Gov. Chris Christie
Traci Des Jardins
Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Gov. John Hickenlooper
Jorge Fernando Quiroga
The Honorable Sarah Bloom Raskin
Lata N. Reddy
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Alexandra Suich Bass
George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics
Anat Admati, a Professor of Finance and Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business, has written extensively on information dissemination in financial markets, trading mechanisms, portfolio management, financial contracting, and, most recently, on banking and corporate governance. Since 2010, she has been active in the debate on financial regulation.
She is a coauthor of the book, The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people and by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 100 global thinkers in 2014. Her current research incorporates, beyond economics, insights from disciplines such as law, political science, and psychology.
Admati received her BS from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, her PhD from Yale University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich. She has served on various boards within academia, nonprofits and governmental organizations.
Former Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995) and Member of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid
Mr. Aho graduated from the University of Helsinki with a master’s in social science. His political career started when he acted as the Chairman of the Youth Organization of the Centre Party from 1974 until 1979. Mr. Aho enjoyed a long and distinguished career in government service. He served as a member of Finnish parliament for 20 years, from 1983. He was elected to the Prime Minister’s Office in 1991 at the age of 36, making him the youngest prime minister in Finland’s history. During his premiership, Mr. Aho chaired the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland. Under his leadership, he also brought Finland into the European Union. After leaving office in 1995, Mr. Aho spent one year as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 2000, leading a weekly study group on the European Union and its political and economic implications for global relations. He then served as the president of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, from 2004-2008. During that time, Mr. Aho was invited to head a group of experts on reinforcing EU research and innovation performance, which submitted its report to the European Commission in January 2006. Furthermore, he chaired the steering group, which submitted the Proposal for Finland’s National Innovation Strategy in 2008.
Esko Aho is Senior Fellow at Harvard University. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia Corporation. In this position, he headed Nokia's government and public affairs function, and oversaw the company's global policies and activities regarding sustainable development and social responsibility.
Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of 34 member states, and one abstention. Upon taking leadership of the OAS, he announced that one of the central themes of his mandate will be “more rights for more people,” and that he would work to bring the Organization closer to the new realities in the Hemisphere and contribute to ensuring more democracy, security and prosperity for all.
A career diplomat, Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to March 1, 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014.
His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
As Foreign Minister for President José Mujíca, he defined several emblematic initiatives that put the small South American country on the global map, from receiving former prisoners from Guantanamo, to welcoming dozens of Syrian families who had been victims of the country´s conflict, to building support in the United Nations so that, beginning in 2016, Uruguay will become part of the Security Council.
Moreover, Uruguay has maintained its presence in Haiti to ensure the continuity of the process of reconstruction in the country following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Knowledgeable about the new regional alignments, Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of UNASUR and CELAC and as member of the special UNASUR delegation to Venezuela in 2014 he was recognized as an advocate of dialogue between the government and the opposition to stop the violence at that moment.
As a consensus builder in the region and at the same time a driver of new initiatives, during his term at the head of the country´s diplomacy, he achieved the long-desired entry of citrus products into the United States, a key market for the sector, while moving forward with bilateral cooperation programs in areas of scientific-technical innovation.
For its part, Uruguay developed specific programs of cooperation for development with Bolivia, Paraguay, and several African nations in the context of the vision of international solidarity that characterized the term of the former Foreign Minister.
Mister Almagro was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.
In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the world who have been granted this international distinction.
Almagro, a lawyer by profession, is married and has seven children. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English and French.
Bill Anderson became Genentech's chief executive officer in January 2017; he was appointed head of North America Commercial Operations in July 2016.
Previously he was head of Global Product Strategy for Roche Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, since 2013. Bill joined Genentech in 2006 and was responsible for the Immunology and Ophthalmology businesses until 2010 when he became head of BioOncology, Genentech’s largest therapy area.
Bill developed broad global experience through his roles at Roche and previous employers in engineering, operations, finance and sales and marketing. In addition to his native United States, Bill has worked in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK, where he served as a general manager. Prior to joining Genentech, Bill worked for nine years at Biogen, and for four years at Ethyl Corporation, a specialty chemicals company.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas in 1988, and master's degrees in management and chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.
Co-Founder and CEO
Mohammed Ashour is the co-founder and CEO of Aspire Food Group, an agtech company that addresses food sustainability by developing the most advanced insect farming technology in the world. Aspire was founded in 2013 after Mohammed led his team to win the largest business prize in the world -- the prestigious US$1 million Hult Prize. A Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Mohammed is a highly sought-after public speaker and is widely regarded as a leading voice in social enterprise and food sustainability. He has been featured in major publications and media interviews, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fox Business News, the Economist, Wired, CNET, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. Mohammed pursued MD, MBA, and MSc (neuroscience) degrees from McGill University and holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto.
EIC and CEO
As co-founder and CEO of NewCo, John Battelle continues his life’s work finding patterns in the massive narrative that is the intersection of business, technology, and culture. John is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. Best known for his work creating media properties, Battelle helped launch Wired in the 1990s and launched The Industry Standard an integrated weekly magazine, research, online, and conference business that set records for advertising pages sold in a single year during the dot-com boom.
