Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman is a former United States Senator from Delaware where he served on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees. In addition to his work on these committees he was deeply involved in the Dodd Frank Wall Street reform, advocating for science technology engineering and math (STEM) education, and highlighting the value of federal employees. After he left the Senate he was the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and was a member of the Federal Working Group on Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations. He served from 1973 to 1995 on the staff of United Senator Joseph Biden, 19 of those years as Chief of Staff. He is presently a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Duke University Law School. Over the last 24 years he has taught courses at Duke’s Law School, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Fuqua School of Business. He is a columnist for the News Journal, and writes for Forbes and Huffington Post.
Felicia Wong is the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a New York-based think tank and campus network that promotes a bold economic and political vision capable of bringing the ideals of Franklin and Eleanor into the 21st century. She helps lead the Roosevelt Institute’s work on a rewriting the rules agenda, a comprehensive economic program and narrative that has become increasingly influential. She is the co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and the Boston Review. Felicia came to the Institute from the Democracy Alliance, and previously ran operations and product development at a venture-funded education services company. Her public service includes a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and a political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy.
Christie George is one of the country’s leading experts on investing in mission-driven startups. Formerly the President of New Media Ventures, she has overseen investment into a portfolio of more than 80 nonprofits and for-profits, including Blavity, Indivisible and SwingLeft. Her work centers on fostering an independent, vibrant, and diverse media sector. Christie started her career at a venture capital firm, spent six years managing sales and marketing for Women Make Movies, and is a co-founder of Louder (acquired by Change.org). She serves on the boards of the Roosevelt Institute, Media Impact Funders and Indivisible. Christie holds a BA from Yale University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and graduated with the Said Prize. She lives in Oakland and is a proud co-owner of the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, CA.