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Stronger Together.

Fund for the Republic and Americans for Campaign Reform have joined forces to become Issue One. Together, the new organization will work to fix the biggest issue affecting democracy today—money in politics. In the last few decades, money has gained overwhelming influence over our political system. For Americans of all political stripes who want to rebalance our democracy, it’s time to double down. will be your gateway into the money-in-politics world. We will be your everyday resource for the work being done, the solutions and the opportunities to invest and engage around the country. Check back soon for our new robust website. For more information about Issue One, contact us at or 202-299-0265.

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The time is NOW.

Issue One is committed to creating the all-American force big enough to win the fight to take back control of our democracy. This is a problem we can fix.

Issue One Our Strategy

Issue One brings new resources, strategic vision and bipartisan leadership to the fight and identifies and fills strategic gaps in the movement.

For decades, money has ruled our political system. Wealthy special interests use their power to influence elected officials and public policy to further their own agendas. Meanwhile, everyday people pay the price in higher prescription drug prices, rigged markets, lagging educational standards and paralyzing national debt.

Fortunately, this is a problem we can fix. There are strong policy solutions and growing support for reforming our broken system. Outside the beltway, the American public is united behind the idea of fixing our democracy. People are committed to reducing the influence of money in politics like never before—and we believe this energy can finally turn the tide in the fight to rebalance our democracy.

That’s why in 2014, two of the foremost groups in the money-in-politics reform sector, Americans for Campaign Reform and Fund for the Republic, joined forces to become Issue One. Americans for Campaign Reform spent the last decade building a powerful bipartisan community focused on campaign finance reform. Launched just two years ago, Fund for the Republic has helped create a bold vision for change while also investing our grantmaking dollars in both immediate fights and long-term strategies.

Issue One is dedicated to creating a force big enough to win the fight for substantive money-in-politics reform. Our role is two-pronged: we bring new resources, strategic vision and bipartisan leadership to the fight and we identify and fill strategic gaps in the movement. Specifically, we do this through:

  • Strategic leadership. Issue One will ensure a sustained and regularly-refreshed sector-wide strategy is in place to guide Issue One’s and others’ reform efforts.
  • Leader and donor organizing. Bringing together business executives, former elected officials, cultural opinion-shapers, top national nonprofit leaders and donors, Issue One will unite untapped voices, leadership, influence and financial resources to drive substantive money-in-politics reform.
  • Catalytic grantmaking. We’ll invest in the right programs and organizations to drive maximum impact for the entire reform community.

By building our ranks together, we can make a real difference. We hope you’ll join us in investing in our future.

Issue One Staff and Board

Our team is dedicated to fighting for real solutions to the problem of money in politics. From CEOs to former elected officials, from cultural opinion-shapers to nonprofit leaders, Issue One is creating a bipartisan force big enough to fix our democracy.


Nick Penniman
Executive Director

Barbara Lawton
Director of External Affairs

David Simpson
Managing Director

Nick Penniman

Executive Director

Nick_Penniman Executive Director

Nick is the former executive director of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, which he founded with Arianna Huffington in 2009. Staffed by a newsroom of veteran journalists from mainstream newspapers and magazines, the team focused most of its energy on uncovering stories behind the financial crises that precipitated the Great Recession. The Investigative Fund was favorably profiled in media publications like the American Journalism Review and the Columbia Journalism Review and later merged with the Center for Public Integrity, the largest nonprofit investigative reporting group in the nation’s capital.

Prior to that, Nick launched the American News Project, an experiment in online video muckraking, and served as the Washington director of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, a foundation headed by broadcaster Bill Moyers. He has also been publisher of The Washington Monthly magazine, where he oversaw a redesign of the magazine; the executive editor of, where he editorially focused the operation on shaping elite opinion about public-interest issues; the associate editor of the American Prospect, where he wrote extensively about the nonprofit sector and government reform; editor of the Lincoln Journal, a weekly newspaper; and associate editor at the Missouri Historical Society. In the late 1990s he ran a national grassroots group called the Alliance for Democracy, which focused on the role of money in politics and of large corporations in economic globalization.

