Leadership Council

Our Leadership Council is comprised of diverse leaders and iconic Americans who are lending their names and voices to the Opportunity Nation campaign.  The Council is co-chaired by Mayor Bloomberg and includes more than a dozen university and college presidents, current and former elected officials, media and business personalities, celebrities, and many more.

Salam Al-Marayati – President, Muslim Public Affairs Council

Robert Atchinson – Co-Founder, Adage Capital Management, L.P.

The Honorable Melody Barnes – CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions LLC; Former Assistant to the President, Director of White House Domestic Policy Council, President Barack Obama

Joshua Bekenstein – Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC

Angela Glover Blackwell – Founder and CEO, PolicyLink

The Honorable Michael Bloomberg (Co-Chair) – Mayor, New York City

Naila Bolus – President and CEO, Jumpstart

The Honorable John Bridgeland – CEO, Civic Enterprises; Former Assistant to the President, Director of White House Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Council, President George W. Bush

Roger Brown – President, Berklee College of Music

Nick Cannon – Actor, Comedian, Musician, Writer, and Executive Producer

Dan Carroll – Founding Partner, Newbridge Capital

Noel Castellanos – CEO, Christian Community Development Association

John Coatsworth – Provost of Columbia University, Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History

Dr. Eugene J. Cornacchia – President, Saint Peter’s College

The Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr. – President, Esperanza

Dr. Scott Cowen – President, Tulane University

Artur Davis – Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (2003 – 2011); Harvard University Institute of Politics Fellow

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. – President, Saint Anselm College

Robert Denson – President, Des Moines Area Community College

Dr. Xavier de Souza Briggs – Associate Professor of Sociology and Planning, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning

Meredith DeWitt – Principal, Meredith J. DeWitt Consulting

The Honorable John J. Dilulio, Jr. – Frederic Fox Leadership Professor, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Director & Co-Chair of the Director's Advisory Group, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program; Former Assistant to the President & Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, President George W. Bush

Tiffany Dufu – Former President, The White House Project

Dr. Mil Duncan – Research Director, AGree

Mickey Edwards – Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (1977-1993)

Dr. Willarda V. Edwards – MD, MBA; Past President, National Medical Association

Michael R. Eisenson – Managing Director and CEO, Charlesbank

Dr. Ronald Ferguson – Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School

Brian Gallagher – President and CEO, United Way Worldwide

Michael J. Gerson – Journalist, Washington Post; Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning, President George W. Bush

Kat Graham – Actress on the CW's The Vampire Diaries, Singer

Christopher Graves – Global CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

J. Barry Griswell – CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Principal Financial Group

Paul Grogan – President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

James Gutierrez – Former CEO, Progreso Financiero

The Honorable Tony Hall – Executive Director, The Alliance to End Hunger; Former U.S. Ambassador, United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture; Former U.S. Congressman, Ohio

Romanita Hairston – Vice President, U.S. Programs, World Vision

Jacob Harold – President and CEO, Guidestar

Ron Haskins – Co-Director, Brookings Center on Children and Families and Budgeting for National Priorities Project; Former White House Senior Advisor for Welfare Policy, President George W. Bush

Arianna Huffington – President and Editor-in-Chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

Woody Hunt – Chairman and CEO, Hunt Companies, Inc.

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery – Chancellor, Wayne County Community College District

Jo Ann Jenkins – President, AARP Foundation

Dr. Paula Johnson – Executive Director of the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Hubie Jones – Social Justice Entrepreneur in Residence, City Year, Inc.

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones – President, Union Theological Seminary

Irv Katz – President and CEO, National Human Services Assembly

Kimberly Kelleher – President, Say Media

Charles Kolb – President, The French-American Foundation

Marguerite W. Kondracke – Senior Advisor, America’s Promise Alliance

Dr. Kathy Krendl – President, Otterbein University

Jonathan Lavine – Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC; Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Sankaty Advisors, LLC

Andrea Levere – President, Corporation for Enterprise Development

Stanley Litow – Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, and President, IBM International Foundation

Michael Lynton – Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Anthony Marx – President and CEO, New York Public Library

Patrick McCarthy – President and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Michael Miles – Advisory Director, Berkshire Partners; Former President and COO, Staples, Inc.

Pat Mora – Author and Literacy Advocate

Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter – Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Author

Michael Muldowney – President and CEO, Foxford Capital

Dr. Alicia Munnell – Director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

Dr. Diana Natalicio – President, The University of Texas at El Paso

George Nethercutt – Founder and Chairman of the Nethercutt Foundation, Former Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1995 – 2010)

Michelle Nunn – CEO, Points of Light

Dr. Eduardo Padrón – President, Miami Dade College

The Honorable Deval L. Patrick – Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dr. Kenneth Peacock – Chancellor, Appalachian State University

Michael E. Porter – Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

Hugh Price – John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Former President and CEO, National Urban League

A. Barry Rand – CEO, AARP

Mark Rodgers – Principal, The Clapham Group; Managing Director, Wedgwood Circle

Dr. Judith Rodin – President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Robert Ross – President, The California Endowment

Dr. Isabel Sawhill – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Jon Schnur – Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, America Achieves

Bobbi Silten – Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility, Gap Inc.; President, Gap Foundation

Russell Simmons – CEO, RUSH Communications

Jordin Sparks – Musician, Actress, Philanthropist

Rick Stengel – Managing Editor, TIME

Howard H. Stevenson – Harvard Business School Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor, Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing, and Chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company board

Max Stier – President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

The Honorable Ted Strickland – Former Governor of Ohio (2007 – 2011)

Neera Tanden – President, Center for American Progress

Stuart Thorn – President and CEO, Southwire

Luis Ubiñas – President, Ford Foundation

Dennis Van Roekel – President, National Education Association

Judy Vredenburgh – President and CEO, Girls, Inc.

Dr. Jill Wakefield – Chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges

Margy Waller – Former White House Senior Advisor on Working Families, President Bill Clinton

Dr. Rick Warren – Pastor, Saddleback Church

Mark Wildman – Vice President, Group Publisher of The Parenting Group

Lisa Nicole Wilkerson – Broadway Actress

will.i.am – Musician/Producer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Dr. Harry Williams – President, Delaware State University

The Honorable Harris Wofford – Former U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

Dr. Fareed Zakaria – Editor-At-Large, TIME, and Host of CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria

Major General Albert Zapanta (Ret.) – President & CEO, U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce