Our Advisory Board brings together a slate of bipartisan leaders from across the country who are guiding Humanity Forward’s outreach, development, and policy work.
Our Bipartisan Advisory Board
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 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.
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.
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. She now works as the Vice President at Teamworx Security.
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.