Hon. M. Robert “Bob” Carr
Congressman Carr served as a member of the U.S House of Representatives from Michigan for 18 years, both from the 6th District and the 8th District. In Congress he served as the chairman of the House Transportation Appropriations subcommittee. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the subcommittee in charge of appropriations for the departments of Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary. Prior to serving on the Appropriations Committee, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Congressman Carr was an Observer/Advisor to several international arms control negotiations. He has also consulted with several foreign governments including the Nigerian Assembly on issues relating to Civil-Military relations and Legislative-Executive relations. Congressman Carr currently serves on the board of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress, Supporters of a Civil Society in Russia, and on the advisory board of WHYHunger.org, a global anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Congressman Carr is currently Of Counsel at Dow Lohnes PLLC, a Washington based law firm with expertise in regulatory matters, especially in the area of education, telecommunications, IT, and technology. He is currently an adjunct professor of Ethics at The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
Hon. Ellen O. Tauscher
Congresswoman Tauscher is Strategic Advisor for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and is a member of the firm’s Federal Public Policy Group. She is Vice Chair-designate of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and serves on the Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) Board of Directors; The Aerospace Corporation Board of Trustees; eHealth Corporation Board of Directors; the Livermore National Security LLC and Los Alamos National Security LLC Boards of Governors and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation Board of Directors. She also is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission. Tauscher served as a Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense with the State Department from February through August 2012 and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from June 2009 to February 2012. She represented California’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from November 1996 to June 2009. From January 2007 until her appointment as Under Secretary, Tauscher chaired the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. She was also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before being elected to Congress, Tauscher spent 14 years working on Wall Street. She was one of the first and youngest women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and later served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.
Mr. Agullien is the Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Government Relations in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he served as a Senior advisor and Director of Member Services in the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In addition to other congressional staff and campaign jobs, Mr. Agullien served in the Clinton administration. He was initially appointed as Special Assistant in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and later served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Chief of Staff for Congressional Affairs. Mr. Agullien serves as Chairman of the Board for Avance, Inc., a national non-profit organization based in San Antonio Texas, focusing on early childhood education, and is member of the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Mr. Aguillen received his B.A from Stephen F. Austin State University, with double majors in political science and communications, radio-television. He received his M.A in public communications at American University.
Mr. Belluck is a General Partner with Riverside Partners, a Boston-based, private equity investment firm. Riverside Partners invests in growing, middle market businesses in the technology and health care industries. The firm is currently investing Riverside Fund V, L.P, a $561 million fund raised in 2012. David joined Riverside Partners in 1988 and has been leading the firm for the past ten years. David is a Director of the following companies: Tegra Medical, HealthDrive, Real Goods Solar, NDS Surgical Imaging, Welocalize, and Eliassen Group. Mr. Belluck serves on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Massachusetts. He is a Vice-Chair and Board Member of The Alliance for Business Leadership, which is a group of business leaders advancing corporate citizenship and advocating socially responsible economic growth. He is also a Director of The Winsor School, a Director and the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Kingsley Montessori School, and serves on the Executive Committee, and he serves as a Director on the Board of Temple Israel. David also serves as Finance Chair for Joe Kennedy in his campaign for Congress in the 4th district of Massachusetts.
Mr. Belluck graduated from Harvard University with a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics. He graduated with an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Aaron Chatterji, PhD
Professor Chatterji is currently an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth. His research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business. Professor Chatterji has testified as an expert witness at the House Committee on Small Business and the U.S. Department of State and served as a Fellow at the Center for American Progress. In his local community, Chatterji is a special advisor to the Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member for Durham Communities in Schools, an education-focused non-profit, and Bull City Forward, an entrepreneurship accelerator. He also advises technology start-up companies on innovation and strategy. Chatterji is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Professor Chatterji received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.
Mr. Emerson is the founding partner of Emerson Associates International, a company that provides communications, economic development, tourism, marketing and political strategies to corporations, governments and non-profit organizations. Mr. Emerson also serves as a Director and Chairman of the Government Relations and Ethics Committee of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund to which he was appointed by President Clinton. His official position at Harvard is as an associate at the division on addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. He is also an affiliate of the The Public Diplomacy Collaborative, Harvard Kennedy School and the founder of the program Conversations at Harvard. Peter is a frequent contributor to the pages/posts of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal The Boston Globe, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Washington Times and The Huffington Post. And among Mr. Emerson’s publications, “Utilizing the Mass Media”, chapter 8 in Beyond the Beltway: Focusing on Hometown Security, Recommendations for State and Local Domestic Preparedness Planning, A Year After 9-11. A Report of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. September 2002.
