The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships
The President's Commission on White House Fellowships, established by President Lyndon B. Johnson by Executive Order 11183, is composed of twenty to thirty outstanding citizens who represent a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and professions. Some Commissioners have served through several Administrations and some are former Fellows. The Commission interviews National Finalists and then recommends those individuals it finds most qualified to the President for appointment as White House Fellows.
Mary Zients (Chair)
Mary Menell Zients is a founder and Board Chair of the Urban Alliance Foundation in Washington, D.C. Previously, Ms. Zients was Chair of the Women for Women International board from 2005 to 2012, and currently serves on the board’s Executive Committee. Earlier in her career, she spent four years in strategic management consulting for Fortune 500 companies at Bain & Company. She is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Maret School in Washington, D.C., was a founding board member of City Year South Africa, and serves as Chair of the U.S. Committee supporting the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. Ms. Zients received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Cheryl Dorsey (Vice Chair)
Cheryl Dorsey is President of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. The mission of Echoing Green is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Its signature program, the Echoing Green Fellowship, provides seed capital and support to the most promising social entrepreneurs with bold ideas for change. As a co-founder of The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit that provides basic health care and outreach services to at-risk residents of inner-city Boston neighborhoods, Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch the program. Cheryl has served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department, and Transition Team Member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group. Dorsey currently serves on several boards and has received numerous public service awards and recognition for her work. Most recently, Dorsey was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50." Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her master's in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, Co-Chairman of Growth Energy, senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, Advisor to the Blackstone Group, as well as numerous charitable and corporate boards. Clark retired a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. As Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and Commander of the Legion of Honor from the French government.
Beth Cobert (ex officio; Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management)
President Obama appointed Beth F. Cobert as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management on July 10, 2015. She comes to OPM from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she served as the Deputy Director for Management and the U.S. Chief Performance Officer since October 2013.
At OMB, she led the efforts to drive the President’s Management Agenda to make government more effective and efficient so it can deliver better, faster, and smarter services to citizens and businesses.
She oversaw the government’s performance, procurement, and financial management offices, as well as the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Under Cobert’s leadership, the Administration made progress on efforts to improve the management of Federal information technology (IT) spending, to modernize and improve citizen-facing services through teams like the U.S. Digital Service, and to reduce the Federal Real Property footprint.
Before joining the Federal government, Cobert worked for nearly 30 years at McKinsey & Company as a Director and Senior Partner. During her tenure, she worked on key strategic, operational, and organizational issues across a range of sectors, including financial services, health care, legal services, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropy. She led major projects to improve performance through process streamlining, enhanced customer service, improved use of technology, more effective marketing programs, and strengthened organizational effectiveness. Over the course of her career, she led McKinsey’s initiatives on recruitment, training, development, performance evaluation, and retirement services and championed efforts to support the advancement of women into leadership positions.
Cobert also previously served as a board member and chair of the United Way of the Bay Area and as a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Cobert received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. She and her husband, Adam Cioth, have two children.
Carmen Amalia Corrales
Carmen Amalia Corrales is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Ms. Corrales' practice focuses on corporate and sovereign transactions, including securities offerings by sovereign and corporate issuers and sovereign debt restructuring. Ms. Corrales has extensive experience in international finance transactions, including representing public and private issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings in international markets and in the legal structuring and documentation of derivative transactions and complex commercial bank lending transactions.
Ms. Corrales' corporate practice is internationally distinguished by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America's Leading Business Law Firms. In 2013, Ms. Corrales was highlighted in Latin Lawyer’s "Women In Law" issue celebrating the most inspiring women in the Latin American legal profession.
Ms. Corrales joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1998. She received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Corrales is a member of the Academy of Political Science's Board of Directors, the Committee for Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, a Trustee of Bloomfield College and the Board of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Corrales is a member of the Bars in New York and New Jersey. Her native language is Spanish and she is fluent in English and Portuguese.
The Honorable Nelson Diaz was born and raised in Harlem, and is a partner at Dilworth Paxson, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues, and government relations. He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks, and nonprofit organizations in both State and Federal Courts. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington, D.C. While working around the world on human and civil rights, Judge Diaz served as a Judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 to 1993, where he made his mark as the youngest judge elected to the Court, the first Latino judge to serve in Pennsylvania history, and the first minority person to be Administrative Judge in the State. During his distinguished career, Judge Diaz served as the City Solicitor of Philadelphia, and was appointed by President Clinton to be the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs and civil rights litigation. Judge Diaz was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic Americans and Elite Corporate Directors by Hispanic Business, and received the Latino Trendsetter Award in 2012 for his work and public service, among numerous other awards. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the General Counsel of the Urban Affairs Coalition, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Exelon Corporation and PECO Energy Co. He was formerly on the Advisory Board of PNC and the Legg Mason Family of Funds. In addition to the honorary doctorates he has been awarded from Temple University, LaSalle University, Albright College and Lincoln University, Judge Diaz holds a B.S. from Saint John’s University and a J.D. from Temple University. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Temple University. He served as a 1977-1978 White House Fellow as a Special Assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.
