2018 Ideas Summit Speakers

Tuesday, May 29th

Welcoming and Opening Remarks (12:00 - 1:00 pm)


NewDEAL Leader Cyrus Habib, Washington Lieutenant Governor

 Cyrus Habib was elected Washington state’s 16th Lt. Governor in November 2016. A former legislator, Lt.  Governor Habib represented east King County in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate,  where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team.

 As Lt. Governor, he is President of the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor whenever the Governor leaves  the state, and maintains a portfolio of key issues including Economic Development, Trade, and Higher Education.

 A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents   immigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. He is the youngest presiding officer in the country, and the first and only Iranian-American to hold statewide elected office in the United States. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School.



Nick Hanauer, Co-Founder, Second Avenue Partners

Nick Hanauer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, investors, and business executives in Washington State. Hanauer is a co-founder of the Seattle-based venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners. An influential civic and political activist, Hanauer founded Civic Ventures—an organization devoted to ideas, policies, and actions that catalyze significant social change—in 2015. Hanauer has managed, founded, or financed 37 companies across a broad range of industries, creating an aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars.

Today, Hanauer devotes a majority of his time to a broad portfolio of civic and philanthropic activities. As a   national leader on policy issues related to income inequality and the future of capitalism, his advocacy and   policy initiatives have helped shape the global economic conversation. As one of the first advocates of a $15   minimum wage, Hanauer helped shepherd the issue from a local policy debate into a nationwide movement. He   led the fight to increase the overtime threshold, one of the most important labor standards for the health and   sustainability of the middle class, and he has helped lead a national conversation about portable benefits and   the future of work in a 21st century economy. With his wife, Leslie, Hanauer also co-manages The Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation, which focuses on issues including public education and environmental and social justice issues, and co-founded the League of Education Voters (LEV), a nonpartisan political organization focused on promoting public education in Washington State. Hanauer serves or has served on a broad range of other civic organizations, and also currently serves as a director for Democracy Alliance and as a board advisor to the policy journal Democracy. 


America's Role in the World & the Future of Trade (1:00 - 2:00pm)

ottnew.jpgLori Otto Punke, President, Washington Council on International Trade 

 Lori Otto Punke is President of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT). Lori previously held a variety of senior public affairs positions at Starbucks Coffee Company and Microsoft Corporation and has served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senate leadership. She has a proven track  record in advocacy and expertise in trade, technology, intellectual property rights protections, and   transportation policy. Lori earned her B.A. from George Washington University and studied international  relations and political science in London and Madrid.


Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Washington (D-01)

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. First sworn into the House of Representatives on Nov. 13, 2012, Suzan brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader. Her experience and focus on achieving concrete results allowed Suzan to break through congressional gridlock and get things done, earning her early praise from the Everett Herald, who called her “the most prolific, effective member of her freshman class."

Suzan takes on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the First District and is a leader on issues of technology, health and agriculture. She currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is at the forefront of debate on taxes, healthcare and retirement security. There, she is working to ensure all Americans have meaningful access to affordable, quality healthcare by incentivizing high-quality patient care, reducing costs for small businesses and expanding access for our most vulnerable populations. In addition, Suzan serves on the House Budget Committee where she is working toward a bipartisan, long-term budget solution that reduces our deficit and grows our economy. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, and co-chair of the Women's High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Dairy Caucus and Aluminum Caucus.


damiennew.jpgDamien Levie, Minister Counselor, Trade and Agriculture Section of the EU Delegation to the US 

Damien Levie heads the Trade and Agriculture Section of the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC.Before coming to Washington, he was a member of the Cabinet (personal office) of EU Trade Commissioner Karel   De Gucht from 2009 to 2012. He subsequently headed the USA and Canada team of the Directorate General for   Trade at the European Commission. During that period, he contributed to the pursuit of an ambitious EU trade   policy agenda with the Americas, in particular the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership   (TTIP) negotiations between the U.S. and the EU, for which he was deputy chief negotiator. He also advised   Karel De Gucht on a variety of trade policy issues including the new investment protection competence of the   EU, intellectual property rights and services.

