Participants in The American Justice Summit 2014

Participants in The American Justice Summit 2014

Tina Brown Live Media and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Present

THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SUMMIT

Sponsored by Credit Suisse, the Ford Foundation and the Investigation Discovery Network

NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, author Piper Kerman, activist Harry Belafonte, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, CNN and The New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to headline the program on Monday, November 10th

VICE News and The Marshall Project join as media partners

To view the program, click here.

To watch free livestream of this event, go to vicenews.com.

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John AvlonJohn Avlon
Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast
John Avlon is editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. Previously, he was a columnist and associate editor for the New York Sun and chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for best online column in 2012. @JohnAvlon

 

Neil BarskyNeil Barsky
Chairman and Founder, The Marshall Project
Neil Barsky has enjoyed a distinguished career in the fields of journalism, finance, and filmmaking. He was an award-winning reporter for the New York Daily News and Wall Street Journal, and went on to found the hedge funds Midtown Capital and Alson Capital Partners. He also directed the critically acclaimed documentary, Koch, about New York City’s former mayor. He is chair of the Columbia Journalism Review board of advisers, and sits on the board of trustees of Oberlin College. @nsbarsky@marshallproj

 

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte
Activist and Artist
Harry Belafonte exposed America to world music, and has spent his life challenging and overturning racial barriers across the globe. He is the founder of the Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, which utilizes the power of culture and celebrity in partnership with activism, and The Gathering for Justice, which seeks to end child incarceration. This month, he will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. @harrybelafonte

 

Nell Bernstein

Nell Bernstein
Author
Nell Bernstein is the author of Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison (2014). Her previous book, All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated (2007), was selected a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and has been adopted into the curricula of universities across the country. Bernstein’s writing has appeared in numerous national magazines, and she frequently addresses policymakers, grantmakers, criminal justice professionals, and the public about the impact of incarceration on young people and families. @nellbernstein

 

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins
Victims Rights Advocate; Director, Marsy’s Law
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins is a director with Marsy’s Law, a victims’ rights constitutional amendment campaign. Since the murders of Jennifer’s sister and her family in Winnetka, IL, Jennifer has been a nationally respected voice against violence. A retired history teacher, she serves on the US Sentencing Commission’s Victim Advisory Group and the Cook County Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Jennifer was the national program director for Victims and Survivors for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and also founded an advocacy organization for victims of juvenile murderers. She lives in Northfield, IL, with her husband, Bill Jenkins, also the father of a murder victim and the award-winning author of What To Do When The Police Leave. @JenniferJenkins

 

William J. Bratton

William J. Bratton
Police Commissioner, City of New York
William J. Bratton was appointed the 42nd police commissioner of New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio; it is the second time he has held the post. During his years leading the police departments of Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, he established an international reputation for re-engineering, improving morale, and cutting crime. At the NYPD in the 1990s, he led the development of Compstat, the internationally acclaimed command-accountability system now in use by police departments nationwide, and also achieved the largest crime declines in New York City history. A noted author, commentator, and consultant, Bratton holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he was a Senior Executive Fellow in Criminal Justice and a member of the school’s National Executive Session on Policing. For his collaborative efforts with US and British police forces, he was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). @commissbratton

 

Tina Brown

Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World
Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and currently founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media. Prior to this, Brown launched and edited the award-winning digital news site The Daily Beast with Barry Diller’s IAC in October 2008. Between 1979 and 2001, she was editor-in-chief of TatlerVanity FairThe New Yorker, and Talk–and later Newsweek in 2011. She also authored the 2007 best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to journalism. She is married to editor, publisher, and historian Sir Harold Evans and lives in New York City. @TinaBrownLM

 

Juju Chang

Juju Chang
Co-Anchor, ABC News’ Nightline
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award–winning co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline. She also reports regularly for Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang has covered breaking news stories such as Superstorm Sandy and the mass shootings in Newtown, CT, as well as global events and issues like the earthquake in Haiti and maternal and infant mortality in Mozambique. Chang received one of her two Emmys for team coverage of the California wildfires; one of her two Gracies was for a 20/20 story on gender equality in the sciences. Her hourlong 20/20 reports include an in-depth look at the impact on foreign adoptions gone wrong; the struggles of people with albinism globally, including the plight of Tanzanian albinos; and an intimate portrait of one family dealing with gender transition. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation. @jujuchangabc

 

