Rep. Eric Cantor is a results-oriented leader in Congress who is committed to helping solve problems for America’s families. He has developed a broad range of innovative solutions to promote free markets, economic growth, job creation and national security.
Representing Virginia’s 7th District, Eric has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. Eric was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses.
In Congress, Eric has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and ideas-driven conservative. The Weekly Standard featured him as an emerging leader among an impressive group of “Young Guns of the House GOP.” Congressional Quarterly has described him as “the GOP’s communicator, rainmaker and consensus builder.”
A former small businessman, Eric has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. His commentary is often featured in publications focusing on a wide range of issues including economic matters, health care and foreign policy. A proponent of a strong national defense, Eric formerly chaired the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and remains committed to providing our nation’s military and intelligence communities with the resources they need to keep the homeland safe.
In Congress, Eric has worked to lower taxes, eliminate excessive regulation, strengthen small businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship. He was the chief sponsor of a 2006 bill to make permanent the slashed individual income tax rates for capital gains and dividends, rewarding entrepreneurs, retirees and investors with the ability to create more opportunity for their families and jobs for our communities. He has long been a key player in health care, fighting for greater choice for families. He authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which made it easier for families to save for their health care needs through Health Savings Accounts. The legislation became law in late 2006.
As Minority Whip, Eric assembled a highly effective and energetic Republican whip team that served as the nerve center of the Republican Conference. In early 2009, the whip team coordinated the effort in which no Republicans voted for the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill.
During the lead-up to the stimulus vote, then-Minority Leader John Boehner tapped Eric to head up the Republican Economic Solutions Group that produced the Republican alternative economic plan which would have created twice the jobs at half the cost of the stimulus bill signed into law. The group continued to develop and produce responsible solutions to a broad range of challenges, offering a window into GOP leadership in the 112th Congress. In December 2009, the group offered President Obama a no-cost jobs plan.
Eric also co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Ryan.
Eric is a lifelong resident of the Richmond area, where he got his start in politics as a driver for his predecessor Congressman Tom Bliley. Eric received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.
Eric and his wife, Diana, reside in Richmond, Virginia. They have three children: Evan, a recent graduate of The University of Virginia; Jenna, a rising senior at the University of Michigan; and Michael, who is in his second year at The University of Virginia.
Hon. Anne Castle was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science on June 19, 2009. In this capacity, Castle oversees water and science policy for the Department and has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Castle spearheaded the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program, which provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies. She was the driving force behind the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding among Interior, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addressing the development of sustainable hydropower generation. She has been a champion of the National Land Imaging Program, the nation’s longest sequential moderate-resolution satellite imaging program provided by the Landsat series of satellites, now hosted by USGS. Castle also provides hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and is the Secretary’s designee to, and Chair of, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group.
Before joining Interior, Castle practiced law for 28 years in Denver, Colorado with the Rocky Mountain based law firm of Holland & Hart LLP, specializing in water issues. She was elected in 2001 to chair the law firm’s management committee and served in that position until 2004. She also chaired the firm’s natural resources law department.
In 2007 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Castle to the South Platte River Basin Task Force, which examined the water crisis in this northeastern Colorado basin, and its challenges for water users and provided recommendations for legislative changes that continue to be explored. She also was the chair and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Water and Sanitation District from 1989 to 2002. Castle was twice appointed to the Colorado Ground Water Commission by former Colorado Governor Roy Romer and served from 1994 to 2002.
During her legal career, Castle was continually involved in organizations providing legal representation to those who could not afford to pay. She served on the board of Colorado Legal Services for over 25 years, and was on the board of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation for many years. The Women’s Vision Foundation selected Castle for its prestigious Woman of Vision award in 2008, recognizing positive, enlightened leadership and active promotion of the advancement of women within the law firm and in the community.
Castle received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, with honors, from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, in 1973. Her J.D. in 1981 was also from the University of Colorado where she was Order of the Coif.
The Bureau of Reclamation manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. Reclamation is the largest provider of water in the country, bringing water to more than 31 million people in the seventeen western states, and is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power. USGS is a world leader in the natural sciences and provides reliable scientific information in support of the management of resources, minimization of loss of life and property from natural disasters, and enhancing and protecting quality of life.
Craig Clay is Executive Vice President, Capital Markets and Global Outsourcing, at RR Donnelley.
Hon. Earl E. Devaney is the President of The Devaney Group, having retired from the Federal government, with over 41 years of service, at the end of 2011. He now provides strategic advice to a wide variety of companies seeking to establish, mature, and expand business with the Federal government. Mr. Devaney is recognized for wide-ranging start-up and turnaround expertise within the complexity of government. He is a decisive, independent thinker with policy and operations management expertise and the ability to assess issues and respond to organizational crises. Providing lasting solutions that streamline operations and increase return on investment are hallmarks of his career.
