Featured Speakers


David Abney, Chief Operating Officer, UPS

David Abney leads all operations for UPS, which is a global leader of logistics and the world's largest package delivery company. As chief operating officer, he has responsibility for UPS logistics, sustainability, and engineering. In these roles, David directs all facets of the UPS transportation network serving more than 220 countries and territories. UPS's global transportation network includes a ground fleet of more than 96,000 vehicles, an air fleet of more than 500 aircraft, and Worldport, UPS's main air hub in Louisville, Kentucky. UPS Airlines also has major hubs in Cologne, Germany, and Shenzhen, China.

Prior to his current position, Abney served as president of UPS International, and he led UPS's strategic imperative to build global logistics capabilities. During his tenure, Abney oversaw many global acquisitions including those of the Fritz Companies, Stolica, Lynxs, and Sino-Trans in China.


Betsy Anderson, Senior Producer, CNN

Betsy Anderson is a senior producer for CNN Special Projects and has worked on the CNN Worldwide Multimedia Initiative Impact your World since 2010. In her many years of storytelling at CNN, Anderson has produced stories about presidential elections, 9/11, the War in Iraq and multiple natural disasters. She is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California.


Drew Brees, National Football League Super Bowl MVP, New Orleans Saints

A Billion + Change welcomes special guest, National Football League Super Bowl MVP, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints to our Billion + Change reception, Monday June 16! Join Drew and the Billion + Change team for an exciting announcement about the 2014 Super Service Challenge. Guests must have pledged their commitment to skills-based/pro bono service or shared their skills-based service story online through the Billion + Change website.


John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises

Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. John is also Co-Chair of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, a new initiative to create a voluntary, civilian national service counterpart to military service in the United States, and an author of the book Heart of the Nation: Volunteering and America's Civil Spirit. John was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions. He served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the first term of President George W. Bush, and then as Assistant to the President of the United States and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps, where he coordinated policy on international, national, community, and faith-based service in the aftermath of 9/11. Bridgeland also co-led the Policy Transition for President Bush in 2000-2001.


Kristian Bush, Grammy Award-winning singer, Sugarland

Kristian Bush, one half of platinum-selling country duo Sugarland, has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. He is currently on the road with his 2014 Put Your Soul In It Tour. Bush founded Sugarland in 2002; in 2004, he and singer Jennifer Nettles exploded onto the music scene. They have surpassed sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles and won numerous awards, including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. In October of 2012, they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Kristian partners with Global Citizen, a website and app that revolves around a simple premise: that every person can play a role in realizing the end of extreme poverty by 2030. Fans can take action on issues affecting the world's poor and collect points to win tickets to shows.


Neil Bush, Chairman of Points of Light

As chair of the Points of Light Board of Directors, Neil Bush expands the vision launched by his father, President George H. W. Bush and lived by his family members, who understand the critical importance of volunteers to the success of individual lives and the life of our country.

In addition to leading Points of Light, Neil is a director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M and serves on the board of the Houston Salvation Army. Neil and his wife, Maria Bush, are co-chairs of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, dedicated to increasing literacy rates for Houstonians of all ages.

In his professional life, Neil develops international business opportunities. As chair of the Great Texas Regional Center, he helps create jobs by recruiting immigrants to invest in the U.S. He is chair of Singhaiyi, a Singapore company investing in U.S. real estate, and director of Hong Kong's Hoifu Energy, which has a diverse line of energy
businesses. Neil is also chair of the Bush China US Relations Conference, which convenes American and Chinese leaders to cooperate on issues of global importance.

Neil is proud that the family passion for service has passed on to his children. Neil's daughter, Lauren Bush Lauren, is founder and CEO of FEED Projects. His son, Pierce Bush, mentors an inner-city youngster and recently became vice president for development at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Houston.


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Chelsea Clinton works with her parents, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation. Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation's health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established - and continues to lead - the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world's most urgent challenges. And through the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, Chelsea plays an integral role in inspiring young leaders and philanthropists to get involved in the work of the Foundation.


Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates

Ann provides strategic consultation to nonprofit clients to strengthen their capacity in the critical areas of board development, volunteer engagement, corporate relations and fundraising. She is also available to the business community to provide guidance on the issues of corporate citizenship and social responsibility.Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Ann served as Director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas. In that position she was a member of the senior management staff overseeing the company's approach to corporate citizenship, strategic philanthropy and overall social responsibility. Nationally, Ann has chaired the Council on Foundations Public Policy and Corporate Committees, the United Way of America's National Corporate Leaders Council, the Conference Board's Business Education Council and the Executive Committee of both the U.S. Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented her with its first Business Civic Leadership Achievement Award.


Karl Dean, Mayor, City of Nashville

Karl Dean was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean's priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. Mayor Dean believes that volunteerism is a great tool to address some of the city's most pressing challenges. On Sept. 10, 2009, Mayor Dean pledged that Nashville would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Dean promised to do his part by developing a comprehensive local action plan to increase civic engagement. Nashville's local service plan, called Impact Nashville, seeks to leverage institutional and cultural capital through impactful volunteerism directed toward two of the mayor's top priorities: public education and the environment.


David Eisner, President and CEO of Repair the World

Repair the World is a national not-for-profit agency that seeks to make service a defining part of American Jewish life. A national leader in volunteering and service, David has brought his vast experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, government and grant-making sectors to Repair the World.From 2009-2012, David was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. From 2003-2009, President George W. Bush appointed David CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where he helped drive America's national service programs, including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.


Deb Elam, President of the GE Foundation

Deborah (Augustine) Elam is President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer for GE. She works at the Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, CT, and leads efforts globally to bring GE employees closer to their communities while maintaining diversity and inclusiveness as an essential part of GE's productivity, creativity, innovation and competitive advantage. Elam is a native of New Orleans, LA and an alumna of Ursuline Academy. She received a B.A. degree in sociology at Louisiana State University and a Masters of Public Administration at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

The GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. The strategic philanthropic programs draw on GE's culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness and are supported by the ideas, inspiration and generosity of GE employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities.


Kathy Eldon, Founder & Chairman, Creative Visions Foundation

Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa, and the United States. In 1997, Kathy launched Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports "creative activists" who use their creative talents to change the world around them. CVF was inspired by the life of Kathy's son, Dan Eldon - artist, adventurer and activist - killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia. Since 2004, CVF has acted as an incubator, academy and agency for more than 200 projects and productions by artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change, impacting over 100 million people. Kathy is also the founder of Creative Visions Productions, which has produced award winning films and was named one of MSN's "10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of".


Mayor Laurie Gill, City of Pierre, South Dakota

Laurie Gill was sworn in as Mayor of Pierre, South Dakota, in July 2008 and will start her third term in July 2014.

Laurie is a graduate of South Dakota State University, majoring in Commercial Economics. She spent 10 years working as a business manager in non-profit settings, prior to coming on board with the South Dakota Department of Health where she worked for 13 years. Laurie worked in the private sector as the Clinic Administrator at Avera Medical Associates Clinic in Pierre, and in June 2011 she had the honor to join Governor Daugaard's Cabinet where she currently is the Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources.

Laurie currently serves on the boards of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Capital University Center, the South Dakota Municipal League, the South Dakota Retirement System and the Capital City Beautification committee.


John Gomperts, President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance

John S. Gomperts became President and CEO of America's Promise Alliance in May 2012. Gomperts has a track record of success in both government and the nonprofit sectors where his accomplishments include design and implementation of strategic initiatives, developing innovative policies and programs, and forging partnerships and coalitions. Most recently, he served as Director of AmeriCorps, starting in June 2010, with a responsibility for implementing the bipartisan Kennedy Serve America Act.

Prior to joining Civic Ventures and Experience Corps, Gomperts served in a variety of positions including COO at Public Education Network; Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service; Legislative Director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania; and Deputy Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, working for Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Before heading to Capitol Hill, Gomperts practiced law and clerked for a federal judge.


Liz Hamburg, President & CEO, Taproot

"More and more corporations and individuals are understanding that in addition to an investment of funding, an investment of time and expertise has a critical and lasting effect on social change organizations. Pro bono service provides a valuable way for nonprofits to access critical resources and, at the same time, provides an invaluable opportunity for professionals to gain experience, network with peers and make a difference."

