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Jill Abramson is the editorial leader of The New York Times, the nation’s preeminent news organization. Before being named executive editor in September 2011, she served for eight years as managing editor, guiding the newsroom through a turbulent period and helping change its approach to news dissemination in the digital era. In 2010 she took a sabbatical from that role to gain firsthand experience in the paper’s online operations. Abramson joined the Times in 1997 and served as Washington bureau chief from 2000 to 2003. Before that, she was an investigative reporter and deputy bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997. She is the coauthor of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Abramson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has taught writing at Princeton and Yale Universities.
Linda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency.
As Cal/EPA's Secretary, Adams oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 5,000 employees that serve the state's diverse environmental programs.
Immediately upon appointment, Secretary Adams was designated as Governor Schwarzenegger's lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Adams is now working closely with states, provinces and countries around the world to develop a network of climate initiatives to achieve the greatest global reductions.
Josh Adler, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer at the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Andre Kirk Agassi is a former World No. 1 professional American tennis player who won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles.
He is generally considered by critics and fellow players to be among the greatest tennis players of all time, and has been called the best service returner in the history of tennis. He is married to fellow retired professional tennis player and multiple Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf.
Ismail Agayev, Ph. D. has written two books on current political and cultural developments in the Middle East and the Caucasus region.
A professor of philosophy and history of religion, he worked at major educational institutions throughout the USSR and Russia, chaired the Department of Islamic Philosophy and Culture at the Academy of Science, Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1993 to 1999. In the USA, he taught at multiple special universities' courses throughout California.
Consul General Akov, began his tour of duty at the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco in August 2004, and joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1985. Prior to his appointment as Consul General, David served as Director of Congressional Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem between 2000 and 2004.
In this capacity he advised both the Foreign Minister’s bureau and the Prime Minister’s bureau on Congressional issues relating to Israel and coordinated Congressional visits to Israel.
David also served as Counsellor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. (1995-2000), Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's diplomatic training program (1993-1995) and Consul at the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, GA (1989-1993).
A native Israeli, Consul General Akov served in the Israel Defense Forces following high school. He then went on to earn a B.A. in Middle East History and an M.A. in Political Science and Political Thought, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
He is married to Tamar, a graphic and industrial designer, and they have three children - Shira, Ido and Eliyah.
HRH Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein
Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein is Jordan's Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico. He was previously the kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; a post he held six and a half years (2000-2007). From 1996-2000, he was Jordan's Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN, with the rank of Ambassador.
An expert in the field of international justice, Prince Zeid played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. In September 2002, Prince Zeid was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court, at a time when the Court was only a plan on paper. Prince Zeid also served as a political affairs officer in UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia from February 1994 to February 1996, and, having worked intimately with peacekeeping issues for over the last decade, his knowledge of peacekeeping is extensive.
Prince Zeid holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge (Christ's College). In 1989, he also received his commission as an officer in the Jordanian desert police (the successor to the Arab Legion) and saw service with them until 1994.
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.
She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.
Katrina Alcorn leads the user experience discipline for Hot Studio, has worked as a freelance writer and editor for several newspapers and magazines, and is the author of "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink."
Alan Alda has recently had the distinction of being nominated for an Oscar, a Tony, and an EMMY - as well as publishing a bestselling book - all in the same year.
His memoir, entitled Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I've Learned, became a New York Times bestseller.
His 2005 EMMY nomination was for his role as Arnold Vinick, Republican candidate for the presidency on "The West Wing" (which brought him two SAG Award nominations in the same year, Best Actor and Best Ensemble in a Drama Series). He also received a Tony nomination for his role in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." On film that year, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award and was also nominated for a British Academy Award.
2006 honors include his 32nd Emmy nomination and winning his sixth Emmy for his appearance on "West Wing" (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series) as well as the National Science Board's Public Service Award, and his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has earned international recognition as an actor, writer and director. In addition to "The Aviator," films include "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Flirting With Disaster," "Manhattan Murder Mystery," "And The Band Played On," "Same Time, Next Year" and "California Suite," as well as "The Seduction of Joe Tynan," which he wrote, and also "The Four Seasons," "Sweet Liberty," "A New Life," and "Betsy's Wedding," all of which he wrote and directed.
For his role in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" he won the D.W. Griffith Award, the NY Film Critics Award, and was nominated for a British Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor.
On Broadway, he has appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play "QED." He starred in the first American production of the international hit play "ART." In addition to his nomination for "Glengarry," he was also nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in Neil Simon's "Jake's Women" and the musical "The Apple Tree." Other appearances on Broadway include "The Owl and the Pussycat", "Purlie Victorious" and "Fair Game for Lovers" for which he received a Theatre World Award.
On television, he hosted the award winning series "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS for eleven years, interviewing leading scientists from around the world.
He played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series "M*A*S*H," and also wrote and directed many of the episodes. Alda is the only person to be honored by the TV Academy as top performer, writer and director. His 32 Emmy nominations include one in 1999 for his performance on "ER." In 1994 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Other Television performances include "Truman Capote's The Glass House" and "Kill Me If You Can," for which he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Caryl Chessman, the inmate who spent 12 years on death row.
He has won the Director's Guild Award three times for his work on television, and has received six Golden Globes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and seven People's Choice Awards, and has been nominated for two Writer's Guild Awards.
Alan Alda was born in New York City, the son of the distinguished actor, Robert Alda. He began acting in the theater at the age of 16 in summer stock in Barnesville, Pennsylvania.
During his junior year at Fordham University, he studied in Europe where he performed on the stage in Rome and on television in Amsterdam with his father.
After college, he acted at the Cleveland Playhouse on a Ford Foundation grant. On his return to New York, he was seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and on television. He later acquired improvisational training with "Second City" in New York and "Compass" at Hyannisport. That background in political and social satire led to his work as a regular on television's "That Was the Week That Was."
For twenty years he was a member of the Board of the Museum of Television & Radio, and for ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he was a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Brian Alexander is an award-winning contributing editor at Glamour magazine and writes the "Sexploration" column for msnbc.com. His six-part online series, America Unzipped, received more than one million viewers per month. He lives in San Diego, California.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies. Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992, and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006.
In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and on defending the rights of women in Dutch Muslim society. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made "Submission," a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures.
Wajahat Ali (playwright) is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. "The Domestic Crusaders" is his first full-length play. Born and raised in Fremont, a city located in the Silicon Valley of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been writing, producing and directing plays, films, and comedy sketches since he was a child, enlisting his friends to be actors and crew. In Fall, 2001, during his undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley, he hesitantly began writing "The Domestic Crusaders" in order to pass a 20 page short story assignment due for a writing class taught by Ishmael Reed, and with his encouragement, transformed the piece into a play which premiered in 2005 at the Thrust Stage of the Berkeley Repertory Theater and San Jose University Theater. In 2009, The Domestic Crusaders premiered Off-Broadway in New York at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and broke their box office records during its historic 5 week run.
For the past decade, Lisa Aliferis has specialized in producing medical reports for television, most recently at Dateline NBC. She also produced health reports for five years at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. As a 1996 Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellow, Aliferis examined issues related to end-of-life care. She spent months documenting the stories of three families and whose loved ones were hospitalized in an intensive care unit; the families struggled along with doctors in deciding how far to go with aggressive medical treatment. Aliferis is a graduate of Brown University.
Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi
Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi was Minister of Trade and Minister of Defence in the cabinet appointed by the Interim Iraq Governing Council from September 2003 until 2004, and subsequently Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional Government between 2005 and 2006. A Shia Muslim, Allawi was part of the Iraqi exile community in London during the rule of Saddam Hussein. He was one of the organizers of 'The Declaration of Iraqi Shia', a statement released in 2002. Before being appointed by the governing council in 2003, Allawi was a professor at Oxford University. Ali is son of Ahmad Chalabi's sister, making him Chalabi's nephew.
Derene Allen is Senior Vice President and Partner of Santiago Solutions Group. Allen has been with SSG since 2001 and now heads SSG's San Francisco practice adding deep direct response, loyalty and Latin American marketing experience. Prior to SSG, Derene was GM US Hispanic for Fiera, a Latino e-commerce site. Allen has served as an adjunct professor in Latin American universities such as the Tecnológico de Monterrey. While in Mexico and Peru, she served as a consultant for CCM-FEMSA (a leading beer-soda conglomerate), UNICEF and AeroMexico. Previously, Derene co-founded The Innova Group, an international marketing firm where she consulted for J&J, Cigna, Philips, Kodak, Dannon, Nestlé and P&G. Allen started her career in the financial services/travel industry with 10 years at American Express, ultimately responsible for Market Research, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications for 45 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean for all Card, Travelers Cheque and Insurance products. She is a visiting lecturer at Cal State University and her insights have been published in books such as Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations. Allen is the recipient of many U.S. and International Direct Marketing Awards. A native of Aruba, she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and served on the Board of MANA, a national Latina leadership organization well known for its middle school mentorship program. She received her MBA from the Garvin School of International Management (Thunderbird).
Joey Altman is an American chef, restaurateur, TV host and writer.
George Anders is a New York Times-bestselling author and a journalist with three decades of experience writing for national publications. He started his career at The Wall Street Journal, where he became a top feature writer specializing in in-depth profiles. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for national reporting. He also has served as West Coast bureau chief for Fast Company magazine and as a founding member of the Bloomberg View board of editors. His work has appeared in leading publications worldwide, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Guardian and the Harvard Business Review.
Host of public radio’s Peabody Award–winning Studio 360, Kurt Andersen is also cofounder and editor of Spy magazine. He is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, the New York Times, New York, and Time, and has authored three novels, the most recent being True Believers (2012).
Chris Anderson is the co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, AdWeek’s “Magazine of the Decade” (2009). Before Wired Chris was with The Economist for seven years, and prior to that spent six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.
Renee Anderson is the director of user experience for Hot Studio, Inc.
Kara Andrade is a five-year veteran of multimedia journalism, print and online, who uses social media to bridge the world of newspapers, technologists and entrepreneurs to present relevant, accessible and edgy stories.
She builds communities online and offline both through reporting and consulting work and organizes events in virtual worlds such as Second Life.
News Reporter, ABC7
Corporate Strategist; Author, The High-Purpose Company
John Arquilla earned his degrees in international relations from Rosary College (BA, 1975) and Stanford University (MA, 1989; Ph.D., 1991). He is an associate professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
His teaching includes courses in the history of special operations, international political theory, the revolution in military affairs, and information-age conflict. He has written Lessons from the War with Saddam Hussein, Dubious Battles, and From Troy to Entebbe, as well as many articles, book chapters, and monographs on a wide range of topics in security affairs.
He is best known for his collaborative RAND studies with David Ronfeldt, notably Cyberwar is Coming! (1993), The Advent of Netwar (1996), In Athena's Camp (1997), and Swarming and the Future of Conflict (1999). Their latest book, Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy (2001) analyzes the rise of terror and transnational criminal networks, and considers strategic options for waging the current terror war.
J. Michael Arrington
J. Michael Arrington is an entrepreneur and the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering Silicon Valley technology start-ups and the wider technology field in the USA and abroad.
Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet. In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.
Dan Ashley is anchor of ABC7 News at 6 & 11 p.m. and ABC7 News at 9 p.m. on Your TV20, weekdays.
Eric Asimov is The Times's wine critic.
Reza Aslan is a writer and scholar of religions.
Born in Iran, Aslan is currently a research associate at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy. He was a visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Iowa and the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
A frequent commentator on television, radio, and in print, Aslan is a graduate of Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of Iowa. He is the author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam and How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror.
Linda Avey is co-founder and CEO of Curious, Inc., a personal data discovery platform. Previously, she co-founded 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company.
Robert Baer was a CIA case officer in the Directorate of Operations from 1976 to 1997, where he served in Middle Eastern countries, including Iraq and Lebanon. He is the author of See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism.
Baer believes that there is evidence linking Iran to attacks on American interests, including the Khobar Towers bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 19 U.S. soldiers in 1996. He says that Iran has been mishandled by U.S. diplomats since the 1980s and that American foreign policy regarding the Islamic Republic is based on myths and misinformation.
In 2002, Nidya Baez and other socially conscious high school students from Oakland, California, created a vision for a new school dedicated to the empowerment of minority youth. Today, their vision is alive at the Youth Empowerment School (YES) where the focus is on authentic lessons and assessment. In 2006, all eleventh grade students at YES took AP Chemistry and AP History. Today, fully 84 percent of YES students are qualified to apply for a four year institution.
Baez graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2007 with a degree in Latin American Studies. She serves as an English Language coach and substitute teacher at her alma mater, Fremont High School in Oakland. She is preparing to receive her teaching credential and will be teaching Spanish at YES, the school she helped design.
Khairul Idzwan Baharin
CEO, MyDerm, Malaysia
James A. Baker III
James A. Baker III served as the nation's 61st secretary of state, from January 1989 through August 1992, under President George H.W. Bush. Secretary Baker served as White House chief of staff to President Reagan from 1981 to 1985 and as under secretary of commerce to President Gerald Ford beginning in 1975.
He currently co-chairs the Iraq Study Group, a panel of prominent former officials charged by members of Congress with taking a fresh look at America's policy on Iraq, with former Democratic Representative Lee H. Hamilton.
Alec attended George Washington University and planned to attend law school, when he auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program on a dare. He was accepted, and in 1979 began what would become his professional training.
In 1980, he was cast in the daytime TV series "The Doctors" on NBC and, subsequently, has worked in nearly every venue as a professional actor ever since.
Alec is an out-spoken supporter of various causes related to public policy, including environmentalism, the government's support of the arts, campaign finance reform, animal rights and gun control.
He serves on the board of directors of The Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor, Long Island), The New York University/Brennan Center for Justice Program Advisory Board, People For The American Way and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, dedicated in honor of his mother. He is a vigorous supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Alec is a dedicated supporter of the East Hampton Daycare Center.
Baldwin is a graduate of New York University (BFA, Tisch School of the Arts), 1994.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale is a Senior Research Associate in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program (WMDTRP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
He obtained his B.A. in Middle Eastern and Central Asian history at the University of Michigan, his M.A. in social movements and political sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in contemporary European history at Berkeley. He has taught at Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of California at Irvine, and was the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships from the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia, the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress, and the Center for German and European Studies at Berkeley.
Dr. Bale has been studying extremist and terrorist groups for many years, and has published numerous articles on terrorism, right-wing extremism, Islamism, and covert operations. He is in the process of updating a large book manuscript on neo-fascist terrorist networks in Cold War Europe, co-editing a volume on "New Religious Movements and Extremist Politics," and gathering primary and secondary source materials for two new monographs, one on Islamist terrorist networks operating in Europe and North America and their possible WMD use, and the other on the growing links between dissident left- and right-wing radicals in the West and Islamist terrorists.
His responsibilities at CNS include preparing terrorist group profiles and other in-depth research reports on various aspects of terrorist ideologies, motivations, and operational techniques.
Associate Program Director, Commonwealth Club of California
Executive Chef, Bar Tartine
Daniel Ballon is Senior Policy Fellow in Technology Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. Dr. Ballon's research focuses on policies which promote innovation in the technology sector. He previously spent ten years conducting applied research in biotechnology, and his work has been published in leading biomedical journals.
Prior to joining PRI, he served as science and technology policy advisor for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute.
Dr. Ballon received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University.
Matt Bannick is a managing partner at Omidyar Network.
Subodh Bapat is a vice president and distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, responsible for driving Sun's systems-level energy strategy. This includes energy management architectures, specifications, tools, and standards for the entire stack, from the microprocessor and system level up through the system software, including the virtualization and operating system layers.
Mr. Bapat has served as CTO for Sun's volume systems division, in which role he drove the expansion of Sun's product portfolio to include Opteron-based systems. He was responsible for the overall technology direction for Sun's blade servers, rack-mount servers, telecom-optimized servers, technical-compute servers, and workstations.
In that role, he drove architectures and strategies for next-generation system architectures, interconnects, and networking standards. Most recently, he served in Sun's software division as CTO for Sun's systems management and connected services product line.
Tom Barbash is an American writer of fiction and nonfiction, educator and critic. He is the author of the novel The Last Good Chance and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal. His fiction has been published in Tin House, Story magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review and The Indiana Review. His cricitism has appeared in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He currently teaches at Stanford University, where was both a Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer, at California College of the Arts, and at the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Peter Barnes is the co-founder and former president of Working Assets Long Distance. In 1995, he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.
He is the author of Who Owns the Sky? and Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-Soldier, and has written for Newsweek, the New Republic, the New York Times, and many other publications.
Kathryn Baron is a Journalism Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley.
She is a past host of "The California Report" on KQED and six-time winner of the Education Writer Association's National Awards for Education Reporting.
Robert L. Barr, Jr. is an attorney and a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia. Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia, from 1995 to 2003.
Barr is now a Life Member of, and on the National Committee for, the United States Libertarian Party.
Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He is also a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. He recently stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009.
A former associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Stanford University, he is the author of more than 40 technical papers in his field of study and is a leading advocate for improving education in the United States.
Paul M. Barrett
Paul Barrett is the director of the investigative reporting team at Business Week. He is the author of The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America.
Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Barry has also written a total of 30 books. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played Barry.
Barry has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show.
Dennis Bartels, a nationally known science education and policy expert, became Executive Director of the Exploratorium in May 2006. He holds a PhD in Education Administration from Stanford University.
John Battelle is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author. Currently founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing, he is also a founder and executive producer of conferences in the media, technology, communications, and entertainment industries as well as "band manager" with BoingBoing.net.
Previously, Battelle was founder, chairman, and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to founding The Standard, Battelle was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.
He is the author of The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture (Portfolio, 2005).
Ralph Baxter is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a position he has held since 1990.
Under Mr. Baxter's leadership, Orrick has expanded, diversified and extended its geographic reach, transforming from a domestic firm with California origins to one of the world's largest and most prominent law firms, with more than 1,000 lawyers in 18 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Rick Bayless is an American chef who specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations. He is, perhaps, best known for his PBS series "Mexico: One Plate at a Time."
Yves is a design entrepreneur who believes that product, digital and brand design are cornerstones of any business. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the Creative Co-Founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform, and is Co-founder of start-up August, a next generation home entry system.
Dr. Maziar Behrooz
Maziar Behrooz is an assistant professor of Middle East history at San Francisco State University.
Jeff Bell has been working in radio for nearly two decades and has spent most of the past one anchoring news in Northern California.
Jeff attended U.C. Irvine to study civil engineering, and then to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to get his M.B.A. Along the way, he began working in radio and set off on a circuitous path that first led him to KCBS in 1993. After two years as a part-time anchor/reporter for the station, Jeff left for fulltime work at KFBK in Sacramento, where he spent the next eight years anchoring drive-time news programs. He returned to KCBS in 2004.
Laurel G. Bellows is the Founder and Managing Principal of The Bellows Law Group, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1974.
Bellows is currently president of the American Bar Association. She began serving her one-year term as president at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting on August 2012. She previously chaired the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession. Bellows has also previously served as the head of the Chicago Bar Association.
As co-founder and principal at BBMG, Raphael Bemporad is a passionate champion for a new approach to branding that puts values behind every marketing initiative and image campaign.
An expert in brand strategy, cause marketing and public affairs, Bemporad has launched national media campaigns, drafted public policy, created consumer and nonprofit brands on aggressive timelines and budgets and managed communications for local, state and federal elected officials.
Fluent in Italian and conversant in Spanish, his experience is international in scope and diverse in terms of issues and industries. He has directed recent initiatives for clients such as Luna Bar, ShoreBank, UNICEF, Ocean Conservancy, Social Venture Network, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for a New American Dream. Bemporad also oversees the firm's unique pro bono initiative the BBMG It How We Live Grant which recently launched the Pure Prevention campaign to raise awareness of the environmental causes of breast cancer.
Prior to co-founding BBMG, Bemporad served as communications director at Do Something, where he oversaw marketing, media relations and cause-related partnerships with Levi Strauss & Co., SEARS, Kenneth Cole and Rolling Stone magazine.
Bemporad also has an extensive background in political communications, getting his start as a press aide to Texas Governor Ann W. Richards. He also served as communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, as communications director for Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis and as press secretary for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett .
Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and professor of history at New York University. His work has focused on the history of cities, intellectuals, and academic disciplines, and he has been honored with the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Currently, he is exploring ways of developing narratives of American history, the subject of the La Pietra Report and "Rethinking American History in a Global Age." Most recently, he is the coauthor of "The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century" and "A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History."
Khalil Bendib is a fine artist and political cartoonist.
By August 2007, when his first book, Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist, was published, Bendib's cartoons had appeared in more than 1,700 small and mid-sized newspapers.
Larry Bensky is a literary and political journalist with more than forty years experience in both print and broadcast media, as well as a teacher and long-time political activist. He is well known for his work with Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California, and for the many nationally-broadcast hearings he anchored for the Pacifica network.
A native of New York City, Bensky graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1954 and, with departmental honors, from Yale University, where he was managing editor of the Yale Daily News. He is married and has one daughter.
Lowell Bergman, Director of the Investigative Reporting Program, is also a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Mitchell Berman is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of ZillionTV. His 25 years of executive management and entrepreneurial leadership in multimedia entertainment and technology includes a combination of powerhouse television brands and rising television technology start-ups.
Under his global leadership, Berman has spearheaded the launch of consumer entertainment services spanning cable, DBS, IPTV, Broadband, P2P, VoIP, wireless, interactive television, video-on-demand (VOD) and digital advertising insertion.
Lisa A. Bero is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy and Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Bero is a pharmacologist with primary interests in how clinical and basic sciences are translated into clinical practice and health policy. She has developed and validated methods for assessing the quality of research and scientific publication and measures influences on the quality of research, including university-industry relations.
Dr. Bero has also conducted analyses to examine the dissemination and policy implications of scientific publications. She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles related to her research as well as co-authored The Cigarette Papers (UC Press, 1996).
Her international activities include: advisor to the World Health Organization Drug Action Programme, advisor to the World Bank, member of the editorial board of the British Medical Journal, Co-Director of the San Francisco Cochrane Center, member of the Steering Group of The Cochrane Collaboration, and editor for the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organization of Care Group -- an international group of researchers conducting meta-analyses of the literature on interventions to change health professional behavior. She serves on several national and international committees related to technology assessment.
Barnett Berry leads a research-based advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating teacher leadership and conducting research that can transform the teaching profession. In 2003, he created the Teacher Leaders Network - a dynamic virtual community. Its purpose is to elevate the voices of expert teachers when it comes to policy debates regarding their profession and the students they serve.
Berry also has worked as a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, served as a senior executive with the South Carolina State Department of Education, and directed an education policy center while a professor at the University of South Carolina. He has authored numerous academic and trade publications.
President and CEO, Project Lead the Way
Donald Mark Berwick is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. On July 7, 2010, Barack Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to serve as the Administrator of CMS through a recess appointment.
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization twelve years ago out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was named by Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business."
James R. Bettinger
James R. Bettinger is the director of the Knight Fellowships, and professor (teaching) of Communication at Stanford. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Bettinger is the former A.M. city editor of the San Jose Mercury News and former city editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He was a Fellow at Stanford in 1982-83, and was Deputy Director from 1989-2000.
Sabeer Bhatia is an entrepreneur and founder of NanoCity and sits on the board of directors of several companies as well as advises start-ups. With NanoCity, he hopes to replicate the vibrance and eco-system of innovation found in the Silicon Valley.
Bhatia was born in India in 1968. Two years into his undergraduate education at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, he transferred to Caltech. He later received his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, then went on to work at Apple and Fire Power Systems before co-founding Hotmail.
Among his many honors, TIME named him one of the "People to Watch" in International Business in 2002, and he was given the "TR100" award, presented by MIT to 100 young innovators expected to have the greatest impact on technology.
Jacque Servin (also known as Andy Bichlbaum) is one of the leading members of The Yes Men, a culture jamming activist group. Their exploits in "identity correction" are documented in the films The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World. As Ray Thomas, he is a co-founder of RTMark.
A former Maxis employee, he was fired after secretly adding code into the game SimCopter that would cause sprites of males in swimming trunks kissing each other to appear on certain dates. This was not discovered until after the game had been published. The resulting media storm, which Servin says he didn't expect, inspired him to start RTMark, a bulletin board for similar actions, but whose goal was to get attention for under-reported issues.
Servin is also the author of two books of short stories, published with FC2.
He teaches as an assistant professor in subversion at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
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.
Professor Linda J Bilmes is a full-time faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she teaches budgeting, applied budgeting and public finance. She is a faculty affiliate of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Center for Greater Boston. At Harvard, Bilmes runs an innovative program to assist local cities and towns with their financial health, leading teams of student volunteers who work in the communities. She also conducts the Harvard Institute of Politics budgeting workshops for newly-elected Mayors and Members of Congress.
Bilmes is widely considered one of the leading experts in US budgeting and public finance. She has held senior positions in government, including Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of Commerce, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration, and US Representative to several high-ranking commissions, including a Treasury Department commission to examine the viability of the Inter-American Investment Corporation. She is currently serving a four-year term on the National Park System Advisory Board.
Bilmes is co-author (with Joseph Stiglitz) of the New York Times bestseller The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (Norton) and co-author (with Scott W. Gould) of The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service (Brookings). She has written extensively on financial and budgetary issues in newspapers, magazines and academic journals including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, Harpers and the Milken Review. She has testified at numerous congressional hearings on subjects including veterans benefits, public service and the cost of the Iraq War. Bilmes has appeared on many national broadcasts, including the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN “World News Tonight”, “In the Money”, the “Lou Dobbs Show”, CBS Evening News, “Democracy Now”, NPR’s “Fresh Air”, “All Things Considered”, “Here and Now”, and “On Point”. She is featured in Charles Ferguson's award-winning documentary film about Iraq, “No End In Sight.” Bilmes is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously spent 10 years as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, advising major corporations and governments on strategy and financial management. She is the recipient of the 2008 “Speaking Truth to Power” Award from the American Friends Service Committee. Bilmes holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University.
Nick Bilton is a columnist for the New York Times and lead blogger for Bits Blog, covering technology, business and culture. His background spans design, user interface, photography, hardware hacking, and more. Nick currently lives in San Francisco with his dog, Pixel.