Francis Greenburger

Francis Greenburger
Founder and CEO, Time Equities Inc. and Chairman of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.
Francis Greenburger is the founder, chief executive officer, and guiding force behind Time Equities Inc. (TEI). Established in 1966, TEI has been in the real estate investment, development, and asset and property management business for more than 45 years. In addition, Greenburger is chairman of Greenburger Associates, a literary agency founded by his father 80 years ago that represents many world-renowned and best-selling authors, including Dan Brown, Brad Thor, Daniel Amen, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Preiss Glasser, and Rosemary Wells. In addition to being a very active board member of several not-for-profit organizations, Greenburger is founder and principal benefactor of Omi International Arts Center, a 300-acre property in Ghent, NY. Greenburger founded the Center for Social and Criminal Justice on behalf of his son Morgan, who suffers from mental illness and is currently incarcerated in New York State. @greenburgerorg

 

The Honorable Eric P. Harmon

The Honorable Eric P. Harmon
Judge of the Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA
The Honorable Eric Harmon is a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, currently assigned to hear criminal cases. Previously, he was a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County for 14 years, prosecuting gang murders for the elite Hardcore Gang Division and high-profile murders for the Major Crimes Division. He has been involved with 25 life sentences, four sentences of life without the possibility of parole, three death verdicts, and hundreds of determinate sentences. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science in 1995. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 1998.

 

Hill HarperHill Harper
Humanitarian, actor, author
Hill Harper is most recognizable for his starring role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the hit television drama CSI: NY (2004–2013), for which he won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He currently stars on USA Network’s Covert Affairs as CIA station chief Calder Michaels. He will next be seen alongside Jennifer Lopez in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, set for release in January. Harper has authored four award-winning New York Times best sellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation and The Wealth Cure, which chronicled his diagnosis with thyroid cancer and his journey to health. His latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, was issued in paperback in April. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as a Masters in Public Administration, with honors, from the Kennedy School of Government. He holds six honorary doctorates. @hillharper

 

Sally B. Hazelgrove

Sally B. Hazelgrove
Founder and Executive Director, Restoring the Path/Crushers Club
Sally Hazelgrove started volunteering 14 years ago with at-risk male youth in Englewood, on the south side of Chicago. Realizing that gang life offered a network that was attractive to young men who felt disenfranchised from society, she set about duplicating that network—but with the lure of boxing and music rather than guns and drugs. Opened in 2013, Crushers Club is rooted in four ideals—ownership, discipline, love, and respect—and is currently staffed by 18 local youth, with 200 served so far. Hazelgrove wants to further refine and duplicate her model across other urban areas plagued by gang and youth violence. @crushersclub

 

Ann Jacobs

Ann Jacobs
Director, Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Ann Jacobs is the director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI), which aims to spur innovation and improve practice through research, demonstration projects, education, and training. Currently, PRI administers the NYC Justice Corps, plus a portfolio of reentry educational initiatives, research on reentry housing, and the prestigious Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative. For nearly two decades, Jacobs served as the executive director of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), the nation’s oldest and largest social-service and advocacy organization for incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and their families. Previously, she was responsible for oversight of the city’s five public-safety agencies for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations and served as deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. @JohnJayPRI

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 2.41.24 PMFrantz Jerome
Activist and poet
A co-founder of the Lyrical Circle, an award-winning youth poetry collective, Frantz Jerome has performed his poetry at an array of venues that include the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Performance Space 122, SummerStage in St. Mary’s Park, the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry Club, The New School University, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He performs with the Hip-Hop/Social Justice theatre ensemble 2050 Legacy and is a featured poet in Off the Subject: The Words of the Lyrical Circle of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a collection that featured an introduction by the Grammy-nominated Sekou Sundiata and a closing from Nikki Giovanni. Frantz, along with five other members of Lyrical Circle, is a founding member of The Peace Poets LLC, a collective of poets who perform across the country and around the world. @GymnasticPen

 

David Kennedy

David Kennedy
Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; Co-Chair, National Network for Safe Communities
David M. Kennedy directed the Boston Gun Project, whose “Operation Ceasefire” intervention was responsible for a more than 60-percent reduction in youth-homicide victimization and won several prizes, including the Ford Foundation Innovations in Government award. He developed the “High Point” drug-market elimination strategy, which also won an Innovations in Government Award. He helped design and field the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative, the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program. Author of several books, he is co-chair of the National Network for Safe Communities, which includes more than 50 jurisdictions that are dedicated to reducing crime, reducing incarceration, and addressing the racial conflict associated with traditional crime policy. @DavidMKennedy1

