The Leadership Council of Convergence is made up of the following individuals (Click on each person’s name to see their bio):
- The Honorable William E. Brock
- Robert Chase
- Stephen Covey (1932-2012)
- Rehan Dawer
- Jessica Dibb
- The Honorable Michael Dukakis
- Maggie Dunne
- Tom Dunne
- The Honorable Mickey Edwards
- David Fairman
- The Honorable Victor H. Fazio
- Rachel Fersh
- Cherie S. Harder
- The Honorable Scott Harshbarger
- Christopher Harte (Emeritus)
- Chris Hayes
- Stephen B. Heintz
- Roxana Bahar Hewertson
- Carol Hexner
- Marvin Johnson
- Alan Jones
- The Honorable Bob Kerrey
- Dr. Richard Land
- Gay Legg
- Susan Magee
- Bradley McMillan
- David Meadvin
- Dennis Passis
- Faith Roessel
- Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
- Rob Stein
- John Steiner
- William Ury
- Rita Walters
- Jeff Weissglass
- The Honorable Harris Wofford
- Daniel Yankelovich
William E. Brock served four terms as a member of Congress from Tennessee’s Third District and then subsequently in the U.S. Senate. Senator Brock chaired the Republican National Committee (1977–1980) and served in the cabinet of President Reagan as the U.S. trade representative (1981–1985) and as U.S. secretary of labor (1985–1987). Senator Brock was one of the founders of the National Endowment for Democracy. The Wall Street Journal recognized then Ambassador Brock as one of the principal fathers of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 1993, the National Academy of Human Resources awarded Senator Brock its highest tribute for outstanding life achievement in advancing human development. Senator Brock received a B.S. in commerce degree from Washington and Lee University, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and later became vice president of the Brock Candy Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is counselor and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. and is founder and chairman of The Brock Offices, a firm specializing in international trade, investment, and human resources.
In September 2007, the Rev. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections, a new global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628. Intersections is an interfaith venture that brings people together in innovative ways who have divergent perspectives or life experiences in order to forge common ground and build outcomes-oriented strategies that address peace, justice and reconciliation in the world.
From 1999-2007, Bob served as Director of Communication for the 1.2 million member United Church of Christ. He is an award-winning video producer with more than 100 productions to his credit. For 15 years, from 1982-1997, Chase was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media, a full-service communications company based in Rhinebeck, N.Y. His work took him from the northern slope of Alaska to the black townships of South Africa, from rural Chinese villages to the urban favellas of Brazil.
Bob is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He earned a Master of Divinity Magna cum Laude from New Brunswick (N.J.) Theological Seminary, and a B.A. with honors in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen Covey (1932-2012)
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Dr. Stephen R. Covey dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. His “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was named the #1 most influential business book of the twentieth century.
As an international respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions. Covey held an MBA from Harvard University and a PhD from Brigham Young University. His was the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries.
Rehan is an advocate for change and growth. He founded Ethica with a mission for ‘promoting and developing socially conscious leadership’ to create a focus on making a meaningful contribution to societies through thought leadership in education and social entrepreneurship. He also founded Novastar Prep; dedicated to delivering a higher standard of supplemental educational services to K-12 students.
As an active member of the philanthropic and entrepreneurship community he has spoken at wide array of forums across North America and South and Central Asia. He serves on the boards of Buxton Initiative and Communities in School (CIS). During his 20 years of professional career, he has held numerous executive positions with Guidance Financial, Morgan Stanley, American Express, and Bank of America.
Rehan built his academic foundation at University of Maryland and Georgetown University and holds degrees in Finance, Marketing, International Business Management, and Senior Executive Leadership.
Jessica Dibb is the founder and director of Inspiration Community, Inc., an ecumenical school that promotes individual and societal spiritual awareness and growth. For twenty-four years, she has designed and facilitated programs in which people learn and are inspired to actualize their full potential and contribute to transformation in their families and communities, including international projects. Participants in these programs experience “unity in diversity” by strengthening their understanding, their compassion and their embracing of all people from any political or spiritual orientation. Ms. Dibb served on the board of directors of The National Commons and also on the U.S. Consensus Council for Search for Common Ground-USA.