He has served on multiple nonprofit boards and advisory boards, including the Homeless Empowerment Project, which publishes Spare Change News, and the Roosevelt Institute. He has appeared regularly on MSNBC and blogs frequently on the Huffington Post. His most recent essay about money in politics was published by the journal Democracy.

Barbara Lawton

Director of External Affairs

Barbara Lawton Chief of External Affairs

Barbara Lawton was the first woman to be elected Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, serving two terms from 2003 to 2011.

Barbara made public funding of elections a central issue in her campaigns, and was spokesperson for Wisconsin’s Citizen’s Panel for a Clean Election Option, led by Chief Justice Nate Heffernan. While in office, Barbara led the National Lieutenant Governors Association to strong, bipartisan support for a bold environmental agenda and established the organization’s international portfolio. In Wisconsin, she led a number of highly regarded bipartisan initiatives. Her economic development initiative Wisconsin Women = Prosperity received international recognition. Her Green Economy Agenda connected local networks of diverse leaders with national experts. Her Task Force on the Arts and Creativity in Education paved the way to Wisconsin’s leadership in the U.S. Creativity Network.

An editorial in the Madison, Wisconsin Capital Times in 2006 called Barbara “the boldest and most active lieutenant governor in state history.”

Barbara graduated from Lawrence University summa cum laude. She earned a masters degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Lawrence University and an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Arts and Design. She has also served on the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Public Diplomacy Collaborative. Barbara and her husband Cal have two children, Amanda and Joseph, and four grandchildren.

Before joining Issue One, Barbara served as President and CEO at Americans for Campaign Reform (ACR). She was an original member of ACR’s Advisory Board. Barbara also serves on the Advisory Board to the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service; on the American Association of Colleges and Universities National Leadership Council; and on the Advisory Board to Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet.

David Simpson

Managing Director

David_Simpson Managing Director

David brings over twenty years of leadership in both the business and nonprofit sectors to Issue One. He has a proven track record in start-ups, strategic planning, communications, management and event production.

Before joining Issue One, David worked as a consultant with Fletcher Group, Inc. His clients included The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Futures without Violence, and The Atlantic Council of the United States. As national operations director for Dancing Classrooms, an arts education nonprofit, David was responsible for all elements of managing and growing an international network of over thirty sites. Before moving to Washington D.C. in 2009, David was the founder and executive director of Commonwealth Center for Change (C3), a nonprofit in Northampton, MA. While at C3, David developed a wide array of strategic partnerships to strengthen the arts community.

In 1991, David and his brother founded the Haymarket Café, the iconic Northampton, MA restaurant. By combining unrivaled customer service, solid business sense and a commitment to the local community, David developed the Haymarket Café into the successful, enduring business that it remains today.

David Gomez
Development Coordinator

Amelia Leonardi
Director of Finance
and Administration

Christine Mahler
External Affairs Manager

David Gomez

Development Coordinator

Dave Gomez Development Coordinator

David recently joined Issue One as a development coordinator, where he provides support for all elements of the fundraising program.

Previously, David worked for the National Association of Broadcasters as an executive assistant to the senior vice president, where he played a vital role in organizing conferences and fundraisers across the country. In 2012, David launched Social Stretch, a full service social media management company that helps small business owners tap into social media and grow their businesses through thoughtful digital engagement with their customers. David recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in political science and rhetoric.

Amelia Leonardi

Director of Finance and Administration

Amelia Leonardi Director of Finance Administration

Amelia Leonardi oversees administration and financial management activities for the organization. Amelia has over 8 years of operational and financial management experience with almost half of those years spent working in the non-profit, money-in-politics sector.




Christine Mahler

External Affairs Manager

Christine Mahler External Affairs Manager

Christine comes to Issue One from the Atlantic Council, where she managed the board of directors and membership programs, focusing on development, relationship management, communications, and governance issues. While there, she led the effort to reestablish the Council’s individual membership program, including program evaluation, strategic planning, and execution, which resulted in a 150% increase in membership. In addition, she was an instrumental part of their small external relations team, leading efforts in fundraising, government relations, communications, and events.

Christine is a native of Montana and holds a masters degree in international affairs from the George Washington University. She conducted her undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University, graduating with high honors with degrees in German and communication studies.

Christina Martin
Operations Coordinator

Robin Powers
Director of Development

Laurie Roberts
Programs and Communications Associate

Christina Martin

Operations Coordinator

Christina Martin Operations Coordinator

Christina comes to Issue One from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) where she served as development associate. Prior to joining CREW, Christina coordinated programs for a global issues focused student leadership organization. She has previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights and interned with Tanenbaum, Vital Voices and Women for Women International. Christina holds a MSc in Global Affairs from New York University and a BA in Political Science from Hofstra University. She has also studied at Richmond, The American International University in London.

Robin Powers

Director of Development

Robin Powers Director of Development

Robin Powers has a decade of experience in nonprofit advocacy, development, project management and strategic communications. She previously served as the deputy director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). During her eight years at CREW, she oversaw numerous research reports featured by major media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and ABC News. Robin first joined CREW in 2006 as a research associate. As a program associate for Alliance for Justice, she coordinated workshops and tracked legislation affecting the ability of the nonprofit community to engage in the public policy process. Robin also worked for Vital Voices Global Partnership and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. In 2012, she was a fellow with the New Leaders Council, a leading training program focused on developing the next generation of political entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Robin is a graduate of the University of Iowa and attended the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France.

Laurie Roberts

Programs and Communications Associate

Laurie Roberts Programs Communications Associate

Laurie recently graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in political science. There, she conducted original quantitative research on the 2012 Senate race, and co-founded the Massachusetts Political Review, the only non-partisan academic journal for the state’s largest public university. In 2012, she was named a Roosevelt Institute Summer Fellow, and interned for the Democracy Alliance, assisting in their mission to advance lasting progressive change. Her work on youth voting rights was recognized as one of the Roosevelt Institute’s “Big Ideas of 2012″ in their Government By and For Millennial America publication. Prior to this, Laurie served as an intern in the White House, where she managed the daily operations and logistics of the White House Office; she was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing new systems management tools that are still in use today. She has joined Issue One to help reduce the corrupting influence of money in the U.S. political system, and enact sensible reforms to restore democracy to the American people.

Deidre Swesnik
Director of Programs
and Communications

Gerad Teague
Development Research Manager

Deidre Swesnik

Director of Programs and Communications

Deidre Swesnik Director Programs Communications

Deidre Swesnik leads Issue One’s grantmaking and other programmatic initiatives and is responsible for the organization’s external communications.

Prior to joining Issue One, Deidre was the director of public policy and communications at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). She represented the interests of NFHA and its members before Congress and federal agencies, and coordinated efforts with advocacy and industry groups on housing and civil rights. She joined NFHA in 2003 as both its public policy program director and new groups project coordinator. As new groups project coordinator, she was responsible for the creation of a new full-service fair housing center in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Prior to NFHA, Deidre was a policy associate with Rapoza Associates, a public interest lobbying and government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where she focused on housing and community development as well as rural housing and water issues. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, where she managed several micro-enterprise and water projects in collaboration with local entrepreneurs and women’s associations. Deidre earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.

Gerad Teague

Development Research Manager

Gerad Teague Development Research Manager

Gerad Teague joined Issue One in 2014 as development research manager, where he is responsible for donor relations, event management, database administration and prospect research as part of the development team. Prior to joining Issue One, Gerad was a research director at a Washington, D.C.-based political fundraising firm, where he supported major donor fundraising efforts through ad hoc research, list management and database maintenance.

