Washington Ideas Forum 2011

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  • Stephen Adler Stephen J. Adler is the editor-in-chief of Reuters News and executive vice president of News at Thomson Reuters.

    Adler was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek from 2005 to 2009. Adler was Deputy Managing Editor at the Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 2004 and Editor of the American Lawyer Magazine from 1983-1988.
  • Marc Ambinder Marc Ambinder is the White House correspondent for National Journal. He previously served as the politics editor, and is now a contributing editor, for The Atlantic, where he curated the influential Politics channel on TheAtlantic.com and contributed to the magazine. He was also a chief political consultant to CBS News.

    Earlier, at NJ's Hotline, Ambinder was the founding editor of "Hotline On Call," a pathbreaking political news blog. He also worked as a producer and reporter for the ABC News Political Unit and was one of the founders of ABC's "The Note." Born in New York City, raised in Central Florida, Ambinder is a 2001 graduate of Harvard and lives in Washington, D.C.
  • Amjad Atallah Amjad Attalah is Bureau Chief for the Americas at Al Jazeera English.
  • Robert Atkinson Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank.

    He is also author of the forthcoming book, The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011), the book, The Past And Future Of America's Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series.

    He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
  • Molly Ball Molly Ball is a staff writer covering U.S. politics at The Atlantic.
  • Melody Barnes Melody Barnes is the Former President’s Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before joining the White House, Barnes served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama’s campaign.
  • Maria Bartiromo Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She is the anchor of Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo on FBN (9-11 AM/ET) and anchors Sunday Morning Futures, the most watched Sunday morning program on cable (10 AM/ET) on FOX News Channel (FNC). Bartiromo has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC.
  • Zanny Minton Beddoes Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Economics editor for The Economist magazine. She is responsible for coverage of the American economy, Western economic policy and issues surrounding globalization. She has been an influential commentator on the late-2000s recession.
  • James Bennet James Bennet is the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.
  • Joseph R. Biden Jr. Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942), is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States under the administration of President Barack Obama. He was a United States Senator from Delaware from January 3, 1973 until his resignation on January 15, 2009, following his election to the Vice Presidency. Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and lived there for ten years before moving to Delaware. He became an attorney in 1969, and was elected to a county council in 1970.

    Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history. He was re-elected to the Senate six times, was the fourth most senior senator at the time of his resignation, and is the 14th-longest serving Senator in history.
  • John Boehner John Andrew Boehner is a Republican American politician who is currently serving as the House Minority Leader in the 111th Congress. He serves as a U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, which includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton and a small portion of Dayton itself.
  • David Bradley Before entering media, David founded and owned two (now public) research companies – The Advisory Board Company and The Corporate Executive Board Company. With 50,000 applicants each year, the enterprises are the largest employers of young professional talent in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • Tom Brokaw Tom Brokaw is an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998) and other books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He is the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, briefly, Meet the Press. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets.
  • David Brooks David Brooks's column on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster.
  • Ron Brownstein Ron is in charge of long-term editorial strategy for Atlantic Media and coordinates political coverage and activities across the publications. Prior to joining the company, Brownstein was the National Affairs Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where he served as the National Political Correspondent and author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, he also serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and appeared as a political analyst for ABC during the 2012 election. His sixth and most recent book,The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007.
  • Steve Capus In November 2005, Steve Capus was named president of NBC News. Capus has served as the arbiter of issues involving ethics, style, standards, safety and other matters that affect the Division’s journalistic bearing. Capus reports to Steve Burke, chief executive officer of NBC Universal.
  • Margaret Carlson Margaret Carlson is a Bloomberg View columnist. A former White House correspondent for Time, she was also Time's first female columnist. She appeared on CNN's "Capital Gang" for 15 years.
  • Vice President Dick Cheney Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush.

    Previously, he served as White House Chief of Staff, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, and Secretary of Defense. In the private sector, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton Energy Services; he is still a major stockholder. On June 29, 2002, he briefly assumed the powers and duties of the presidency as Acting President when Mr. Bush underwent a medical exam involving anesthetics.
  • Liz Cheney Liz Cheney is the attorney and daughter of Dick Cheney, Simon & Schuster.
  • Steve Clemons Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.

    Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
  • Charles Cook Charlie Cook is the editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and a Political Analyst for National Journal Group.
  • Katie Couric Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is the Global Anchor for Yahoo News, award winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate and New York Times best-selling author. In November 2013, Couric joined Yahoo as Global Anchor, where she helps develop Yahoo News’ coverage, report on live events, and anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers. Couric is an executive producer and narrator of Fed Up, a documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity, which will be released in spring 2014. In September 2006, Couric joined CBSNews and became the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show. Couric is a cofounder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), cofounder of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff, and co-founder of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. Born in Arlington, Virginia, Katie graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on American Studies. She lives in New York with her husband, John Molner.
  • William Daley Mr. Daley is the Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Previously, Mr. Daley served as Vice Chair, Chairman of the Midwest Region, and head of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Daley served as President of SBC Communications from 2001 – 2004.

    Mr. Daley was the campaign chairman for Al Gore’s presidential run in 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997-2000, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. Mr. Daley also served as Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, focusing on international trade issues.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Daley was a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt; was President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago; and was a lawyer at the firm of Daley and George. He has also served on the boards of a number of corporate, academic, medical, charitable and civic organizations.

    Mr. Daley was born in Chicago, Illinois where he also completed his education including a B.A. from Loyola University and a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He is married to Ms. Bernadette Keller.
  • James Duff James C. Duff is the the president and CEO of the Freedom Forum, the nonpartisan foundation dedicated to the First Amendment and media issues and which runs Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, the First Amendment Center, and the Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • James Fallows James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
  • Major Garrett Major Garrett was named CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent in November 2012. As Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. He is also a substitute anchor of "Face The Nation."

    While covering the White House for CBS News, Garrett reported extensively on the fiscal cliff negotiations; covered President Obama's second inauguration; and reported breaking details of Obama's gun control proposals after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Garrett also traveled with President Obama to the Middle East to cover the president's first foreign trip of his second term in office.

    Before joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett was a fixture during CBS News' coverage of Campaign 2012 through a partnership with the National Journal, where he was Chief White House Correspondent. He co-hosted the network's coverage of the 2011 South Carolina Republican Primary debate alongside "CBS Evening News" Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley.
  • Timothy Geithner Timothy Franz Geithner is the 75th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving under President Barack Obama. He was previously the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • David Gregory David Gregory is the moderator of "Meet the Press," America's longest-running television program. Since taking the helm in December 2008, the program has maintained its tradition as must-see television for politics and public policy, setting the agenda and asking the tough questions of elected officials and candidates on such issues as the economy, budget, foreign and political campaigns.
  • Margaret A. Hamburg Margaret A. Hamburg became the 21st Commissioner of Food and Drugs in May 2009. The second woman to be nominated for this position, she is an experienced medical doctor, scientist, and public health executive. As the top official of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Hamburg is currently overseeing the implementation of laws to curb the use of tobacco and enhance food safety, and has undertaken major efforts streamline and modernize FDA’s regulatory pathways.

    Before joining FDA, Dr. Hamburg worked at the Nuclear Threat Initiative from 2001 to 2009, first as the vice president for biological programs and later as the foundation’s senior scientist. From 1997 to 2001, she was assistant secretary for policy and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in the 1990s she served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Hamburg earned her undergraduate and medical school degrees from Harvard University.
  • Gwen Ifill Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor for "The PBS NEWSHOUR w/ Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff."
  • Valerie B. Jarrett Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls.
  • Jonathan Karl Jonathan Karl was named ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent in December 2012. He regularly contributes to all broadcasts, including "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline." In addition, he reports for all of ABC's digital properties, including the popular political blog "The Note" and hosts a weekly digital show for ABC News/Yahoo! News.
  • Dr. Henry Kissinger Henry Alfred Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State of the United States from 1973 to 1977, continuing to hold the position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs which he first assumed in 1969 until 1975. After leaving government service, he founded Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm, of which he is chairman.
  • Larry Kudlow Larry Kudlow is host of CNBC's primetime "The Kudlow Report" and the co-host of CNBC's "The Call." He is also the host of The Larry Kudlow Show, which broadcasts on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm on WABC Radio and is syndicated nationally by Citadel Media.

