Advisory Board

Dr. Jean C. Accius
President & CEO, CHC: Creating Healthier Communities
Gayatri Agnew
Senior Director and Head of Accessibility Center of Excellence, Walmart
Chike Aguh
Former Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor
Director, State Policy and Initiatives Accelerator for America
Matt Ater
Vice President, Vispero
Ernest Baynard
Founder, Meridian Hill Strategies
John Hope Bryant
Founder & CEO, Operation HOPE
Dr. Jill Buban
Chief Growth Officer, EdPlus at Arizona State University
Dr. Bridget Burns
CEO, University Innovation Alliance
Brandon Busteed
CEO, BrandEd
Gerald Chertavian
Founder and Senior Advisor, Year Up
Josh Christianson
Senior Specialist, The Cadmus Group
Carol Eggert
Former SVP of Military and Veterans Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
Marc Freedman
Founder, President & CEO, CoGenerate
Joseph B. Fuller
Professor, Harvard Business School
John Gomperts
President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance
Matt Horton
Director, State Policy and Initiatives, Accelerator for America
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick
Senior Resident Fellow, Third Way
Michael H. Kelly
Executive Director, Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University
Paul Irving
Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
Gretchen Koch
Consultant, Workforce Development
Steve Korn
Private Investor in Atlanta
Mona Mourshed
Founding Global CEO, Generation
Hector Mujica
Economic Opportunity Lead, Americas, Google.org
Gary A. Officer
President & CEO, Center for Workforce Inclusion
Melissa Peak
Head of Enterprise Skill Transformation, AWS Americas Region
William J. Raduchel
Strategic Advisor, DMGT PLC 
Shirley Sagawa
Author and Board Member, AmeriCorps
Martin Scaglione
Chief Mission Officer, Goodwill Industries, International
Eric Schwarz
Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation
Aly Tamboura
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Jason Tyszko
Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Philip Weinberg
President & CEO, STRIVE
Maurice Wilson
President, REBOOT Workshop

Dr. Jean C. Accius

President & CEO, CHC: Creating Healthier Communities

Dr. Jean C. Accius. Advisory Board, is an accomplished leader and innovator in health equity, longevity, health systems transformation, and building equitable systems so that every person in every community can live a longer, healthier, and more productive life.

As President & CEO of CHC: Creating Healthier Communities, Jean leads a high-performing team that is dedicated to breaking down the barriers to health and empowering communities to thrive. With business acumen and deep experience across sectors, Dr. Accius understands how to develop creative and actionable solutions, policies, and programs that uncover the economic advantages of addressing disparities. He has a proven track record of collaborating across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to accelerate the pace of change.

Prior to CHC, Dr. Accius was a member of the policy team for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and spent more than 15 years at AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of International Affairs and Global Thought Leadership. At AARP, Jean led his team in creating a business case for diversity in the workforce and conducting seminal research on the contributions of the aging population to the global economy.

Dr. Accius has been widely recognized for his transformational leadership—from Next Avenue’s Influencer in Aging Award (2020) to Black Enterprise magazine’s Modern Man of Distinction (2018) to Florida State University’s Distinguished Black Alumni of the Year (2021). He has also been a member of the Fast Company Impact Council since 2021.

He is a sought-after author and speaker, and is regularly featured in outlets, including The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeForbes, TIME Magazine and Politico. He has facilitated sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has engaged hundreds of leaders across industries and sectors at the United Nations. Under his leadership, his previous team’s signature program, Growing with Age, was recognized as part of the Fast Company World Changing Ideas program.

Dr. Accius has long been passionate about equity, the contributions of women to society, and improving the world around him—he was raised from infancy to age four by his grandmother in Haiti. Her hard work and dedication has inspired his career path to this day.

Dr. Accius is a certified director with the National Association of Corporate Directors, a fellow with the Executive Leadership Council, a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Program on Health Reform, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Corporate Innovation Program. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from American University School of Public Affairs.

Gayatri Agnew

Senior Director and Head of Accessibility Center of Excellence, Walmart

Gayatri Agnew, Advisory Board, is the Senior Director and Head of Accessibility Center of Excellence at Walmart. Prior to assuming her current role she served for four years as the Senior Director-Opportunity for Walmart.org.

Agnew is a leader in corporate and social impact strategy looking at human capital trends and the future of work. She serves on the leadership team of Walmart’s Global Responsibility division where she leads strategy and partnerships for Walmart’s efforts on economic mobility, specifically a shared value approach to human capital, partnerships and philanthropy focused on key issues such as employer practices change, improving work-based learning and strengthening inclusion in communities.

Agnew is a lifelong advocate for women both in civic and corporate life. She is the founder and co-lead for the Walmart Career Moms group, an informal affinity group formed to create more community for mothers in the corporate America. Agnew is also the Founder of Mother’s Monday. She currently serves on the Board for the Vote Mama Foundation and Path Forward and is a former trustee of the Seattle Community Colleges and a former board member of the Center for Women and Democracy.

Gayatri Agnew is a proud community college alum, having attended Foothill-De Anza Community College before transferring to Seattle University. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University.

Chike Aguh

Former Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor

Chike Aguh, Advisory Board, is the former Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor where he led efforts to use data, emerging technology (AI, quantum computing, etc.), and innovative practices to advance and protect American workers. These efforts included creating the department’s first enterprise data strategy, serving a pivotal role in the $2B modernization of the nation’s unemployment insurance system, piloting the nation’s first workforce scorecard, and serving as the DOL’s designee to the National Space Council.

Since leaving the administration, Aguh has recently rejoined the McChrystal Group as a senior advisor where he will support developing high-performing teams through social impact, innovation, and strategy. Earlier, he served as director of strategy and future of work Lead at McChrystal, the business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal. He is also a senior fellow on Workforce at Northeastern University’s Burnes Center for Social Change and senior fellow and EVP at Burning Glass Institute.

Previously, Aguh was founding leader of the Community College Growth Engine Fund, a national multimillion dollar effort supporting 41 community colleges training thousands for good jobs.

He has also worked as an education policy official and teacher in America’s largest school system; Fulbright Scholar in Asia; director of corporate strategy and performance technologies at technology company Education Advisory Board (EAB); CEO of a national nonprofit which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans in 48 states to affordable internet and digital skills; Harvard Carr Center Human Rights and Technology Fellow; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Taskforce on the Future of Work

Aguh holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations, Presidential Leadership Scholar; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and Washington Business Journal; Wharton commencement speaker, and former member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board.

Matt Ater

Vice President, Vispero

Matt Ater, Advisory Board, is the vice president of Vispero, working to support customers across all brands within the Vispero family of products and services. He brings over 30 years’ experience in assistive technology and accessibility.

Ater joined Freedom Scientific, a Vispero company, in 2014 to develop a consulting practice, and ran the combined services arm, TPGi, until 2018. He currently runs corporate business development for Vispero and is a SME on everything accessibility.

Ater is the Chairman of the CTA Foundation, affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The foundation’s grants strategically support programs that improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. He sits on the CTA Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and on the advisory boards of California State University Northridge (CSUN) Center on Disabilities, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB).

Ernest Baynard

Founder, Meridian Hill Strategies

Ernest C. Baynard IV, Advisory Board, has spent more than 20 years successfully building and managing a wide array of public affairs campaigns for a diverse group of clients. Prior to founding Meridian Hill Strategies in 2002, he served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the HUD Secretary and on the National Advance Staff of Vice President Al Gore. Baynard has also served as Communications Director for U.S. Representatives Mike Forbes (D-NY) and Mike Honda (D-CA). Additionally, he served as a guest lecturer on media and politics at the United States Military Academy, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

With a strong focus on innovation and technology, Baynard and Meridian Hill Strategies work with some of the nation’s top companies, universities and organizations to create a powerful voice for them inside the Beltway. Over the past 21 years, Baynard has built an industry-leading public affairs firm that optimizes a diverse suite of professional services that enables its clients to win on critical federal issues and achieve success and rapid growth.  

As a lawyer and communications expert with a strong background in technology and coalition building, Baynard brings a diversified and innovative approach to his work. Baynard and his firm currently represent a number of innovative companies providing solutions to the U.S. government in the areas of defense, homeland security, transportation, trade, communications, clean energy, and health care. The firm also has a strong focus on leveraging a bipartisan, technology-driven approach to level the playing field and creating greater opportunity for underserved communities and persons. These efforts include a wide range of successful efforts to empower military spouses, veteran- and minority-owned companies, and many others. He and the firm have also built and managed some of the most impactful and successful grassroots and media campaigns in the nation in the past ten years.