Matrice Ellis-Kirk is a senior member of the RSR Partners’ Board of Directors Practice and head of the firm’s Dallas office. Having a passion for topics related to governance and diverse boards, her current search work focuses on the boardroom. Matrice is active within the business and civic communities, serving on a number of boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, North Texas Tollway Authority, and The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. She has served on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Visitors, as a non-executive director of public company boards and also as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Women’s Empowerment. Prior to joining RSR Partners, Matrice worked for over 18 years with two global recruiting firms, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart. There she led board assignments for non-executive directors for public and privately held companies. She also conducted senior level search assignments for business-to-consumer companies across multiple functions. In addition, while at Heidrick, she was managing partner leading Diversity Advisory Services and the Global Knowledge Management organization; and as a member of the management committee, in a North America corporate role leading the Client Service Organization where she streamlined internal processes. Prior to a career in search, Matrice spent several years leading the Dallas office as vice president and office manager of Apex Securities, a Texas-based investment banking firm. Previously, she worked as director of the Office of Management and Budget with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and earlier with MBank Dallas in several banking roles. Matrice holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Ron, have two children, Elizabeth and Catherine.
Peter Van Dyck Emerson
Peter Van Dyck Emerson is Founding Partner of KAPE International, LLC, a position he has held since 2012. Mr. Emerson is also an Associate-Public Policy, Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a position he has held since 2004. Mr. Emerson worked at The White House from 1977 to 1981 as Senior Advisor on Media Relations for Inflation and Director of Media Relations for the White House Conference on Small Business. He previously served on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the National Security Initiative Advisory Board, and the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. Mr. Emerson received a B.A. from New York University and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Helene D. Gayle
Helene D. Gayle is CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit organization that implements programs that bring together varied stakeholders to address complex global social challenges. Previously, she was president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian, and health issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including: The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the New America Foundation, the ONE Campaign, and the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and social justice. Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.
Alice T. Germond
Alice T. Germond is Secretary Emeritus of the Democratic National Committee. She served as Secretary of the Democratic National Committee from 2002 to 2013. Previously, she was Executive Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice America from 1998 to 2002, while also serving as Acting President in 2002. From 1995 to 1998, she consulted for several nonprofit organizations, including the AFL-CIO Working Women’s Division and the SEIU Political Department. Ms. Germond held several senior positions at the Democratic National Committee from 1989 to 1996. She served as a Commissioner on the California Council on Criminal Justice from 1976 to 1983 and the Los Angeles City-County Consolidation Commission from 1980 to 1983. Ms. Germond received a B.A. from Bennington College and an M.S. from California State University, Los Angeles.
Vartan Gregorian is President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a position he assumed in June 1997. Previously, he served as President of Brown University from 1989-1997. From 1981-1989, he was President of The New York Public Library. Gregorian has taught European and Middle Eastern history at San Francisco State College, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1972, he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty and was appointed Tarzian Professor of History and professor of South Asian history. In 1974, he became the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and four years later became its twenty-third provost. Gregorian is the author of The Road to Home: My Life and Times; Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith; and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Philosophical Society. Currently, he serves on several boards including The Hunter Foundation, the Aga Khan Museum, the Library of Alexandria, National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, The American Academy in Berlin, and National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Among the many awards and honors Gregorian has received are the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts (1989), the National Humanities Medal (1998), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award (2004). After majoring in history and the humanities, Gregorian graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1958 and was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.