 

Bill Keller

Bill Keller
Editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project.
Bill Keller is editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project. Keller worked for The New York Times from 1984 to 2014 as a correspondent, editor, and op-ed columnist. As a correspondent, he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union (winning a Pulitzer Prize) and the end of white rule in South Africa. From July 2003 until September 2011, he was the executive editor of The Times. @billkeller2014

 

 

Piper KermanPiper Kerman
Author
Piper Kerman is the author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which has been turned into an Emmy- and Peabody Award–winning Netflix series by Jenji Kohan. Piper works with Spitfire Strategies as a communications consultant with nonprofits, philanthropies, and other working in the public interest. She serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, and has been called to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. She has also spoken at the White House on re-entry and employment. In 2014, Piper was awarded the Justice Trailblazer Award from John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime & Justice as well as the Constitutional Commentary Award from The Constitution Project. @piper

 

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu
Mayor, New Orleans, LA
Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010, and in 2014 was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term. Under his leadership, New Orleans became the fastest growing major city in the US and added over 8,600 new jobs. Home values are up, unemployment has remained below the national average, and new retail is booming. Mayor Landrieu launched NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive strategy to reduce homicide, and in 2013 New Orleans saw the lowest number of murders in nearly 30 years. Prior to serving as mayor, Landrieu served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana for six years and as a state legislator for 16 years. He was educated at Jesuit High School of New Orleans and Catholic University; his law degree is from Loyola University. He governs by the philosophy that we are “one team, one fight, one voice, and one city.” @mayorlandrieu

 

Glenn E. Martin

Glenn E. Martin
Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA
Glenn E. Martin is a leading criminal-justice-reform advocate who spent six years in New York State prisons. Prior to founding JustLeadershipUSA, he served for seven years as VP of development and public affairs at The Fortune Society and six years as co-director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center. Martin is cofounder of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition. He is a 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow and was a 2012 America’s Leaders of Change National Urban Fellow. He also serves on the advisory board of the Vera Institute’s Public Health and Mass Incarceration Initiative, the National Network for Safe Communities, and the Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard Kennedy School. @glennEmartin

 

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller
Correspondent, CBS News
Michelle Miller is an award-winning correspondent based in New York, reporting for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Her work regularly appears on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS This Morning, and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. Since joining CBS News in 2004, she has reported on national and international breaking news stories such as the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, CT; the last three presidential elections; and Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University and also holds a master’s degree in urban studies from the University of New Orleans. She is a member of the board of advisors at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Inc. @CBSMMiller

 

Joanne Minich

Joanne Minich
Activist
Joanne Minich is a mother and activist. Her son, Peter Minich, has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia since his late teens. Peter was imprisoned in January 2013, after staff members at a psychiatric hospital filed criminal assault charges against him. While in confinement, Peter was held in extended isolation with mechanical restraints and allegedly suffered abuse. With the help of attorney Roderick MacLeish, Joanne was able to get her son transferred out of the prison system and into a different mental-health facility, where he is currently being treated for his illness. Today, Joanne is an outspoken advocate against the criminalizing of the mentally ill.

 

Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform
Grover Glenn Norquist is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. He is the creator and organizer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a public written commitment, signed by most GOP members of the US Congress, to oppose any and all tax hikes. He also serves on the board of directors of the Center for the National Interest, the Parental Rights Organization, and the National Rifle Association. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. @GroverNorquist

 

Dorsey Nunn

Dorsey Nunn
Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; Cofounder, All of Us or None
Dorsey Nunn is executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), which organizes within and advocates for communities impacted by the criminal justice system. The first formerly incarcerated person to direct LSPC, he is also cofounder of All of Us or None, originators of the “Ban the Box” campaign, which urges employers to give job applicants with past convictions a fair chance. Nunn has won numerous awards and was part of a national delegation of formerly incarcerated people asking the White House for an executive order to Ban the Box. @LSPC_

 

Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez
Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice
In 2001, Carmen Perez joined the Community Restoration Project, creating detention alternatives for youth in Santa Cruz, CA. From there, she joined Barrios Unidos (devoted to violence prevention and intervention) and started her long career inside America’s prisons. After a two-year stint with the County of Santa Cruz Probation Department, she became national organizing director, and in 2010 executive director, of The Gathering for Justice. In this role, she travels widely promoting peace, interconnectedness, and alternatives to incarceration and violence; she also organizes events and provides support to individuals incarcerated in juvenile halls and prisons. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her work in the fields of juvenile justice, gender-responsive programming, mentorship, and prison reform. @carmenperez21

 

Johnny Perez

Johnny Perez
Safe Reentry Mental Health Advocate, Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project
Johnny Perez is a non-attorney mental-health advocate at the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project, a nonprofit law firm providing legal representation to underserved populations affected by social-justice issues. Drawing on the wisdom of past experience, he works to change unjust policies and societal paradigms related to formerly incarcerated people. He has testified at the NY Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission about the inhumane treatment of teenagers in solitary confinement in state prisons and city jails. He is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at St. Francis College while also completing his first nonfiction book: Prison: The upside down kingdom. Read Johnny’s blog at: mrjohnnyperez.blogspot.com @mrjohnnyperez

 

Byron Pitts

Byron Pitts
Chief National Correspondent and Anchor, ABC News
Byron A. Pitts received his BA in journalism and speech communication from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982. After working as a reporter at various television stations on the East Coast, he moved to Washington, DC, in 1997 for CBS Newspath, eventually becoming a chief national correspondent for CBS Evening News and a contributor to the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. In 2013, Pitts was named chief national correspondent and anchor for ABC News. He received national Emmy Awards for his coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the 1999 Chicago train wreck. His book, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges, was published in 2009. @byronpitts 

 

Richard Price

Richard Price
Novelist and screenwriter
Richard Price is the author of eight novels, including Clockers, Lush Life, and the forthcoming The Whites. He is also the screenwriter of several dramatic film and television programs, including Ransom, Shaft, and The Wire. In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. In 2007, he won an Edgar Award for his writing on The Wire. @ClockersPrice

 

 

Constance L. Rice, Esq.

Constance L. Rice, Esq.
Founding Co-Director, Advancement Project
Connie Rice is a civil-rights lawyer who engineers systemic fixes to entrenched inequality and injustice. California Law Business Journal twice designated her one of the top ten most influential attorneys in California. Through impact litigation, campaigns, and inside bureaucratic maneuvering, she has led coalitions and clients to win more than $30 billion in damages, bonds, and policy changes. Bus riders, death row inmates, folks abused by police, school kids, whistleblowers, cops and sufferers of every stripe of discrimination (sex, race, disability, age) have sought her counsel. But so have her opponents, like the Los Angeles Police Department, which she sued for 15 years but which now reserves a parking space for her at its new headquarters. A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe and New York University School of Law, Rice has worked extensively with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In 1998, she and co-directors Molly Munger, Penda Hair, and Steve English launched the Advancement Project, a policy action and technology organization that, in the words of Los Angeles magazine, “picked up where Clarence Darrow left off.”

 

Deborah Roberts

Deborah Roberts
Network Correspondent, ABC News
An award-winning reporter and media veteran, Deborah Roberts is a highly respected, versatile journalist with a broad range of experience and expertise. Roberts reports regularly for ABC News’ 20/20 and serves as substitute anchor on Good Morning America and World News Weekend. Roberts’ coverage at 20/20 has consistently produced extraordinary narratives such as an intimate profile of First Lady Michelle Obama and an award-winning investigation into abuse within the Amish community. She has reported from Africa on the HIV/AIDS crisis and orphans, and also provided historic coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She has won Emmy Awards for her emotional, in-depth reporting on an Ethiopian American woman’s journey back to Africa to find her mother and for her work with ABC’s millennium coverage. @DebRobertsABC

 

Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D.

Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D.
Founder, Phoenix House
A pioneering psychiatrist, treating addiction in both correctional and community settings, Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D, founded Phoenix House in 1967 as deputy commissioner of NYC’s Addiction Services Agency. In 1970, he resigned his city post to head the nonprofit Phoenix House Foundation, which now operates more than 130 programs in nine states. He has been a White House advisor on addiction and a special consultant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and chaired New York State’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse from 1985 to 1997.