His growing interest in the Internet, and its potential as a business platform, led him to found the Web 2.0 Summit with publisher Tim O'Reilly in 2003. In 2005, he founded the online advertising network Federated Media Publishing. John’s 2005 book, The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, described the history and impact of search engines and the late emergence of Google from a field of competitors.
Nellie Bowles is a reporter for The New York Times covering Silicon Valley and internet culture. Before this, she was a correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO and a writer for the Guardian, Recode, and California Sunday. She was a 2011 Fulbright Fellow to Swaziland.
Founder and CEO
Dr. Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods. He was previously a Professor of Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Stanford University School of Medicine. Pat’s Stanford research group discovered the biochemical mechanism by which HIV inserts its genes into human cells; developed tools that enabled the expression patterns of whole genomes to be detected and profiled; and pioneered the use of gene expression patterns to improve classification, diagnosis and individualized treatment of human cancers. Pat is a co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit publisher of open-access scientific and medical research. Trained as a pediatrician, Pat was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor, and the NAS Award in Molecular Biology.
CEO and Chairman Emeritus
John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, is a working chairman with a focus on country digitization and building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He is also an advisor on the company’s strategy, digital transformation and strategic partnerships. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991, became President and CEO in 1995, and served as Chairman and CEO from 2006–2015. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO.
He has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate social responsibility over his past 20 years at the helm of Cisco, including Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Chambers serves as Chairman of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and is a current member of the board of directors for Airware, OpenGov, Pindrop and Sprinklr.
Carol Christ is 11th chancellor of the University of California Berkeley. A scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses.
Christ spent three decades as a professor and administrator at UC Berkeley before serving as president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. She returned to Berkeley in 2015 and has played an instrumental role in efforts to stabilize the institution’s budget, confront sexual violence and sexual harassment on campus, and create a long-term plan for housing students.
As president of Smith, Christ supervised the development of the nation’s only accredited engineering program at a women’s college, oversaw a significant rise in student diversity, expanded Smith’s global reach, and managed a major capital planning program.
Gov. Chris Christie
Governor of New Jersey (2010-2018)
Chris Christie served as the 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey from January 2010 to January 2018. Prior to his tenure as Governor of New Jersey, Christie was the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, serving as the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer. He earned praise from leaders in both parties for his service and drew national attention for his successes in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and environmental polluters.
Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel.
The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: "[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn." She was also named in 2006 for "rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online." In 2007 the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. In 2010 the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award and in 2012 the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded her the James Madison Freedom of Information Award.
Traci Des Jardins
A California native of a small central valley agricultural community, Traci Des Jardins has been a part of the San Francisco food community for 22 years and has opened many great San Francisco restaurants including Jardinière, Mijita, Public House, The Commissary and Arguello. Traci is also the culinary advisor to Impossible Foods which launched the Impossible Burger in the summer of 2016. The Impossible Burger is a revolutionary plant based meat. The Impossible Burger is currently only offered in four restaurants in the United States with Jardinière being one of them.
Traci is a dedicated philanthropist, sitting on the board of the local non-profit La Cocina, and has been a longtime supporter of the farm to table movement and sustainability. Known as one of the top female chefs in the country, Des Jardins is a two-time James Beard award-winner and has earned a number of industry accolades throughout her career.
Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann is a physician, scientist and philanthropist, who has devoted her career to improving the human condition. As a pioneer in healthcare for more than 30 years, she’s driven major developments toward the eradication of disease, poverty and inequity. She credits a move to Uganda in 1989 with her husband, Nick, as a turning point. “It was so profound to recognize…that all the learning I had done didn’t matter if I didn’t make a contribution,” she says. Today, as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann leads the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life. Previously, she spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech developing a number of breakthrough medicines, and was the first female chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Director of Policy
Renee DiResta is a tech entrepreneur and researcher. As Director of Policy at Data for Democracy, she studies disinformation on social networks. She has advised Congress, State Department, USDS, ARCYBER, and others on computational propaganda. In 2017, Renee was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar, and had the opportunity to continue her work with the support of the Presidents Bush, President Clinton, and the LBJ Foundation.
Previously, Renee was part of the founding team of supply chain logistics startup Haven, where she ran BD and marketing. Renee has also been a Principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), investing in hardware, manufacturing, and logistics startups. She was a derivatives trader at Jane Street Capital. Her work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Politico, Slate, Wired, Fast Company, and The Economist. She is the author of the O’Reilly book "The Hardware Startup," and lives on the web at http://reneediresta.com
Jana is the CEO of Nara Logics, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company providing a platform for recommendations and decision support. Jana’s career has taken her from 3-person business beginnings to 50,000-person enterprises. She’s opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dived into the internet in ’96 at Lycos, founded Intuit’s corporate Innovation Lab, helped define mass customization at Spreadshirt, and researched conducting polymers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her passions are working with teams to define and deliver products customers love, algorithms and their intelligence, and inspiring teams to do more than they thought possible.
Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor / Global Economic Analyst
Rana Foroohar was recently named global business columnist for the Financial Times, as well as Associate Editor. She will take up her post on 1 March, 2017. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst.
Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar was for six years the assistant managing editor in charge of business and economics at Time, as well as the magazine’s economic columnist. She also spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions including the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East–West Center at the University of Hawaii. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In addition, she is an economic and political contributor at New York City’s public radio station WNYC and appears frequently on NPR, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, and the BBC. She has appeared numerous times on programs such as “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University, which she attended after leaving her hometown of Frankfort, Indiana, in the heart of the rural Midwest. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, the writer John Sedgwick, and her two children, Alex and Darya.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village -- all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
David Gelles is a reporter for The New York Times’s Sunday Business section, writing about tech, sustainability, executive compensation and more. He also writes the Revalued column, which covers social and environmental responsibility in the business world, and is working with the Well team to expand The Times's coverage of meditation.
Before joining Sunday Business, Mr. Gelles was a reporter at DealBook, The Times's Wall Street blog, covering mergers, acquisitions, corporate taxes and inversions. Mr. Gelles joined The Times in 2013 after five years as a reporter for the Financial Times, for which he covered mergers, acquisitions, media and technology from New York and San Francisco. During his time at the Financial Times he conducted an exclusive jailhouse interview with Bernard L. Madoff.
Mr. Gelles is the author of "Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business From the Inside Out," which was published in 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at Boston University. He lives in New York with his family.
Partner; Firmwide Co-Chair, Corporate Practice; Member, Firmwide Executive Committee
Michael Glaser is a leading emerging companies lawyer and the co-chair of the firm's Corporate practice. Michael's efforts helped to earn Perkins Coie recognition as U.S. News & World Report’s "Firm of the Year for Venture Capital Law" in 2012 and 2013, “Firm of the Year for Technology Law” in 2015, and the “Go-to BigLaw Firm for Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs” by JD Journal in 2017. With his background in finance, Michael brings a valuable quantitative perspective to transactional negotiations through modeling and other analytical tools. He has led clients in the consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, consumer products, autonomous vehicles, sharing economy, cloud services, and premise-based software sectors through hundreds of venture capital transactions. Michael is a member of the Model Document Working Group for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and a leader in the effort to streamline venture capital negotiations through the use of standardized documents. He is also a co-founder of Le[a]dBetter, Perkins Coie’s educational, networking and alternative fee arrangement program designed to offer increased support to startups that demonstrate inclusion and business leadership diversity in their executive suite.
Founder and Managing Partner
Kirsten Green used a unique and unconventional blend of professional history and acquired investment experience to launch San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she currently serves as Founder and Managing Director. Noticing that emerging purchasing processes were linear and ripe for improvement, Kirsten developed a pacesetter mentality and analytical eye to remain ahead of experience- driven retail trends and identify compelling brand platforms and visionary entrepreneurs. As a founder, Kirsten has lead efforts to raise over $250M from leading investors and has invested in more than 40 early-stage companies. Forerunner Ventures is the only VC firm to invest in both Dollar Shave Club and Jet.com, two of the biggest and highest-profile e-commerce exits in recent years, and counts Birchbox, Bonobos, Glossier, Hotel Tonight, Warby Parker and Zola among its portfolio companies.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Forerunner portfolio companies including Glossier, InTurn, Outdoor Voices, Ritual and Rockets of Awesome among others. In an unpredictable consumer landscape, Kirsten’s 20+ years of evaluation and investment success stems from a combination of product savvy, retail acumen and a thesis-driven approach that has been the basis of all Forerunner investments — from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion- dollar enterprises- to date. She’s been honored in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017, named VC of the Year at TechCrunch’s 2017 Crunchies Awards, and is part of Forbes 2017 Midas List in addition to being named in the magazine’s roundup of “Top Women Investors in VC.”
Nick Hanauer is a co-founder and partner in Seattle-based venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners. Second Avenue provides management, strategy, and capital for early stage companies. Hanauer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, investors and managers in the Northwest with over 30 years of experience across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, retailing, e-commerce, digital media and advertising, software, aerospace, health care, and finance. His experience and perspective have produced an unusual record of serial successes. He has managed, founded or financed over 30 companies, creating aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars. Some notable companies Include Amazon.com, Aquantive Inc., (purchased by Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion), Insitu group (purchased by Boeing for $400 million), Market Leader (purchased by Trulia in 2013 for $350 million). Some other companies include Marchex, Newsvine, Qliance, Seattle Bank and Pacific Coast Feather Company.
National Affairs Analyst, NBC News/MSNBC; Creator, Executive Producer and Host, Showtime's The Circus
John Heilemann has covered politics, business, and their intersection for 25 years in the U.S. and abroad. Heilemann is a creator, executive producer, and host of The Circus, Showtime's acclaimed weekly political documentary series which returns for its third season this spring to cover Donald Trump and the upcoming midterm elections. He is also National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where
he appears regularly on Morning Joe, The Last Word, Deadline: White House, and other programs.
During the 2016 election season, Heilemann served as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and co-host of MSNBC and Bloomberg TV's With All Due Respect. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was New York magazine's national affairs editor, and before that a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist, taking readers behind closed doors from Washington to Wall Street.
