Our Board & Advisers

Board

Whitney has served as Chairman of Issue One since 2012. Until 2011 he worked at The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving land for people, spending most of his 13 years there as regional director of the six-state New England region. Before joining The Trust for Public Land, Whitney served for fifteen years at GTE Corporation in various capacities. For most of his GTE career he ran the regulatory affairs department in Washington, D.C. as assistant vice president and vice president of regulatory affairs. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick reappointed Whitney to a second, seven-year term on the Stewardship Council of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. He chairs the Council. He also currently 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 in the past served as a board member and chairman of the American Rivers and Management Assistance Group Board.

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.

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 Staples.com 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.

Larry spent his career in high-tech, retiring from Cisco Systems where he was a senior vice president and general manager in charge of the desktop switch and wireless LAN business units. Before that, he held engineering positions at Hewlett Packard and 3Com Corporation, later co-founding Grand Junction Networks where he was a principal inventor of modern Ethernet.  In addition to the cause of money in politics, he’s borne a decade long passion in mitigating the effects of climate change.  A major portion of Larry’s philanthropic impact accrues from his contributions to The Philanthropy Workshop, a donor education program, of which he’s an alumnus and board member.  Larry also serves on the Visiting Committee of MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.  He and his wife, Jan, live in northern California and are the proud parents of two daughters and grandparents of two granddaughters.

Bill is an Operating Partner of North Bridge Venture Partners and Managing General Partner at ABS Ventures. Prior to venture capital, he 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.  Bill holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has deep experience on boards of public and private corporations as well as educational, cultural, and environmental organizations. In addition to Issue One, Bill currently serves as Board President of St. Mark’s School, Trustee of Dartmouth College, and on the boards of The Geisel School of Medicine, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Bigelow Labs for Ocean Sciences, and The New England Aquarium (Immediate Past Chair). Bill is married to Barbara Burgess and they have five children.

Ruth has worked in the environmental field for over 25 years, first at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and now as the Executive Director of The John Merck Fund, where she oversees programs in environmental health, clean energy, and sustainable food. Ruth has served in management roles at Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, and the Health and Environment Funders Network. She is currently on the board of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. In addition, Ruth was a Beldon Fund trustee, and is a former board chair at SmartPower and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

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.

Now retired, David 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 nonprofit educational organization New Jersey SEEDS. David has been on the boards of trustees of various nonprofit 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.

Mike is the president of Peabody Corporation, a Washington, D.C., real estate development corporation he established in 1975. In 1995 he 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. Mike 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. In 1968 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican. Mike graduated from Harvard College in 1950 and from Harvard Business School in 1952.

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 initiates projects that improve democracy and is an impact investor. He 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.

Advisers

Senior Strategic Adviser

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. He’s made many public appearances speaking on the topic of money in politics on behalf of Issue One.

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.

Raj Goyle is the CEO of Bodhala, a technology company in New York City. He was recently a business and philanthropic advisor to the family office of Shelley and Donald Rubin. A Kansas native, Raj served in the Kansas House (2006-2010), where he was the first Democrat elected in his district and the first South Asian elected in the state. In 2010, he ran one of the strongest campaigns in the country for election to the US House. He served on the 2012 Obama National Finance Committee and was an early member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign committee. He has served both as a Senior Fellow and a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. Raj is a board member of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger and NewDEAL Democrats. Raj graduated from Duke and Harvard Law. He and his wife Monic Arora have two daughters, Ana and Sara.