    He is also the founder and CEO of Kudlow and Company, LLC, an economic research and consulting firm. Mr. Kudlow is a familiar face in Washington and on Wall Street -- a renowned free market, supply-side economist armed with knowledge, vision, and integrity acquired over a storied career spanning three decades.

    He offers a tremendous wealth of insight and expertise to help investors better navigate tomorrow's evolving economic and political terrain.
  • Corby Kummer Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America."
  • Mark Leibovich
  • David Leonhardt David Leonhardt is the managing editor of a new New York Times website covering politics and policy, scheduled to begin in 2014. He was previously the paper’s Washington bureau chief, as well as an economics columnist. He is the author of the e-book, “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth,” published by The Times and Byliner.
  • Chris Matthews Chris Matthews is the host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” on MSNBC and the host of NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Over the last 15 years, he has become known for his powerful and influential political commentary. Matthews is an author, international journalist, and no-nonsense political commentator.
  • Brian Moynihan Brian T. Moynihan is the chief executive officer of Bank of America. He was elected to his role by the board of directors on December 16, 2009, and took office on January 1, 2010. Moynihan also is a member of the Bank of America board of directors.

    Moynihan leads one of the world's largest financial institutions. Bank of America serves consumers, businesses of all sizes and institutional investors with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 58 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,800 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users.

    Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves corporate, institutional and individual clients through operations in more than 40 countries.

    Under Moynihan's leadership, Bank of America is building on its leadership position in community development, philanthropy and environmental initiatives. The company is working toward achieving three major public goals: a 10-year, $1.5 trillion community lending and investing goal; a 10-year, $2 billion philanthropic giving goal; and a 10-year, $20 billion goal for lending to and investing in environmental initiatives.

    Moynihan has led Bank of America's Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group of senior executives from across lines of business, since 2007. His direct support of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the bank has been instrumental in creating an inclusive work environment that is consistently recognized by third parties as one of the best in corporate America. The bank continues to gain recognition as a top employer by Working Mother, Black Enterprise, DiversityInc, G.I. Jobs, Hispanic Business and LATINA Style magazines; scored a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for policies beneficial to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associates; and was named an 'adoption friendly workplace' by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

    Moynihan joined Bank of America in 2004 following the company's merger with FleetBoston Financial. In 2010, he was elected a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University.
  • Marwan Muasher Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment's research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University.

    Muasher began his career as a journalist for The Jordan Times. He then served at the Ministry of Planning, at the prime minister's office as press adviser, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington.

    In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He then returned to Jordan to serve as foreign minister, where he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Road Map.

    In 2004 he became deputy prime minister responsible for reform and government performance, and led the effort to produce a ten-year plan for political, economic, and social reform. From 2006 to 2007, he was a member of the Jordanian Senate.

    Most recently, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010. He is also the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation.
  • President Pervez Musharraf President Pervez Musharraf occupied, what TIME Magazine described as "the most dangerous job in the world," playing a crucial role in the global war on terror. President Musharraf has survived two assassination attempts; rooted out militants in his own government; helped direct countless raids against Al Qaeda - both in his cities and in the mountains; and tracked Osama Bin Laden with technical and human intelligence. His astonishingly revealing memoir, In the Line of Fire, chronicles his struggles for the security and political future of his nation, with high stakes for the world at large.

    At the start of his presidency, political restructuring was one of the four areas of focus for his government. He began examining why democracy remained dysfunctional in Pakistan and addressed the core malaise. He empowered the people of Pakistan at the grass roots level through a local government system, which did not previously exist; the women of Pakistan were empowered by gaining reserve seats at every tier of the Parliament; multiple private TV channels were allowed for the first time in the history of Pakistan, and the electronic and print media began operating independently of the government.

    Following the September 11th terror attacks, the United States sought President Musharraf’s support to fight the Taliban. With a vision for a modern, democratic, non-fundamentalist Islamic Pakistan, President Musharraf was one of America’s greatest allies in helping to fight the Taliban.