Heilemann is the co-author of The New York Times No. 1 best sellers Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, on the 2008 presidential election, and Double Down: Game Change 2012. The first Game Change book was adapted into a movie of the same name by HBO, which went on to win five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award.
Gov. John Hickenlooper
Governor John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. He champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 140 years. He also became the first geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation, and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792. He has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor and his team have endeavored to make Colorado the most pro-business state, with the highest environmental and ethical standards. He is a great believer that governors, far more than Congress, can revive American democracy.
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. In 2009 he joined Greylock Partners. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Convoy, Blockstream and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and CZI Biohub. He is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests. He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-Up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and a graduate of Stanford University.
President and CEO
Kevin Johnson is a passionate servant leader, he proudly carries on Starbucks legacy of human connection, driving the company’s core strategies for growth, and being of service to the more than 330,000 partners who wear the green apron around the world. Transitioning from the board of directors, Kevin took on the role of President and CEO In March 2015, leading the company’s global operating businesses across all geographies, as well as the core support functions of Starbucks supply chain, marketing, human resources, technology and mobile and digital platforms. His career spans more than 30 years, scaling global businesses, including 16 years at Microsoft and five years as CEO of Juniper Networks. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee where he served presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Kevin's commitment to innovation and following his heart extends beyond the world of business. He was a founding board member of NPower, an organization that provides nonprofits with access to technology and the skills needed to fulfill their social missions. He is involved with Catalyst, a leading nonprofit focused on expanding opportunities for women in business. Kevin also supports Youth Eastside Services, one of the largest providers of youth and family counseling in the Seattle area. At Starbucks, Kevin is passionate about continuing to nurture what’s at the heart of the company’s success: human connection - the tens of millions of interactions large and small that happen between partners and customers every week, and make a meaningful difference in the communities around the world where Starbucks does business.
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.
Founder and Partner
Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a fund that backs seed-stage techonology startups. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that “re-imagine” work and personal life in large and growing markets, what they call “Life 2.0”. Cowboy-backed companies include August, Branch, Brandless, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Guild Education, Lending Home and Lightstep. Prior to Cowboy, Aileen was a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers for over a decade, and also founding CEO of RMG Networks, a leading venture-backed digital out-of-home media network. Aileen has experience working hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies, and previously held operating roles at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Aileen has degrees from MIT, Harvard and Millburn High School, and is mom to 3 kids and wife to the co-founder/CTO of startup Renovo Motors.
Senior Finance Correspondent
Linette is the senior finance correspondent at Business Insider, writing a combination of opinions and analysis. She joined BI in the summer of 2011 after graduating from Columbia University's School of Journalism. There she concentrated her studies on business and international journalism as well as audio production. She also holds a BA from Columbia University, where she finished her undergraduate education in 2008. She contributes to "Marketplace," a radio show from American Public Media, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism. Lopez also co-hosts a podcast with Business Insider Senior Editor Josh Barro. It's called 'Hard Pass.'
Karen S. Lynch (formerly Rohan) is President of Aetna, a Fortune 50 diversified health care benefits company. She is responsible for driving Aetna’s strategy to deliver consumer-focused, high-value healthcare to the nearly 45 million people it serves. She oversees the company’s government, local markets and commercial businesses, representing 95 percent of Aetna’s revenues. Ms. Lynch assumed the role of President in January 2015, and is the first woman to serve in the role in the company’s 165-year history. Ms. Lynch joined Aetna in 2012 as executive vice president and head of Specialty Products. In 2013, she assumed management of Local and Regional Businesses, a combined business unit dedicated to serving the varied health care needs of individuals and employers. Ms. Lynch successfully led Aetna’s integration efforts for its 2013 acquisition of Coventry Health Care.
Ms. Lynch has nearly three decades of experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining Aetna, she held executive positions at Cigna and Magellan Health Services, where she served as president. Ms. Lynch began her career with Ernst & Young as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In 2016 and 2017, Ms. Lynch was named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list for her leadership and contributions to improving the health care system. She was also recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2017 Top 25 Women in Healthcare, highlighting her role in transforming health care delivery across the country. Ms. Lynch serves as a director of U.S. Bancorp; a trustee of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center; and is a member of the Global 50 and the Boston College Women’s Council. She is also an advisory board member of NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization that provides independence to people through canine assistance. Ms. Lynch served for three consecutive years as Honorary Chair of the Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure, and she is a past advisory board member for the Boston office of Ernst & Young. Ms. Lynch has been recognized for her leadership by numerous organizations and publications, including the National Association for Specialty Health Organizations, Business Insurance, the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and Insurance Networking News.
In 2011, Ms. Lynch co-chaired the Health Care and Pharmaceutical Task Force for the Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy Conference. Ms. Lynch earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University. In 2015, she was presented with an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Becker College in Worcester, MA.
Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Creative
Liz Matthews is the SVP of Global Brand and Creative for Dell. Liz is responsible for building and running the new Dell Technologies brand and its family of brands. Additionally, Liz is responsible for driving Dell’s brand and purpose globally through advertising, messaging, digital, social, creative, corporate narrative, voice and visual identity, while at the same time, igniting Dell’s purpose internally. She has a plethora of technology marketing background from both large global brands and brazen start-ups including Sun Microsystems where she was fully integrated in the brand, product, and in house communications and ran end-to-end, integrated marketing for the software division. Liz sits on the Board of Directors for the Ad Council and is a LifeWorks Legacy Circle member, a non-profit dedicated to empowering homeless youth to self-sufficiency. Liz holds a B.A. in communications from California Polytechnic State University.
Founder and Chair
Jen McClure is Co-founder, Senior Fellow and Advisory Board Chair of the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), which was formed in 2005 as a nonprofit think tank and research foundation to explore the impact of digital and social technologies on business, media, culture and society. SNCR merged with The Conference Board in 2016, and Jen continues to lead the organization under the auspices of The Conference Board. Jen is a board member, investor, adviser and Managing Director of Consultants Collective, a socially-conscious, purpose-driven collective of executive consultants helping organizations innovate, transform and improve for the future. She was VP, Digital & Social Media at Thomson Reuters, where she formed and led the company’s Digital Center of Excellence. She also held roles with Redwood Collaborative Media, Ziff Davis and Ketchum. She received her MA from Stanford University; her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a graduate certificate in History, Politics & Society from Oxford University.
Roger McNamee has spent 35 years investing in the technology industry. He is a co-founder of three firms: Integral Capital Partners, Silver Lake Partners, and Elevation Partners. He is the author of "The New Normal," a regular commentator on CNBC and MSNBC, and a touring musician in the bands, Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System. He holds four patents related to broadcasting live video to cell phones
Co-Founder and CEO
Susan Mernit is co-founder and CEO of Hack the Hood, a Bay-area non-profit organization that works to address the needs of low-income young people of color, ages 16-25, who are disconnected from the economic mainstream of tech-informed jobs in the Bay Area and across the region. The 168-hour intensive “Bootcamp” builds a powerful and effective roadway to mid- and high-skills jobs and advanced training for in-demand Tech careers through a direct service and train the trainer model. Mernit co-founded Hack the Hood while running Oakland Local, an impactful hyper-local news site and working for The Knight Foundation’s Community Impact Challenge program.
A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former Yahoo! Senior Director, Mernit has been a consultant for organizations including Public Radio International, Salon.com & TechSoup Global. She led a start-up that was a 2008 Tech Stars Company, and worked with Jeff Jarvis to launch The Yuckiest Site on the Internet, one of the first youth web sites (acquired by Discovery Communications).
A skilled trainer and speaker, Mernit has taught workshops on social media and news and strategy for The Poynter Institute, the Knight Digital Media Center at USC/Annenberg School of Journalism, and for the Knight Foundation. She was a Carlos McClatchy Fellow at Stanford University School of Journalism. Mernit is an avid reader, game player, wine drinker and exerciser when she’s not at work or hanging out with her partner and family.
Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. She believes CODE2040 sits in the perfect intersection of a skills- and network-building opportunity for Black and Latino talent and a systems change opportunity for a critical segment of the country's economy.
Karla has focused much of her professional life in growing the people and program functions of rapidly scaling social enterprises driving youth advocacy and leadership. Prior to joining CODE2040, Karla was the National Director of Advocate Engagement for Health Leads. Health Leads is a national non-profit changing health care by ensuring hospitals address the intersection of poverty and health. In her most recent role, Karla developed the national training standards, structure, and curriculum; recruitment systems; and performance management tools that will allow Health Leads to scale. As their Director of Talent, she tripled the staff size to 70+ team members within two years and grew the operations that impacted employee recruitment, performance, and engagement.
Karla has spent the last 14 years working for underserved communities. She enjoys the art of group and team facilitation, has a natural aptitude for organizational development and change management, and believes fervently in the cultivation of organization culture.
Karla's passion for equity and social justice comes from her upbringing in a low-income community with parents who dedicated their lives to making sure she was the first in her family to go to and graduate college. Karla is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.
Head of News Feed
Adam Mosseri is a VP at Facebook and leads the product and engineering teams responsible for News Feed and Sharing. Before this role Adam was the PM director for News Feed and before that the design director for the Mobile product group, where he was responsible for the design of all of Facebook’s mobile apps. Prior to Facebook he worked at TokBox as the company’s first designer.
Adam began his career founding a design consultancy in 2003 with offices in New York and San Francisco that focused on graphic design, interaction design and exhibition design. Adam holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Study from the Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Study at NYU where he studied Information Design and Media. He and his wife Monica are proud parents of sons, Nico and Blaise
Mike Murphy is one of the GOP's most successful media and strategy consultants; having led campaign teams in more than 18 successful Senatorial and Gubernatorial campaigns. His clients include President George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and John McCain. Based in Los Angeles and Washington DC, Murphy currently works with leading corporations, VC's, hedge funds and trade associations on market strategy and advocacy communications. He is an angel investor in several technology start-ups and often pollutes the public airwaves as a pundit on NBC News and MSNBC. He has been a vocal #NeverTrumper since the GOP primaries.
Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.
As UC president, she has launched initiatives to stabilize in-state tuition and achieve financial stability for the University; improve the community college transfer process; achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025; accelerate the translation of UC research into products and services; focus UC resources on local and global food issues; and strengthen the University’s engagement with its Mexican peer institutions of higher education. She has also implemented the
Fair Wage/Fair Work plan, which established a $15 minimum wage at UC for employees and contract workers – the first for a public university – and implemented a series of reforms to ensure that all UC contractors are complying with wage and workplace condition laws and policies. In 2014, she was appointed a tenured faculty member of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97.
Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar, and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Founder and CEO
Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software” or “web 2.0” or “the Maker movement” or “government as a platform” or “the WTF economy,” he’s had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, and a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. His book, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, is coming out from Harper Business in October 2017.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national non-profit that believes that government can work for the people, by the people, if we all help. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she architected and helped start the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter, husband, and six chickens.
Jennifer Palmieri is the president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Previously, she was the head of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the White House communications director under former President Barack Obama. Palmieri has also served as White House deputy press secretary under former President Bill Clinton, national press secretary for the Democratic Party, and press secretary for John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
As CTO of Adobe, Abhay oversees the company’s technology strategy, bringing a fresh vision to initiatives across the company’s cloud platform, mobility, data science and technology ecosystems. His team is responsible for integrating Adobe’s cloud solutions, driving a consistent customer experience and ensuring Adobe’s products are engineered using industry leading security practices.
Deep, foundational product innovation is at the heart of what we do as a company, and Adobe Research is ground zero for that innovation. As CTO, Abhay also oversees Adobe Research and its focus on the core areas of world-class innovation, creative design tools and document and customer intelligence. Most recently, Adobe Research has taken on an expanded and unified charter for artificial intelligence (AI) research and immersive media.
Earlier in his career, Abhay held leadership positions at IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, i2 and Kony, and has contributed to more than 20 patents.
Founder and CEO
Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Code.org. Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the United States, he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. Upon graduating from Harvard University with a Master's degree in computer science, Hadi pursued a career in technology starting at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. He founded two startups – the first was a huge success and the second a dismal failure – and he now invests and advises other technology startups.
In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 20% of US classrooms, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students. Hadi has served as an early advisor or investor at many tech startups including Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, and Uber. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Axon and Convoy.
Tech Entrepreneur and Congressional Candidate
Rachel Payne has built an exceptional career as a technology executive and entrepreneur, while actively involved in philanthropic activities. A recognized thought leader in the advancement of technology to reshape our world, she champions policies that make a meaningful place for everyone in the new economy.
Rachel was born in San Bernardino, California and grew up in a working class family. When her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, her father became a union operating engineer. After her parents were divorced, Rachel’s mother worked multiple jobs to support her family as a single mom of three children.
Rachel won numerous scholarships, worked several part-time jobs and took out loans to become the first person in her family to go to college. At Smith College, she majored in government and through her studies, became passionate about gender justice.
After graduation, a global publishing company hired Rachel to help build their digital network, which is where she discovered the power of technology and joined the first wave of Internet companies in Silicon Valley.
Throughout her technology career, Rachel thrived on the opportunity to create a positive impact through hard work, perseverance and a commitment to results. She has held key leadership roles during the early, pioneering days of the Internet and later at groundbreaking, Fortune 100 companies where she witnessed firsthand how technology and new business models transformed the economy.
Rachel returned to school at Stanford Graduate School of Business, studying public management and international development, working in Mexico City and Kampala for microfinance organizations that provide financial services and access to technology for low-income individuals in Latin America and Africa. After earning her MBA, Rachel joined the founding team of Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google.
While at Google, Rachel led International Business Operations in Emerging Markets, spending several years living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. Rachel served as Country Manager, Africa Leadership Team, with the goal of building the foundation for an Internet Economy. She focused on infrastructure, localization, strategic partnerships, and public policy to ensure broad-based participation in the opportunities created by mobile phones and emerging technologies. Her team’s work was recognized in 2010, where she accepted Google’s first award at Mobile World Congress for “Best Mobile Apps for Economic and Social Development” for building and scaling critical mobile services in agriculture, trade and health that serve people in poor, rural areas. She also worked with heads of state on policy relating to Internet access and job creation.
Rachel settled in Orange County in 2009 to be closer to her family, working for Google in Irvine, leading the Technology Vertical, and managing sales teams across Southern California. She later became Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, and managed Google’s most important relationships in Media & Entertainment.
In 2012, she co-founded FEM Inc., a holding company focused on research and development at the intersection of media, technology and gender. In 2015, FEM Inc. launched Prizma, an AI tech startup offering personalized content discovery and analytics for major media and tech companies.