Renee L. Binder
Renée L. Binder, M.D., University of California, San Francisco Medical School; Psychiatrist; Professor; Founder and Director, UCSF Psychiatry and the Law Program
The Rev. Sally Grover Bingham is a Priest in the Diocese of California currently working as the Environmental Minister at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has been the chair of the Episcopal Diocesan Commission for the Environment for the last eight years. Bingham has been active in the environmental community for twenty years and serves on the national board of Environmental Defense Fund. She is the founder and executive director of The Regeneration Project, a nonprofit ministry, at this time, focusing on a response to global climate change. This particular initiative is called Episcopal Power and Light. The Episcopal model has developed into an interfaith one in several states in the U.S. and Canada. The mission is to mobilize the community of faith to lead by example in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
She has brought widespread attention to the linkage between ecological issues and the Christian Faith. She was appointed by Mayor Willie Brown to serve on the Commission on the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco. In July 2001 Bingham received the Green Power Leadership Pilot Award from the Center for Resource Solutions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Dept of Energy. Episcopal Power and Light was recognized as a Sacred Gift to the Planet by the World Wildlife Fund in November 2000 at a ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Regeneration Project received international Global Energy Award 2002. This "energy Oscar" was presented to Rev. Bingham in Austria by President Mikhail Gorbachev in March 2002.
George Bisharat is a prominent Palestinian-American professor of law and frequent commentator on current events in the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.
J. Michael Bishop
J. Michael Bishop is University Professor and Chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, and a recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Bishop and his colleague Dr. Harold Varmus were jointly awarded the Nobel for their discovery of proto-oncogenes' normal genes that can be converted to cancer genes by genetic damage. This work led to the recognition that all cancer probably arises from damage to normal genes, and provided new strategies for the detection and treatment of cancer.
Dr. Bishop has served as a scientific advisor or member of numerous oversight boards, including the Board of Trustees of The Salk Institute, the National Cancer Advisory Board, and the Medical Advisory Board for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is the author of more than 300 research publications and reviews, and of the book How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science.
Dr. David Bisno
David Bisno grew up in University City, earned his B.A. from Harvard College, and then returned to St. Louis for medical school and ophthalmology residency at Washington University.
After two years in the Navy in Pensacola teaching ophthalmology to the flight surgeons, he headed for Viet Nam. Bisno enjoyed 20 years of private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. After raising two children in Dixie, he changed his focus and headed north.
1992-94 Bisno earned a Master's Degree in the History of Science between Harvard and Dartmouth Colleges. Bisno is now actively engaged in adult education around the world. He enjoys engaging groups of "silver-haired-scholars" in provocative discussion groups on a myriad of subjects.
Mary G. F. Bitterman
Before becoming President of The Bernard Osher Foundation, Mary G.F. Bitterman most recently served as President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, an independent grantmaking foundation serving Californians, and as President and CEO of KQED, one of the leading public broadcasting centers in the United States. She has served also as Executive Director of the Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority, Director of the Voice of America, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and Director of the East-West Center's Institute of Culture and Communication.
Bitterman currently is a director (and Chairman) of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), The Bernard Osher Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, Barclays Global Investors, Santa Clara University, and the Commonwealth Club of California. She has produced several documentaries for public television and has written on telecommunications development and the role of media in developing societies. She is an Honorary Member of the National Presswomen's Federation and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Bitterman received her B.A. from Santa Clara University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.
Mark Bittman writes (mostly) about food for the Times Opinion pages, and is The Magazine’s lead food columnist. He is the author of “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00” and “How To Cook Everything.”
Robert L. Bixby is Executive Director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility.
Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is a multi-talented actor, writer, comedian and director.
Most recently, he's become a filmmaker, writing and directing "Wedding Daze" starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.
He also wrote Run, Fatboy, Run, starring Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton under the direction of David Schwimmer.
Along with David Wain and Michael Showalter, Black created, starred in and co-wrote the Comedy Central series, "Stella." He's one of the lead commentators on VH1's "I Love the..." series, and his writings on contemporary culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wired, Filter Magazine, CMJ Magazine and McSweeney's online.
Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley-based retired serial entrepreneur, founding and/or part of 8 startup companies in California's Silicon Valley. A prolific educator, thought leader and writer on Customer Development for Startups, Blank teaches, refines, writes and blogs on "Customer Development," a rigorous methodology he developed to bring the "scientific method" to the typically chaotic, seemingly disorganized startup process.
Nathan is the technical architect behind Airbnb. A pragmatist who translates vision and design into tangible product through fast iterations, Nathan uses data to identify and pursue high-growth opportunities. Under his leadership, the engineering team has developed a robust, secure marketplace which now facilitates a massive amount of commerce each day.
Louis Blumberg is Director of California Forest and Climate Policy for The Nature Conservancy.
Jared Blumenfeld is the Pacific Southwest Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Cato's executive vice president David Boaz has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism.
He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas," the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook on Policy.
Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate.
He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher", CNN's "Crossfire", NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "All Things Considered", "John McLaughlin's One on One", Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.
Dr. Philip Bobbitt
Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy.
He has published six books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (1978), Constitutional Fate (1982), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Interpretation (1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002) and, most recently, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (Knopf, 2008).
Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Club of Madrid. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.
He is a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government. He has served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly (2 Cir.), Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council.
He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. For the Fall term 2005, he was the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. For the Spring term 2007, he was the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.
Formerly the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair at the Law School, Professor Bobbitt now holds a chair at the Columbia Law School, though he remains a Senior Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.
Bruce Douglas Bochy is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Prior to joining the Giants, Bochy had been the manager of the San Diego Padres for twelve seasons.
He has participated in all five postseason appearances in Padres history, as a backup catcher in 1984 and as their manager in 1996, 1998, 2005, and 2006. In 1998, he led the Padres to their first National League pennant in 14 years, where they lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series.
He reached the World Series for a second time in 2010, this time in a winning effort, and brought the first ever World Series Championship home to the city of San Francisco and the first for the franchise since 1954. He reached the World Series for the third time in 2012, also with the Giants. The Giants won the 2012 World Series in the 10th inning 4-3 over the Detroit Tigers in a 4 game sweep.
Bochy is both the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and the first European-born manager to win the World Series (2010).
Laszlo Bock serves as Vice President, People Operations of Google Inc. He has been a Director of Evolv, Inc., and serves as Member of Western Region Advisory Board at Catalyst, Inc. Mr. Bock earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Yale University School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Pomona College.
David Boies is chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. From 1998 to 2000, Boies served as special trial counsel for the US Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. Boies served as lead counsel for former vice president Al Gore in the 2000 election vote-count litigation in Florida. As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, he won judgments establishing the constitutional right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens in California in the federal district and appellate courts.
John R. Bolton
John Robert Bolton is an American diplomat in several Republican administrations, served as the interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the title of ambassador, from August 2005 until December 2006, on a recess appointment.
His letter of resignation from the Bush Administration was accepted on December 4, 2006, effective when his recess appointment ended December 9 at the formal adjournment of the 109th Congress. Bolton is now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Jon Bonne is the wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dr. Walter Bortz
Walter Michael Bortz is an American physician who promotes the possibility of a 100-year lifespan while working at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
He is one of America's leading scientific experts on aging and has written several bestselling books.
Dr. Michael Boskin
Michael Boskin, a fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of economics at Stanford, served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George H. W. Bush.
Alan Boss is an astrophysicist and a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and a member of its Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, where he does research on planetary and stellar formation.
He is also a member of the Science Working Group for NASA's Kepler Mission to determine the frequency of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way Galaxy and serves on the Kepler Science council, the group that will oversee Kepler's planet discoveries. One of the world's leading authorities on the formation of stars and planets, he has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
UC Berkeley's Center for Integrative Planetary Science's professor Geoff Marcy writes, "Rarely is the history of science so accurately told as in this lively and authoritative book. Alan Boss offers insights about our terrestrial origins, our extraterrestrial brethren, and our destiny in the Galaxy, placing our Earth in the cosmic context for the first time."
Jack Boulware is a San Francisco Library Laureate, co-founder of Litquake, and the author/co-author of three books, including the Bay Area punk oral history Gimme Something Better. He grew up on a ranch in Montana.
Anthony Bourdain is an American author and the "Chef-at-Large" of Brasserie Les Halles, based in New York City with locations in Miami, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Bourdain is also host of the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Admiral Frank Bowman
Admiral Frank L. "Skip" Bowman is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn. He was commissioned following graduation in 1966 from Duke University. In 1973 he completed a dual master's program in nuclear engineering and naval architecture/marine engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was elected to the Society of Sigma Xi. Adm. Bowman has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Duke University. Admiral Bowman serves on two visiting committees at MIT (Ocean Engineering and Nuclear Engineering), the Engineering Board of Visitors at Duke University, and the Nuclear Engineering Department Advisory Committee at the University of Tennessee.
His early assignments included tours in USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641), USS Pogy (SSN 647), USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629), and USS Bremerton (SSN 698). In 1983, Adm. Bowman took command of USS City Of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), which completed a seven-month circumnavigation of the globe and two special classified missions during his command tour. His crew earned three consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" awards. Adm. Bowman later commanded USS Holland (AS 32) from August 1988 to April 1990. During this period, the Holland crew was awarded two Battle Efficiency "E" awards.
Ashore, Adm. Bowman has served on the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen, in Guam; twice in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in the Submarine Policy and Assignment Division; as the SSN 21 Attack Submarine Program Coordinator on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; on the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group; and as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Warfare). In December 1991, he was promoted to flag rank and assigned as Deputy Director of Operations on the Joint Staff (J-3) until June 1992, and then as Director for Political-Military Affairs (J-5) until July 1994. Adm. Bowman served as Chief of Naval Personnel from July 1994 to September 1996.
Admiral Bowman assumed duties as Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, on 27 September 1996, and was promoted to his present rank on 1 October 1996. In this position, he was also Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors in the National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy. Admiral Bowman retired from the Naval Service in November 2005.
Under his command, his crews have earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards), the Navy Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon (five awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal (two awards), the Humanitarian Service Medal (two awards), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three awards), and the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon. His personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), and the Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite from the Government of France.
Senator Barbara Boxer
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, Senator Barbara Boxer is now preparing for a tough race against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee, Boxer is the only U.S. senator to chair two committees. She also serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as well as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Senator Boxer was a strong supporter of President Obama's 2009 economic stimulus plan and co-authored the bipartisan Invest in the U.S.A. Act, to encourage companies to bring overseas profits back to the United States to create jobs here. She wrote the first-ever law to authorize federal funding for afters-chool programs.
T. Coraghessan Boyle
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), and The Women (2009). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978. His work has been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages, including German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Finnish and Farsi. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney's, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards. He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.
Jim Boylson, Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, was nominated by UCLA's Africa Studies Center professors to be in the first Peace Corps group sent to Ethiopia. Since then, his career in community economic development has taken him to 65 countries on four continents.
He is also Founder/CEO, Pure Water Associates Ltd.
Senator Bill Bradley
William Warren "Bill" Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
He also was a a presidential candidate who challenged Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2000 election.
Bill Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Before serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 during which time they won two NBA championships.
Bradley is the author of six books on American politics, culture, and economy, including Time Present, Time Past, The New American Story, and Values of the Game--all New York Times bestsellers.
Currently, Senator Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC, a member of the board of directors of Starbucks Company, and the host of American Voices, a weekly show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.
As executive producer of The Sims 2, the fastest selling PC game of all time, Lucy Bradshaw oversaw the overall game design and played a major role in its unprecedented success. She encourages people to express creativity and enables ownership to the teams. Her experience at Activision, LucasArts, and Electronic Arts served as a launching pad when she decided to join Maxis after it was acquired by EA in 1997. She originally began working on SimCity 3000 and then worked on The Sims, SimCity 4 and The Sims 2. She is currently working hand in hand with Will Wright on a new, highly anticipated Maxis title.
Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long Now; How Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His most recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline, is published by Viking in the US and Atlantic in the UK.
Former Counselor and Senior Assistant for
Counterprolifertion Policy, Defense Department
Dr. Otis Webb Brawley
As the chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Otis Webb Brawley, MD, is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, detect cancer at the earliest stage, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. He also guides efforts to enhance and focus the research program, upgrade the Society's advocacy capacity, and concentrate community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective. Further, as an acknowledged global leader in the field of health disparities research, Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the Society's work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care.
Dr. Brawley currently serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. From April of 2001 to November of 2007, he was medical director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and deputy director for cancer control at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He has also previously served as a member of the Society's Prostate Cancer Committee, co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General's Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities, and filled a variety of capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently serving as assistant director.
Currently, Dr. Brawley serves as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee and chaired the National Institute of Health Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. He is listed by Castle Connelly as one of America's top doctors for cancer. Among numerous other awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University, his residency at University Hospital of Cleveland, and his fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.
David Brent is the Manager of Engineering Services for the City of Sacramento.
Conchy Bretos is CEO of MIA Consulting and an Ashoka Fellow.
In 1993 Bretos was appointed Florida secretary for aging and adult services, a position that allowed her to see the thousands of low-income elders and disabled adults who were not getting the services they needed to stay in their homes. Bretos became the driving force behind the nation's first public housing project to bring assisted living services to older adults who just need a little help to stay in their homes. Now she runs a consulting company that has helped 40 public housing projects nationwide bring assisted living services to their residents.
Dr. Larry Brilliant
Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H. and a former professor of epidemiology. He helped run the WHO smallpox eradication program in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh; was a staff member of the WHO "Global Commission to Certify Smallpox Eradicated" in Burma, India, Nepal, and Iran; and served as the last UN inspector to visit Iran to search for hidden smallpox.
The author of two books and dozens of articles on the epidemiology of smallpox, blindness, and environmental diseases, he has worked at city, county, state, federal, and international levels. Larry is also the founder of the Seva Foundation, which has performed 2 million free sight-restoring eye operations in India and Nepal.
As a technologist, he was a founder of The WELL, CEO of two public technology corporations (SoftNet Systems Inc. and Network Technologies), and most recently founded the WiFi company, Cometa. Dr. Brilliant is also a recipient of the 2006 TED Prize, which grants him one wish to change the world.
Joel Brinkley won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980. He currently teaches in the journalism program at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2006 after a 23-year career with The New York Times.
Chef and Owner, State Bird Provisions
Alan Briskin, Ph.D. has spent nearly twenty-five years helping businesses, health care facilities and non-profit organizations to navigate change and find common purpose. Before he began his consulting practice, he worked as director of education in a residential home for delinquent youth.
In recognition of his contributions, the governor of Vermont named Briskin to a state commission whose task was to oversee the closing of reform schools and the creation of model programs for displaced youth.
Harry G. Broadman
Harry Broadman is Economic Adviser in the Africa Region at the World Bank in Washington, DC. In that capacity he is a key architect of the Bank's new corporate strategy in Africa, and of a new investment fund - the Africa Catalytic Growth Fund - that facilitates innovative investments on the Sub-Saharan continent. In early 2007, the World Bank published his new book, Africa's Silk Road: China and India's New Economic Frontier.
Previously in the Bank, Dr. Broadman served as Lead Economist for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union and also as the Bank's International Trade Policy Coordinator for that region. In that role, he managed the Bank's structural adjustment loan operations in the Russian Federation - prior to, during, and after that countryâ€™s economic crisis in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
He also managed major loan and policy operations in the war-torn Balkans and in the Central Asia Republics. His book, From Disintegration to Reintegration: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in International Trade, was published by the World Bank in early 2006.
Dr. Broadman's first appointment in the World Bank was Senior Economist for China Operations. In that role he led the Bank's lending operations and analytical work in China on state-owned enterprise reform, WTO accession, competition policy and corporate governance reform. Among numerous publications on the Chinese economy, he is the author of The Business(es) of the Chinese State, which was published as the lead article in the professional economics journal The World Economy.
Christina Brodbeck is an angel investor, user interface designer, and entrepreneur.
Dr. Jennifer Brokaw
Dr. Brokaw founded Medical Consult and Advocacy Services in 2008 to meet the needs of many people with serious medical illness and the needs of their loved ones. She is a Board Certified Emergency Physician with 14 years of experience. Since moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, she has been an Associate Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General/UCSF and has also been on the staff of CPMC/Davies Emergency Department. As a medical advocate she advises clients about medical decision making, coordinates care with both primary doctors and specialists and provides support and advisement to families of patients in the hospital.
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.
Po Bronson gained renown as a wickedly trenchant chronicler of the 1990s dotcom frenzy. A former bond salesman, he covered Silicon Valley as a features writer for WIRED and parlayed his experiences into the comic novel The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (1997)—later made into a movie—and the nonfiction best seller The Nudist on the Late Shift (1999). His next book, What Should I Do With My Life? (2003), hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. In 2006, Bronson began collaborating with Ashley Merryman on a series of award-winning magazine articles, reporting on recent science that overturned conventional ideas on parenting and education. Their subsequent book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children (2009), was on the Times best seller list for six months. Their new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (2013), examines the role of competition in our lives.
Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. Bronstein joined the CIR board in 2006 and became board chair in 2011. He is now in charge of overall operations. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers. Before that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, after serving as the newspaper’s editor from 2000 to 2008. Bronstein was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, he was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco. He is the former chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ International Committee and is currently on the advisory board of Litquake, the annual San Francisco literary festival.
Dr. Yaron Brook
Yaron Brook is president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a contributing editor of The Objective Standard and his articles have been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, USA Today, the Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, Providence Journal and the Orange County Register. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is a frequent guest on a variety of national TV shows, having appeared on Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC and C-SPAN. Dr. Brook, a former finance professor, lectures on Objectivism, capitalism, business and foreign policy at college campuses, community groups and corporations across America and throughout the world.
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.
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.
When Annemarie was five years old she insisted that from that day on her birthday cake would always be Chocolate Cheesecake with a sour cream frosting. And thus her career began. As her friends continued to eat the cupcakes other regular kids enjoyed, Annemarie dove into a life of food and entrepreneurship, launching not just any lemonade stand at the age of 8, but one made with omagles.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Annemarie (or AMB, depending on how much you like to type), moved to the Bay Area to pursue her twin passions. She held the position of Director of Event Production for Paula LeDuc Fine Catering where she managed a $3M budget and managed events as far-ranging as private parties for Oprah to 6,000 people celebrations. Pursuing her passion for community building, Annemarie joined the team at Destiny Arts Center as Deputy Director where she has also served on the board.
Annemarie was one of the founders of the San Francisco Street Food Festival, worked for years at Shenaningans Toy Stores and can build just about anything with her hands. She brings event productions experience, food industry knowledge and management to the La Cocina team, along with Chocolate Cheesecake.
E. Richard Brown
Dr. E. Richard Brown is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and the founder and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He received his PhD in sociology of education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Brown has studied and written extensively about a broad range of issues and policies that affect the access of disadvantaged populations to health care. His recent research focuses on health insurance coverage, the lack of coverage, and the effects of public policies, managed care, and market conditions on access to health services, particularly for disadvantaged populations, ethnic minorities, and immigrants. Dr. Brown and the Center's studies of health insurance coverage, uninsurance, and eligibility for public programs have been used by California's governors, legislators, and advocates in crafting health insurance legislation and programs.
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, which he founded in 1994, has developed into a leading national health policy research center and the premier source of health-related information and analysis on California's population (www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu). The Center conducts research on a wide range of health issues and provides extensive public service to policy makers, advocates and the media. The Center is supported by grants and contracts that total more than $8 million a year.
Dr. Brown is the principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), one of the nation's largest ongoing health surveys. CHIS uniquely provides statewide and local-level estimates for California's diverse population and covers a broad range of health issues, including health status and chronic conditions, health behaviors, and health insurance coverage and access to health care.
Dr. Brown also has been extensively involved in the analysis and development of public policies, with particular emphasis on health care reform. He served as a full-time senior consultant to the President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform, for which he co-chaired the work group on coverage for low-income families and individuals. He has served as health policy adviser to two members of the United States Senate, where he was a Senate Fellow and developed major health care reform legislative proposals. He was health policy adviser to several candidates for President. Dr. Brown also has developed legislation for the California Legislature and advised members on a variety of health policy legislative issues. He has presented invited testimony to numerous committees in both houses of the U.S. Congress and in the California Legislature and has provided consultation to many private, state, federal, and international agencies. He also has served on several National Academy of Science study committees. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association.
Peter G Brown
Peter G. Brown is a Professor at the McGill University School of Environment. Brown is also the co-author of a book titled Right Relationship.
Sean Mclain Brown
Sean is a disabled Marine from the first Gulf War. He now teaches writing at De Anza College and Western Connecticut State University. His writing is featured in numerous national literary magazines and anthologies.
Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global design- and innovation-consulting firm. Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO has contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America’s “Keep the Change” service. IDEO’s work addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world’s lower income groups. Brown advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and serves on the board of trustees for the California College of the Arts, the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council, and the advisory council of Acumen Fund. An industrial designer by training, his own work has earned him numerous design awards and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London.
Willie Brown is an American political figure who served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, after which he became the first African-American mayor of San Francisco. Brown is a member of the Democratic Party.
Willie Brown Jr.
Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. was the 41st mayor of San Francisco, serving from 1996 to 2004. Brown is an American political figure who served over 30 years in the California State Assembly. He was the 58th Speaker of the California State Assembly serving from 1980 to 1995. Brown is a member of the Democratic Party.
Donique Brumley is an activist against the use of pesticides. She lives in Arizona where she has fought the Arizona Department of Agriculture over aerial pesticide application over her home.
Michael Brune is the executive director of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and a founding board member of Oil Change International, an organization dedicated to dissolving the political barriers to a clean energy transition.
At age 26, Brune joined RAN to direct its campaign to convince Home Depot to stop selling wood from endangered forests. After a year of creative protests, celebrity activism, and shareholder advocacy, Home Depot agreed. Time magazine called it the top environmental story of 1999, and the announcement led to the protection of 5 million acres in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.
Anthony Brunello is Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy of the California Natural Resources Agency. Before that, he served as a program coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service from 2005 to 2007. Brunello previously was a consultant for California Strategies in 2005 and executive director for the Tahoe-Baikal Institute from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he served as a climate change economist for the PA Consulting Group in 2001 and a senior research fellow for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change from 1999 to 2001.
Mark Buell is head of the America's Cup Organizing Committee and the Rec and Park Commission and The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964 from U.C.L.A. law school, where he was president of his graduating class. In his career as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including twenty-one murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial was the Charles Manson case, which became the basis of his true crime classic, Helter Skelter, the biggest-selling true crime book in publishing history. But even before the Manson case, in the television series The DA, actor Robert Conrad patterned his starring role after Bugliosi.
Bugliosi has uncommonly attained success in two separate and distinct fields, as a lawyer and an author. Three of his true crime books, Helter Shelter, And The Sea Will Tell, and Outrage, The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder, reached number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. No other American true crime author has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking.
And as a trial lawyer, the judgment of his peers says it all. "Bugliosi is as good a prosecutor as there ever was," Alan Dershowitz says. F. Lee Bailey calls Bugliosi "the quintessential prosecutor." Harry Weiss, a veteran criminal defense attorney who has gone up against Bugliosi in court, says: "I've seen all the great trial lawyers of the past thirty years and none of them are in Vince's class."
Linda Burch specializes in management and governance of early stage companies and non-profit organizations. She has dealt with the practical aspects of launching new products, negotiating partnerships and building new ventures from the ground up as well as the broader strategic questions of how to diversify and grow.
She was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Planning at SyStemix, a gene therapy biotechnology company that she helped build and then sell to Novartis. Linda was a healthcare industry consultant for five years at McKinsey and Co. in New York and worked at Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch, where she negotiated joint ventures between US technology companies and the People's Republic of China. Linda received her MBA from Stanford University and her BA (summa cum laude) from Yale.
Dan Burden is a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, street corridor and intersection design, traffic flow and calming, and other design and planning elements that affect roadway environments.
He has had twenty-five years of experience in developing, promoting, and evaluating alternative transportation facilities, traffic calming practices, and sustainable community design. He served for sixteen years as Florida DOT's State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and he presently works as executive director of Walkable Communities, Inc., a non-profit corporation helping North America develop walkable communities.
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Richard C. Bush
Richard Bush is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of its Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS). CNAPS is a center for research, analysis, and debate to enhance policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security issues facing Northeast Asia and U.S. interests in the region.
Leah Busque is the founder and chief executive officer of TaskRabbit.com, an online marketplace where you can outsource small jobs and Tasks to others in your own community. TaskRabbit is the pioneer in "service networking" - a concept Leah conceived and has since evangelized. Now an industry-wide concept, service networking describes the productive power of a web-based, social-networked community.
Dr. Robert N. Butler is the ILC-USA's President and CEO. As a gerontologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Butler recognized discrimination against the elderly as early as 1968, coining the term 'ageism'.
Eight years later, the publication of his Pulitzer-prize-winning Why Survive? Being Old in America solidified his reputation as someone who foresaw the impact that aging would have on American society.
A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, as well as the nation's first department of geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Butler often consults for television and radio. He is the author of some 300 scientific and medical articles.
Colby Buzzell is an army specialist, author of My War and a blogger.
Buzzell grew up in California and enlisted in the
United States Army at the age of 26. He joined the service as an infantryman and spent 2003 in Iraq, assigned to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
It was in Iraq that Buzzell began publishing a blog under the title "CBFTW" as a replacement for his habitual journaling back in the States. The blog gained popularity quickly, because as an anonymous soldier-blogger Buzzell was able to share more lucid experiences than an embedded journalist, and he was also able to share a bit more of the truth than the Army was able to.
Colby published a book on his experiences entitled, My War: Killing Time in Iraq combining narrative, blog entries, and emails that evolved from his blog over time.
Ken Caldeira is an atmospheric scientist who works at the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology. He researches ocean acidification, climate effects of trees, intentional climate modification, and interactions in the global carbon/climate system. He also works as a staff scientist for Intellectual Ventures, a Seattle-based invention and patent company headed up by Nathan Myhrvold.
Caldeira's work was featured in a November 2006 article in The New Yorker, entitled "The Darkening Sea." In 2007, he contributed two op-ed pieces on the subject of global warming to The New York Times. He was named a "Hero Scientist of 2008" by New Scientist magazine.
David Callahan is a co-founder of Demos and now edits the Demos blog PolicyShop.net. David is the author of eight books and his many articles have been published in such places as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The American Prospect.
He is also a regular commentator on television and radio programs and a frequent public speaker. David's research and writing has focused in several areas. He has written extensively on taxes and fiscal policy, the social safety net, financial reform, regulation, and trade and globalization. In addition, his research has focused on issues of values and ethics.
He is the author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Do Well as well as The Moral Center: How Progressives Can Unite America Around Our Shared Values. His latest book Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America was published in 2010.
David has also written several books on U.S. national security policy, including Unwinnable Wars: American Power and Ethnic Conflict.
David received his B.A. at Hampshire College and his Ph.D in Politics at Princeton University.
Wayne A. Cameron
Wayne A. Cameron is MBA and CPA of Wayne Cameron Associates.