    In the course of his seven years at the helm of affairs in Pakistan, President Musharraf traveled widely all over the world and met many prominent leaders, and many of those leaders came to Pakistan and interacted with him. Such top-level interactions allowed him to develop a sense of the geo-strategic realities of the world, and various conflict regions. It also crystallized his views and perceptions of key world issues. President Musharraf articulated one such thought to bring harmony into distraught regions in the form of a "strategy of Enlightened Moderation". This captured the imagination of the West in particular, and was adopted by the Islamic World for Enlightened Moderation.

    President Musharraf has a vision for Pakistan, and still believes that it is a nation that has all the resources, the potential and all the human capability to be transformed into a progressive, moderate, and prosperous Islamic State.
  • Norah O'Donnell Emmy award-winning reporter Norah O'Donnell was named CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent in June 2011.

    O'Donnell will also become the principal substitute anchor for "Face The Nation," the growing Sunday morning public affairs broadcast anchored by CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, and will report for all CBS News broadcasts, including occasionally for "60 Minutes."

    O'Donnell has been the Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC and a contributing correspondent for "TODAY" and "Weekend TODAY." She also appears regularly on "The Chris Matthews Show" and has co-anchored the 9 a.m. hour of "TODAY."

    O'Donnell provided in-depth coverage of the 2008 presidential election, during which she anchored throughout the primaries and reported on the exit polls. She was one of the main anchors for MSNBC's primetime coverage of both the Democratic and Republican conventions, and moderated a panel of MSNBC's chief political analysts. She won an Emmy as part of NBC News' election night coverage.

    O'Donnell joined NBC News in 1999. Prior to that, she was a staff reporter for the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, and worked as a contributor and analyst for MSNBC.

    During her 12-year tenure at NBC, O'Donnell's assignments have taken her around the country and the globe. They include coverage of the 2004 presidential campaign of President George W. Bush, as well as the 2000 presidential campaigns of John McCain and George W. Bush. She provided analysis of the debates, the Republican and Democratic conventions, Election Night, as well as the 2000 Florida recount.

    For her "Dateline NBC" story, "D.C. In Crisis," which aired on Sept. 11, 2001, O'Donnell was honored with the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage. In the months following the attacks, she traveled extensively with then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, reporting on the war in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.

    Born into a military family, O'Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She is married to Geoff Tracy, a restaurateur in Washington, D.C, where they live with their three children.
  • David Rhodes David Rhodes was named President of CBS News in February 2011. As President, he oversees all network newsgathering and breaking news coverage including programs such as the "CBS Evening News," "The Early Show," "CBS Sunday Morning," "Face the Nation, "48 Hours Mystery," and content for CBSNews.com and CBS News Radio.

    Prior to joining CBS News, Rhodes worked at two fast-growing news organizations, holding senior roles at Bloomberg and at Fox News. He began his career in electronic journalism in 1996 as a Production Assistant with the newly-launched Fox News Channel, remaining at Fox as the upstart network surpassed cable competitors to become number one in the category, where it has remained since 2002.

    Over 12 years at Fox, Rhodes held various positions in newsgathering and management, rising to Vice President of News in charge of the network's day-to-day spot news coverage, domestic news bureaus, and hard-news programs. In his time at the channel, he ran political reporting, beginning in 2000, and took part in election-night decision teams from 2002 to 2008. Rhodes edited foreign coverage including coordination of the channel's resources in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Gulf region. He directed the network's coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and other major events. Rhodes was Fox News Channel's assignment manager and was on the desk in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania came under attack.

    In November 2008, Rhodes joined Bloomberg's Multimedia group as Head of U.S. Television. As Bloomberg launched a new approach to its global TV product, he assumed responsibility for the U.S. channel's programming, development, editorial, newsgathering, production, and operations, directing a staff of more than 200 people. During this time he launched an all-new look and feel for the channel's programming and made significant changes in the channel's on-air talent and overall positioning.

    Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is a native of New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Emma, and sons Ethan and Oliver.
  • Dorothy Robyn Dorothy Robyn became the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment in July 2009. In this position, she provides management and oversight of military installations worldwide and manages environmental, safety, and occupational health programs for the Department. The Department's installations cover some 28 million acres, with 539,000 buildings and structures valued at more than $800 billion. Her responsibilities include the development of installation capabilities, programs, and budgets; installation-energy programs and policy; base realignment and closure; privatization of military housing and utilities; and integration of environmental needs into the weapons acquisition process. She is also responsible for environmental management, safety and occupational health; environmental restoration at active and closing bases; conservation of natural and cultural resources; pollution prevention; environmental research and technology; fire protection; and explosives safety. Dr. Robyn also serves as the Department's designated Senior Real Property Officer and the DoD representative to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

    Before her appointment to the Department of Defense, Dr. Robyn was a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm that specializes in competition and antitrust, energy and the environment. She focused principally on economic analysis of public policy issues related to the aviation and telecommunications sectors, including such issues as: proposed changes in the governance and financing of the U.S. air traffic control system; antitrust issues affecting international airline alliances; and mechanisms for FCC allocation of vacant radio spectrum. Prior to joining The Brattle Group in 2002, she was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

    From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. She managed interagency coordination on high-priority issues in aviation and transportation, aerospace and defense, science and technology, and competition policy. Most relevant to her current job, she oversaw the development and implementation of the Clinton Administration's Defense Reinvestment and Transition Initiative, which encompassed adjustment programs for workers and communities hurt by defense downsizing; a comprehensive strategy to accelerate reuse of closing military bases; and efforts such as housing privatization, defense acquisition reform and "dual-use" R&D that were designed to allow for greater DoD reliance on commercial markets.

    Prior to joining the White House staff, Dr. Robyn was with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). From 1983-1987, she was an assistant professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she taught courses in public management, policy analysis and the business-government relationship.

    She is co-author (with William Baumol) of Toward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance: Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? (Brookings Press, 2006) and author of Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Dr. Robyn has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (1991-93) and as book editor for Issues in Science and Technology (1986-89). She wrote the 1995 White House report, Second to None: Preserving America's Military Advantage through Dual-Use Technology and co-authored the 1988 OTA report, Commercializing High-Temperature Superconductivity. She has a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.
  • David M. Rubenstein David M. Rubenstein is co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group. Since its inception in 1987, the private equity firm has grown into managing more than $100 billion from 27 offices around the world. Rubenstein is chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and president of the Economic Club of Washington.

    He is a regent of the Smithsonian Institution and on the boards of directors or trustees for Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and several other organizations.

    Rubenstein also serves on several academic councils and advisory boards. He has practiced law, served as chief counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on constitutional amendments, and was President Jimmy Carter's deputy assistant for domestic policy.
  • Robert E. Rubin Robert E. Rubin began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1966. He served as vice chairman and co-chief operating officer from 1987 to 1990, and as co-senior partner and co-chairman from 1990 to 1992. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1964 to 1966. Secretary Rubin joined the Clinton administration in 1993, serving in the White House as assistant to the president for economic policy, and as the first director of the National Economic Council. He served as the seventieth secretary of the treasury from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Rubin served as a member of the board of directors at Citigroup and as a senior adviser to the company. He is chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the United States' leading community-development support organization. He serves on the board of trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a member of the Harvard Corporation. In 2006, Mr. Rubin was one of the founders of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. In 2010, Mr. Rubin joined Centerview Partners as a counselor of the firm. He is author of In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington, a New York Times best seller and one of Business Week's ten best business books of the year. He is based in New York City.
  • Marco Rubio Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.
  • Representative Paul Ryan Paul D. Ryan, Jr. is an American politician and Congressman from Wisconsin.

    He is a member of the Republican Party, and represents Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Kai Ryssdal Kai Ryssdal is the host of Marketplace, a business program that airs weekdays on U.S. public radio stations. Marketplace is produced and distributed by American Public Media. He took over in August 2005, replacing David Brown. Before hosting Marketplace, he was host of the Marketplace Morning Report, a 10-minute business roundup.
  • Antonin Scalia Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 11, 1936. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960-1961.