Rachel served on the Board of Directors for BRAC USA, ranked the #1 NGO in the world. BRAC takes a holistic approach to ending poverty through microfinance, education, agriculture and health care. She is a founding member of the Aliso Niguel Democratic Club, a member of the Democratic Women of South Orange County and the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club. She currently resides in Aliso Viejo with her dog Mochi and enjoys living down the street from her sister and nieces.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
As SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle oversees all global marketing and brand initiatives, strategy, and execution for the IBM company. Michelle reports to Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Her team includes thousands of marketing professionals located in hundreds of countries worldwide. Michelle brings to IBM deep, customer-centric marketing and leadership experience, as IBM accelerates its transformation to a Cloud and Cognitive platform company. Prior to IBM, Michelle was CEO of Gilt, the Global Consumer Chief Marketing and Internet Officer of Citigroup, and the CEO of Travelocity. She serves on the Board of Directors for NIKE, Inc., nonprofit TechnoServe, and Tech: NYC. Michelle received an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pembroke College at Oxford University and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Erik Peña is a Managing Director in Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Relationship Management Team. He is primarily focused on building and expanding SVB’s relationships with Corporate Development, Business Development, and Innovation groups of Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to SVB, Erik was a senior investment banker at the Royal Bank of Canada and Brown Brothers Harriman where he assisted technology and healthcare firms with acquisitions, capital raising, and strategic initiatives. Erik also served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Solazyme, a renewable technology firm, where he focused on strategic M&A, partnerships, and financing efforts.
Chief Brand Officer
Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, is responsible for the brand building disciplines of the world’s largest advertiser, Procter & Gamble. As the company’s top marketer, Marc sets the media and marketing strategies that guide the communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands which represent over $65 billion in annual sales worldwide.
Marc believes in brand building that serves people and makes P&G brands indispensable in their lives. Since becoming P&G’s chief marketer and brand builder in 2008, Marc has focused on raising the bar on creativity and continuing to build P&G’s legacy as an innovative, world-class industry leader.
Jorge Fernando Quiroga
President of Bolivia (2001-2002) - Member
Quiroga began his political career when he joined the Acción Democrática Nacionalista (ADN) party. In 1989 he became Under-Secretary of Public Investment and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Planning and in 1992 he became Minister of Finance. Thereafter he was named governor of the World Bank, IFC and the IMF, as well as of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF).
In 1998, at age 37, he was elected Vice President of Bolivia under President Hugo Banzer, making him the youngest Vice President in the history of Bolivia. He succeeded Banzer as President in 2001, serving until August 2002.
The Honorable Sarah Bloom Raskin
From March 2014 through January 2017, Sarah Bloom Raskin was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In addition to the broad range of substantive and organizational issues she oversaw and directed at the Treasury Department, Ms. Raskin focused on the macroeconomic impact of student loan borrowing, and cyber security, as well as drivers that bolster and sustain U.S. and global economic growth and recovery. Prior to her confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Ms. Raskin served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board where she conducted the nation’s monetary policy as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, regulated banking institutions, monitored threats to financial stability, oversaw compliance and community development, and engaged in oversight of the nation’s payment systems. In addition, she chaired the Board’s Committee on Board Affairs as the Board’s Administrative Governor. She was confirmed to the Federal Reserve by the United States Senate on September 30, 2010.
Lata N. Reddy
Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Impact
Lata N. Reddy is Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact at Prudential Financial and Chair and President of The Prudential Foundation.
In these roles, Reddy harnesses the power of capital markets to drive financial and social mobility. By combining diversity strategies, impact investments, philanthropy, corporate contributions and employee engagement with Prudential’s full business capabilities, she helps position the company to promote economic opportunity and sustainable growth.
Under Reddy’s leadership, Prudential is building an impact investment portfolio with the goal of $1 billion in assets under management by 2020. Additionally, she oversees a yearly grantmaking budget of $40 million through The Prudential Foundation, and a $22 million corporate contributions budget.
Founder and CEO
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business.
He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,Inc. (where he appeared on the cover), Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco.
Director and Senior Fellow
Laura Rosenberger is director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Prior to that, she was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Previously, she served for more than a decade in a range of foreign policy and national security positions at the State Department and National Security Council, including a number of positions focused on Asia policy. Laura first joined the State Department as a presidential management fellow. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a Master's Degree from American University's School of International Service, and Bachelor's Degrees from Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College.
Senior Program Director and Founder
Brandon Santiago is a Puerto Rican Poet, Radical Educator, Radio Host, Social Imagineer, and San Francisco Native.
He has been featured on programs such as Tedx and Univision's Despierta America. Brandon has toured the country as an artist and educator, performing in venues such as The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Opera House. Brandon recently served as the teacher in residents for the XQ Super School Projects national #RethinkHighschool tour in which he facilitated over 40 town-halls across the country. He has taught workshops around the globe for college and high school students and has trained teachers and educators at universities like Stanford and CAL Berkeley.
Brandon has served as a leader at many of the top educational non-profits in the country. He served as the Vice President of Social Imagineering at the The Future Project and he presently serves as the Program Director for Youth Speaks.
Brandon is currently working on merging the fields of critical literacy arts and athletics through his organization iPLAYE. iPLAYE aims to engage athletes as leaders of social change through critical literacy arts, social entrepreneurship practices, and bleeding-edge performance training.
After dropping out of high school, Brandon went on to graduate from San Francisco State, earning a degree in Anthropology and received a full ride academic scholarship to the University of San Francisco’s School of Education to study International and Multicultural Education.
