2017 Conference Leaders

Ausley.jpgFlorida Representative Loranne Ausley

Loranne Ausley was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016 where she serves on the Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, as well as subcommittees on environment, agriculture and regulated industries. Loranne previously represented Florida’s Capital City in the same seat from 2000-2008 before retiring due to term limits. Ausley is also an attorney with Hollimon PA – a small Tallahassee firm. During her time in the Florida House, Loranne has established herself as an independent-minded leader unafraid to take on tough problems and find real solutions. Loranne is a sixth-generation Floridian who has held senior positions in federal and state government, working closely with some of Florida’s most respected leaders including Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles. Loranne is active in a number of local, state and national organizations. She was instrumental in creating Whole Child Leon, a community-based initiative focused on young children and their families. Loranne graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with degrees in Economics and Politics, and earned her J.D. from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Bill Hollimon and son, Will, age 14. Loranne is a runner and triathlete, and a two-time Ironman finisher (Chattanooga, 2016; Florida 2007).


blake.jpgNew York Assemblymember Michael Blake

Blakebegan his first term on the New York State Assembly in 2015, and serves on the Banks, Correction, Election Law, Housing, and Veterans’ Affairs committees. He is passionate about urban entrepreneurship, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises, education, community learning, building sustainable communities, equality for all and empowering young men of color. Assembly member Blake serves on the Correction, Housing, Election Law, Governmental Operations, Banks and Veterans Affairs committees and is the Chairman of the Mitchell-Lama (Affordable Housing) subcommittee. Blake has passed significant bills, including his signature prompt pay bill which will require New York State to pay contracted companies with 200 employees or less in 15 days instead of 30 days. Moreover, Assembly member Blake led the effort to secure $20 million for a pilot My Brother’s Keeper program in New York State, making it the first in the nation. Furthermore, Blake has secured funds for Bronx entrepreneurs through the American Entrepreneurship Award, for New York City Housing Authority improvements for developments in his district, for schools in his assembly district, and has addressed gun violence among residents.  Michael has extensive political experience. He has held significant positions working on both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, as well as serving as Obama’s Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director in the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement from 2009 to 2011. He created the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit series, which sought to foster public, private and not-for-profit partnerships and provide strategic advice in seven cities across the nation. Blake also continues his work in the community. He serves on the My Brother's Keeper Alliance as a national advisory board member (the only state legislator in the nation) and is a board member of iVOTE, which focuses on protecting voting rights across the country.


branson_(320x320).jpgDouglas County, KS District Attorney Charles Branson

District Attorney Charles E. Branson, was first elected as District Attorney of the 7th Judicial District on November 2, 2004 and took office January 10, 2005. Since then Charles has been re-elected without opposition in 2008, 2012 and is unopposed in 2016.  Charles believes the prosecutor’s office must be more than just a mechanism to incarcerate offenders. He believes the office should support all facets of the community; from developing an active consumer protection division, starting a first of its kind property crimes compensation board to reimagining how victims of crime are addressed by the court system. Charles is an integral part of planning a local behavioral health court that will divert those with mental health problems away from the court system, sparing them criminal records that can jeopardize their support and housing.  Charles is also leading the charge in finding fair justice. He is actively engaged in state and national efforts to determine the best practices for prosecutors’ offices across the country. These efforts are aimed at making sure the rights of individuals are protected while serving the interests of justice. Where defendants are held accountable for their actions and crime victims are afforded the respect and dignity they deserve.


Bridges.jpgColorado Representative Jeff Bridges

As a member of the Colorado State House, Jeff Bridges represents the same part of town where he coached a swim team, worked a high school job at Laser Storm, and attended public school K-12. His constituents include former teachers and doctors, friends from high school, and even his parents. In his first session in the State House, Bridges passed bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of everyday Coloradans by shortening wait times at the DMV, protecting free speech on college campuses, and welcoming the regulated testing of autonomous vehicles—or as the Drudge Report calls them, “headless Ubers.”  In a chamber full of lawyers, Jeff Bridges is the only Colorado State Representative with a Master of Divinity degree. Before running for office Bridges put that degree to work as the head of public affairs at Union Theological Seminary, where he helped keep a Hobby Lobby-style religious exemption out of an executive order that banned LGBT discrimination. As an aide to Colorado’s own Ken Salazar in the US Senate, Bridges received a letter from a constituent whose friend had been killed by an IED. In response, Bridges built a bipartisan coalition to save a program that’s still protecting the lives of our military men and women overseas. Bridges met his brilliant wife AnnMarie at Harvard’s admitted students day when she spotted his cowboy boots from across the room.


buchwald_2.jpgNew York Assemblymember David Buchwald

David was elected in 2012 to the New York State Assembly, where he brings his experience as a local government official, his work as an economic analyst and an attorney, and his belief that public policy can help people obtain the skills and opportunities they need to provide for their families and contribute to their communities. In the Assembly, David has worked to strengthen ethics, make smart investments in infrastructure, and consolidate services in order to make government more efficient. Recently, he’s taken the lead on such issues as keeping the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla in New York State and stripping pensions from convicted officials that violate the public trust.  Before serving in the Assembly, David worked at an economics research firm where his research focused on antitrust economics and then as a tax attorney. He was also a member of the White Plains Common Council, where he advocated for enhanced budget scrutiny, authored legislation strengthening the city’s code of ethics, and successfully pushed for zoning changes that brought dozens of good-paying jobs in scientific research to his community.