Prior to joining ECP, Ms. Campbell was a Senior Associate at White & Case LLP in the firm's Warsaw, London, and Washington, D.C. offices. She was also an Associate Professor at George Washington University National Law Center, lecturing on international negotiations.
Ms. Campbell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's in Economics and French and a masters in Economics. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and a PhD from Oxford University in Politics and Economics.
Tom Campbell is the thirteenth dean of the Haas School of Business, a position he has held since August 2002. He formerly held positions of US Congressman, California State Senator, Stanford University law professor, and, recently, California's Director of Finance.
In December 2004, Dean Campbell took a one-year leave of absence from the school after being appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be director of the California Department of Finance. He returned as dean of the Haas School in November 2005.
Prior to joining the Haas School in 2002, Dean Campbell was a law professor at Stanford University Law School for 19 years, beginning in 1983. He was elected five times to represent the Silicon Valley area of California in the United States Congress. Among his legislative achievements were authorship of the 1998 Food Bank Relief Act and the 2000 Peace Corps Reauthorization Act.
Campbell also was elected as a California state senator in 1993. During a two-year term, he earned ratings by the Sacramento-based "California Journal" as the most ethical state senator, the best overall senator and the state Senate's best problem solver.
A native of Chicago, Campbell earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics at the University of Chicago, and a law degree from Harvard in 1976. He returned to the University of Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in economics there in 1980. His dissertation was the first quantitative measurement of discrimination against women in federal civil service employment.
Chris Carlsson, executive director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco, is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. For the last twenty-five years his activities have focused on the underlying themes of horizontal communications, organic communities and public space. He was one of the founders, editors and frequent contributors to the ground-breaking San Francisco magazine Processed World. He also helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass that have spread to five continents and over 300 cities. He has edited four books, "Bad Attitude: The Processed World Anthology" (Verso: 1990), "Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture" (City Lights: 1998, co-edited with James Brook and Nancy J. Peters), "Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration" (AK Press: 2002), â€œThe Political Edgeâ€ (City Lights Foundation: 2004). He published his first novel, â€œAfter The Deluge,â€ in 2004, a story of post-economic San Francisco in the year 2157. His latest work, â€œNowtopiaâ€ was published in May 2008. Carlsson makes his living as a book designer, editor, and typesetter. He is a member of Media Workers Union Local 100 in San Francisco. He is a founder of CounterPULSE, a San Francisco-based arts organization, where he has been producing a series of public Talks since January 2006, and conducting award-winning bicycle history tours for over a decade.
Dr. Richard H. Carmona was born to a poor family in New York City. Dr. Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and health disparities during his youth. The experiences greatly sensitized him to the relationships among culture, health, education and economic status and shaped his future.
After dropping out of high school, Dr. Carmona enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While serving, he earned his General Equivalency Diploma and went on to become a combat-decorated Special Forces Vietnam veteran. After leaving active duty, he was able to attend Bronx Community College of the City University of New York through an open enrollment program for veterans. He earned an associate of arts degree and then attended the University of California, San Francisco, where he received a bachelor of science degree (1977) and medical degree (1979). At the University of California Medical School, Dr. Carmona was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top graduate.
Originally trained in general and vascular surgery after medical school, Dr. Carmona completed a
National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns and critical care. He is a Fellow
of the American College of Surgeons. Recruited jointly by the Tucson (Arizona) Medical Center and
the University of Arizona, Dr. Carmona started and directed Arizona's first regional trauma care
system, and became the chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical
System, a professor of surgery, public health and family and community medicine at the University
of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff's Department surgeon and deputy sheriff.
Public health came as a second career after Dr. Carmona went back to graduate school while
working in order to complete a masters degree in public health. His interest in public health stemmed from the realization that most of his patients' diseases and injuries were completely preventable.
In 2002, Dr. Carmona was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by
the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. Carmona left office at the end of July 2006 upon the expiration of his term. On June 16, 2010, Ross University School of Medicine named Carmona to its Board of Trustees.
Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. He is the author of the acclaimed new book The Glass Cage: Automation and Us (2014), which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependency on computers. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2011), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. A former columnist for the Guardian, Carr writes the popular blog Rough Type and has written for The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wired, Nature, MIT Technology Review, and other periodicals. His essays, including “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “The Great Forgetting,” have been collected in several anthologies. Previously, Carr was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, as well as a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors and the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project.
Former President James Earl Carter Jr.
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the 39th President of the United States (1977-1981) and the 2002 Nobel Peace laureate. Previously, he was the Governor of Georgia (1971-1975) and a Georgia State Senator (1963-1967).
His military service began at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, on August 13, 2001. Following boot camp, he started Marine combat training at the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry and subsequently trained as an aviation ordnance systems technician at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida.
He then trained at the Naval Air Maintenance Training Marine Unit in Cherry Point, North Carolina, specializing in helicopter weapons systems. Upon completing his training, he arrived at my permanent duty station, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775, a UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopter squadron at Camp Pendleton, California.
Since he was enlisted as a Marine reservist, he was immediately discharged from active duty and put on reserve status, which enabled him to begin academic studies at the University of La Verne in California. He completed only one semester before being activated from the reserves and deploying to Al Asad, Iraq, for a seven-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chris Castle is a music attorney in Los Angeles where he represents artists, producers, music industry executives, songwriters, independent publishers and record companies, and technology companies. He has held senior in-house positions at both technology and record companies, and is a Fellow of the World Technology Network. Chris is on the board of directors of the Austin Music Foundation and moderates the digital panel at SXSW. Before law school, he was the drummer for Jesse Winchester, Long John Baldry and Yvonne Elliman.
Marc Casto has served as President & COO of Casto since 2004 and is responsible for all operations of Casto and oversees strategic corporate planning, marketing development, sales endeavors and information technology development for the company.
Marc also serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Commonwealth Business Travel Group, Santa Clara County Educational Foundation, San Jose Visitors and Convention Bureau, Fulfillment Solutions Inc. and Anscor-Casto Travel Corporation. Fulfillment Solutions Inc., located in Manila, Philippines, provides travel fulfillment services to the US travel industry. Anscor-Casto Travel Corporation is an international travel agency in Manila.
In 2006 The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal selected Marc as one of the "Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Silicon Valley." In 2003 Travel Weekly named Marc as one of the "Top Forty Under Forty" and Travel Agent Magazine identified him as a "Rising Star" in the industry.
Marc holds a bachelor's degree (with honors) in liberal arts from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife Julie live in the Bay area with their newborn, Elenora, and two dogs.
Julián Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. In this role, Castro oversees 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion, using a performance-driven approach to achieve the Department's mission of expanding opportunity for all Americans.
Ralph Cavanagh is a senior attorney and co-director of NRDC's energy program, which he joined in 1979. In addition, Ralph has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and from 1993-2003 he served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. His current board memberships include the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the California Clean Energy Fund, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Renewable Northwest Project, the Northwest Energy Coalition, and the Sustainable Energy Advisory Board of Texas-based Energy Future Holdings. Ralph has received the Heinz Award for Public Policy, the Yale Law School's Preiskel-Silverman Fellowship, the Lifetime Achievement in Energy Efficiency Award from California's Flex Your Power Campaign, the Headwaters Award from the Northwest Energy Coalition, and the Bonneville Power Administration's Award for Exceptional Public Service. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School. He is married to Deborah Rhode, who is the MacFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.
Vinton G. Cerf
Vint Cerf is a living legend in the tech world. In 2004, with Robert Kahn, he received the Alan M. Turing Award, the highest professional honor in computing, in recognition of their visionary
work and leadership in the development of the Internet. Other honors, again with Robert Kahn, include the US National Medal of Technology, the Japan Prize, and the Presidential Medal of
Freedom. He was the founding president of the Internet Society and served as chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers from 2000 to 2007.
Before joining Google in 2005, Cerf was a senior vice presidentat MCI and a vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He began his career at IBM and UCLA. He joined the faculty of Stanford University where he co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and network architecture of the Internet. From 1976 to 1982, he was a principal scientist at DARPA, where he managed the Internet and packet communications research programs. He joined MCI in 1982, where he helped develop the commercial MCI Mail service. Cerf has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the International
Richard Chamberlain became THE leading heartthrob of early 1960s TV. As the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare, the slim, butter-haired hunk with the near-perfect Ivy-League charm and smooth, intelligent demeanor, had the distaff fans fawning unwavering over him throughout the series' run. While this would appear to be a dream situation for any new star, to Chamberlain it brought about a major, unsettling identity crisis.
Born George Richard Chamberlain in Beverly Hills on March 31, 1934, he was the second son of salesman Charles and homemaker Elsa Chamberlain. Richard experienced a profoundly unhappy childhood and did not enjoy school at all, making up for it somewhat by excelling in track and becoming a four-year letterman in high school and college. He also developed a strong interest and enjoyment in acting while attending Pomona College. Losing an initial chance to sign up with Paramount Pictures, the studio later renewed interest. Complications arose when he had to serve his military obligation in Korea for 16 months.
Chamberlain headed for Hollywood soon after his discharge and, in just a couple of years, worked up a decent resumé with a number of visible guest spots on such popular series as Gunsmoke (1955) and Mr. Lucky (1959). But it was the stardom of the medical series Dr. Kildare (1961) that garnered overnight female worship and he became a huge sweater-vested pin-up favorite. It also sparked a brief, modest singing career for the actor.
The attention Richard received was phenomenal. True to his "Prince Charming" type, he advanced into typically bland, soap-styled leads on film befitting said image, but crossover stardom proved to be elusive. The vehicles he appeared in, Twilight of Honor (1963) with Joey Heatherton and Joy in the Morning (1965) opposite Yvette Mimieux, did not bring him the screen fame foreseen. The public obviously saw the actor as nothing more than a TV commodity.
More interested in a reputation as a serious actor, Chamberlain took a huge risk and turned his back on Hollywood, devoting himself to the stage. In 1966 alone he appeared in such legit productions as "The Philadelphia Story" and "Private Lives," and also showed off his vocal talents playing Tony in "West Side Story". In December of that year a musical version of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Richard and Mary Tyler Moore in the sparkling George Peppard/Audrey Hepburn roles was headed for Broadway. It flopped badly in previews, however, and closed after only four performances. Even today it is still deemed one of Broadway's biggest musical disasters.
An important dramatic role in director Richard Lester's Petulia (1968) led Richard to England, where he stayed and dared to test his acting prowess on the classical stage. With it, his personal satisfaction over image and career improved. Bravura performances as "Hamlet" (1969) and "Richard II" (1971), as well as his triumph in "The Lady's Not for Burning" (1972), won over the not-so-easy-to-impress British audiences. And on the classier film front, he ably portrayed Octavius Caesar opposite Charlton Heston's Julius Caesar (1970) and Jason Robards' Brutus; composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Ken Russell's grandiose The Music Lovers (1970) opposite Glenda Jackson; and Lord Byron alongside Sarah Miles_ in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972). While none of these three films were critical favorites, they were instrumental in helping to reshape Chamberlain's career as a serious, sturdy and reliable actor.
With his new image in place, Richard felt ready to face American audiences again. While he made a triumphant Broadway debut as Reverend Shannon in "The Night of the Iguana" (1975), he also enjoyed modest box-office popularity with the action-driven adventure movies The Three Musketeers (1973) as Aramis and a villainous role in The Towering Inferno (1974), and earned cult status for the Aussie film The Last Wave (1977). On the television front, he became a TV idol all over again (on his own terms this time) as the "King of 80s Mini-Movies". The epic storytelling of The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975), The Thorn Birds (1983) and Shogun (1980), all of which earned him Emmy nominations, placed Richard solidly on the quality star list. He won Golden Globe awards for his starring roles in the last two miniseries mentioned.
In later years the actor devoted a great deal of his time to musical stage tours as Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady", Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Ebenezer Scrooge in "Scrooge: The Musical". Enormously private and having moved to Hawaii to avoid the Hollywood glare, at age 69 finally "came out" with a tell-all biography entitled "Shattered Love," in which he quite candidly discussed the anguish of hiding his homosexuality to protect his enduring matinée idol image.
Since then, he has accepted himself and shown to be quite a good sport in the process, appearing as gay characters in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), and in TV episodes of Will & Grace (1998), Desperate Housewives (2004) and Brothers & Sisters (2006).
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor for the Washington Post. His reporting focuses on the war in Afghanistan, where he travels frequently to interview Afghans and Americans involved in counterinsurgency operations. Chandrasekaran has held many positions at the Post including national editor, assistant managing editor, and bureau chief in Baghdad and Cairo. In the months following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he was part of a team of reporters who covered the war in Afghanistan and events in Pakistan. He wrote the award-winning book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which provides a firsthand view of life inside Baghdad's Green Zone. In 2005, Chandrasekaran took a sabbatical from the Post to serve as the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
Gordon G. Chang
Gordon G. Chang is a lawyer and author, best known for his book, The Coming Collapse of China (2001) in which he argued that the hidden non-performing loans of the "Big Four" Chinese State banks would likely bring down the PRC financial system and the communist government with it. In Nuclear Showdown : North Korea Takes On the World (2006) Chang suggests that Japan is the most likely target for North Korean aggression (not South Korea). Chang suggests that North Korean nuclear ambitions could be forestalled if there was concerted multi-national diplomacy, with some "limits to patience" backed up by threat of an all-out Korean war.
Timothy Chang, principal at Norwest Venture Partners, focuses on investments in mobile, gaming, digital media, and also leads NVP's investment practice in China and Asia-Pacific. Chang led NVP's investments in and joined the boards of directors of ngmoco, Lumos Labs, Brite Semiconductor and 3jam. He also led NVP's investment in Playdom, a leader in social gaming, and PCH International, a turnkey global supply chain services firm based in Shenzhen. Chang is a board observer working closely with Borqs, deCarta, Double Fusion and Veveo.
Chang began his career in venture capital in 1999 during his time at Stanford Business School as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures K.K., a venture accelerator in Tokyo focused on seed and early-stage mobile consumer applications for the Japanese market.
Chang currently serves on the advisory boards of the Silicon Valley Telecom Council, Dealmaker Media, Digital Hollywood, TiE Wireless SIG, MIT/Stanford VLAB, VC Task Force, and Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association. He was also listed on the AlwaysON Hollywood IT List recognizing technology leaders in the entertainment industry, as well as by The Deal as one of five emerging VCs to watch.
County Supervisor, Santa Clara County
Cindy Chavez has been a driving force in Silicon Valley politics and labor issues for more than two decades. As a two-term member of the San José City Council, she developed cutting-edge community-based programs to address crime, education, small business development and neighborhood revitalization. Elected to the City Council in 1998 and in 2002, Chavez served two years as vice mayor. As the executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and executive director of Working Partnerships USA, her work was highlighted by her ability to build new collaborations to create innovative policy that improve the lives of working families throughout Silicon Valley. Chavez was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in its surveys of “Influential Women in Business” and served on the Board of the Silicon Valley Women’s Alliance. She was a recipient of the California Assembly’s Housing Leadership Award and the Blue Cross of California’s Community Service Award. Cindy Chavez was voted “Legislator of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club and 2012 Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly.
Dr. Chen's primary interest is in issues of health care access, particularly in how poverty, cultural differences, and policy intersect to create barriers to care. Her work has focused on improving access to quality healthcare for limited English health consumers through community based, public health, governmental, and philanthropic initiatives. She was previously a Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and a Health Policy Scholar in Residence at The California Endowment, where she oversaw its language access grant making program. She is a member of the Scholars Network for Hablamos Juntos, Robert Wood Johnson's initiative to improve patient-provider communication for Latinos, and a board member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care. She has served on numerous regional and state advisory committees on cultural and linguistic access. She is currently working with the California Academy of Family Physicians to develop a CME course for physicians on language barriers in health care, the Alameda County Coalition for Language Access in Healthcare to develop county-specific initiatives to improve language access, and the advocacy group PALS for health to educate limited English speaking patients on how to navigate the U.S. healthcare system.
Dr. Chen is a 2000 graduate of Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. Her training includes a primary care internal medicine residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, and the CFHU Fellowship.
Steve Chen is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of the popular video sharing website YouTube.
Controller, State of California
Co-founder, SmellNat, Algeria, North Africa
Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, is the author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy, including American Power and the New Mandarins, Political Economy of Human Rights (two volumes, written with Edward Herman), Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, and Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World. His most recent books are Failed States and Perilous Power.
Aneesh Chopra is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He works to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. He was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. He previously served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue in 2008. Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.
Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet–prophet of alternative medicine."
Aimee Christensen recently joined Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, where she focuses on global warming and its broader relationship to poverty, development, and public health. Aimee has designed, implemented, and advised on energy and environmental strategies for more than a decade, gaining diverse perspectives from her time in government, in the private sector, and with non-governmental organizations.
Prior to joining Google, Aimee led Christensen Global Strategies, providing corporate, multilateral, and non-profit clients Aimee's combined experience in law, policy, and communications, and strategic, practical guidance on carbon finance, clean energy, and sustainability. Aimee served as a full time consultant to the World Bank’s Legal Department, serving the Bank’s Carbon Finance Business. In 2003 and 2004, she was Executive Director of Environment2004, an organization dedicated to informing the American public about the linkages between federal environmental policy and local health and quality of life. She came to Environment2004 from her law practice with Baker & McKenzie where she advised clients on energy and environmental matters and legislative strategies.
Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, she worked on trade and environmental issues for the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development in Geneva. She spent four years at the Department of Energy developing and executing Latin American energy policy, including negotiating the Summit of the Americas energy agenda, the first bilateral agreement on joint implementation, and serving as energy advisor for Presidential trips to Latin America. Aimee is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board member of the Alaska Wilderness League, the Environmental Alliance, and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies.
She received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she wrote and led efforts to obtain the adoption by Stanford’s Board of Trustees of the Climate Change and Investment Responsibility Policy that governs Stanford’s investments to this day.
Joseph Cirincione is President of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He has served as Vice President at the Center for American Progress and Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He is the author of hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, the producer of two DVDs, a frequent commentator in the media, and he appeared in the film, Why We Fight.
He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
William J. Clancey
Dr. William J. Clancey is Chief Scientist for Human-Centered Computing at NASA Ames Research Center, Computational Sciences Division, where he manages the Work Systems Design & Evaluation Group. He is on leave from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola.
Clancey's research includes work practice modeling, distributed multiagent systems, and the ethnography of field science. Projects in his group include participation in MER mission operations, simulation of a day-in-the-life of the ISS, knowledge management for future launch vehicles, and developing flight systems that make automation more transparent.
Clancey has degrees in Mathematical Sciences (BA, Rice University, 1974) and Computer Science (PhD, Stanford University, 1979). At the Knowledge Systems Laboratory of Stanford University (1974-1987), Clancey developed some of the earliest artificial intelligence programs for explanation, the critiquing method of consultation, tutorial discourse, and student modeling. Prior to joining NASA, he was a founding member of the Institute for Research on Learning (1987-1997) where he co-developed the methods of business anthropology in corporate environments.
Shelby Clark is found and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides. Shelby first tried carsharing when his car died after a cross-country move to California. He loved living a car-free life, but thought carsharing would work better and grow faster if it was "for the people, by the people", a neighbor-to-neighbor experience. So he founded RelayRides. Shelby obtained his MBA from Harvard, where he cultivated his passion for entrepreneurship and social impact. Before Harvard, Shelby helped launch three socially focused startups. He was an early employee at Kiva.org, one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history, where Shelby provided strategic direction while building internal systems to scale the organization. Previously, Shelby worked at Oliver Wyman as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy and operations. Prior to Harvard, Shelby graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern.
Wesley Clark is a retired four-star general of the United States Army.
Clark was valedictorian of his class at West Point, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he earned a master's degree in economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science.
He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Master Distiller, Essential Spirits Alambic Distillery
Assistant Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University with an interest in international legal issues, especially those dealing with human rights, international criminal justice, and comparative law.
Bill drives the company's vision, strategy, and growth.
Before joining WePay, Bill worked in technology investment banking at Jefferies & Company, where he advised enterprise software, digital media, and financial technology companies on M&A and capital market transactions. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Army's Communications Engineering Research Command and in electronic trading at Goldman Sachs.
Eleanor Clift became a contributing editor of Newsweek in September, 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues.
She is currently assigned to follow the jockeying over policy and politics in the Democratic-controlled Congress and the emerging contenders for the 2008 presidential nomination in both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Clift also writes a weekly column on Newsweek.com entitled "Capitol Letter," where she analyzes the political news of the week.
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama.
She was a United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 election.
Bethany Cobb is a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley.
She received her Ph.D. at Yale University for research on massive stellar explosions called gamma-ray bursts. She is dedicated to sharing her love of astronomy with others and is the astronomer for The Old Farmer's Almanac.
Anthony Cody taught science and math for 18 years at Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland, California. Cody became one of Oakland's first National Board Certified teachers in 2000 and served as a coach for National Board candidates. He developed a teacher-led science curriculum project in Oakland, and is currently helping lead Project POSIT, a State Department of Education-funded partnership that is helping grades 4 to 8 teachers improve their science instruction through teacher research.
Cody is an active part of the movement to redefine the teaching profession in order to create greater avenues for teacher leadership, and was one of eighteen teachers who authored the influential Teacher Solutions report on performance pay for teachers.
Ted Cohen is the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic.
Starting his career on the road with Alice Cooper and Van Halen, he is known throughout the technology and music industries as being "part ambassador and part evangelist," Cohen was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the Rhapsody subscription service and the iTunes Music Store were built.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Digital Development and Distribution for EMI Music (home of artists including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones), Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this "big four" record company, which includes labels such as Capitol, Virgin, Angel/Blue Note, Parlophone and Chrysalis.
During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing and exploiting new technologies and business models such as digital downloads and online music subscriptions, custom compilations, wireless services, high-definition audio and Internet radio.
Angie Coiro is host of "Live from the Left Coast with Angie Coiro" (formerly The Green Show on KKGN in San Francisco. Prior to that, she was the host of Mother Jones Radio on Air America Radio.
The program was broadcast every Sunday from 1-2pm EST until it was canceled on December 31, 2007 for financial reasons.
Steve Coll is President and CEO of New America Foundation, and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. Previously he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper's managing editor from 1998 to 2004.
He is the author of six books, including The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T (1986); The Taking of Getty Oil (1987); Eagle on the Street, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the SEC's battle with Wall Street (with David A. Vise, 1991); On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia (1994), Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (2004); and forthcoming in 2008, The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century.
Dr. Marcus A. Conant is an honored and respected pioneer, lecturer, physician and out-spoken advocate for people infected with HIV and AIDS. Among the first physicians to identify AIDS in 1981, he helped create one of the largest private AIDS clinic, was a founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and his work contributed to development of some of today's top HIV medications. He continues his strong, passionate and uncompromising demands to give hope to all people with AIDS through state of the art treatment and the assurance they can live with dignity and respect.
Today, Dr. Conant is Chief Medical Officer for Presidio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The specialized pharmaceutical company is focused on developing and commercializing small molecule compounds for treatment of HIV-1, HCV and other chronic viral infections.
Amanda Congdon was the co-producer and host of a weekly vidcast for ABC. She has an independent videoblog, Starring Amanda Congdon. She is also co-president of Oxmour Entertainment along with Mario Librandi and was the host of Amanda Across America before it concluded.
However, she is probably best known for hosting the daily news show Rocketboom, which she hosted and produced until 23 June 2006.
Pamela Constable has covered South Asia for The Washington Post since April 1999, with extensive coverage of Afghanistan as well as both India and Pakistan.
Before arriving in New Delhi in 1999, Constable worked for The Post from 1994 to 1998 covering immigration and Hispanic affairs in the Washington area, and reported from Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba.
Prior to joining The Post, Constable worked for The Boston Globe as deputy Washington bureau chief and foreign policy reporter from June to September 1994. Previously, from 1983 until 1992, she was The Globe's roving foreign correspondent, Latin America correspondent and diplomatic correspondent. During this time she reported from Haiti, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, South Korea, the Philippines, the Soviet Union and Brazil, as well as in Washington.
From 1978 to 1982, she was a staff writer at The Baltimore Sun. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter for the Evening Capital in Annapolis.
She is the co-author with Arturo Valenzuela of A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet, and has written articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Current History and other publications. She was awarded an Alicia Patterson Fellowship in 1990 and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for coverage of Latin America in 1993.
Constable is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received a B.A. from Brown University.
Heather Cooley is a Senior Research Associate with the Pacific Institute's Water and Sustainability Program. Ms. Cooley's research interests include water privatization, California water issues, environmental justice, and climate change.
Ms. Cooley holds a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. Prior to coming to the Pacific Institute, Ms. Cooley worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory studying climate and land use change, and carbon cycling.
Michael V. Copeland
Senior editor and resident surf bum Michael V. Copeland covers the business of technology, focusing especially on mobile, data analytics, and the convergence of computer science and biology. He began his career as a reporter with several major newspapers and later served as a senior writer at Fortune, Business 2.0, and Red Herring. His article “The New Instant Companies” was selected by the World Leadership Forum as the best magazine story on business in 2006.
Sebastian Copeland serves on the Board of Directors of Global Green USA. An award-winning photographer and environmental activist, his photographs have appeared in publications including GQ, Elle, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic Explorer. Copeland earned the 2007 International Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year award in the book category for Antarctica: A Global Warning.
Eleanor Coppola is the wife of the famed Francis Ford Coppola.
Born as Eleanor Jessie Neil to an Irish-American family in Los Angeles, she met Francis Ford Coppola on the set of his directorial debut, Dementia 13 in 1962, where she was Assistant Art Director. They married a year later. They had three children, including filmmakers/directors Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola and the late Gian-Carlo Coppola.
During the making of Apocalypse Now, she kept extensive notes which were published in 1979 as Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now; as well as filming behind the scenes which ended up as Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, for which she was awarded an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Directing" (along with her fellow directors, Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper).
A former graduate student in Applied Design at UCLA, she is active in the restoration and management of the family's historic Rubicon Estate Winery in Rutherford, California, and designs costumes and stage decor for the Oberlin Dance Company of San Francisco.
Carlos Felix Corona
Carlos Felix Corona is Consul General of Mexico. Corona works in Divisions of National Treaties and UN Political and Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City.
Rebecca started her career in television in 1979, writing news for San Francisco's KPIX-TV. She eventually joined KRON-TV, where she first produced the 11pm news, then later, hit the streets as a General Assignment reporter.
Cut to 1988, when Rebecca decided to try her hand at radio. Rebecca's radio career blossomed at KCBS.
Like everyone else in the KCBS newsroom, Rebecca's work has been recognized locally and nationally, with The National Headliner Award, honors from the Northern California Radio & Television News Director Association, the Associated Press Television & Radio Association, and the John Swett Award for Media Excellence, among others.
