 1996. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1988, he learned some basics about the legal business while working in the insurance industry until 1990, at which time he applied to Pepperdine Law School. He graduated cum laude in 1993. Moran now lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he spends his free time with his wife Kathy (Pepperdine Law class of 1992) and their three children.

Eduardo J. Padron

Miami Dade College

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Eduardo Padrón, Ph.D. is the President of Miami Dade College, a national model of student achievement and the largest institution of higher education in America. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the United States; in 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year;" and in 2011, The Washington Post recognized him as one of the eight most influential college presidents nationwide. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Corporation’s Centennial Academic Leadership Award, the National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service, and the Hesburgh Award—the highest honor in U.S. higher education. He is also an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Six American presidents have selected him to serve on posts of national prominence. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business-Higher Education Forum, the League for Innovation, the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the White House Fellows Selection Panel, and the International Association of University Presidents. He is a past chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Alex Pandel

Founder and COO
Civic Insight

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Alex Pandel is a user experience designer, community organizer, and civic entrepreneur. She co-founded Civic Insight, an online platform that visualizes government property data to help city staff, citizens, and local organizations collaborate more effectively to shape the future of the built environment in their city. Civic Insight evolved out of her 2012 Code for America fellowship, where she and her team partnered with the City of New Orleans to improve collaboration between citizens and City Hall around issues of vacancy and blight.

Bob Perciasepe

Deputy Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Deputy Administrator, Bob Perciasepe continues a career spanning nearly four decades as one of the nation’s leading environmental and public policy figures. An expert on environmental stewardship, advocacy, public policy, and national resource and organizational management, Perciasepe is widely respected within both the environmental and U.S. business communities. His extensive experience includes service both inside and outside of government. He served as a top EPA official in the administration of President Bill Clinton, who appointed him, first, to serve as the nation’s top water official and later as the senior official responsible for air quality across the U.S. Prior to being named to his current position, he was Chief Operating Officer at the National Audubon Society, one of the world’s leading environmental organizations. He has also held top positions within state and municipal government, including as Secretary of the Environment for the State of Maryland and as a senior official for the City of Baltimore. Perciasepe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources from Cornell University and a master’s degree in planning and public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He and his wife have two adult daughters.

Michael A. Peterson

President and COO
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

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Michael is the President and COO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a non-partisan organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future. Michael oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction, guiding policy for its major initiatives, key partnerships, and long-term objectives. Michael is also CEO of Peterson Management, LLC, and co-founder of GPX Enterprises, LP, a private investment firm. Michael has conducted research for the Committee for Economic Development and the Institute for International Economics, and is a founding member of CGI Lead, a global group of accomplished young leaders selected by President Clinton. Michael is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has established his own foundation, which focuses on several philanthropic areas. In recognition of his significant business achievements at a young age, Michael received the “40 Under 40” award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Benjamin de la Peña

Director, Community and National Strategy
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Benjamin de la Peña serves as the Director of Community and National Strategy at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He works on the Foundation’s grantmaking to support the success of their communities through investments that attract, retain, and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that build places that accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. He has written and spoken extensively on issues related to the development of cities and has published op-eds and commentaries on urban issues for Atlantic Cities, Next City, and TED City 2.0. He supported the initiation of groundbreaking meetings on the nexus of new media and urban policy, such as the Open Cities Conference, and technology and urban management, such as CityCamp and TransportationCamp. De la Peña earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Kim Polese


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Kim Polese is Chairman of ClearStreet, a financial wellness company that helps people build assets and achieve long-term financial health. Polese has a deep track record of technology innovation. She began her career in artificial intelligence, helping Fortune 100 companies use expert systems, and later moved into product management at Sun Microsystems where she led the launch of Java in 1995. She then co-founded software pioneer Marimba, serving as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman and leading the company through IPO and a successful acquisition by BMC. Polese advises numerous early-stage companies and serves on several boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, TechNet, the Public Policy Institute of California, the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, and the Long Now Foundation. In 2011 she was named to President Obama’s Innovation Advisory Board. Polese received a bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University. An Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Polese is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including Information Week’s “Top Technology Executives,” The National Center for Women and Information Technology Innovator Award, and Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans."