Buttigieg_NEW.jpgSouth Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds degrees from Oxford and Harvard Universities. Previously he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked in energy, retail, economic development, and logistics. He is president of the Indiana Urban Mayors Caucus, serves on the board of the Truman National Security Project and is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He spent most of 2014 on leave from office while deployed in Afghanistan.  Buttigieg was named national Mayor of the Year in 2013 by GovFresh.com, sharing the honor with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and was called “the most interesting Mayor you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post. Under Buttigieg, South Bend has transformed from what Newsweek called one of “America’s 10 Dying Cities” into a city experiencing its fastest growth in more than a quarter-century.


Cabaldon_2.jpgWest Sacramento, CA Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

For two decades, Christopher Cabaldon has been the mayor of what was the forgotten old-industrial small town on the other side of the tracks (in this case, the tracks are the Sacramento River), transformed under his leadership into the fast-growing, dynamic, entrepreneurial city at the forefront an emerging American metro. A small city punching way above its weight, West Sacramento has been named Most Livable City in America by the US Conference of Mayors, and as a leading LRNG digital badge city, Startups in Residence incubator, and 2015 Code for America city. Mayor Cabaldon’s innovations promoting progressive economic growth have been featured at the world expo, Federal Reserve, SXSW, White House, Governing, and other national and international forums. He is Jobs, Education & the Workforce chairman for the US Conference of Mayors. He might also be the country’s leading heretic on the topic of civic engagement.  Cabaldon served as vice chancellor of California’s 113-campus community college system and director of the state legislature’s higher education committee, and led high-impact statewide education startup organizations. He has been appointed to state government posts by four California governors from both political parties.



Santa Barbara, CA School Board Member Laura Capps

Laura Capps, a proud graduate of Santa Barbara public schools, is a member of the Board of Education for Santa Barbara Unified School District. Her son is in the first grade at the elementary school she attended, and she is the only member on the board with a student currently in the district. In the short time she has been in office, she has lead the charge to solarize campus buildings, instituted a new program to register eligible students to vote, and worked with her colleagues to close a $2 million dollar budget shortfall.  Laura has devoted her career to public service, serving as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton, a communications director on John Kerry’s presidential campaign, an advisor in the United States Senate to Senator Edward Kennedy, part of Al Gore’s climate change campaign, and an ocean conservation advocate. In addition to her service with the Santa Barbara Unified Board of Education, Laura manages her own public affairs practice collaborating with non-profit organizations on issues of climate, poverty, immigration, and childhood hunger. Active in the community, Laura is President of the Board of the Community Environmental Council and a Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She recently served on the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women and on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, University of California, Berkeley. She has taught college courses on Congress and politics at the University of California Washington Center and holds a Masters in History with Distinction from the London School of Economics.


chaudhuri_(320x320).jpgNorth Carolina Senator Jay Chaudhuri

Since taking office in 2015, Democrat Jay Chaudhuri has quickly earned a reputation as a progressive problem solver. Jay believes we need an agenda that grows our economy that works for all North Carolinians, one that invests in education and training, growing small businesses, revitalizing our film industry and creating green jobs, and spurring innovation.  As General Counsel to State Treasurer Cowell, Jay helped develop the first-ever Innovation Fund. After meeting with entrepreneurs and innovators, Jay helped create the first-ever Innovation Fund, a $230 million fund dedicated to investing in and supporting businesses with significant operations in North Carolina. Today, the Innovation Fund is responsible for supporting more than 6,000 jobs across the State. As part of his dedication to building an innovative economy in North Carolina, Jay helped put together the first-ever Innovation Council with then Governor Beverly Perdue. This council works to recommend policies and solutions that would help foster North Carolina’s innovation economy.


cheeks.jpgMadison, WI Councilmember Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Cheeks is a dad, a technology executive and a local elected leader currently serving in his 2nd term on the Madison City Council. His agenda for Madison, Wisconsin is focused on ensuring that it is a national example to other mid-sized cities on innovating to eliminate persistent opportunity gaps, increasing citizen engagement, and designing intentionally for anticipated population growth. Cheeks has been named among the ‘25 Most Influential People in Greater Madison’ and has additionally been listed among the "28 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin".  Cheeks is also the Vice President of Business Development at an industry leading big-data quality & analytics company with headquarters in downtown Madison. He currently serves as a non-profit board member for the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, and is a founding executive board member of the Wisconsin chapter of the New Leaders Council.


Copy_of_leader_clark_chris.jpgMountain View, CA Councilmember Chris Clark

Chris Clark is a City Council Member and former Mayor of Mountain View, California, which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and home to Google, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, and numerous startups. He was elected to Council in 2012 and became Mayor in 2014.  As Mayor, Chris led the city through a period of significant growth and forged consensus on several key issues including housing growth, permit streamlining, and environmental sustainability. He is the youngest person ever to serve as a Mayor and Council Member in Mountain View.  Chris grew up on a farm in rural Illinois and served as a Page for the US House of Representatives before moving to Silicon Valley to attend Stanford University. He studied International Relations and Economics and interned with the US State Department in Berlin and Munich. In addition to City Council, Chris serves on several San Francisco Bay Area regional planning boards and leads operations at Y Combinator Research.