Steve Gunderson’s entire career has held the issues of education and workforce investment as priorities for both the nation and his professional work.Today, he advances this work as the President and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. His commitment began at the age of 23, when he was first elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature. After three terms in Madison, Gunderson served 16 years in the U.S. Congress and was a recognized leader on agriculture, education, employment policy, health care and human rights issues. Following his career in public service, he was named the senior consultant and managing director of the Washington office of The Greystone Group, a strategic management and communications consulting firm. His portfolio centered around research, writing, speaking and consulting on the jobs revolution in America. He was the lead author of a book on this subject, The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works and published “The New Middle Class:Creating Wealth, Wages and Opportunity in the 21st Century. Gunderson served as President and CEO of the Council on Foundations between 2005 and 2011.One of his many priorities at the Council was education and workforce investment.Under his leadership the Council has created a division for Public-Private Partnerships where the National Fund for Workforce Solutions operates under the leadership of Stephanie Powers.He is recognized for his insight and analysis on the national political issues of the day, and has lectured widely from Harvard University to The Brookings Institution. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Brown School of Broadcasting, Gunderson and his partner, Ethan Ngo, live in Alexandria, Virginia. He serves on various nonprofit boards including Lutheran World Relief and The White House Fellows Selection Commission and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
Dr. Hale is the founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Averaging 1,500 in worship each Sunday morning, Ray of Hope has been recognized as the Church of the Week by the 700 Club as well as in Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to Best Places and Practice. She established Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc., a mentorship program that assists in the development of pastors and para-church leaders in 2004, and convened the first Women in Ministry Conference in 2005. She gave the opening invocation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and was also a participant at the National Prayer Service for President Barack Obama’s inauguration and served as Co-Chair for Women in Ministry for Obama. As a member of numerous boards, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, as the Chairperson of the Board at Beulah Heights University, Chairperson of City of Hope Ministries, Inc,. As a recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Hale received the Sisters of African Descent’s Religious Leadership Award in 2006, and the Pinnacle Leadership Award in 2007 from the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Foundation, Inc. and in 2013, she received the Keeper of the Flame Award from The Balm in Gilead, Inc. She authored her first book entitled I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God in 2010. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Hale received her B.A. from Hollins College, M.Div from Duke University, and Doctorate of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Ms. Harmon is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC, a real estate investment firm that manages $1.8Billion of institutional capital across the core plus, value add and opportunistic risk spectrum in a variety of real estate strategies. With over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, she is responsible for establishing, implementing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction. Prior to co-founding Artemis, she spent 17 years with the J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. ("JER"), a real estate investment firm where she was last President and Chief Investment Officer. Before joining JER, Ms. Harmon was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company in New York City where she worked in both the corporate finance and real estate groups handling a $2.0 billion portfolio of real estate developers and national corporations. Ms. Harmon currently serves on the board of Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), as trustee of Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Board of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., the Advisory Board of Caravel Management, the Advisory Board of the BlackIvy Group, the Investment Committee of Sidwell Friends School, and the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee for Women for Women International and since 2009 as Commissioner for the White House Fellows program appointed by President Obama. Ms. Harmon is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Ms. Harmon earned a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christy Haubegger is an executive at Creative Artists Agency where she provides insights and expertise on multicultural markets. In 1996, she founded Latina magazine, which showcases fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and empowerment for Hispanic women, serving as its publisher, president, and CEO until 2001. She continues to be a member on the board of Latina Media Ventures. In 2002, Ms. Haubegger expanded into the television and motion picture world, serving as the Associate Producer on Chasing Papi and Executive Producer of Spanglish. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including being one of Newsweek’s "Women of the New Century" in 2001 and Advertising Age’s "Women to Watch." In recognition of her advances made in raising the profile of the Hispanic market, Ms. Haubegger was the youngest inductee into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. Currently, she serves on the Board for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, which is dedicated to increasing the number of minority MBA candidates at the nation’s top business schools. Ms. Haubegger received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from Stanford Law School.
Peter Blair Henry
Peter Henry is the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a former Professor of International Economics at Stanford University. In 2008, he led Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team in its review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and World Bank. A member of the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Kraft Foods Group, Peter received his PhD in economics from MIT and Bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition. He just published his first book, TURNAROUND: Third World Lessons for First World Growth. Born in Jamaica, Peter became a US citizen in 1986. He lives in New York City with his wife of 17 years and their four sons.
Amanda Hesser is CEO of Food52, a website she co-founded in 2009. She played herself in the 2009 film Julie & Julia and created the Twitter app Plodt in 2008. From 1997 to 2008, she was a Reporter and Food Editor at The New York Times. Ms. Hesser is also the author of Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipesand The Cook and the Gardener and is the co-author of two Food52 cookbooks. Her most recent book, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, was a New York Times Bestseller. Ms. Hesser was named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet in 2011. Food52 was named Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 2012 and Best Culinary Website by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for the past three years. Ms. Hesser received a B.S. from Bentley University.
John Hockenberry is the host of the PRI distributed public radio program The Takeaway. The recipient of four Peabody Awards for Broadcast journalism, he has conducted weekly public radio commentaries on The Infinite Mind for more than a decade. In his twelve year career in television for ABC and NBC, he won four Emmy awards. He is also the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and Casey Medal. Mr. Hockenberry launched, Hockenberry, a news interview program and the format breaking Edgewise at MSNBC, Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio, and was a longtime contributor to public radio programs. In addition, he is the author of A River Out of Eden and Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence. He contributes articles to publications such as The New York Times, the New Yorker, Metropolis and The Washington Post.
