Ten Big Ideas for a New America with keynote speakers Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Lindsey Graham. President and CEO of New America Foundation Ted Halstead moderates the event, which includes a panel discussion and Q&A session with the authors of the Ten Big Ideas.
The recent turnover in Congress, combined with a wide open presidential election cycle, creates a rare opportunity to bring new ideas into the political process. The spirit of this new era will be captured by those - from either party or no party - who embrace innovative yet pragmatic solutions to the foremost challenges facing our nation.
At this event, the New America Foundation released a major new report outlining Ten Big Ideas for a New America, and offered brief presentations on nine of the 10 ideas. (Senior Fellow Jacob Hacker, author of the Universal Risk Insurance proposal, was testifying on Capitol Hill and was unable to attend.)- New America Foundation
Ray Boshara is Vice President and Director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation. The program aims to significantly expand savings and the ownership of assets in the U.S. and around the world. Prior to joining New America, Mr. Boshara served in the U.S. Congress for Representative Tony P. Hall and on the House Select Committee on Hunger. He has also worked for the United Nations in Rome, and for CFED, the Aspen Institute, and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Boshara has testified in both the House and Senate, and has advised the Bush and Clinton Administrations, as well as leaders in Europe and elsewhere, on asset-building policies. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and the Brookings Institution, and has appeared several times on C-SPAN and radio programs across the U.S.
A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Yale Divinity School, and Ohio State University, Mr. Boshara is the recipient of several leadership awardsâ€”including a Littauer Fellowship at Harvard and CFED's Asset Building Innovation Award. He was selected by Esquire magazine as one of America's Best and Brightest.
As Vice President of the New America Foundation, Michael Calabrese directs the Spectrum Policy Program, co-directs the Retirement Security Program, and helps guide the Foundation's work to reform and expand our nationâ€™s health care coverage. Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as Director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, as General Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO.
An attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Mr. Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to fiscal policy, retirement security, health coverage, and labor markets. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic Monthly. Mr. Calabrese is currently completing a book that advocates universal asset-building accounts to expand pension coverage and human capital investment among lower-income workers.
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama.
She was a United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 election.
Michael Dannenberg directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. The program aims to advance education excellence and equity through extended learning time, improvements in teacher quality, and education finance reform.
Mr. Dannenberg is recognized as a national expert on the No Child Left Behind Act, federal education budget, college admissions, and student loan policy. He and his work have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fortune magazine, and on CNN and CBS News's "60 Minutes" program.
Prior to joining New America, Mr. Dannenberg was Senior Education Counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), where he had a significant role in drafting the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Finance Incentive Grant program, and the Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act. In 2005, National Journal named him to the "The Hill 100" list of Congress' most influential aides.
Mr. Dannenberg is a 1998 graduate of Yale Law School and earned a Master's degree in Education Policy and Administration from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Boston University.
Senator Lindsey Graham
In the United States Senate, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham has earned a reputation as a conservative leader willing to tackle the toughest issues facing our nation.
Graham is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense and considered a loyal friend to our men and women serving in uniform. A frequent visitor to the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq for on-the-ground assessments, Graham has consistently pushed for outcomes in the War on Terror which defend our own long-term national security interests.
Closer to home, Graham has been a leader in balancing the federal budget and reforming entitlements to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. For his work, a prominent national conservative organization labeled him a 'Taxpayer Hero' who puts, “the interests of the taxpayer ahead of politics by consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers.”
Graham was elected to the Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2008, garnering over one million votes and becoming the top vote-getter in South Carolina history.
In the Senate, he serves on the chamber’s most important committees: Appropriations, which oversees the expenditure of every dollar from the Federal Treasury; Armed Services, which is responsible for all areas of our national defense; Budget, which establishes the blueprint for total government revenues and spending, and Judiciary, which has a broad mandate covering multiple issues ranging from the Constitution to criminal justice to intellectual property law.
Graham was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as the first Republican from the Third Congressional District of South Carolina since 1877. Prior to his service in the House, Graham compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force as he logged six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he was assigned overseas and served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany.
Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War in the early 90’s, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side at McEntire Air National Guard Base as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region.
Graham continues to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is one of only three U.S. Senators currently serving in the Guard or Reserves. He is a colonel and is assigned as a Senior Instructor at the Air Force JAG School.
A native South Carolinian, Graham grew up in Central, graduated from D.W. Daniel High School near Clemson, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Seneca and is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
Ted Halstead, New America's founder, served as the institution's first president and CEO from its inception in 1999 until September, 2007. He is a frequent public speaker and media commentator, having appeared as a guest on Nightline, ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS.
He has published numerous articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times, and The Harvard Business Review. He is co-author with Michael Lind of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (Doubleday, 2001), and editor of The Real State of the Union (Basic Books, 2004).
Previously, Mr. Halstead was executive director of Redefining Progress, another public policy institute that he founded to promote new approaches to economic and environmental policy. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, and received his Master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Steven Hill is Director of the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation, which seeks to identify and develop the best opportunities for political and electoral reform, educate opinion leaders and the public about electoral alternatives, and encourage the formation of a broad-based coalition for reform. Mr. Hill is the former senior analyst and cofounder of the Center for Voting and Democracy/FairVote. He is author of the recently published Ten Steps to Repair American Democracy (PoliPoint Press, May 2006). His previous books include Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics (Routledge Press, 2002) and Whose Vote Counts (co-author, Beacon Press, 2001).
Mr. Hill's articles and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and other leading publications. Mr. Hill has appeared on national and local radio and television programs, and has lectured widely in the United States and Europe. He was campaign manager in San Francisco for the successful effort that passed instant runoff voting for electing local offices, and was one of the organizers of successful efforts to pass public financing of elections for local campaigns. Mr. Hill received a B.A. from Yale University.
Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Maya testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly, including articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times. Once dubbed “an anti-deficit warrior” by The Wall Street Journal, Maya comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009 Maya did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy.
Lisa Margonelli writes about the global culture and economy of energy. The results of her research on the effects of industry and policy on the lives of individuals have been published in Wired, Discover, Salon, Business 2.0, Health, Jane, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine and California Monthly, among other publications.
Her column, Money Tales, which combined economics and oral history in the San Francisco Chronicle online, won an Excellence in Journalism award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2003. In 1999-2000, she was awarded a Sundance Fellowship to write about the effect of globalization on the stories told by Eastern European filmmakers. She has written for Slate, CNN, NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Yale University.
As a California-based Fellow at the New America Foundation, Ms. Margonelliâ€™s work will include an examination of the promise and possibility of the post-oil world and Californiaâ€™s unique opportunity to benefit from new technologies and policies. She is the author of a book about the oil supply chain, Oil on the Brain: Travels in the World of Petroleum, published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
Len Nichols directs the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans while reining in costs and improving the efficiency of the overall health care system.
Before joining New America, Dr. Nichols was the Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, and the Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton reform efforts of 1993-94. He has testified frequently before Congress and state legislators and has published widely in a variety of health related journals.
Previously, Dr. Nichols was Chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley College, where he taught for 10 years. He also served as a member of the Competitive Pricing Advisory Commission (CPAC) and the 2001 Technical Review Panel for the Medicare Trustees Reports. He was on the advisory panel to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationâ€™s Covering America project and has been a consultant to the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization. Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.
Sherle R. Schwenninger
Sherle R. Schwenninger directs the New America Foundation's Economic Growth and American Strategy Programs. He is also founding director of the World Economic Roundtable, a program that brings together thought leaders from business, finance, and public policy in regular meetings to remap the global economy after the Great Recession. One of the founders of New America, he served as treasurer from 1999 to 2007 and also as director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program.