Cisneros_2.jpgSan Fransisco, CA Treasurer José Cisneros

José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, he serves as the City's banker and Chief Investment Officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. Appointed in 2004, and first elected in 2005, Cisneros has used his experience in the tech and banking industry to enhance and modernize taxpayer systems and successfully manage the City’s portfolio through a major recession. Treasurer Cisneros believes that his role of safeguarding the City’s money extends to all San Francisco residents, and continues to expand his role as a financial educator and advocate for low-income San Franciscans through award winning programs like Kindergarten to College, Bank on San Francisco and Smart Money Coaching. Cisneros serves on the FDIC Committee on Economic Inclusion, was Vice Chair on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and is the Chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition.


Daniels.jpgAlabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels currently represents the 53rd District in the Alabama State House of Representatives and is the youngest and first African American Minority Leader of the Alabama House of Representatives.  Rep. Daniels is proud to be part of what NewDEAL stands for and he looks forward to helping his district, state, and nation grow by sharing ideas with like-minded people. A progressive economic plan is How We Grow in Alabama. His Growler Bill, passed in 2016, allows local microbreweries to sell growlers, increase revenue, and hire people, basically a small business expansion bill. He and his colleagues introduced a Farm to schools bill. This bill gives local farmers an opportunity to sell directly to school systems, up to 150,000 worth of food and produce. Together with his fellow progressive leaders, he will continue to push for smart, pro-growth policies that benefit all Americans.


danielson_2.jpgIowa Senator Jeff Danielson

Jeff Danielson has served as a State Senator in Iowa since his election in 2004. Jeff has a passion for making government work well and work for the people. He led Iowa’s recent government efficiency efforts, responsible for nearly $300 million per year in cost savings, helping Iowa weather the recent recession with a balanced budget and historically high reserves. Significant accomplishments in the efforts included hiring Iowa’s first Chief Information Officer, consolidating technology resources, and streamlining the state government workforce. Jeff has also helped to guide progressive election law changes in Iowa, like same day registration, vote by mail, voter verified paper trail. He drafted and managed the nation’s first campaign finance law in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. Outside of the legislature, Jeff is a professional firefighter and an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Northern Iowa.


depasquale_2.jpgPennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale 

Eugene DePasquale grew up in the blue-collar city of Pittsburgh, which taught him the important lessons of hard work and earning your way. He also witnessed first-hand how the closing of the steel mills devastated families and communities.  As Auditor General, Eugene has focused on ensuring investments in education are targeted towards what works, that our environment is protected, and that state job creation programs actually create family sustaining jobs. His prior service in the state legislature was highlighted by being the first legislator in state history to post his expenses online and passing an Alternative Energy Investment Act that invested $600 million to ensure a cleaner environment, consumer savings, and job creation.


Duff_Bob_2.jpgConnecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff

Bob Duff has served as state senator for his hometown of Norwalk, CT since his election in 2004. As a real estate professional, Bob has relayed his commercial expertise into his role as a successful legislator. He proactively supported the creation of a package of assistance programs and reforms to reduce the number of home foreclosures in the state amid the 2008 housing crisis. Bob is also a leading advocate for energy conservation, planning, historic preservation, consumer protection, and transportation.  As co-chair of the Appropriations Committee’s Results-based Accountability Subcommittee, Bob is at the helm of an exciting new initiative, applying a proven method of analysis to the state’s budget process. It rewards programs that meet specific goals and axes those that don’t live up to their promises. Considerable waste has been eliminated saving taxpayers millions of dollars.


Elorza.jpgProvidence, RI Mayor Jorge Elorza

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was born in Providence and grew up in the city’s West End. After graduating from Classical High School, he earned his bachelor's degree from URI and worked as an auditor on Wall Street. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 2003.  Elorza returned to Providence and worked as an attorney for RI Legal Services. In 2005, he became faculty at RWU Law School where he litigated public interest cases and co-founded the Latino Policy Institute.  In 2010, Elorza was appointed to the Providence Housing Court, where he served until 2013. Elorza was elected as Providence’s 38th Mayor and took office in 2015. Elorza is focused on turning Providence around by creating economic opportunity for all, public services that work for everyone and innovative, ethical City government. From developing Providence’s waterfront, to his plan to eliminate the blight of abandoned properties, Mayor Elorza is ensuring Providence is positioned to succeed.


ferguson.jpgMaryland Senator Bill Ferguson

Bill’s commitment to progressive renewal in Baltimore City began when he came to work in the city’s public schools through Teach for America and served the Baltimore City Council President’s Office as a part-time community liaison. While at law school, Bill remained connected with the Baltimore City Public Schools, accepting a newly created position as the CEO’s Graduate Intern, where he served as point person in efforts to streamline the school system’s $1.23 billion operational structure; create innovative and web-based communication tools to increase school system transparency; and serve a chief role in the school system’s progressive negotiations with the Baltimore Teachers’ Union. After attending law school, Bill ran for office to continue his work improving Baltimore’s schools. Since being elected as a State Senator representing Baltimore in 2012, he has been an advocate for progressive education reform, as well as safer and more affordable neighborhoods throughout the city.