An avid supporter of the music and the arts, Baynard has produced a number of live music events in association with progressive issues, candidates and events including the Democratic National Convention. His work to bring progressive ideals and musicians together includes collaboration with acts such as Jason Isbell, The Rebirth Brass Band, The Drive-By Truckers, Justin Jones and others. Mr. Baynard is also proud to serve as a strategic advisor to the Bruce Lee Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. The firm is currently engaged in a nationwide effort to promote the innovative use of the Internet to better enable artists, technologists, and difference makers in their missions to tackle some of society’s most challenging problems.

Mr. Baynard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tulane University and was awarded a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in California. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and their four children.  

John Hope Bryant

Founder & CEO, Operation HOPE

John Hope Bryant, Advisory Board, is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on economic empowerment and financial dignity that has been recognized as one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future.”

John is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest not-for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. He currently serves on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

A member of the founding class of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, and founding member of Clinton Global Initiative, John is a LinkedIn Influencer and Huffington Post, THRIVE Global and Black Enterprise, and a member of the World Economic Forum and OECD Expert Networks.

He has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. John recently received an honorable mention in Inc. magazine’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” article that spotlights global servant leaders as the visionaries behind some of the most successful organizations. Additionally, Operation HOPE and John are a permanent part of the Smithsonian AFRICAN-American Museum in DC.

John is the author of bestsellers; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler, September 2017), How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (BerrettKoehler, 2014), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He is one of the only bestselling authors on economics and business leadership in the world today who happens to also be African-American.

John founded, created and now leads more than 35 companies and organizations, for-profit, nonprofit and public benefit in North America, and in some cases active around the world.

Dr. Jill Buban

, EdPlus at Arizona State University

Dr. Jill Buban, Advisory Board, has more than 20 years of in-depth experience spanning in the postsecondary education and ed tech sectors. She is one of the nation’s leading working learner experts and is passionate about increasing access to educational opportunities that make a concrete difference for learners.

She is currently the chief growth officer for EdPlus at Arizona State University.  Immediately prior to this roll, she served as vice president and general manager of EdAssist by Bright Horizons.

In that position, Dr. Buban helped companies reimagine the role of education in the workplace and understand how it can be a tool not only to entice new talent and encourage retention, but also to inspire adult learners to build meaningful skills, explore new professional pathways, and nurture a career that is aligned with the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.

From health care to tech, banking to retail, Dr. Buban has forged relationships with and gathered insights from senior leaders in every industry – insights that can inform how we shape the national debate around the future of work post-COVID and help employees find purpose and happiness in work.   

Previously, Dr. Buban served in senior roles at multiple postsecondary institutions, spearheading efforts to expand quality educational opportunities and access to nontraditional students. She also led two national organizations (Unizin Consortium and the Online Learning Consortium) where she honed expertise on innovation and impact in learning.

She has built a sterling reputation as an expert in higher education and adult learning, and is a recognized influencer in workforce development and education technology.

Dr. Bridget Burns

CEO, University Innovation Alliance

Dr. Bridget Burns, Advisory Board, was named one of the “Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Burns is the founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a multi-campus laboratory for student success innovation that helps university leaders dramatically accelerate the implementation of scalable solutions to increase the number and diversity of college graduates across the country.

She has helped UIA campuses make significant progress on behalf of their students, including increasing their low-income graduates by 50%, and increasing graduates of color by 93%.

Her work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, 60 Minutes, and she was featured in the documentary “Unlikely”.

Dr. Burns received her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education, Leadership & Policy from Vanderbilt University. 

Brandon Busteed

CEO, BrandEd

Brandon Busteed, Advisory Board, is the CEO of BrandEd and an education and workforce development expert. His mission is to help U.S. higher education adapt, grow, and thrive. 

He most recently served as president of Kaplan University Partners, leading Kaplan’s work serving U.S. colleges and universities, leveraging the organization’s highly-diversified, global educational offerings and insights. 

Prior to Kaplan, Brandon was Global Head of Public Sector at Gallup — serving higher education, government and foundations. In that role, Brandon led dozens of ground-breaking studies and consulted with hundreds of higher ed leaders. 

Brandon was the founder and CEO of Outside The Classroom, one of the country’s first successful Ed Tech companies which was acquired by EverFi in 2011. Its flagship online courses on alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention have been taken by more than 10 million college students.

An internationally known speaker and author on education and workforce development, Brandon has published more than 100 articles and keynoted more than 200 conferences.  He was named a LinkedIn “Top Voice” in education for 2018, and is a frequent contributor for Forbes.com.  

Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University where he was also a two-sport Division 1 athlete. He received an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Brandon is a current member of the Business-Higher Education Forum — the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce. 

Gerald Chertavian

Founder and Senior Advisor, Year Up

Gerald Chertavian, Advisory Board, is the founder, former CEO, and senior advisor of Year Up, a national program that empowers underserved young adults to enter the economic mainstream.

With an annual operating budget of $200 million, Year Up is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the nation and has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change.

In 2013, Gerald was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees and reappointed in 2016 to that role by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and in 2016 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise initiative, and is a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. He is also an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College and The Boston Foundation. His 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times bestseller.

Josh Christianson

Senior Specialist, The Cadmus Group

Josh Christianson, Advisory Board, is a passionate advocate for workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). He has a 20+ year track record leading successful public programs by building partnerships, momentum, and teams to support big goals.

Christianson is the inclusion and accessibility practice lead at The Cadmus Group where he directs contracts to support key federal DEIA goals.

In this capacity, he serves as the project director for the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA), after several successful years directing the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). In both roles he works to increase the employment of underserved communities, including people with disabilities.

He does this by bringing together stakeholders including CEOs, advocates, tech developers, government leaders, and academia (among others) to build the workplace of the future. This work is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Prior to Wheelhouse Group, Christianson worked at Deloitte Consulting, leading change management, technology, and human capital initiatives. He was a lead author of the report “Opening the Federal Talent Economy.”

Christianson also served as a career program manager for The Posse Foundation, a college access program focused on diversity and inclusion. The Posse Foundation continues to hire him to help design and facilitate their national discussions regarding issues of equity in the United States.

Christianson graduated cum laude with a BA in sociology from University of Colorado, Boulder. He graduated magna cum laude with a MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. His MS comes in handy living in harmony with his wife, 3 kids, 1 dog, and 1 visiting cat in Washington, D.C.

Carol Eggert

Former SVP of Military and Veterans Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal

Carol Eggert, Advisory Board, is the former Senior Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal and currently serves as a civilian advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Army.

In her role at Comcast, she lead a team that worked collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community, including recruiting, hiring and building talent at all levels of the organization.

Eggert brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to her distinguished career. In her civilian roles, she’s assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project management.

During her military career, she served in a variety of command and staff positions and completed numerous overseas deployments, including a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of the Women’s Initiatives Division and Senior Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, where she conducted a full-scale analysis of women’s initiatives and developed a strategic plan for the economic and political empowerment of Iraqi women under the U.S. Secretary of State.

Marc Freedman

Founder, President & CEO, CoGenerate

Marc Freedman, Advisory Board, is the Founder, President, and CEO of CoGenerate, one of the nation’s leading experts on the longevity revolution.

He is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel, a frequent commentator in the media and the author of four books. The New York Timesdescribed his most recent book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, as “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.” His new book, How to Live Forever, was published by Hachette Book Group in Fall 2018.

Originator of the encore career idea linking second acts to the greater good, Freedman co-founded Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities. He also spearheaded the creation of the Encore Fellowships program, a one-year fellowship helping individuals translate their midlife skills into second acts focused on social impact, and the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life. (AARP now runs both Experience Corps and the Purpose Prize.)

Marc was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum, was recognized as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs by Fast Company magazine three years in a row, and has been honored with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and King’s College, University of London. Marc serves on the boards and advisory councils of numerous groups, including The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, and the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program.

A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Marc holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He resides in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, Leslie Gray, and their three sons.

Joseph B. Fuller

Professor, Harvard Business School

Joseph B. Fuller, Advisory Board, is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management at the Harvard Business School and a founder and former CEO of Monitor Group, the global management consultancy, now Monitor-Deloitte. He teaches courses on general management decision making and managing the future of work in Harvard’s MBA and executive education programs. 

Joe is the co-director of the school’s long-term project, Managing the Future of Work, a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Distinguished Fellow at the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, a member of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, and a Commissioner on Massachusetts’ Governor Charles Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning.

He studies issues related to employment and income polarization. Specifically, he has focused on the ‘skills gap’ — the phenomenon that employers find it hard to fill open positions at the same time the nation suffers from high levels of underemployment and falling workforce participation. That work has focused on mechanisms for creating effective systems for linking employers and skills providers.