Damien joined the European Commission in 2001, working on issues including merger control policy and REACH, the EU's basic chemical regulation. From 2005 to 2009, he served in the Cabinet of Louis Michel, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. During that period, he worked on economic development policy in Africa as well as European economic integration issues. He also participated in the works of the UN Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor co-chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto.

Damien Levie has law degrees from KU Leuven and the University of Chicago Law School and an economics degree from UC Louvain. He was a lawyer at a major US law firm in Brussels and New York from 1994 to 2001.


shobertnew.jpg.jpgBen Shobert, Managing Director, Rubicon Strategy Group

Ben is the Managing Director of Rubicon Strategy Group. Mr. Shobert is also a Senior Associate for International Health at NBR, where he advises and contributes to NBR research programs on international health in Asia.

Ben is the author of the forthcoming book "Blaming China: It Might Feel Good but It Won’t Fix America’s Economy", coming out in September 2018. In addition, Ben is a columnist for Forbes, where he writes about healthcare & aging in Southeast Asia. Previous to Forbes, for more than six years, Mr. Shobert wrote a column for the Asia Times on U.S.-China trade and economic policy with a particular focus on how relations between the two countries were impacted after the 2008 financial crisis. His works have been featured at CNBC, China Business Review, Forbes China, and Harvard Asia Quarterly. Mr. Shobert is also a contributor to the new book, The Global Obama.

Mr. Shobert serves on the advisory boards of the Indiana University’s Research Center on Chinese Politics and Business and the IAHSA-China (The Global Aging Network). He is a member of the National Committee on United States–China Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


 stricklandnew.jpgNewDEAL Alumna Marilyn Strickland, President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

 Marilyn Strickland is the President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Recognized by leaders throughout the Seattle metro area for her principled, collaborative, and forward-thinking style, Strickland champions a regional approach to address our most pressing   issues, including housing   affordability, transportation, and workforce training. She is the first person of color and second woman to hold this role. 

 Prior to this position, Strickland served for eight years as Mayor of Tacoma, where she forged new ground on   transportation, education, international investment, and economic development,   and served for two years as a   member of the Tacoma City Council. Prior to elected office, she worked in both the private and public sectors.   She currently serves as a trustee of the Urban   Land Institute, on the Pierce County Advisory Council for Amara, and is the 2018 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Pierce County.

Strickland holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University. 

Keynote Remarks (2:00 - 2:30 pm)

Dr. Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist, Zillow Group

Dr. Svenja Gudell joined the company in 2011 and leads a collection of industry-leading economic research teams from Zillow, Trulia and HotPads — all recognized voices for impartial, data-driven analysis of housing and the economy. Under Svenja’s leadership, Zillow Group’s economic research teams produce regular reports on housing trends for hundreds of markets nationwide, with data often available down to the ZIP-code level. In addition, the teams publish original research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity and forecasting, to policy, generational and mortgage research. Svenja has presented to various federal agencies and at numerous industry conferences, and has been widely quoted in national and local media.


warnernew.jpg NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chair U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

 Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and reelected in 2014. In his first term in the   Senate, Senator Warner established himself as a national leader in efforts to   find bipartisan consensus to create   balanced solutions to reduce the federal debt and deficit. He also is a leader in Congress in efforts to promote   private-sector innovation and to help our   nation's small businesses and start-up companies succeed. From 2002   to 2006, Senator Warner served as Governor of Virginia, where he worked in a bipartisan way to turn record   budget   deficits into a surplus. Governor Warner also focused on improving public education and expanding     economic opportunity in every region of the state. Before entering public office, Senator   Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business. He co-founded the company that became Nextel, and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology   companies that have created tens-of-thousands of private sector jobs.