Fischer_2.jpgLouisville, KY Mayor Greg Fischer

Greg Fischer was elected Louisville’s Mayor in 2010 and has an extensive background in business. In 1980, he was a founder of SerVend International and co-invented the SerVend ice and beverage dispenser. Along with his brothers, he led the growth of SerVend into a worldwide corporation with more than 300 employees and $70 million in annual sales. In 1999, he founded Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm, and later was a co-founder of bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville. Fischer has helped create more than 1,000 local jobs and has been an active investor and board member in numerous companies across multiple industries. Greg is also a co-founder of Louisville’s Center for Quality of Management.


Gainer_2.jpgCook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

Bridget Gainer brings a unique perspective to civic and business life with a foot in both the public and private sectors. Bridget is the VP of Global Public Affairs for Aon and a Commissioner on the Cook County Board, bringing over 20 years of experience in non-profit, government and corporate sectors. Bridget began her career as a community organizer in New York City; she continued that work in Chicago where she founded a community center at Senn High School. Bridget then went to work for the City of Chicago in a variety of roles focused on public private partnerships.  Elected to the Cook County Board in 2010, Bridget called for the creation of a Pension Committee and was appointed its first Chairman. As Chair, Bridget brought transparency to the County’s Fund and launched an open-data pension website to facilitate a real conversation for fair and sustainable pension reform. In 2013, Bridget completed three years of organizing and outreach with the creation of the Cook County Land Bank, the region’s most comprehensive policy to reduce the amount and impact of vacant land and abandoned buildings that she chairs.


gilman.jpgPittsburgh, PA City Councilmember Dan Gilman

Dan Gilman was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council in 2013, focusing on creating a more accountable city government, embracing Pittsburgh’s technological renaissance in order to improve City services, and making Pittsburgh a more family-friendly and progressive city. Councilman Gilman’s efforts to ensure a fairer and more accountable City government included staffing the City’s previously-defunct Ethics Board, strengthening the City’s campaign finance laws, and creating an easily navigable web portal for City information, all aimed at developing a more transparent government.  Gilman is committed to a more progressive and family-friendly Pittsburgh. He sponsored legislation to create safe spaces for nursing parents in city government buildings. He also passed legislation banning the harmful practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ minors in Pittsburgh and an ordinance to end the practice of inquiring into City of Pittsburgh job applicants’ salary history, which perpetuates the growing national wage gap for women and minority candidates, and encourage companies in the private sector to do the same. In addition, Gilman sponsored a City for All agenda, six pieces of legislation to enhance and expand City services for immigrants and refugees. Gilman has received many awards and accolades for his hard work. In addition to being selected for the NewDEAL, he was appointed as Vice Chair of the National League of Cities’ University Communities Council. He has also been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.


Chris_Harris_update_2.jpgKentucky Representative Chris Harris

A former underground coal miner, Chris Harris was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representative in 2014. He represents the 93rd legislative district of Kentucky, serving Martin and Pike counties. Chris is a member of the Committees on Tourism, Small Business, and Information Technology, Transportation, and Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection. Prior to his election to the Kentucky General Assembly, Chris served in local government as a Pike County Magistrate for 12 years. During his tenure, he was elected by county officials from across the Commonwealth as the President of the Kentucky Association of Counties, a bipartisan organization dedicated to serving all of Kentucky and advocating for legislative solutions for issues affecting county governments around the Commonwealth.  When the General Assembly is not in session, Rep. Harris works at his private law practice. Chris is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and West Virginia and has argued cases before the Supreme Courts of both states. He and his wife Leslie have three children, Corbin, Wilson, and Emma, and live in Pike County, Kentucky.


keam_2.jpgVirginia Delegate Mark Keam

Mark Keam serves as a Virginia State Delegate. He began his career in public service as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and later served as a policy counsel at the Small Business Administration, where he worked to create a level playing field for women-owned businesses and minority enterprises.  After the Clinton Administration, Mark moved to Capitol Hill to serve as Chief Counsel to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2001 to 2007, when he left to become a senior advisor for strategic affairs at Verizon, where he helps the company develop ideas that promote the use of technology to solve societal problems.


lesser_2.jpgMassachusetts Senator Eric Lesser

As the youngest member of the Massachusetts Senate, Senator Lesser champions civic engagement and greater participation in public affairs. He serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, and Senate Vice-Chair of the Committee on Financial Services.  Senator Lesser earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 2007. Upon graduating, he joined the Obama for America campaign, during which he traveled with then-Senator Obama across 47 states. Following President Obama’s historic victory, Senator Lesser served as Special Assistant to White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and later as Director of Strategic Planning for the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Senator Lesser is also a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and was named a “Face of the Democratic Future” by American Prospect Magazine.


magaziner.jpgRhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner

Seth Magaziner was elected to the office of Rhode Island General Treasurer in November of 2014, and is committed to bringing a steady hand to the state's finances. As Treasurer, Magaziner will focus on using the office to promote economic growth and retirement security for all Rhode Islanders.  Prior to his election as General Treasurer, Magaziner was a Vice President at Trillium Asset Management, a socially responsible investment firm, where he oversaw the firm's investment strategy for the energy, banking and diversified financials industries. Previously, he worked as a school teacher in rural Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Treasurer Magaziner was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, and is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Management.