Shelley J. Correll
Dr. Shelley J. Correll is the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.
Cortis has more than 25 years' investment and wealth management experience, including 12 with Mellon. He led Mellon's expansion into the Northwest when it acquired The Trust Company of Washington, and he grew client assets to more than $1 billion. Before joining Mellon, he was executive vice president for Bank of San Francisco, managing their private banking group.
Cortis is active in the community, recently serving as a trustee of several Seattle-area art organizations. He received his bachelor's degree from Loyola College of Maryland and an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Executive Chef and Partner, Incanto; Winner, "Top Chef Masters"; 2013 James Beard Award Nominee.
Dick Costolo is the CEO of Twitter and was its former COO. He took over as CEO from Evan Williams in October 2010.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Costolo became involved in theater during his sophomore year at the University of Michigan, when he began taking theater classes to fulfill the university's graduation requirements. Upon graduation, he decided not to accept offers from technology companies and instead moved to Chicago to work in improvisational comedy.
In 2004, Costolo, along with Eric Lunt, Steve Olechowski, and Matt Shobe, founded the web feed management provider FeedBurner. After Google bought FeedBurner in 2007, Dick Costolo became an employee of the search giant. After the acquisition, Costolo began working in other areas of Google. In July 2009, he left Google, and in September 2009, it was announced that he was joining Twitter as its COO. Although his 2010 takeover as CEO was supposed to be temporary, while CEO Evan Williams was on paternity leave, it eventually became a permanent position.
In May 2011, it was announced that President Obama had appointed Dick Costolo to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee along with Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney and McAfee President of Security David DeWalt.
As the host of Sierra Club Radio, Orli Cotel has conducted more than 300 interviews with leading opinion makers, activists, CEOs and politicians -- ranging from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, to Indigo Girls' singer Amy Ray.
Cotel first joined the environmental movement as a grassroots activist, running campaigns in New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. She later became the Sierra Club's National Publicist, searching out the most captivating environmental stories and heroes and pitching their tales to top media outlets.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Cortel got her start in radio as a child, recording jingles and voice-overs for national commercials. She now lives in San Francisco.
Thomas Countryman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Minister-Counselor, is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation. The ISN Bureau leads the U.S. effort to prevent the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, their related materials, and their delivery systems.
Jean-Michel Cousteau is a French explorer, environmentalist, educator, film producer, the first son of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and is the father of Fabien Cousteau and Celine Cousteau.
Father George Coyne
George Coyne is the former director of the Vatican Observatory and the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, and its research group operates the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona.
It does leading research on current issues in astronomy such as dark matter, dark energy, quasars, and supernovae. Dr. Coyne has published many papers on polarimetric studies of interstellar medium, stars with extended atmospheres, interacting binary star systems that give off sudden bursts of intense energy, and dust about young stars.
The asteroid 14429 Coyne discovered by Shoemaker and Levy is named for him. Dr. Coyne has commented often on the differences between science and theology, for example, opposing intelligent design as defined by many of its supporters. Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, interviewed Dr. Coyne for Dawkins' television program The Genius of Charles Darwin in the UK.
Peter Coyote is an American actor and author, co-founder of the Diggers, and veteran of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Coyote is the author of "The Rainman's Third Cure," and "Sleeping Where I Lie."
David M. Crane
David M Crane is an American who was the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from April 2002 until July 15, 2005.
Mary Cranston is Senior Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Commonwealth Club Board of Governors.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research) with research interests in population ethics, health disparities in palliative care, and race/ethnicity and trust in healthcare.
Brian Cuban is a Dallas Attorney working for Mark Cuban Companies. He is also the Executive Director of the Mark Cuban Foundation currently administering The Fallen Patriot Fund.
Kenneth Cukier is the data editor. Previously he was the paper's Tokyo correspondent and covered business and technology from London. Earlier, he worked at the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He is the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think."
Dory Culver is the managing editor at KCBS radio in San Francisco.
Claire Hope Cummings
Claire Hope Cummings is a print and broadcast journalist reporting on the environmental and political implications of food and farming and how they connect us to each other and the places we live. She is also a lawyer and author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds.
Jonathan Curiel is a journalist in San Francisco. He is the author of 'Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots.
Kerry Curtis is a professor emeritus at Golden Gate University and a member of the board of the Commonwealth Club of California.
A New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D'Souza, the President of The King's College in NYC, has had a distinguished 25 year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor's Business Daily, he quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. In 2008 D'Souza released the book, What's So Great About Christianity, the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. Consequently he has gone on to debate atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer.
Dr. Jaleh Daie has extensive executive experience in private and public institutions and academia. She is managing partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based investment company financing technology start ups.
She is also Treasurer of the U.S. Space Foundation and a member of the Band of Angels. Most recently, she was director of science and senior advisor to the president at the Packard Foundation where she provided executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget and managed a diversified portfolio of science and technology.
Daie has been both faculty and administrator at two major universities. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Daie took on special assignments in Washington D.C. and served as science liaison to the President.
Jamal Dajani is an award winning producer and Senior Director of Middle Eastern Programming at Link TV. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dajani completed his early studies at College des Freres and attended Columbia University in New York City, where he received a B.A. degree in Political Science.
Since 2001 he has produced more than 1,600 installments of Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, winner of the prestigious Peabody Award. In 2006, Dajani launched The Mosaic Intelligence Report monthly newsletter and MIR weekly videos, adding more in-depth and below the radar Middle East news analysis to Mosaic.
Dajani has worked on several television productions, including Occupied Minds, a documentary shedding light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Who Speaks for Islam?, both of which aired on Link TV and PBS stations. Recently he was a consultant for PBS Frontline World War of Ideas and author of The Arab Media Revolution.
Dajani is a frequent guest on several national and international media broadcast networks and has published numerous articles on the Middle East in many print and electronic media outlets. He is the co-host of Arab Talk on KPOO radio, a contributor to the Listening Post on Al Jazeera English and serves on the board of New America Media, the largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations in the U.S.
Dajani served for two years (2003-2004) as President of the Arab Cultural & Community Center in San Francisco. In 2005, he was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission where he serves as Acting Chair.
Omar Dajani is a Palestinian-American professor and former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit.
In 1999, he left the United States to join the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit, where he worked as a senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team. In 2001, Dajani left his post at the PLO to take a position as a political advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Rad-Larsen, which he held until 2003. Dajani is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Christie Dames is a cofounder and partner at TechTalk/Studio. Ms. Dames’ specialty is helping executives to unearth the "invisible" blocks to personal and professional accomplishment, discover their own authentic "personal capital" and tailor their messages to the audiences that matter. She also utilizes her unique approach to professional "matchmaking", bringing together people and ideas and creating unexpected connections, mutually beneficial relationships and revealing new hybrid insights which create unforeseen potentialities.
In 1996 Ms. Dames created the first technology speakers bureau for the Niehaus Ryan Group, which was dedicated to strategically placing leaders and visionaries before rapidly growing audiences in the evolving technology arena. Her clients included then start-ups Yahoo! and MapQuest, as well as Apple Computer for the iMac launch.
Earlier in her career Ms. Dames developed public/private partnerships, including creating the pilot program for the San Francisco Business Improvement District featured on CNN and C-SPAN.
Ms. Dames sits on the board of the Business and Leadership Forum for the Commonwealth Club of California.
Chef and Principal, Restaurant Gary Danko; James Beard Award Winner for "Best Chef-California, 1995" and "Best New Restaurant, 2000"
President, Anchor Brewing Company
Managing Partner of Pacific Rim Partners, Richard Dare is responsible for identifying cross-border opportunities. Dare has consummated significant international deals with Mitsubishi, NTT Communications and Pioneer Corporation.
Dare began his career as an adjunct Professor of Cognitive Field Theories, lecturing widely in the U.S., England and Japan.
Dr. Davidow has been a high-tech industry executive and venture investor for over thirty years. Before joining Mohr, Davidow Ventures, he held a number of management positions at Intel Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Vice President of the Microcomputer Division and Vice President of the Microcomputer Systems Division. Dr. Davidow holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a MSEE from California Institute of Technology and a BA summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. He is the author of Marketing High Technology, Total Customer Service, and The Virtual Corporation. His latest book is OVERCONNECTED: The Promise and Threat of the Internet.
Dr. Davidow is Chairman of the Board of Rambus Corporation and Vantive Corporation. Dr. Davidow is also a member of the California Institute of Technology Board of Trustees.
He is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Community Foundation Silicon Valley; the Stanford University Institute for Economic Policy Research; the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society; and the Technology Museum of San Jose.
Belva Davis' broadcasting career began on radio and continued on television, where she was the first female African American reporter on the West Coast. She has received countless awards for her contributions to the field of journalism, and is known for her work as a labor activist, vice president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and as the author of "Never in My Wildest Dreams."
James Oscar "Jim" Davis III is an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. He is a Democrat and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007, representing Florida's 11th congressional district. He was the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida in the 2006 election, but was defeated by Republican Charlie Crist.
Mr. Davis, a partner in Orrick's Washington, D.C. office, is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Davis advises clients on a wide range of legal and governmental issues. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with particular focus on securities fraud and accounting irregularities cases, antitrust, government contracts and commercial litigation, and legal crisis management and strategic communications. In June 2005, President Bush appointed Mr. Davis to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act.
From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Davis served as Special Counsel to the President in the White House and was spokesperson for the President on matters concerning the campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. Drawing upon this experience, since his return to private practice, Mr. Davis provides counseling to corporations and government contractors on crisis management issues by developing press strategies for entities exposed to high-profile litigation and regulatory matters, particularly in high-tech/securities fraud cases and other legal issues where media coverage can affect legal outcomes and commercial reputational injuries.
Mr. Davis has participated in national, state and local politics for almost 30 years. He has served three terms (1980-1992) on the Democratic National Committee representing the State of Maryland, and during that period he served on the DNC Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Eastern Region Caucus. In Montgomery County, Maryland, he served as Chairman of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission.
Mr. Davis has written extensively on politics for many years in a variety of publications. He is the author of Truth to Tell Notes From My White House Education (The Free Press: New York, 1999). Tom Brokaw of NBC News said, "Lanny Davis has written a book that should be required reading for all Washington officials and journalists alike. It's an instructive and cautionary tale of the constant struggle to know the truth of what is going on at the highest levels of government." He is also the author of The Emerging Democratic Majority: Lessons and Legacies from the New Politics (Stein and Day, 1973), a political history of the liberal movements of the 1960's and early 1970's. Mr. Davis is the co-author of Allen and Davis on Computer Contracting: A User's Guide with Forms and Strategies (Prentice Hall, 1992), and has lectured throughout the United States and Europe on the subject. In addition, he is the author of forthcoming book, "Scandal: How 'Gotcha' Politics is Destroying America," to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2006.
Between 1990 and 1996, Mr. Davis was a bi-monthly commentator on Maryland politics for WAMU-88.5/FM, a Washington D.C. local affiliate of National Public Radio. He has been a regular television commentator and has been a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, CNN, Fox Cable, CNBC and network TV news programs. He has published numerous op-ed/analysis pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other national publications.
Mr. Davis came to Washington, D.C. in 1970 after graduating from Yale Law School where he won the prestigious Thurmon Arnold Moot Court prize and served on the Yale Law Journal. A graduate of Yale College, Mr. Davis served as Chairman of the Yale Daily News.
Mr. Davis started as an associate at Patton Boggs in 1975 and became a partner in 1978. In October 2003, Mr. Davis became a partner at Orrick and brought along with him the other members of his unique "Legal Crisis Communications" practice group. He has been featured in articles published in USA Today, Forbes and Fortune magazines, and numerous national and local newspapers.
Dolores Davison is an associate professor at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA.
John W. Dean III
John Dean was White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon and became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent Watergate scandal cover-up. Despite his initial involvement, Dean became a key witness for the prosecution and was the first administration official to accuse Nixon of direct involvement with Watergate and the resulting cover-up. His accusations were confirmed when the secret White House tape recordings were made public. Dean's cooperation with the investigation led to a reduction in his prison time.
But for Dean blowing the whistle on Nixon's misdeeds it is highly questionable whether the Watergate scandal would have resulted in Nixon's resignation.
Tom Debley is the Director of KP Heritage Resources. Debley is also the author of The Story of Dr. Sidney R. Garfield: The Visionary who Turned Sick Care into Health Care.
As director of campus ethics programs at Santa Clara University, David DeCosse coordinates all of the Center's programs for faculty, staff and students, including Ethics at Noon, the Regan Lectures, and the Hackworth fellowships. Formerly the newsroom manager of Ascribe Newswire, DeCosse began his career as a reporter in New York state.
David DeCosse brings a background in publishing, teaching, and ethics scholarship to his role as director of campus ethics programs. Formerly the newsroom manager of Ascribe Newswire, DeCosse began his career as a reporter in New York state.
He also worked at Doubleday Books, where he edited But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War and Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children by Jason Berry. DeCosse has taught in the SCU Religious Studies Department since 1999.
As director of campus ethics programs, he coordinates all of the Center's programs for faculty, staff and students, including Ethics at Noon, the Regan Lectures, and the Hackworth fellowships.
A graduate of Harvard University in English and American Literature, DeCosse has a master's in journalism from Columbia University, a master's in theology from Fordham University, and a doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College-Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
Frank Deford is a six-time National Sportswriter of the Year, Senior Contributing Editor at Sports Illustrated, commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, and a correspondent on the HBO show RealSports with Bryant Gumbel.
In addition to being the author of more than a dozen books, he has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters and has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody.
Sporting News describes Deford as the most influential sports voice among members of the print media and GQ simply calls him the world's greatest sportswriter.
Kriss Deiglmeier is the executive director of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University.
Sophie Delaunay is the Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders of the United States/Medecins Sans Frontieres.
General Martin E. Dempsey
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nationâ€™s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Armyâ€™s 37th Chief of Staff.
Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.
As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point. In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM. Following DESERT STORM, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become Armor Branch Chief in US Army Personnel Command. From 1996-1998 he served as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment as the Armyâ€™s â€œsenior scoutâ€ he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, GEN Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.
General Dempseyâ€™s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with â€œVâ€ Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his Mastersâ€™ Degree in English, he holds Mastersâ€™ Degrees in Military Art and in National Security Studies.
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP's Municipal Restructuring Practice; Instrumental in Passage of California Assembly Bill 506 (Requiring Neutral Evaluation before Municipalities File for Bankruptcy)
Michael Depatie is Chief Executive Officer and President of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC,
responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company and for overseeing the company's operations, development, finance, and legal activities.
Depatie became Kimpton's CEO on July 1, 2006. He is only the third person to hold the top position in the company's 25-year history.
Deputy Editor, San Francisco Magazine; Co-founder, Chefs Feed
Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer, leads the foundation's efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. She sets strategic priorities, monitors results, and facilitates relationships with key partners. Sue has deep expertise in health and medicine and a strong underpinning of working at a large institution.
Prior to joining Hot Studio as Chief Operating Officer, Dev was the General Manager of the San Francisco office of Modern Media/Digitas for nearly six years. In that role, Rajan served clients such as Hewlett Packard, Intel, Sprint PCS, Michelin North America, Amgen and Charles Schwab delivering interactive marketing strategy and integrated marketing solutions (web, email and print).
Dev holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University, where he focused on Finance and Marketing course work.
Ross DeVol is executive director of economic research at the Milken Institute, leading the Center for Regional Economics, the Center for Health Economics and the California Center. DeVol oversees the Institute's research efforts on the dynamics of comparative national and regional growth performance. He is also an appointee to the California State Controller's Council of Economic Advisors.
Since joining the Institute, DeVol has put his group in the national limelight with groundbreaking research on technology and its impact on regional and national economies. He is an expert on the new intangible economy and how regions can prepare themselves to compete in it. He examines the effects of technology, research and development activities, international trade, human capital and labor-force skills training, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing, and quality-of-place issues on the geographic distribution of economic activity. DeVol is ranked among the "Super Stars" of Think Tank Scholars by International Economy magazine.
DeVol was the lead author of Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness, which tackles the central question of the day: How can the United States jumpstart and sustain job growth? The policy changes analyzed â€“ decreasing U.S. corporate tax rates to match the OECD average, increasing and making permanent the R&D tax credit, and modernizing export controls on certain products â€“ would spur significant economic growth in the medium- to long-term. The report demonstrates that more than 3.5 million jobs can be created in each of the next three years by supporting investment in 10 key infrastructure project categories.
DeVol was also the lead author on North America's High-Tech Economy: The Geography of Knowledge-Based Industries, which revised and extended the Institute's original work to include Canadian and Mexican metropolitan areas. It examined the locations and patterns of growth in 19 individual high-tech industry categories. This is believed to be the most detailed comparative assessment available for understanding North America's high-tech landscape.
In The Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Cluster 2009: An Economic and Comparative Assessment, he and his colleagues revised and extended the Institute's original 2005 analysis of the Greater Philadelphia life-sciences cluster relative to 10 other leading clusters in the United States. In the State Technology and Science Index: Enduring Lessons for the Intangible Economy, DeVol and his co-author examined how states need to remain strong in many technologies and stay on top in some. This annual index is well-received by policymakers, business executives and investors seeking to identify areas of strength and weakness to better target limited resources.
He was the principal author of An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease, which brought to light for the first time what is often overlooked in the discussion of the impact of chronic disease â€“ the economic losses associated with preventable illness and the cost to the nation's GDP and U.S. businesses in lost growth. The study is the first of its kind to estimate the avoidable costs if a serious effort were made to improve Americans' health.
Other recent work involves the study of biotechnology and other life-sciences clusters, and the impact these industries have on regional economies. He was the lead author of Mind-to-Market: A Global Analysis of University Biotechnology Transfer and Commercialization, which was released in 2006. This study looked at the transfer and commercialization of university-developed intellectual property on a global basis, with particular focus on biotechnology.
DeVol was the lead author of Biopharmaceutical Contributions to State and U.S. Economies, released in 2004 and documenting the large economic impact of the industry and analyzing which states are best positioned for future growth. In America's Biotech and Life Science Clusters, he and his colleagues researched leading clusters and San Diego's position among them, and highlighted the key factors determining success. He co-authored The Economic Contributions of Health Care to New England, which constituted the first detailed examination of the concentration, innovation capacities, growth, and economic-multiplier impacts of health care in that region. He authored the policy brief America's Health-Care Economy in 2003, providing the first comprehensive benchmarking of the nation's leading health-care clusters.
He completed a significant study in 1999, America's High-Tech Economy: Growth, Development, and Risks for Metropolitan Areas, an examination of how clusters of high-tech industries across the country affect economic growth in those regions. It has been translated into Chinese and published in China. His Best-Performing Cities: Where America's Jobs Are Created, published in 2004 and regularly updated since then, reveals which cities are creating jobs and economic opportunity and describes the factors determining long-term success. This is a continuation of research that was previously published annually by Forbes. He has authored studies examining how to harness the research and innovation capacity of a region to build high-tech clusters based on new technologies.
Prior to joining the Institute, DeVol was senior vice president of Global Insight Inc. (formerly Wharton Econometric Forecasting), where he supervised the firm's Regional Economic Services group. DeVol supervised the respecification of Global Insight's regional econometric models and played an instrumental role in similar work on its U.S. Macro Model, originally developed by Nobel Laureate Lawrence Klein. He was the firm's chief spokesman on international trade. He also served as the head of Global Insight's U.S. Long-Term Macro Service and authored special reports on behalf of the U.S. Macro Group.
DeVol was previously director of economic planning at CSX, where he was responsible for U.S. macroeconomic and industry analysis, and worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow. He was also an economist at Chase Econometrics and an economic analyst at Union Pacific.
DeVol appears on national television and radio programs, including CNN's "Moneyline," "Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo," Fox Business News, CNBC and NPR's "Talk of the Nation." He is frequently quoted in print media, such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, The Economist, Time, BusinessWeek and others.
DeVol earned his master's degree in economics at Ohio University and received advanced training in economics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jared Diamond is professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, which won him a Pulitzer Prize as well as Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (Genius Award); research prizes and grants from the American Physiological Society, National Geographic Society, and Zoological Society of San Diego; and many teaching awards and endowed public lectureships. In addition, he has been elected a member of all three of the leading national scientific/academic honorary societies—National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society.
Diamond's field experience includes 22 expeditions to New Guinea and neighboring islands to study ecology and evolution of birds; the rediscovery of New Guinea's long-lost golden fronted bowerbird; and other field projects in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. As a conservationist, he devised a comprehensive plan, almost all of which was implemented, for Indonesian New Guinea's national park system. He has also taken part in numerous field projects for the Indonesian government and World Wildlife Fund. He is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund/USA and Conservation International.
Larry J. Diamond
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University. Diamond is a professor at the Center on Democracy on Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and co-director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.
He has written and edited numerous articles and books on democracy in developing countries and the problems of development and corruption, particularly in Africa and Asia. Dr. Diamond has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and co-authored its recent report, Foreign Aid in the National Interest.
John Diaz is the Editorial page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Steve Diller, who heads Cheskin Experience Design Studio, has more than 20 years of marketing research and consulting experience. He is responsible for driving Cheskin product innovation and media content practices.
Diller serves clients as an "experience strategist," believing that the most effective way for companies to deepen relationships with their customers is through the development of meaningful experiences. Such experiences create the cornerstone of effective brand and product innovation, during an era of rapid technological and market change.
Diller's impressive roster of clients includes Lexmark, the Washington Post, Famous Footwear, Microsoft, and Weight Watchers. He has also contributed to numerous books, including The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook, The Principles of Trust, and Newspaper Brand Development.
Steve Diller also co-owns a film production company and has produced and directed several feature films.
Evelyn Dilsaver is the former Executive Vice President of Charles Schwab and President and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.
Michael Dimock is the president of Roots of Change. He works on sustainability and high value marketing strategies to help small and medium size agricultural producers survive amidst global corporate consolidation.
The founder, in 1992, of the Ag Innovations Network, which provides strategic sustainability planning services to rural communities, food companies, and government agencies, Dimock has also been a central player in the Slow Food movement, both as chair of Slow Food USA (until 2006) and as a member of the Slow Food International board.
He has also been chair of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, California's oldest organization dedicated to sustainable family farms.
E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a National Book Award nominee; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era; Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge; and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Nina DiSesa has worked in the quintessential boys clubs of advertising for almost thirty years. In 1994, she became the first woman EVP, Executive Creative Director for McCann Erickson New York, the flagship office of the largest advertising agency in the world. Under her creative leadership, the New York office enjoyed an unprecedented 5-year growth period adding almost $2.5 billion in billings. In 1998, she was made Chairman as well as Chief Creative Officer of McCann New York. She was the first woman and first creative director to be named chairman in the McCann global network.
In 1999, Nina was chosen by Fortune magazine as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in American Business." In 2005, she received the Matrix Award, given each year to a select group of women in communication. In 2007, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame for CEBA (Creative Excellence in Business Advertising).
George Dobbins is Vice President of Programs at the Commonwealth Club of California.
Ambassador James F. Dobbins
Ambassador James F. Dobbins was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on May 10, 2013.
Ambassador Dobbins most recently served as director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. Dobbins has held State Department and White House posts including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community. Dobbins has had numerous crisis management and diplomatic troubleshooting assignments as the Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations' special envoy for Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. Diplomatic assignments include the withdrawal of American forces from Somalia, the American-led multilateral intervention in Haiti, the stabilization and reconstruction of Bosnia, and the NATO intervention in Kosovo. In the wake of September 11, 2001, he was named as the Bush administration's representative to the Afghan opposition with the task of putting together and installing a broadly based successor to the Taliban regime. He represented the United States at the Bonn Conference that established the new Afghan government, and, on December 16, 2001, he raised the flag over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy.
Michael Dobbs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, since 1980, when he joined the paper as its Warsaw correspondent. He was the first western journalist to visit the Gdansk shipyard in August 1980. He spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent covering the collapse of communism.In Washington, he has worked for the Post as a State Department reporter and as a foreign investigative reporter.
His Down with Big Brother: The Fall of The Soviet Empire was a runner-up for the 1997 PEN award for nonfiction. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. His history books include One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear war, Down with Big Brother: Fall of the Soviet Empire, a biography of Madeleine Albright, and Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America.
Senator Christopher J. Dodd
Former United States Senator Chris Dodd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., which serves as the voice and advocate of the U.S. motion picture, home video and television industries around the world.
Appointed in March 2011, Senator Dodd leads the Association’s efforts to represent the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America.
Senator Dodd served in the United States Congress representing Connecticut for 36 years – six years in the House of Representatives and thirty years in the U.S.
Laura K. Donohue
Laura Donohue is a fellow at CISAC and at Stanford Law School's Center for Constitutional Law. During 2008-09, she will clerk for Judge John T. Noonan, Senior Judge in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. At Stanford, Donohue's research focuses on national security and counterterrorist law in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Israel, and the Republic of Turkey.
Prior to Stanford, Donohue was a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she served on the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness and the International Security Program. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, "Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism." At Stanford, Donohue directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. She has written numerous articles on counterterrorism in liberal, democratic states.
In 2008, Cambridge University Press published The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty, in which Donohue analyzed the impact of British and American counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. She also wrote Counter-terrorist Law and Emergency Powers in the United Kingdom 1922-2000.
Donohue obtained her AB (with honors, in philosophy) from Dartmouth College, her MA (with distinction, in war and peace studies) from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. She received her JD (with distinction) from Stanford Law School.
Thomas J. Donohue
Thomas J. Donohue is the President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce located in Washington, DC. The United State Chamber of Commerce is a generally conservative group that supports pro-business causes, and it is the largest and oldest trade association in the United States. As its president, Donohue has increased the Chamber's profile in Washington.
Before joining the Chamber in 1997, Donohue was the President and CEO of American Trucking Associations for 13 years.
Dr. Rafiq Dossani
Rafiq Dossani is a senior research scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, responsible for developing and directing the South Asia Initiative.
His research interests include South Asian security, and financial, technology, and energy-sector reform in India. He is currently undertaking projects on political reform, business process outsourcing, innovation and entrepreneurship in information technology in India, and security in the Indian subcontinent.
His most recent books are India Arriving, published in 2007 by AMACOM Books/American Management Association, Prospects for Peace in South Asia (co-edited with Henry Rowen), published in 2005 by Stanford University Press, and Telecommunications Reform in India, published in 2002 by Greenwood Press.
Dossani earlier worked for the Robert Fleming Investment Banking group, first as CEO of its India operations and later as head of its San Francisco operations. He has also been the chairman and CEO of a stockbroking firm on the OTCEI exchange in India, the deputy editor of Business India Weekly, and a professor of finance at Pennsylvania State University. He holds a BA in economics from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, India; an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India; and a PhD in finance from Northwestern University.
