2017 Conference Speakers

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Wednesday, November 15


Conference Welcome Reception


coons_2.jpgSenator Chris Coons

Coons has worked hard to earn a reputation as a principled, pragmatic legislator eager to find bipartisan solutions to the issues confronting Delaware and the nation. He has emerged as a strong voice for job creation and the innovation economy, responsible deficit reduction, progressive social justice, and forward-looking foreign policy.  Committed to fulfilling the economic potential of American innovation, Senator Coons has introduced legislation and worked aggressively for a series of measures designed to help create jobs and grow our economy, including a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s patent system, new protections for American intellectual property, and critical investments in research and development. His first bill in the Senate, the Job Creation Through Innovation Act, would help revitalize domestic manufacturing and create conditions to help businesses grow and create middle-class jobs.

Chris later teamed up with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to introduce the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act, a bill containing an array of job-creating measures supported by both parties.  Chris’ election to the Senate in 2010 capped a decade of successful service in New Castle County government. In four years as New Castle County Council President and six years as New Castle County Executive, Chris earned a reputation for delivering real results on behalf of Delawareans and protecting the county during the least stable national economic climate in decades. Chris balanced six budgets by eliminating wasteful spending and created jobs through innovative public/private partnerships. His Safe Streets partnership removed dangerous parole violators from our neighborhoods and cleaned up dozens of the worst county properties. He also preserved hundreds of acres of open space and fought for an independent ethics commission to make county government more transparent in its business dealings.


Kathleen_Rice_official_photo.jpgCongresswoman Kathleen Rice

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice is in her second term representing communities in Nassau County, New York after first winning her competitive district in 2014 despite a challenging year for Democrats. In Congress, Kathleen has emerged as a leading Democratic voice on national security issues and a fierce advocate for veterans. Her other priorities have included making college more affordable, supporting small businesses, and enhancing public safety by combating gun violence and drunk driving. Kathleen built her career as an outstanding prosecutor, including as the first woman elected District Attorney in Long Island history. In that position, she won national acclaim for her efforts to crack down on drunk driving and help overhaul New York’s DWI laws, and her public corruption investigations led to the convictions of dozens of officials from both parties who violated the public’s trust.


Buttigieg_(2)_2.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.


blake.jpgNew York Assemblymember Michael Blake

Blake began 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.


VIP Dinner


omalley_2.jpgFormer Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Martin O'Malley served two terms as Governor of Maryland from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he served two terms as Mayor of Baltimore. Called "the best manager in government today," Governor O'Malley has been recognized for his skillful leadership of Maryland and his success in implementing critical progressive priorities such as raising the minimum wage, signing marriage equality into law, abolishing the death penalty and passing the DREAM Act to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. Under his leadership, Maryland's public schools were ranked #1 nationally for an unprecedented five years in a row. With O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland was one of the first states to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. O’Malley also put the state on a path to cut Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25% by 2025. He also created Baystat – a new way of performance-managed cleanup, restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay to its best levels since 1985. In 2013, O’Malley led the successful fight to ban the sale of combat assault weapons in Maryland, while also managing the state’s reduction of violent crime down to 35-year lows and incarceration rate to 20-year lows. In 2016, O'Malley ran for the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States, and many of his policy proposals -- on Climate, Public Safety, and Immigration Reform -- became part of the most progressive Democratic Party platform in history.


calmes.pngJackie Calmes, White House Editor for the Los Angeles Times

Jackie Calmes became the White House editor in the Washington Bureau of the Los Angeles Times in May. Previously she covered national politics, Congress, the White House and presidential campaigns for more than 30 years, most recently at The New York Times and for 18 years before that at The Wall Street Journal.  Ms. Calmes was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy in 2015, and in early 2017 at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. She has appeared frequently on television and radio, including on CNN, PBS’s “Washington Week“ and CBS’s “Face the Nation.” For her coverage of the Bush White House and reelection campaign in 2004, Ms. Calmes was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Reporting on the Presidency.  Ms. Calmes began her journalism career in Texas, and for five years covered state politics and government in Austin, first for a chain of 14 Texas newspapers and then for the Dallas Morning News. Moving to Washington in 1984, she worked for Congressional Quarterly until 1990, with one year (1988) as congressional reporter for the Atlanta Constitution and Cox Newspapers Inc.


