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Krista Tippett

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Krista Tippett hosts the national public radio program "On Being," which takes up the great, animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human? And how do we want to live?

She studied history at Brown University and went to Bonn, West Germany in 1983 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study politics in Cold War Europe. In her 20s, she ended up in divided Berlin for most of the 1980s, first as the New York Times stringer and a freelance correspondent for Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and Die Zeit. She later became a special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. (Source)

Deval Pattrick

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Governor Patrick served as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for eight years. Before entering public office, Governor Patrick was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. He also worked as Vice President and General Counsel of Texaco, Inc. and served on the company’s Executive Council. Governor Patrick was previously a Partner at Day, Berry & Howard and a Partner at Hill & Barlow. In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton as Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Held in Boston with A Better Chance students

Arne Duncan

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Held in Chicago with OneGoal students

Duncan was part of the founding team of the Ariel Community Academy in Chicago before serving as CEO of the Chicago public school system from 2001 to 2008. Duncan served as the education secretary for most of President Barack Obama’s two terms. As one of the longest-serving education secretaries, he oversaw a number of controversial initiatives, including the Race to the Top grant program and the encouragement of common academic standards among the states, associated with the Common Core State Standards. Duncan now serves as a managing partner at the Emerson Collective’s office in Chicago and as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. (Source)

Micheal Steele

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When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee from 2009-2011.

As chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," under Steele’s leadership the RNC broke fundraising records (over $198 million raised during the 2010 Congressional cycle) and Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938. (Source)

Held at the Brown University Watson Institute with Met School students

Tom Perez

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Thomas Edward Perez is the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He was elected to the position by DNC members on February 25, 2017, succeeding interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile.

Perez was the secretary of labor under the Obama administration. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 18, 2013, and he was confirmed by the Senate on July 18, 2013, by a vote of 54-46, along party lines. It was the first time in history that a Cabinet member was confirmed by a strict party-line vote.

Before assuming the office as secretary, Perez served as head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. (Source)

Brittany Packnett

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Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader whose "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come," Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, and writer.  
A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, Brittany has committed her life and career to justice.  She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom.
Brittany was a Fall 2018 Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics. She was a Ferguson protestor and continues in activism as, among other things, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. (Source)

Held in Boston with OneGoal students, with support by Harvard University Institute of Politics

Leoluca Orland

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Held in Bristol with Into University students, with support by the Global Parliament of Mayors

Mayor Orlando is the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Benjamin Barber Global Cities Award. Mayor Orlando was rewarded for his tireless endeavour to defend migrant rights and create a safer city by fighting organized crime.

He advocates on behalf of the most vulnerable citizens, including economic migrants, and welcomes incoming migrants every time a ship arrives at the port of Palermo personally. He works with the EU to promote freedom of movement for migrants, offering his city as a blueprint.

By his outspoken policy, Mayor Orlando contributes substantially to the further development of global urban governance and citizens rights and is an inspiration to mayors all over the world. (Source)

Bima Arya

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Held in Bristol with Into University students, with support by the Global Parliament of Mayors

Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto was elected as Mayor of Bogor in late 2013 and will face re-election in 2019. He has been engaged actively with the Urban Water Cluster as a Member of its Advisory Board.

Previously he was a lecturer at Paramadina University in Jakarta, while building a political support base for his party, the National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional, PAN) in Bogor.

An activist and academic by background, he completed his masters at Monash University in 1998, and received his PhD in Political Science at the Australian National University in 2006.

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Elizabeth Nyamayaro

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Held in New York City with OneGoal students

Political scientist Elizabeth Nyamayaro is the senior advisor to the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She has worked at the forefront of Africa’s development agenda for more than a decade in both the public and private sector, and has held positions with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

Nyamayaro is founder of Africa IQ, an innovative social impact organisation with a mission to promote Africa’s sustainable economic growth and development. She is also the driving force behind the @HeForShe campaign, which mobilized more than 100,000 men in every country around the globe. The campaign created 1.2 billion Twitter impressions in just one week, rallying men as advocates and change agents in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally (Source)

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business.  Shotwell has been awarded the World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space, has been inducted into the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame and was elected to the honorable grade of Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. SpaceX supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs locally as well as national engineering programs and competitions. Shotwell has helped raise over $1.4 million for STEM education programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.