Mort Downey III
Mort Downey has more than 50 years of distinguished public service, including eight years as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation. Most recently, Mort led President Obama's Transition Team for USDOT and he served as a senior advisor to Secretary LaHood during the Senate confirmation process. He is currently the Chairman of PB Consult (the Strategic Consulting division of PB), where he provides advisory services on federal legislation, policy development, infrastructure finance, and transportation market trends. His prior experience also includes service as the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at USDOT, and the first transportation program analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.
Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.
On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper serves on the boards of Glam, Tagworld, SocialText, Kyte.tv, Chroma Graphics, Meebo, Increo, and Wigix. Previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and others.
Bill Drayton is the CEO, Chairmen of the Board, and Founder of Ashoka, which strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector. Prior to Ashoka, Drayton was a McKinsey and Company consultant and served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served briefly in the White House, and has taught both law and management at Stanford Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Richard Dreyfuss is one of the youngest actors to win the coveted Best Actor Oscar, when he snared it for his performance in The Goodbye Girl.
Dreyfuss has been in movie classics such as Mike Nichol's The Graduate and Postcards From the Edge, George Lucas's American Graffiti, Stephen Spielberg's Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, Barry Levinson's Tin Men, Barbara Steisand's Nuts, Stakeout, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Lost in Yonkers, and Mr. Holland's Opus, which earned Dreyfuss a second Academy Award nomination. Dreyfuss is also an accomplished stage actor.
Sr. Program Analyst, Office for Older Americans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in New York City. He is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. He is also the author of Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and a children's book, The Boy With Two Belly Buttons (2007).
Freakonomics, published in April 2005, instantly became an international best-seller, with more than 1.5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. It won the inaugural Quill Award for best business book; was short-listed for the inaugural Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award; received a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education; is a BookSense Book of the Year; and was named a Notable Book of 2005 by the New York Times.
Gloria Duffy is President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California.
Gloria Duffy previously served as US Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration. Her mission was to convince the countries of the former Soviet Union to give up their weapons of mass destruction, and to prevent the spread of their nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and material.
In years prior, she was the first Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, a public charitable grant making foundation in San Francisco; Assistant Director of the Arms Control Association, a public interest group in Washington, DC; editor of Arms Control Today, and a resident consultant at the RAND Corporation.
A San Francisco native, Dr. Duffy holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University in New York, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Gloria has also worked with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, and been a member of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation since 1980.
Omada Health has launched an online program to help patients at risk for diabetes make healthy lifestyle changes, using web-based lessons, coaching, social support, and digital tracking tools. Sean Duffy dropped out of an MD/MBA program at Harvard to cofound Omada. He previously spent two years at Google and worked in IDEO’s Health & Wellness group.
Patty Duke is a star of stage and screen, from her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker to playing Madam Morrible in San Francisco's Wicked.
Duke served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and continuously advances awareness in the field of mental health.
Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved with her family to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. Firoozeh then attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Dumas decided to write her stories as a gift for her two children. Random House published these stories in 2003.
Funny in Farsi was on the SF Chronicle and LA Times bestseller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book (she lost to Bob Dylan). She is currently a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor.
Critics and readers of all ages have loved her stories. Jimmy Carter called Funny in Farsi, "A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love of family, country and heritage."
David Ewing Duncan
David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of eight books published in 21 languages. He is a founder and co-curator of Arc Programs. David is a columnist for Newsweek, a correspondent for The Atlantic and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation. David writes for The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, National Geographic, Discover and many other publications. He is a former commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline and 20/20, and correspondent for NOVA’s ScienceNow!. His latest book is When I’m 164: The new science of radical life extension, and what happens if it succeeds. He also wrote Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World (Wiley). He was the founder and director of the BioAgenda Institute, and the founding director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. David is finishing his first novel, a biomedical thriller. David’s work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His articles have twice been cited in nominations for National Magazine Awards, and his work has appeared twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. David lives in San Francisco and is a member of the SF Writer’s Grotto. His website is www.davidewingduncan.com.
John B. Dunlop
John B. Dunlop is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He is an expert on Russia's two wars in Chechnya, nationalism in the former Soviet Union, Russian cultural politics, and the politics of religion in Russia. His current research focuses on the conflict in Chechnya, Russian politics since 1985, Russia and the successor states of the former Soviet Union, Russian nationalism, and the politics of religion in Russia.
In 1995 and 1996, Dunlop was an official election observer for both the Russian parliamentary election and the first round of the Russian presidential election. In 1998, he served as an observer for the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
His most recent publications include The Rise of Russia and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (Princeton University Press, 1995) as well as numerous articles and chapters in books regarding political, social, and cultural developments in the states of the former Soviet Union. Dunlop's book Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict was published by Cambridge University Press in 1998.
Sergeant Kelly Dunn became an officer for the San Francisco Police Department in 2001. Prior to becoming a police officer, she worked in mental health as a psychiatric technician for the Mobile Crisis Treatment teams in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, the Tom Smith Substance Abuse Treatment Center at San Francisco General Hospital, and at the Mount Zion Crisis Clinic. Before these positions, her first job in mental health was at Napa State Hospital on an all male forensic unit.
Sergeant Dunn's education began at Mount San Jacinto College and she received her psychiatric technician license from Napa Valley College. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree at California State University, Long Beach. She is also trained and certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and is a Certified Chemical Dependency Nurse.
Ysabel Duron is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in television broadcasting. In 1997 she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciencesâ€™ "Silver Circle" for more than 27 years of meritorious work as a journalist.
Duron is a weekend anchor of KRON 4 Weekend Morning News. She joined KRON 4 as a general assignment reporter in 1990. She became morning weekend anchor in 1992. She came to the station from WMAQ-TV, the NBC-owned-and-operated station in Chicago, where she reported and anchored Channel 5 News at Sunrise for four years. While at WMAQ, she won a team Emmy for breaking news coverage of the Laurie Dann School shooting.
Locally, Duron has also worked at KTVU-TV in Oakland, where she won her first Emmy award in 1974 for her reporting of the Patty Hearst kidnapping. She was honored again in 1982 while working as a reporter/anchor at KICU-TV in San Jose. There, her four-part series Trouble with Teachers won the John Swett Award for Media Excellence, the highest award given by the California Teachers Association. The same series was also honored by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) of Northern California.
The New York Times has called Will Durst “quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today.” He now tours the country with his new one-man show, “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” is featured in the comedian documentary 3 Still Standing, writes a nationally syndicated humor column, and contributes to CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Durst has written three books, told jokes in 16 countries, released five CDs, racked up 800+ television appearances, been fired by PBS three times, the San Francisco Examiner twice, and despite universal reproach, continues to squeeze ketchup onto his hot dog.
SFMade was conceived by Mark Dwight, a San Francisco entrepreneur, business owner and resident. Mark is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Bagworks, which he started in 2007. The company recently began manufacturing and shipping its first products from its San Francisco factory located in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood. Rickshaw sells directly to consumers via its own web site, and select specialty retailers. Prior to founding Rickshaw, Dwight was CEO of Timbuk2 Designs, another San Francisco-based bag manufacturing company.
Dwight is a Bay Area native, with 20 years experience in high-technology and consumer marketing, product development, and manufacturing operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Dwight is also involved in the efforts to create a Community Benefits District in the Mission/Potrero district. Dwight formerly served on the board of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and on the Backstreets Business Advisory Board at City Hall. He remains an active participant and supporter of the SFBC citywide initiatives. Dwight has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering ('82) and an MBA ('89), both from Stanford University. Dwight lives in the SOMA district of San Francisco.
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul serves as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. From March to August 2006, he served as Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and prior to that he held the positions of Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Assistant U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
Before coming to the Coordinator's Office, Ambassador Dybul served on the Planning Task Force for the Emergency Plan, and was the lead for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for President Bush's International Prevention of Mother and Child HIV Initiative.
At HHS, he also served as the Assistant Director for Medical Affairs, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as Co-Executive Secretary of the HHS HIV therapy guidelines for adults and adolescents. He continues to be a Staff Clinician in the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at NIAID/NIH and maintains an active role as the principal investigator for clinical and basic research for U.S. and international protocols with an emphasis on HIV therapy, particularly those that may be applicable in resource-poor settings, including intermittent therapy and HIV reservoirs and immunopathogenesis.
Ambassador Dybul is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the uniformed service of HHS. He is also a former member of the World Health Organization's Writing Committee to develop global HIV therapy guidelines.
Ambassador Dybul received his A.B. (1985) and M.D. (1992) from Georgetown University before completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals (1995) and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1998).
Esther Dyson is president and owner of EDventure Holdings; a small yet globally diversified information services company. EDventure invests in information-oriented startup ventures in central and Eastern Europe as well as in the USA. EDventure conducts industry events like the PC Forum and the High-Tech Forum. Since 1982, EDventure's newsletter, Release 1.0, help readers see underlying patterns behind industry trends, a theme echoed in her book, Release 2.0.
Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and has been a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence since 01998. Her books include "The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One".
Mark Edmunds is the Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner, Northern Pacific Region, at Deloitte LLP.
Tom Ehman is GGYC Vice Commodore, Managing Director of the GGYC America's Cup Committee & Exec. Director of America's Cup Properties, Inc.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in Virginia, USA.
Paul Ralph Ehrlich (born May 29, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Stanford University professor and a renowned entomologist specializing in Lepidoptera (butterflies). He is also well known as a researcher and author on the subject of human overpopulation.
Ehrlich has written numerous books on the subjects of ecology, entomology, overpopulation, and related subjects. His best known book is The Population Bomb, published in 1968.
Karin Eisele is the West Coast Director of the Institute of International Education.
Roy Eisenhardt practiced law for twelve years in San Francisco and taught at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.
He was President of the Oakland Athletics and served as the Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences for five years.
Roy Eisenhardt has been a frequent interviewer for City Arts & Lectures for the past fifteen years.
Riane Eisler is an Austrian born American scholar, writer, and social activist. Born in Vienna, her family fled from the Nazis to Cuba when she was a child; she later emigrated to the United States. She has degrees in sociology and law from the University of California. She is the author of many books and articles, and president of the Center for Partnership Studies.
H.E. Hesham el Nakib
Hesham el Nakib is Consul General of Egypt. Hesham el Nakib serves various posts at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Richard J. Elkus Jr.
Richard J. Elkus Jr. was one of the original investors in Voyan Technology. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996 and as CEO since October 2002. He also serves on the Boards of KLA-Tencor and Lam Research as well as SOPRA, SA in France.
Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Prometrix Corporation, which he co-founded in 1983. Prometrix revolutionized the concept of computerized wafer mapping that is now fundamental to the analysis of wafer development and production in the semiconductor manufacturing process. Prometrix merged with Tencor and later with KLA, becoming KLA-Tencor.
From 1985 to 1992 Mr. Elkus was Director, investor, and finally Chairman of Integrated Systems, Inc., a large provider of real-time CAE and CASE operating systems and embedded CAE and CASE software systems.
Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Geometrics, which became the world's largest independent manufacturer of magnetometers and spectrometers specifically for the geophysical survey and analysis markets. He also served as Director of Acacia Sales, which was one of the fastest growing independent electronic distributors in the United States during the period 1973 to 1983.
He was previously with Ampex Corporation for 10 years, serving as Production Control Manager, General Manager of the Educational and Industrial Products Division, Assistant to the President, and member of the Operations Board. He wrote the original product plan and headed the team that introduced the VCR to the world in September 1970.
Mr. Elkus received his B.A. from Stanford University and his MBA from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Administration.
Stephen Elliott is the author of six books including Happy Baby, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lion Award. Originally from Chicago, Elliott was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where he now teaches, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.
He is also the founder of the Progressive Reading Series, which helps authors raise money for and participate on behalf of progressive candidates across the country.
Daniel Ellsberg, a former U.S. military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation, sparked a national controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.
The Pentagon Papers revealed that the government knew early on that the Vietnam War was not likely winnable and would lead to many times more casualties than ever admitted. After failing to persuade a few U.S. Senators to release the papers on the Senate floor, Ellsberg decided to risk prison and leaked the documents to the New York Times. Ellsberg went underground for 16 days before turning himself in. Fortunately, the charges against him were eventually dropped due to gross government misconduct and illegal evidence gathering by the Nixon administration and the notorious White House "Plumbers Unit."
These efforts included breaking into Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office and were undertaken directly by the Nixon White House to smear and discredit Ellsberg in the news media in retaliation for his Pentagon Papers whistleblowing.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.
Jed Emerson is the author of Blended Value
Emerson is a social entrepreneur, a funder and investor and a critical observer of the field. His area of exploration is the Blended Value Proposition, focusing on advancing frameworks for assessing and tracking the value generated by social and cultural capital.
Drew Endy helped start the newest engineering major, Bioengineering, at both MIT and Stanford. His research teams pioneered the redesign of genomes and invented the transcriptor, a simple DNA element that allows living cells to implement Boolean logic. He is also a co-founder of Gen9, Inc., a DNA construction company, and the iGEM competition.
Debra England is a San Francisco based expert on philanthropy and education. She is a strong advocate of school choice.
Currently, she is a program officer who manages the education portfolio at Koret Foundation, a multimillion-dollar San Francisco based philanthropic organization.
Debra has maintained an interest in education from when she worked as an advisor for the Fulbright Commission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She came to philanthropic work from several years as an Organization Specialist with the management strategy consulting firm of McKinsey & Company.
Eve Ensler is an American playwright, performer, feminist and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues.
Ensler's The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment).
Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. The Vagina Monologues is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength.
Ensler's play Necessary Targets, set in a Bosnian refugee camp, opened Off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater in February 2002, after a hit run at Hartford Stage. Other plays include Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, and Extraordinary Measures. The Good Body, The Vagina Monologues and Necessary Targets have been published by Villard/Random House. Vagina Warriors, words by Eve Ensler and photos by Joyce Tenneson, was published by Bulfinch Press for V-Day 2005.
Her first book Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir was published by Random House in 2007. Her most recent book, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, was published in January 2011.
Ensler is the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award (2002).
She has received numerous Honorary degrees, including Doctor of Letters from her alma mater, Middlebury College.
Joe Epstein is the former President of The Commonwealth Club's Board of Governors. He is a veteran of over forty years in the steel business. In 1970, he founded Sierra Pacific Steel, a full line steel service center, located in Hayward, California. The Company was sold in 1998. He joined with David Garner to start Sierra Steel Trading, LLC in 2002.
Epstein is the President of Sierra Steel Trading and oversees its on going activities.
Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Bruce Ercson is Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Sgt. Camille Evans
U.S. Army Sgt. Camille Evans was born June 19, 1985, in Odessa, Texas. She traveled and lived in places all over the world as a child, including Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Italy, The Netherlands, France and Great Britain. Evans attended high school at Oak Ridge High in Spring, Texas, and enlisted in the Army the summer before graduating.
She graduated in May of 2003, and left for basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Upon completing basic training, Evans attended her advanced individual training at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. She was trained as an intelligence analyst and was awarded the Army achievement award for averaging a 90% or above on all written tests and scoring above the maximum expected score on all physicals fitness tests.
Evans' first duty station was Ft. Campbell, Ky., where she was assigned to a CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter battalion. In August 2004, she attended Air Assault School. Before deploying to Iraq in October 2005, the Battalion was assigned a Blackhawk Company. While in Iraq, Evans was a shift non-commissioned officer, responsible for keeping the battalion, company commander, and pilots up-to-date on the current enemy situation. For her service in Iraq, Evans was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Evans currently resides at Ft. Campbell, Ky. and is responsible for the physical and personnel security of the battalion. She serves as the battalion key and lock custodian, anti-terrorism officer, classified document custodian, and battalion seal custodian.
Steve Fainaru is senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, and the co-author of "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and The Battle for Truth."
Mark Fainaru-Wada is an investigative reporter for ESPN’s Enterprise Unit, which is charged with developing long-form, investigative features. He co-authored Game of Shadows with Lance Williams, which chronicled baseball slugger Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use.
Somali novelist, writing in English and Somali. Farah has ofted dealt the history of his country throught the fates of his characters. The central theme in his work is the women's liberation in postcolonial Somaliland, which he sees as a precondition for political and individual freedom. The majority of his essays, novels, short stories, plays, and film scripts are written in English, but he has also translated children's stories from Arabic, Italian, French, and English into Somali. Farah received in 1998 the Neustadt Award.
Chief Executive Officer of Koret Foundation Funds
His multi-faceted business experience ranges from 25 years in executive positions at Bank of America, to vice chairman and chief operating officer of Shorenstein Realty Services, to partner of the Quellos Group, a financial services boutique. Among his community and philanthropic leadership positions, Jeff is chair of Northern California AIPAC (2006 - 2008); vice chair of the board of directors of the Jewish Home; trustee at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College; board member of American Friends of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds; and a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Jeff also served 10 years on the board of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; six years on the executive committee and board of directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; and eight years as a director of The Exploratorium, where he continues as a member of the development committee.
Co-owner, Chef and Butcher, 4505 Meats.
Greg Farrington is executive director and William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair of the California Academy of Sciences. Since beginning his post in 2007, Farrington has focused efforts on addressing what CAS considers to be two of the most important scientific questions of our time: How did life happen? And how can we sustain it? CAS is the only institution in the world to combine a museum, aquarium, and planetarium, as well as vigorous programs of research and education. Farrington came to CAS after eight years as president of Lehigh University. Prior to that, he spent 19 years at the University of Pennsylvania. A widely published chemist, Farrington holds more than two dozen patents and has written more than 100 articles in the fields of solid-state chemistry, electrochemistry, and education.
Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief of Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and the author of Waiting for An Ordinary Day.
This book is a memoir of her four years covering the Iraq war and witnessing the unraveling of life for Iraqi citizens.
Sir Richard Feachem
Richard G A Feachem is Professor of Global Health at both the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences.
He is also a Visiting Professor at London University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.
Bruce Fein is a lawyer in the United States who specializes in constitutional and international law. Under President Ronald Reagan, Fein served as an associate deputy attorney general from 1981 to 1982 and as general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission.
Kenneth R. Feinberg is the former Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, established by the Obama Administration to process claims for compensation arising out of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. He also served as Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, and was Administrator of the Hokey Spirit Memorial Fund following the killings of 32 students and faculty on the Virginia Tech Campus in 2007. Mr. Feinberg was appointed Special Master of TARP Executive Compensation by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2010, and previously served as Special Master in the Federal Agent Orange Product Liability litigation. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mr. Feinberg received his J.D. degree cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was articles editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld of the New York State Court of Appeals. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Mass Torts, Evidence, and Criminal Law, at Columbia University Law School, New York University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Virginia Law School.
Senator Russell D Feingold
Senator Rus Feingold is from Wisconsin; born in Janesville, Rock County, Wis., March 2, 1953; graduated, Janesville Craig High School 1971; graduated, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1975; attended Magdalen College, Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar and received a graduate degree in 1977; graduated, Harvard University Law School 1979; admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1979 and practiced law in Madison, Wisc. 1979-1985; visiting professor, Beloit College 1985; member, Wisconsin State Senate 1983-1993; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1992; reelected in 1998 and in 2004 for the term ending January 3, 2011.
Alice Feiring is an American journalist and author, for several years a wine and travel columnist for Time magazine, and known as an advocate for "natural wine".
In addition to contributions to publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times Conde Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, her blog "Veritas in Vino" is considered among America's leading wine blogs.
Jason Felch is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he specializes in investigative journalism. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, he reported on Latin America, petroleum and other issues for a number of outlets, including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and FRONTLINE/World.
Andrew Ferguson is an American journalist and author. He is senior editor of The Weekly Standard and a columnist for Bloomberg News based in Washington, D.C.
Before joining the Standard at its founding in 1995, he was senior editor at the Washingtonian magazine. He has been a columnist for Fortune, TV Guide, and Forbes FYI, and a contributing editor to Time magazine. He has also written for the New Yorker, New York, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other publications.
A collection of his essays, Fools Names, Fools Faces, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1996, and Land of Lincoln has just been released by Grove/Atlantic on May 30, 2007. His work has appeared in several anthologies.
In 1992, he was a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.
Charles H. Ferguson
Charles Ferguson is director and producer of No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which is his first film. Ferguson co-founded one of the earliest Internet software companies, Vermeer Technologies, which was sold to Microsoft.
Ferguson has been a visiting scholar at MIT and UC Berkeley, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director of the French-American Foundation.
He is the author of three books on information technology and its impact on society. He holds a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.
Tasting Room Manager and Vodka Vixen, St. George Spirits
Anya Fernald served as Program Director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for three years. At CAFF, she led three primary projects active in six regions of California: a Farm-to-School program active in over 90 schools; a social venture produce distribution company; and the California Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign.
Fernald came to CAFF after five years with Slow Food International. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Fernald spent a post-graduate year of study as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.
Zoe Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi-Palestinians.
In 2006, she completed her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf (published as Night of the Mi'raj in the UK) is now being published in twenty-five countries. A follow-up novel, City of Veils, was released in August, 2010.
Tim Ferris is a documentary filmmaker, and science writer whose works have appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books and Scientific American.
Ferris is a former editor of Rolling Stone and Professor Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley.
A self-described human guinea pig, Tim Ferriss has parlayed his self-experimentation into a pair of blockbuster self-help books. His first, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, shares the secrets to his success in outsourcing most of the work for his online nutritional-supplements company, BrainQuicken. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, chronicles his efforts to maximize his physical potential. Ferriss holds the world record for executing the most tango spins in a minute, a feat he performed on the TV show Live with Regis and Kelly. He is a guest lecturer at Princeton University and a faculty member at Singularity University.
Peter Finch is an anchor/reporter on KGO Radio.
Howard Fineman is Newsweek's senior Washington Correspondent and columnist, senior editor and deputy Washington Bureau Chief. He is also the author of Living Politics, a column that began and continues on MSNBC.com and Newsweek.com and is now featured in the print magazine.
An award-winning writer, Fineman also is an NBC News Analyst, contributing reports to the network and its cable affiliates. The author of scores of Newsweek cover stories, Fineman's work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic.
Dr. Thomas Fingar
Dr. Thomas Fingar was Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) from July 2004 until May 2005 when he was named Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis & Chairman, National Intelligence Council. While at the State Department he served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research (2003-2004 and 2000-2001), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (2001-2003), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis (1994-2000), Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989-1994), and Chief of the China Division (1986-1989).
His intelligence career began in 1970 as the senior German linguist in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, USAREUR & 7th Army in Heidelberg, Germany. Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including Senior Research Associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control, and Director of the University's U.S.-China Relations Program. Other previous positions include assignment to the National Academy of Sciences as Co-Director of the U.S.-China Education Clearinghouse, adviser to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and consultant to numerous U.S. Government agencies and private sector organizations.
Dr. Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. in Government and History, 1968), and Stanford University (M.A., 1969 and Ph.D., 1977 both in Political Science). He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. His principal foreign languages are Chinese and German. Dr. Fingar has published dozens of books and articles, mostly on aspects of Chinese politics and policymaking.
Chef, The Whole Beast.
Dr. Andrew Fire
Andrew Zachary Fire is an American professor of genetics at Stanford University.
Fire is one of the laureates of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Craig C. Mello, for the discovery of RNA interference (RNAi). This research was conducted at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and published in 1998. Fire is currently professor of pathology and of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, which he joined in 2003.
Jon Fisher is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, adjunct professor and analyst. Fisher co-founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Bharosa, an Oracle Corporation company, which produced the Oracle Adaptive Access Manager. In April 2008, Fisher predicted U.S. unemployment would rise to 9% by April 2009.
Richard W. Fisher is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, a post he’s held since 2005, and chairman of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. Fisher has served on numerous corporate and charitable boards, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an overseer of Harvard University, and an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford University. He received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. Fisher is also a member of the Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Fisher is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
Matt Fishkin is Executive Director of the California Film Institute and Executive Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer made his fiction début in The New Yorker in 2001, with "The Very Rigid Search," which was part of his first novel, "Everything Is Illuminated." His other books include the novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "Eating Animals," about the ethics of eating meat. In March, he and Nathan Englander published "New American Haggadah."
Mark Follman, Senior Editor, Mother Jones, focused on politics and national security. This past summer, Follman led an in-depth data investigation into mass shootings following the incidents in Aurora, Colorado and Wisconsin.
William Foote is founder and CEO of Root Capital. He began his career as a financial analyst in the Latin American Corporate Finance group at Lehman Brothers, and as a journalist in Mexico and Argentina. He was named an Ashoka Global Fellow in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, and a member of the Young Presidentsâ€™ Organization (YPO) in 2009. Mr. Foote is on the executive committee of the Aspen Instituteâ€™s Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a founding board member of the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) and currently serves on the boards of the Open Learning Exchange (OLE) and E&Co. Mr. Foote holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.Sc. in development economics and economic history from the London School of Economics.
Rob Forbes is the founder of Design Within Reach, “a source for enduring, purposeful and innovative furniture and accessories.” He is also the founder of Public Bikes, and the author of "See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty."
Steve Forbes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics from Stevenson University on April 30, 2009.
Since Mr. Forbes assumed his position in 1990, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses. They include: Forbes FYI, the irreverent lifestyle supplement; Forbes Global, the magazine's international publication; and Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian, Russian, Arabic and Hebrew editions of the magazine. Forbes also publishes the Gilder Technology Report, as well as a number of investment newsletters.
In 1997 Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. The site now attracts over seven million unique visitors a month and has become the leading destination site for business decision-makers and investors.
Richard Thompson Ford
Richard Ford is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. An expert on civil rights and anti-discrimination law, his academic work focuses on the definition of political and legal boundaries as instruments of social regulation, and as cultural phenomena (with an emphasis on their racial and demographic implications).
He is also interested in humanities and the law and the intersection of critical theory and the law. Previously, Ford was a Reginald Lewis Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School, a litigation associate with Morrison & Foerster, a housing policy consultant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and commissioner of the San Francisco Housing Authority.
He publishes regularly on civil rights, constitutional law, race relations, and antidiscrimination law, and he is the author of The Race Card: How Bluffing about Race Makes Race Relations Worse and Racial Culture: A Critique.
Kaye Foster-Cheek is the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Onyx Pharmaceuticals.
Harrison S. Fraker
Chosen as the fifth Dean of the College of Environmental Design, Harrison Fraker was educated as an architect and urban designer at Princeton and Cambridge Universities and is recognized as a pioneer in passive solar, daylighting and sustainable design research and teaching. He has pursued a career bridging innovative architecture and urban design education with an award-winning practice. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for creating a new College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota and was appointed the founding Dean. He was granted Fellowship in the AIA College of Fellows for his distinguished career of bridging education and practice.