 

Norman Seabrook

Norman Seabrook
President of the New York City Correction Officers’
Benevolent Association (COBA)
Norman Seabrook became a correction officer in 1985; he became COBA president in 1995. In 2009, he was awarded the NAACP’s Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame” Award for his dedication to the labor community, locally and nationally. In 2010, he was cited by City Hall News as one New York City’s twelve most effective labor leaders. The next year, he received the Labor Leader of the Year award from the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

 

George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos
Chief Anchor, ABC News
As chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos leads ABC’s coverage of all major live events and breaking news around the world. He also serves as anchor of Good Morning America and of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. For more than a decade, his range and expertise have played a pivotal role at the network—garnering him two Emmys, a DuPont, a Murrow, and two Cronkite Awards. Stephanopoulos joined ABC News in 1997 as an analyst for This Week, after serving in the Clinton administration as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy. He is the author of All Too Human, a No. 1 New York Times best seller. He received his master’s degree in theology from Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University (summa cum laude in political science). @GStephanopoulos 

 

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson
Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, AL, Bryan Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death-row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards, including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award, and 15 honorary doctorates. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, and is a professor at the New York University School of Law. He has just published Just Mercy (Random House). @eji_org

 

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham
Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, Member of the Executive Board, and Head of Private Banking and Wealth Management New Markets, Credit Suisse
Pamela Thomas-Graham is Credit Suisse’s Chief Marketing & Talent Officer; head of PB&WM New Markets, which seeks to advance financial opportunity among women, African-Americans, and the LGBT community; and a member of the bank’s executive board.
She was previously a managing director of Angelo, Gordon & Co.; group president of Liz Claiborne Inc.’s wholesale apparel business; CEO and chairman of CNBC Television; and president and CEO of CNBC.com. She began her career at McKinsey, where she became the firm’s first black woman partner in 1995. She sits on the boards of the Clorox Company, the New York Philharmonic, and the Parsons School of Design. She has written three mystery novels, published by Simon & Schuster. She received her BA, MBA, and JD from Harvard University

 

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin
Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Senior Legal Analyst, CNN
Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer for The New Yorker and senior analyst for CNN, is one of the most recognized and admired legal journalists in the country. His most recent book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, was published by Doubleday in 2012 and was a New York Times best seller. Previously, Toobin served as an assistant US attorney in Brooklyn and as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer’s First Case—United States v. Oliver North. Toobin earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. @jeffreytoobin 

 

Jeremy Travis

Jeremy Travis
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
City University of New York
Jeremy Travis is president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Senior Fellow in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society. From 1994 to 2000, Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department (1990–1994), a Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch (1986–89), and Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD (1984–86). Before joining city government, Travis spent a year as a law clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He began his career in criminal justice working as a legal services assistant for the Legal Aid Society, New York’s indigent-defense agency. He has written numerous books, and taught courses on criminal justice, public policy, history, and law at Yale College, the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York Law School, and George Washington University. He has a JD from the New York University School of Law, an MPA from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a BA in American Studies from Yale College. @JohnJayPresJT

 

Darren Walker

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, where he oversees more than $12 billion in assets, $500 million annually in global social justice grants, and 10 international offices. A leader in the social sector for more than two decades (including serving as vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation), his expertise ranges from human rights to urban development to free expression. He spent almost a decade on the frontlines of community development at Harlem’s Abyssinian Development Corporation, after a career working in international finance and law at UBS and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Walker voices a unique perspective on the ways that market forces, democratic institutions, and an independent nonprofit sector must work together to achieve lasting social change. @darrenwalker; @fordfoundation

 

Tyrone A. Werts

Tyrone A. Werts
Co-Founder/Director, The End Crime Project
In 1975, Tyrone Werts was convicted as an accomplice to a second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. On December 30, 2010, after he had served 36 years at SCI-Graterford in Pennsylvania, Werts’s life sentence was commuted by former Governor Ed Rendell, a testament to this former lifer’s immense personal growth in the face of adversity and his longstanding dedication to justice reform and developing solutions to criminal justice concerns in the US. He is presently a consultant at the Philadelphia Public Defenders Association and serves as a public relations consultant to the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University. He is also chief executive officer of the Lifers End Crime Project and serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males. He was a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow. @tywerts

 

John E. Wetzel

John E. Wetzel
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Wetzel is a thought leader who has a reputation for challenging convention in Corrections. He is currently secretary of the sixth-largest prison system in the country, comprising 51,000 inmates in 26 institutions and 60 halfway houses, operated by 15,000 staff members at a cost of $2 billion. @johnewetzel