The Honorable Michael Dukakis
Governor Dukakis served for two years in the United States Army, sixteen months of which he spent with the Support Group to the UN Delegation to the Military Armistice commission in Munsan, Korea. He was later elected chairman of his town’s Democratic organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts legislature in 1962. He served four terms as a legislator. In 1974 he was elected Governor. He inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst financial and economic crises in history.
He was re-elected to a third four-year term in 1986 and his colleagues in the National Governors Association voted him the most effective governor in the Nation. Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the Presidency in 1988 but was defeated by George H.W. Bush. Governor Dukakis has been a visiting professor at Northeastern University’s political science department and has also taught in the senior executive program for State and Local managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He taught for three years at Florida Atlantic University. His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. He continues to reside in Brookline, Massachusetts, but lives in Lost Angeles during the winter while he teaches at UCLA. Dukakis graduated from Swarthmore College (1955), and Harvard Law School (1960).
Maggie Dunne is President and Founder of Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. (LCE), a nonprofit that empowers youth in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota through opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership and mentorship. Maggie is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate from Colgate University, where she concentrated in Native American Studies and Religion and received the University’s top award, the Alumni Corporation’s 1819 Award.
Maggie is an advocate for indigenous communities globally and is a frequent public speaker. Maggie has received awards for her service including: 2014 President’s Call to Service Award from President Barack Obama; 2014 Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowship; the 2012 Grand Prize in Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women; a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. In addition, Maggie was named a 2013 Next Generation Leader by the Women in the World Foundation and was twice awarded Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State to study Bengali.
Maggie is a contributing author to the Daily Beast and a Business Mentor for Colgate University’s Thought into Action Entrepreneurship Institute. Previously, Maggie worked as a grant writer for Pueblo de Cochiti Tribal Council, and as an international research intern in the office of Muhammad Yunus at Grameen Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
For over forty years Tom has been a teacher, coach and program developer in cooperative problem-solving. He has worked with the U.S. Department of State, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, as well as with UNESCO and organizations in Northern Ireland and Vietnam. As a member of Search for Common Ground he worked to improve relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world.
After studying for the Catholic priesthood he received his B.A. in philosophy and sociology from De Paul University, and his M.A. in the history of political thought and international relations from Georgetown University. A former U.S. Navy officer, Tom commanded the Underwater Demolition Team detachment in Vietnam and the Western Pacific area. He later served with a reserve Navy SEAL team.
The Honorable Mickey Edwards
Mickey Edwards is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and serves as Director of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. Mr. Edwards was a Republican member of Congress for 16 years, serving as a member of the House Republican Leadership and as a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees. After leaving the Congress, he taught for 11 years at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and for five years as a lecturer at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Maryland Law School and at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, has co-chaired task forces on judicial independence and the war power, and served on the American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the American Society of International Law Task Force on the International Criminal Court. He has been a regular political commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and a weekly political columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, as well as other major newspapers. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from The Atlantic to The Public Interest. Mr. Edwards is a frequent public speaker and has been a guest on many of the nation’s leading radio and television news and opinion broadcasts. Edwards’ latest book, The Parties Versus the People, has just been published by Yale University Press.
David Fairman is Managing Director of the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He leads CBI as a whole, and directs CBI’s International Development practice. Over the past twenty years, he has facilitated policy dialogue and regulatory negotiations on US national security, public education, energy and environment, criminal justice, and public housing. Internationally, he has facilitated national transition planning in post-conflict countries; mediated negotiations between major oil companies and communities impacted by their operations on benefit sharing and impact mitigation; and built national capacity for collaboration on natural resource management in more than twenty countries.
David serves on the Board of the Sustainability Challenge Foundation. He was a founding Board member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. He is a Senior Mediator on the roster of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT and a B.A. from Harvard College.
The Honorable Victor H. Fazio
Former U.S. Congressman Victor H. Fazio served for 20 years representing California’s 3rd District. During his tenure of distinguished public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees. In addition, Mr. Fazio was active in the Democratic leadership of the House, serving as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, when he was elected chairman. He was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of the House Democrats, for four years in the early 1990s.