Gerad’s political background also includes participation on President Obama’s primary and general election campaigns. As an intern and later a field organizer, he worked across five states before returning to his native New Hampshire for the general election. Gerad graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in print journalism and political science from the University of Miami, and expects to receive a master of science in public policy and administration from the University of London in October 2014.


John Rauh
Chair Emeritus and Senior Advisor

Larry Lessig

Trevor Potter

John Rauh

John Rauh is one of the country’s leading voices on election reform. Former Senator Bob Kerrey has said, “No one understands the ins and outs of public funding better than John. When John speaks people should listen.” In 2003, John founded Americans for Campaign Reform to advance the cause of voluntary public funding of congressional and presidential elections, recruiting former senators Bill Bradley, Bob Kerrey and Alan Simpson to the cause. He has spoken extensively on behalf of campaign finance reform in public, the press, and on Capitol Hill. John joined Clopay Corporation in 1961, serving as its chief executive officer from 1975 to 1985. John served as president of Cincinnati, Ohio’s independent political party, the Charter Committee, from 1969 to 1975. In 1992, John was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. He has served as a board member of Common Cause and has been active on the boards of numerous civic and educational organizations, including chairing the board of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire. John received his AB and MBA degrees from Harvard University, and was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. John and his wife Mary reside in New Castle, NH.

Larry Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Larry was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.

He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Larry serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation.

He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Larry holds Bachelors Degrees in economics and management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in philosophy from Cambridge, and a Juris Doctor from Yale.

Trevor Potter is the founding President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit which helped successfully defend the McCain-Feingold law in the lower and Supreme Courts. He is one of the country’s best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers, and a former Commissioner (1991-1995) and Chairman (1994) of the Federal Election Commission.

Trevor has been described by the American Bar Association Journal as “hands-down one of the top lawyers in the country on the delicate intersection of politics, law and money”.  Trevor has been listed as one of Washington’s Best Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine and was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine in 2008.

He served as General Counsel to the John McCain 2008 campaign (while on leave of absence from the Legal Center) and also held that position with the McCain 2000 campaign. He has testified before Congress on federal election proposals and campaign finance regulation, and has taught campaign finance law at the University of Virginia School of Law and Oxford University. He is Co-Chair of the Election Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section. Trevor is also a member in Caplin & Drysdale’s Washington, D.C. office, where he leads the firm’s Political Activity Law Practice.


Whitney Hatch, Chair

Whitney currently serves as director of program initiatives at The John Merck Fund. Whitney worked from 1998 until 2011 at the Trust for Public Land, most recently for two years as director of Southern New England and director of corporate relations. During the prior 10 years Whitney served as regional director to the six-state New England region.

Before joining TPL, Whitney served for fifteen years at GTE Corporation in various capacities. For most of his GTE career he served as vice president of regulatory affairs. Governor Deval Patrick has reappointed Whitney to a second, seven-year term on the Stewardship Committee of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which he chairs. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and on the Boards of The Trust for Public Land, the Conservation Law Foundation, the John Merck Fund and the Merck Family Fund. Whitney was a founding board member of the School for Field Studies, and has served as chairman of the American Rivers and Management Assistance Group Board.

Julie Kohler, Secretary

Julie is the executive vice president of the Democracy Alliance. She has over a decade of experience in philanthropy, with deep expertise in civic engagement, state infrastructure, policy and advocacy, and social innovation grant-making. Prior to joining the Alliance, Julie served as director of education and civic engagement at Public Interest Projects, where she managed four funding collaboratives designed to promote stronger participatory democracy and more equitable public schools. She also directed the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s National Venture Fund, which invested $13 million annually in civic engagement and social venture projects, and taught at the University of Maryland. Julie holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota.

