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Jonathan Alter is an award-winning, widely published author, reporter, columnist and television news analyst. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies"(2013), "The Promise: President Obama, Year One" (2010) and "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope" (2006), also one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. Alter spent 28 years at Newsweek, where he was a longtime senior editor and columnist and wrote more than 50 cover stories. He has written extensively about education reform since 1990. His work has appeared in many national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker. Since 1996, Alter has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.
Jamie Alter Lynton
Jamie Alter Lynton is the founder of LA School Report. She was a journalist and television news producer and executive for 15 years in her early career, working at CNN, CBS and CNBC. She served as a VP and LA Bureau Chief of Court TV, and managed its educational division.
She started LA School Report in 2012 to help inform the public about the inner-workings of the Los Angeles Unified school district.
Lynton has spearheaded a number of civic projects both in the political and non-profit arenas and is a board member for Courage Campaign, the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education; is a Trustee of the California Institute of the Arts and early member of the National Finance Committee for Obama for America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters, Lucinda, Eloise Lynton and Maisie Lynton.
Since its launch in 2012, LA School Report has distinguished itself with a number of awards and nominations from the SoCal LA Press Club, including first place for Best Blog at the 56th annual awards ceremony.
Award-winning journalist Campbell Brown is the co-founder of The 74. Prior to launching The Seventy Four, Brown founded the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), a parent coalition pushing for great public schools through advocacy and legal action. Before PEJ, Brown founded and led the Parents’ Transparency Project, a watchdog group that investigates and reports on failures and inequality in the public education system. Brown began her career covering stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News, where she was recognized for her outstanding reporting on events ranging from the 2000 presidential election to Hurricane Katrina. Brown has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and Slate.
Romy Drucker is co-founder and CEO of The 74. Prior to launching The Seventy Four, Drucker worked at the New York City Department of Education on Mayor Bloomberg’s transformational Children First reforms. She served as chief of staff for the Division of Portfolio Planning where she worked on citywide issues, including developing new district and charter schools, school phase-outs, implementation of the Federal School Improvement Grant program, K-12 admissions, and early childhood education. Drucker also served as a director of strategy under the department’s chief operating officer, special assistant to Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, and deputy to the chief executive officer of The Fund for Public Schools. The fund raised several hundred million dollars for innovative programs serving New York City's 1.1 million students. Drucker graduated cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in literature and Spanish language and literature and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
In 2007, Jason Liebman cofounded Howcast Media with the goal of creating the largest – and highest quality – library of how-to videos on the web, providing users with the answer to almost any question, whenever, wherever they need to know how. Since launching Howcast.com in February 2008, Howcast streams tens of millions of videos every month across its multi-platform distribution network.
Before Howcast, Jason worked for four years at Google, where he played an integral role in growing strategic content licensing and monetization relationships for the YouTube, Google Video, and AdSense teams. While at Google, Jason was responsible for forging key relationships with a wide range of Google's largest media partners, including Time Warner, News Corp, Viacom, Warner Music, Sony Pictures, Reuters, The New York Times, and the Washington Post Company.
Prior to Google, Jason was at Applied Semantics before it was acquired by Google in 2003, which was one of Google's largest acquisitions in its history. At Applied Semantics, he held several positions, including Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing and introducing new monetization products, including AdSense, to web publishers.
Jason is also a co-founder of movements.org, a non-profit organization that helps young people affect nonviolent change around the world using 21st-century tools.
Jason began his career at Credit Suisse as an investment banker. A New York City native, Jason graduated from Duke University. He is an active member of Gen Next and the Young President's Organization.
Joe Marchese is president of Advanced Advertising at Fox Networks Group and the former CEO of true[X], a leader in engagement advertising technologies. The company was acquired by 21st Century Fox in 2015. Marchese founded true[X] in 2007 with the goal of creating a scalable advertising system uniquely suited to consumer, publisher and advertiser demands in a digital, on-demand world. He is known throughout the advertising industry as a pioneer and expert in advertising and media, with a provocative point of view that blends both traditional and new media experience. He has appeared in major publications including The New York Times, Forbes, AdWeek and The Hollywood Reporter, and has been published in Fortune and Mediapost, writing on the broad impact of digital on the media landscape. Marchese serves on the board of numerous organizations and is involved with Camp Interactive, which teaches kids how to code.
Jonathan Perelman is the vice president of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Since taking over revenue operations and business management, the BFMP team under Perelman more than doubled in size and revenue more than quadrupled. In 2013 and 2014, he was the youngest person to be named to AdWeek’s list of the Top 50 Media and Advertising Executives. Prior to BuzzFeed, he spent six years at Google, most recently as the global lead for industry relations. Perelman was responsible for brand identity initiatives within the advertising and media industries. Google's Operating Committee awarded him the prestigious OC Award for his work on mergers and acquisitions. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future, at the USC Annenberg School and serves on the board of numerous publications and industry groups. Perelman was Cory Booker’s foreign policy advisor for his 2013 U.S. Senate campaign and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media and Entertainment.
Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a national non-profit organization working to support educational innovation and improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He is also the executive editor of Real Clear Education, part of the Real Clear Politics family of news and analysis websites, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider,” a federal policy analysis tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at the White House as special assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. He was education columnist for TIME and a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report.
Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 250 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. Rotherham is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Howard Wolfson is instrumental in the policy and political universe of Mike Bloomberg, running the former New York City Mayor’s SuperPAC and advising him on politics and communication. In addition, he leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ education program.
From 2010-2013, Wolfson was the New York City Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications. Known as the “architect of Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate victory,” Wolfson was the communications director of her history-making run for the presidency in 2008. He has worked in and out of government, serving as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Nita Lowey, now the senior-most Democrat on the US House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee, and as the Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Wolfson has worked on campaigns at every level of government, advising Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Andrew Cuomo, among others.
Wolfson graduated from the University of Chicago and received a Master’s in history from Duke University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Transportation Alternatives, and New York Cares.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Park Avenue Charitable Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
California Community Foundation
Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
Gen Next Foundation
Karsh Family Foundation
William E. Simon Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
Journalism Advisory Board
Ms. Bernard is an author, media commentator and political analyst, and is the founder, president & CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy, a research and educational institution. Ms. Bernard represents the Bernard Center in print publications and on television, cable and radio, providing commentary on news and analysis of current domestic and global politics, with a particular interest in matters of education, racial, social and gender justice and the advancement of democracy, economic liberty and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities globally. Prior to founding the Bernard Center, among other things, Ms. Bernard co-founded the Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative, which assisted in the development and implementation of training programs built on the pillars of democracy, women’s rights and religious freedom, political activism in a democracy, issues of governance, free markets, and non-governmental organization. Ms. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and political science from Howard University and a JD from The Georgetown University Law Center.
Mimi Gurbst is an education consultant who works with superintendents and principals in an effort to improve their communication skills. She conducts large group sessions, and does individual coaching designed around making education leaders more effective and confident when talking to the public and the press. She works with school leaders across the country.
Mimi Gurbst was a senior executive at ABC News for 30 years. She was responsible for the global coverage of news and for the personnel management in the network’s news bureaus. In addition, Mimi served as the Senior Producer of the Evening News. Mimi received the DuPont award in Journalism for the ABC News coverage of 9/11.
She currently teachers Harvard Education’s school doctoral leadership program, and is a presenter at several of Harvard’s post professional education sessions.
She graduated with Honors from Brandeis University and received her Masters Degree in education from Harvard University.
Margaret Hoover is a best-selling author, political activist, CNN political commentator and host of SiriusXM’s daily show &;dquo;Get It Right with Margaret Hoover”. A veteran of the Bush Administration White House, Margaret is passionate about modernizing the Republican Party.
Margaret is the President of American Unity Fund, an organization that works for full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans by working with Republican legislators and leaders. She also serves on the boards of Stanford University's Hoover Institution and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation. Prior to joining CNN, Ms. Hoover was a Fox News contributor where she jousted with Bill O'Reilly on The Factor's highest rated segment, “Culture Warrior.” She is a regular guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, CNN.com and FoxNews.com. She is the author of the bestselling book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party.
Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a policy fellow at the National Review Institute. He is a contributing editor of National Affairs and a columnist for Slate. With Ross Douthat, Mr. Salam is the co-author of Grand New Party (2008). Previously, Mr. Salam was an associate editor at The Atlantic, a producer for NBC News, a junior editor and editorial researcher at the New York Times, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a reporter-researcher at The New Republic.
Cynthia Tucker Haynes
Cynthia Tucker Haynes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and a popular radio and television commentator. Her weekly column focuses on political and cultural issues, including income inequality, social justice and reform of the public education system.
Tucker served for seventeen years as editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, overseeing the newspaper’s editorial policies on everything from local elections to foreign affairs.
Tucker’s column was a finalist for the Pulitzer in the commentary category in 2004 and 2006 before winning in 2007. She won the American Society of Newspaper Editor's Distinguished Writing Award in 2000; Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award in 2005; and the University of Alabama’s Clarence Cason award in 2007. Tucker was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2006 and in 2011 was inducted into the NABJ’s Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Auburn University, Tucker was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University in the 1988-89 academic year.
Richard Whitmire, currently a fellow at the Palo Alto-based Emerson Collective, is a former editorial writer at USA Today. He is the author of On the Rocketship: How High Performing Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope and The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District. Whitmire also wrote Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Education System That’s Leaving Them Behind and co-authored The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools. Whitmire is a former president of the National Education Writers Association.
Conor P. Williams
Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America’s Education Policy Program and founder of its Dual Language Learners National Work Group. Williams is a former first grade teacher who holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University, and Masters of Science for Teachers from Pace University, and a B.A. in government and Spanish from Bowdoin College.