Penny Pritzker

U.S. Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce

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Penny Pritzker was sworn in as the 38th Secretary of Commerce by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013. She is a civic and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate, hospitality, senior living, and financial services industries. Pritzker served as Chief Executive Officer of PSP Capital Partners, and has previously developed such diverse companies as Vi (formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt), a leader in luxury living for older adults; The Parking Spot, a large U.S. network of off-site airport parking facilities; and Pritzker Realty Group. President Obama appointed Pritzker to the President’s Council for Jobs and Competitiveness, which formerly advised the administration on economic growth and job creation. Pritzker previously served on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She has also served on the boards of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group, and LaSalle Bank Corporation. She is past Executive Chairman of TransUnion, a global financial services information company. Much of Pritzker’s civic work focuses on public education. She served as Advisory Board Chairman of Skills for America’s Future, The Aspen Institute. Skills for America’s Future is a national initiative that brings together businesses, community colleges, and others to prepare workers for 21st century jobs. In 2012, she helped launch Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, the first city model of Skills for America’s Future. Pritzker is past chair of the Chicago Public Education Fund, the first venture philanthropy to raise private equity to invest in public schools, and a former member of the Chicago Board of Education. In 2012, Pritzker received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, an honor given to individuals who have served with distinction in public life and have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views. Pritzker earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration degrees from Stanford University. She and her husband Dr. Bryan Traubert have two children.

Rip Rapson

President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation

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Rip Rapson—attorney and expert in urban policy—is President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a $3 billion national, private foundation based in metropolitan Detroit. Rapson came to Kresge in 2006 and led the philanthropy in a multiyear transition to expand and recalibrate its grantmaking. Strategically focused programs emerged: arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit—Kresge’s hometown. Each seeks to expand opportunities in America’s cities so that vulnerable people can lead self-determined lives and join the economic mainstream. Rapson put into practice the use of multiple funding methods, including operating support, project support, and program-related investments. Program-related investments, such as loans and loan guarantees, allow Kresge to use its capital in ways that extend beyond traditional grantmaking. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $144 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, Kresge’s Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $16 million in 2013.

Kasim Reed

City of Atlanta

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Kasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta; taking office for a second term in January, 2014. Mayor Reed has increased core city services and reduced the City’s spending during the worst recession in 80 years. He has created the largest police force in the city’s history, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people, and improved fire-rescue response times. Under his leadership, the city has had four years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $138 million. Mayor Reed previously served 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly and is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm. He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees, and an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Joanne Rodriguez

Director, Sustainable and Strategic Initiatives
Tremco, Inc.

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Joanne Rodriguez has over two decades of experience working within the building products and construction communities, with an emphasis on sustainable building impacts. She has worked with architects and engineers across the country in the development of specifications and drawings that are constructible and meet the highest technical standards. In addition to being certified LEED AP through the USGBC, she is a former member of the Construction Specifications Institute Strategic Planning Task Team, past President of Chicago CSI, and one of the original American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) members in Chicago. Rodriguez’ focus is on high performance building solutions that incorporate Environmental Protection Agency Green Infrastructure principles, as well as the guidelines established by ASHRAE 90.1 and 189.1 and the positive impacts of continuous air sealing on total building performance. By combining those principles with P3, PACE, and self-funding financial solutions, she is building the business case for reinvesting in the building envelope. Keeping buildings healthy and water tight are the best investments financially as well as for the environment. Construction accounts for 39 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States; Rodriguez believes we have a responsibility to cut that impact and effect change by reinvesting in our existing buildings.

Karen Ross

California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Karen Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on January 12, 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was Chief of Staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Before her time at the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary Ross served more than thirteen years as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), based in Sacramento. During that same period she served as the Executive Director of Winegrape Growers of America, a coalition of state winegrower organizations, and as Executive Director of the California Wine Grape Growers Foundation, which sponsors scholarships for the children of vineyard employees. Among Secretary Ross’ many achievements at CAWG was the creation of the nationally-recognized Sustainable Winegrowing Program, which assists wine grape growers in maintaining the long-term viability of agricultural lands and encourages them to provide leadership in protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and enhancing their local communities.