His recently published paper, The Caring Company, focuses on the impact that episodic and predictable care giving obligations have on workers, their career paths and the implications for employers. His ongoing research focuses on the future of work more broadly, specifically the growth of non-traditional employment relationships, the attitudes of workers and employers about the changing nature of work and forces that inhibit workforce participation.

John Gomperts

President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance

John Gomperts, Advisory Board, is the former president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, stepping down in 2020 after serving more than eight years in the role. Gomperts has a track record of success in both government and the nonprofit sectors where his accomplishments include design and implementation of strategic initiatives, developing innovative policies and programs, and forging partnerships and coalitions.

Prior to joining America’s Promise, Gomperts served as Director of AmeriCorps, starting in June 2010, with a responsibility for implementing the bipartisan Kennedy Serve America Act. His work at AmeriCorps focused on demonstrating and increasing community impact and strengthening the AmeriCorps member experience.

From 2006-2010, Gomperts served as president of Civic Ventures (now Encore.org), an organization devoted to promoting the engagement of millions of baby boomers in encore careers for the greater good. As CEO of Experience Corps (now AARP Experience Corps) Gomperts led a national service program that engages people over 55 to be tutors and mentors in urban public schools. He led Experience Corps through dramatic growth and expansion, as well as a highly successful independent evaluation of Experience Corps’ impact.

Prior to joining Civic Ventures and Experience Corps, Gomperts served in a variety of positions including COO at Public Education Network, chief of staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service, legislative director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania, and deputy director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, working for Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, Gomperts practiced law and clerked for a federal judge.

Gomperts has also served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including Points of Light, VolunteerMatch, The News Literacy Project and Politics & Prose Bookstore.

Gomperts earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Berkeley with an A.B. in history. Gomperts is married to Katherine J. Klein, a professor of management at The Wharton School, and they have two daughters, Nora and Lily.

Matt Horton

Director, State Policy and Initiatives, Accelerator for America

Matt Horton, Advisory Board, is the director of state policy and initiatives at Accelerator for America.

Prior to that, he was at the Milken Institute where he interacted with government officials, business leaders, and other key stakeholders in directing statewide programming and policy initiatives while implementing the Center’s strategic plan.

He also analyzed policy developments at the local, state and federal levels while monitoring national and global trends for potential impacts throughout the regional economic landscape.  

 

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Senior Resident Fellow, Third Way

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Advisory Board, is Senior Resident Fellow for the Climate and Energy Program at Third Way, a boutique think tank. She is an economist who has worked across the global landscape in the private sector and in public service. 

Ellen just completed an appointment as Associate Director at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. Prior to that, Ellen served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce where she worked on several Administration initiatives to improve data quality, measure the digital economy, expand workforce development and manufacturing, trade and investment. Ellen also supported the development of the Administration’s economic forecast.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ellen was chief global economist at Ford Motor Company. Ellen managed the global corporate economics group with major responsibility for the Company’s global economic and automotive industry forecasts used to support business strategy, finance, and planning.

Ellen is passionate about economic education and our clean energy future. She served as President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), worked to establish NABE’s education initiative and currently coaches students from diverse backgrounds who want a career using economics. She hosted several high profile events on America’s energy future at Michigan, bringing together experts from many different disciplines. Ellen loves family and sports, with her husband Paul and adult children who embrace each other’s dreams and aspirations.

Michael H. Kelly

Executive Director, Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University

Michael H. Kelly, Advisory Board, is the Executive Director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. The Institute’s mission is to strengthen organizations and society through outreach, executive education, and leadership and management training that helps people manage with courage.

Before joining the Drucker Institute, he served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs, a non-profit organization comprised of leaders in the business, labor, academia and non-profit sectors dedicated to ensuring a path for economic growth and the creation and retention of quality jobs in the greater Los Angeles region.

Prior to working with the Los Angeles Coalition, Michael has worked in a number of high-level positions, both in the private sector with the Boeing Company and with California State government. He had the distinction of being appointed by both Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Film Commission and served in a variety of capacities for Governor Davis, first as an aide to then Lt. Governor Davis, a Special Assistant for Internal and External Affairs with the 1998 gubernatorial campaign and the Governor’s office and as a Deputy Cabinet Secretary.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Sustainable Energy, chair of the FUSE Corps L.A. Advisory Committee, the chair of the Philanthropic Foundation for California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a member of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Committee, partner at Saving The West, advisory board member for WorkingNation, well as an adviser to Transmosis. He was also the recipient of the EnCorps Teachers Program 2010 “Torchbearer of the Year” Award.