 

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Gwynne Shotwell

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Cheryl Dorsey

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Cheryl Dorsey is the president of Echoing Green, a global organization unleashing next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Cheryl has served in two presidential administrations and serves on several boards including the SEED Foundation, The Bridgespan Group and, previously, the Harvard Board of Overseers. She has received numerous awards, including the Pfizer Roerig History of Medicine Award, the Robert Kennedy Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Manual C. Carballo Memorial Prize. Cheryl was been named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50." She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Ivo Daalder

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Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97.

Obi FeltEn

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Obi leads early stage projects at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory. X is a team of inventors and entrepreneurs working on projects like self-driving cars (Waymo), drone delivery (Wing) and internet from balloons (Loon). Obi is responsible for getting early stage X projects from the lab into the real world, or ensuring they fail fast. Previously she was Director of Consumer Marketing for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa, which sounds like the easiest job in the world until you consider that Google has 100+ products in a region of 120+ countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, Egypt and Kenya. Before Google, Obi launched the ecommerce business of a major UK retailer, worked as a strategy consultant, and led eToys.com's (unsuccessful) expansion to Germany during the first dotcom era. 

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Nick Pickles

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Nick Pickles is the current Head of Public Policy, Government and philanthropy for the UK and Israel at Twitter. He will be moving to the company's headquarters in the spring of 2018 to take up the position of Senior Public Policy Strategist.He has led Twitter's engagement with the GIFCT and represented the company at the 2017 G7 Interior Ministers meeting. Previously, he was the director of civil liberties and privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch. A law graduate from the University of Durham, he also served as President of Durham Students' Union. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an internationally published music photographer and a trustee of the international development charity BBC Media Action.

Matthew Ryder

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Held in London with Sponsors for Equal Opportunity Students

As Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew ensures that social mobility is central to the Mayor’s programmes. He leads the promotion of active citizenship across London and makes sure City Hall uses the best methods for measuring levels of social integration.

Alongside his legal work, Matthew has a longstanding professional and personal interest in social justice, social mobility and community engagement. 

Matthew became a barrister in 1992, specializing in complex crime, criminal related civil work, media, and data law. He has argued cases before the UK Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and International Criminal Court. In 2010 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

David Chiu

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Held in San Francisco with KIPP students

In November 2014, David Chiu was elected to the California State Legislature to represent the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. During David's first year, he served as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore; since his second year, he has served as Chair of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee. He also sits on the following legislative committees: Budget; Business and Professions; Judiciary; Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media.

Governor Jerry Brown has signed 34 bills that David authored during his first three years in the Assembly. Among other efforts, the bills addressed the state’s housing crisis, protected tenants, assisted LGBT families, upheld a woman’s right to choose, promoted sustainable transportation options, and facilitated voting by young people.

Tony Prophet

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Held in San Francisco with CollegeTrack students

Mr. Tony A. Prophet has been the Chief Equality Officer of salesforce.com, inc. since September 26, 2016. Mr. Prophet is responsible for leading salesforce's equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ and racial equality. He is a respected leader who has held senior executive roles at Microsoft.  Throughout his career, he has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice, including protecting the rights of young workers, educating female workers on health issues in developing countries, improving schools for children of migrant workers and addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows. 

Kori Schulman

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Held in Chicago with KIPP students

Kori Schulman revolutionized the way the leader of the free world communicates. As the deputy director of digital strategy at the White House, Kori helped develop the President's first tweet, launch the First Lady's Let's Move website, create twitter and Instagram accounts and manage all White House social media channels. Before coming to the White House, she worked on the book Designing Obama, a chronicle of art from the 2008 campaign.

Born and raised in Chicago, Kori concentrated in American Studies at Brown University and studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins.

Chrissy Haubegger

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Held in Los Angeles with CollegeTrack students

Christy Haubegger is an agent at leading entertainment agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where she provides insights on diverse markets to the agency’s clients. Based in the Los Angeles office, Haubegger works closely with such clients as Eva Longoria, Pitbull, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Andy Garcia, and Rosario Dawson, among others. Haubegger is an outspoken advocate for Latina women and is involved in numerous organization and boards fighting for inclusion in the entertainment industry and beyond.

In 1996 Haubegger founded Latina Magazine upon graduating from Stanford Law School.