Thursday, November 16



Leadership from Cities and States: Finding Common Ground


Landrieu_Headshot_2.jpgNew Orleans, LA Mayor Mitch Landrieu

When Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans in May 2010, the recovery from Hurricane Katrina had stalled, the city teetered on bankruptcy and the New Orleans Police Department was under federal investigation. Under Landrieu, New Orleans has become one America’s great comeback stories. He kick-started the recovery by fast-tracking over 100 projects and securing billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and critical infrastructure. Landrieu brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets, and ethical contracting to City Hall, leading to the City’s highest-ever credit rating and over $8 billion in private development. His top priority has been public safety-- reforming the police department and reducing the city’s murder rate. In 2015, Landrieu was named Public Official of the Year by Governing. He also serves as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the official nonpartisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Landrieu served as Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor for two terms and in the Louisiana Legislature for 16 years.


Kander.jpgJason Kander, Former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Let America Vote

A husband, a father, a former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, and Missouri’s 39th Secretary of State, Jason Kander is the president of Let America Vote. Jason, the first millennial in the country to be elected to statewide office, started Let America Vote in February 2017 to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot.


Breakout Session 1


What to Know about the Universal Basic Income Demonstration Project


Taylor-Jo-Isenberg-Square.jpgTaylor Jo Isenberg, Managing Director of the Economic Security Project

Taylor Jo Isenberg is the Managing Director of the Economic Security Project. She was previously the Senior Advisor to the CEO & President and Vice President of the National Network at the Roosevelt Institute, an organization working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Scalawag Magazine, a publication advancing social justice through the South’s diverse thinkers, writers and activists. She was a Forbes 30 under 30 for Law and Policy in 2015 and Fusion 30 under 30 Women Shaping Politics in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


stynes.jpgMichael Stynes, CEO, Jain Family Institute

 As CEO, Michael Stynes has led the Jain Family Institute since its formation, directing research into an array of economic, cultural, social, and political areas. For JFI's flagship higher education financing project—researching how to structure and implement ISAs—Michael led student and capital design at Purdue University for the first ISA pilot at scale in the US. He also serves on the board of Better Future Forward, a non-profit social enterprise that services and originates ISAs for low-income students. Previously, he taught at Harvard University. Michael holds a master's degree in philosophy from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Harvard College.


Tubbs.jpgMayor Michael Tubbs, Stockton, CA

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.


Leading on Climate Change and Energy Policy


hamilton_2.jpgKatherine Hamilton, Co-Founder and Chair of 38 North Solutions

Before her role as co-founder and Chair of 38 North Solutions, specializing in clean energy and innovation policy, Katherine ran the smart grid-focused GridWise Alliance. Katherine was policy advisor for Good Energies, a private equity company with a $6B clean energy portfolio. Early in her career, Katherine designed electrical systems for commercial and residential developments for a utility. Katherine is president of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Energy Global Future Council. You can hear Katherine every week on Greentech Media’s podcast, The Energy Gang.


werner.jpgConcord, NH 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.


Solving the Opioid Addiction Crisis


humes.jpgDave Humes, Public Policy Coordinator of atTAck addiction

In May 2012, I lost my son Greg to an accidental heroin overdose. In the aftermath of his death I made a vow to Greg that somehow I would save a life in his name. The investigating detective told me, “If we had a 911 Good Samaritan law of Narcan law, your son might very well be alive today.” These laws seemed to be the vehicle to fulfill my vow to Greg.  I work with this organization so that one day opiate/heroin deaths stop in their tracks and we end what I call the ‘the public health crisis of the 21st century’.  The goal, simply, is to save lives. First, save the life. Where there is life, there is HOPE!


Pettersen.jpgRepresentative Brittany Pettersen, Lakewood, CO

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.


Weinberger_9.01.56_PM.jpgMayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

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.


Fixing Redistricting to Ensure Fair Elections 


ward.jpgKelly Ward, Executive Director, National Democratic Redistricting Committee

Kelly Ward is the Executive Director of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a newly formed organization chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder that will enact a comprehensive, multi-cycle redistricting strategy for Democrats.  She previously served four years as the Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). She also served as the DCCC’s Political Director and Director of Incumbent Protection.  Prior to the DCCC, she was Campaign Manager for Alan Khazei’s first U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts and managed Harry Mitchell’s first congressional campaign in Arizona’s fifth district, defeating a 12-year incumbent.  She directed several nonprofit advocacy campaigns, as Director of America Forward, a national policy coalition, and Executive Director of Project for Arizona’s Future. Kelly also worked for Governor Janet Napolitano focusing on community outreach and public policy issues and was a founding member of Arizona List and Arizona Emerge, organizations dedicated to electing women to local office.  Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is originally from Las Vegas, NV and currently lives in Washington, DC with her daughter.


chaudhuri_(320x320).jpgSenator Jay Chaudhuri, Wake, NC

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.


