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Advisory Board

  • Ja’Ron Smith

    Deputy Assistant to President Trump for Domestic Policy, Former Deputy Director of the White House Office of American Innovation

    Ja’Ron Smith served as Deputy Assistant to President Trump for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the White House Office of American Innovation. As President Trump’s highest-ranking and longest-serving African-American advisor, Smith served in the White House in many other roles. He was also Special Assistant to President Trump for Legislative Affairs and was the President’s liaison to a wide range of committees, including Ways and Means, Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Smith now works as Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, which which creates economic mobility for people living in fragile communities.

  • Celinda Lake

    Leading Democratic Party Pollster and Strategist

    Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists. She was one of two lead pollsters for the Biden campaign in 2020 and continues to serve as a pollster to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), other national party committees, and dozens of Democratic incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Lake and her firm, Lake Research Partners, are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education, and have worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), and AFL-CIO.

  • Congressman Dennis Ross

    Former Senior Deputy Majority Whip, serving on the Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Former Congressman Dennis Ross served for four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a Senior Deputy Majority Whip and served on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He currently heads the American Center for Political Leadership, an organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement through civil discourse, and is a distinguished professor in the Political Science program at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Prior to his time in Congress, Ross served in the Florida State Legislature from 2000-2008.

  • Kim Joiner

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

    Anne Kimberley “Kim” Joiner, of Virginia, worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy under President Trump. Joiner has extensive experience in the defense industry, serving as the Director for business development at both General Atomics and FLIR. During the George W. Bush administration, she served in the Department of Homeland Security, as the Director of Immigration, Transportation and Border Security in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

  • Andrew Yang

    Founder, Humanity Forward

    Andrew Yang was a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and ran for mayor of New York City in 2021. Named by President Barack Obama as a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship, he is the founder of Humanity Forward and Venture for America. Yang is a graduate of Brown University, where he earned degrees in economics and political science, and Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review.

  • Gisèle Huff

    President, Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity

    Dr. Gisèle Huff is president of the Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity. Dr. Huff served as San Francisco University High School’s director of development for twelve years, and the Executive Director for the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, where her return on investment for launching blended learning is legendary. Her policy proficiency includes the Advisory Board for Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy, the advisory committee for the National Charter School Research Project at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, and the Executive Committee of the Digital Learning Council.

  • Katy Gaul-Stigge

    President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

    Katy Gaul-Stigge is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to connect to employment. Prior to Goodwill, Gaul-Stigge led workforce and human service initiatives in key city-wide agencies in her 14 years of city service. She gained national attention for developing Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways strategy as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Gaul-Stigge was also Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS) where she expanded anti-poverty programs for working New Yorkers.

  • John Belluomini

    Former White House, Treasury Task Force Leader on Sustainable Businesses

    John Belluomini is a global business leader who has worked with and led teams for the US Treasury Department, the White House office of Social Innovation, KPMG, Merrill Lynch, SAP, and Oracle. Belluomini was selected by the White House Office of Social Innovation, US Secretary of State Office, and the San Francisco Federal Reserve to join four separate task forces focusing on the creation of new sustainable businesses. His expertise in sustainable business has been shaped by his work with The Clinton Global Initiative, The Council on Foundations, Milken Institute, Aspen Institute, White House Forum on Business and Social Innovation and a wide range of other influential organizations.

  • Cameron Najafi

    Next Generation Leader, Humanity Forward Advisory Board

    Cameron Najafi serves as a Next Generation Leader on Humanity Forward’s Advisory Board. At University of Chicago, Cameron studies global catastrophic risk with a focus on the underlying, interlocking set of economic, political, and social conditions that give rise to large-scale risk and how effective coordination and governance can offer holistic solutions.

  • Andrew Platt

    Andrew Platt is the Co-founder and CEO of Statt, a public policy research and analytics software company that specializes in automated public policy and regulatory intelligence, research, and analysis. Platt previously led policy for a venture-backed fintech company pioneering a pay-for-success financing model for workforce development. Prior to joining the private sector, Andrew was a Democratic state legislator in Maryland and a staffer for a U.S. House Democratic leadership office.