Mr. Fazio serves on numerous boards, including the California Institute, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the Campaign Finance Institute, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the National Parks Second Century Commission and Committee for a Responsible Budget. In addition, he is a member of the board of visitors of the University of California at Davis School of Medicine and a former member of the board of the Fund for the Capitol Visitor Center.
Rachel Fersh is an attorney and freelance consultant in the D.C. area, working with a variety of clients on legal, business, communications, and human resources issues. From 2011-2013 she was an associate at the D.C. office of Goodwin Procter LLP. Prior to becoming an attorney, Rachel spent two years working at the Committee on States, an organization that worked with donors, political leaders, and grassroots activists on the state level to create lasting progressive change. She also served as a freelance writer, editor, and designer for multiple progressive organizations, and spent eight months as a fellow at the Partnership for Public Service. Rachel received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, where she served as student body president. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Shay.
Cherie S. Harder
Cherie Harder serves as president of The Trinity Forum, a nonprofit organization that provides space and resources for leaders to engage life’s greatest questions in the context of faith. Ms. Harder joined The Trinity Forum in March 2008 after serving in the White House as special assistant to the President and director of policy and projects for First Lady Laura Bush.
Earlier in her career, she served as policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, as senior counselor to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and policy director for Senator Sam Brownback. Ms. Harder has contributed articles to publications such as Policy Review, Human Events, the Harvard Political Review and various newspapers. She holds an Honors B.A. (magna cum laude) in government from Harvard University and a post-graduate diploma in literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Harder served on the board of The National Commons.
Scott Harshbarger is a Senior Counsel in the Boston office of Proskauer Rose LLP. His practice focuses on strategic counsel and litigation, corporate investigations and defense, corporate and not-for-profit governance and government regulation. Scott’s distinguished career has included major public office, not-for-profit executive management, numerous board directorships and private legal counsel.
During his two terms as Massachusetts Attorney General (1991–1999), Scott was the first Attorney General in the nation to engage the health care community in developing hospital and HMO benefit guidelines. In leading Massachusetts’ efforts against Big Tobacco, Scott was among the first AGs nationally to recover the costs of health care associated with tobacco use, resulting in payments by the tobacco companies to the Commonwealth totaling $300 million per year over the next 25 years.
During his tenure as AG, Scott was elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). As the leading law enforcement officer of Massachusetts, he led major initiatives against white collar crime, public corruption, insurance and Medicaid fraud, environmental abuses and high-tech crime. Scott built the first Family and Community Crimes Bureau, a department focused on domestic violence, elder and child abuse prosecution and prevention, and his Conflict Resolution/Violence Prevention Project (SCORE) earned a Ford Foundation Excellence in Government Award. Scott received national praise for his Safe Neighborhoods Initiative to reduce urban crime and violence, and sponsored unprecedented Brownfields legislation to help stimulate economic growth in formerly depressed neighborhoods. In conjunction with the Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, Scott was the first AG to use consumer protection and safety regulations to combat handgun availability.
Scott served as President and CEO of Common Cause (1999-2002) in Washington, D.C., the national not-for-profit citizens’ lobby and government watchdog group founded by John Gardner. His term marked a major reform and renewal for the organization and thrust Common Cause into the public interest mainstream. Common Cause led the coalition of national business and public interest advocacy groups, including grassroots organizations. Scott helped organize the push to pass the “McCain-Feingold” campaign finance reform bill in 2002. He also launched Common Cause’s corporate governance project and dramatically expanded the organization’s national agenda to include election reform and executive agency monitoring.
Scott taught professional responsibility and legal ethics at Boston University School of Law for 20 years and was a Visiting Professor (government lawyer and public policy) at Harvard Law School for three years. He was a Hadley Distinguished Professor at Northeastern Law School and College of Criminal Justice. Scott also has authored numerous articles on topics in the field of corporate and not-for-profit governance and regulatory strategies
Christopher Harte (Emeritus)
Chris Harte is chairman of the board of Harte-Hanks Inc., a direct marketing and shopper publishing company, and has served on its board since 1993. He spent much of his career in the newspaper business, most recently as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and previously as publisher of the Portland Press Herald, Akron Beacon Journal, and Centre Daily Times. He has served as a Director of Crown Resources Corp., Geokinetics Inc., as well as a number of private companies. He manages a ranch west of Austin where he has been restoring prairie and savannah for over 20 years. He is a director of Outward Bound USA and the Austin Community Foundation and was previously a director of the National Audubon Society. He was an associate at McKinsey & Company and has been involved in a number of private equity investments. He graduated from Stanford and has an MBA from the University of Texas.