Mr. Feldstein recently retired as the President and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Under his leadership the Charitable Foundation grew from a fund of $25 million to one of the largest funder of non-profits in Northern New England with assets of $375 million by the end of 2008. Before taking up the leadership of the foundation in 1986 Mr. Feldstein served as the Provost for Antioch University New England. Prior to that he worked as a senior staff member for New York Mayor John Lindsay. He also worked as a journalist, and as a civil rights activist in Mississippi. Mr. Feldstein currently lectures and writes widely on social capital, community building, and charitable giving.
Mr. Feldstein is a graduate of Brown University, and received an M.A in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.
David Florence is currently co-founder and CEO of MobiSave, a mobile marketing start up that provides promotion systems and data intelligence to major packaged goods manufacturers. He is also co-founder and Partner in the American Elm Project, a not for profit initiative to develop corporate cause marketing programs to return the American Elm to the country’s landscape.
Previously, Mr. Florence spent twenty years building and growing advertising agencies around the world. His career began at Kobs & Draft, a pioneer in quantitative data driven direct marketing. He most recently worked for Draftfcb, a 9500 person agency formed by the merger of Draft, a global leader in direct, promotion and digital marketing and FCB one of the world’s oldest and largest agencies providing global advertising solutions to package goods and pharmaceutical manufacturers. In his position as Regional President of Europe, Canada the Middle East, and Africa David managed more than 30 offices in 25 countries and over 1500 employees. He also had global oversight of the agency’s Beiersdorf account.
Prior to the merger he was President and CEO International at Draft. From 2002 – 2006 and President, Draft New York, from 1994 – 2002. As president, David established a data analytics capability that powered acquisition and CRM solutions for clients including Upjohn, Bausch & Lomb, HBO, Audi, Verizon and Compaq.
From 1988 to 1993, David was based in London, where he served as Executive Vice President, Director of European Operations. Through the recruitment of both recognized direct marketing experts and rising stars, David helped Draft build a network across Europe that serviced both international and national clients, including those with whom he worked directly like Hewlett Packard, P&G and Rover Automobiles. Over the years he has served on both Effie and Echo juries as well as numerous industry panels.
With a BFA in Lighting and Scene design from Windham College in Putney, VT David spent his early years sailing competitively before joining Lightolier, an architectural and residential lighting manufacturer, where he spent 9 years in marketing and sales.
Mr. Hirshberg is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Stonyfield Yogurt. He retired in 2012 as CEO of the company after leading the company for 28 years. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Stonyfield Café, a natural foods fast-food franchise. Before Stonyfield, he served as the director of the New Alchemy Institute, a research and education center focused around organic farming, aqua culture, and renewable energy. He was appointed by President Obama in 2011 to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He serves a Co-Chair for the Agricultural Policy Initiative Agree, and is a Founding Partner of the Just Label It Campaign that advocates the labeling of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO). Mr. Hirshberg is also the author of “Stirring it Up: How to Make Money and Save the World,” about corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Hirshberg graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A in Environmental Studies.
Elaine Kamarck, PhD
Professor Kamarck is the Co-Chair of the U.S Climate Taskforce and a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was one of the Founders of the New Democrat movement that helped to elect Bill Clinton President. She served in the Clinton Administration from 1993-1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration’s ambitious National Performance Review (later renamed the National Partnership for Reinventing Government). Professor Kamark is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and has written regular columns for Newsday and the L.A Times. She is also the author of two books: “The End of Government As We Know It: Policy Implementation in the 21st Century” and “Primary Politics: How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System.”
Professor Kamark received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkley.
