The 9/11 Commission: Putting Reforms Into Action a plenary from the 9-11 Plus 5: A Hope Not Hate Summit hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID)
The Summit was a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., that brought young leaders from around the world together to commemorate the fifth anniversary of September 11th and to discuss how to improve U.S.-Islamic world relations over the next five years.
The Summit was co-sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy and The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution.
Mary Fetchet is the Founding Director and driving force behind the continued development of VOICES of September 11th. A professional social worker, Ms. Fetchet co-founded the 9/11 advocacy group following the death of her 24-year-old son Brad in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Based in New Canaan , Connecticut, VOICES serves as a clearinghouse of information on 9/11-related issues, offers links to other related resources and organizations and provides an expanding range of community-based services. These programs include support groups, lectures, forums and outreach to all those affected by the events of September 11th.
Her work has brought her substantial recognition that includes being the recipient of the National Justice Award in 2003 and being presented with the 'Connecticut Hero' award by Senator Lieberman in September 2004. Most recently, she was named an ABC News Person of the Year in December, 2004.
Sen. Slade Gorton
Slade Gorton is of counsel at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP. He also served as a member on the 9-11 Commission. Prior to joining the firm, he represented Washington State in the United States Senate for 18 years, from 1982-2000. While in the Senate, Gorton served on the Appropriations, Budget, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Energy and Natural Resources Committees. He served as chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee (1995-2001), the Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Affairs (1995-99), and Aviation (1999-2000). He was also a member of the Republican leadership as counsel to the Majority Leader (1996-2000).
Gorton began his political career in 1958 as a Washington state representative; he went on to serve as State House majority leader. In 1968, he was elected attorney general of Washington state, where he argued 14 cases before the Supreme Court. Gorton also served on the president's consumer Advisory Council (1975-77) and on the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (1969-1981). He was chairman of the Washington State Law & Justice Commission (1969-76), served as an instructor in Constitutional law to public administration graduate students at the University of Puget Sound (1977), and has served on the Board of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center since 1987. In 2001, Gorton served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform.
Seth Green is the President of Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization working to raise global awareness on more than 500 U.S. university campuses and in over 10 countries. Green has worked at the Brookings Institution, Taxpayers for Common Sense, The American Prospect, and Lazard Freres, and has helped to lead several successful NGO chapters and activist movements. Green is a frequent contributor to newspapers and television programs, having published op-eds on U.S. foreign policy in the Christian Science Monitor and the Miami Herald, and having been a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, the Montel Williams Show, CNN, and MSNBC.
Green's work with AID has also been featured by hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Marie Claire. A Marshall scholar, Green graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and earned masters degrees in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and in Women's Studies from Oxford University. He is currently completing a JD degree at Yale Law School, where he was named an Olin Fellow by the Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy.
Amb. Karl F. Inderfurth
Karl F. Inderfurth is the John O. Rankin Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Ambassador Inderfurth served as Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (1997-2001), Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Global Humanitarian Demining (1997-98) and U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, with ambassadorial rank, where he also served as Deputy U.S. Representative on the U.N. Security Council (1993-1997).
Ambassador Inderfurth has worked as a national security and Moscow Correspondent for ABC News (1981-91) and received an Emmy Award in 1983. He has also served on the staffs of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees and the National Security Council. He co-authored Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council (2004), along with Professor Loch K. Johnson, and is a frequent op/ed contributor and commentator in the national media.
Chris Kojm is the former president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project and former deputy director of the 9/11 Commission. Prior to that, he served from 1998 until February 2003 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence Policy and Coordination in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He served previously in the Congress on the staff of the House International Relations Committee, under Ranking Member Lee Hamilton as Deputy Director of the Democratic staff (1997-98), as Coordinator for Regional Issues (1993-1997) and under Chairman Hamilton on the Europe and Middle East subcommittee staff (1984-92). From 1979-1984, he was a writer and editor with the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. He has a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (1979) and an A.B. from Harvard College (1977).