Christopher Hayes is executive vice president and head of the International Affairs group in Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office. In 2008, Chris won Edelman’s Chairman Award for the second time for his Panama Canal Authority expansion work, which was chosen among 120 entries. He has twice received the top communications industry award, the Silver Anvil.
Chris has been with Edelman for more than 10 years. Current and past clients include the governments of Panama, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Morocco, Georgia, Egypt, Israel, Puerto Rico and Chile. He is a veteran of several integrated communications programs for Fortune 50 companies, associations and NGOs.
An accomplished speechwriter, Chris has written and placed op-eds in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. Chris worked for six years at The Rendon Group, implementing communications campaigns for corporations and governments in the Middle East. As the vice president of marketing for Primeshot.com, Chris managed a seven-person team executing the company’s public affairs, branding, advertising and communications. He has worked on several national and state political campaigns.
As an undergraduate, Chris studied international relations and political science at George Mason University and the legislative process as a graduate student at The George Washington University.
Stephen B. Heintz
Stephen Heintz joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in February 2001 as its sixth president. Before joining the RBF, Mr. Heintz held top leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, Mr. Heintz was founding president of Dēmos: A Network for Ideas & Action, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior to founding Dēmos, Mr. Heintz served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute (EWI), where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security. Based in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1990 through 1997, Mr. Heintz worked extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. Mr. Heintz devoted the first 15 years of his career to politics and government service in the State of Connecticut, where he served as commissioner of economic development (1988–1990) and commissioner of social welfare (1983–1988). In 1988, he helped draft and secure passage by Congress of “The Family Support Act,” the first major effort to reform the nation’s welfare system. He has published articles in The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and several books and journals. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University.
Mr. Heintz currently serves on the boards of Dēmos, the EastWest Institute, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Rockefeller Archives Center. He also chairs the Independent Sector board of directors and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 the Nonprofit Times named Mr. Heintz one of the 50 most influential leaders of the nonprofit sector.
Roxana Bahar Hewertson is the founder and president of Highland Consulting Group, Inc. a leadership and organizational change consultant firm in upstate New York. Roxi has many decades of experience in both the profit and not for profit environments, including 27 years as a leader at Cornell University. She is an entrepreneur, teacher, coach, administrator, and private consultant with a passion for creating business and learning experiences that make a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives, in their business results, and in the quality of the workplace. How To Build A Space Station (Xlibris, 2002), her first published book, is a parable about the impact of workplace values on business results. Her on-line leadership learning community, AskRoxi.com, and on-line leadership course, “Leading with Impact: Your Ripple Effect” were launched in the summer of 2013.
Roxi received her graduate degree from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and served five years as adjunct faculty teaching Organizational Consulting – Process and Results.
Carol Hexner has over ten years of experience in philanthropy and facilitation. She is Senior Facilitator and Coach at Global Novations and Executive Director of the Sutherland Family Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, on the Values and Leadership Council at Intersections International, as a Madison Avenue Council Member at the Collegiate Corporation, as a Stewardship Circle Member of the Pachamama Alliance, and as a Member of the Board at Developing Partners Radio.
Prior to her career in philanthropy and facilitation, Carol spent eight years as an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department at City University New York.
Marvin Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with more than 25 years of dispute resolution experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, the first dispute resolution center founded at a historically black university. Mr. Johnson received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Catholic University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Johnson has worked for the Department of Labor, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Football League Players’ Association, the National Academy of Conciliators, and was Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and Dispute Resolution at Bowie State University for 16 years.
Mr. Johnson provides dispute resolution and diversity workshops and lectures extensively on the subject of conflict management. He has arbitrated and mediated thousands of cases in the field of employment, labor-management, consumer, business and community reconciliation. Mr. Johnson has trained over 10,000 people in various forms of dispute resolution including mediation, joint problem solving, arbitration, facilitation and interest-based bargaining. He is an experienced facilitator/trainer working with organizations and communities that need assistance in communicating and working together.
