Person City of Austin, Texas

Steve Adler 

Steve Adler is the 52nd Mayor of Austin, Texas, and is leading the city towards a new level of inclusive civic engagement between residents and their elected officials.

Person Low Income Investment Fund

Nancy Andrews 

Nancy O. Andrews is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF).

Person Northside Funders Group

Tawanna Black 

Tawanna Black is the Executive Director for the Northside Funders Group, and is known for inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to affect meaningful change in communities.

Person Stanford University

Raj Chetty 

Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, whose current work focuses on inequality and social mobility in America.

Person The Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Coates is a journalist, blogger and memoirist who brings personal reflection and historical scholarship to bear on America’s most contested issues.

Person The New York Times

Jason DeParle 

DeParle is a reporter for The New York Times, based in Washington, DC. For more than 20 years, he has written extensively about issues involving poverty.

Person Self-Help/Center for Responsible Lending

Martin Eakes 

Martin Eakes is the co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Since 1998, Self-Help’s Community Advantage Program has helped more than 50,000 lower-income families, especially those of color, to become homeowners in 48 …

Person New Orleans Business Alliance

Ashleigh Gardere 

Ashleigh Gardere serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), responsible for implementation of a new business model for economic development.

Person PolicyLink

Angela Glover Blackwell 

Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improv…

Person The Boston Foundation

Paul Grogan  

Paul S. Grogan serves as President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. Paul joined the Foundation from Harvard University where he was Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs.

Person United We Dream Network

Cristina Jiménez  

Cristina Jiménez is the co-founder and Executive Director of the United We Dream Network. She has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local and national level for over a decade.

Person Audible

Don Katz 

Don Katz is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., which offers downloadable audiobooks and other programs to millions of listeners.

Person Urban Innovation Fund

Julie Lein 

Julie Lein has a background in polling and political consulting. She has co-founded venture capital firm, The Urban Innovation Fund, and urban ventures accelerator, Tumml.

Person Frontline Solutions

Marcus Littles 

Marcus Littles is the founder of Frontline Solutions, a national consulting firm that offers clients in the non-profit and public sectors a full range of services to enhance impact.

Person San Francisco State University

Laurie Jones Neighbors 

Neighbors is an educator and independent consultant who specializes in increasing local, regional and national decision-making by low-income communities and communities of color.

Person Annie E. Casey Foundation

Doug Nelson 

Doug Nelson is the retired President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Person City of Philadelphia

Michael Nutter 

Nutter served as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth largest city, from 2008-2016, and as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2012-2013.

Person Code for America

Jennifer Pahlka 

Pahlka is the Founder and Executive Director of Code for America.

Person Color of Change

Rashad Robinson 

Rashad Robinson is the Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.

Person The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Eric Rosengren 

Eric Rosengren is the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Person Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani 

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology.

Person Third Sector Capital Partners

Caroline Whistler 

Caroline is CEO and co-founder of Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.


Jesse Williams 

Jesse Williams is an actor, activist and former public school teacher, widely recognized for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series "Grey's Anatomy."

Person The State University of New York

Nancy Zimpher 

Nancy L. Zimpher is the 12th chancellor of The State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the nation.