J.B. Lyon, Treasurer

J.B. manages Mount Independence Investments, a family office primarily focused on investing growth capital in private businesses servicing the elderly population and several categories in real estate. J.B. helped to create and manage two private equity firms: ZBI Ventures, and Vision Media Investors, which focused investments in energy and media, respectively. Prior to this, he was vice president of business development for Staples, Inc. and vice president of operations for Staples Business Delivery unit. During his eight year tenure at Staples, J.B. led the launch of the site, for which he wrote the business plan, led the development of the site, and served in marketing and operations positions. Prior to joining Staples, J.B. co-founded and managed Uncle Dave’s Kitchen, a nationally distributed, all-natural pasta sauce and condiment packaged foods company. Earlier, he spearheaded the use of satellite technology in the 1988 presidential election. J.B. also served as assistant to the president of New World Entertainment, the production company that produced The Wonder Years.  During high school, J.B. led his first entrepreneurial venture when he created a company with his father that became the first licensee of Pac-Man paraphernalia. J.B. received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

J.B. lives in Lexington, MA with his wife Kimberly Syman and three children.

Bill Burgess

Bill Burgess has worked closely with emerging growth technology companies as an investor and adviser throughout his career.  Since 2004, he has been a Managing General Partner at ABS Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Bill advised technology companies for two decades in matters of corporate finance and M&A primarily at Alex. Brown & Sons and subsequently at Deutsche Bank where he held a number of management positions including Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Finance, Group Head of Global Technology Investment Banking, and Managing Partner of DB Venture Partners.  He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bill has deep experience on boards of public and private corporations as well as educational, cultural and environmental organizations. In addition to Issue One, he currently serves as Board President of St. Mark’s School, Trustee of Dartmouth College, The Geisel School of Medicine, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and The New England Aquarium (Immediate Past Chair)

Bill is married to Barbara Burgess and they have five children.

David Jeffrey

Now retired, David Jeffrey was for thirty years the chairman of David Jeffrey Associates, which provides quality training programs for a wide range of international financial institutions as well as in-depth financial analyses for corporations. He founded David Jeffrey Associates in 1979, after leaving Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, where he was a vice president.  David was a director of the investment firm, The Jeffrey Company, of Columbus, Ohio for seventeen years. He is emeritus trustee and former chair of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit educational organization, New Jersey SEEDS. David has been on the boards of trustees of various non-profit organizations, including Americans for Campaign Reform, the Dwight-Englewood School, the Bede School and the Englewood Community Foundation. He holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Ruth Hennig

Ruth is the executive director of The John Merck Fund, which she joined as the foundation’s first staff member in 1988, the year that climate change began to get sustained media attention. In addition to management responsibilities, she functions as the director of the Environment Program. Prior to joining the foundation, Ruth was on the Conservation Law Foundation’s senior staff. Ruth chairs the board of SmartPower, which is attempting to build markets for clean energy across the country, and was a founding advisory committee member of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. She was instrumental in creating both organizations.

Arnold Hiatt

Arnold is chairman of The A.M. Fund. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of The Stride Rite Corporation. Arnold has served on the boards of the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Harvard University, Northeastern University, The John Merck Fund and the Dreyfus Corporation.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a member of the Board of Regents for Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He co-founded and served as chairman of Business for Social Responsibility, a global advocate for good environmental practices, family friendly workplaces, transparency and international codes of conduct that set standards for labor practices in developing countries. Arnold holds a B.A. degree in history and literature from Harvard University.

Mike Peabody

Mike is the president of Peabody Corporation, a Washington, D.C. real estate development corporation he established in 1975. In 1995, Mike established Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) that serves as the principal advocate for the public charter school movement in the District of Columbia. FOCUS helped pass the D.C. Educational Reform Act in 1996, which set up the D.C. Public Charter School program. He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1969-1973) where he pioneered the development of the Housing Allowance Program. He served from 1962-1968 as the Secretary of the Mayor’s Committee of Minority Housing for the Boston Renewal Authority and as the civil rights advisor to the Governor of Massachusetts. During that time he ran for Congress as a Republican, losing in a close race. Mike graduated from Harvard College in 1950 and from Harvard Business School in 1952.

Elisabeth Reynolds

Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds is executive director of the Industrial Performance Center (IPC) at MIT and works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on the pathways that U.S. entrepreneurial firms take to grow to scale, as well as advanced manufacturing.

Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D. in urban studies and planning, Elisabeth was director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, an organization founded by Professor Michael Porter to create job and business growth in urban areas. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.

Vin Ryan

Vincent is the president, chief executive officer and chairman of Schooner Capital LLC. He co-founded the firm in 1971. Prior to November 1995, Mr. Ryan served as the chairman of Iron Mountain Incorporated’s board. He is also a founder at National Hydro and Arch Mobile Communications. Mr. Ryan has been one of Iron Mountain Incorporated’s directors since before 1990. He is a former director of Continental Cablevision, where Mr. Ryan invested and served on the board.

Ian Simmons

Ian initiates projects that improve democracy and is an impact investor. Ian is president of Foundation for Civic Leadership, a nonprofit that incubates public service projects. Ian was the silent partner in co-founding and seed-funding ActBlue, which makes it easier for citizens to create political change. Together with his wife, Liesel, he founded the Blue Haven Initiative to accelerate the social impact of their investing. Ian graduated with honors from Harvard College in 2000.

Advisory Board


Bill Bradley

U.S. Senator (D-NJ; 1979-1997); Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC; Olympian; NBA Hall of Famer; Best-Selling Author

Bob Kerrey

U.S. Senator (D-NE; 1989-2001); Governor, Nebraska (1983-1987); President, The New School (2001-2010); Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC

Alan Simpson

U.S. Senator (R-WY: 1979-1997); Senate Whip (1985-1995); Chairperson, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (2010)


Bruce Babbitt

Secretary of the Interior (1993-2001); Governor, Arizona (1978-1987); President, Raintree Ventures

Nancy Kassebaum Baker

U.S. Senator (R-KS; 1978-1997); Advisory Board Member, Partnership for a Secure America

Max Bazerman

Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Renowned author

Julie Belaga

Chief Operating Officer, Export-Import Bank (1994-1999); State Representative, Connecticut House (1977-1987)

John Bonifaz

Co-founder, Free Speech for People; Founder, National Voting Rights Institute; 1999 MacArthur Fellow

Bill Brock

U.S. Senator (R-TN; 1971-1977), U.S. Congressman (R-TN; 1963-1971); U.S. Secretary of Labor (1985-1987); U.S. Trade Representative (1981-1985); Chair, Republican National Committee (1977-1981)

Frank Carlucci

Chair Emeritus, The Carlyle Group; U.S. Secretary of Defense (1987-1989); National Security Advisor (1986-1987); U.S. Ambassador to Portugal (1974-1978)

Hodding Carter, III

University Professor of Leadership & Public Policy, University of North Carolina; President & CEO, Knight Foundation (1998-2005)

Michael Castle

U.S. Congressman (R-DE; 1993-2011); Governor, Delaware (1985-1992); Partner, DLA Piper

Donald Clifford, Jr

Chairman, The Wild Center; Honorary Trustee, American Museum of Natural History; Partner, McKinsey & Co. (-1984)

Wesley Clark

U.S. Army General (Ret.); NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1997-2000); CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates

William Cohen

U.S. Senator (R-ME; 1979-1997); U.S. Congressman (R-ME; 1973-1979); U.S. Secretary of Defense (1997-2001); Chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group

John Degnan

Chairman, New Jersey Port Authority; Former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, The Chubb Corporation (1990-2010); Attorney General, New Jersey (1978-1981)

William Donaldson

Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (2003-2005); Founding Dean, Yale School of Management; Former Chairman and CEO, New York Stock Exchange; Founder, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

T.J. Dermot Dunphy

Chair, Kildare Enterprises, LLC; former CEO, Sealed Air Corporation

Peter Edelman

Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, Georgetown University

Lewis Feldstein

Co-chair, The Saguaro Seminar, Harvard Kennedy School; President, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (1986-2010)

Harold Ford, Jr.