He has published seminal articles on the design potential of sustainable systems and urban design principles for transit oriented neighborhoods. He teaches design studio and believes in integrating pragmatic and theoretical analysis to create new knowledge about the most critical environmental design challenges facing society. He is currently pursuing his beliefs through a whole systems design approach for entirely resource-self-sufficient, transit-oriented neighborhoods of 100,000 people in China.
Ralph Frammolino reported for nearly 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. Frammolino is now a media consultant for various aid projects in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, where he trains working journalists on investigative reporting techniques and right to information laws. In 2006, Ralph was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for exposing the role of the J. Paul Getty Museum and other American museums in the black market for looted antiquities.
Les Francis is executive vice president of Goddard Claussen Strategic Advocacy, one of America's most successful public affairs and issue advocacy firm. He is former chief of staff to then Representative and now U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. He also served as deputy assistant and deputy chief of staff to President Jimmy Carter. He is a former executive director of both the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011, Frank served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Jeffrey Frank was a senior editor at The New Yorker and the deputy editor of the Washington Post's Outlook section and is the author of four novels, including the "Washington Trilogy"-The Columnist, Bad Publicity, and Trudy Hopedale. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana. They have one son.
Robert Frank is a senior writer for the Wall Street Journal and the author of Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich.
His column, The Wealth Report, is a daily blog focused on the lives and culture of the wealthy which appears every Friday in The Wall Street Journal.
Paul Frankel is co-founder and Managing Director of Ecosa Capital.
He sits on the Business Advisory Council for the Roots of Change Fund, chaired the judging panel on renewable energy at the 2006 California Cleantech Open, is a member of the Tech Museum Laureate Advisory Committee, and advises many companies in the areas of cleantech and sustainable business.
As Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Alison Acosta Fraser oversees Heritage Foundation research on a wide range of domestic economic issues including federal spending, taxes, energy and environment, retirement savings and regulation.
Julio Freidman is Director of the Carbon Sequestration Project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Richard French combines technical expertise with business savvy. Through varied experience working with large multinational companies and startups he is able to bring both an entrepreneurial spirit and the knowledge of how to run large organizations.
Mr. French built his career at a series of companies. He is currently CEO at Avvenu, Inc. a venture backed company which provides a free service that lets consumers and business users securely access their home and office computers directly from their web-enabled mobile device or computer.
Most recently he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Open Source Development Network at VA Software Corporation/OSDN, Inc. of Fremont, CA. At OSDN, now renamed to OSTG, he brought together 11 disparate Internet properties, including such notables as Slashdot, Sourceforge.net and Thinkgeek, into a cohesive whole with the result that it became the de facto network for open source news and downloads.
Dr. Frenk is an eminent authority on global health who served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. He pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system, with an emphasis on redressing social inequality. On January 1, 2009, Dr. Frenk became Dean of the Faculty and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development at the Harvard School of Public Health. He joined the board of the Commonwealth Fund in July 2010.
He is perhaps best known for his work in introducing a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans. He is currently Dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Co-editor, International Estate Planning , Matthew Bender, 1992. Lecturer in Law, University of California Law School, Berkeley, 1966-1976. Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; American Bar Foundation. Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and Taxation Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Arthur Frommer, Founder, Frommer Travel Guide Series; Author, Ask Arthur Frommer
Foremost travel authority Arthur Frommer's series of guides, published by Wiley Inc., consists of more than 340 titles reaching more than 6 million travelers per year covering every major travel destination in the world. He also writes countless magazine articles on a wide variety of travel subjects as well as a twice-weekly column on travel, which is syndicated to major newspapers all over the country. With his daughter, Pauline Frommer, he presents a weekly nationwide radio program on travel, lectures frequently and makes guest appearances on national television shows such as NBC's "Today Show" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." He lives in New York City.
Bill Fujimoto is the owner of Monterey Market in Berkeley, CA.
A native of Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan, Ichiro Fujisaki became ambassador of Japan to the United States on June 4, 2008. Fujisaki joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969, and worked as a political minister at the Japanese embassy in Washington. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the director-general of the North American Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jean Fuller was born and raised in Kern County. She served as an educator in the Central Valley for more than 30 years, including time as Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District.
The first in her family to graduate from college, Jean attended Bakersfield College, California State University Fresno and California State University Los Angeles, and then continued her formal education at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her PhD. She supplemented her education with coursework and seminars at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and Exeter College at Oxford University.
Senator Fuller was elected to represent the 18th Senate District in 2010 and the 32nd Assembly District in 2006. Jean and her husband, Russell, a retired engineer, live in Bakersfield.
Jim Funk leads partnership and content relationship efforts for Roku. Funk was previously the VP of Business Development for Internet TV at Netflix. Prior to Netflix, Funk was VP Marketing & Co-Founder at Akimbo Systems.
Previously Funk has held executive management positions at Macromedia and marketing positions at Apple. Funk has both a MBA and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Mary Furlong, Ed.D., MFA's president and CEO, is a leading authority on the baby boom generation as it moves toward and beyond age 50. She has guided the offline and online 45+ market strategies of leading corporations and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years, and her list of clients includes IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, Viacom (CBS), Advance Publications, Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, Microsoft, regional Bell operating companies and AARP.
Furlong founded MFA in 2003 to help socially-and consumer-conscious companies understand the real needs of this growing market.
In addition, Furlong is the Dean's Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business.
Betty Fussell is the author of ten previous books, including The Story of Corn and My Kitchen Wars.
A contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gastronomica, and other publications, she has also lectured widely on food history. Western born, she lives in New York City.
Mitch Galbraith is COO of Funny or Die.
Born and raised in Texas, China Galland is the award-winning author of Longing for Darkness and The Bond Between Women. She received a Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency and has won awards for her writing from the California Arts Council. Galland is a professor in residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she directs the Keepers of Love Project. She lectures, teaches, and leads retreats nationally and internationally on religion, race, and reconciliation.
Liz Gannes is senior editor of All Things Digital.
Dr. Ganor is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and deputy dean of the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is a member of Israel's National Committee for Homeland Security Technologies, of the International Advisory Board of Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, (IDSS), Singapore, and of the International Advisory team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New-York Police Department (NYPD).
Dr. Ganor lectures on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism at the High Command Academic Courses of the Israel's Defense Forces, as well as at the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy, and other Academic and International forums.
Boaz Ganor obtained his B.A. in Political Sciences from Hebrew University, and his M.A. in Political Studies from Tel-Aviv University. His Ph.D. thesis for the Hebrew University was on "Israel's Counter-Terrorism Strategy." Dr. Ganor served as a consultant to Israeli Government Ministries on Counter-Terrorism. From 1989 to 2003, he was a member of the trilateral - Palestinian, Israeli, American - Committee on Incitement, established under the Wye Accords.
Dr. Boaz Ganor is the author of The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle and Modern and Post Modern Terrorism as well as numerous articles on counter-terrorism published in Israel and abroad.
As CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, Lisa Gansky drew on her entrepreneurial spirit and experience developing global web services. Gansky and the team worked to develop Ofoto into a world-class consumer services offering which she left once Kodak Gallery reached over 45M customers in 2005.
In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Eastman Kodak, she was a Co-founder and CEO of GNN, the first commercial website, acquired by AOL in 1995. Gansky has been an investor and board member of more than twenty internet and mobile services companies.
John Raymond Garamendi is a U.S. politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He became the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California on January 8, 2007.
He had previously been the California State Insurance Commissioner from 2003 - 2007, having previously been the first occupant of that office from 1991 - 1995. He was the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 - 1998.
Gilbert "Gil" Garcetti served as Los Angeles County's 39th District Attorney for two terms, from 1992 until November 7, 2000.
Gil Garcetti received a bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Before becoming District Attorney, Garcetti served within the office for over twenty years, from trial prosecutor to managerial positions and eventually becoming chief deputy district attorney for his predecessor, Ira Reiner (District Attorney from 1984 - 1992). Reiner decided not to run for a third term, and Garcetti won the 1992 election.
Garcetti has always been an avid urban photographer. During his time as District Attorney he would carry a small camera with him at all times. After leaving the DA's office, Garcetti focused on art photography, initially producing two collections on the Walt Disney Concert Hall: Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall, focusing on the iron workers who constructed the landmark, and Frozen Music, focusing on the finished building itself. Photos from these works were featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His most recent exhibition, Dance in Cuba: Photographs by Gil Garcetti, was featured at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History in Spring 2006.
Jane Garcia is the Chief Executive Officer of La Clinica de La Raza, Inc. headquartered in Oakland, California. La Clinica is the largest community based primary health care centers in the Bay Area with an annual operating budget of $49.2 million. As the largest employer of the Fruitvale area, La Clinica employs close to 500 full time staff and serves nearly 47,000 members, the majority of which are low income, working, uninsured community members.
Under Garcia's leadership, La Clinica provides a comprehensive program with the full gamut of medical services and ancillary services including Dental, Eye, Mental Health and Health Education in 3 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano.
The East Bay Business Times recently listed La Clinica as the second largest non-profit organization in the Bay Area! The Hispanic Business listed La Clinica as the fifth leading U.S. nonprofit organization in service to Latinos. She received her BA from Yale University and her Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley.
Andrea Gardner is a Sustainable Solutions Manager.
Joe Garofoli writes about media at the intersection of politics and culture for the San Francisco Chronicle, an extension of a beat he created several years ago called Red and Blue to examine the political and cultural differences in the country. Over the past 20 years of feature writing, he has covered Seventh Avenue fashion shows, the Jeffrey Dahmer serial murders, two Olympic Games and been on the road covering the presidential race in Missouri and Ohio.
He has won national and regional awards for health, education and lifestyle stories and column writing during a journalistic journey that has taken him from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale to Washington, D.C. to Milwaukee to the Bay Area. He received his masters and undergraduate degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.
Charles Garvin brings to Palisades a combination of operating experience and success in institutional investing. Mr. Garvin previously served as a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of The Boston Consulting Group, the world's leading strategy consulting firm.
At BCG, Mr. Garvin's client relationships included Lucky Stores, then a $5 billion diversified retailer, where consultant teams led by Mr. Garvin evaluated a number of divisions for potential divestiture, and Bank of America, then the nationâ€™s second-largest bank, where teams led by Mr. Garvin recommended significant restructuring of the branch network.
Subsequently, Mr. Garvin was a founding principal of The Beta Group, a venture capital firm whose initial limited partners were officers of BCG. During its 17-year history, the Beta Group has generated annual equity returns substantially above 30 percent to its investors, through a combination of founding new enterprises, buyouts of existing firms, and licenses of technology to large manufacturers.
Among Beta Group successes have been the Flexon line of nickel-titanium eyeglass frames, the most significant recent product introduction in this industry with total sales exceeding $100 million; and the FoxS line of fiber-optic based blood-gas monitors, successfully sold to and marketed by the Puritan-Bennett division of Tyco International.
William H. Gates Sr.
Bill Gates Sr. was an attorney who co-founded his own firm and was on the board of Planned Parenthood. Since retiring from law in 1998, he has served as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as director for Costco Wholesale. He’s also the author of Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime as well as Wealth and Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.
Ruth Gay is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimerâ€™s Association.
Joe is the co-founder and CPO at Airbnb. He leads the product team in creating meaningful experiences through intuitive design, and oversees Airbnb's brand and product development. Joe draws on his previous experience as a designer at Chronicle Books, as well as his development of a green design site and several consumer products. He earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met co-founder Brian Chesky.
Chris Geiger is the municipal toxics reduction coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
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.
Professor Gerami joined the Social Science faculty as the Coordinator of Women's Studies in Fall of 2006. She brings to the program years of experience in global feminist activism, critical gender research, and a passion for teaching.
Professor Gerami holds a law degree from the University of Tehran and practiced law in Iran prior to the Islamic revolution. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1983, and most recently taught at Missouri State University at Springfield and coordinated the Gender Studies' program there. She has won various teaching and research awards, and has been active in many local and international organizations.
Dr. Julie Gerberding
CDC Director Julie Louise Gerberding, MD, MPH has been leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and served as the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) since July 2002.
She also serves as a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.
Christopher Gergen is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, an entrepreneurial leadership development company, and co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives. Additionally, Christopher is a visiting lecturer and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University within the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy's Hart Leadership Program.
Christopher is the co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, the leading online tutoring provider in the United States -- serving over 200,000 students from more than 1,000 universities, colleges, and high schools. Other entrepreneurial ventures include starting a coffeehouse/bar dedicated to promoting the arts and music in Santiago, Chile and helping to launch the "Entrepreneur Corps" -- a national service initiative sponsored by AmeriCorps*VISTA that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profit organizations across the country. Previously, Christopher started LEAD!, a non-profit leadership, entrepreneurship, and service program for Gonzaga College high school students in Washington, D.C. and is a founding board member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School also in D.C.
Further professional experience includes serving as Vice President of New Market Development for K12 Inc. and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for New American Schools. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.
Mark B. Gerstein
Mark B. Gerstein is an American physical and biological scientist working in bioinformatics.
As of 2006 he is co-director of the Yale Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program, and Albert L. Williams Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Yale University.
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at San Jose State University, a political analyst for NBC Bay Area, and author of "Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California."
Charles Geschke is a Co-founder and Co-chairman of Adobe Systems.
Jess Ghannam is an accomplished Palestinian-American doctor and professor who is active in numerous non-governmental organizations and in carrying out humanitarian work, particularly in the Gaza Strip.
He is a clinical professor and the Chief of Medical Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, and also practices at the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Paola Gianturco is the author/photographer of four illustrated books. Exhibitions include the UN and Field Museum . Media coverage includes "Marie Claire," "NYT," "Washington Post," Oprah, CNN, and NPR.
Gianturco has co-taught executive institutes at Stanford University.
Serial entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies including AirBnB, Pinterest, Square, Stripe. Currently working on a new company.
Previously, was the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter, as well as ran various product teams (Geo, Search).
Joined Twitter via the acquisition of MixerLabs, a company was co-founder and CEO of. MixerLabs ran GeoAPI, one of the early developer-centric platform infrastructure products.
Spent many years at Google, where he started the mobile team and was involved in all aspects of getting the team up and running. Involved with 3 acquisitions (including the Android team) and was the original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products.
Prior to Google, had product management and market seeding roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies. Also worked at McKinsey & Co. Received his Ph.D. from MIT and has degrees in Mathematics and Biology from UCSD.
Patrick Gilles is a Bay Area independent film maker, writer-director. Aside from his recent work as co-writer, co-director, cinematographer and editor on the feature film "Olive", he continues to produce media for television, internet and industrial education. Upcoming projects include, Music Store, co-written by Geoff Couch, was optioned by Experience Media Studios N.A. in 2011 and is scheduled for production Summer 2012. Patrick is currently working on the feature film, Clyde Stinson on the Eve of Greatness, scheduled for Spring 2013 release.
Paul Giroux received his BS in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University in 1979. Since then, Paul has been with Kiewit Corporation for the past 32 years working on a wide variety of heavy civil engineering mega projects throughout the United States such as Baltimore's Fort McHenry Tunnel, several hydroelectric projects, Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project, and most recently the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Skyway Project. His current job assignment is District Quality Manager for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Paul is currently serving as the ASCE's Chairman for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary event scheduled for May 2012. In October 2010 Paul presented the closing lecture at the Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium in Las Vegas. In 2008 Paul was the Chairman and featured speaker for the Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary event in New York City. He is member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a corresponding member of the ASCE's History and Heritage Committee. He is also a member of the Iowa State University Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and the Transportation Research Board. He is also a frequent speaker at national construction conferences and guest lecturer at numerous universities throughout the United States.
Maria Giudice is the CEO of Hot Design Studio. She is the co-author and designer of several award-winning books including Elements of Web Design, a guide for print designers crossing over into the web, and Web Design Essentials.
She holds a BFA from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was included in the book Who's Really Who: The Most Creative Individuals in the USA.
Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and in 2003 was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his science and policy work on water issues worldwide. In 2006 he was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the human right to water, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization and international conflicts over water resources.
He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations and was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy in Oslo, Norway in 1999. Dr. Gleick is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial water report The World's Water.
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours.It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating.Twelve LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum, making LivingHomes one of the most experienced builders of Platinum-level homes. Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa. Glenn is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others. Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio.Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow.Glenn is a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org (and chair), the Kaia Parker Dance Fund, www.kaiaparker.org.He is a member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, www.brownep.org, and Watts House Project, www.wattshouseproject.org.Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week; Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green; and Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post.
Vice President of Content and Marketing, MySpace
Shawn Gold is SVP, head of marketing and content for MySpace.com, an online social network with over 85 million members focused on Personal expression, human connection and the discovery of popular culture. He comes to Myspace with a 14 year history in digital marketing and business strategy.
Previous to MySpace, Shawn was publisher of WeblogsInc (now an AOL company), the largest publisher of professional blogs on the web with over 8 million monthly readers. Among his 85 Blogs were category leaders Engadget, AutoBlog and Joystiq. Prior to WeblogsInc, Shawn was president/chief strategy officer of publicly held Intermix.com. At Intermix, during the dotcom downturn, his team created the webs most popular entertainment network online (24 million monthly visitors) and achieved profitability.
Prior to Intermix, Shawn headed marketing and communications for ecommerce company WHN, providing ecommerce and marketing service to entertainment brands, including The 2002 Olympics, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, MTV, and Fox. Prior to WHN.com, Shawn served as head of strategic planning at Rare Medium where he created the inaugural interactive communication strategies for P&G, General Foods, Mattel and Nestle. In 1995, Shawn was GM and Founder of Icon New mediaâ€™s Advertising Division, publishing Word.com and Charged.com. There he created the first interstitial ads on the web and an industry-leading advertising system based on time rotation and contextual integration.
He started developing interactive content in 1992 as a partner with TouchTunes Interactive, a telecommunications music marketing service in the USA, Japan and New Zealand. He is a founding board member of the Producers Guild of Americaâ€™s New Media Council.
Prior to founding Fab, Jason was Chief Product Officer at XING AG and before then he was founder and CEO at socialmedian (sold to XING AG) and Jobster. In a prior life, Jason spent 6 years working 100 hours a week for Bill Clinton in the White House.
Jason is also an investor in and Board Member at RJ Metrics. Notable prior investments: TweetDeck.
Jason is a product guy. He loves to blog, loves transparency, and loves trying to make people smile.
Dr. Goldberg is a nationally-recognized leader in education policy, research and practice. As executive director of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, he issued the landmark report, A Nation at Risk, which is credited with starting the education reform movement. Prisoners of Time, released by the congressionally-created National Commission on Time and Learning during Goldberg's tenure as executive director, called for new ways to improve student achievement in and out of school. Goldberg served as director of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Research. He is one of a growing number of education thought leaders who are calling for a new, expanded view of learning and a radical restructuring of our education system.
Harold Goldstein is the Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. For a number of years Harold developed health promotion programs for the Los Angeles County Health Department. He has a bachelors degree in Physiology from U.C. and a doctorate in public health from UCLA.
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories: A Novel from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage - Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story - was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities.
She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships.
Jude Gomila was born in London, UK and attended the UK's Cambridge University. He graduated with Honors in Engineering and Management. During his final year of University he started Sugar Global, a digital photo frame brand, making sales to UK stores including Harrods, Selfridges, Amazon and Firebox.com. Sugar products were featured in the What Hi-Fi Magazine's Expo 2007. After Sugar Global, Jude Gomila went on to found a charity gaming site (Helpthirst.com) in contract with Worldvision.
Matt Gonzalez was born in McAllen, Texas in 1965. He received a BA degree from Columbia College, Columbia University, 1987, and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1990. He worked as a deputy public defender in San Francisco from 1991-2000. In 2000 he was elected to the 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which supervises a city with a budget of $6 billion.
He is best known for having led the effort to implement Instant Run-off Voting, also known as Rank Choice Voting, in San Francisco, where it has been successfully implemented to obtain a majority outcome without the need for costly run-off elections. Matt Gonzalez is a 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate running with Ralph Nader.
Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith, based on the terrifying hours nine Quecreek miners spent trapped underground; he appeared on Oprah to talk with the miners about their experience.
Goodell's first book, The Cyberthief and the Samurai, was about the hunt for the notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. His memoir, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family, was a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent book is titled Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!. She is co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them, written with her brother David Goodman.
The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 300 stations in North America. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television (on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH Network), shortwave radio and the internet.
Kristin Gore was born in 1977 and graduated from Harvard, where she was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon. She has written for several television shows, including Futurama and Saturday Night Live, for which she received an Emmy nomination and a Writer's Guild Award. Her first novel, Sammy's Hill, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently being adapted for the screen by Columbia Pictures.
Sam Gosling, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, and "Good Morning America," and his research is featured in Malcolm Gladwell's Blink.
Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Peter G. Gosselin
Peter G. Gosselin has been national economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times since 1999. His latest series was The New Deal: If America is Richer, Why Are Its Families So Much Less Secure?
He has also worked at the Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, The (North Adams, Mass.) Transcript and the Catskill (N.Y.) Daily Mail.
He graduated from Brown University with a degree in philosophy and was a Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University, where he received an MBA in economics.
His reporting has earned him the National Headliner Award, the George Polk Award (twice), and the SDXX award.
William Grant worked at the level of senior research scientist in the fields of optical and laser remote sensing of the atmosphere and atmospheric sciences at SRI International, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the NASA Langley Research Center.
This career included doing pioneering laser remote sensing instrument development, while the latter half included participating on many NASA-led airborne atmospheric chemistry field missions to the far corners of the world, as well as writing a number of papers on the observations.
Grant is the author or coauthor of over 60 articles in the peer-reviewed journals, edited 2 books of reprints, and contributed half a dozen chapters to other books. He is an Elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 1992.
Currently he is Director of Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center, an entity devoted to research, education, and advocacy relating to the prevention of chronic disease through changes in diet and lifestyle.
Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel, is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, having served for two terms, from 1969 to 1981. He is primarily known for his efforts in ending the draft following the Vietnam War and for having put the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971. He is currently a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Wavy Gravy, Hugh Romney, who is fast approaching official geezerhood, is more active and more effective in the world then he was decades ago. Back then when still known as Hugh Romney he stood on the stage of the original Woodstock concert and announced...." What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!" He was at Woodstock as a member of an entertainment/activist commune known as the Hog Farm. Today, the Hog Farm still exists, collectively owning and operating the 700-acre Black Oak Ranch and hosting the annual Pig-Nic. And Wavy lives a third of the year in a Berkeley Hog Farm urban outpost, a big communal house he refers to as "hippie Hyannisport" But Mr. Gravy (as he's known to readers of the New York Times) has expanded his activities over the past two-and-a-half decades to include codirectorship (with his wife, Jahanara) of Camp Winnarainbow, a performing arts program for children which takes over the Hog Farm for 10 weeks every summer, and the organization of all-star rock concerts to raise money for a variety of environmental, progressive, political, and charitable causes, most notably Seva, a foundation he cofounded in 1978, initially to combat preventable and curable blindness in the Third World.
John Gray is an American relationship counselor, lecturer and author. In 1969, he began a nine-year association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before beginning his career as an author and personal relationship counselor.
Dr. Stan Greenberg
Stan Greenberg has served as polling advisor to presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, and dozens of campaigns in the U.S. and around the world. His political clients have included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and South Africa President Nelson
Mandela, and his corporate clients include Boeing, Microsoft, and other global companies. He also conducts the bi-partisan polls for NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Dr. Greenberg was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and has been described as “the father of modern polling techniques.” He is the author of The Two Americas and Middle Class Dreams, which put the spotlight on “Reagan Democrats.” Those insights made him the principal polling advisor to the Democratic Leadership Council during the formative years of change for the Democratic Party between 1988 and 1994.
Dr. Greenberg founded his research firm in 1980 after a decade of teaching at Yale University where he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was educated at Miami University and Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D.
Oakland-based writer and performer Jeff Greenwald is the author of five best-selling travel books, including Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World (for which he created the first international blog). His stories and essays have appeared in many print and online publications--including the New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Afar and Salon.
Greenwald is also the executive director of Ethical Traveler, a global alliance of travelers dedicated to human rights and environmental protection (www.ethicaltraveler.org). His critically acclaimed one-man show, "Strange Travel Suggestions," premiered in San Francisco in 2003. Greenwald's new book, Snake Lake, will be released by Counterpoint Press in Fall 2010.
J. William Grimes
J. William Grimes is a widely known media professional who has been President/ CEO of four major media companies, including Univision Multimedia Inc, Zenith Media, and ESPN (1981–1988) where he was the recipient of the USA Today Sports Executive of the Year and the Gallagher Report's Television Executive of the Year.
He is also a former Senior Vice President of CBS. He taught a graduate Media Economics course in the Media Studies and Film Department at The New School in New York and was coordinator of the department's graduate Media Management Program. He earned his BA from West Virginia University and studied Law at St John's University.
Elizabeth Grossman is the author of Watershed: The Undamming of America, Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail and co-editor of Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion.
Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Nation, Orion, The Seattle Times, and the Washington Post. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo
Chris Guenther is a Manager of Client Services at SustainAbility. He specializes in translating societal trends, stakeholder expectations and business challenges into strategies that drive business value while addressing major global challenges like energy security, climate change and poverty.
Guenther is a member of SustainAbility's energy sector and beacon consulting teams, and contributes to SustainAbility's thinking and research on topics such as branding, accountability and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable development.
He has conducted research and strategy consulting projects for companies in the energy, transportation, ICT, healthcare and financial services sectors. Companies he has recently worked with include Ford Motor Company, MasterCard, AEP, Microsoft and Chevron. Guenther holds MBA and MS degrees from the University of Michigan and a BA in English from Vassar College.
Co-founder, The Butcher's Guild; Author, Primal Cuts: Cooking with America's Best Butchers.
Moira Gunn is host of the radio programs "Tech Nation" and "BioTech Nation," aired by National Public Radio. "Tech Nation" episodes are normally based on an interview with the author of a science- or technology-related book. "BioTech Nation" is based on interviews with significant figures in the field of bio-technology, as well as regular discussions with science journalist David Ewing Duncan.
"Tech Nation" and "BioTech Nation" programs are also published as podcasts by IT Conversations.
Gunn's early career included work at NASA on large-scale scientific computation and global communications, with special emphasis in infrared satellite image processing, computational fluid dynamics, and global climate and weather modeling. She also did work in robotics engineering at IBM, Morton Thiokol, United Technologies/Pratt and Whitney, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, and the US Navy.
Gunn has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an M.A. in computer science.