Michael received an Economics Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at USC.

Michael is married to Mia Kelly and is the proud father of three daughters, Morgan, Milana and Makena.

Paul Irving

Senior Fellow, Milken Institute

Paul Irving, Advisory Board, is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, previously serving as the Institute’s president and founding chair of its Center for the Future of Aging. He is a member of the board of CoGenerate, and is also a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. Irving earlier served as an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chair and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a national law and consulting firm.

Author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” a Wall Street Journal expert panelist and contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue and Forbes, Irving also serves as a director of East West Bancorp, Inc. and on advisory boards at USC, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley, the Global Coalition on Aging, WorkingNation, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

PBS Next Avenue named Irving an “Influencer” for his leadership in the field of aging. He has been honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging, the Life Journey Inspiration Award by Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, and the Board of Governors Award by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Gretchen Koch

Consultant, Workforce Development

Before retiring in 2018, Gretchen Koch, Advisory Board, was responsible for CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT workforce development and education initiatives. She joined the foundation in 2014, after 11 years of developing national workforce initiatives for CompTIA, where she parlayed her knowledge of the industry and educational systems to become a nationally known change agent for IT workforce development.

Gretchen worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education on its Certification Data Exchange Project and led efforts with the State of Illinois and the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance to develop and promote IT career pipelines in the state. She has also been the National IT Career Cluster Leader for the States’ Career Clusters Initiative and the Lead Entity for the IT Learning Exchange for Illinois’ Race to the Top Pathways Initiative.

When she was not working from the Foundation’s headquarters in Downers Grove, IL, she spent a great amount of time in Los Angeles, working with local leaders in education and workforce development. She currently sits on the Board of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Education Foundation, serving as its Secretary and member of the Executive Committee.

Before joining CompTIA and its foundation, Gretchen had more than 20 years of experience in IT management at Digital Equipment, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard corporations. Her most recent position in the IT Industry was as national education manager, Global Services Division at Compaq & Hewlett-Packard Corporation.

Gretchen is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with honors, and holds a MAT from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Business.

Steve Korn

Private Investor in Atlanta

Steven W. Korn, Advisory Board, has business experience in a variety of fields; among them, news, media, entertainment, law, mergers and acquisitions and board membership.

Most recently, Steve was President and Chief Executive Officer of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. RFE/RL is a U.S. government-funded nonprofit corporation headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. The company operates in 19 countries providing news in 21 languages.

Previously, Steve served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of CNN. In that capacity, he oversaw the business and operations of CNN Worldwide. Before CNN, Steve was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of CNN’s corporate parent, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Later, he was Publisher of the Fulton County Daily Report, a small Atlanta newspaper. Steve has served on a variety of boards, including for-profit and nonprofit companies. Currently, he serves on the board of Caleres, Inc., which manufactures, distributes and sells shoes in both the retail and wholesale markets.

Mona Mourshed

Founding Global CEO and Executive Director, Generation

Mona Mourshed, Advisory Board, leads Generation, a global youth employment program and the flagship effort of McKinsey Social Initiative where she serves as the Board of Directors’ Vice President.

Mona is also a senior partner with McKinsey & Company’s Washington, DC office and leads the Global Education Practice. She was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ (2011), serves on the boards of Junior Achievement Worldwide and the International Baccalaureate Organization, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education.

Hector Mujica

Advisory Board

Hector Mujica, Advisory Board, leads the economic opportunity portfolio at Google.org—Google’s philanthropy—across the Americas. Within his role, he looks after a grantmaking portfolio that supports interventions which aim to provide pathways to digital economy jobs for individuals with multiple barriers to employment. Hector also serves on Google’s Latino Leadership Council, where he helps to steward Google’s social impact endeavors with the Latino community.

Hector has spent the last decade advancing social justice through philanthropy and public policy. Prior to Google, Hector’s experience ranged from investment banking at Oppenheimer & Co, constituent casework at the Office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and bilateral relations at the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Gary A. Officer

President & CEO, Center for Workforce Inclusion

Gary A. Officer, Advisory Board, is a seasoned social entrepreneur and chief executive. He is known for innovative, value-driven public-private partnerships that remove barriers to community development. Gary is currently the President & CEO of Center for Workforce Inclusion, the largest and most experienced nonprofit dedicated exclusively to workplace inclusion and economic opportunity for low-income, older job seekers.