Battling Climate Change in the Trump Era (2:30 - 3:30 pm)


Anne Slaughter Andrew, Social Entrepreneur and Consultant 

Anne Served as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica under President Obama. In addition to her public service, former Amb. Andrew is a Social Entrepreneur investing, advising and advocating clean energy and sustainable development. Recent projects include co-founding TerViva, LLC, an agro-technology company developing environmentally sustainable crops for food and fuel; and Co-founder of EARTH University's Center for Rural Impact. In addition, former Amb. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of Ad Astra Rocket Company in Houston, Texas and as an advisor to a number of start-up clean energy businesses. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Earth University, former Amb. Andrew also serves on the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Purdue University – Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council and the Telluride Foundation (Colorado).


janousnew.jpgBrian Janous, General Manager of Energy Strategy and Research, Microsoft

 Brian Janous is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for Microsoft’s online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. His responsibilities include oversight of all energy supply agreements, renewable energy purchasing, distributed   generation, and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable. As General Manager of the Energy Strategy and Research team, he creates end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of cloud data centers, and supports efforts to establish energy market policies that will foster end-user innovation.

Janous joined Microsoft in 2011 after 12 years in the energy industry where he worked as a senior consultant at Brubaker & Associates, assisting Fortune 500 companies with energy procurement, policy, and sustainability matters. Janous has an MBA from Webster University and bachelor's degrees in both Finance and Philosophy from the University of Missouri.


rankernew.jpg NewDEAL Leader Kevin Ranker, Senator, Orcas Island, WA

 Kevin Ranker was first elected as a Washington State Senator in 2008. Kevin has established a name for himself   as an outspoken advocate for equality, civil rights, the environment and the protection and growth of Washington   jobs. In 2014, Kevin was elected to serve as the number two Democrat on the powerful Ways and Means   Committee where he is one of four state budget negotiators. Previously, he served as Chair of the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.

 In 2011, he received a White House appointment to serve as an Advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council. In 2013, Kevin was elected to serve as the President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a statutory partnership of ten U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories working to increase economic well-being and coordinate energy, economic and environmental strategies throughout the Pacific Northwest region.


Spencer Reeder, Director of Climate & Energy, Vulcan

Over the past four years Spencer Reeder served as director of climate and energy for the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies. Spencer’s career spans over two decades of academic, government, and private-sector work in domestic and international science, technology, and related policy, including leading USAID’s climate work in Vietnam under the agency’s Climate Change Resilience Development program.

Spencer served as a climate policy strategist within Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire’s administration and prior to that conducted geophysical field research in Central Asia, South America, and Antarctica. Spencer was a lead author for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment and earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. He was twice selected as a finalist for NASA’s astronaut program.


Prodipto Roy, Buildings & Industry Program Manager, ClimateWorks Foundation

Prodipto Roy is the Program Manager of the Buildings & Industry program at the ClimateWorks Foundation. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Prodipto worked at the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles where he focused on a variety of projects including supporting the Port of Los Angeles & Long Beach move towards a zero-emissions future and stimulating the water infrastructure sector in Southern California to modernize and create jobs.

Prodipto holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently earning his Masters of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.


Breakout Session 1 (3:45- 5:00 pm)

The Future of Work; Portable Benefits

calebnew.jpgCaleb Weaver, Public Affairs Director, Uber

Caleb Weaver oversees public affairs for Uber in 12 states in the western United States out of the company's Seattle office. In this role, he manages a policy and communications team across the region that handles all engagement with state and local policymakers, press and community leaders. Caleb's and his team are responsible for the development of new regulatory systems for transportation network companies and today's modern workforce, establishing Uber as a long-term partner for the communities in Washington where Uber operates, and building Uber's reputation through earned media. An attorney by training, Caleb comes to Uber with over a decade of experience managing policy and communication issues for corporate clients and senior government officials at the state and federal levels.

Caleb joined Uber from public affairs consultancy APCO Worldwide, where he was a Senior Director in APCO's crisis practice group. In his five years at APCO, he provided strategic guidance on the management of acute business and reputation challenges for clients in a variety of sectors and industries, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, appliances and manufacturing, food and agriculture, and cosmetics and consumer goods. Prior to APCO, Caleb was the national press secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he co-managed a national network of over 100 press staff, developed the USDA’s communication strategies around major initiatives and served as the primary departmental spokesperson. Caleb's time at USDA followed a number of senior level roles with policymakers and on political campaigns, starting with several years in policy positions with the Missouri and Illinois governors. After attending law school, he worked on the Obama campaign as a statewide communications director, leading media efforts in Montana, Missouri and Rhode Island during the 2008 primary and general election. Immediately following the 2008 campaign, Caleb was a senior adviser and communications director for the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, where he developed and executed a national public affairs strategy for the congressionally-appointed panel overseeing the $700 billion financial rescue package authorized by Congress to stabilize the economy. During this time, he worked closely with panel chair Elizabeth Warren on her efforts to help Congress and the public understand the economic crisis and evaluate the federal government’s response. He also briefly worked as an attorney at the law firm Sidley Austin after leaving USDA.