Innovative Funding Solutions to Support Economic Opportunity


nelligan.jpgWill Nelligan, Director of Education Finance, Jain Family Institute

Will Nelligan is Director of Education Finance at the Jain Family Institute. Will came to JFI from the Robin Hood Foundation, where he served as Chief of Staff to the President. He previously led marketing for Anthemis, the financial services venture capital firm. Will has worked at Apple, NYCLU, the Gorman Foundation, and in the U.S. Senate, serving on the education policy staff of Senator Tom Harkin. Will studied history and politics at Dickinson, where he was the president of student government and a Public Service Fellow.


mcadams.jpgMayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County, UT

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.


Breakout Session 2


Smarter Government to Deliver More


Lewin_2.jpgDan’l Lewin, former Corporate Vice President, Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft

Dan'l Lewin recently left Microsoft after 16 years where he was a Corporate Vice President, reporting to Microsoft President Brad Smith, where he led the company’s work in applying technology for public good. Collaborating cross-company and with external partners, his work focused on scalable impact within a portfolio spanning campaign and civic technologies, affordable internet access, environmental sustainability, affordable internet access and collaboration with leading research universities. Previously, he led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. During his 16 year tenure at Microsoft he also had executive and site responsibility for the company's operations in Silicon Valley. Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive. His previous experience included leading the initial launch of the Macintosh to higher education for Apple Computer, Inc, as a founder of NeXT, Inc, and leading sales and marketing for GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems, Inc., a company that pioneered the market for Intellectual Property Asset Management. Dan’l currently serves as Vice Chair of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and UI Labs, and is a founding Board member of StartX, an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.


gilman.jpgCouncilman Dan Gilman, Pittsburgh, PA

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.


Criminal Justice Reform: Smarter Policies and Safer Communities


tylek_2.jpgBianca Tylek, Director, Corrections Accountability Project, Urban Justice Center

Bianca Tylek is the Director of the Corrections Accountability Project at the Urban Justice Center. She combines her expertise in both criminal justice and financial services with her relationships in the corrections industry and advocacy space to combat the financial exploitation of the criminal legal system.  Bianca has worked with various state and local corrections agencies, including New York City, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, and leading criminal justice organizations, including the Brennan Center for Justice and ACLU. She also co-founded College Pathways at Rikers Island, an academic program for prisoners pursuing higher education. Prior to her legal career, Bianca was a financial analyst at Citigroup and Morgan Stanley.  Bianca is also an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Ropes & Gray and a former Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow, Ford Foundation Public Interest Fellow, and Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow. Bianca holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


tucker.jpgRepresentative Clarke Tucker, Little Rock, AR

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.


Affordable Housing for All


Edelman.jpgSarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy, Center for American Progress

Sarah Edelman is the director of Housing Policy at American Progress. Her work focuses on foreclosure prevention, single-family rental, and promoting access to affordable housing. Edelman’s publications have been cited by The Financial Times, MSNBC, and Bloomberg, among others, and have been used as a resource by numerous advocacy and community groups across the country.
Prior to American Progress, Edelman worked in the areas of community development, community organizing, and consumer protection at Public Citizen, Community Legal Services, the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, Division of Consumer Protection. Early in her career, Edelman served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Philadelphia. 


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.


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.


Portable Benefits to Meet Today’s Workforce Demands


aiyer_2.jpgVikrum Aiyer, Head of Global Public Policy & Strategic Communications at Postmates

Vikrum Aiyer is the head of Public Policy and Strategic Communications for the on-demand technology platform, Postmates; and a visiting public policy fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. As Postmates creates new opportunities for brick & mortar businesses to distribute their products in the era of e-commerce, it is also shaping the way workers engage the labor market to earn supplemental incomes. Aiyer helps lead the legislative, regulatory, and policy discussions at the federal, state, and municipal levels which are impacting the Future of Work and on the On-Demand industry.  Previously, he was a senior official in the Obama Administration serving both as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and as President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House. Serving as the principal political and policy advisor to the U.S. undersecretary of commerce, he coordinated a $3.2B budget in support of the president’s intellectual property agenda. And serving as a senior economic advisor to the president, he helped steer investments in several advanced manufacturing technologies including smart fabrics, autonomous vehicles, high performance computing, and next generation semiconductors. He lives in San Francisco, CA where he serves as a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations, and on the executive board of the Bay Area Council.


