Executive Director of American Civil Liberties Union
CNN Political Analyst, Princeton History Professor
Editor of The Sunday Times
Former National Organizing Director, Kamala Harris for President
Pullitzer-Prize-Winning NYT Journalist
Xochitl Torres Small
Former US Representative of New Mexico
Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations
City Attorney of San Francisco
Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Held in Oxford with Oxford Hub students 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
Former Governor of Massachussets Held in Boston with A Better Chance students 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.
Former US Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration 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.
Former Chairman, RNC Held at the Brown University Watson Institute with Met School students 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
Head of the Democratic National Committee Held at the Brown University Watson Institute with Met School students 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.
Activist, Former ED of Teach for America, Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics Held in Boston with OneGoal students, with support by Harvard University Institute of Politics 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.
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.
Mayor of Bogor 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.
Executive Director of HeForShe 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.
President of SpaceX Held at SpaceX factory with CollegeTrack students 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
President of Echoing Green Held in New York City with OneGoal students 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.
Former US Ambassador to NATO, President of Chicago Council on Global Affairs Held in Chicago with OneGoal students 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.
Director, Google X Moonshots Held at Oxford with Oxford Hub students 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.
Head of Public Policy and Government at Twitter Held at Oxford with Oxford Hub students 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.
Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement 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.
California State Assembly 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.
Chief Equality Officer of Salesforce 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.