Lani Todd, Legislative and Policy Director, SEIU 775

Lani Todd runs the government affairs team at SEIU 775 as the Legislative and Policy Director. Lani started in the labor movement as an organizer with SEIU International and has also served as Legislative Coordinator and then Political Director at SEIU 925.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University and a law degree from UC Davis School of Law, where her focus was labor law. While attending law school, she represented state prison inmates in federal civil rights lawsuits and founded the ACLU at King Hall. She is a member of the State Bar of California. She lives in south Seattle with her wife and daughter.


plattnew.jpgNewDEAL Leader Andrew Platt, Delegate, Gaithersburg, MD

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 mi ddle 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.


Civic Tech: Bringing Government into the 21st century

NewDEAL Leader Jack Schnirman, County Comptroller, Nassau County, NY

Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman was elected in November 2017. A native Long Islander, Jack Schnirman has a proven record of turning around broken and corrupt government finances to improve services and save taxpayers money. After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Jack returned home to clean up local government.

As Brookhaven Chief Deputy Town Supervisor, Jack took on the culture of corruption that earned the town the nickname “Crookhaven.” Jack helped stop the abuse of taxpayer dollars on no-bid contracts, patronage, and scandals. He stopped past pay-to-play schemes between Town Hall and vendors, including ending the annual theft of $70,000 in lawnmowers. Jack also helped improve town services while saving taxpayers millions by implementing ServiceStat, a management initiative that helps hold town departments accountable. And Jack made government work better for the community by launching a 3-1-1-style constituent response system.

As Long Beach City Manager from 2011-2017, Jack Schnirman helped put the City on the road to recovery from the brink of bankruptcy, inheriting a $14 million deficit and near junk bond status after five downgrades. On Jack’s watch, Long Beach’s bond rating was upgraded twice and received nine consecutive credit positive reviews. Jack helped implement smart reforms—overhauling the city’s purchasing process to ensure all expenses are justified, stopping family members from supervising each other, instituting a new performance management program, and creating a 3-1-1-style smartphone application for residents.


Marina Martin, Former Chief Technology Office of the Department of Veteran Affairs

Marina Martin served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs from July 2013 to January 2017, where she built the first agency United States Digital Service team, bringing in America’s top technical talent for tours of duty within the agency to help transform how America serves and honors its Veterans. Her portfolio included vets.gov, a single digital destination for Veterans to manage, apply for, manage, and track the benefits they earned, replacing hundreds of disparate and difficult-to-navigate websites across the agency; Caseflow, a core part of the Department’s appeals modernization effort that provides a modern, intuitive, and largely automated interface for processing Veterans’ appeals for VA judges and attorneys; and the Clinician User Interface, a Web-based wizard that streamlines and shortens the disability compensation claim process. Marina’s team was also the first to bring commercial cloud computing and modern development practices, including continuous integration and deployment, to the VA.

She was formerly Senior Advisor to US CTO Todd Park, with a portfolio focusing on both the VA and liberating government data to fuel innovation, create jobs, and improve the lives of everyday Americans. As part of the inaugural class of 18 Presidential Innovation Fellows, Marina served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the US Department of Education, where she worked with internal and private sector innovators to use open educational data as fuel for apps and services that can help achieve national priorities such as increasing college affordability and completion rates.


Opportunity Zones 

Steve Glickman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Economic Innovation Group 

Steve Glickman is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a research and advocacy organization based 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.


NewDEAL Leader Lauren McLean, City Councilmember, Boise ID

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.


Resiliency of Critical Infrastructure

NewDEAL Leader Andria McClellan, City Councilmember, Norfolk, VA

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.


