Founder Patricia Duff Profile Photo 2014
Patricia Duff founded The Common Good in 2007 in New York to bring together major policy leaders from government and authoritative figures from business, media, journalism and academia to speak candidly on the most important issues of the day.  These meetings are meant to provide ideas and information, advocate citizen participation, and encourage finding common ground. The Common Good is rooted in Show Coalition, an influential entertainment industry-based organization that she and others started in 1988.

Duff’s work has spanned the entertainment and political worlds. Duff worked as vice president of two of the country’s leading political strategy and consulting firms in Washington D.C., and has lent her energy and expertise to dozens of political races across the country, including several Presidential election efforts. Duff served on the Congressional investigative committee that reexamined the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, had her own television political talk show, led women’s outreach for political campaign efforts, and has served on a number of boards, including the Library of Congress Board of Trustees, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Board of Visitors and the board of the Lincoln Center Film Society.  Duff is a member of the Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.


Executive Project Manager

Chandra Ganesan is an Executive Project Manager for The Common Good. She communicates on the ground floor with our members, manages logistics for our forums and events, helps with behind-the-scenes administrative and budgetary tasks, and keeps TCG a well-oiled machine.  Chandra graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics and a Masters in Economic Research.

Chandra is a risk management specialist with over 8 years of experience in both the United States and Singapore. Previously, she worked as a commodity risk consultant for a number of companies, including KPMG Services Pte Ltd and Ernst & Young US LLP.  Chandra is also proficient in German and Hindi.


Project Manager 

Jeremy Jones is a Project Manager for The Common Good. He coordinates events, implements our messaging efforts, and supports on a number of on-going projects for the organization. Originally from Buffalo, Jeremy holds a Master of Arts in Elections & Campaign Management from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Prior to joining our organization, Jeremy was an Account Executive for BrownMillerGroup where he implemented strategic communications campaigns, managed and staffed field campaigns, and supported numerous projects for political, corporate, and non-profit clientele.  During his graduate studies, he also interned at the Legislative Office of New York City Council Member Mark Levine.