Libby Schaaf

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Held in Oakland with CollegeTrack students

Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated into office in January 2015 and launched an agenda to elevate one of America’s most diverse and progressive cities into an equitable and resilient city.​

She developed Oakland’s “17K/17K Plan” to protect 17,000 low-income households from displacement while producing 17,000 new housing units by 2024.​

Mayor Schaaf received national attention for launching the Oakland Promise, an education initiative that will triple the number of college graduates from Oakland by 2025. To date, the program has sent 1,000  high-schoolers to college with scholarships, and will soon provide every baby born into poverty in Oakland with a $500 college savings account.

Sam Liccardo

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Held in San Jose with KIPP students

Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. Sam Liccardo is the Mayor of San Jose, located in California. 

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Ime Archibong leads a business development/product partnerships team at Facebook. Ime has led several of the company's major media related partnerships, including those in the music industry and online video space. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM where he focused on the licensing of IBM’s global portfolio of storage research technology. Ime started his career at IBM as a software engineer working in the Systems and Technology Group before transitioning to the IBM Corporate Strategy team, and eventually settling in business development. Ime holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sue Decker

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Sue, has been an Independent Director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. since 2007. Ms. Decker also serves on the boards of Directors of Costco Wholesale Corporation, Vail Resorts, Inc. and Vox Media. Since 2016, she has been CEO and co-founder of Raftr launched publicly in 2017.  From June 2000 to April 2009, Ms. Decker held various executive management positions at Yahoo! Inc., including President. She also serves as an adviser to several Internet start-ups. She was previously a Director of Intel Corporation and Pixar. Ms. Decker also serves on the boards of Directors of Costco Wholesale Corporation, since October 2004. Before Yahoo!, Ms. Decker spent 14 years with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. 

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Held in Los Angeles with A Better Chance students

Antonio R. Villaraigosa was the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and held the office 2005-2013. During his first term, Villaraigosa built the police force to its largest size in history, oversaw the steepest reduction in crime since the 1950s, and developed LA’s first comprehensive anti-gang strategy. Having dedicated much of his first term to reforming LA’s public schools, he now oversees the Partnership for LA Schools, which runs ten of the lowest-performing schools. With the launching of Green LA, Villaraigosa has set the city on the path to becoming one of the greenest large cities in the nation. Among the many improvements in becoming greener, LA has met the Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gases four years ahead of schedule, has met the first target of getting 10 percent of energy from renewable sources, and is on track to reaching 40 percent by 2020.

Tom Steyer

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Tom Steyer is a California business leader, philanthropist and clean energy advocate. Before retiring from the private sector, Tom founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management. Steyer is actively engaged in climate politics through his NextGen Climate political organization and works to promote economic development and environmental protection in California and across the country.

Steyer and his wife Kat created and funded the Oakland-based Beneficial State Bank and Foundation, which provides loans and banking services to underserved small businesses, communities, and individuals in California and along the west coast.

Biz Stone

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Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. 

Biz has been honored with the International Center for Journalism Innovation Award, INC Magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Decade, TIME listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and GQ named him Nerd of the Year. In 2014, The Economist recognized Biz with their annual Innovation Award. In 2015, Biz's Twitter won an Emmy and Biz received CIPR's most prestigious accolade for his leadership at the forefront of developing new forms of media. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology.

Wael Ghonim

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Wael Ghonim is a computer engineer, an Internet activist, and a social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Parlio, a new media platform for public conversations that rewards civility, which has been acquired by Quora. Wael is a senior fellow at Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard University.

In 2011, Wael was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was named one of Time 100's most influential and received JFK Profile in Courage Award. 

He is the founder of "Tahrir Academy", a nonprofit online knowledge sharing platform for Arab youth. Wael received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University and earned an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Erin Schrode

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Erin Schrode is a citizen activist, social entrepreneur, and storyteller. Since co-founding Turning Green in 2005, she has developed eco education and action platforms to inspire, educate, and mobilize millions of students and the global public with this non-profit and beyond. This leading voice on millennials, sustainability and social impact and vocal advocate for environmental action, public health, and equal justice recently ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California’s District 2 as the youngest person ever to run for congress– working to redefine civic engagement, reinvigorate public service, and expand the definition of a politician for a generation and a nation.

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