Commissioner Ryan Calkins, Port of Seattle

Ryan Calkins was elected to the Port of Seattle Commission in 2017. Ryan works as a nonprofit professional at Ventures, a charitable organization that supports low income entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in the Puget Sound area. For more than a decade, Ryan ran an import and distribution company in Seattle that was recognized for its industry-leading sustainability initiatives.

Prior to his work in business, Ryan worked in Central and South America for disaster relief and human rights nonprofits. Commissioner Calkins focuses on sustainable economic development at the Port of Seattle, working to ensure that our region’s prosperity is shared among all of our communities. Ryan balances current needs with long-term vision for the Port of Seattle, to ensure that one of our region’s most valuable public assets will continue to thrive for generations to come.
Born and raised in Edmonds by a public school teacher and a small business owner, Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.


Wednesday, May 30th

The National Political Landscape (8:45 - 10:00 am)

Mark Henson, Chief of Staff to Congressman to Jim Himes (CT-04)

Mark serves as the Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Himes of Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District, representing Southwest Connecticut.

As Chief of Staff, he oversees all legislative and constituent service operations, advises the Congressman on overall strategy and policy, and supports the work of the New Democrat Coalition. Mark previously served as the Congressman’s District Director and Campaign Manager. He has worked on a variety of federal, state and local campaigns across the country, with a focus on the Northeast, Minnesota and Virginia. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Government and was raised in the San Gabriel Valley suburbs of Los Angeles.


blake.jpg NewDEAL Leader & DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, Assemblymember, The Bronx, NY 

Michael A. Blake is an Assemblymember in the New York State Assembly representing the 79th District in The Bronx, New York. In early 2007, Michael joined then Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign, serving in director position throughout several key states including Michigan Deputy State Director for the general election. After the election, Blake joined the White House staff as the Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he created the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit series: a series which sought to foster public, private and not-for-profit partnerships and provide strategic advice in seven cities across the nation.

Blake left the White House to serve as the national deputy director of Operation Vote for President Obama’s 2012 re-election and helped expand the diverse electorate that later re-elected the president, leading to historic turnout among constituencies nationwide.

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York to Jamaican immigrants, Blake was first elected to the Assembly in 2014, Blake has continued his work in the community, fighting for issues such as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), education, community learning, building sustainable communities, equality for all and empowering young men of color. Blake serves as the only state legislator on the My Brother's Keeper Alliance national advisory board and is a board member of iVOTE, which focuses on protecting voting rights across the country. In February, 2017 Blake was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee where he oversees Local and Municipal Elected Official Outreach, as well as millennial and African American engagement.


lappnew.jpgAlixandria Lapp, President, House Majority PAC

 Alixandria Lapp founded House Majority PAC in April 2011 to serve as the primary outside group supporting Democratic candidates for the U.S. House. In 2016, the organization raised and   spent over $55 million in House races. As President, Lapp guides House Majority PAC’s mission and strategy. She served as the organization’s Executive Director from its founding through 2017 where she oversaw the organization’s daily operations, including serving as House Majority PAC’s principal political strategist. In 2006, Lapp was at the epicenter of the political  storm when Democrats last seized the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving first as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s campaign director then as deputy director of the committee’s independent expenditure. In that role, she helped oversee all polling and voter communications programs for the $55 million effort that resulted in the Democrats’ 30 seat gain that year. Lapp, alongside with Republican strategist Liesl Hickey, also co-hosts the House race-focused podcast House Talk with Ali and Liesl. 

Lapp, a native of Kent, Washington and graduate of the University of Puget Sound, got her start in politics as an intern in the Washington State Senate. She worked on Congressman Adam   Smith’s first congressional campaign in 1996 and served in several capacities in his Washington D.C. office, including as his Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2005. She ran Senator John Kerry’s successful Washington state caucus campaign in 2004 and has participated in every Democratic National Convention since 2000. 


meehan.jpgMike Meehan, President & CEO, Squared Communications 

Michael P. Meehan is the President and CEO of Squared Communications, a leading boutique strategic communications and political consulting firm for the past 10 years. Meehan has worked with Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, nonprofits, elected officials and political advertising groups and others and has executed crisis communications strategies and complex communications efforts for policy advocacy. He is also a Founding Partner at the Potomac West Group, a bipartisan public affairs firm that conducts campaign style coalitions for companies. Meehan was nominated by both Presidents Obama and Bush to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. media outlets, serving over 100 countries in 61 languages with a weekly audience of over 225 million people. At the BBG, Meehan served as Chair of the Board of the Middle East Broadcasting Network, Radio Free Asia, the Internet Freedom Committee, where nearly 2 billion people regularly use Open Technology Fund supported technologies to avoid censorship and increase their digital security.