Bill Guttentag, a two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker, wrote and directed Live!, a dramatic feature starring Eva Mendes, Andre Braugher, and David Krumholtz. The film was produced by Chuck Roven/Mosaic Media Group and distributed by The Weinstein Company. He also wrote and directed Nanking, a documentary which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film includes a stage reading he wrote that features Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, and Jurgen Prochnow. Nanking was released theatrically this winter by THINKFilm and will air later in the year on HBO.
In 2003 Bill Guttentag won an Oscar for the documentary Twin Towers (Universal). It was his second Academy Award; the first was for You Don't Have to Die, a film he made for HBO.
He has also received three additional Oscar nominations, as well as two Emmy Awards. His films have been selected three times for the Sundance Film Festival and have played and won awards at numerous American and international film festivals. His films have received a number of special screenings, including one at the White House.
Bill Guttentag created and executive produced the NBC series Crime & Punishment, which ran for three seasons (2002-2004). The series was part of the Law & Order family of shows, and was created with Dick Wolf, who was also an executive producer. Over the series’ run, nearly every show was in the Nielsen top 20.
Nanking, his most recent film, has won awards at a number of US and international film festivals (including Sundance). Guttentag was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for Nanking, and the film was short-listed for an Academy Award. Nanking was released in China last summer and became the highest grossing theatrical documentary in Chinese history.
He has made documentary films for HBO, ABC, CBS and others. His HBO films include the Academy Award-nominated Crack USA, and Memphis PD: War on the Streets, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He directed Assassinated: The Last Days of Kennedy and King (executive produced by Oliver Stone) on the final year in the lives of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He also directed The Cocaine War, an ABC News/Peter Jennings Reporting special on the drug war in South America.
Peter is the managing editor of TechCrunch.
Prior to his second stint with TechCrunch, Peter launched The Daily, the first major tablet-only daily publication from News Corp, and served as its technology editor.
Peter is the former technology editor at TIME Magazine and founder/editor of Techland.com.
Before joining TIME, Peter was a news editor at CrunchGear. His work has also appeared in Men's Journal, Vibe Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Wired.com and Men.Style.com, among others.
Brian Hackney is a correspondent for CBS 5's "Eye On The Bay." Brian is a Bay Area native, if you stretch the definition of Bay Area to include the crown-in-the-jewel of San Benito County, Hollister. He was born and raised there, attending Sacred Heart school and San Benito High School. While there, he wrote a weekly column for the Gilroy Dispatch.
He attended Cal Poly, earning a bachelors degree in Physics and a bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering in 1986, and pursued graduate work at the University of California. While at Cal Poly, he worked with Weird Al at KCPR, the campus radio station, and was hired to be the booth announcer at KSBY, the local NBC affiliate, while a sophomore in college. He also worked as an assistant in the promotion department.
After working at Raytheon as an Associate Design Engineer in the Electromagnetic Systems Division, Hackney became the chief meteorologist back at KSBY in San Luis Obispo, then went on to KCST (now KNSD) in San Diego, an NBC O&O. There, he was the weeknight meteorologist earning two Emmy awards and two Golden Mike awards for science and environmental reporting.
In 1990, Hackney moved back home to the Bay Area, signing up with KGO in the capacity of weekend meteorologist and weekday science & tech reporter. He was the weeknight 11pm meteorologist in 1992. His reporting on science, technology, and the environment, earned five more Emmy awards during his tenure.
In 1995 he moved to KRON, then an NBC affiliate, both as meteorologist and, by 2001, a news anchor. In 2005, his work earned seven Emmy nominations. He won four, for news anchoring, weather anchoring, news reporting, and for best documentary, which was recognized by NATAS as "an unprecedented show of versatility." It was also the most Emmys for a single individual in 2005 and represented half the entire station total at KRON.
Hackney was also co-host of the National Emmy award-winning "Newton's Apple", PBS's longest-running family science program. In the course of the show, his reports were featured from Switzerland to England--even from New Orleans.
Hackney is the second most senior broadcast meteorologist in the Bay Area (Joel Bartlett, a CBS 5 alum, is frequently reminded that Hackney watched him as a small child in Hollister), and lives comfortably with an aging Siamese cat in Marin. His greatest accomplishment was featuring his grandmother in his earthquake documentary and she, at age 98, still reminds him to fold his hands when seated at the anchor desk.
John Hagel III is an author and former consultant who specializes in the intersection of business strategy and information technology. In 2007, Hagel, along with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison, founded the Deloitte Center for the Edge Innovation. Hagel is also involved with a number of other organizations, including the World Economic Forum, Innovation Exchange with John Seely Brown and Henry Chesbrough, the International Academy of Management, and the Aspen Institute.
Stefan Halper is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Donner Atlantic Studies Program at the Center of International Studies at Cambridge University. He is the co-author of America Alone.
Halper has served under four American presidents in the White House and the State Department as an expert on U.S. foreign policy, national security policy, United Nations, Anglo-American relations and contemporary international security issues.
Mark Halperin has been the Political Director of ABC News since October of 1997. As Political Director, Halperin is responsible for the planning and editorial content of all political news on the network.
In this role, he works with correspondents and producers for all ABC News programs, including "World News with Charles Gibson," "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "20/20," and news specials.
In 1985, with an Oxford doctorate, Sue Halpern went to work at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons teaching case-based ethics and social medicine.
Nearly twenty years later, the author of Four Wings and a Prayer (now an award-winning documentary film ) and the New York Times notable book, Migrations to Solitude, returned to Columbia in the company of a young neurologist, Scott Small, who guided her into the world of cutting-edge neuroscience.
Halpern, a former Rhodes Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College and the director of the non-profit Face of Democracy project which teaches documentary journalism to high school students.
In addition to her three books of non-fiction, she is the author of two novels, The Book of Hard Things and Introducing Sasha Abramowitz.
She lives in Vermont and the Adirondacks with her husband Bill McKibben and their daughter Sophie, the editor of Bookworm Magazine.
George C. Halvorson is chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, headquartered in Oakland, California.
Kaiser Permanente is the nation's largest integrated health plan, serving more than 8.4 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. He has more than 30 years of health care management experience. He was formerly President and CEO of HealthPartners, headquartered in Minneapolis. He is the author of Epidemic of Care published in April 2003, and Strong Medicine. He is currently writing two new books, one about racial prejudice around the world, and another about systematic reform of health care in America.
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.
Having discovered his passion for acting at High School, a young George Hamilton landed the lead part in his first film, ’Crime and Punishment’, in 1959.
Having been signed up by MGM, Hamilton was soon on the movie star treadmill, appearing in ’Home From the Hill’, ‘Where the Boys Are’ and 'Light in the Piazza’. Hamilton went on to appear in nearly 40 films during the 1960s and 1970s.
During the 1960s, Hamilton hit the headlines when he started dating Lynda Bird, the daughter of President Johnson. Accusations of opportunism surrounded the affair, and eventually had an adverse effect on his career. As the film roles started to dry up towards the end of the 1960s, George moved into TV work, playing jet-setter Duncan Carlyle in ’The Survivors’.
’Love at First Bite’ and ’Zorro the Gay Blade’ earned Golden Globe nominations and provided another career boost in the late 1970s. The 1980s saw George playing slightly campish roles in 'Dynasty' and 'Spies', as well as hosting a number of beauty pageants.
With the nickname ‘The Tanned One’, it was no great surprise when Hamilton launched his own range of skin-care products in the late 1980s, closely followed by a chain of tanning salons.
Francis Ford Coppola cast George in 'The Godfather, Part III’ in 1990 and, in 1995 he co-hosted the short-lived talk show, ’George and Alana’, with his ex-wife Alana Stewart.
Hamilton has been linked with Imelda Marcos and Elizabeth Taylor. He recently sent out a TV tribute to Taylor insisting life would be ‘unbearable’ without her, after the star revealed she's suffering from congestive heart failure.
Daniel Handler is a writer of books in which you might be interested, including more recently, We Are Pirates, and Hurry Up and Wait, co-authored with Maira Kalman. His Believer column, “What the Swedes Read,” about reading one book by each Nobel Laureate, appears in each issue. This fall appears the final installment of Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series. Its sequel, A Series of Unfortunate Events, is currently being developed by Netflix as an original series.
Mark Hanis was appointed by US President Barack Obama to serve in the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows and is placed in the Office of the Vice-President. A serial social entrepreneur, Hanis co-founded the Organ Alliance to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Previously, he was Co-Founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. From February to August 2003, he worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2006 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2009 Prime Mover Fellow and a 2008 Ashoka Fellow. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.
Mary Ellen Hannibal
Mary Ellen Hannibal is a writer and editor with experience in editorial, corporate communications and the nonprofit world. A former book review editor, her writing has appeared in Esquire, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal and many other publications. She is the author of three books, most recently Evidence of Evolution (Abrams 2009).
Evan Hansen is Editor In Chief of Wired.com. Evan Hansen joined Wired.com in April 2005 from CNET News.com, where he led consumer and media coverage.
Under his stewardship, Wired.com's traffic has grown fourfold, reaching more than 10 million unique visitors monthly. At the same time, Wired.com has been cited for journalistic excellence on several occasions, including being named best magazine website in 2009 by both the MPA and AdWeek. Wired.com received a 2009 ASME nomination for best interactive feature, and a 2008 Webby award for best writing. In 2007 and 2008, Wired.com won back-to-back honors for innovation in journalism from the Knight Batten foundation for experiments in user-generated reporting methods. Hansen has won numerous awards for technology reporting and writing, and, in 2006, was named as a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award.
Dr. Harder was appointed as the Deputy Director for Public Safety and Business Operations for the Department of Water Resources on April 24, 2006. He received his Bachelorâ€™s and Masterâ€™s degrees in Civil Engineering from U. C. Davis. He obtained his Doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley in 1988.
Dr. Harder has over 28 years of experience in the design and construction of earth structures. He has served on numerous post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations and was heavily involved with response to the 1997-1998 floods. He was also involved with the four emergency construction contracts associated with repairing Jones Tract and he has served on several joint State-Federal committees on levee seepage design criteria. Most recently, Dr. Harder was part of a National Science Foundation sent to New Orleans to examine the performance of levees following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Dr. Harder served in an acting assignment for 8 months in this position. Prior to that, he served as Division Chief for both the Division of Flood Management and the Division of Engineering.
Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times
Kishore Hari joined SEP in November 2009, bringing an interest in engaging public audiences in science discussion. In 2007, he founded Down to a Science, a San Francisco based science cafe, to create social dialogues fueled by scientific research. Building on its success, Kishore started BayAreaScience.org, a web portal to all of the various science institutions and events throughout the Bay Area. Kishore has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley. In 2002, he co-founded Superior Adsorbents Inc., an environmental services company specializing in heavy metal remediation from air, soil, and water.
Lorraine Hariton has spent more than 25 years in the technology sector. As a former CEO and general manager, Hariton has also directed a number of executive functions, including business development and strategy, sales and marketing. Much of Hariton's career has allowed her to be affiliated with companies whose products reflect key milestones in the timeline of technology, including IBM's mainframes, Network Computing Devices' thin-client technology, Verifone's e-commerce financial infrastructure, Beatnik's Internet audio solutions and Apptera's speech applications.
From June 2003 to December 2004 Hariton was President and CEO of Apptera. During her tenure Apptera shipped its first commercial products, established marquee customers and channel partnerships and raised $8 million in venture capital from Alloy, Lighspeed and Walden International. Previously, Hariton was CEO of Beatnik, Inc., where she currently remains as Chairman. During her tenure with Beatnik, she raised more than $40 million in venture capital from Mayfield and others. Hariton grew the company from 10 to 125 employees and successfully re-positioned the company for profitability from a web based audio content company to the leading audio technology provider for wireless devices.
John Harper is a historian at Chevron.
Vice President, Community and Support, Second Life
As VP Community Development and Support, Robin Harper is responsible for shaping the evolution of the rapidly growing community of Second Life users. This includes facilitating communication at all levels, interfacing between users and Linden lab on issues of social mores and technical development, and ensuring inspired creativity never veers into total anarchy.
Prior to joining Linden Lab in 2002, Harper was the Vice President of Marketing at Maxis, a division of Electronic Arts (EA). At Maxis she played a prominent role in their emergence as the leader in PC simulation games and was a core member of the senior executive team that guided the company through their IPO and subsequent sale to Electronic Arts. Also while at Maxis, she established SimCity as one of the most recognized brand names in entertainment software, and was named one of the marketing 100 by Advertising Age/Newsweek. In addition to Maxis and Linden Lab, Harper has held senior marketing positions at Ninth House Network (corporate learning and online education) and at Mondo Media (online entertainment). She holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and surrounded by music since the age of 4, Eoin Harrington has traveled the globe and now resides in San Francisco. This award winning songwriter has grabbed the attention of numerous heavyweights in the bay area and across America. Grammy award winning producer Scott Mathews has labeled him as one of the best artists he's seen here in the bay area in the last 10 years, "classic music, this guys gonna be around for a long time". KFOG's Rosalie Howarth says, "Kids a star, plain and simple, I've been in this business 25 years and it's a real pleasure to listen to someone with pure, raw talent."
Co-founder, The Butcher's Guild; Co-owner, Avedano's Meats; Executive Chef, Sociale.
Nina Hartley was born in 1959 to a Lutheran father and a Jewish mother, who were both members of the communist party.
It was twelve years after her father was blacklisted from jobs due to his membership in the Party, in 1969, when her parents began studying Zen. Because Nina was only ten years old at the time, she was greatly influence by this when she was growing up, and her early years were a great contrast to the normal church upbringing of the time. Hartley has stated in interviews that she still practices Zen philosophy as she finds it "useful" in her daily life, but she is not an active Buddhist.
After graduation from Berkeley High School, Nina decided to attend San Francisco State University to study nursing and graduated with the highest honors available. During the second year of the her nursing course, Nina decided to start work in the adult entertainment industry.
She started her new career by working as a stripper, most notably in the infamous Mitchell Brother's theater. This work served as a springboard into the world of pornographic videos, and Nina began acting in 1984 at the age of 25.
The 1984 Atom production Educating Nina, produced by Juliet Anderson (also known as'Aunt Peg' and 'Judy Carr'), was Nina's breakthrough role. Anderson had discovered Nina after meeting her in a market. The film featured Nina in the two scenes and is regarded by many as the one that launched her career through its high sales volume.
Nina appeared in four more videos that year, and in the years afterwards, her popularity reached new heights. She has appeared in over 720 titles and has directed 15 videos (and appeared on many websites), working for companies such as Adam & Eve, Caballero, VCX, Bizarre, Vivid and many more.
Nina has now become one of the most sought after mature porn stars in the industry and, as of 2006, she is still performing regularly, mainly in mature niche videos or those featuring classic porn stars.
Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, is a partner in charge of design for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, based in the firm’s San Francisco office. His work with SOM in the US, Europe and Asia, while extremely broad in it’s typology – ranging from entire urban districts and individual works of commercial, civic and cultural architecture to furniture – consistently adheres to a rigorous contemporary architectural vocabulary that acknowledges issues of place involving climate, the physical and cultural landscape and historic precedent.
Owner, Ritual Coffee Roasters
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher is a professor at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim and formerly a Kiriyama Fellow, Center for the Pacific Rim for Spring 2001.
A military historian by profession, Hatcher taught in both the history and political science departments at the University of California at Berkeley prior to his retirement. One of Cal's most sought after guest speakers, he was honored with the MacArthur Award from the Institute of International Studies at Cal in 1987 and was the recipient of the UC Berkeley Instructor of the Year Award in 1988.
Patrick Hatcher received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. From 1996 to 1999 Hatcher served as a judge for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize and in 1999 he chaired the panel of nonfiction judges. He has taught at other Bay Area institutions, including St. Mary’s College, UC Davis, and Golden Gate University.
Ellen joined Exceptional People in 1998 as a Partner, with the goal of building an organization that provides hands-on expertise to executive searches in marketing, sales, business development and services to leading and emergent consumer and enterprise technology companies creating next generation solutions. She prides herself in building long term relationships with her clients, some of whom include: BEA Systems, Citrix Systems, Hyperion Solutions, MontaVista Software, Schwab & Co., Sparkpr, OnVantage Software, VISA USA, VantagePoint Venture Partners as well as additional early and late stage VC funded consumer and enterprise technology companies. Ellenâ€™s inside industry perspective comes from her previous careers in business analysis, professional services and communications consulting. Ellen was a Director at UpStart Communications, a Fleishman-Hillard company, launching start-up technology companies and managing established firms' communications programs. Previously, Ellen also managed the western region professional services organization for Information Builders, Inc. and prior was a business analyst consultant at GE Consulting Services. Her background also includes working with non-profit organizations including: Senior Resources, Project Open Hand, Hospitality House and participating in the AIDS Ride. She also served as a board member to the Transitional Housing Fund. Ellen holds a BS in Computer Science from Connecticut State University and resides in the North Bay with her husband and daughter.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. ‘Natural Capitalism,’ co-authored by Hawken, was cited by President Bill Clinton as one of the five most important books in the world. ‘Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming’ is his new book, a digital platform, and a call to action.
Aleta Hayes is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Before her appointment at Stanford, Ms. Hayes taught for eight years at Princeton University, in the Program in Theater and Dance and the Program in African-American Studies.
While at Princeton, Ms. Hayes developed pedagogically innovative courses that combined cultural and performance history, theory, and performance. She has also taught at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, and Rutgers University.
Ms. Hayes holds an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A., with Departmental Honors, in Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts from Stanford University (1991).
Christopher Hayes is Editor at Large of The Nation and host of Up w/ Chris Hayes on MSNBC (Sat 7-9am and Sun 8-10am.) From 2010 to 2011, he was a fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, Hayes was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.
Since 2002, he's written about political culture and political economy. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic,The Washington Monthly,The Guardian, and The Chicago Reader.
His book about the crisis of authority in American life, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, will be published by Crown in June 2012.
Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a BA in Philosophy and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Kate.
Tyrone Hayes is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the role of steroid hormones in amphibian development and he conducts both laboratory and field studies in the U.S. and Africa. The two main areas of interest are metamorphosis and sex differentiation.
His work addresses problems on several levels including ecological, organismal, and molecular questions. Studies examine the effects of temperature on developmental rates, interactions between the thyroid hormones and steroids, and hormonal regulation of skin gland development.
Gene Healy is senior editor at the Cato Institute.
He is the author of a number of Cato studies on executive-power abuses by presidents of both parties, including Arrogance of Power Reborn: The Imperial Presidency and Foreign Policy in the Clinton Years (2001) and (with Timothy Lynch) Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush (2006). Healy also edited the 2004 book Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything. He has appeared on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation, among other venues, and his writings have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.
Healy holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Austin Heap is an IT consultant in San Francisco. He maintains a regular blog where he writes about politics and technology.
John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine.
An award-winning journalist and the author of Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era and coauthor of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, he is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist.
Robert Heller is the former CEO of Visa U.S.A and also served on The Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
Steve Heminger is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). MTC is the regional transportation planning and finance agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. It allocates more than $1 billion per year in funding for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Bay Areaâ€™s surface transportation network.
Since 1998, MTC has served as the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) responsible for administering all toll revenue from the seven state-owned bridges. BATA has a â€œAAâ€ credit rating and plans to issue over $9 billion in toll revenue bonds to finance bridge, highway, and transit construction projects over the next several years. MTC also functions as the regionâ€™s Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE) and operates a fleet of 80 tow trucks and 2,600 roadside call boxes to assist motorists in trouble. In addition, MTC manages the FasTrak electronic toll collection system, the Clipper universal fare card program for public transit and the popular 511 traveler information telephone number and web site.
Mr. Heminger was appointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which will help chart the future course for the federal transportation program. As chairman of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, Mr. Heminger also is overseeing construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge â€” the largest public works project currently underway in the United States. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mineta Transportation Institute and President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
Mr. Heminger received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University.
Keith B. Hennessey
Keith Hennessey is the former Assistant to the U.S. President for Economic Policy and Director of the U.S. National Economic Council.
Thomas H. Henriksen is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His current research focuses on American foreign policy in the post-Cold War world, international political affairs, and national defense.
Henriksen specializes in the study of U.S. diplomatic and military courses of action toward terrorist havens, such as Afghanistan, and the so-called rogue states, including North Korea, Iraq, and Iran. He also concentrates on armed and covert interventions abroad.
Henriksen's most recent book is American Power after the Berlin Wall (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), which examines for the first time, in a single volume, U.S. foreign policy from 1989 to the present through the prism of America’s interventions around the world.
Other recent books include an edited volume titled Foreign Policy for America in the 21st Century: Alternative Perspectives (Hoover Institution Press, 2001), Using Power and Diplomacy to Deal with Rogue States (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1999), and the edited collection North Korea after Kim Il Sung (Hoover Institution Press, 1999).
He also authored or edited the following books and monographs: One Korea? Challenges and Prospects for Reunification (1994); The New World Order: War, Peace, and Military Preparedness (1992); Revolution and Counterrevolution: Mozambique's War of Independence (1983); The Struggle for Zimbabwe: Battle in the Bush (1981); Soviet and Chinese Aid to African Nations (1980); and Mozambique: A History (1978).
His book Mozambique: A History was chosen for the Outstanding Book Award for African History by Choice.
Katrina Heron was Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine from 1998 to 2001. Previously, she was a senior editor at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines and an editor and writer at The New York Times. She is also co-author of Safe: The Race To Protect Ourselves In A Newly Dangerous World, which explored the uses and misuses of new technologies.
In addition, Katrina Heron is a director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, working with founder Alice Waters to create food education for children and support sustainable agriculture.
Robert M. Hertzberg was twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly (2000 – 2002). He now is co-founder of G24 Innovations based in Cardiff, Wales which manufactures a new type of lightweight and flexible solar cell that generates power in low, ambient and even indoor conditions. He is also an equity partner at Mayer Brown LLP, one of the world's largest international law firms.
His work with G24i, and as co-founder of Renewable Capital, has made him an active entrepreneur and leader in global policy on renewable energy. The Guardian (UK) named him as one of the "50 People Who Could Save the Planet" and his company won the World Bank's Award for Lighting Africa, for a project in Rwanda. CNBC European Business recognized G24i as one of its TOP 100 Low-Carbon Pioneers. Mr. Hertzberg has appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, Nightline, and in articles in The Economist, and Fortune Small Business. A previous solar company in Los Angeles won the 2005 Wall Street Journal Innovation of the Year Award in the field of energy.
Nigel Hey was a senior administrator (internal consultant) at Sandia National Laboratories at the time he left the lab to become an independent writer. He writes general-readership articles and books on science and technology. These include four other books, several reference works, and hundreds of articles that have appeared in publications ranging from Smithsonian to the London Sunday Times.
Hey is the author of The Star Wars Enigma.
Dr. Jane M. Hightower
Jane M. Hightower, M.D., is the author of Mercury: Money, Politics and Poison. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician in San Francisco, California.
She published a landmark study that brought the issue of mercury in seafood to national attention. She continues to publish scientific papers and give lectures on the subject.
Steve Hildebrand served as Barack Obama's Deputy National Campaign Manager during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. His work with Obama began in September 2006, long before Sen. Obama made a decision to seek the presidency. Hildebrand was at the forefront of all strategic decisions and helped craft the overall campaign from the beginning until Obama's victory on Nov. 4, 2008.
Hildebrand's extensive political career has included managing races in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota as well as running two political parties. He oversaw the Midwestern states for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996 and served as Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1997-1998. In 1999 and 2000, Hildebrand ran the Iowa caucuses for Vice President Al Gore and the Women Vote! Program for EMILY's List. He managed Senator Tim Johnson's campaign in 2002 and Senator Tom Daschle's campaign in 2004.
Christopher Hitchens is an author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2008.
Mellody Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments, LLC, a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets. It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States. She is also the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Mutual Funds. Hobson is a regular contributor on financial issues to ABC's Good Morning America and a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey.
Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times with the "40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award" in 2012, Gene has deep experience with building companies that disrupt markets. Prior to Vindicia, Gene co-founded eMusic in January 1998 and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director. As head of eMusic, Gene was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine as a member of the July 1999 E-Gang, and named one of the 100 most influential entrepreneurs in technology in Upside Magazine's November 2000 Elite 100. Gene led the acquisition of eMusic by Vivendi/Universal in June 2001.
Before founding eMusic Gene was Director of Business Development and Director of Interactive Marketing of Pretty Good Privacy. Gene joined Pretty Good Privacy after it acquired PrivNet, Inc., an Internet privacy software company, where he was co-founder, Director and Executive Vice President.
Reid Hoffman is co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn Corporation and a partner at Greylock Partners. LinkedIn, which he led to profitability as its CEO and chairman, has more than 150 million members in 200 countries and territories around the world. Hoffman serves on several boards including those of Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla, and Zynga. Hoffman also leads the Greylock Discovery Fund, which invests in seed-stage entrepreneurs and companies. Prior to LinkedIn and Greylock, he served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. Hoffman also serves on the boards of Kiva.org, Endeavor.org, DoSomething.org, and StartupAmericaPartnership.org. He co-authored the best-selling book The Startup of You. In 2010, Hoffman was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and also named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. In 2011, Hoffman was named an Endeavor Entrepreneur of the Year.
John D. Hofmeister
John Hofmeister is the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy. He is the former president of Shell Oil Company.
Dr. Booker Holton currently serves as the principal of TOVA Applied Science and Technology, specializing in environmental planning and natural resource management. Over the past two years, he has been to Turkey and Israel on many occasions to survey and document the water supply and management systems in operation within these two Middle East countries.
Dr. Booker Holton conducted field studies and prepared the impact assessment on vegetation and wetlands, and coordinated the assessment of wildlife, fisheries, and special status species. In addition, he conducted an Alternatives Analysis and a wetlands functional valuation assessment, and prepared the Section 404(b)(1) analysis.
In addition to his technical responsibilities, Dr. Holton was also part of a management team providing overall environmental compliance management and report preparation.
Jeremy Hoover is Vice President and Financial Consultant for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Eli Horowitz is the coauthor of “The Silent History,” a digital novel; “The Clock Without a Face,” a treasure-hunt mystery; “Everything You Know Is Pong,” an illustrated cultural history of table tennis; and the forthcoming "The Pickle Index." Previously the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s, his design work has been honored by I.D., Print, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
John Horsley is Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
From 1993 to 1999 he served at the U.S. Department of Transportation. As Associate Deputy Secretary, he was an advocate for intermodal policies, quality of life initiatives, and liaison to State and Local Governments, U.S. Congress, and transportation constituencies.
A native of the Northwest, Horsley was elected to five terms as County Commissioner in Kitsap County, a community just west of Seattle. He is a graduate of Harvard, an Army veteran, a former Peace Corps volunteer and Congressional aide, and did graduate study at Georgetown. He is Past President of the National Association of Counties, and was founding Chairman of the Rebuild America Coalition.