Gary previously served in senior executive positions at the Newseum and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. From 2006-2013, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rebuilding Together, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based homeownership preservation non-profit, and fourth largest remodeler. Under his leadership, Rebuilding Together grew operating income seven-fold and created award-winning partnerships with blue-chip corporate brands in support of the organization’s mission.

Gary has served as President of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the national foundation supporting credit union development in the United States. As an affiliate of the Credit Union National Association, NCUF promotes and manages credit union development and consumer savings programs on behalf of CUNA and the US credit union movement. The Foundation also manages the National Development Education Volunteer Program.

During his three-year tenure, NCUF grew to a $370 million community investment fund that providing grants, loans and, secondary capital, to credit unions and related organizations throughout the United States.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) Political Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University and a Master of Science MSc (Econ) International Relations from the London School of Economics. In 2012, he completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP) at the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Melissa Peak

Head of Enterprise Skill Transformation, AWS Americas Region

Melissa Peak, Advisory Board, is currently head of Enterprise Skill Transformation, AWS Americas Region

Melissa Peak is a seasoned management executive with 20+ years of experience leading organizations to growth and customer success all while building an engaged workforce.

Melissa, leveraging her transformational leadership style, has consistently built thriving teams that deliver unprecedented market penetration, customer satisfaction and revenue results. Currently, she is the Global Lead, Workforce Strategy for Amazon Web Services, Public Sector, Professional Services.

Prior to AWS, career highlights include delivering double-digit, top-line revenue growth; placing a Fortune 500 company on the Federal GSA Schedule; ensuring 40 percent of direct reports promoted into expanded roles; creating and executing a strategic digital marketing campaign resulting in a 400 percent increase in social media engagement after one year. Over her career, Melissa has engaged with hundreds of employers as a trusted advisor on key talent strategies. By delivering powerful results for these employers, Melissa has built strong relationships with a large network across North America, with International impact.

As a first-generation college student, Melissa is a determined advocate for those who are taking a “road less traveled.” Whether it is hosting a conference, roundtable, one on one coaching or serving as a connector for the determined, yet un-equipped, Melissa has opened doors of opportunity for thousands of individuals.

Melissa is proud to have been named a “2020 Top Woman to Watch” by Diversity Journal Magazine. She serves on the Board of the Women Business Collaborative and as an Advisory Board member for Working Nation.

Melissa resides in Goshen, Kentucky with her husband Michael and their five children. She has earned her Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan’s School of Business, an MBA from the John Sperling School of Business at University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Literature from Indiana Wesleyan University.

William J. Raduchel

Strategic Advisor, DMGT PLC

William J. Raduchel, Advisory Board, is a strategic advisor at DMGT PLC and chairman of LiquidSky Software, Inc., a director of Cricket Media and LiveIntent and chair of the Executive Advisory Board at Originate.

For 15 years, he was a strategic advisor to Naspers/Myriad International Holdings. He teaches corporate strategy at Georgetown University and was the chair of the Committee on Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Era for the National Academy of Sciences.

From June 2006 through June 2011, he was chairman of the board at Opera Software ASA. Earlier he was the CEO of Ruckus Network, and executive vice president and chief technology officer of AOL Time Warner, Inc., William joined AOL in September 1999 from Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he was chief strategy officer. In addition, he has held senior executive roles at Xerox Corporation and McGraw-Hill, Inc. He has 25 issued and several pending patents.

After attending Michigan Technological University, which gave him an honorary doctorate in business in 2002, William received his B.A. in economics from Michigan State University in 1966, and earned his A.M. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in economics at Harvard.

Shirley Sagawa

Advisory Board

Shirley Sagawa, Advisory Board, is an author and a member of the board of directors for AmeriCorps. She is the former President & CEO of Service Year Alliance, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Previously, Shirley served as the first Managing Director of the Corporation for National & Community Service, Founding Executive Director of Learning First Alliance, Chief Counsel for Youth Policy for the Senate Labor Committee, and helped draft the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the 1993 AmeriCorps legislation on the White House Domestic Policy Council staff.

Martin Scaglione

Chief Mission Officer, Goodwill Industries International

Martin Scaglione, Advisory Board, is the Chief Mission Officer of Goodwill Industries International. He is the former President & CEO of Hope Street Group, in addition to being the Co-Founder & CEO of Viridis Learning, and President & COO of ACT’s Workforce Development Division.