Meehan spent over 30 years working on Capitol Hill and on Presidential, Senate and Congressional campaigns, including leadership posts at the DNC, the DSCC and the DCCC. He is currently the general consultant overseeing U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s re-election 2018 campaign in Washington state. He appears weekly on Fox News’ ‘The Daily Briefing’ show.


21st Century Education & Skills (10:00 - 11:30 am)

ambassadornew.jpglevinenew.jpgAmbassador Suzan and Eric LeVine 

 Ambassador Suzan (Suzi) and Eric LeVine started their careers in technology at Microsoft over 2   decades ago with their non-linear career paths always focused on making   the   world a better   place. Today, they are collaboratively advancing Swiss-style apprenticeship in the United States   through several channels. They are both board   members of   CareerWise Colorado, served   together on the Career Connect Washington Task Force and are proud board members of the   American Swiss Foundation. Additionally, they are motivating Governors, Mayors, and Workforce associations across the United States to consider adapting and adopting the Swiss model of   apprenticeship through presentations and workshops.

They are both serving as Deputy National Finance Chairs for the Democratic Party and as Advisory Council members for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Their dual careers in between then and now have been a diverse array of for-profit and not-for-profit roles, equipping them with expertise in education, start-ups, technology, youth outreach, community organizing, social services and more.

Most recently, Suzi served as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 2014 until January 2017 with Eric by her side. One of her signature efforts was the completion of a Joint Declaration of Intent between Switzerland and the United States to collaborate on apprenticeship. Additionally, she secured the commitments from 30 companies to bring and/or expand their Swiss style apprenticeship model into their United States facilities. Over the course of their time in Switzerland, Suzi and Eric visited hundreds of companies and met with thousands of apprentices.

Prior to serving as Ambassador, Suzi worked at Microsoft as a Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships and at Expedia as a Vice President for Sales and Marketing in Luxury Travel. She co-founded two non-profit organizations and, along with Eric, was a co-founding family for a new innovative public school in Seattle.

An entrepreneur and small business owner, Eric LeVine has had a distinguished career as a Group Program Manager and Product Unit Manager at Microsoft, as founder/CEO of CellarTracker.com, and, more recently, as a work-at-home dad. Eric has also focused his heart and time on social justice and social services. He serves on the board of Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle, a social service agency and, in September of 2016, was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Suzi is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with aerospace applications, and Eric is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.


Greg Nelson, Parker Foundation & Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

Greg Nelson leads strategy and operations for Parker Media and the Parker Foundation, and serves as a Fellow for the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative. Greg previously spent six years at the Obama White House as a senior leader in the economic policy, clean energy, technology, and strategic partnerships teams. During his tenure at the White House, his policy portfolio included international trade, economic policy, and US participation in the G7 and G20, infrastructure, technology policy, clean energy, entrepreneurship, and startups. He was also the chief of staff at the National Economic Council for director Gene Sperling, the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the deputy director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Prior to the White House, Greg helped build and sell a technology company, developed startups in energy and biomaterials, and consulted for businesses, nonprofits, and foundations. He holds a BA in political science and history from Yale University.


NewDEAL Leader Kim Driscoll, Mayor, Salem, MA

Kim Driscoll is the first female Mayor of Salem, where she began her first term in January of 2006. Prior to being elected Mayor, Kim served as the Deputy City Manager for the city of Chelsea, Massachusetts, as well as serving two terms on the Salem City Council. Kim also has an extensive background in planning and land use development, having held public and private positions working with community development and land planning.

