Our Board & Advisers
Whitney Hatch, Chair
Fmr. Regional Director for New England, Trust for Public Land; Fmr. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, GTE Corporation
If you go back to the simple language of our founding documents, ‘one person, one vote,’ and ‘the consent of the governed,’ we are so far from that today. We need to get back to those core principles, and the only way to get at it is to try to build something much bigger and inclusive than has ever been built before, something that has the wherewithal to stick. That is Issue One’s aim.”
Larry Birenbaum, Treasurer
Fmr. Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Ethernet Access Group, Cisco Systems; Fmr. Vice President of Engineering, Grand Junction Networks; Fmr. Vice President, 3Com Corporation
Lessening the distortionary effects of money in our political system will foster sound, evidence-based policymaking, the current dearth of which undermines everything. Issue One’s focus on bipartisanship makes this organization stand out. These are exciting times.”
Elisabeth Reynolds, Secretary
Executive Director, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Fmr. Director of City Advisory Practice, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Issue One is making significant headway building the bipartisan consensus necessary to change the system. As my professional focus is on building a stronger, more competitive U.S. economy, I know there is no greater challenge facing our country than the issue of money in politics. Every time I make a gift, I know I am making a vitally important investment in our nation’s future.”
General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
The influence of money in politics and government is undermining faith in our democracy. Issue One understands that there is no silver bullet for the problem, and that different political climates call for different strategies. This agility allows Issue One to move constantly in the direction of success.”
Executive Director, The People; Founder and fmr. Executive Director, Voters Not Politicians
We need to change the narrative we often times hear: ‘we are too divided and too polarized to work together.’ To do that means bringing folks together and allowing them to realize there are things we can all agree on. Positive change can come directly from the people, and voters across the political spectrum can reform the system, instead of settling for the status quo.”
Founder and President, Beechwood Property Holdings; Fmr. Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Throughout my business and legal career, I’ve seen firsthand the way that money amplifies political speech and influence to the point where it drowns out every other form of debate and every other interest; the marketplace of ideas is being overwhelmed and obliterated by the idea of the marketplace. Issue One’s mission is my passion, to restore our democracy so that our society works for the benefit of everyone.”
Member of Congress, 1977-1995 (D-KS); U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1995-2001; Fmr. Director, Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Fmr. Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America; Executive Director, Aspen Institute Congressional Program; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Member, ReFormers Caucus
Today, successful politicians are judged and rewarded more for how well they raise money than for how intelligent, dedicated or effective they are as legislators. It is time for this culture to change.”
Member of Congress, 2010-2016 (R-NY); Member, ReFormers Caucus
Congress must tackle dark money in a way that protects voters’ right to a transparent electoral process while also safeguarding their sacred First Amendment right to free speech. The challenges facing our country are far greater than any one party can tackle alone, and it will take ideas from both to effect lasting change.”
Fmr. Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts; Fmr. President, Babson College; Senior Advisor, Romney for President; Founding Member, Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PJRA); Member, Council on Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum expert network; Fmr. Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Center for Public Leadership.
Co-director, Rebuild Congress Initiative; Managing Director, Mount Independence Investments; Fmr. Managing Director, ZBI Ventures; Fmr. General Partner, Vision Media Investors; Fmr. Vice President for Business Development and Staples.com Operations, Staples, Inc.
We founded Issue One with the goal of bringing together all Americans, regardless of party affiliation, to solve the greatest threat to the United States — the self-destruction of our democracy. Representative government has nearly disappeared, but I am confident that we can restore our democracy so that it is truly of, by and for the American people.”
Mayor of Charlotte, NC, 1987-1991; Member of Congress, 1995-2013 (R-NC); Fmr. CEO, Myrick Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations; Consultant; Member, ReFormers Caucus
It is time make people and their issues matter more than campaign donations or partisan party politics. If you’re not prepared to spend at least five hours a day raising money, soliciting people you do and don’t know, then elected office is not for you. It is the uncomfortable reality that steals precious hours out of your schedule and is time better spent with constituents, studying legislation, or building relationships with fellow lawmakers.”
Founder and President, Millennial Action Project
Fixing our democracy is the calling of our time. We must create better incentives for honest governing, consensus-building, and younger, more diverse leaders to run for office—but the current money in politics system disincentivizes all three. Issue One is answering the call to action with an extraordinary cross-partisan focus to change how money influences our political system.”
President, Peabody Corporation; Founder, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)
Campaign costs are out of control. Candidates are forced to reach outside of their districts to special interests, and spend more than half their time doing so. Thus entrapped, they can no longer represent their voters. This has undermined our democracy and has become, for me, Issue One.”
Member of Congress, 1983-1995 (R-PA); Governor, 1995-2001 (R-PA); Secretary of Homeland Security; Founder and Chairman of Ridge Global; Member, ReFormers Caucus;
We elect leaders to place country above party, address the most critical issues plaguing the nation and prevent future crisis from taking root. But Washington needs to face the facts: The political system itself is broken.
President, CEO and Chairman, Schooner Capital LLC; Fmr. Board Chairman, Iron Mountain; Co-founder, National Hydro and Arch Mobile Communications
The major reason I’m really interested in campaign finance reform is my grandson. I would love for him, and our nation’s future generations, to grow up in a democracy — and not in a country where every interest is funded by a lobbying firm. If we don’t protect their future, we’re going to be in serious trouble.”
President, Foundation for Civic Leadership; Co-founder, ActBlue
The issue of money in politics, the greatest challenge of our time, requires all hands on deck. Issue One is recruiting the new allies we need to move practical solutions from ideas to reality. We are building a broad coalition to implement real, lasting change.”