Founder and Former Co-Managing Partner
Anthony Scaramucci is the Founder and former Co-Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital. He is the author of three books: The Little Book of Hedge Funds, Goodbye Gordon Gekko, and Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole, a 2016 Wall Street Journal best- seller. Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co. In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year – New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a Trustee of the United States Olympics & Paralympics.
Co-Founder and CEO
Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Founder and Chairman
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading consumer internet and media executive with over 18 years of leadership experience at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Polyvore and Joyus.
In June 2015, Sukhinder founded a new social enterprise platform – theBoardlist (http://www.theboardlist.com), a premium talent marketplace with over 3000 leading CEOS, senior executives and women leaders aimed at connecting highly endorsed female leaders with board opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.
Sukhinder is currently a board director at Ericsson, Urban Outfitters and TripAdvisor. She previously served on the board of J. Crew Group Inc and as an advisor to Twitter.
Susan Sobbott is the President of Global Commercial Payments, a multi-billion dollar global division of the American Express Company, dedicated to serving the payments needs of small and mid-sized businesses, as well as, large and global corporations. She also serves as an Officer of American Express, a group of 15 senior leaders working with the Chief Executive Officer to develop the strategic direction of the company. Since 1990, Susan Sobbott has held various executive positions of increasing responsibility at American Express.
Alexandra Suich Bass
U.S. Technology Editor
Alexandra Suich Bass is The Economist’s U.S. Technology Editor, based in San Francisco, her hometown. Previously she served as Media Editor, based in London and New York, where she wrote about the television, film, newspaper, music and marketing businesses worldwide. Before that, she served as The Economist’s Finance Correspondent. She started writing for The Economist in 2008, and has also published articles with Newsweek International, Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Nation. Recently she authored The Economist's memo on the tech backlash, under the pseudonym Eve Smith.
In 2013 Alexandra was named Britain’s Young Financial Journalist of the Year by the Wincott Foundation. She studied History and African Studies at Yale.
On November 8, 2016, Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city’s first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Before becoming mayor, Michael Tubbs served as Stockton's District 6 City Council member. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest City Council members in the country. As a council member, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee. Mayor Tubbs graduated in 2012 from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honors. Mayor Tubbs is focused on poverty reduction, public safety, workforce development.
Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School
Laura Tyson is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She served as Dean of London Business School from 2002-2006 and as Dean of Berkeley-Haas from 1998-2001. Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She is a member of the Board of Directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc. and Silver Spring Networks. She is an economic advisory board member of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.
President of Latvia (1999-2007) and President of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid
Having left Latvia as a child refugee at the end of World War II, Vaira started schooling in a refugee camp in Germany in 1945, continued it in French Morocco, and then obtained higher education in Canada, with a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology (1965) at McGill University in Montreal.
Dr. Vike-Freiberga returned to her native country in 1998 to head the Latvian Institute, an organization devoted to promoting Latvian awareness abroad. A year later, in June 1999, she was elected President of the Republic by the Latvian Parliament in June 1999 and re-elected in 2003. As President, she is known for her role in Latvia’s NATO membership and accession to the European Union (2004), and for raising the nation's recognition in the world through her work at the UN, the EU and other international activities. She was named Special Envoy to the Secretary General on United Nations reform and was official candidate for UN Secretary General in 2006.
Since the end of her presidency in July 2007, Dr. Vike-Freiberga has been actively participating as an invited speaker at a wide variety of international events. She is a member, board member or patron of 29 international organisations, including the Council of Women World Leaders, the International Criminal Court Trust Fund for Victims, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the World Leadership Alliance, as well as four Academies. Among her international activities, In December 2007, she was appointed by the European Council vice-chair of the Reflection group on the long term future of Europe. In 2011-2012 she chaired the High-level group on Freedom and pluralism of the media in the EU. In 2014 she was elected president of the Club de Madrid.
Aaron Walker is founder and CEO of Camelback Ventures. Camelback leads a fund that levels the playing field for entrepreneurs of color. Since 2015, Camelback has invested nearly $1M in 33 investments; those companies have raised nearly $15M, subsequently. Aaron is on a journey to live in the spirit of his baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, who said “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” With this ethos, Aaron taught ninth grade English in West Philadelphia through Teach For America, put together deals for companies large and small as a lawyer at Allen & Overy, and supported new ideas to improve education as a portfolio director for the NYC Fund for Public Schools. Aaron is humbled to say he graduated from the University of Virginia and Penn Law School. He also knows that this doesn’t entitle him to anything and is ready to earn his keep.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Kent advises Google's board and management on legal and policy issues. He oversees Google's legal and compliance affairs, its work with governments around the world, its policies for content on its various services, and its philanthropic efforts.
Before joining Google, Kent held executive positions at leading technology companies, including eBay, Netscape, AOL, and Airtouch Communications. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and advised the Attorney General on technology policy issues. At the start of his career, he worked as a litigator specializing in government and public law issues.
Kent graduated with honors from Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He has served on the boards of a variety of industry associations and currently serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Mercy Corps Social Ventures Fund, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.