Six days after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, he named Mr. Devaney Chairman of Recovery and Transparency Board, to oversee the $840B stimulus expenditure. In announcing his appointment, the President said, “I can’t think of any more tenacious and efficient guardian of the hard-earned tax dollars the American peoplehave entrusted us to wisely invest.”
Working under tight legislative deadlines and maximizing his interpersonal skills, Mr. Devaney established a new Federal Agency, created two award winning websites with innovative geospatial web services for full transparency, and implemented an internationally lauded oversight program. These achievements were accompanied by extensive liaison at the highest levels of government, frequent Congressional testimony, and an active calendar of speaking and media engagements. Reporting directly to the Vice President, he also served as the Co-Chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. His leadership of the Recovery Board resulted in extraordinarily low levels of fraud while enabling millions of citizens to clearly see how their tax dollars were being spent in real time via the Internet.
Mr. Devaney was heralded by the national media for ushering in a new era of accountability and transparency for the Federal government. In 2010, he addressed the European Parliament, in Brussels, on “Accountability and Transparency: The American Experiment”. In 2011, he received the Donald L. Scantlebury Award, which recognizes a senior government executive who demonstrates outstanding leadership and significant economies, efficiencies and improvements in financial management in the public sector.
In 1999, Mr. Devaney was appointed Inspector General for the Department of the Interior by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. During his tenure, he led the public corruption investigations, resulting in the convictions of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the Department’s Deputy Secretary and presided over the oil and gas investigations that engulfed the Mineral Management Service. Due to his investigative and audit work at Interior, Mr. Devaney was invited to deliver the keynote address at the 2008 United Nations Conference on Public Corruption in Vienna. Also in 2008, Ethisphere Magazine named him one of the top 100 most influential people in business ethics.
Prior to his role at Interior, he was the Director of the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training for the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Devaney directed all of EPA’s criminal investigators, as well as the agency’s forensics laboratory and its enforcement-training institute. He built and led these programs from inception through unprecedented growth. While at EPA he was the U.S. Head of Delegation and Co-Chair of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crimes Committee in Lyon, France. In 1998, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Outstanding Government Service.
Mr. Devaney spent the first 20 years of his career with the Secret Service serving in locations throughout the United States and abroad. When he retired, he was the Service’s foremost expert on fraud and Special Agent-in-Charge of the Fraud Division. He modernized worldwide fraud programs by introducing progressive, new approaches to investigating and preventing credit card, telecommunications, and computer fraud.
Mr. Devaney holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from the prestigious Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University, the Executive Development Program at George Washington University, and two executive management programs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Currently he serves on a number of corporate and non- profit Boards.
Daniel L. Goroff is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation who is especially interested in economics, finance, mathematics, the scientific and technical work force, and education. He is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Economics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where he previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.Goroff earned his B.A.-M.A. degree in mathematics summa cum laude at Harvard as a Borden Scholar, an M.Phil. in economics at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, a Masters in mathematical finance at Boston University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University as a Danforth Fellow. His first faculty appointment was at Harvard University in 1983. During over two decades there, he rose to the rank of Professor of the Practice of Mathematics while also serving as Associate Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and as a Resident Tutor at Leverett House.
A 1988 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize winner, Goroff taught courses in the mathematics, economics, physics, history of science, and continuing education programs at Harvard. He was also the founding director of a Masters Degree Program in “Mathematics for Teaching” offered through the Harvard Extension School. Beginning with the international distance education courses he developed using audiographics conferencing over twenty years ago, and continuing through his most recent online course called “Decisions, Games, and Negotiations,” Goroff has been an educational innovator throughout his teaching career.
In pursuing his work on nonlinear systems, chaos, and decision theory, Daniel Goroff has held visiting positions at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Paris, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, and the Dibner Institute at MIT.
In 1994, Goroff was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Higher Education. During 1996-97, he was a Division Director at the National Research Council in Washington, and during 1997-98, Goroff worked for the President’s Science Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
As Director of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics from 1998 to 2001, Daniel Goroff was called to testify about educational and research priorities both by the House and again by the Senate during the 106th Congress. He also testified before the 109th Congress. A former Chair of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction at the National Research Council, he was co-director with Richard Freeman of the Scientific and Engineering Workforce Project based at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The book they edited together is called Scientific and Engineering Careers in the United States.
Joel Gurin is senior advisor to the Governance Lab at New York University, which studies and promotes the use of data and collaborative technology to improve the workings of government. He has a background in government, publishing, and nonprofit leadership. Gurin worked for fifteen years at Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, where he began as science editor, soon became editorial director, and then served as executive vice president for almost a decade. As EVP of Consumers Union, Gurin launched and grew Consumer Reports’ website, ConsumerReports.org. Under his leadership it became the world’s largest information-based paid-subscription site: It now has more than three million active paid subscribers.
In December 2009, Gurin joined the Obama Administration as chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He conceptualized and served as chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how government Open Data can help consumers choose the best options in services like health care, financial services, education, and energy. He is the author of the upcoming book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill, January 2014), and the founder and editor of OpenDataNow.com.
WashingtonWatch.com. He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law.
Hudson Hollister is the founder and executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. The Coalition is a trade association of technology companies, nonprofits, and individuals supporting the publication of government data in machine-readable formats. Prior to founding the Data Transparency Coalition, he served as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives and as an attorney fellow in the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Before his government service, he was a securities litigator in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP.
www.nasa.gov) and pioneering knowledge architectures within the US Department of Defense. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, and Chair of the W3C eGovernment Group, and has more than 130 publications on innovation, open data, information systems, and knowledge management.
Jeanne is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University and UCLA, where she is an instructor in knowledge management, social network analysis, and collaborative systems. She has worked at Disney, in television and radio, and as CIO for a technology start up. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), Distinguished Instructor of the Year at UCLA, a Fed 100, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, three best practice awards from the APQC, and led NASA to an unprecedented four global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards.
Washington Correspondent for the O’Reilly Radar at O’Reilly Media.
Howard has also contributed to the Mashable, CBS News’ What’s Trending, Govloop, Governing People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and The Atlantic, amongst others. He has appeared as an on-air analyst for Al Jazeera English and a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR multiple times.
You can connect with him online in many other places, including email.
Prior to joining O’Reilly, he was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and IT security.
Howard has been a keynote speaker, moderator and panelist at conferences in Washington and beyond, including the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, the State of the Net and the Open Government Partnership Annual Conference.
He also delivered remarks or moderated discussions at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Alfred University, The Mona School of Business at the University of The West Indies, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The U.S. National Archives, NIST, The Club de Madrid, The Cato Institute, The New America Foundation, The World Bank, and the U.S. Social Security Agency. In 2011, he was Visiting Faculty at the Poynter Institute.
Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southern Orange County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.
As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained the rank of captain. He completed his active-duty military service in 1980 and turned his interests to the private sector.
At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. In 1994, Issa was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The San Diego Union Tribune. During his leadership of Directed Electronics, Issa served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, an organization of 2000 companies within the consumer technology industry that hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When he stepped down as CEO to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Directed Electronics employed nearly 200 people.
As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.
Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. As the holder of 37 patents himself, Issa has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement. His watchful concern to guarantee that U.S. taxpayers receive the royalties they are owed from mineral interests on federal lands exposed fraud and mismanagement at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) in 2006.
In 2008, when Congress was asked to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the wake of an historic financial crisis, Issa stood by his instincts as a businessman and opposed giving a blank-check bailout to Wall Street – he voted against all bailouts during the financial crisis. Refusing to give up and concede to those who favored a bailout-centered response to this and future financial failures, Issa put forward a proposal to create a bipartisan commission to uncover the root causes of the financial crisis. This idea was passed into law in early 2009 and the investigation commenced in January 2010. Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect U.S. taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.
Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. In the first year of his leadership, the committee has undertaken numerous detailed investigations of the Countrywide Financial VIP Program that benefited government officials with special reduced-rate mortgage loans, the illegal use of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the decades-old misplaced government agenda to manipulate the U.S. housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that created the housing crisis, the politicization of science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a broad investigation into the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars. He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.
David A. Lebryk was appointed the first Commissioner of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) on October 7, 2012, when the Financial Management Service (FMS) and the Bureau of the Public Debt consolidated into one bureau.
Commissioner Lebryk provides leadership, policy direction and guidance for the bureau’s debt financing and financial management programs. The bureau issues over one billion in federal payments worth $2.4 trillion to more than 100 million people; collects nearly $3.2 trillion in federal revenues each year; and collects more than $6.2 billion in delinquent debts. The Fiscal Service is responsible for the issuance of more than $7.7 trillion in marketable securities to finance the public debt. The bureau manages a daily cash flow of more than $67 billion and accounts for the federal government’s debt of more than $16 trillion. The Fiscal Service produces the Daily and Monthly Treasury Statements, the Monthly Statement of the Public Debt, and the Financial Report of the United States Government.