maxwell_2.jpgDownington, PA Mayor Josh Maxwell

Josh Maxwell was sworn in as Downingtown’s youngest Mayor in 2010 at the age of 26. Since being re-elected with 68% of the vote, Maxwell has focused on urban redevelopment, enhancing public education opportunities and personalizing the role of Mayor during his first two terms. In 2011, Maxwell re-started the Downingtown Main Street Association which has worked on over $250 million of economic development projects in Downingtown. In 2012, Maxwell joined the Board of the Education Foundation, which has successfully supported innovation projects in the Downingtown School District.  Downingtown has been recognized as a leader in urban redevelopment and as a community on the rise. Downingtown was named a “Top Ten Place to Live” by Philadelphia Magazine, while Maxwell was named “Best Young Politician in Philadelphia” by the same publication.


mcadams.jpgSalt Lake County, UT Mayor Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams was sworn into office as Salt Lake County Mayor on Jan. 7, 2013. Mayor McAdams pledged to work collaboratively, across party lines, to find efficiencies in County government and to be open and accountable to citizens.  During his tenure as County Mayor, he has championed education, helping the county become the first in the country to partner with the private sector to offer greater access to high-quality preschool for low-income children. Mayor McAdams has also emphasized economic development and job growth, partnering with cities to attract business while being a careful steward of taxpayer dollars. He has also supported greater access for businesses and residents to transit, trails, and open space.


mccarthy_vahey.jpgConnecticut Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey

Cristin McCarthy Vahey was elected to her first term in Connecticut's General Assembly in 2014, following three years as a Fairfield Selectman. Trained as a social worker, Cristin has found these skills critical in building coalitions to support integrated, multi-modal transportation options.  Cristin was instrumental in Fairfield's efforts to create a bike and pedestrian master plan and establish a permanent standing committee for the town. Her new role as a member of both the Transportation Committee as well as the Transportation sub-committee for Appropriations provides her with an opportunity to continue to advocate for effective and future oriented transportation solutions.


mcclellan_(320x320).jpgNorfolk, VA City Councilmember Andria McClellan

Andria McClellan is using her experience as an entrepreneur, civic leader and community activist, parent of three school-aged children, and former Planning Commissioner to make meaningful and progressive changes to the city of Norfolk, Virginia. Unseating a 16-year incumbent in 2016, she was elected to serve a Superward City Council seat for the second largest city in Virginia because of her pro-growth, innovation platform which focused on improving public schools; diversifying the economy in a city home to the largest Naval Base in the world; finding innovative solutions and funding to address sea level rise; and, creating a more engaged, accessible and transparent city government.  Andria has served on numerous boards and commission throughout the city, the region and the state, including the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board, the Virginia Family & Children’s Trust Fund, and the Local Government Advisory Committee for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program. She began her career working in sales and marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, after which she ran two start-up enterprises (one in manufacturing and one in tech). Andria earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and graduated from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a proud graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute and U.Va’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program.


McLean.jpgBoise, ID City Councilmember Lauren McLean

Lauren has served on the Boise City Council since 2011 and is currently the President Pro Tempore. She’s focused her work on sustainability, community justice, and economic development.  Lauren co-sponsored the city’s ordinance protecting all residents from discrimination, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered. Her efforts in Boise led to ordinances being passed in cities around the state. She’s helped the city secure a grant to explore Pay for Success as part of a solution to homelessness and housing, and serves on the Mayor’s Housing and Homelessness Committee that convened providers, community organizations and concerned citizens and led to the city’s first plan to develop community-supportive housing through the Housing First program. During her five years as a commissioner on the city’s urban renewal organization, CCDC she helped oversee a period of intense development in Boise’s downtown core with numerous public-private partnerships helping to transform Boise’s downtown.  A committed conservationist and recreations, Lauren knows that Boise’s environment is key to its livability and long-term economic prosperity and growth. Known for her efforts to pass the city’s first levy for Open Space protection in 2011, she supported the most recent levy to grow the city’s open space and clean water programs and sponsors the city’s sustainability initiative. Since adopted, the city has established energy reduction goals, expanded its geothermal system as part of an EcoDistrict downtown, and continues to seek innovative solutions to today’s problems.


MEL.jpgIndiana Senator Eddie Melton

Eddie Melton was elected State Senator for Indiana’s 3rd District on November 8, 2016. Melton serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Education Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. Senator Melton is currently the youngest State Senator and has authored key pieces of legislation that has attracted national attention. In addition to serving in the Indiana General Assembly, Melton serves as the manager of Federal Government and Community Relations, for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). In this position, he leads the corporation's federal government relations, corporate citizenship strategies and charitable giving. Prior to joining NIPSCO, Melton worked as a grant officer for the Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation in Northwest Indiana. Melton has served as chairman of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, has served on the State Board of Education, representing the First Congressional District of Indiana and has also served as a national board member and Mid-west Regional Director for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE).  In 2016, Melton was selected to participate in a fellowship in Israel for national African American leaders, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF). Through this intensive educational experience, Melton explored critical foreign policy and national security issues affecting both Israel and the United States. Melton also served as a contributor to the national My Brother’s Keeper Initiative that was established by President Barack Obama. Through this initiative, he attended the White House on several occasions to assist communities across the country to establish programming that would help improve the quality of life for boys and young men of color. Melton has been recognized with multiple awards and accolades, such as; the top “20 under 40” young professionals in northwest Indiana by The NWI Times Media Company (2010) and is a (2012) South Shore Leadership Award winner. Melton served as the national spokesperson for Brother 2 Brother Magazine and is a frequent columnist for the Gary/Chicago Crusader newspaper and The NWI Times.  Melton attended Kentucky State University and received his B.S. in Organization Management from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He lives in Gary Indiana with his wife Crystal and their four children.


