2009 marked the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of The Century Foundation (which was known for most of its history as the Twentieth Century Fund). Our founder, Edward Filene, created this organization with the goal of supporting studies and analysis that could lead to constructive action on our nation's public policy. That heritage has compelled us to educate, provoke, and develop better answers when evidence and reason show that public debates are badly off track. Over the past nine decades, we have called attention to facts and analyses to correct widespread misconceptions and provide policymakers with new ideas for addressing the challenges facing the nation.
Geneive Abdo is the Liaison for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. Ms. Abdo has been a commentator for the BBC, NPR, CNN and PBS.
Greg Anrig, vice president of policy at The Century Foundation, is the author of The Conservatives Have No Clothes: Why Right-Wing Ideas Keep Failing (John Wiley & Sons, September 2007). He is also co-editor of four collections of essays: Liberty Under Attack: Reclaiming Our Freedoms in An Age of Terror (PublicAffairs, 2007); Immigration's New Frontiers: Experiences from the Emerging Gateway States (The Century Foundation Press, 2006); The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism (PublicAffairs, 2003), and Social Security Reform: Beyond the Basics, (The Century Foundation Press, 1999).
Anrig is also a regular contributor to TPMCafe and Guardian Unlimited. Since 1994, he has been responsible for overseeing The Century Foundation’s projects on public policy as well as its fellows. Previously, he was a staff writer and Washington correspondent for Money magazine.
Michael Wahid Hanna
Michael Wahid Hanna is a fellow and program officer at The Century Foundation. He works on the Prospects for Peace Initiative and focuses on issues of international security, human rights, post-conflict justice and U.S. foreign policy in the broader Middle East. In 2008 he was a consultant for Human Rights Watch in Iraq conducting research for a report on the Central Criminal Court of Iraq.
Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Hanna was a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute, where he conducted research on post-conflict justice, victims' rights under international law, and the Iraqi High Criminal Court. From 1999 to 2004, Hanna practiced corporate law with the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
Prior to attending law school he was a Fulbright Scholar in Cairo, Egypt where he undertook research on the relationship between Egyptian nationalism and Arab nationalism in the inter-war period. Hanna is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is fluent in Arabic.
Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell is an American writer and political scientist and Associate Professor of Politics and African American studies at Princeton University. She received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honoris causa doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
She is the author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought on the methods African Americans use to develop political ideas through ordinary conversations in places like barbershops, churches, and popular culture. The work was awarded the 2005 W.E.B. DuBois book award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.
Harris-Lacewell's writings have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Crain's Chicago Business and Newsday. She has provided commentary for NBC News, Fox News, Showtime, HBO, Black Enterprise, National Public Radio and other radio and print sources.
Richard D. Kahlenberg
Richard D. Kahlenberg is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about education, equal opportunity, and civil rights. He is the author of four books.
Jeffrey Laurenti is a Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign Policy Programs at The Century Foundation. He was Executive Director of Policy Studies at the United Nations Association of the United States until 2003 and currently serves on the Association's Board of Directors, and was deputy director of the United Nations Foundation's U.N. and global security initiative in support of Kofi Annan's high‐level panel on threats, challenges, and change.
Mr. Laurenti was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and earlier served as executive director of the New Jersey Senate. He earned his AB at Harvard College and an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Richard C. Leone
Richard C. Leone is President of the Century Foundation, formerly the Twentieth Century Fund, a public policy research foundation. His analytical and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and The Nation. Mr. Leone was formerly chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and State Treasurer of New Jersey. He also was President of the New York Mercantile Exchange and a managing director at Dillon Read and Co., an investment banking firm. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Daniel Levy is a senior fellow and director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and prior to joining The Century Foundation was directing policy planning and international efforts at the Geneva Campaign Headquarters in Tel Aviv.
