GEOFFREY COWAN is a university professor at the University of Southern California where he holds the Annenberg family chair in communication leadership and directs the Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He served as dean of the USC Annenberg School from 1996–2007. During the 2007–08 academic year, he was a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and was named the Walter Lippman fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. For the past 30 years, Cowan has been an important force in almost every facet of the communication world — as a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author and award-winning teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official.
EDITH EVERETT is co-founder and president of the Everett Family Foundation, whose priorities are education and young people. For more than 30 years, she was senior vice president of investments at Gruntal & Co., a New York Stock Exchange member firm. She currently serves on a number of philanthropic boards including Human Rights Watch, American Jewish Committee, International Hillel, and the Blaustein Institute for Human Rights, and for 23 years she was a board member of the City University of New York.
GUSTAVO GODOY, a broadcast journalist and four–time Emmy Award winner, is the executive editor and publisher of Vista, a monthly magazine that reaches Hispanic Americans in top markets across the nation. Now entering its 18th year, Vista‘s circulation is more than 1.1 million per month.
JOSIE GOYTISOLO co-founded and served as the CEO of Divina.com, an online women’s network for the United States, Latin America and Spain. The four-time Emmy winner was an executive producer at WPLG-TV, Channel 10, in Miami. Prior to that, she was news director of the Miami-based Telemundo Television Network.
HERBERT HAFIF, an attorney, pioneered class action litigation and major defense fraud cases. He was selected Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Advocate of the Year, Red Cross Philanthropist of the Year and voted Outstanding President of the California Trial Bar.
REV. THEODORE HESBURGH, the president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, has served on 12 presidential commissions. He served on the Civil Rights Commission from 1957 to 1972, becoming both its most outspoken member and its chairman. His stature as an elder statesman in American higher education is reflected in his 135 honorary degrees, the most ever awarded to an American.
KATHLEEN HALL JAMIESON is an author and the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on political campaigns, she frequently appears as a commentator on CBS News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, National Public Radio and CNN’s Inside Politics.
SONIA R. JARVIS is an attorney based in Washington, D.C., specializing in civil rights, diversity issues, nonprofit counsel, and general civil matters. A former executive director of the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, she is currently a visiting professor at the School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University Law School.
HAROLD HONGJU KOH is dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985. He is one of the nation’s leading experts in human rights and international law and has received more than 30 awards for his human rights work. Dr. Koh has authored more than 150 articles and written or co-written eight books. From 1998-2001, he was assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor. In 2009, he was nominated by President Obama as Legal Adviser of the State Department.
MICHELE NORRIS is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. She hosts NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Norris earned both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News’s coverage of 9/11.
CHARLES OGLETREE holds the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law Chair at Harvard Law School. In 2001, Professor Ogletree received the prestigious Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association and in 2000, was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”
CHARLES PILLER, co-founding Center for Public Integrity board member and former chairman, is the author of two books on science and national security. Formerly an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, he currently is senior investigative reporter for the Sacramento Bee.
ALLEN PUSEY is the managing editor of the American Bar Association Journal in Chicago and a former special projects editor for the Washington bureau of The Dallas Morning News and Belo Broadcasting. He has also reported for the Dallas Times Herald and the El Paso Times. Pusey, who was one of the first reporters to uncover the savings-and-loan scandal in the early 1980s, has received numerous awards for his coverage of local and national issues. Pusey is a graduate the University of Texas at Dallas.
BEN SHERWOOD is an award-winning broadcast journalist and author of The Survivors Club: The Secrets & Science that Could Save Your Life (Grand Central 2009). He is also founder and CEO of www.TheSurvivorsClub.org, a resource center and support network for people facing medical, financial and family crises. Sherwood worked as executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America during the two most successful years in the program’s history. He also served as senior broadcast producer of the NBC Nightly News and as an investigative producer with ABC News PrimeTime Live. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
PAUL A. VOLCKER is chairman of the newly formed Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Obama. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee, and served as chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He is former North American chairman of The Trilateral Commission and former chairman of Wolfensohn & Co. Inc., as well as professor emeritus of international economic policy at Princeton University. He divided the earlier stages of his career between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the U.S. Treasury Department.
HAROLD M. WILLIAMS, former Dean of the Graduate School of Management at UCLA for seven years, is president emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, California. Williams served as the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 1977 to 1981 and currently is Of Counsel for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON, author and the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, is a leading authority on race and poverty in the United States. A MacArthur Prize Fellow from 1987 to 1992, he was a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States.