Alastair_Fitzpayne_2.jpgAlastair Fitzpayne, Director, Future of Work Initiative, Aspen Institute

Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff at HHS, Fitzpayne also held a number of senior roles at the Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House, as an economic advisor to Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, respectively. He has also worked at the Office of Management and Budget and Abt Associates, a public policy consulting firm.  Fitzpayne holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.


Ideas Challenge Award Presentation


markell_2.jpgFormer Governor Jack Markell

Jack Markell was sworn in as Delaware’s Governor on January 19, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 15, 2013. During his term, Markell has focused on growing the economy, creating jobs, strengthening schools and protecting taxpayers. He has made education a top priority, with Delaware winning President Obama's Race to the Top competition to improve public schools, while also dramatically increasing access to quality early childhood programs. While the state has been recognized for job creation, Markell has also focused on running state government efficiently and effectively, keeping the state’s AAA bond rating while reforming Delaware’s health and pension systems to make them more sustainable over time.  Markell has also chaired the National Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association. He previously served as state treasurer for three consecutive terms, where he worked to improve the lives of Delawareans through innovative programs aimed at cutting spending and improving fiscal responsibility.  Markell began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel, where he served as senior vice president for corporate development. His other business experience includes a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, work as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation.


A Conversation with Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

Pritzker_2.jpgPenny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Pritzker is the Founder and Chairman of PSP Capital and Pritzker Realty Group, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services and consumer products. From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Currently, Pritzker is a member of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a member of the board of the Obama Foundation and on the advisory council of The Hamilton Project. Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University.


A Conversation with Former Secretary of Education John King


John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.


Education Empowerment Zones


Chris_Gabrieli_Headshot_2.jpgChris Gabrieli, Chairman and CEO of Empower Schools

Chris Gabrieli is the CEO of Empower Schools, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Empower works with policymakers and both traditional educators and proven non-profit operators to re-engineer traditional school systems into diverse education ecosystems centered on empowered and accountable schools. Chris has also been at the forefront of movements to expand learning time for disadvantaged students and to expand the definition of student success to include non-cognitive skills. He is a Partner Emeritus at Bessemer Venture Partners.


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.


The Case for Optimism


rosenberg.jpgSimon Rosenberg, founder of the New Democrat Network and New Policy Institute

An experienced television news producer and highly regarded political strategist and thinker, Simon has spent three decades in national media and politics. He is a veteran of two Presidential campaigns, including a leading role in the famous 1992 Clinton War Room. In his current capacity as President of NDN/New Policy Institute, Simon advises leading politicians, Administration officials and policy makers on a wide range of issues here in the United States and abroad. He is a frequent commentator in the national media, appearing regularly in major newspapers and websites, political journals and on cable and network television. A few years ago GQ magazine named him of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, and he currently writes a weekly column on American politics for US News and World Report.  Simon and his wife, Caitlin Durkovich, and their three spirited children live in Washington, DC. Simon is a graduate of Tufts University and currently serves on the board of the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. He is also a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Information and Communications Policy. He is a retired Little League baseball coach and proud playmate of his family’s English Bulldog, Tug.




cain_2.jpgEmily Cain, Executive Director of EMILY's List

Emily Cain is currently Executive Director at EMILY’s List. She has more than a decade of experience as a state legislator and public policy leader, two cycles as one of the country’s top ranked Democratic congressional candidates, more than a decade of work in higher education and recent leadership as Chief Strategy Officer for a private sector tech company.  Emily, who was first elected to office at age 24, made her mark in Maine politics serving in both the House and Senate over five terms in the state legislature, leading the Appropriations Committee as Chair and serving as the youngest House Minority Leader in state history. In 2012, against all odds, Cain led House Democrats back into the majority by recruiting top candidates, electing more women, and winning tough seats in Maine’s challenging rural areas. As a leader in the legislature Emily Cain was known as a tough negotiator, deal closer, and champion for women, equality, domestic violence prevention, and economic development. In 2014 and 2016 Emily ran for U.S. Congress in two of the most competitive house races in the country.