Mr. Lebryk has had a long distinguished career in Treasury. In June 2009, he began his tenure as FMS Commissioner, having served as Deputy Commissioner for one and a half years. His responsibilities included leadership, policy direction and guidance over FMS’s mission essential payment, collections, reporting, and debt collection functions.
Prior to his service at FMS, Mr. Lebryk was the Senior Career Executive at the U.S. Mint in the capacity of Deputy Director from October 2002 to December 2007, and Acting Director from August 2005 through September 2006, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the world’s largest manufacturer of coins, medals and coin products.
Prior to his service at the Mint, Mr. Lebryk held the position of Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Operations and policy, where he oversaw the development and implementation of the policies and programs he now leads as Fiscal Service Commissioner. He also served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources for the Treasury Department and as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and to three Undersecretaries for Domestic Finance. Mr. Lebryk joined the Treasury Department in 1989 as a presidential management intern in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Counselor to the Secretary. He received Presidential Rank Awards in 2005 and 2010 for his sustained record of extraordinary leadership and achievement.
Mr. Lebryk graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Craig M. Lewis is Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is currently on leave from Vanderbilt University where he is the Madison S. Wiggington Professor of Finance at the Owen Graduate School of Management.
He first served at the SEC as a visiting Economic Fellow from January 2010 through July 2010, and subsequently returned in the same capacity in January 2011. Lewis has conducted research on volatility in stock and futures markets, margin adequacy, corporate earnings management, corporate financial policy, executive compensation, selective disclosure, and herd behavior by equity research analysts. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, among other places.
He is associate editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Accounting and Finance, and the North-American Journal of Economics and Finance, and has been associate editor of the Journal of Financial Research.
Luther Lowe is the Director of Public Policy at Yelp.
Don McCrory is a Partner at PwC.
Gaurav Pal is the Director of Strategic Programs at Smartronix.
Dr. Theresa Pardo works with a variety of government, corporate, and university partners to lead applied research projects on the policy, management, and technology issues surrounding information and information technology use in the public sector.
Theresa’s current portfolio includes the development of a public value assessment framework for U.S. federal government open government initiatives funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and the development of models of social and technical interactions in cross-boundary information sharing and integration as well as information technology enterprise governance. Her most recent NSF-funded effort is as the principal investigator for a project to develop a data interoperability framework for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region by working with stakeholder communities involved in the growth of coffee in Mexico that is distributed, brewed, and consumed in Canada and the United States. In addition to funding from NSF, Theresa’s research at CTG has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the United Nations and New York State and local government agencies, among others.
Theresa is a Research Associate Professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy and an affiliated faculty member of the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany. She is one of the founding developers of the highly ranked Government Information Strategy and Management curriculum at Rockefeller College. The academic program focuses on the policy, management and technology dimensions of information and technology use in the design and delivery of government programs. In 2008, Theresa received the University at Albany’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Tom Pollak is Senior Research Associate and Program Director, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Urban Institute. Tom has worked on an array of activities and research areas since joining NCCS in 1996, including electronic filing of IRS Forms 990, assessing the quality of IRS nonprofit data, understanding nonprofit overhead costs, and improving databases that deal with nonprofit arts organizations. Previously, Tom served as Research Director of Citizens Fund from 1990 to 1994, and as Senior Research Associate at Independent Sector, where his work focused on the impact of federal budget changes on the nonprofit sector. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Linda Powell is the Chief Business Officer of the Office of Financial Research, U.S. Treasury. She was most recently the Chief of the Economic Data Management and Analysis section in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She has a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MS in Finance from George Washington University. She has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry including a money center bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, and the Board of Governors. She has worked in research for over ten years.
Cinthia Schuman is Deputy Director for Philanthropy Programs for The Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. Previously, Ms. Schuman was Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Family Fund, where she managed grantmaking programs in women’s rights, civic participation and other areas. From 1989 to 1994, she was Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), where her work received national media coverage. She also served as Executive Director of Cleveland Women’s Counsel.
Ms. Schuman was a Root-Tilden Scholar at New York University School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College.
Ms. Schuman is currently a member of the board of directors of the Ottinger Foundation, and serves on the National Advisory Panel of FairTest and the Council of Editorial Advisors for BoardSource. Previously, she served on the boards of the National Association of Public Interest Law/Equal Justice Works, the National Network of Grantmakers, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Daniel Schuman serves as Policy Director for CREW. He previously worked as Policy Counsel and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency for the Sunlight Foundation, where he testified before Congress and was a nationally recognized expert on federal transparency. He also served as Counsel and Communications Director for the Constitution Project and as a Legislative Attorney with the Congressional Research Service. A native of Connecticut, Daniel graduated cum laude from Emory University School of Law.
