The Renewal Series: Celebrating America's Local Innovators

March 11, 2015
9:30 am - 12:00 pm MDT


  • Bill Basl William C. Basl has worked in a variety of capacities over the past 37 years for the state of Washington on human resource, employment development, and national service activities. Bill currently serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, established by the Governor in 1994 to implement and expand volunteerism and national service initiatives including AmeriCorps.
  • Clara Brenner Clara serves as CEO of Tumml, building the organization's national presence. Prior to founding Tumml, she worked in real estate development – at real estate tech startup Fundrise, as well as at AECOM, GVA Advantis, and Monument Realty. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU. She is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Ron Brownstein Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
  • Thomas Clarkson Thomas Clarkson is President of the West Territory at Allstate Insurance.
  • Tami Door Tami Door is the president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership (Partnership), a membership organization that creatively plans and manages downtown Denver so that it remains vibrant and economically healthy.
  • Anna Ewing Anna Ewing is Executive Director of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).
  • Michael Hancock Michael B. Hancock became Denver, Colorado’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately began to transform Denver into a more globally competitive city. With the fifth-busiest airport in the United States serving more than 53 million passengers annually, Mayor Hancock is leveraging Denver International Airport to make the entire region a gateway to the world.
  • Fawn Johnson Fawn Johnson is a correspondent for National Journal, covering a range of issues including immigration, transportation and education. Ms. Johnson is a long-time student of Washington policymaking, previously reporting for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal, where she covered financial regulation and telecommunications. She is an alumnus of CongressDaily, where she covered health care, labor and immigration. Ms. Johnson first covered Congress at BNA Inc., where she covered labor, welfare, immigration and asbestos liability. She has an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Bates College.
  • Stanley S. Litow Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership.
  • Poppy MacDonald Poppy MacDonald is the publisher and co-president of National Journal. Before her most recent promotion, MacDonald served as National Journal’s chief revenue officer, responsible for the business development, marketing, operations and growth strategy of National Journal’s print and digital advertising, underwritten live events, and National Journal Membership. MacDonald started at National Journal in 2011 as vice president of membership, where she converted the publication’s individual subscription model to a membership. MacDonald joined National Journal from Politico, where she served as Politico Pro’s executive director of business development.
  • Cathy Noon Cathy Noon is Mayor of Centennial, Colorado.
  • John Parvensky John Parvensky has served as the President of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless since 1986. He directs the day-to-day activities of more than 500 employees that deliver permanent supportive housing programs together with integrated healthcare, mental healthcare and substance treatment services.
  • Scott Warren Scott Warren is the co-founder and Executive Director of Generation Citizen. He is a current recipient of a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship, a former recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship, and was named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30. Scott graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations.

About this conference

From north to south and east to west, America is witnessing a surge of innovation. Instead of waiting for Washington, nonprofits, local governments and businesses are disrupting the status quo and finding creative new solutions to improve their communities. These local entrepreneurs are tackling issues that range from poverty to access to quality education to government transparency and job creation.

With its high quality of life and job opportunities in technology, Denver, Colorado, is a prime example of a city that is enjoying the benefits that come from promoting innovation.

National Journal and The Atlantic in partnership with Allstate present "The Renewal Series: Celebrating America's Local Innovators." The Denver summit will be the first of several events that will spotlight local innovators across the country. Join us as we convene experts for a robust conversation about what national and local governments can learn from grassroots entrepreneurs and change makers-and how they are creating opportunities for even greater innovation across the country.

About National Journal

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