Friday, November 17



Opening Remarks: NLC Millennial Compact


KELLY.pngChris Kelly, Board Chair of New Leaders Council

Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley attorney with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris’ development of the site’s safety and security policies are credited as critical elements in the company’s success. Chris left Facebook in 2009 to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 16 percent of the vote in a seven-way race. Since the June 2010 primary, he has become an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. In 2013, Chris joined a group of California investors who purchased the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. As a member of the group’s executive board, he contributes his expertise in technology and management to basketball operations as well as the team’s development of the Golden1 Center. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto, and as Chair of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide leadership training program for young progressives.


A New Economic Cause for Democrats


cowan_2.jpgJon Cowan, President of Third Way

Jonathan Cowan has co-founded and run three high-impact national advocacy organizations, served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under then-Secretary Andrew Cuomo, and worked as a Democratic press secretary and legislative aide in Congress. For the past decade, he has led Third Way and built it into a prominent voice in center-left debates, with Prospect Magazine naming Third Way the 2013 North American Think Tank of the Year and The Washington Post dubbing it “the best source of new ideas in public policy.” Previously, he co-founded and ran America’s then-largest Generation X advocacy group, Lead…or Leave and battled the NRA for sensible gun policy as the head of Americans for Gun Safety, which The Atlantic said was responsible for “fundamentally changing the debate” on firearm policy. Additionally, Cowan has served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, authored a book titled Revolution X, and is frequently cited as a policy and political expert in national outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and NPR.


Panel: Future of Work in Conjunction with the Aspen Institute


Alastair_Fitzpayne_2.jpgAlastair Fitzpayne, Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute

Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff at HHS, Fitzpayne also held a number of senior roles at the Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House, as an economic advisor to Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Rahm Emanuel,respectively. He has also worked at the Office of Management and Budget and Abt Associates, a public policy consulting firm.  Fitzpayne holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.


AngelaHanks_600x900_(5)_2.jpgAngela Hanks, Associate Director of Workforce Development Policy at the Center for American Progress

Angela Hanks is the Associate Director for Workforce Development Policy on the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress. Her work focuses on developing and promoting effective workforce development policies that raise the skills, wages, and employment opportunities of workers. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report,and MarketWatch, among others.  Prior to American Progress, Angela was Senior Federal Policy Analyst at the National Skills Coalition, where she worked to develop and advance federal workforce policies and assist local leaders in advocacy on these issues both in Washington and in their home districts. Angela previously worked as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and a Counsel on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where she worked on issues such as education, labor, and government oversight matters.  Angela holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the George Washington University.



Jeffery Zubricki, Director of Global Public Policy at Walmart

Jeffrey Zubricki is a Director with Walmart’s Global Public Policy team, where he coordinates Walmart’s global eCommerce, privacy, and technology public policy. Jeff is also responsible for developing Walmart’s future focused Public Policy Lab which serves as a convening platform for executives and influential thinkers to help anticipate and shape future public policy facing retail, business and society on emerging issues like the future of work, artificial intelligence, and the gig economy. Prior to joining Walmart, Jeffrey spent six years as a Professional Staffer for Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) on the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. While at the Committee, he worked on issues related to consumer protection, privacy, and technology policy. Jeffrey started his career as an accountant with KPMG LLP, is a native of Chicago, and a graduate of Indiana University.


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.


Panel: Connecting with Rural Voters


Glickman-e1426945539177.jpgSteve Glickman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Innovation Group

Steve Glickman is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a new research, policy, and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. focused on advancing solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic U.S. economy. Steve is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches on economic diplomacy and international trade in the School of Foreign Service.

He previously served in the Obama Administration, most recently as a senior economic advisor at the National Security Council, where he managed trade and investment issues, and on the National Economic Council, where he was responsible for manufacturing and small business programs. Earlier, Steve served as Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House, and Chief of Staff for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service at the Department of Commerce. Prior to his service in the Administration, Steve worked as Counsel to Chairman Henry Waxman on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and began his legal career as a Federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice.


Begich_Photo.jpgFormer Senator Mark Begich, Co-founder of American Center

Mark Begich is the President and CEO of Northern Compass Group, LLC.  A businessman since age 14 and a public servant with decades of experience, Begich has built an impressive record of accomplishments on some of the most complicated but important issues such as fisheries, resource development, arctic policy, education, veterans, commerce, housing and more. During his tenure as U.S. Senator for Alaska from 2009-2015, Mark Begich earned the reputation of a hard-working, pragmatic problem-solver who was willing to work across party lines to get things done. Defying party labels and utilizing his business background, Begich broke down bureaucratic barriers and was an effective advocate on a many issues in Congress. 