Kermit Jones (ex officio; President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association)
Kermit Jones is the 2016-17 President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association and an internal medicine physician at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He is also a health policy researcher in primary care delivery strategies for veterans with PTSD in Rush’s Road Home Program. Prior to Rush, Kermit was an FDA regulatory lawyer at a Washington, D.C. law firm and White House Fellow in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. As a Fellow, Kermit worked on policy related to military medicine and veterans' post-military education and employment, translational science and early state drug development, patent law and Medicare fraud. Before serving as a fellow, Kermit worked as a primary care physician in Vellore and Hyderabad, India and served as a U.S. Navy physician flight surgeon and emergency care provider with the Marine helicopter squadron HMM-364 (“World Famous Purple Foxes”) in Iraq. He received his M.D. and J.D. from Duke University and his M.P.A. from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks and reads in Hindi and Urdu.
Lisa Ling is the Executive Producer and Host of This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN, a program that began airing in 2014. She was the Executive Producer and Host of the documentary television series Our America with Lisa Ling on the Oprah Winfrey Network from 2011 to 2014, and was a Special Correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show from 2006 to 2010. Ms. Ling was the Host of National Geographic Explorer from 2003 to 2010 and co-Hosted ABC’s The View from 1999 to 2002. She was a Reporter for Channel One News from 1992 to 1999, and is the co-author of the book Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.
Shannon Price Minter
Shannon Price Minter is Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000. He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of Public Interest Law Fellow and then Senior Staff Attorney. Mr. Minter has lectured and served as an adjunct professor at various universities, including Santa Clara Law School in 2004, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2003, and Stanford Law School in 2001. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute and the Board of Directors of Gender Spectrum. Mr. Minter is a former member of the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Board of Directors of Equality California, and the Advisory Board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He received Stanford Law School’s National Public Service Award in 2008, the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award in 2005, and the Equality California Justice Award in 2005. Mr. Minter received a B.A. from University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Mr. Muñoz is a Principal and Co-founder of Muñoz Group Investment Banking, and a partner in the law firm of Tobin & Muñoz. He has held Presidential Appointments before, including having served as the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 1997-2001. Mr. Muñoz was also an Assistant Secretary and the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Treasury Department from 1993 to 1997. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Mr. Muñoz was a partner in Stevenson, Colling, & Muñoz (1990-1993), an investment banking firm in Chicago, IL; and an Associate and Partner at Mayer Brown and Platt, a Chicago law firm (1980-1989). Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of Marriott International, Altria Group, Laureate Education, and the National Geographic Society. Mr. Muñoz is a former President of the Chicago Board of Education (1984-86), Executive Vice-Chair of the CFO Council of the Federal Government (1994-97), a member of the Governing Board of the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards (2003-2005), and has been listed in Hispanic Business’ "Top 100 Influential". He is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Master’s degree of Law in Taxation from DePaul University, a M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and his JD from Harvard Law School.
Lloyd W. Newton
General Retired, Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton is a former Executive Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut. He provided leadership and direction for all business development, aftermarket services and activities associated with integrated logistics and fleet management. Newton joined Pratt & Whitney in September 2000 and helped to grow the Military Engine business to annual revenue of $1.3 Billion.In August 2000, He retired as a four-star General from the United States Air Force where he was Commander, Air Education and Training Command, which consisted of 13 bases, 43,000 active duty personnel, and 14,000 civilians. General Newton was appointed by the President in 2005 to serve as a Commissioner on the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Goodrich Corporation, Sonoco Products Company, and Torchmark Corporation; as well as the Boards of the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and the Air Force Association. He received a B.S. in Aviation Education from Tennessee State University and a M.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Theodore B. Olson
Theodore B. Olson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law and Crisis Management Practice groups. He was Solicitor General of the United States from 2001-2004 and Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 1981-1984. Mr. Olson has argued 60 cases before the United States Supreme Court including the Bush v. Gore cases, McConnell v. FEC, Citizens United v. FEC, Caperton v. Massey, Rasul v. Bush, and the recent challenge to California’s Proposition 8, Hollingsworth v. Perry, as well as cases involving telecommunications, antitrust, the environment, patents, constitutional provisions and many other subjects. His clients have included Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He serves as a President Obama appointee on the ten-person Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. He was Co-Chair of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and a member of the President’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. He was a Visiting Scholar at the National Constitution Center, 2006-2007. He has twice received the William J. Randolph Award, the Justice Department’s highest award, and the Defense Department’s highest civilian award, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Mr. Roger Porter is the IBM Professor of Business and Government and the Master of Dunster House at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mr. Porter is a former White House Fellow (1974-75) and Commissioner. He has served in three White House administrations as Assistant to the President for Economic and Domestic Policy (1989-93), Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Policy Development (1981-85), and Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the President’s Economic Policy Board (1974-77). He also served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury (1981-85). Mr. Porter joined the Harvard faculty in 1978. His teaching, research and writing focus on economic policy, strategic decision making, the relationship of business and government, and the American Presidency. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the White House Historical Association and was a member on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (1976-81, 1982-93, 1994-2001, 2008-09). After graduating from Brigham Young University, Mr. Porter was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received his B.Phil. He received his M.A. and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Rion Joaquin Ramirez
Rion Joaquin Ramirez is General Counsel at Port Madison Enterprises, the economic development arm of the Suquamish Tribe. From 2001 to 2005, he was an Associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, and prior to that, he was an Associate at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. from 1997 to 2001. He also served as Counsel for the University of Washington’s Child Advocacy Clinic from 1997 to 1998. He became a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee in 2013. In 2012, Mr. Ramirez was a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee and co-chair of the Obama Native Outreach Group. He is a past President of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and a former Appellate Court Justice for the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Indians, where he is an enrolled member. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, and the Native American Bar Association. Mr. Ramirez received a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
Steven Spinner is an entrepreneur, start-up advisor and investor for technology, media, retail, and consumer ventures. He served as a Program Analyst on the Stimulus Team at the Department of Energy from 2009 to 2010. Mr. Spinner was Founder and CEO of Sports Potential, Inc. from 2002 to 2006 and Senior Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Strategy at NotifyMe Networks, Inc. from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Spinner held various roles at NBC Internet, Inc. between 1998 and 2000, including Senior Vice President for Business and Channel Development, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Business and Channel Development, and Senior Director for Strategic Development. He also held several positions at National Broadcasting Company, Inc. between 1996 and 1998, including Director for Business Development, NBC Interactive Media, Manager of Strategic Development for NBC Cable and Worldwide Business Development, and Manager of Business Development, NBC Interactive Media. Mr. Spinner worked at Atlanta Centennial Olympic Properties, Inc. as Program Manager for Marketing in 1994 and as a Business Evaluations Associate from 1992 to 1994. He was a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a Henry Luce Scholar from 1991 to 1992. Mr. Spinner is a member of the Board of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation and is a past Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He was a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee in 2012 and 2008. Mr. Spinner received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Dr. George Thibault is the seventh president of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. He has held several leadership and director positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Thibault was the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. from 1997 to 2007. He has served as the Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School and was chosen as the first Director of The Academy for Harvard. In addition, he has served and chaired on the committees of national organizations including the Institute of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Thibault is also the recipient of various awards from both Georgetown University (Ryan Prize in Philosophy, Alumni Prize, and Cohongaroton Speaker) and Harvard University (Alpha Omega Alpha, Henry Asbury Christian Award and Society of Fellows).He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. George graduated from Georgetown University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Eleanor Kaye Wilson
For over 35 years, Kaye Wilson has worked in a variety of positions in education institutions, government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations. As one of the first staff members of DePaul University’s School for New Learning, Ms. Wilson served as the Director and Assistant Dean. She has served as Executive Director of Urban Programs at Chicago City-Wide College, where she developed Project Choice, a welfare-to-work education and training program for General Assistance participants; and as founder of the Wells Prep School, which was a juvenile delinquency prevention demonstration program designed in an elementary school setting for public housing children in Chicago, Illinois. For the past twelve years, Ms. Wilson has been a nonprofit consultant in the metropolitan Chicago area. She is an active volunteer on numerous boards, committees, and taskforces. She is currently Vice Chair of two boards: Community Assistance Programs and the Rich Township District 227
Judy Wise is the Senior Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit professional development organization for educators reaching more than 2 million students every year. She was the founder of the organization’s first regional office in Chicago and served as its Executive Director until 2002, when she founded the UK office. She now works across the organization. Ms. Wise also serves on Chicago’s Human Rights Watch committee and is a Board Member of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, which recognized her as one of 40 Who Made a Difference in celebration of the organization’s 40th Anniversary. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Committee on Illinois Government and worked in the news department at both NBC TV and CBS TV in Chicago. During Barack Obama’s campaign, she was on the National Finance Committee. Ms. Wise received her B.A. from Washington University and M.A. in psychiatric social work from the University of Chicago. She is married to Sheldon Baskin and has two grown children.