Robert E. Rubin

Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Robert E. Rubin served as our nation’s 70th Secretary of the Treasury from January 10, 1995 until July 2, 1999. He joined the Clinton Administration in 1993, serving in the White House as the first Director of the National Economic Council. In June 2007, Rubin was named Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Chairman of the Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development support organization. He serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees at the Mount Sinai Health System and is also a member of the Harvard Corporation. In 2010, Rubin joined Centerview Partners as counselor of the firm. He began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in 1966, serving as Co-Senior Partner and Co-Chairman from 1990 to 1992. From 1999 to 2009, he served as a member of the Board of Directors at Citigroup and as a senior advisor to the company. In 2006, Rubin was one of the founders of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Rubin is the author of “In An Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington,” which was a New York Times bestseller as well as being named one of Business Week’s ten best business books of the year. Rubin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1960 with an bachelor’s degree in economics. He received a L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1964 and attended the London School of Economics. He has received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and other universities.

Cynthia Board Schmeiser

Chief, Assessment
College Board

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Cynthia Board Schmeiser is Chief of Assessment at the College Board. In this role she is responsible for the design and development of College Board’s assessment programs. She is also responsible for the implementation of these programs and the empirical research that undergirds College Board’s solution. Before joining the College Board, Dr. Schmeiser served as an education consultant to a number of educational organizations, focusing on such issues as educational standards; assessment system design, implementation, and impact; ethics in testing; and educational policy. In 2011 after 37 years at ACT, she retired as President and COO of ACT’s Education Division. In this role, she was responsible for leading and coordinating the research, development, marketing, sales, and client support of all assessment instruments associated with ACT’s educational programs. Dr. Schmeiser has served as President of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) and, among other roles in that organization, served as chair of the NCME committee that developed the NCME Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement. She has served on the editorial boards for numerous publications and has published on such topics as: standard setting, ethics in testing, educational policy, test development, classroom assessment, and large-scale assessment. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in 2013 from that institution.

Jamie Sears

Director, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Programs
UBS America

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Jamie Sears is Director and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Programs at UBS Americas. She oversees the firm’s flagship philanthropic partnerships and programs focused on entrepreneurship and education, Elevating Entrepreneurs, and UBS NextGen Leaders. She also manages the group’s overall strategy and operations. Prior to this, Sears held a variety of roles at Goldman Sachs including serving on the launch team for 10,000 Women, as a Program Officer for the domestic education portfolio, and creating and managing the engagement strategy for 10,000 Small Businesses. Her previous experience includes launching and managing the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, a $10M fellowship-based program at NYU. Her early experience at Teach For America influenced her passion for social impact, educational equity, and philanthropy. She worked on the corps member selection and the national development teams during a time of significant growth in the organization. Sears received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University, and an Master of Public Administration from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.

Jim Shelton

Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Education

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Jim Shelton is the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, he oversees a broad range of management, policy, and program functions. Previously, he served as head of the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the Department, managing a portfolio that included most of the Department’s competitive programs, such as the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Promise Neighborhoods, and others focused on teacher and leader quality, school choice, and learning technology. Earlier in his career as Program Director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shelton managed portfolios ranging from $2 to $3 billion in nonprofit investments targeting increased high school and college graduation rates. Shelton has also been the East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund, and co-founded LearnNow, a school management company that later was acquired by Edison Schools. After four years in Atlanta with McKinsey & Company advising CEOs and other executives on issues related to strategy, business development, and organizational design and effectiveness, he left as a Senior Manager to join Knowledge Universe, Inc. There he launched, acquired, and operated education-related businesses.

Eric Spiegel

President and CEO
Siemens Corporation

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Eric Spiegel is the President and CEO of Siemens USA and is responsible for growing the U.S. business into the company’s largest market. With $19.2 billion in revenue, $6 billion in exports, and approximately 53,000 employees in the U.S., Siemens provides solutions for more affordable and efficient healthcare, the growing demands of cities and the nation’s infrastructure needs, cleaner sources of energy production, and industrial productivity. Siemens has over 130 manufacturing sites across the U.S. and is represented in all 50 states. Spiegel, 56, joined Siemens in January 2010 after 25 years of global consulting experience with complex organizations in the oil and gas, power, chemicals, water, industrial, and automotive fields. Prior to joining Siemens, Spiegel was at Booz Allen Hamilton. A graduate of Harvard University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Spiegel is the Chairman of Ford’s Theatre Society Board in Washington, D.C. and a member of The Board of Overseers at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is also Vice Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee at the Business Roundtable, a member of the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee.