Liz is a high energy, entrepreneurial executive who is passionate about making an impact in the world. She has over 20 years of experience starting up and growing innovative businesses both in the U.S. and international markets. Liz received an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Brown University. She attended the Executive Education program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School, and is the 2011 winner of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business for best mentor/coach.


Eric Henderson, Curator, Markets For Good

Eric J. Henderson is a veteran communications professional. He has held management roles in marketing and communications at GE, Citigroup, and Pepsi-Cola, among others. In the nonprofit sector, he served as a member of the start-up team for Management Leadership For Tomorrow and later as Director of Communications for Living Cities. Eric is also a blogger for The Huffington Post, a published writer, and a fine art photographer. He holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Tracy Hoover, President of Points of Light

In July 2013, Tracy Hoover, a longtime leader of the service movement, was named president of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Hoover, who has served as Points of Light's chief of staff and chief operating officer, brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and volunteer service sector to the task of leading the organization.

Prior to joining Points of Light in 2008, Hoover was the CEO of Hands On Atlanta, an organization that connects individuals, families and groups with volunteer opportunities. Under her leadership, Hands On Atlanta grew to become one of the country's premier volunteer mobilization organizations.

Hoover has taken on a variety of community leadership roles during her career, including service on the advisory boards of The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Atlanta, The Georgia Foundation Center and the National Black Arts Festival-Full House Commission. She was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2007 and was awarded a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta to attend Harvard Business School's nonprofit management summer program.


Nicole Hurd, Founder and CEO, College Advising Corps

Nicole Farmer Hurd, Ph.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of the National College Advising Corps, a consortium of 15 partner college/universities across the U.S. that hires recent college graduates to serve as college advisers. These advisers are placed into disadvantaged communities to work with low-income, first-generation-college students to raise college matriculation rates.

A leader and passionate advocate of post-secondary education, Dr. Hurd served as an Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia. While there, she founded the College Guide Program, which received not only national attention but a $10 million grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to expand the program into ten additional states. The College Guide program served as the model for the Advising Corps. Because of the growth and success of the College Guides program, Dr. Hurd was awarded the Governor of Virginia's Award for Volunteerism and Community Service in 2007.


Mo Ivory, Radio Personality, TV Commentator and Attorney

Mo Ivory is a radio personality, television commentator and attorney. You can often see her on television networks such as CNN, HLN, CW69 and Fox5's "Georgia Gang," offering her commentary on top news items of the day. Additionally, Ms. Ivory was president and general counsel of Ivory Properties, a boutique real estate construction and development firm she founded in 2002. She is a licensedattorney in multiple states and has practiced as an entertainment and technology attorney at numerous law firms from 1994-2002. Ms. Ivory has also worked on major political campaigns including Obama for America 2008 and Kasim Reed for Mayor of Atlanta.


Edna Branch Jackson, Mayor, City of Savannah

Mayor Jackson is the 65th Mayor of Savannah, and the first African-American woman to hold this position. She serves on the board of directors of both the National League of Cities and the Georgia Municipal Association, and is former president of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government. Ms. Jackson was fully engaged in the civil rights movement, first joining the NAACP Youth Council in Savannah at age nine. A protégé of the late W.W. Law and Eugene Gadsen, she participated in sit-ins at downtown Savannah businesses, wade-ins at Tybee Beach, and kneel-ins at various local churches. She helped conduct voter registration drives and participated in demonstrations throughout the South, including the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery. Mayor Jackson earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Savannah State, where she later worked as an administrator for 30 years.


Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Dillard University

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, Albany State University and Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community. Finally, in February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Grio.com's 100 African Americans Making History Today.


Bernice King, CEO, The King Center

The King Center was founded by Bernice's mother,Coretta Scott King, in 1968. She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees. Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD. Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17.

Bernice is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia.


Tom Klein, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers

Tom leads Verified Volunteers' mission to propel service organizations and nonprofits by empowering volunteers. Prior to launching Verified Volunteers, Tom handled acquisition and business development activities for Sterling Backcheck. Previously, he worked for Calera Capital Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm. Tom began his career with Goldman, Sachs & Co. and spent a year with American International Group in Thailand as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Tom volunteers actively in New York and works closely with Harlem Academy, an independent school serving grades 1-8. Tom is based in New York City.