Nick Sinai is U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, Nick helps lead the President’s Open Data Initiatives to liberate data to fuel innovation and economic growth. Nick previously served at the FCC, where he led a team at the National Broadband Plan exploring how broadband and advanced communications can help the nation achieve its goals of energy independence and energy efficiency. Prior to the Obama Administration, Nick was a venture capitalist at Polaris Partners and Lehman Brothers Venture Partners (now Tenaya Capital). Nick also served in executive and advisory roles with two Boston area start-up technology companies, and served as a senior advisor to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. He earned an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an A.B. from Harvard University.
Richard is passionate about the ability for technology to change society and the possibilities it opens up for new businesses models. He provided the first seed funding for the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Where Does My Money Go? in 2008 which has gone on to become Open Spending and worked with the Ordnance Survey on OpenSpace and their business approach to Open Data in 2009. In 2010 he made sure all of the commitments in the Prime Minister’s letter on Transparency were met and the UK was able to cement its position as a world leader in open data.
Originally a lawyer, before his work on Transparency Richard has had a number of roles in HM Treasury working on corporate tax and financial services.
Kat Townsend is Special Assistant for Innovation and Engagement, Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, USAID. In her role at USAID Kat constructs strategic communications for the office and for the Innovation pillar of USAID Forward’s reform agenda. She is also point for Open Agriculture Data Initiative, and is designing innovation workshop and trainings. She previously served on the Secretary’s innovation staff at the State Department working on the Internet Freedom agenda, mWomen initative, and tech@State and TechCamp conferences.
Ed Walters is CEO of FastCase.
Sen. Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and serves on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. After more than four years in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to create balanced solutions to reduce the federal debt and deficit. He also has been a champion for military men and women, their families, and our military veterans. Senator Warner also is a leader in Congress in efforts to promote private-sector innovation and to help our nation’s small businesses and start-up companies succeed.
- Senator Warner has been a leader in seeking moderate, bipartisan compromises to try and break through Congressional gridlock. He organized the Senate’s Gang of Six, which has worked since 2011 to find a bipartisan path towards responsible deficit and debt reduction, and he has reached across the aisle to co-sponsor numerous bills with Republican colleagues.
- Senator Warner’s business experience has informed his work towards leaner, more efficient government. He was chosen by his colleagues on the Budget Committee to lead a bipartisan task force to eliminate unnecessary program overlap and wasteful duplication within the federal bureaucracy, and he has introduced bills to measure and eliminate waste in federal agencies.
- As the senior senator from Virginia, a state with a proud history of military service and a large population of service members, their families, and veterans, Senator Warner has been a strong advocate for the men and women of our armed forces. He has intervened to improve older, dilapidated female military veterans.
- Senator Warner has acted swiftly and decisively to resolve issues in the Commonwealth that demanded his immediate attention. After two Virginia Air National Guard pilots blew-the-whistle on chronic safety concerns with the new F-22 stealth fighter jet, Senator Warner intervened to protect the pilots from reprisals and prompted the Air Force to step-up its investigation into the cause of the F-22 safety issues. He also mobilized several of Virginia’s leading technology companies to correct mistakes and mismanagement discovered at the Army’s Arlington National Cemetery.
From 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner served as Governor of Virginia, where he worked in a bipartisan way to turn record budget deficits into a surplus. Governor Warner also focused on improving public education and expanding economic opportunity in every region of the state. He recruited 135,000 new jobs to Virginia during his four-year term. When Governor Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was consistently recognized as the nation’s “best-managed state,” the “best state for business” and the state offering the best educational opportunities to its young people.
Before entering public office, Senator Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business. He co-founded the company that became Nextel, and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology companies that have created tens-of-thousands of private sector jobs.
Senator Warner, his wife Lisa Collis, and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Peter Warren is majority Policy Director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Warren’s primary responsibility is coordinating all the Committee’s legislative activity, which covers a variety of issue areas, including federal procurement and personnel, the Postal Service, the District of Columbia, the Census Bureau, and Government management, efficiency and transparency measures. Before coming to the Committee in September 2010, Warren spent six years with the Education Finance Council, where he served as President from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, he was a Budget Analyst with the House Budget Committee and a Professional Staff member with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
John Wonderlich is the Policy Director for the Sunlight Foundation and one of the nation’s foremost advocates for open government. John spearheads Sunlight’s goal of changing the government by opening up key data sources and information to make government more accountable to citizens. He is one of the foremost authorities on transparency policy, from legislation and accountability in Congress to ethics and information policy in the executive branch. John has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and has testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News and C-SPAN, and his expertise has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media outlets.