Mr. Kraus is a Partner in Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York City and Washington, DC. Prior to that, he served for two years as founding Co-Chief Counsel in the SEC’s new Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation, where he focused on Dodd-Frank implementation, and on improving the agency’s economic analysis of financial regulations, a topic on which he has since written and lectured extensively. Mr. Kraus’s long career in private practice has focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance, with a particular focus on transactions in the health care, aerospace, defense and telecommunications industries. Since leaving the government, his practice has expanded to include issues arising out of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As a pro bono election lawyer, Mr. Kraus in an expert in dual resident voting rights, litigating cases establishing dual resident voting rights in upstate New York, and coordinating the 50-state dual residency legal research backing efforts to get out the college student vote. Mr. Kraus clerked for the Chief Judge of the Second Circuit during the term in which the seminal international human rights case, Filartiga v. Pena-Irala, was decided.
Mr. Kraus is holds an A.B in Economics from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Mr. Rosenstock is currently Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies, in Washington, DC. Prior to that he worked for the international law firm Paul Hastings, where he was instrumental in creating and managing the FACTA Reform Coalition that successfully persuaded Congress to retroactively eliminate frivolous FACTA lawsuits. Before joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Rosenstock worked for California Congressman Tom Lantos, ultimately serving as his Legislative Counsel. During his service to Mr. Lantos, the former Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason was responsible for a variety of legislative and policy issues, both international and domestic. He also worked with Senator Edward Kennedy, Congressman Sherwood Boehlert and Congressman Robert Weygand. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns in New York, Massachussetts, California and New Hampshire at both state and national levels.
Mr. Rosenstock received his B.A from in Political Science from Union College, and his J.D from Georgetown University Law Center.
A native of Dover New Hampshire, Bill Shaheen has been practicing law throughout the State of New Hampshire for the last 40 years. He is an attorney, entrepreneur and political activist known as an influential national leader in the Democratic Party. In 1976 he successfully co-chaired Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Primary campaign in New Hampshire. He was appointed in 1976, at the age of 33, by President Jimmy Carter to be this country’s youngest U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. In 1981, he was appointed by Governor Hugh Gallen to be the Judge of the District Court in Durham, New Hampshire. In 1981, he founded the law firm today known as Shaheen & Gordon, which is among the largest law firms in New Hampshire. In 1999, Vice President Al Gore chose him to Chair his successful Gore 2000 Primary Campaign in New Hampshire. In 2003, Senator John Kerry asked him to Chair his successful Kerry 2004 Primary Campaign in New Hampshire and he served as the New Hampshire State Chair for the Kerry/Edwards campaign, which was the only Red State to go Blue and vote for the Kerry/Edwards ticket. In 2005, he, along with his wife, former Governor now U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, were named by N.H. Business Review to the “Top 10 Most Powerful People” in the State of New Hampshire.
In 2006, he Co-Chaired Carol Shea- Porter’s come from behind win for the First Congressional District Seat in New Hampshire and he was the senior consultant to his law firm partner and now EII President, Paul Hodes, in his successful bid for the Second Congressional District Seat in New Hampshire. In 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton selected him to Co-Chair her successful New Hampshire Primary Campaign for President of the United States. In 2012, he campaigned relentlessly for President Obama and helped deliver New Hampshire’s Democratic turnaround. In 2012, Business New Hampshire Magazine named him as one of New Hampshire’s Most Influential People.
In addition to his law practice, He has had an active career as a business owner and entrepreneur; he has invested in, managed and operated numerous business ventures ranging from retail operations to high-tech and media companies.
He also serves onthe Advisory Board, of Saint Anselm’s College New Hampshire Institute of Politics. He and Senator Shaheen live in Madbury, N.H. and are the proud parents and grandparents of a talented and growing family.
Ms. Yonkin is a Senior Economist for HDR Engineering in Boston, specializing in economic analysis and strategy development for the public and private sectors. She has led economic growth projects for numerous infrastructure investments, most notably in transportation. Her work has ranged from rail and streetcar to highway and port projects. Ms. Yonkin has also participated in several studies during her tenure at HDR to identify economic development opportunities for under utilized private and municipally-owned assets. Prior to this, Pam instructed public and healthcare economics at New England College in Henniker, NH. She also advised public and private entities within the aviation industry for an economics consulting practice in Pennsylvania. She started her professional career in several U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff positions when Vice President Joe Biden served as Chairman of the Committee. Ms. Yonkin received her B.A. from William Smith College, with a major in Mathematics, and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.