    He was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio from 1961-1967, a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia from 1967-1971, and a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago from 1977-1982, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Stanford University.

    He was chairman of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law, 1981-1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen, 1982-1983. He served the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971-1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972-1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974-1977.

    He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat September 26, 1986.
  • Eric Schmidt Eric E. Schmidt is executive chairman of Google. Since joining the startup in 2001, Schmidt has helped grow the company to be a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, and advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as Google’s CEO, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside its founder. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Schmidt is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the UK. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007.
  • Howard Schultz Howard Schultz is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company. He purchased Starbucks in 1987 with the help of local investors in Seattle. He was originally drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture in 1982 when he moved from his native New York to join Starbucks as director of operations and marketing when Starbucks had four stores. In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and was captivated by Italian coffee bars decided to bring that back to the States. In order to pursue this dream, Schultz left Starbucks to start his own coffee company, Il Giornale, and returned in 1987 to purchase Starbucks. Schultz went on to create two landmark programs for Starbucks partners (employees): comprehensive health coverage for part-time partners and equity in the company in the form of stock options. Starbucks has grown to more than 16,000 stores around the world.
  • Ben Sherwood Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News' broadcasts, including World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne, and ABC News NOW. Under Sherwood's leadership the News division is enjoying journalistic success and significant audience growth. In addition, during Sherwood's tenure the News division has won some of the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi, and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. Sherwood launched his journalistic career in earnest when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News' PrimeTime Live with anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In 1997 he joined NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw as broadcast producer responsible for "In Depth" reports, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer, where he helped guide coverage of the September 11th attacks and the controversy in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of the network's award-winning morning program, Good Morning America. he guided GMA to two of the most successful seasons in its history, while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and the presidential election of 2004. Over the years Sherwood's journalism and non-fiction essays have been published in many respected publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New Republic, Washington Monthly, Parade, and O magazine. He is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels, The Man Who Ate the 747 (2000) and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2004). His fiction has been published around the world in more than 15 languages. In July 2010, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and was released by Universal Pictures under the title Charlie St. Cloud. Sherwood's latest book, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction exploration of the science and secrets behind who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn't; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; and who triumphs after economic hardship and who surrenders. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller, has been featured widely in print and on television and has been published around the world. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Sherwood earned a BA degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master's degrees in British imperial history and development economics. Sherwood is a member of the advisory board of City Year Los Angeles and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He and his wife, Karen, live in New York with their two young boys.
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise with offices in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position.
  • Eric Spiegel Eric Spiegel is the President and CEO of Siemens USA and is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the company’s largest market. With $19.2 billion in revenue, $6 billion in exports and approximately 53,000 employees in the U.S., Siemens provides solutions for more affordable and efficient healthcare, the growing demands of cities and the nation's infrastructure needs, cleaner sources of energy production, and industrial productivity. Siemens has over 130 manufacturing sites across the U.S. and is represented in all 50 states.
  • Jake Tapper CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper debuted in March 2013. Tapper was named host of the network's Sunday morning show, State of the Union in June 2015.
  • Rex Tillerson Rex Tillerson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil.
  • Chuck Todd Chuck Todd is the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, as well as the host of “The Daily Rundown” on msnbc. He became NBC News’ political director in March 2007. He also serves as NBC News’ on-air political analyst for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” and msnbc.
  • Chris Wallace Christopher "Chris" Wallace is an American journalist, currently the host of the Fox Network program, Fox News Sunday. Wallace has won three Emmy Awards, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award, and a Peabody Award. Wallace has been with Fox News since 2003. As a previous moderator of Meet the Press, Wallace is the only person to date to have served as host/moderator of more than one of the major Sunday political talk shows.
  • Juan Williams Juan Williams is an Emmy Award-winning writer, radio, and television correspondent. Williams is currently serving as a senior national correspondent for National Public Radio. Prior to joining NPR, Williams spent 23 years working at the Washington Post as a columnist and White House correspondent. Author of "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America - and What We Can Do About It."

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