United States of America

Chris Van Hollen

Maryland 8th (D)

Congressman Chris Van Hollen was elected to Congress in 2002 in a high-profile election that received national attention. He quickly earned a reputation as an active, engaged, and effective member of Congress, rising to become one of the youngest members of the Democratic leadership in 2008. In addition to representing the Eighth District of Maryland and serving in House leadership, Congressman Van Hollen was elected by his colleagues in 2010 to serve as the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. In this position, he is working to advance policies that support job creation and economic growth, reduce the deficit, and put America on a path to long-term fiscal sustainability.

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Jared Polis

Colorado 2nd (D)

NSL is proud to call Congressman Jared Polis a friend and supporter. First elected to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District in 2008, he, has become a recognized leader on school reform, as well as immigration, civil rights, and the environment. An independent leader, who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions, Congressman Polis currently serves on the powerful Committee on Rules and the Committee on the Judiciary. He also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, as a Democratic Caucus Regional Whip, as co-chairman of the New Democrat Coalition Education Task Force, chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and as co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus. Additionally, he co-chairs the U.S.-Mexico Congressional Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Nepal, and is a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.

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Donald M. Payne

New Jersey 10th (D)

Payne’s political career began in 1972, when he was elected to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, serving three terms. In 1982, he was elected to the Newark Municipal Council and served three terms, resigning in 1988 shortly after his election to Congress. He was a member, and former chair, of the Congressional Black Caucus and was chosen in 2002 by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Democratic Steering Committee. The Democratic Steering Committee chooses which House Committees each individual Democratic Congressmen will serve on and also plays a crucial part in shaping the Democratic legislative agenda. In international issues, Payne was active on issues relating to Africa, particularly regarding the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan and the Western Sahara conflict.

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Kathleen Stephens

US State Department
West Texas, TX

Ambassador Stephens was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in New Mexico and Arizona. She holds a BA (honors) in East Asian studies from Prescott College and a master’s degree from Harvard University, and honorary doctoral degrees from Chungnam National University and the University of Maryland. While an undergraduate Ambassador Stephens spent a year studying at the University of Hong Kong and was also an instructor at the Outward Bound School of Hong Kong, 1972-1973. Ambassador Stephens was a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea from 1975 to 1977

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Harriet Fulbright

President of the Fulbright Commission
New York, NY

Harriet Mayor Fulbright is President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, a non-profit organization which serves to advance the work of Ms. Fulbright’s late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright, and to continue her own lifework. The purpose of the Fulbright Center is threefold: to spread the recognition of the Fulbright legacy, to globalize education and to promote world peace and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts through international collaborations and education programs. The Fulbright Center partners with higher education institutions and interested individuals (students, teachers, scholars, and leaders) throughout the world in a range of services from assisting in building enriched study abroad programs to actively engaging higher education institutions in international peace making.

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Andrew Rabens

US State Department
Berkeley, California

Special Advisor for Youth Engagement in the US State Department, Andrew Rabens is fast becoming a recognised figure in Washington DC. Beginning as an intern at the United Nations, Andrew moved onto further internships with Senators Ted Kennedy and Diane Feinstein, as well as the British MP and current Labour Leader, Ed Miliband before joining the State Department in 2008. At present his role has a focus on foreign youth engagement with programs, policies, initiatives, and coordinating efforts to enhance the U.S. Government’s ability to connect to and build relationships with young leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. Andrew is a graduate from both Harvard and the London School of Economics.

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Brother Jack Curran

Vice President for Development of Bethlehem University
New York, NY

As Vice President for Development, Brother Jack works with staff in Bethlehem and Washington, DC as well as with volunteers in Canada, England, Germany, the Holy Land, Ireland, Rome, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Together, the University staff and volunteers work to raise awareness of the programs and achievements of Bethlehem University in an effort to promote and assist the faculty and staff and to raise funds to further enhance quality teaching, research, community service, and employment opportunities for students and graduates.

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Richard Sergay

Senator Edward Kennedy Campaign Manager
New York, NY

A recognized senior leader and strategist in the development and execution of new media and traditional network broadcast news platforms. Expertise includes understanding the technology landscape as well as leveraging deep contacts in order to maximize digital opportunities and revenue streams across many content platforms. A demonstrated creative ability to manage complex projects in a collaborative manner on deadline and budget, championing innovation and change in the creation of network quality content. An Emmy award winning producer, reporter and writer, who has covered the technology arena, as well as major domestic and international events

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Dr Beverly Goodman

National Geographic Channel
New York, NY

To almost anyone else, the broken shells would look like broken shells. But Dr. Beverly Goodman stares at the shattered fragments and sees an ancient tsunami. What’s more, the mysterious story she coaxes from the two thousand year-old remnants may also predict the future. Dr. Goodman blends skills from archeology, geology, and anthropology to explore the complex ways nature and humans interact on coastlines. “Analyzing the causes and effects of ancient environmental events like tsunamis can help tell us which types of coasts are at greatest risk, and what kind of damage to expect in the future,” she explains. Dr. Goodman’s fieldwork centers in Caesarea, Israel where Herod the Great built a massive harbor at the end of the first century B.C.

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Carolyn Lane

Executive Director at Photo Diplomacy Project
Jacksonville Beach, Florida

For over 25 years Carolyn Lane has drawn upon methods learn via her doctoral work to solve problems; having been an Adjunct Professor at University of North Florida. She approaches challenges by rapidly assessing and anticipating needs, by researching background information, identifying resources, establishing collaborations, obtaining required competencies and always asking discerning questions and actively listening. In her professional career, Carolyn Lane has been an Executive Director at the Discovery Montessori School, Assistant Director of Foundation Scholarships at University of North Florida and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Beaches Habitat for Humanity

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