MEY.jpgNew Castle County Executive Matt Meyer

Matthew Meyer has lived an extraordinary life of service, educating high needs Washington, DC and Wilmington children and creating jobs in some of the most challenging neighborhoods in East Africa. Mr. Meyer has won awards for his Mathematics instruction, worked as an attorney at a leading global law firm, started two companies and served in Iraq as a diplomat. As a diplomat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Mr. Meyer worked with Americans and Iraqis to build a lasting peace in Mosul, embedded with the US military for one year.  After a stunning upset over a three-term incumbent in his first run for public office in 2016, Mr. Meyer immediately brought fresh ideas as the chief executive of Delaware's largest local government. Within eight weeks, Mr. Meyer had attacked fraud, waste and abuse and reduced county spending by nearly 3%. In his first year in office, Mr. Meyer appointed the first African-American police chief in the 104 year history of the state's second largest police department, held the first-ever county Iftar dinner, attracted Del Monte Fresh Produce to announce plans to build their largest US distribution facility, and saved county taxpayers over $2 million through modifications to the farmland preservation program. Mr. Meyer recently announced innovative literacy and engineering programming in the state's largest library system, focused on providing equal opportunity, as well as an online technology platform that enables citizens to view county tax spending online just as you can view your bank statements.


millin_young_janette.jpgVirgin Islands Senator Janette Millin Young

On November 2, 2010, Sen. Millin Young was elected to serve in the 29th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, and was sworn into office on January 10, 2011. She served as the Senate’s Chairman of the Committee on Education, Youth and Culture. She served as the 30th Legislature’s Legislative Secretary and Chair of the Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture, and Planning. Re-elected to her third term in November 2014, the senator is the 31st Legislature’s vice president and continues to chair the Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture and Planning. In August 2015, Senator Millin Young was elected to serve as the National Council of State Legislature’s Eastern Region Representative of the Women’s Legislative Network.  Before her election, she published a local monthly magazine, worked in journalism and communications, spent time working for the Virgin Islands Legislature and Department of Health, and also worked in the Governor's Office in communications and public relations.


Mitchell.jpgNew Bedford, MA Mayor Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell, now in his third-term, is Mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the top commercial fishing port in the United States for nearly two decades. Under his leadership the historic city has moved aggressively to reform its schools, modernize its port, and solidify its downtown’s status as the cultural and economic hub of the region. New Bedford has emerged on the national stage as a leader in solar energy and the emerging hub of the nascent offshore wind energy industry in America. It has seen the local unemployment rate fall faster than any metropolitan area in America twice in the past two years. And the City presently enjoys the highest bond rating in its history. For these accomplishments the New Bedford Standard-Times named Jon the “2015 SouthCoast Man of the Year."  Prior to his service as Mayor, Jon served as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in Boston where he prosecuted cases in the areas of white collar crime, firearms, narcotics, environmental crime, and public corruption. Many of his cases were of national importance, including his work as the prosecutor on the task force searching for Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. Jon hails from a local fishing family. He attended Harvard College and George Washington University Law School, and is married to Ann Partridge, a breast cancer doctor and researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. They have three daughters.


Pabon_2.jpgColorado Representative Dan Pabon

The son of working class parents and the first in his family to have access to preschool, Dan Pabon is living proof that early childhood education is a means to close the educational achievement gap. Dan was first elected to the legislature in 2010 with 75% of the vote and grew up in the same community he is now serving in the Colorado House of Representatives. After earning his JD, Dan worked at a Denver-based law firm, before becoming Northwest Denver’s neighborhood attorney, working with small business owners, residents, and non-profit organizations.  Dan has worked on higher education issues as the vice-chair of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board and was a voice for senior citizens as a member of the Association for Senior Citizens Board. He also worked for two months on the Obama-Biden Presidential transition team, where he helped draft the President’s first executive order on transparency and ethics in government.


Parent-Headshot.jpgGeorgia Senator Elena Parent

Elena is a State Senator, attorney, and progressive champion. First elected in 2010 as one of 12 Democrats in the nation to unseat a Republican incumbent, Elena focused her efforts in her first term on government transparency and ethics, including independent redistricting. Elected to the State Senate in 2014, Elena has focused on improving access to early childhood education and health care, promoting common-sense gun safety measures, and defeating job-killing and discriminatory "religious freedom" legislation. She has also continued her work toward an independent redistricting commission for Georgia. Elena passed a bill that would close a loophole that allowed severely mentally ill Georgians to acquire guns and is also working toward keeping guns away from those committed of domestic violence. She also was a key part of passing Georgia's Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act in 2016.


pettersen.jpgColorado Representative Brittany Pettersen

Brittany Pettersen assumed office in 2013. Before running for office, Pettersen worked for New Era Colorado, a nonprofit that seeks to increase youth participation in politics and the government process. As a legislator, Pettersen has championed legislation to assist Colorado’s students and families, such as expanding tuition assistance and access to affordable child care. In 2013, Pettersen focused on making it easier for Coloradans to receive an education, sponsoring a bill cutting red-tape to make it easier for Coloradans to put their income tax returns into a college savings account.


