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Advisory Board

Made up of accomplished social impact leaders and public figures, the Advisory Board supports our mission with strategic and programmatic recommendations.


HARRY BELAFONTE

HARRY BELAFONTE

Harry Belafonte is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Mr. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, and one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes and since 1987, has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

MATTHEW CHANIN

MATTHEW CHANIN

Matt Chanin, CFA, is the sole member of Mira Vista Consulting LLC, which he established in 2012 to house his consulting and other business activities. Mr. Chanin retired from Prudential Investment Management in 2011 after 35 years, and currently serves on the Board of Supervisors of Suburban Propane LP on the Advisory Board of Yorktown Partners LLC. He also consults with Berson & Corrado LLC, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Integrity House since 2005. Mr. Chanin holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Rutgers University.

DAVE DENNIS

DAVE DENNIS

Dave Dennis was a Freedom Rider and Co-Director of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) in Mississippi, which organized activists for a voter registration drive during “Freedom Summer.” Mr. Dennis spoke at the funeral of James Chaney, and he worked closely with both civil rights icons Bob Moses and Medgar Evers.

HON. DAVID DINKINS

HON. DAVID DINKINS

The 106th Mayor of New York City, Mr. Dinkins began his public service career in 1966 as a member of the New York State Assembly. He is a founding member of the Black & Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus of New York State, the Council of Black Elected Democrats of New York State, and The One Hundred Black Men. Mr. Dinkins is also a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA).

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

RUTH FRIENDLY

RUTH FRIENDLY

Ruth Friendly is the Director of Fred Friendly Seminars, award-winning television programs that explore ethical, legal and public policy questions. She continues to produce the television seminars at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

DANNY GLOVER

DANNY GLOVER

Mr. Glover is a critically acclaimed actor and film director. For decades he has also been on the front lines of civil rights and workers’ rights campaigns both in the United States and around the world. While attending San Francisco State University, Glover was a member of the Black Students Union, which not only created the first Department of Black Studies but also the first School of Ethnic Studies in the United States. Mr. Glover champions causes that span from anemia awareness to the AIDS crisis in Africa to mathematics education in the United States. Both the United Nations Development Program and UNICEF have appointed him as a goodwill ambassador. He is a major supporter of the Algebra Project—a math empowerment program developed by civil rights veteran Bob Moses.

BOB HERBERT

BOB HERBERT

Bob Herbert is an author, journalist and former New York Times op-ed columnist. Mr. Herbert frequently writes on poverty, the Iraq war, racism and American political apathy towards race issues. His journalistic awards include the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing. Mr. Herbert is now a fellow at Demos.

CLARENCE B. JONES, ESQ.

CLARENCE B. JONES, ESQ.

Clarence B. Jones is the former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Jones is the author of What Would Martin Say? (HarperCollins, 2008) and “Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation” (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011). He is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University, as well as a Visiting/Diversity Professor at the University of San Francisco.

NICHOLAS LEMANN

NICHOLAS LEMANN

Nicholas Lemann is a journalist and the former Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has published five books and continues to contribute to The New Yorker as a staff writer. Mr. Lemann has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate.

HON. JOHN LEWIS

HON. JOHN LEWIS

John Lewis is an American politician and civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. Congressman Lewis is the only living “Big Six” leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, having been the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end legalized racial discrimination and segregation.

DANNY LYON

DANNY LYON

Danny Lyon is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. In 1963, he was a staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). His photos for SNCC appeared in the documentary book, Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

ROBERT P. MOSES

ROBERT P. MOSES

Bob Moses was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement as a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1961, Moses initiated SNCC’s Mississippi Voter Registration Project, and was appointed its director in 1962. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1982-87), and subsequently started the Algebra Project (AP), which uses mathematics as an organizing tool for a Quality Education as a Constitutional Right (QECR) for all students.

CRAIG NEWMARK

CRAIG NEWMARK

Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist and craigsconnects. He began his business career at IBM, where he spent nearly 17 years, and later worked in programming for Charles Schwab, Bank of America and other firms.

JOHN QUIÑONES

JOHN QUIÑONES

John Quiñones is the Emmy award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine Primetime and has been with the network nearly 30 years. He is the sole anchor of the Primetime series What Would You Do?, one of the highest rated newsmagazine franchises in recent years. During his tenure, he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for Primetime and 20/20. His work for What Would You Do? captures the way people react when confronted with dilemmas that compel them to either take action or walk away. An authority on diversity, he is a powerful and visible voice on social issues such as race, gender, and sexuality.

ROBERT REICH

ROBERT REICH

Robert Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Reich has written twelve books and is the co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine.

STUART SHORENSTEIN

STUART SHORENSTEIN

Stuart Shorenstein is a partner at Cozen O’Connor. A member of the Business Law Department, Mr. Shorenstein is a founder of the firm’s Public Strategies Group and heads its New York Public Strategies team. Over the past three decades, he has also been actively involved in national, local and state politics. Mr. Shorenstein and his firm provide pro bono services to The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

MARGOT STERN STROM

MARGOT STERN STROM

Margo Stern Strom is the Founder and Executive Director and President of Facing History and Ourselves, an organization dedicated to combatting racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice, while nurturing democracy, through educational programs. She has held this position since the organization’s inception in 1976.

MARQUISE A. STILLWELL

MARQUISE A. STILLWELL

Marquise Stillwell is the Managing Director of Openbox, a strategic planning firm in New York City that uses design and technology to solve business problems. His firm partners with its clients to enhance and accelerate the experience that people have with their products, services and brands. Prior to founding Openbox, Mr. Stillwell held strategic positions in the financial, software, telecom, and internet industries.

NANCY L. THOMAS

NANCY L. THOMAS

Nancy Thomas directs the National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) and other initiatives at CIRCLE and the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University. She is also the co-founder and director of the Democracy Imperative, a national network of academics and practitioners working to advance civil discourse and learning for a diverse democracy on college campuses, and a senior associate with Everyday Democracy, a civic organization that works locally and nationally to increase citizen engagement in community and policy change. She earned her EdD at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

OPAL TOMETI

OPAL TOMETI

Opal Tometi is a Black feminist writer, communications strategist and cultural organizer. She is a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, the historic political project and leader-full network was launched in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to explicitly combat implicit bias and anti-black racism and to protect and affirm the beauty and dignity of all Black lives. Ms. Tometi is currently at the helm of the country’s leading Black organization for immigrant rights, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), a national organization that educates and advocates to further immigrant rights and racial justice together with African-American, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean immigrant communities.

MARTY WEINBERG

MARTY WEINBERG

Marty Weinberg, CPA, is a partner at Matthews & Co., LLP. He began his career in public accounting in 1980 and joined a mid-sized accounting firm in 1983. In 1987, the firm merged into KPMG Peat Marwick, and he started Matthews & Co. with Robert Matthews in November 1988. Mr. Weinberg and his firm provide pro bono accounting services to The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

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