Issue One is proud to have 100% donor participation from our Board.
Issue One recruits nationally-renowned individuals from across the political spectrum to its bipartisan Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is co-chaired by Senators Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and Alan Simpson (R-WY), and is home to American leaders from the worlds of politics, business, philanthropy and entertainment. Members know from their experience the price we all pay for a dysfunctional democracy and pledge to raise their voices, recruit their peers and activate their networks to advocate for solutions we can implement now in order to fix our broken political system. Through the Advisory Board, reformers have access to prominent individuals from all over the country who can lend their names, voices and expertise to the fight for significant victories.
Senator (D-NJ 1979-1997); Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC; Olympian; NBA Hall of Famer; Best-Selling Author
Senator (R-WY 1979-1997); Senate Republican Whip (1985-1995); Chairperson, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (2010)
Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Renowned author
Chief Operating Officer, Export-Import Bank (1994-1999); State Representative, Connecticut House (1977-1987)
U.S. Army General (Ret.); NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1997-2000); CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates
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
President of the Harvard Business School Club of New York; Chairman and former CEO of Kildare Enterprises, LLC
Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; U.S. Solicitor General (1985-1989)
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
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
U.S. Trade Representative (1989-1993); Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1975-1977); Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman and CEO, Hills & Company
CEO and Founder, Hollender Sustainable Brands; Co-Founder, Seventh Generation Inc.; Co-Founder, American Sustainable Business Council
Founder and Managing Partner, Liberty Global Partners; Senior Program Officer, National Democratic Institute (1992-1997)
Non-Executive Chairman, Tenet Healthcare; Global Chairman & CEO, Deloitte & Touche (1989-1994)
Senior Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Chair (2001-2007) and Trustee, Brandeis University
MARIA TERESA KUMAR
Founding President and CEO, Voto Latino; Contributor, MSNBC
Co-Founder, No Labels; Strategic Advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain, Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong and Bono; Senior Advisor, Hill + Knowlton
Principal, Gray Global Advisors; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Co-founder and President, Millennial Action Project; Washington, D.C.’s 2014 “Millennial of the Year”
Of Counsel, Patterson Belknap
Commissioner (1991-1995) and Chairman (1994), Federal Election Commission; Founding President and General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center; Member, Caplin & Drysdale
Lieutenant Governor, New York (2009-2010); Co-Chair, New York State Budget Crisis Task Force; Co-Chair, US Millennial Housing Commission (1999-2002); Chairman and CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (1979-1983)
Venture Capitalist; Founder, Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Harvard University; Founder, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University
KEVIN P. RYAN
Chairman and CEO, AlleyCorp; Founder and Chairman, Gilt Group; Chairman, The Business Insider; former CEO, DoubleClick
Professor, Harvard Business School (1967-2006); James J. Hill Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Panera Bread; Co-Founder, Au Bon Pain Company
Director and Co-founder, RepresentUs
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
Co-Chair, ReFormers Caucus
Tim Roemer served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana’s third congressional district, and was an instrumental member of the of 9/11 Commission after the attacks on September 11, 2001. In Congress, he was known as a consensus-builder and worked diligently to represent the people of Indiana, and to improve access, standards and achievement in the American education system through his leadership on initiatives such as Head Start, AmeriCorps, and affordable higher education proposals. As Ambassador to India, Tim led one of America’s largest diplomatic missions, and helped move India from America’s 25th-largest trading partner to 12th and expanded the country’s commercial sales in defense and space industries.
Co-Chair, ReFormers Caucus
Zach Wamp served in the House of Representatives for more than 15 years, representing Tennessee’s 3rd District. He was a senior member on the House Appropriations Committee and co-chair of the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus. He also founded the Congressional Fitness Caucus. He is now the president and owner of Zach Wamp Consulting, a bipartisan consulting and development firm for a wide range of businesses across the country. Prior to serving in elected office, he worked as a small businessman and a commercial real estate broker.
Senior Strategic Adviser
Bruce Patton is co-founder and Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is also co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 1984 Patton, Fisher, and three HNP alumni founded Conflict Management, Inc., a negotiation consulting and training firm, and Conflict Management Group (now part of Mercy Corps), a not-for-profit entity that works on conflicts of public concern. In 1997, Patton and four CMI/HNP colleagues founded Vantage Partners, llc, a global consulting firm that helps companies drive business results by improving how they negotiate and manage their most critical internal and external deals and relationships. Patton co-authored, with Professor Roger Fisher and William Ury, the seminal book Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, which has sold more than 10 million copies, has been translated into more than 35 languages, and which continues to sell more than 3500 copies a week. Patton has worked on and helped to resolve numerous complex, multiparty public conflicts, including suggesting the multiparty process used in the constitutional talks that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa.
Senior Strategic Adviser
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.
Senior Strategic Adviser
Betsy Wright Hawkings served as chief of staff for four Republican members of Congress over 25 years, including Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY), Mike Turner (R-OH), Bobby Schilling (R-IL), and her hometown Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT). She was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2016. During her time on Capitol Hill, Betsy played a leading role in helping build bipartisan coalitions to balance the federal budget in 1995-96; to apply civil rights, fair labor standards and workplace safety laws to Congress; and to establish the 9-11 Commission and implement its recommendations. She later served as the founding Managing Director of Democracy Fund’s Principled Leadership and Effective Governance program, where she built a team of eight and a $12 million grant portfolio focused on fostering dialogue across the ideological spectrum and reducing incentives for hyper-partisanship and gridlock in government. She now serves as Managing Partner of Article One Advisors providing expert analysis and strategic advice on Congress.