Mr. Johnson serves on numerous national, regional, and local dispute resolution panels, including the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, JAMS the Resolution Experts, the Maryland State Department of Agriculture’s FARM Sense Mediation Program, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Employment and Fair Housing Panels. Two Presidents of the United States (Clinton and Obama), the Secretary of the United States Department of State (Rice), the Governor of Maryland (Glendening), the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals (Bell), and the County Executive for Prince George’s County (Baker), have recognized Mr. Johnson’s dispute resolution expertise by appointing him to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, the Foreign Service Grievance Board, the Maryland State Labor Relations Board, the Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (now the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office or MACRO), and the Prince George’s County Public Employee Relations Board, respectively.
In 2005, Mr. Johnson was named by Mediate.com as one of the thirty-one “best known and most experienced mediators in the world” (The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm, Volume 1, DVD-2005). In July 2006, he received the American College of Civil Trial Mediators’ “2006 Lifetime Achievement Award” for his major contributions to the ADR field. In 2007, the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law honored him with the Black Law Students Association Alumni Achievement Award and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) announced the creation of the Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award, as a tribute to Mr. Johnson’s diversity efforts within the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and ACR and throughout the dispute resolution field. He received the Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Institute’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution in January 2009 and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association’s Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award for advocating peaceful means for resolving conflict in October 2009. In April 2010, Mr. Johnson received the Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution’s Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award for Outstanding Contribution to ADR in Maryland.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, the National Bar Association, and the CPR Institute’s National Task Force on Diversity. He is Vice President of the International Academy of Mediators, a former officer and current member of the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution, and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution/Association for Conflict Resolution.
Alan W. Jones was the Dean of the Episcopalian Grace Cathedral in San Francisco from 1985 until January, 2009. Previously, he served as the Stephen F. Bayne Professor of Ascetical Theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1972 – 1985. During his tenure, he founded and was the first director of the Center Christian Spirituality at General. Now a U.S. citizen, he was born in England and received his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham. He is a prominent lecturer in Episcopalian and academic circles both nationally and internationally. He is a prolific writer as well of books, articles, and editorial opinions. Jones was also the moderator of The Forum at Grace Cathedral.
He is married to Virginia (Cricket) Jones and has three children and five grandchildren.
As a courageous public servant, decorated Vietnam veteran, member of the 9/11 Commission and education leader, the Honorable Bob Kerrey represents the contributory spirit that distinguishes our city, and our nation.
Today Bob Kerrey is executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, supporting The Minerva Project, an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education with a redefined student body, reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, cutting-edge technology, and an immersive global experience.
On January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School’s President Emeritus from January 1, 2011, to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School, Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools, and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate’s Agriculture and Forestry Committee, the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, the Senate’s Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Bob Kerrey served a single, four-year term as Nebraska’s Governor, distinguishing himself in the political arena as a Democrat in a heavily Republican state. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy, Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in January 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir entitled “When I Was A Young Man.”
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Dr. Richard Land
Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a non-denominational seminary based in Charlotte, NC which offers first rate educational programs in evangelism and classic apologetics. In addition to his presidency, Dr. Land also teaches courses at the Seminary. Prior to becoming President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Dr. Land served for over twenty-five years as the President of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith. Dr. Land served as The Criswell College’s Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 1980 to 1988. He had taught as Professor of Theology and Church History at that institution since 1975.
Dr. Land was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2001, and was subsequently reappointed to four additional terms of service through 2012. In 2007, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary established The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement. Dr. Land also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. In 2012 Dr. Land received The Champions of Justice Award, presented by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association).
Dr. Richard Land is a well-respected commentator on issues related to religion, politics, history and culture, and has appeared in thousands of media interviews in most major media outlets over the course of his career.
Gay Legg is the Consultant for Marketing, Business Development at Market+Intersect. Prior to this, she was the Marketing Director for Mixed-Use, Global Building Division at Jacobs Engineering.
She has also been the Vice President of Marketing at Manekin, LLC and the Marketing Director at Baltimore Development Corporation. She studied at Kenyon College and received a B.A. in English.
