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Patricia Duff  


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.

Suze Kolaj  

Executive Director



Suze Kolaj is the Executive Director of The Common Good. Prior to joining The Common Good she attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She then went on to complete a New York Board of Law Examiners approved clerkship where she gained experience in both the public and private sector at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and at private law firms. Suze joins The Common Good with a shared desire to promote reasoned debates and encourage civil dialogue.

Robert Thom

Executive Project Manager

Robert ThomRobert Thom has enoyed using his research and analysis skills at The Common Good. Like many Kiwis (people from New Zealand) he lives and works overseas, but unlike most kiwis he is a dual citizen with the United States. He is a graduate of the University of California Davis, and proud Francophile and amateur oenologist.

Alex Petre 

Associate Political Researcher

alexAlex Petre graduated from Pace University’s Masters Program in Investment Management after studying economics and finance at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is experienced in theoretical analysis, with published work in this area; and also in financial analysis and reporting on investment decisions in real estate finance. Since graduation, Alex has expanded his professional experience with research, analysis, and event organizing for The Common Good, as well as for conferences and working groups with economics students and professors.