This discussion will emphasize 'solutions and ideas' to strengthen the middle class. With perspective from an urban start-up, think tank, venture capitalist and education innovator, this panel will focus on what will help people achieve the goals that define a successful middle class status.
Amy Sullivan, Former National Editor, TIME moderates a panel including Noel Anderson, National Director of Program, YearUp, Carol Thompson Cole, President and CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners, David Madland, Director - American Worker Project, Center for American Progress, and Tom Touchet, CEO, City 24x7.
Dr. Noel S. Anderson assumes the role of National Senior Director of Program with over 20 years of leadership experience developing educational programs. He has worked with large public school districts, charter school networks, and private schools, as well as non-profit organizations leading program and organizational development.
As National Senior Director of Program, Noel's primary responsibilities include strengthening Year Up's core program, overseeing program innovations and quality control across the organization's multi-site network, and providing programmatic thought leadership and expertise both internally and externally.
The recipient of 2008 National Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Education Leadership Award, Noel's past experience includes developing the multi-million dollar college access program, "Project Ready", which is currently running in over 26 urban league affiliates across 18 states. He also worked for the YMCA of Greater New York to develop the signature "Teens Take the City" civic education program, and served as the Director of Education at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a national organization that works to provide college access and corporate internships to students of color.
Noel was a tenured professor at Brooklyn College. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous scholarly articles and books, and is a contributor to politic365.com and thegrio.com. Noel has lectured at home and abroad on issues of American politics, urban politics, and social policy, including anti-poverty, disconnection, urban youth, college access, and education.
Noel received his B.A. cum laude from Brooklyn College, M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from New York University.
David Madland is the Director of the American Worker Project at American Progress. He has written extensively about the economy and American politics in such places as The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, appeared frequently on CNN, CSPAN, and Fox News, and has been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows across the United States.
Madland writes regularly about unions, retirement policy, and public opinion. His current work focuses on the importance of the middle class to the economy and democracy, as well as policies to restore the strength of the middle class.
Madland has a doctorate in government from Georgetown University and received his bachelor of science from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system was honored as the best dissertation of the year by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Madland is the co-author of Interest Groups in Elections, a book about the role and influence of interest groups in American democracy and is the author of a number of academic articles. He has worked on economic policy for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and has consulted for several labor unions.
Amy Sullivan is a correspondent for National Journal and director of the Next Economy Project, a joint effort of National Journal and The Atlantic. She was previously a senior editor at TIME Magazine, where she directed coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries and wrote about politics, religion, and culture. Her first book, The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap, was published by Scribner in 2008.
Carol Thompson Cole
Carol Thompson Cole is President & CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic investment organization that helps great leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions.
Cole brings to VPP over thirty years of management experience in the public and private sectors, as well as a strong history of leadership in the National Capital Region’s nonprofit community and local government. She served as Special Advisor to President Clinton on the District of Columbia and Executive Director of the DC Inter-Agency Task Force, Executive Office of the President, where she was "point person" to the President on the District. In this position, she played a key role in developing ways the federal government could assist Washington, DC achieve and sustain financial stability, reliable services, and economic growth.
Prior to serving in the Clinton administration, Cole was the Vice President for Government and Environmental Affairs at RJR Nabisco, where she developed a corporate-wide environmental program that ensured that all business activities were carried out in an environmentally responsible manner and in compliance with federal, state, and local standards; served as corporate spokesperson on environmental issues; and functioned as a Washington representative monitoring public policy issues.
She spent twelve years in the government of the District of Columbia holding major management and staff positions, most notably as the first woman (and, at the time, the youngest person) to be appointed City Administrator. She also held a number of other positions, including Deputy Mayor for Operations and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor; and Director, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
She is a member of numerous boards, including the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Board of Directors, the Greater Washington Advisory Board of SunTrust, the Kaiser Permanente Regional Advisory Board, the board of Hager Sharp, the Federal City Council; the Board of Trustees of Friendship Public Charter School, the Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Summit Fund. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Urban Institute. Cole has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the regional nonprofit community. Honors and awards include Most Powerful Women of 2011 and 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine, 2010 Sophisticated Lady by Arena Stage; 10 People to Watch in 2009 by the Washington Business Journal; Phenomenal Women of 2008, by the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust; and Washingtonian of the Year in 1990, by Washingtonian Magazine.
Cole earned a BA from Smith College and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in urban public policy studies from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University. She also attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.