Platt_Headshot_1_2.jpgMaryland Delegate Andrew Platt

Andrew Platt was elected Delegate to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014. He is a first generation college graduate who worked his way through school. After graduating, Andrew went to work for Donna Brazile, the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee. Andrew then got a job on Capitol Hill working for the House Democratic Caucus, the legislative and communications hub for House Democrats. As a staffer for the Caucus, Andrew worked to help advance legislation to create jobs, grow our middle class, and protect Social Security and Medicare from drastic cuts. While working full-time on Capitol Hill, Andrew went to graduate school at night and received his Master’s degree.


read2.jpgOregon State Treasurer Tobias Read

Treasurer Tobias Read understands that financial empowerment, wise investments, and sound management are foundational to the quality of life and economic opportunities for Oregonians, and key for the long-term vitality of our state. In 2015, he was a chief sponsor of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which is the first operating state-sponsored retirement program. It launched in mid-2017.  Prior to his election as Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer, Tobias had served for a decade in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he championed legislation to invest in public education, improve state financial management, finance critical infrastructure improvements, and to help Oregonians save for a more secure future. He has also worked in the U.S. Treasury and as a liaison between designers, engineers and manufacturing units for Nike Inc.


riemer_2.jpgMontgomery County, MD Councilmember Hans Riemer

Hans Riemer was elected to an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council in 2010, where he represents nearly a million residents. Coming into public office during difficult economic times, Hans has worked with his colleagues to address some of the toughest challenges that local governments face: setting the county on the path to fiscal sustainability, boosting economic development, funding education and transportation, and advocating for the county before the state.  An innovator in political engagement, Hans served as National Youth Vote Director for Obama for America, and in the 2004-2006 elections, Hans served as political director for Rock the Vote. A leader on Social Security, Hans also played a key role in stopping President Bush on privatization and served as a senior advisor at AARP.


ritenauer2_2.jpgLorain, OH Mayor Chase Ritenauer

Chase Ritenauer became Mayor of Lorain, Ohio, in 2011 as one of the youngest mayors in the country. Since taking office, he has focused on increasing government efficiency through sound management and data-driven, evidence based policy choices. Chase has worked to identify his city’s service priorities and determine how best to deliver those services in conjunction with regional partners. He has also sought to work with the local business community to revitalize Lorain’s waterfront as a key part of the city’s economic revival and has pushed for the creation of a county land bank to fund neighborhood rehabilitation. Before serving as Mayor, Chase was formerly employed as safety service director for the city of North Olmsted, Ohio.


sabin.jpgArkansas Representative Warwick Sabin

As the State Representative for District 33, Warwick also held the position of Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore during the 90th General Assembly. Both Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett as well as Talk Business Quarterly named Warwick among the top ten legislators of the 2013 legislative session, and the Arkansas Times called him the "Freshman of the session". In 2014, he was among 24 national political leaders awarded the Rodel Fellowship by the Aspen Institute for his "outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse."  Before assuming his position at the Innovation Hub, Warwick was publisher of the Oxford American magazine, and in 2009 he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. His additional professional experience includes serving as director of development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was president of the student body. He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to the Arkansas Business "40 Under 40" in 2003, and he has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Little Rock.


SCA.jpgConnecticut Representative Sean Scanlon

Sean Scanlon is the State Representative for the 98th District of Connecticut. The son of a police officer and small business owner, Sean graduated from Boston College and served as Victim Advocate in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office before joining the staff of Senator Chris Murphy in 2009.  Since being elected in 2014, Sean has led the legislature's effort to combat Connecticut's opioid epidemic and became a leading voice on issues of mental health and addiction. He has sponsored and passed legislation limiting first-time opioid prescriptions to seven days and requiring first responders to carry Narcan. Sean is the chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate committee and serves on the Public Health and Transportation committees.


schnirman_2.jpgCounty Comptroller-elect Jack Schnirman

Jack Schnirman was elected November 7, 2017 to serve as Nassau County Comptroller, where he will be tasked with ending corruption and turning around the finances of a county of 1.4 million people on Long Island, situated next to New York City. Jack was the Chief Deputy Town Supervisor in Brookhaven, where he ended a culture of corruption that earned the town the nickname of "Crookhaven." In 2012, he became Long Beach City Manager when the city was on the brink of bankruptcy. As the work began to turn around the city's finances, Superstorm Sandy devastated the city. Jack merged the physical and fiscal recovery to lead the city back stronger, smarter, and safer.  Jack lives in Long Beach with his wife, Joan, and their daughter, Sage. He is a member of the New York Conference of Mayors, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the New Leaders Council, and a Truman National Security Project Partner. He is also a member of the board of Hofstra University's School of Public Service, and has served on the board of the Long Island Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Jack holds a degree in International Relations from Tufts University and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.


sittenfeld.jpgCincinnati, OH City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld

P.G. Sittenfeld was elected to Cincinnati’s City Council in 2011. P.G. is the Vice-Chair of the Job Growth Committee, and also serves on the Finance Committee and Strategic Growth Committee. P.G. is focused on making Cincinnati economically competitive, seeing that citizens receive high-quality basic services, and ensuring that local government lives within its means.  Following work experiences at Google and Time Magazine, P.G. returned to his hometown to become the Assistant Director of the Community Learning Center Institute. All across Cincinnati, P.G. works to help turn schools — otherwise unused in the afternoons and evenings — into hubs of neighborhood activity offering health, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for students, families and the surrounding community.


stewart.jpgTennessee Representative Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart began a life of public service early. He qualified for a full ROTC scholarship in college and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army immediately following graduation. Mike served in Korea in 1988-89, and was selected to lead a platoon manning four radar sites along the Demilitarized Zone. In Korea, Mike was awarded the Eighth Army Distinguished Leader Award. Following Mike’s tour in Korea, he volunteered for duty in Operation Desert Storm, where he served with the First Cavalry Division in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He currently works as an attorney and has served as a State Representative since 2009.