Quickly rising to leadership positions, Begich was Chairman of both the Steering and Outreach Committee and the Oceans Subcommittee. He also served on the Appropriations, Commerce, Veterans, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Armed Services, and Indian Affairs Committees. Prior to the Senate, Mark served as mayor of Anchorage from 2003-2009. During that time, Anchorage went through the biggest building boom in a generation, attracting millions of dollars worth of public and private investment through his leadership. In October 2008, both the Wall Street Journal and Business Week recognized Anchorage as a city well positioned to weather the international economic crisis and the city’s bond ratings were upgraded due to improved fiscal stability. Today, Begich continues to be active in a variety of political and civic endeavors.  In 2015 Begich helped to create American Center.  American Center is dedicated to combatting the hyper-extremism that currently exists by creating a better environment for positive conversation and civic engagement in the middle.  Begich works to support candidates and incumbents at all levels of government who work across the aisle to get results for the people they represent. A born and raised Alaskan, he cares deeply about bringing the voice of rural America to the forefront of conversations about our country's future.


Ball_Headshot.jpgKrystal Ball, MSNBC Host and Founder of the People's House Project

Krystal Ball is the founder and President of the People’s House Project, a political organization focused on recruiting and supporting Democratic candidates for Congress with working class backgrounds in the rural Midwest and Appalachia.  Krystal is an author, activist, social media innovator, and recovering Congressional candidate. She is best known as the co-host of the MSNBC program “The Cycle”, and for hundreds of television appearances on shows as diverse as “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Real Time with Bill Maher”. She has been a featured speaker at Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, and George Washington University, and a guest lecturer at the New School in New York City.  Her writing has appeared in publications such as US News and World Report, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and Politico, and she is central to Glamour magazine’s political coverage, where she concentrates on issues important to women. Her new book, Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World, is a courageous manifesto calling for change in the leadership and focus of the Democratic Party.  Following her 2010 Congressional campaign, Forbes named her one of the Most Powerful Women in the Mid-Term Elections, and The Week designated her as one of the Top Eight Political Stars of 2010, along with Marco Rubio, Scott Brown and Chris Christie.


Holtzman.jpgMax Holtzman, Vice Chairman of Capital Peak Asset Management

Max Holtzman is the Vice Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management, where he joined in November, 2014. Capitol Peak provides capital, advice and solutions to companies and projects that spur economic growth and job creation with a focus on Rural America. Mr. Holtzman has a specific focus on the aquaculture sector both domestically and internationally, where he is a principal at the Advisory arm of Pontos Aqua, a unique financing and de-risking ecosystem for the global aquaculture industry. Prior to joining Capitol Peak, for six years, Mr. Holtzman was the Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture, appointed by the President of the United States. Mr. Holtzman advised the Secretary on the development of new public-private partnerships, all trade and international matters, aquaculture, biotechnology and international food security. He also served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Mr. Holtzman is a Board member of K Street Capital, the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and is the Founding Chairman of Adopt-A-Classroom. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and his law degree from the University of Miami.


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.


Closing Keynote: What Millennial Want


Jenkins_2.jpgBrad Jenkins, Executive Producer of Funny Or Die

Brad Jenkins is an expert at turning belly laughs into beltway advocacy. As Funny Or Die’s Managing Director and Executive Producer in Washington D.C., Jenkins manages creative campaigns and political strategy for non-profits, foundations, and national brands. Before joining Funny Or Die last year, Jenkins spent four years serving as President Obama’s Associate Director in The White House Office of Public Engagement. From The White House, Jenkins brought together creative executives, thought leaders, and some of the world’s biggest stars to advance the President’s agenda—culminating in the Emmy-award winning “Between Two Ferns” interview on the Affordable Care Act. In 2008, Jenkins served as the Deputy Director of Special Projects for President Obama’s election campaign, specializing in the intersection of youth media and grassroots engagement. Prior to joining the White House, Jenkins was the founding Vice President of Business Forward, an organization that brings entrepreneurs into the policymaking process. Before the 2008 campaign, Jenkins worked on the trading desk for the asset management firm, Farallon Capital in San Francisco, CA.












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