- Kristen Soltis Anderson
- Richard J. Berry
- James Carville
- Barbara Damron
- John Edelman
- Chuck Hagel
- Patrick J. Kennedy
- Steven Leifman
- Liza Long
- E. Fuller Torrey
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) is co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, an opinion research, data analytics and digital intelligence firm. She is also the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up), and is a columnist at The Daily Beast and co-host of the weekly polling podcast, The Pollsters.
Anderson served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics during 2014. She previously served as vice president of the Winston Group, a Washington D.C.-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy.
In 2013, she was named one of Time magazine’s “30 under 30 Changing the World,” National Journal magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35” and one of Marie Claire magazine’s “New Guard” of the 50 most connected rising female leaders.
Anderson has a master’s in government from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Florida.
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Richard J. Berry
Richard J. Berry (@MayorRJBerry) has served as mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., since 2009. Prior to serving as the city’s chief executive officer, he was twice elected to the New Mexico Legislature.
Albuquerque’s crime rate has dropped to some of the lowest levels in 20 years during Berry’s administration. He is currently leading the city through a period of police reform following a Department of Justice investigation into the department’s practices, and new policies on the use of force have been put in place to address the investigation’s findings.
Berry serves as an elected member of the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is the current chair of the Conference’s Metro Economies Committee and Community Leaders of America.
An entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest, he earned his degree in finance and administration at the University of New Mexico.
James Carville (@JamesCarville) is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.
His most prominent victory was in 1992, when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the presidency. In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates for office, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 20 countries around the globe.
Carville has also authored or co-authored eight New York Times best sellers. His most recent book, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home, was co-authored by Carville’s wife of 22 years, Mary Matalin, and was released in 2014.
He also serves as a professor of practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he now resides.
New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron (@BarbaraDamron) has more than 30 years’ experience as an executive, healthcare provider, scientist and educator with a focus on policy and healthcare. Damron is the recipient of more than 25 state, national and international awards for her professional accomplishments.
She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Union College, a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Most recently, she has served as an associate professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative doctoral program. She also served as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UNM Health Science Center School of Medicine. Additionally, she developed and directed the UNM Cancer Center’s Office of Community Partnerships and Cancer Health Disparities.
John Edelman (@jedelm) is managing director for global engagement and corporate responsibility at Edelman, the world’s largest independently owned public relations firm, which was founded by his father, the late Daniel J. Edelman. He also serves as president of the Daniel J. Edelman Family Foundation.
The firm publishes the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, which surveys consumer trust in institutions, industries and leaders.
Edelman leads the firm’s global citizenship initiatives, including corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, corporate philanthropy, community engagement, supplier and partnership engagement, environmental sustainability, and corporate reporting.
Edelman holds a master’s degree in marketing and public management from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brown University.
Chuck Hagel was the 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense, serving from 2013 to 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in that role. Hagel also served two terms in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2009, representing Nebraska.
Hagel currently serves on the Board of Trustees of RAND and advisory boards of Deutsche Bank America and Corsair Capital. He’s also a senior adviser to Gallup and to the McCarthy Group; Distinguished Executive in Residence at Georgetown University; and Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; and serves on the board of directors of the American Security Project.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980s, Hagel co-founded Vanguard Cellular Systems. He also served as deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration under Ronald Reagan and deputy commissioner general of the 1982 World’s Fair.
Patrick J. Kennedy
Patrick J. Kennedy (@PJK4brainhealth) Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 – and his openness about his own health challenges.
The son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of A Common Struggle, which outlines both his personal story and a bold plan for the future of mental health in America.
Steven Leifman is a judge in Miami-Dade County and served as special adviser on criminal justice and mental health for the Supreme Court of Florida from 2007 to 2010. Among many professional honors, Leifman is the recipient of the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness and professional ethics.
Leifman is at the forefront of a public policy movement in the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people with mental illness in prison, and to develop alternative approaches that offer treatment and support for recovery.
He has chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court, and has been appointed to serve in a variety of capacities on local, state and national bodies.
Leifman has been featured in many national television programs regarding mental health and the criminal justice system, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on the subject.
Liza Long (@anarchistmom) is an author, educator, erstwhile classicist and mother of four children based in Boise, Idaho. Her book, The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, was a 2015 “Books for a Better Life” award winner.
Long’s essays have appeared on the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Time.com, The Mighty and MindBodyGreen, among others. Since publishing her widely shared essay, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” about how her family’s personal tragedy intersected with the public tragedy of Newtown, she has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Erin Burnett Out Front, Anderson Cooper 360, Dr. Oz and other programs.
She presented talks on children’s mental health and stigma at TEDx San Antonio in October 2013 and at the National Council for Behavioral Health in March 2016. A doctoral candidate in organizational leadership, Long’s dissertation research is focused on mental health advocacy and leadership.
E. Fuller Torrey
E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., (@efullertorrey) is a psychiatric researcher and advocate specializing in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He founded the Stanley Medical Research Institute, where he is currently the associate director for research, and the Treatment Advocacy Center, which advocates for better treatment for individuals with serious mental illnesses.
Torrey spent two years in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps physician and served in the U.S. Public Health Service for 20 years. He is the author or co-author of 20 books, including The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens. He writes regularly for national media and has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Dateline” and “20/20,” among others.
Torrey received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, an M.D. from McGill University, and a master’s in anthropology and training in psychiatry from Stanford University. He was also awarded an honorary degree by McGill University.