Honorary Advisory Board
Ambassador Nicholas Burns
Nicholas Burns has had a long and distinguished diplomatic career under both Democratic and Republican presidents in key roles, including Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008), U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005) and Greece (1997-2001), and part of the National Security Council. His experience has made him one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on foreign affairs. After serving his country for 27 years, Ambassador Burns turned to academia and holds the position of the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
NY Police Commissioner William Bratton
William J. Bratton is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues. During a 46-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities. Mr. Bratton is currently Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, and serves as the Vice Chairman for the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.
Steven Brill is a unique combination of esteemed journalist, entrepreneur, and academic thought leader. He is the founder of Journalism Online, a company designed to create a new, viable business model for journalism to flourish online. He founded and ran Court TV, the American Lawyer magazine, and Brill’s Content magazine. Brill founded the Yale Journalism Initiative, which recruits and trains journalists. He is the author of several best-selling books America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System; After: How America Confronted the September 12th Era; and The Teamsters. He is a feature writer for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and TIME. Currently, Brill has partnered with L. Gordon Crovitz, a former Wall Street Journal publisher and serial digital business entrepreneur, to launch News Guard, a new tool to combat against fake news that rates the credibility of sources of stories on news websites.
James Clapper served as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence—the United States’ top intelligence officer and President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor—from 2010 until 2017. Beginning his career as an enlisted Marine Corps reservist in 1961, Clapper eventually became a three-star Air Force lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring from uniformed service in 1995. In 2001 he returned to service, becoming the first civilian director of the National Imaging and Mapping Agency just three days after 9/11. In 2007 he was appointed the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, serving as an appointee for both the Bush and Obama administrations before President Obama appointed him as DNI.
Secretary Jeh Johnson
Jeh Johnson has had a very distinguished career in both public service and private corporate law practice. He served in the Obama cabinet as Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017) with vast responsibilities for homeland security, immigration, natural disaster relief, and many other critical policy areas. Prior to becoming Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson served in the key role as General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012) and General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force under President Clinton (1998-2001). Earlier in his career, he was Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). Currently, he is a partner with the law firm of Paul Weiss.
Television pioneer and business magnate, Kay Koplovitz became the first woman to serve as a network president after founding USA network. Changing the status quo of television standards, Kay led USA network to first place in prime-time ratings, where it remained unchallanged for 14 years. As a highly successful business women, she was appointed to chair the bipartisan National Women’s Business Council by Bill Clinton, (1998-2001). Being a leader and visionary Kay has made many other great achievements in her long career. Serving as chairman and CEO of Koplovitz & Company, LLC, she advises many television and media companies on growth strategies, as well as, investing in such companies for growth in the sector. Kay, also being a leader among business women, raises venture capital for other women entrepreneurs who want to start new programming companies and expand the frontier in media and technology.
Governor Ed Rendell
Governor Ed Rendell spent 24 years as an elected official including his tenures as Mayor of Philadelphia and 45th Governor of Pennsylvania. Rendell served as District Attorney of Philadelphia from 1978 to 1985. He was a member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee and served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election. Rendell is a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania, and chair of Team Pennsylvania Foundation.
Nouriel Roubini is a leading and globally renowned influential economist. His vast expertise in domestic and global macroeconomics, elevated him to serve as senior economist for international affairs on the White House council of economic advisors, under the Clinton Administration. He also served as senior advisor to undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S Treasury Department. During his tenure he helped resolve major Asian and global economic crises. His broad academic credentials and extensive policy research has helped credit him with publishing over 70 theoretical, empirical, and policy research papers on macroeconomic issues. He served on the faculty of Yale University’s department of economics and is now a professor of economics and international business at NYU Stern School of Business. Also, he is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, a global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm.
Silda Wall Spitzer
Silda Wall Spitzer, Senior Advisor, NewWorld Capital Group (investing growth equity and infrastructure project finance in environmental opportunities), is also Co-Founder and CEO of NewYorkMakers.com, the first digital marketplace and magazine for the state curating it’s best and most interesting makers, products, happenings, places, and ideas. Former First Lady of New York State, she spearheaded initiatives promoting green buildings, alternative energy, local food sources and engaging constituents to create livable communities and sustainable jobs.
Robert Wolf is a leading financier and influential business leader. He is the founder and CEO of 32 Advisors, and the Chairman and Co-Founder of Measure, a company offering Drone as a Service. Prior to forming 32 Advisors, Robert spent 18 years at UBS where he was Chairman and CEO of UBS Americas and President & Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Bank. Currently, Robert serves on the Board of the Barack Obama Foundation, and engaged with the Robert F. Kennedy Center, the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board, the UPenn Athletics Board, the Partnership for NYC and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance by Worth Magazine.
Governor Mario Cuomo
The son of Italian immigrants, Cuomo graduated summa cum laude Saint John’s University,in 1953. He then attended St. John’s School of Law, and graduated tied for the top of his class in 1956. He served in a number of statewide offices and ran for governor in 1982. He went on to serve three terms as Governor of New York and won national popularity as the voice of progressive vision for the regular man and woman.