Kim has worked on professionalizing all aspects of local government in Salem, including resolution of a looming multi-million dollar budget deficit. Under her leadership, the city has restored financial stability while embracing new projects and programs such as an updated community web site aimed at improving transparency and customer service and a complete re-organization of city government aimed at reducing redundancies and streamlining operations. The early success of these efforts has led to renewed interest and investment in Salem, both within the downtown and throughout the community.


Kish Rajan, Chief Evangelist, CALinnovates

Kish has a 20-year track record of success in government and the private sector. He began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer. Kish then built a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in mobile technology managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value. In 2012, he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the newly formed Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz). During Kish’s tenure at GO Biz, California grew substantially, once again becoming the world’s 7th largest economy. In 2015, Kish returned to the private sector to lead advocacy efforts to modernize and grow California's economy. 

Michael Schutzler, CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association

Michael Schutzler is an entrepreneur, engineer, science geek, and first generation immigrant. He is the CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Before joining the WTIA, Michael led the merger of Livemocha – a community of 17 million language learners – with the popular education software company Rosetta Stone. He also built Classmates.com into the first profitable social media application, transformed online marketing at Monster.com, and grew the online gaming business at RealNetworks to become a global leader.

He teaches part time at the University Of Washington Foster School of Business, serves on several boards, and is an investor in Flowplay, YouSolar, Koru, Moment, 9 Mile Labs, Alliance of Angels, Keiretsu Forum, and Social Venture Partners.

As a successful Internet entrepreneur, lead angel investor, and veteran executive coach, Michael has personally invested in twenty-four companies, served as coach and advisor to more than 100 executives, and has raised over $50M in private financing.

Breakout Session 2 (11:45 - 1:00 pm)

Government’s Role in a Sharing Economy

Kish Rajan, Chief Evangelist, CALinnovates

Kish has a 20-year track record of success in government and the private sector. He began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer. Kish then built a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in mobile technology managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value. In 2012, he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the newly formed Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz). During Kish’s tenure at GO Biz, California grew substantially, once again becoming the world’s 7th largest economy. In 2015, Kish returned to the private sector to lead advocacy efforts to modernize and grow California's economy. 


Vikrum Aiyer, Head of Public Policy and Strategic Communications, Postmates

Vikrum Aiyer leads strategic communications and public policy for the on-demand logistics and delivery platform, Postmates Inc. He was previously a senior official in the Obama Administration, serving as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce and as President Barack Obama’s senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House National Economic Council.

Aiyer currently oversees a nationwide legislative and regulatory strategy to guide how automation and the on-demand industry is shaping the future of work. By working with numerous states and municipalities to assess new benefits models for the labor workforce, and by crafting regulatory frameworks for autonomous robotics to guide the future of neighborhood delivery, Postmates has led a national discussion on how to responsibly balance new technologies, skills investments and economic flexibilities.


NewDEAL Leader Kate Gallego, City Councilmember, Phoenix, AZ

City Councilmember Kate Gallego represents District 8, a diverse area that includes everything from one of the world's busiest airports to the world's largest municipal park. As a member of the Phoenix City Council, Kate has focused her energy on economic development and improving Phoenix's transportation system. She led the campaign to pass Proposition 104, the city's transportation plan through 2050. She also spearheaded the successful effort to develop Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance, working toward pay equity for all residents.

Kate has brought an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive economic development knowledge to her service on the council. Prior to being elected, Kate worked on Strategic Planning and Economic Development for Salt River Project and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate is the only MBA on the Phoenix City Council.

City Councilmember Gallego is the first woman to represent District 8 and the only member of the Millennial Generation to serve on the council. She has been recognized with the "Courage" Award from the Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council for her work on the Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance and as Elected Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter for her work on expanding access to transportation. The Wharton School of Business named her to its inaugural "40 Under 40" alumni list in 2015.


NewDEAL Leader Matt Meyer, County Executive, New Castle, DE

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.


Reimagining Education for the New Economy

ninenew.jpgScott Nine, Deputy Director for Strategy and Program, National Public Education Support Fund

Scott Nine serves as the Deputy Director for Strategy and Program for the National Public Education Support Fund. Scott is a skilled facilitator, organizer, and strategist with a knack for operationalizing big ideas. As Deputy Director Scott’s primary responsibility is advancing the Partnership for the Future of Learning - a collaborative of 14 funders and a growing cadre of leaders from key educational and social justice institutions who believe America’s national well-being depends on a future for public education where meaningful learning serves both the individual and the collective public good. 