Judith Horstman is an award-winning journalist who writes about health and medicine for doctors as well as the general public.
She has been a Washington correspondent, a journalism professor, a Fulbright scholar, and has written and edited in many media, including newspapers, newsletters, special health publications, radio, video, the Internet, annual reports and books.
Jessica Hough is the director of the art museum at Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Mary Houghton is one of the four co-founders of ShoreBank Corporation and has had various management responsibilities over the years. She has been especially involved in creating ShoreBank Pacific and ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia; providing fund advisor services to the National Community Investment Fund; and establishing ShoreCap International and ShoreCap Exchange. She is a director of the Calvert Foundation and Women's World Banking, and a member of the Ashoka Global Academy and Schwab Foundation group of Social Entrepreneurs.
Karen Elliot House
Karen Elliott House is a journalist and former executive at the Wall Street Journal and its parent company Dow Jones. She served as President of Dow Jones International and then publisher of the WSJ before her retirement in the spring of 2006.
Angie Howard is the Vice President in the Office of the President and Executive Adviser to the President of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Howard, who joined NEI in 1996, has had previous responsibilities for the organization's communications, external affairs and member relations activities.
Before joining NEI, Howard was vice president and director of industry relations and information services for the Atlanta-based Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).
She also was involved in the formation of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the development of communications activities for the WANO-Atlanta Center, which is collocated with INPO. Before joining INPO in 1980, she was employed by Duke Power Company from 1969 to 1980.
Mike Huckabee is a Republican politician, musician, political commentator and host for the Fox News Channel and ABC Radio who served as Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee finished second in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries.
Huckabee is the author of several books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister and a public speaker.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Prior to founding Hipmunk, Steve founded the social news site, reddit, in 2005 with his college roommate, Alexis Ohanian. Reddit has since grown into the largest social news site and one of the largest communities on the Internet. In 2010, Adam pulled Steve out of retirement to start Hipmunk.
Farhana serves on the Board of Directors for the Chhandam Institute of Kathak Arts in Boston and was a Community Fellow of the Full Circle Fund, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to addressing public problems through engaged philanthropy and public policy advocacy. Farhana has been volunteering at non-profits since age 14 and served as a full-time Americorps/Volunteer In Service to America for the micro-enterprise field. Farhana holds a BA from Tufts University in Economics and Philosophy. When she is not working, she is dancing Kathak, classical dance of North India, under the tutelege of international master artist Chitresh Das.
Chad Hurley is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the popular San Bruno, California-based video sharing website YouTube.
Dr. Jennifer Husbands is the director of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education as well as the director of teacher credentialing for High Tech High schools. In these roles, she leads an innovative new institution - the first graduate school within a K-12 learning community - and directs the first charter school-based teacher credentialing program in California.
Husbands has also led a series of professional development residencies and institutes for visiting educators from around the U.S. and the world. Husbands also co-authored A Review of Selected High School Reform Strategies for the Aspen Institute in 2001. And before returning to school for graduate study, she served as the evaluation specialist for the National School & Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program.
Hailing from Indiana farm country, Jamie Hyneman is a multifaceted man: wilderness survival expert, boat captain, diver, linguist, animal wrangler, machinist and cook, to name a few. His career has been as equally diverse: Hyneman earned a degree in Russian languages and ran a sailing/diving charter business in the Caribbean for several years before he moved over to the visual-effects industry.
Once he had joined that field and had worked for several special-effects companies, Hyneman found his way to Colossal Pictures' model shop, where he managed the production of models and special effects for hundreds of commercials and movies. Then, 16 years ago, Hyneman took over the shop and created M5 Industries Inc.
Hyneman has worked on over 800 commercials for major automobile manufacturers, soft-drink companies, athletic shoe companies and numerous other products. And in the midst of all this activity, Hyneman's company diversified into toy prototyping and research and development in a variety of other areas as well.
The holder of several patents and the winner of numerous industry awards, Hyneman is also a long-standing Screen Actors Guild member.
Today, while "MythBusters" occupies the majority of Hyneman's professional activity, M5 is active with developing cutting-edge technologies for a variety of industries ranging from defense to green vehicle design. In Hyneman's own words, "At this point, with over 130 episodes under our belts, I feel that we have evolved into different people than we were when we started Mythbusters. You can't go through all the mayhem we have been into on the show without it changing you. I feel like we are just getting warmed up."
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."
Julia Ingle is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Julia is a sex columnist for The Daily Californian and her column is "Sex on Tuesdays."
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.
Alphonso Jackson is U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Lisa P. Jackson is adminstrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she leads a staff of more than 18,000. She started with the EPA as a staff-level scientist in 1987. In 2002, Jackson joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and was appointed commissioner of the agency in 2006. In response to the economic downturn, she has guided the EPA in investing billions of Recovery Act dollars in cleaner communities, innovative technologies, and green jobs. As the first African-American to serve as EPA administrator, Jackson has made it a priority to expand outreach to communities that are historically underrepresented in environmental action. Jackson was named one of Newsweek’s Most Important People in 2010. In 2010 and 2011, she was on the TIME 100 list of most influential people. Essence magazine listed her in 2010 as one of 40 women who have influenced the world.
Melinda Jackson joined the SJSU faculty in 2005 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.
Her interests center on public opinion and political participation in American Politics, with a special focus on political psychology and political identity. She has co-authored a chapter in Polls and Politics about the Nixon administration's use of public opinion polls as well as several journal articles on the role of social capital in community electronic networks.
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe.
Her research and policy focus includes energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the "Quiet Crisis" of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.
A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). She is a Vice Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chairs its Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative.
She is past President (2004) and Chairman of the Board (2005) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National
Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and AAAS.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the NYSE Euronext, serves on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and as a director of
IBM, FedEx, Marathon Oil, Medtronic, and PSEG.
She also is a member of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Calling her a "national treasure," the National Science Board selected her as its 2007 Vannevar
Bush Award recipient for "a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education, and senior statesman-like contributions to public
A.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically. He is editor at large at Esquire and a contributor to NPR.
Susan Jacoby is the author of Never Say Die and The Age of American Unreason. She began her writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post, and has been a contributor to a wide range of periodicals and newspapers for more than 25 years on topics including law, religion, medicine, aging, women's rights, political dissent in the Soviet Union and Russian literature.
Jacoby has been the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001-2002, she was named a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Jacoby's other books include Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism (2004); Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1984, and Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past.
Paul Jamtgaard, Founder, Pecha Kucha SF.
Steve develops and drives partnerships, product management, and community marketing for imeem. Prior to joining imeem he worked in digital media, business development, and marketing at EMI Music, Kyocera Wireless, XUMA, and Salon.com. At the same time, Steve remains involved in the indie community by working on film festivals, music videos, and live show production. Steve has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
James Janko, who studied Conservation of National Resources at the University of California in Berkeley, was a medic in the Vietnam War. He writes that his love of the natural world and his desire for peace are the forces behind his first published novel, Buffalo Boy and Geronimo.
His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Currently he teaches English as a Second Language and Native Language Literacy at City College of San Francisco.
After completing his Ph. D., Raymond Jeanloz was on the faculty of Harvard University and then moved to UC Berkeley.
In addition to research and teaching, Jeanloz has been an adviser to the University and to the U.S. Government in areas of resources and environment as well as national and international security.
Clara Jeffery is editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine. Before joining the staff of Mother Jones, she was a senior editor of Harper’s magazine, where she worked for almost seven years. Seven pieces that she edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards, in the categories of essay, profile, reporting, public interest, and fiction.
Works she edited have also been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. While at Harper’s, she also conceived and organized a series of public forums broadcast on WNYC. Previously, Jeffery worked at Washington City Paper, where she wrote and edited political, investigative, and narrative features, was a columnist, and frequently appeared on FOX-TV’s reporters’ roundtable on behalf of the paper.
Jeffery received an MSJ with honors from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 1993 and graduated cum laude from Carleton College in 1989. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia.
Clara Jeffery is co-editor of Mother Jones, where, together with Monika Bauerlein, she has spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by the addition of now 13-person Washington bureau, an overhaul of the organization's digital strategy and a corresponding 15-fold growth in traffic, and the winning of two National Magazine Awards for general excellence. When Jeffery and Bauerlein received a PEN award for editing in 2012, the judges noted: “With its sharp, compelling blend of investigative long-form journalism, eye-catching infographics and unapologetically confident voice, Mother Jones under Jeffery and Bauerlein has been transformed from what was a respected—if under-the-radar—indie publication to an internationally recognized, powerhouse general-interest periodical influencing everything from the gun-control debate to presidential campaigns. In addition to their success on the print side, Jeffery and Bauerlein’s relentless attention to detail, boundless curiosity and embrace of complex subjects are also reflected on the magazine’s increasingly influential website, whose writers and reporters often put more well-known and deep-pocketed news divisions to shame. Before joining the staff of Mother Jones, Jeffery was a senior editor of Harper's magazine. Fourteen pieces that she personally edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards, in the categories of essay, profile, reporting, public interest, feature, and fiction. Works she edited have also been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Clara cut her journalistic teeth at Washington City Paper, where she wrote and edited political, investigative, and narrative features, and was a columnist. Jeffery is a graduate of Carleton College and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She resides in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner Chris Baum and their son, Milo. Their burrito joint of choice is El Metate.
Brian Michael Jenkins
Brian Jenkins is senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation. He founded the RAND Corporation's terrorism research program in 1972. Mr. Jenkins' books include "International Terrorism: A New Mode of Conflict" and "The Fall of South Vietnam."
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs is Founder and President of the Board of College Track, an after-school program that prepares under resourced high school students for higher education. Through its three centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, College Track provides a comprehensive program of academic support, leadership training, community service and extra-curricular involvement. Founded in 1997, all of the program's graduates have completed their secondary education and gone on to college.
In addition to her work in education reform, Laurene has a strong focus on non-profit entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on women's human and economic rights. Her board affiliations include Global Fund for Women, NewSchools Venture Fund, Stand for Children and Stanford Schools Corporation. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Neil Joeck is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
He served from 2004 to 2005 as Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council. Dr. Joeck was primarily responsible for India and Pakistan proliferation issues, but also worked on the Bush-Putin Bratislava summit, the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, and Department of Homeland Security and multilateral regime (CWC, BWC, MTCR) issues.
From 2001-2003, he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, where he was responsible for the India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and nuclear proliferation portfolios. He received the Meritorious Honor Award, and the Policy Planning staff the Superior Honor Award, for work on Afghanistan following September 11.
Bea Johnson is a blogger and author of Zero Waste Home.
Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific.
He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cory Johnson is an editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television. He appears daily on "Bloomberg West," Bloomberg TV's hour-long weekday program that covers innovation, technology and the future of business from the network's studio on the West Coast. Johnson provides in-depth coverage of Internet companies, social media, cloud computing and other developments in technology, media and entertainment.
Johnson brings significant experience in technology, finance and investigative journalism to his role at Bloomberg Television. Prior to joining Bloomberg in October 2010, Johnson was a hedge fund manager and private investor. As a portfolio manager at Kingsford Capital Management and an analyst at Cannell Capital LLC, he focused on value investing, short selling, forensic accounting and covering neglected equities in technology, industrials, oil and gas and other sectors.
Prior to his work in finance, Johnson served as CNBC's first-ever Silicon Valley correspondent, where he covered the H-P/Compaq merger, Google's IPO and fraud investigations at Global Crossing, Tenant Healthcare and Worldcom. Before joining CNBC in 2001, Johnson served for over ten years as a magazine writer and editor, covering business, crime and sports. He was a founding reporter for TheStreet.com and founded TheStreet.com's West Coast Bureau. Additionally, Johnson served as a writer-reporter at TIME Inc., a senior editor at Vibe magazine and founded the hip hop basketball magazine SLAM. He was featured in Houghton Miflin's "The Best American Sportswriters."
Johnson received his undergraduate degree from New York University and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
CEO of Zite
David Cay Johnston
David Cay Johnston was an investigative journalist for The New York Times now focusing on the subject of taxation. He accepted a buyout offer from the Times in April 2008 and is now an independent reporter.
He most recently published Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill, about hidden subsidies, rigged markets, and corporate socialism. It follows Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else, a New York Times bestseller. Johnston received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting "for his penetrating and enterprising reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, which was instrumental in bringing about reforms." He also won the Book of the Year award from Investigative Reporters & Editors.
Johnston has also investigated uncaught murderers, the unfairly imprisoned, Los Angeles Police Department abuses, Barron Hilton, misuse of charitable funds at United Way, news manipulation at WJIM-TV, and Donald Trump's net worth.
In 1968, Johnston began his career at the San Jose Mercury News. In 1973, Johnston left the Mercury News to study at the University of Chicago under a five-month fellowship. He then took a position as an investigative reporter at the Detroit Free Press in its Lansing bureau from 1973 to 76, and later worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times from 1976 to 1988. He then worked as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1988. Johnston joined The New York Times in February 1995.
In addition to his journalistic career, Johnston studied economics at the University of Chicago graduate school and at six other colleges, earning six years of college credits but no degree.
From 1989 to 2001 he also wrote many comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Viz Comics, the Ultraverse and other publishers, including Green Lantern, Justice League, El Diablo, Wonder Man, The Shadow, Pokemon, and Batman.
Coauthor with Will Jacobs of The Beaver Papers (1983), The Comic Book Heroes (1985, 1996) and the comic book The Trouble with Girls (1987-1995). From 1983 to 1988 Jacobs and Jones were contributors to National Lampoon magazine.
He appears in Look, Up in the Sky!, a documentary about the origins of Superman produced in conjunction with the release of the film Superman Returns.
Jennifer Jones joined the KGO Radio News department in 2000. She began as KGO's South Bay reporter. In 2002 she was named Co-Anchor of the Noon News and in October 2004 promoted to the coveted position of Morning News Co-Anchor.
As both a Reporter and Co-Anchor for KGO Radio Jennifer has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, Nor Cal RTNDA, and was most recently honored by the Radio and Television News Directors Association with the National Edward R. Murrow Award.
Steve Jones is City Editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
Dr. Sharad Joshi a Research Associate at the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP). Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at CNS from Sept. 2006 to Oct. 2008. He holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on security issues in South Asia, especially nuclear proliferation and terrorism.
At the Monterey Institute's Graduate School of International Policy Studies, he has taught courses on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction in South Asia. He has worked as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi (Summer 2005), and adjunct instructor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (Summer 2006). Sharad has also done consulting work on terrorism financing as well as proliferation in South Asia.
Sharad earned a Master's degree in Politics (specialization in International Relations) from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He also holds a certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and briefly worked as a journalist for India Abroad newspaper.
A contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine, Sebastian Junger is the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont, and Fire.
Between June 2007 and June 2008, Mr. Junger was embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, making five trips to the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan, a location that saw more combat than any other in the Afghan theater. Mr. Junger describes what he experienced in his latest book, War.
Marvin Kalb is a James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University and Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is also a contributing news analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News Channel. In addition, he is frequently called upon to comment on major issues of the day by many of the nation's other leading news organizations.
Jurriaan Kamp founded Ode Magazine in the Netherlands in 1995 with his wife, Helene de Puy. The magazine continues to thrive there and in 2007, Ode Magazine's U.S. offices opened in the Bay Area.
Ode's mission is to publish stories about the people and ideas that are making a difference. The magazine for intelligent optimists, Ode reports on positive news in the areas of health, science, spirit, life, energy and business. Odemagazine.com is a vibrant community that connects readers from around the globe.
Before founding Ode, Kamp was an editor, correspondent in South Asia and Chief Economics Editor at the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad. He is the author of Small Change: How Fifty Dollars Changes the World and Because People Matter. Ode Magazine in the Netherlands recently published its 100th issue.
Founder, Amarante, Senegal, West Africa
Reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane joined The Wall Street Journal in 2006.
She has covered Japanese consumer electronics, video games, and telecommunications companies. She currently covers Apple and consumer entertainment companies.
Martha J. Kanter was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2009 to be the under secretary of education and was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009. Kanter reports to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, and five White House Initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. To spur education, economic growth and social prosperity, Kanter is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama's goal for the U.S. to have "the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020" as measured by the proportion of college graduates over the next decade. Under Secretary Kanter and her team are keenly focused on improving college access, affordability, quality, and completion to implement President Obama's American Graduation Initiative.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Her strategic and practical insights have guided leaders of large and small organizations worldwide for over 25 years, through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The former Editor of Harvard Business Review (1989-1992), Professor Kanter has been named to lists of the "50 most powerful women in the world" (Times of London), and the "50 most influential business thinkers in the world" (Accenture and Thinkers 50 research). In 2001, she received the Academy of Management's Distinguished Career Award for her scholarly contributions to management knowledge, and in 2002 was named "Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year" by the World Teleport Association.
Professor Kanter is the author or co-author of 17 books, which have been translated into 17 languages. Her latest book, America the Principled: 6 Opportunities for Becoming a Can-Do Nation Once Again (published on October 23, 2007), offers a positive agenda for the nation, focused on innovation and education, a new workplace social contract, values-based corporate conduct, competent government, positive international relations through citizen diplomacy and business networks, and national and community service.
She has received 22 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards and prizes for her books and articles; for example, her book The Change Masters was named one of the most influential business books of the 20th century (Financial Times). Through Goodmeasure Inc., the consulting group she co-founded, she has partnered with IBM to bring her leadership tools, originally developed for businesses, to public education as part of IBM's award-winning Reinventing Education initiative and she is a Senior Advisor for IBM's Global Citizenship portfolio.. She advises CEOs of large and small companies, has served on numerous business and non-profit boards and national or regional commissions, and speaks widely, often sharing the platform with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and CEOs at national and international events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship.
She chairs a Harvard University group creating an innovative initiative on advanced leadership, to help successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills not only to managing their own enterprises but also to addressing challenging national and global problems.
Jodi Kantor began her journalism career by dropping out of Harvard Law School to join Slate.com in 1998. Four years later she became the Arts & Leisure editor of the New York Times, the youngest person in memory to edit a section of the newspaper. She has been covering the Obamas since 2007, writing about their faith, friends,marriage, roots, and family, among other topics. Jodi is a recipient of a Columbia Young Alumni Achievement Award, was named to Crain’s “Forty Under Forty” list of New Yorkers, and appears regularly on television. Though she is a Washington correspondent for the Times, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Fred Kaplan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of several biographies, including The Singular Mark Twain; Gore Vidal; Henry James: The Imagination of Genius; Charles Dickens; and Thomas Carlyle, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.
Riaz Karamali is a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in the firm's Silicon Valley office.
Pamela S. Karlan
A productive scholar and award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is also co-director of the schoolâ€™s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nationâ€™s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Professor Karlan is the co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as more than sixty scholarly articles.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Constitution Society.
Elder Abuse Special Assistant, San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Prior to his appointment as President at San Jose State University, Don W. Kassing served as Interim President (2004-2005) and as Vice President for Administration and Finance (1993-2004).
Deborah Kaufman's films include the award-winning "Thirst", "Secrets of Silicon Valley", and "Blacks and Jews." She founded and for 13 years was Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest independent Jewish film showcase in the world. Kaufman has been a Board member of the California Council for the Humanities, Amnesty International USA, and the New Israel Fund. She has been a consultant, programmer, lecturer, and activist with a variety of human rights, multicultural and media arts organizations. Kaufman is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law and a member of the California Bar.
Frederick Kaufman has written about American food culture and other subjects for Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker, Gourmet, Gastronomica, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He's been a freelancer for years, and published over one-hundred magazine articles, along with three books (Author, A Short History of the American Stomach). He's a contributing editor at Harper's, and teaches at the City University of New York and CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.
Guy Kawasaki is a special advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Jane Kay is the San Francisco Chronicle’s environmental editor.
Lieutenant General Frank Kearney
(Ret.), Former Deputy Director, Strategic Operational Planning, National Counter-Terrorism Center; Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
Andrew Keen is the author of three books: “Cult of the Amateur,” “Digital Vertigo,” and “The Internet Is Not The Answer,” which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a “powerful, frightening read” and the Washington Post called “an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn’t as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe.”
Dr. Susan Kegley is an organic chemist with expertise in pesticide toxicology, pollutant fate and transport; environmental monitoring and analytical chemistry; and experience with pesticide regulation, pesticide data sources and the pesticide toxicology and epidemiology literature.
After 14 years of teaching, research and curriculum development in academia, Dr. Kegley worked as a Senior Scientist for nine years at Pesticide Action Network North America, a non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to promote sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides.
Dr. Kegley started Pesticide Research Institute in 2006.
Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley attorney with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris helped the company grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium that it is today. He is currently an active angel investor in projects and companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a masterâ€™s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University. Raised in Santa Ana and San Jose, he lives in Atherton with his wife Jennifer, an entrepreneur and former prosecutor, their son Aidan and daughter August. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto.
Kevin Kelly was the founding editor of Wired magazine and serves on the board of The Long Now Foundation. His books include Out of Control, What Technology Wants, Cool Tools and The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
Will Kempton is the chief executive officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), serving in the position since 2009.
The OCTA is responsible for planning, financing and coordinating Orange County's freeway, street and rail development as well as managing bus services, commuter-rail services and paratransit service. OCTA has 1,500 employees, a $1.1 billion annual budget and is governed by a 17-voting member board of directors.
Prior to joining OCTA, Kempton was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the director of the California Department of Transportation. For five years, he oversaw a nearly $14 billion budget and 22,000 employees, and was responsible for managing the daily operations of California's transportation system, including more than 50,000 miles of highways. Kempton also has served as the City of Folsom's assistant city manager for community services and was a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for eight years.
Kempton's career has spanned nearly 40 years in transportation, public service and government affairs. He is recognized as an authority on public infrastructure financing, sales-tax programs and project delivery. He is known for his results-oriented leadership style, his consensus approach to problem solving and for developing innovative solutions in order to achieve positive outcomes.
David M. Kennedy
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University, where he teaches 20th-century U.S. history, American political and social thought, American foreign policy, American literature, and the comparative development of democracy in Europe and America.
A scholar whose work integrates economic and cultural analysis with social and political history, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his book Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. His other books include Over Here: The First World War and American Society, The American People in the Depression, and Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger.
He is a co-author of the textbook The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, now in its 13th edition.
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than four decades. His book, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has lectured on American history in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Scandinavia, Canada, Britain, Australia, and Ireland. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal, its highest honor.
Donald Kennedy, an internationally recognized neurophysiologist who headed both the FDA and Stanford University, was born in New York in 1931.
He pursued both his undergraduate and graduate education at Harvard, receiving a PhD in biological sciences in 1956.
Following a four-year period on the faculty at Syracuse University, Kennedy moved to the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford in 1960, the institution where he spent the rest of his academic career. His broad interests included comparative marine biology, public policy, nutrition, and recombinant DNA technology.
Joseph Califano, Secretary of HEW, appointed Kennedy to head the FDA in April 1977. During the next 26 months of his tenure as Food and Drug Commissioner, the agency dealt with the repercussions of the attempt to ban saccharin, attempted to overhaul the drug provisions of the FD&C Act in the proposed Drug Regulation Reform Act of 1978, and conducted a major revision of many of its good manufacturing practices, among other developments.
Kennedy left the agency in June 1979 and returned to Stanford, where he was first vice president for academic affairs and provost and then, from 1980 to 1991, president of the university. In 1992, Kennedy returned to the faculty as Bing Professor of Environmental Sciences.
The many recognitions he has received include honorary degrees from Columbia, Rochester, Michigan, and Arizona, and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences and on the editorial boards of Science, the Journal of Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Comparative Physiology.
Activist Kerry Kennedy is an advocate for the protection and promotion of fair and equal justice, the defense of basic human rights, and the rule of law worldwide.
The author of Speak Truth to Power, which features interviews with international human rights activists, Kennedy has led over 40 human rights delegations to over 30 countries, all with the goal of preserving the rule of law and human dignity. Currently, she is chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1926, Roger Kennedy his BA from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, served in the 1950s as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General, to the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He was also a White House correspondent for NBC, and appeared on his own NBC radio series, and in the first NBC television documentaries.
In the 1960s, Kennedy became a banker, and was Chairman of its Executive Committee of the Northwestern Bank of St. Paul, Minnesota, when, at the end of the decade, he became Vice President, Investments, the University of Minnesota, and in 1970 becamer Vice President, Finance, the Ford Foundation. In 1978 he was made Vice President, the Arts, as well. From 1979 to 1992 he was Director (now Director Emeritus) of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. From 1993 through 1997 he was Director of the National Park Service.
He is now associated with the Center for the Environment at Harvard, and teaches at a number of other colleges and universities. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, has won the Silver Medal of the NY Film Critics, and a variety of scholarly prizes and honorary degrees.
Paula Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations throughout the country.
Ms. Kerger joined PBS as its sixth president and chief executive in March 2006. Since her arrival, Ms. Kerger has made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality content for education, diversity, and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.
Under Ms. Kerger’s leadership, PBS has been growing its audiences across genres, and platforms. In the course of a year, nearly ninety percent of all television households in America watch PBS, and over eighty percent of all children watch PBS. Six of the top ten children’s television shows are on PBS. And online, viewers stream 180 million videos per month on PBS platforms.
Among her accomplishments are the pop-culture phenomenon “Downton Abbey,” which is the most-watched MASTERPIECE program in the series’ history; Ken Burns’s 2012 documentary, “The Dust Bowl”; the debut of such acclaimed children’s programs as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Curious George” (the number one show for children ages 2-5 since 2006), “Word World,” “Super Why!,” “Martha Speaks,” and “Sid the Science Kid”; new primetime science and arts series; the new PBS ARTS website and ARTS Festival; and comprehensive online sites for parents and caregivers. PBS has also developed the new PBS LearningMedia, which provides educators with strategies, tools, and professional development resources needed to fully utilize digital learning in the classroom.
For the 2011-2012 season, PBS programs were honored with 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, 11 Daytime Emmy Awards, and nine News & Documentary Emmy Awards. PBS was also honored with seven George Foster Peabody Awards; four Golden Globe nominations; one Television Critics Association Award; seven IDA Documentary Award nominations; 15 Writers Guild of America nominations; three Webby Awards; and eight Parents’ Choice awards.
During Ms. Kerger’s tenure, PBS has developed critically praised online video portals for general audiences (video.pbs.org) and children (pbskids.org/video and pbskids.org/go/video) as well as innovative digital partnerships with such companies as iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft’s Xbox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Comcast’s On Demand service ensure that PBS programming is accessible across multiple platforms and, increasingly, to a global audience.
In addition to leading PBS, Ms. Kerger is president of the PBS Fo