Susan Beilby Magee’s career spans diverse realms of politics, economics and spirituality. A leader of the women’s movement and director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Rights in Seattle, she moved to Washington DC as a White House Fellow in 1976. Magee held policy and management positions in domestic finance and economic development in the US Treasury and Commerce Departments and later served as an international business consultant. Having earned a BA from Pomona College and MBA from the Wharton School, she has served on numerous boards of directors.
Twenty-eight years ago, she turned from business to matters of the heart, meditation and healing, becoming a certified hypnotherapist and meditation teacher. She is the founder of the Washington Circle of Master Healers and participates in healing programs at the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at the Washington National Cathedral.
Susan Magee’s life-long friendship with Kalman Aron began when she sat for her portrait at age six. A half century later, the artist asked her to write his story, and she spent countless hours interviewing him, his family and friends and other Latvian survivors. Over the past nine years, she traveled his path across Europe from Riga, through seven slave labor and concentration camps in Latvia, Poland, Germany and then Czechoslovakia and finally to Vienna.
Brad McMillan was named the inaugural executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. For nearly a decade, Mr. McMillan served as Congressman Ray LaHood’s district chief of staff. Prior to his governmental career, Mr. McMillan practiced law for ten years, including serving as a senior staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court (3rd District). He has a J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.
David Meadvin, executive communications director for Bloomberg LP, has provided strategic communications expertise for leaders at the highest levels of U.S. government and business.
Over the course of nearly a decade in Washington, DC, David served in several high-profile communications roles. He was chief speechwriter for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where he was also a senior member of the Democratic caucus communications “war room” and primary author of the weekly national radio address. After the 2008 presidential election, David joined the Obama administration as director of speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led speechwriting for Attorney General Eric Holder and was instrumental in developing department-wide messaging on civil rights. He also wrote for Solicitor General (and current Supreme Court Justice) Elena Kagan.
After leaving government service, David launched Inkwell Strategies, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm specializing in strategic communications for corporate and government executives. Prior to joining Bloomberg, David was executive speechwriter for Facebook, where he played a central role in building the company’s global communications strategy for sales and marketing. At Bloomberg, David directs all external and internal communications for the company’s CEO, chairman and other senior leaders. David lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Hayley, a vice president at Edelman.
Dennis Passis is currently a mediator facilitating the resolution of commercial disputes and conflicts between family business owners. Critical to his success is his 40 years of owning and operating a family business that produced trade shows in the United States, England and Europe. His ability to establish trust, generate creative alternatives, and diffuse emotional scenarios in a pressurized environment is invaluable to his success as a mediator.
For the past 25 years he has been on the Chicago Regional Board of the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and has served as Chair of the Development, International Affairs and Legacy committees. For the past 10 years he has served as a National Commissioner of ADL and currently serves on the Development, International Affairs and Marketing committees. He has a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Faith Roessel is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and has spent her career working with and on behalf of Indian tribes and groups across the country. Ms. Roessel has served in government (federal and tribal), having been appointed deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, special assistant to the secretary of the Interior and director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, respectively.
Much of her emphasis in government involved policy development and interagency and intra-agency coordination. She has represented Indian tribes, groups and individuals before the courts, Congress, administrative agencies and tribal organizations in her capacity as a senior staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, DC and in her tribe’s then-general counsel’s law firm in Phoenix, AZ. Ms. Roessel is currently a member of the board of Americans for Indian Opportunity. She also served on the U.S. Consensus Council for Search for Common Ground-USA.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Dr. Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. An internationally renowned speaker and teacher in the interface of neurobiology, psychiatry and mindful awareness, he is the author and co-author of several books. Dr. Siegel is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.
Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that focuses on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.
Mr. Stein’s original research about the structure, management, institutional relationships and financing of the conservative-right movement over the past 40 years led to the formation of the Democracy Alliance. An attorney, Mr. Stein served as chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Commerce and chief of staff at the Washington office of the Clinton-Gore Transition. He was also a senior strategic advisor to Ron Brown, chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1989-1992), and has founded and led several non-profit organizations. Mr. Stein is founder, and an ex officio board member, of the Democracy Alliance. He served as co-chair of the board of The National Commons. Mr. Stein currently is spearheading the development of St. Clair Commons, a rural health and quality of life campus is southeast Ohio.
