Arthur Brooks: President, American Enterprise Institute
Walter Isaacson: President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
Neera Tanden: President, Center for American Progress
Anthony Romero: Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center
Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI. Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.
Peter Goettler is president and CEO of the Cato Institute. He previously served as Managing Director and head of Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets, Americas, at Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank, PLC, retiring in 2008. He was chief executive officer for the firm’s businesses in Latin America and head of Global Loans and Global Leveraged Finance. Goettler has served on the Board of the New York City-Southern New York chapter of the National MS Society since 2008, and chaired the board for the last two years. He also serves on the board of the Atlas Network.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's premier defender of liberty and individual freedom. He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched its national Keep America Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis, achieving court victories on the Patriot Act, uncovering thousands of pages of documents detailing the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody, and filing the first successful legal challenge to the Bush administration's illegal NSA spying program. Romero also led the ACLU in establishing the John Adams Project, a joint effort with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist the under-resourced military defense lawyers in the Guantánamo military commissions.
Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis. Rosen is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing editor for the Atlantic.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.