Anna_Tovar.jpgTolleson, AZ Mayor Anna Tovar

Anna Tovar was elected Mayor of Tolleson, AZ in 2016 and took office in early 2017. Previously, she served as Arizona’s Senate Minority Leader and was at the forefront of projects that brought revenue and job growth to her district throughout her time in office. The completion of roadway construction, attracting commercial and retail businesses to the area, advocating for new housing developments, promoting environmentally friendly programs and working to build new police and fire stations are just a few of her accomplishments. Prior to serving in the state legislature, Anna was a teacher for five years, served on the Tolleson City Council for seven and a half years, and was Vice Mayor for two and a half years.


Tubbs.jpgStockton, CA Mayor Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs emerged with a new wave of social and political reform when, at the age of 26, he was elected as the youngest and first African American mayor of his hometown of Stockton, California in 2016. During his time as mayor and when previously serving on the Stockton’s City Council since 2012, Tubbs has championed reforms to improve police-community relations, increase investment into underserved areas of Stockton, and increase opportunities for youth upward mobility.  As he was in the midst of campaigning for Stockton’s City Council, Tubbs was completing his master’s degree in in Policy, Leadership, and Organization Studies at Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate studies attending on a need-based scholarship. Tubbs has also been honored as a City of Stockton Architect of Peace and a Truman Scholar for his commitment to public service. Using his enthusiasm for local politics, Tubbs has focused his legislative initiatives under his #ReinventStockton campaign, becoming a catalyst for positive change as he takes on his greatest challenge of reinventing the streets of his childhood.


tucker.jpgArkansas Representative Clarke Tucker

Representative Tucker has focused on improving early childhood education in Arkansas, both in terms of improving support for Pre-K education and by working to establish Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) on a statewide basis. DPIL is a literacy program that provides age appropriate books for children between birth and age 5 on a monthly basis for just over $2 per book. Representative Tucker has also worked hard on criminal justice reform, aiming to improve behavioral health services for the criminal justice population in an effort to reduce crime and prison populations. In that regard, he has served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Behavioral Health Treatment Access.  Representative Tucker has also led an effort to enact several pieces of ethics legislation to increase government transparency and accountability. For example, Representative Tucker is working to require disclosure of dark money sources in Arkansas campaigns, and he has enacted legislation to enhance the criminal penalties for elected officials who accept bribes. Representative Tucker is also working to pass paid maternity leave for state employees. Perhaps most important, in the spring of 2016, Representative Tucker helped shepherd the appropriation for Arkansas's version of Medicaid expansion through a difficult legislative process.


Weinberger_Miro.jpgBurlington, VT Mayor Miro Weinberger

Since his election in March 2012, Miro has been working to put Burlington’s finances in order. Before being elected Mayor, Miro focused his career on developing affordable and market rate homes in Vermont and New Hampshire while also promoting smart growth and environmental sustainability. As an active member of the Burlington community, he has served on the Burlington Airport Commission, as board president of the Turning Point Center for Chittenden County, and on the board of the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.


 werner.jpgConcord, NH City Councilmember Rob Werner

Rob Werner has served as a City Councilor in Concord, NH since his election in 2006 and chairs the Energy and Environment Committee.  He works to make Concord’s future more sustainable by advocating for the installation of solar panels on public buildings and idling reduction technology on city vehicles.  In addition to serving the city of Concord, Rob also serves as the New Hampshire State Director for the League of Conservation Voters, a national advocacy organization that works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities. Rob formerly served as the National Field Director of Americans for Campaign Reform. A public policy analyst and advocate, Rob has organized successful advocacy and legislative campaigns for the American Heart Association, Smoke-Free NH Alliance, and the American Cancer Society. Active in the Greater Concord, NH Chamber of Commerce, Rob serves on both the State and the Local Government Affairs Committees. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Franklin Pierce University.


Yarbro.jpgTennessee Senator Jeff Yarbro 

Elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2014, Jeff Yarbro was selected as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus in his first term. A native Tennessean with degrees from Harvard and the University of Virginia School of Law, Jeff represents the city of Nashville. In the State Senate, he serves on the Health and Welfare Committee and the Transportation and Safety Committee. Jeff has been a leader in Tennessee's efforts to expand health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  Jeff is working to reform and modernize state government, including the creation of new tools to support the development of affordable housing and to combat pernicious problems like homelessness, recidivism, and insufficient support for new mothers. He has sponsored legislation to simplify citizen access to governmental services, including voting registration. He has also championed important reforms that would introduce transparency into legislative redistricting and diminish legislators' reliance on PACs and special interests.





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