U.S. Congressman (D-TN; 1997-2007); Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Douglas I. Foy

Founder and CEO, Serrafix; Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth Development (1997-2002); President (1977-2002) and Trustee, Conservation Law Foundation

Charles Fried

Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; U.S. Solicitor General (1985-1989)

Dan Glickman

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1995-2001); U.S. Congressman (D-KS; 1977-1995); Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Vice President and Executive Director, Congressional Program, The Aspen Institute

Anthony Grassi

Chair, The Nature Conservancy (1995-2006); retired Managing Director, CS First Boston

Wade Henderson

President, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Chair’s Award and the District of Columbia Bar’s William J. Brennan Award

Jack Herney

Consultant, R&D International Educational Consultants; Retired Dean of Faculty, Phillips Exeter Academy

Carla Hills

U.S. Trade Representative (1989-1993); U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1975-1977); Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman and CEO, Hills & Company

Roderick Hills

Partner, Hills Stern & Morley LLP; Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (1975-1977)

Gary Hirshberg

Co-Founder and Chairman, Stonyfield Farm

Phil Hoff

Governor, Vermont (1963-1969); Founder, Hoff Curtis Attorneys at Law

Jeffrey Hollender

CEO and Founder, Hollender Sustainable Brands; Co-Founder, Seventh Generation Inc.; Co-Founder, American Sustainable Business Council

Amory Houghton

U.S. Congressman R-NY; (1987-2005); former CEO and Chairman, Corning Glass

Bill Hudnut, III

Mayor, Indianapolis, IN (1976-1992); U.S. Congressman (R-IN; 1973-1975); Mayor, Chevy Chase, MD (2010-2012); Senior Fellow Emeritus, The Urban Land Institute

Ed Kangas

Non-Executive Chairman, Tenet Healthcare; Global Chairman & CEO, Deloitte & Touche (1989-1994)

Stephen Kay

Senior Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Chair (2001-2007) and Trustee, Brandeis University

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Madeleine Kunin

Governor, Vermont (1985-1991); Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont; U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland (1996-1999)

Alonzo McDonald

Chairman and CEO, Avenir Group; Former CEO, McKinsey & Company; Founder and Chairman, McDonald Agape Foundation

Mark McKinnon

Co-Founder, No Labels; Strategic Advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain, Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong and Bono; Senior Advisor, Hill + Knowlton

Walter Mondale

Vice President of the United States (1977-1981); U.S. Senator (D-MN; 1964-1976); Attorney General, Minnesota (1960-1964); U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1993-1996)

Steven Olikara

Co-founder and President, Millennial Action Project; Washington, D.C.’s 2014 “Millennial of the Year”

Trevor Potter

Commissioner (1991-1995) and Chairman (1994), Federal Election Commission; Founding President and General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center; Member, Caplin & Drysdale

Arthur Rock

Venture Capitalist; Founder, Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Harvard University; Founder, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University

Dan Rose

Chairman, Rose Associates

George Rupp

President, Columbia University (1993-2002); President, International Rescue Committee (2002-2013); President, Rice University (1985-1993)

Kevin P. Ryan

Chairman and CEO, AlleyCorp.; Founder and Chairman, Gilt Group; Chairman, The Business Insider; former CEO, DoubleClick

Ron Shaich

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Panera Bread; Co-Founder, Au Bon Pain Company

Alan Solomont

Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University; U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra (2009-2013)

James Gustave Speth

Professor, Vermont Law School; Founder and Trustee Emeritus, World Resources Institute

Paul Volcker

Chairman, Volcker Alliance; Chairman, President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011); Chairman, Federal Reserve (1979-1987)

David M. Walker

U.S. Comptroller General (1998-2008); President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation (2008-2010); Founder, Comeback America Initiative

Christine Todd Whitman

Governor, New Jersey (1994-2001); Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (2001-2003); President, Whitman Strategy Group

Roger Wilkins

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist; Civil Rights Leader; Retired Professor of History, George Mason University

Tim Wirth

U.S. Senator (D-CO; 1987-1993); U.S. Congressman (D-CO; 1975-1987)

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