From a Cincinnati toy family (Kenner Products Co.), having graduated from Harvard in the class of ’65, Mr. Steiner has been a networker, creative consultant, convener and philanthropist for many years. He brings together people, projects, ideas, money and spirit around a common cause. He was a founding board member of Search for Common Ground, a founding member and early leader of the Threshold Foundation, a board member of The National Commons and a founding member of the Social Venture Network. He is a former chairman of the board of CDR Associates (Center for Dispute Resolution). Currently, he is a partner with the Washington, DC-based Transpartisan Center, formerly Reuniting America. Mr. Steiner lives in Boulder, CO with his wife and work partner, Margo King. He has two grown children.
William Ury is co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Global Negotiation Project. He is co-author of the international bestseller Getting to Yes and the author of Getting Past No and The Third Side. Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Ury has mediated between quarreling corporate divisions, battling unions, management and warring ethnic groups around the world. He has also served as a negotiation consultant to governments and dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Ury is co-founder of the e-Parliament, a problem-solving forum and ideas bank for effective legislation, connecting members of congresses and parliaments around the world. His most recent project is the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to create a permanent path of tourism and pilgrimage in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham, the unifying figure of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Trained as an anthropologist, Dr. Ury holds a B.A. from Yale and Ph.D. from Harvard.
Rita Walters is Vice President for Advancement at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). Walters previously served as chief development officer at the Washington National Cathedral. Walters arrived at the Cathedral from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where, for over 5 years, she had been senior associate director of development for the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She holds a BS in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University and a graduate certificate in non-profit studies through the Institute of Policy Studies Center for Civil Society at Johns Hopkins University. In her role as CDO she is responsible for launching initiatives to identify and cultivate new potential donors to the Cathedral while maintaining and strengthening ties to existing donors; as well as serving as co-strategist along with the Dean in cultivating and soliciting transformative gifts. She manages a professional staff of 10 and a budget of $9,000,000.
Jeff Weissglass is a political bridge building advocate and advisor and is an active supporter of education, civic leadership, and arts organizations. In addition to serving on the Convergence Leadership Council, he is Vice President of the Board of Education at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois and is the former board chair of the Project on Civic Reflection and of More Than Money. Jeff had previous careers as a corporate lawyer in New York and as a community development consultant with Chicago’s South Shore Bank. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and has a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University’s School of Organization and Management.
The Honorable Harris Wofford
Harris Wofford served as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995. He began his public service career as an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serving from 1954 to 1958. He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights movement and became a friend and unofficial advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. He also served as an advisor to the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy and was appointed special assistant to the President on civil rights. He was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps, was appointed Associate Director of the Peace Corps in 1962 and held that position until 1966.
After his time in the Senate, Mr. Wofford served as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other domestic volunteer programs, from 1995 to 2001. Since his retirement, he has taught at the University of Maryland-College Park and served on the boards of several charities and service organizations, including America’s Promise, Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation. He served for many years on the U.S. Consensus Council of Search for Common Ground-USA.
Named by PR Week as one of the ten most influential people of the past century in the arena of public affairs, communications and public relations, Daniel Yankelovich has spent half a century monitoring social change and public opinion in America. In the 1970s and 1980s he initiated the New York Times/Yankelovich poll, founded (with Cyrus Vance) Public Agenda– a non-partisan, not-for-profit public policy research organization–and established DYG Inc., a firm that tracks social and market trends. After moving to California in the 1990s, he founded his newest firm, Viewpoint Learning, which specializes in dialogue-based learning.
He is director emeritus of CBS, US West, the Meredith Corporation, Diversified Energies, Loral Space and Communications and ARKLA, and trustee emeritus of Brown University, the Kettering Foundation, the Fund for the City of New York and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where he served as Chairman of the Board. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served on the membership Committee and contributed articles on Foreign Affairs. He is the author of eleven books, including Profit With Honor: The New Stage of Market Capitalism, Coming to Public Judgment: Making Democracy Work in a Complex World, and The Magic of Dialogue: Transforming Conflict into Cooperation.