Lindsay Dworkin, Director of Policy Development and State Government Relations, All4Ed

Lindsay Dworkin joined All4Ed in February 2017 as director of policy development and state government relations, where she supports states in their work to close achievement gaps and ensure that all children get the education they deserve and graduate from high school ready for college and a career. Ms. Dworkin is particularly focused on helping states understand the opportunities presented by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and implement the new law in ways that advance educational equity and excellence for all of students while reflecting local needs and priorities.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Dworkin served as deputy assistant secretary for outreach at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), where she led ED’s stakeholder engagement efforts and worked on the senior leadership team implementing ESSA. Before coming to Washington, DC, she was education policy advisor and legal counsel to Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D).


cabnew.jpgNewDEAL Leader Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, West Sacramento, CA

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


Expanding the map: Capitalizing on political energy of the Trump era

NewDEAL Leader Warwick Sabin, Representative, Little Rock, AR

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.


danielsnew.jpgNewDEAL Leader Anthony Daniels, House Minority Leader, Huntsville, AL

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.


Financial Empowerment to increase economic security


Adam Ruben, Campaigns Director, Economic Security Project

Adam Ruben has two decades of experience at the leading edge of progressive political and advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, and digital campaigning. He is the campaigns director for Economic Security Project, which is advancing cash-based policies to end poverty and rebuild the middle class in America. He served as a senior advisor to the Fight for $15, which transformed the landscape of minimum wage campaigning. As the Political Director and Field Director of MoveOn from 2004-2012, Mr. Ruben was the architect behind MoveOn's successful campaigns to take over the House, Senate and White House.


NewDEAL Leader Mike Frerichs, State Treasurer, Illinois

Mike Frerichs was elected Illinois State Treasurer in 2014. As an Illinois State Senator from 2008 to 2014, he served an active voice on behalf of Illinois’ farming community as Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, advocating for advancements in clean bio fuels.

During his time in the legislature, Mike focused on a number of ideas to spur economic growth. He led an effort to improve tax incentives that encourage businesses to locate in high unemployment areas; he worked to increase science and math education standards in Illinois high schools; and he championed the Emerging Technology Industries Act, a bill that would provide grants to private-sector entities that grow jobs through innovations in medicine or science.

Prior to running for office, Mike taught at his alma mater high school and managed a local safety engineering company, Smart Structures. Later he was elected twice to the Champaign County Board and spent more than four years as Champaign County Auditor, where he became a Certified Public Finance Officer, the only elected Auditor to receive that designation in the state. Mike also served as a volunteer firefighter and on the board of a local nursing home.


Closing Keynote Remarks (1:15 - 2:00pm)


brodericknew.jpg Broderick Johnson, Senior Advisor, Path Forward Coalition

Broderick Johnson recently returned to Bryan Cave LLP as a Partner. During his previous tenure at Bryan Cave,   he led the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice.

 Broderick has had the distinction of serving under two U.S. Presidents. Immediately before rejoining Bryan Cave,   Broderick served as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama (acting as   the President’s primary liaison to members of the Cabinet). He also was appointed chair of the White House’s My   Brother’s Keeper Task Force. In the Clinton White House, Broderick was Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs.

He has served in numerous senior positions on Capitol Hill, beginning in the House Office of Legislative Counsel, where he drafted landmark legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act. He was also chief Democratic counsel to two standing committees, including the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he crafted legislative policy and strategy on K-12, higher education, and labor and employment issues. His private sector career has included senior positions as vice president for congressional affairs with the AT&T and BellSouth corporations, where he helped lead strategy on technology and tax issues. He also co-founded the strategic consulting firm, the Collins Johnson Group.

Broderick serves as chair of the Board of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (an outgrowth of the task force established by President Obama) and is on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation. He has also led several other mentoring and youth empowerment organizations.

Broderick has also been appointed an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Michigan Law School. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the DC Bar.


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