Elizabeth "Betsy" Andersen is Executive Director of the World Justice Project, leading its global efforts to advance the rule of law. Ms. Andersen has more than 20 years of experience in the international legal arena, having served previously as Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and its Europe and Eurasia Division, as Executive Director of the American Society of International Law, and as Executive Director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia Division.
Don Baer is Chairman of leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe). From 2012 - 2018, he was Worldwide Chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and a member of the firm’s senior leadership since 2008. From 1998 - 2007, Don was Senior Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development at Discovery Communications. From 1994 - 1998, he was an Assistant to the President and senior adviser for President Bill Clinton, serving as White House Communications Director, Chief Speechwriter and Director of Speechwriting and Research.
Mr. Bash is a Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Strategies, and has spent the past 20 years advising national leaders and chief executives on a range of strategic, management, legal, and policy issues.
In addition, Mr. Bash is a recognized expert on national security affairs, serving as National Security Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC where he provides commentary and analysis on North Korea, China, Iran, NATO, U.S. counterterrorism operations, cybersecurity, and current counterintelligence investigations. He served as Chief of Staff Leon Panetta when he was the Director of the CIA (2009-2011) and the Secretary of Defense (2011-2013).
Matt Bennet is a co-founder of the center left think tank, Third Way. Matt worked on both of the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton White House, where he was the principal White House liaison to governors and covered issues ranging from disaster response to Medicaid to immigration. Prior to that, Matt traveled with Vice President Al Gore on his White House staff. He was Director of Communications for Wesley Clark's presidential campaign in 2004, and from 2001-2004 he was Director of Public Affairs for Americans for Gun Safety.
Debbie Cox Bultan has twenty-five years of experience in center-left politics, public policy and non-profit leadership. She currently serves as founding Executive Director of the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a national network of 140 pro-growth progressive elected leaders at the state and local levels who are championing ideas to grow the economy, expand opportunity and make government work better.
Nelson Cunningham is responsible for guiding McLarty Associates’ service to clients and is a skilled strategist on national and international policy issues. Prior to co-founding McLarty Associates in 1998, Mr. Cunningham served in the White House as Special Advisor to President Clinton on Western Hemisphere affairs and as General Counsel at the White House Office of Administration. He previously served as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden.
As the Vice President for Third Way's National Security Program, Mieke Eoyang focuses on crafting a national security strategy that is both tough and smart, working on every key national security issue—from the details of military personnel policy to electronic surveillance laws.
Prior to joining Third Way, Mieke had a career on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA). Prior to that, she was the Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Kennedy, the Subcommittee Staff Director on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee.
Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC and Co-founder of the GlobalWorks Foundation. Mr. Fontheim advises clients regarding global corporate social responsibility and public policy. He has over 30 years of experience in these fields and was among the first CSR practitioners. Mr. Fontheim previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He was also Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council’s Project on the Global Economy and International Trade.
Sam Fried serves as Executive Vice President - Law, Policy & Governance of L Brands, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company, offering products sold internationally at retail and online under the following brands: Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, La Senza, Pink, Victoria's Secret, and White Barn Candle Company.
Mr. Fried joined the predecessor of L Brands in 1991 as its first General Counsel. His portfolio also includes service as Secretary and counsel to the Board of Directors, Chief Compliance Officer, and the company's representative to key domestic and global stakeholders in government and civil society.
Helen Milby is the founder and president of Helen Milby & Company, a strategic, fundraising and non-profit consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Before founding HM&CO in 2005, Ms. Milby built a solid record as a senior political and non-profit fundraising executive. She is also the co-founder and board chair at the NewDEAL.
Over the last 20 years, she has worked tirelessly for moderate political leaders and pro-innovation ideals, serving first as the Director of Development for the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute, and then as president of her own company.
Holly Page helps client organizations and individuals advance their goals through breakthrough ideas and effective strategic alliances.
Holly has worked with leading political and advocacy organizations, including Democratic and Republican Governors Associations, Republican State Leadership Committee, and American Lung Association. As Executive Vice President at the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), she developed a national network of centrist elected officials and created the National Conversation, the largest gathering of Democratic elected officials outside of the national convention.
A Principal of The Scowcroft Group, Kevin Nealer provides strategic risk advisory services and direct investment support to clients, specializing in ﬁnancial services and trade policy issues in emerging markets. A former career State Department officer and member of the U.S. Senate leadership staff, he served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) and was a Member of Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the Obama Administration. A former Fulbright professor in the People’s Republic of China, he is chairman of the University of Michigan’s Washington Program and is a guest lecturer in trade law and policy at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
Andrew Shapiro is a Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm, specializing in International Policy, Defense, Cyber, Intelligence and Homeland Security. Prior to founding Beacon, Mr. Shapiro had a distinguished career at the State Department, culminating in serving as Secretary Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs from 2009-2013. Mr. Shapiro managed U.S. security relationships with partners in the Middle East, with India and Brazil and made key contributions to the U.S. pivot to Asia by leading an increase in military sales and transfers to U.S. partners including Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia.
A former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and distinguished scholar, The Honorable Paula Stern founded The Stern Group in 1988 and leads its practice, serving national and multi-national companies and organizations on business, political, and tech policy issues that affect their competitiveness in a global economy.
As chairwoman of the ITC, from 1984-1986, and a commissioner for a nine-year term, Dr. Stern analyzed and voted on over 1,000 trade cases involving a broad range of industries and issues. She sits on numerous boards and advisory committees
Meredith Sumpter leads Eurasia Group’s research management and strategy, in addition to her advisory work with an emphasis on global politics, the new geopolitics, and 21st century drivers of trade and growth. She has held senior positions in the private and public sectors with nearly 20 years of experience in policy, analysis, business, and management. Meredith is a leading strategic thinker who regularly meets with top leaders while speaking at conferences and to the media. Her experience spans multiple regions and sectors including ICT, media and public relations, fast-moving consumer goods, healthcare, banking and finance, and commodities.