Phillip L. Swagel

University of Maryland

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Phillip L. Swagel is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and a non-resident scholar at the Milken Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. Professor Swagel was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department from December 2006 to January 2009, and was previously on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Swagel received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Laura D. Tyson

Professor, Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley

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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 2002-2006 and as Dean of Berkeley-Haas from 1998-2001. 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. She is an economic advisory board member of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.

Bruce Valdez

Executive Director
Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund

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Bruce Valdez is a veteran and served in the United States Army from 1981 to 1985. He began his career in the energy industry with Arco Oil and Gas in 1988. In 1994, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe started its own oil and gas company, Red Willow Production Company. Valdez worked with Robert Santistevan and Robert Zahradnik to form and manage Red Willow’s Operations Department. Valdez was the Vice President of Operations until he was appointed Executive Director of the Growth Fund by the Southern Ute Tribal Council on February 28, 2005. He continues to hold this position. Valdez is also the Chairman of the Southern Ute Growth Fund Management Committee and serves as the Alternate Tribal Representative for the Council Energy Resource Tribes (CERT). He also sits on the National Petroleum Committee, the Red Cedar Gathering Management Committee, and the Southern Ute Information Technology Steering Committee.

Darren Walker

Ford Foundation

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Darren Walker is the 10th president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropy in the United States. For more than two decades Walker has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, starting with a local community and economic development initiative in Harlem, then shifting to global work on an array of social justice issues, including human rights, urban development, and free expression. His career in the social sector followed a decade in international law and finance.

Matt Wallaert

Behavioral Scientist
Bing, Microsoft Corporation

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Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist working at the intersection of technology and human behavior. After several years in academia and two successful startups, he joined Microsoft, where he works primarily on how the Bing search engine can be used to help people live happier, healthier lives. Notable projects include Bing in the Classroom, which promotes digital literacy in K-12 schools, and GetRaised, which has helped underpaid women ask for and earn millions of dollars in salary increases.

Richard Wolffe

Executive Editor

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Richard Wolffe is Vice-President and Executive Editor of msnbc.com, leading MSNBC’s growth across all digital platforms. An MSNBC political analyst since 2005, Wolffe is a best-selling author and journalist, who covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine. He previously covered business regulation, foreign policy, and U.S. politics for the Financial Times.

Josh Wright

Executive Director

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Josh Wright is an Executive Director at ideas42, with a focus on financial services, economic mobility, healthcare, and strategy for the firm. Wright has extensive experience in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors; industry experience in financial services, media and entertainment, housing, and youth development; and functional expertise in business strategy, new business development, and new venture creation. Immediately prior to joining ideas42, Wright headed up the Office of Financial Education and Financial Access at the United States Department of the Treasury. Previously, he held positions at the Center for Community Change, Booz Allen and Hamilton’s Commercial Management Consulting business, and was a Senior Executive at Bertelsmann’s Random House, Inc. In addition, he served for two terms as an elected City Councilmember for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management, with concentrations in business strategy and finance.

Connie Yowell

Director of Education
The MacArthur Foundation

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Connie Yowell oversees a $150 million program on Digital Media and Learning, one of the first philanthropic efforts in the country to systematically explore the impact of digital media on young people and its implications on the future of learning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Yowell was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, publishing scholarly work that examined the complex interplay among young people’s emerging identity, their social context, and their achievement. Her research integrated the fields of adolescent psychological development and organization change to address the problem of high school dropout among immigrant students in the United States. Yowell briefly served as Policy Analyst in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, and has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop and implement literacy curricula for Latino youth, and as evaluator and program coordinator for youth development programs in New York City. Yowell received the Distinguished Fellows Award from the William T. Grant Foundation, an award to support scholars seeking to bridge research and practice, under which she worked with the National Writing Project to develop approaches that integrate web 2.0 technologies into the social practices of teachers. Yowell earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale, and her PhD from Stanford University.

Yifan Zhang

Co-founder and CEO
Pact, Inc.

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She has been featured on Entrepreneur Magazine, CNBC, and Kiplinger’s, and was previously named “Boston’s Most Impressive New CEO” by The Boston Globe. Zhang graduated magna cum laude in economics from Harvard University, and was part of the Techstars class of 2012.

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