In 2003, he worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group Middle East Program. During the Barak Government, he worked in the Prime Minister's Office as special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit under Minister Haim Ramon. From March 2000 to March 2001, he worked as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin, where he was responsible for coordinating policy on various issues including peace negotiations, civil and human rights, and the Palestinian minority in Israel. He was a member of the official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and previously served on the negotiating team to the "Oslo B" Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Rabin.
He received a Bachelors and Masters with Honors from King's College, Cambridge; he was awarded prizes in Social and Political Science and was Scholar of the College. He has published extensively in a broad range of publications including Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Boston Globe, United Press International, The American Prospect, The International Herald Tribune, TPMCafe.com, and The Evening Standard.
Maggie Mahar is a fellow at The Century Foundation. Before specializing in health care, Mahar was a financial journalist. She has written for Institutional Investor, The New York Times, and Barron's, where she served first as senior writer and then as senior editor from the late 1980s through the late 1990s. There, she covered Wall Street, Washington, and social policy as well as markets and politics in Russia, Japan, and the Middle East. After leaving Barron's, she wrote a column about international markets and economics for Bloomberg.
Before becoming a journalist, she was an English professor at Yale University. She is the author of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, the book that has been turned into a documentary produced by Alex Gibney. An earlier book, Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999, was recommended by Warren Buffet in Berkshire Hathaways' annual report.
Mahar holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. She lives in Manhattan where she continues to write the HealthBeat blog (www.healthbeatblog.org) for The Century Foundation.
Anthony Ernest Shorris is a fellow at The Century Foundation. Previously, he served as the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the nation's oldest public authority, managing the region's five airports, four port facilities, six interstate bridges and tunnels, the PATH commuter railroad, and the World Trade Center.
He served as a senior policy adviser to Spitzer-Paterson 2006 New York gubernatorial campaign and to governor-elect Spitzer's transition office. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the director of Princeton University's Policy Research Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and taught in the school's graduate program.
Previously, he served as deputy chancellor of the nation's largest schools system, New York City Board of Education, from 2001 to 2003. From 1990 to 1995, he was the first deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and he also has been chief operating officer of a large nonprofit healthcare organization.
He has more than twenty-five years of experience in public and nonprofit management and has consulted for national and international foundations and nonprofit organizations on education, public finance, health care, tax policy, economic development, housing, and infrastructure.
He served as New York City's commissioner of finance from 1988 to 1989, and its deputy budget director from 1984 to 1988. He holds an AB from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Tova Andrea Wang
Tova Andrea Wang, a democracy fellow at The Century Foundation, is also vice president for research at Common Cause. She is a nationally known expert on election reform, and works on other issues related to civil rights and liberties as well.
She was the executive director of The Century Foundation's Post-2004 Election Reform Working Group, comprised of many of the most preeminent election law scholars in the country. In 2001, she was staff person to the National Commission on Federal Election Reform -- co-chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford -- of which The Century Foundation was a co-sponsor.
Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Wang was the deputy director of public policy at The Kamber Group, a public relations and political consulting firm; deputy director of an investigation into misconduct and disciplinary practices at the New York City Police Department for the Office of the Public Advocate; and an independent political consultant and campaign staff member for a number of national and statewide political and advocacy campaigns.
Wang is the author of several election reform reports and wrote the widely remarked-upon 2006 report on voter fraud and voter intimidation for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Her commentary on election reform has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the National Journal, the Associated Press, the Nation, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the New York Daily News, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the American Prospect, and Campaigns and Elections, among other media outlets.
Wang has frequently appeared on national radio and television, including C-SPAN's Washington Journal, MSNBC, NBC, and NPR. She has spoken at a number of national election reform conferences and forums, provided her expertise to members of Congress, and given expert testimony regarding the new federal election reform law before the New York State Assembly, the New York State Senate, the New York State Board of Elections, and the New York City Council.
She is coeditor (with Greg Anrig) of Immigration's New Frontiers: Experiences from the Emerging Gateway States (Century Foundation Press, 2006).
She is an attorney, a 1996 graduate of New York University School of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University.