While with ACT, Martin launched the National Career Readiness system and helped drive President Obama’s Job Council program Right Skills Now. Previously, Martin served as COO of Bosch-Siemens Household, VP of Corporate Strategy at Hon Industries, and VP of Marketing at Maytag.

While with ACT, Martin launched the National Career Readiness system and helped drive President Obama’s Job Council program Right Skills Now. Previously, Martin served as COO of Bosch-Siemens Household, VP of Corporate Strategy at Hon Industries, and VP of Marketing at Maytag.

Eric Schwarz

Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation

Eric Schwarz, Advisory Board, is the Co-Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation (CfSI), which brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited, semester-long experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing.

CfSI’s mission is to educate and inspire the next generation of social problem solvers. Eric is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools, a successful social enterprise that scaled to a $30 million annual budget and has impacted the after-school and extended learning time fields across the U.S.

Eric also served as one of the first two vice presidents at City Year and previously served as a journalist for the Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Eric also worked as national student director for Senator Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign.

He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Vermont and has served on a number of boards, including Beyond12, First Night, the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation, which he chaired for 10 years, and Citizen Schools, where he was elected chair in July 2018. Eric lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children.

Aly Tamboura

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Aly Tamboura, Advisory Board, is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC).

Prior to joining ARC, Aly was a manager in the Criminal Justice Reform program at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He joined the organization in 2017, after working as a software engineer. Having spent over a decade of his life incarcerated, Aly brought both his firsthand experience with the criminal justice system and his strong technical skills to CZI to help advance critical reforms in the space.

Much of Aly’s work focuses on partnering with a rapidly growing national coalition of formerly incarcerated leaders that are expanding and accelerating the reform movement. Aly supports their efforts to build national and state-based coalitions that are challenging the harsh laws that contribute to mass incarceration, passing critical legislation, and giving those who are closest to the problems a voice in reimagining a justice system that does a better job at helping people and keeping communities safe.

Aly has spoken extensively — including to leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — about his story, the systemic barriers that keep so many people from achieving their full potential, and the urgent need to expand opportunities to formerly incarcerated people.

Prior to his role at CZI, Aly spent twenty years working in the underground utility industry, including 12 years as the founder and CEO of a Bay Area geotechnical company, where he managed and completed large and complex underground utility analytics for government and private entities.

Jason Tyszko

Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Jason Tyszko, Advisory Board, is vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he advances policies and programs that preserve America’s competitiveness and enhance the career readiness of youth and adult learners. This includes the Talent Pipeline Management initiative, the Foundation’s signature workforce development strategy.

Jason’s prior experience focused on coordinating interagency education, workforce, and economic development initiatives. In 2009, he served as a policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. In addition, Jason was deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Jason received his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University. He is a certified teacher in the state of Illinois

Philip Weinberg

Advisory Board

Philip Weinberg, Advisory Board, is the president & CEO of STRIVE, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit workforce development organizations, based in East Harlem, New York, and with operations in 12 U.S. cities.

An accomplished social sector leader, Weinberg’s career has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, focusing on building pipelines of economic opportunity and mobility in underserved communities across the country.

Maurice Wilson

President, REBOOT Workshop

Maurice Wilson, Advisory Board, retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer with 25 years of service, Maurice is the President/Executive Director of the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI). A non-profit organization he co-founded with retired Rear Admiral Ronne Froman after serving as an advisory member for the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) where he got his inspiration to design REBOOT.

Troubled with the high unemployment, homelessness, suicide and other issues associated with military-to-civilian reintegration, Maurice designed the REBOOT WorkshopTM, a three-week behavior-based transition program designed to help returning service members/veterans successfully reintegrate back into civilian life after years of military service.

Since its inception, REBOOT has achieved a significantly high success rate resulting in Maurice being recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for the innovative design and impact REBOOT has on service members, veterans and spouses. To date, REBOOT has helped over 1,600 military and veterans successfully transition to civilian careers and is recognized as the only transition service of its kind in the country that takes a holistic approach to veterans reintegration.

REBOOT maintains a 97 percent success rate and has been independently validated by the University of San Diego, and four doctoral students from Pepperdine University. Maurice is listed in the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 Book of 500 Influential Business Leaders and is the 2017 California 39th Senate District Veteran of the Year.

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