Mark Kramer, Co-founder and Managing Director of FSG

Mark is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG and the author of influential publications on shared value, catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, strategic evaluation, and impact investing.

He oversees FSG's consulting practice and action initiatives, and also serves as a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Mark has spoken and published extensively on topics in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is co-author, with Professor Michael E. Porter, of several influential Harvard Business Review articles, including "The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy" (2002), "Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility" (2006), and "Creating Shared Value" (2011). In the Stanford Social Innovation Review he has written or co-authored "Catalytic Philanthropy" (2009), "Collective Impact" (2010), and "Channeling Change" (2012), "Embracing Emergence" (2013).

He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Jason Y. Lee, Founder & Executive Director, Jubilee Project

Jubilee Project is a for-purpose production company that makes films to inspire young people to live for something greater. Jubilee Project has garnered over 10 million views through viral films partnered with organizations including Alzheimer's association and Jeremy Lin Foundation. Before founding Jubilee Project, Jason was a management consultant at Bain & Company and worked for the Clinton Foundation in Zambia.


Michael Lombardo, CEO, Reading Partners

Michael Lombardo has served as CEO of Reading Partners since 2006. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from serving 6 schools in Silicon Valley to working with over 40 school districts nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Reading Partners has been nationally recognized for its highly effective programs and is one of only a handful of organizations to receive multiple Social Innovation Fund awards from the US federal government. Prior to Reading Partners, Michael held a number of senior positions at the University of California, Berkeley, including Director of Development and College Relations for the College of Letters and Science and Director of Scholarships for the Alumni Association.


Kweku Mandela, Partner and CEO, Out of Africa Entertainment

Kweku was born in Transkei, South Africa but grew up inUnited States of America only returning to his homeland in1993 after his the release of his grandfather, South African President Nelson Mandela, from 27 years ofpolitical incarceration.

Kweku joined Out of Africa Entertainment as a partner andCEO in 2009. Out of Africa has produced a number of Film & TVproductions including HBO's "Generation Kill" and SKYand HBO/CINEMAX's series "Strike Back". On 30 January 2014 he was appointed as a Global Ambassadorfor UNAIDS Global HIV/AIDS campaign called "Protect the Goal" which will launch during this summer's 2014 FIFAWorld Cup in Brazil.


Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation

The UPS Foundation leads the Corporate Citizenship initiatives for UPS. As President, Ed Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez serves as Vice-Chairperson and represents UPS on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Disaster Management and serves as Chairperson of its' Logistics Emergency Team. He currently serves as a board member with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education's UPS National Venture Fund. He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National Council of La Raza organization as well as corporate liaison to the Points of Light Institutes' Service Council. He also serves as the Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a member of the board for The Metro Atlanta YMCA and sits on the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Global Corporate Volunteer Council.


Andrew Means, Founder, Data Analysts for Social Good

As data about nonprofits, donors, and social programs become more accessible, many nonprofits want to harness such information to improve their work. Andrew Means started Data Analysts for Social Good to improve the process at two levels. First, he wants to bring together people who analyze data at charities so they can share knowledge and learn from one another. In addition, he wants to help charity leaders make sense of the new world of big data. A one-day conference on the subject that the group held in August sold out and had a waiting list of more than 60 people. The group is now planning a two-day meeting in May. Andrew was named as a person to watch in 2014 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.


Nirvan Mullick, Award Winning Filmmaker, Digital Strategist, "Caine's Arcade"

Nirvan is an LA based filmmaker, creative consultant, speaker, and entrepreneur. Nirvan began teaching himself animation while studying philosophy at New College. He went on to earn an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts. Nirvan's animated short films have screened in festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. In 2001, Nirvan began an ongoing collaborative experiment called The 1 Second Film, which became among the first crowdfunded films. In 2012, Nirvan directed Caine's Arcade, an 11-minute short film that became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 8 million views and sparking a global movement of cardboard creativity in kids around the world. After Caine's Arcade, Nirvan founded the non-profit Imagination Foundation to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids. Nirvan has received the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award and the Innovation in Action award. Nirvan is a partner at Interconnected, consults with companies and non-profits, serves on the board of CicLAvia, and tries to keep up with his garden and email.


Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite

Jean Oelwang is the CEO of Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. In 2003, Jean left her post as joint CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia to begin working with Richard Branson and the Virgin staff from around the world to create Virgin Unite. Over the last 10 years, Jean has worked with partners to create new approaches to social and environmental issues, such as the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship and a global platform to support budding entrepreneurs. She has helped incubate a number of global leadership initiatives such as The Elders, the Carbon War Room and The B Team. In addition, Jean has been instrumental in working with Virgin's businesses and others worldwide to put driving positive change at their core.

Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles, including a stint as a VISTA volunteer where she worked with - and learned from - homeless teens in Chicago.


Tyler Perry, Filmmaker, Actor and Philanthropist

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. But listen to Tyler Perry and you'll hear a man who hasn't forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved and donated generously to civil rights causes through work with the NAACP and NAN. He also strongly supports charities that focus on helping the homeless. In January 2010, Perry pledged $1,000,000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the earthquakes in Haiti.


Jeff Raider, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Harry's & Co-Founder, Warby Parker

Jeff Raider likes to improve people's daily lives in small ways by building brands that offer them high quality products at accessible prices (he cannot, however, say that three times fast). Jeff is currently the co-founder and co-CEO of Harry's, a new brand of high-quality men's shaving and grooming products sold directly to consumers. Jeff is also a co-founder of Warby Parker, a brand offering designer-like eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Jeff has worked extensively with non-profit organizations and is constantly inspired by other entrepreneurs. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies and earned a Masters in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He also has an MBA from Wharton Business School.


Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta

Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since then, he has hired more than 800 police officers and funded initiatives to reduce the city's crime rate by 18 percent, re-opened all of the city's recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times. Mayor Reed was named the 6th most influential African-American in the nation in 2012 by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. Mayor Reed's leadership has been recognized on programs such as Meet the Press and he has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and Black Enterprise. He has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, New York Ideas, New Cities Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America and the Gathering of Leaders.


Lamman Rucker, Actor, "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns"

Artist, educator, activist and entrepreneur, Lamman is the star of the popularly syndicated hit sitcom "Meet the Browns" and he is also affectionately referred to by many as 'Sheriff Troy' of the box-office smash Tyler Perry films "Why Did I Get Married?" and its sequel, "Why Did I Get Married Too?"

A proud graduate of the illustrious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, Lamman was an original member of the groundbreaking youth company - the Washington Area Improvisational Teen Theatre (W.A.I.T.T.). The company's primary goal was to promote sexual abstinence to teens and educate young people about their bodies, the risks of teen pregnancy, STD's and HIV/AIDS. W.A.I.T.T. dealt with other issues like peer pressure, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. He has since become a skilled, talented and sought-after teacher, coach, mentor and youth advocate.


Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder & CEO, Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools was awarded Fast Company magazine's Social Capitalist Award in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 and the Skoll Foundation's Skoll Award in Social Entrepreneurship in 2005.

Schwarz has been tapped to speak about education reform and Expanded Learning Time at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Task Force on 21st Century Skills, the Center for American Progress working group on Expanded Learning Time, the transition team of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Social Entrepreneur Advisory Board for the New Profit, Inc. Gathering of Leaders.

He is the author of "Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities," a widely cited essay examining social change efforts and the role of social entrepreneurs, and co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning.


Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the chair of the board; in 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on the boards of her family's foundations: The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted's Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Children & Nature Network. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta. Laura lives with her husband and her three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.


Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

On April 9, 2012, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Wendy Spencer to serve as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs. Together these programs engage more than five million Americans in service and volunteering to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement.

In June 2013, President Obama named Spencer as the co-chair of the President's Task Force on Expanding National Service. The Task Force is an Administration-wide effort to establish public-private partnerships that create more opportunities for Americans to participate in national service. Spencer's management career spans 30 years and includes leadership roles in government, nonprofits, and the private sector. She has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., she served as the CEO of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism where she connected national service and volunteer strategies to meet state prioritized needs.


Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO, YouthBuild

Dorothy Stoneman is the Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., which is the national support center for over 265 YouthBuild programs in the USA and the sponsor of YouthBuild International. Stoneman is a leader in advocating for youth engagement in civil society. She is chairman of the National YouthBuild Coalition, with nearly 1,000 member organizations in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. After joining the Civil Rights movement in 1964, Stoneman lived and worked for 24 years in Harlem. She began the first YouthBuild program in East Harlem in 1978, and served as its director for ten years. Over time she has built grassroots coalitions that have succeeded in obtaining over one billion dollars of city, state, and federal funds for community-based organizations to implement programs for youth and community development in low-income neighborhoods.


Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the economic and social health of communities across the company's global footprint through $200 million in annual philanthropic investments. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for implementing a broad range of national and international philanthropic programs associated with the company's corporate social responsibility initiatives

Sullivan manages strategic relationships with global philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues of education, community development, health and human services, the environment, and the arts. She leads the company's signature philanthropic programs, which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 44 markets across the US, with more than $150 million invested since 2004. In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, the company's global volunteer program open to the company's more than 280,000 employees.


Mark Swinton, Producer of "Tyler Perry's The Haves the Have Nots"

Mark E. Swinton is a producer for Tyler Perry Studios. Swinton is currently producing The Haves And The have Nots episodic drama on OWN, the sitcom For Better Or Worse, and the new sitcom Love Thy Neighbor, also on OWN. Swinton also works as a producer and assistant director for the live stage shows written and directed by Mr. Perry each year. Swinton produced seasons five and six of House Of Payne, winning an NAACP Image Award for his work on season five. Swinton also produced each season of Tyler Perry's hit situation comedy For Better Or Worse.

As a theater educator, Swinton founded the Stephen and Carrie Odell Theatre Arts Academy in Los Angeles, and The Youth Arts Initiative, an after school program for at risk youth. Swinton wrote the curriculum for both schools, and birthed a creative writing, film, and theatre arts program that attracted thousands of youth from all over greater Los Angeles.


Sangeeta Tyagi, Chief Program Officer, YouthBuild USA

Sangeeta Tyagi is Chief Program Officer at YouthBuild USA. She oversees the program improvement strategies and capacity building work of YouthBuild USA vis-à-vis the field of YouthBuild programs. She provides strategic oversight to the scaling and sustainability of YouthBuild USA's funded initiatives and works closely with the Department of Labor on the organization's DOL contract. Sangeeta supports the President of YouthBuild USA on the organization's foundation fundraising and serves as a member of the organization's Executive Management Team. She also serves as President of the Board of the YouthBuild Charter School of California.


Mayor Dayne Walling, City of Flint, Michigan

Dayne Walling is serving in his second term as the Mayor of the City of Flint. His vision of a sustainable 21st Century community has attracted new investments and energy to the difficult challenge of turning Flint around. He is committed to bringing new jobs, making neighborhoods safe, and supporting great schools in Flint and across Michigan. Under his leadership, the City of Flint has adopted its first comprehensive master plan in more than 50 years. As an AmeriCorps Alum, he values the power of citizens and volunteers and has declared 2014 a Year of Service and Action in Flint. Mayor Walling serves on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is Chairman of the national Manufacturing Alliance of Communities. Mayor Walling previously worked in the public, nonprofit and private sectors and was a Rhodes Scholar from Michigan State University.


Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock has served, since 2005, as the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Having responded to the call to ministry at avery early age, Dr. Warnock became, at age 35, the fifth and the youngest person ever called to the seniorpastorate of this congregation, founded in 1886. He has launched expansive community-oriented programs, including a teen mother's ministry, a tutoring program, counseling, a senior's day care center and a food cooperative. Ebenezer's Adult Day Care and Rehabilitation Program was instituted in 1976.It became incorporated as a non-profit health and social agency in 1986, changing its name to the Intergenerational Resource Center. It continues to provide recreational day care to the disabled and to senior citizens.


Ambassador Andrew Young

Andrew Young has always viewed his career through the lens of his first career- that of ordained minister. His work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of investment in Africa through GoodWorks International, and the establishment of the Andrew J. Young Foundation are all a response to his call to serve.

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