- Stephen BaileyStephen Bailey
Stephen is founder and CEO for ExecOnline. Stephen brings a passion for helping executives and their companies solve their most pressing strategic challenges through innovative technology solutions. Before ExecOnline, Stephen served as the CEO of Frontier Strategy Group (FSG), a venture-backed software and information services business serving Fortune 500 executives who have responsibility for emerging economies. Stephen grew the business from an early-stage start-up to a company that serves nearly half the Fortune 500 across a range of international markets and business functions.
Prior to his role as CEO, he served as FSG’s first Chief Product Officer, with responsibility for the development and delivery of all products and client-related content. The offerings developed by Stephen and his team served executives across roles ranging from general management to human resources to strategy and finance. Before joining FSG, Stephen was an associate in the venture capital and private equity group of WilmerHale. Stephen is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Truman National Security Project and the Glenn Pelham Foundation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Emory University and holds a JD from the Yale Law School.
- Michael BreenPresident and CEOMichael BreenPresident and CEO
Michael Breen is President and CEO of Truman Center and Truman National Security Project, a nationwide community of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of 9/11 and committed to shaping and advocating for tough, smart national security solutions. Mike and his team serve and support more than 1,700 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political leaders across more than 40 states who are united in the belief that America is strongest when we stand with our allies to lead, support, and defend a growing global community of free people and just societies.
Previously, Mike led soldiers in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army officer. After leaving the military, he attended Yale Law School, served in the Office of White House Counsel, and co-founded the International Refugee Assistance Project, working with refugees at high risk in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Mike is a recognized leader at the intersection of national security, energy, and climate change, and was one of the original members of Operation Free. A proud New Hampshire native, Dartmouth graduate, and former ice climbing instructor, he now spends most of his time just trying to keep up with his amazing daughter.
- R. Hunter BidenVice ChairmanR. Hunter BidenVice Chairman
Mr. Biden serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of CNP and Managing Partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, Chairman at Rosemont Seneca Advisors and is Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a national law firm based in New York. Mr. Biden is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Masters Program in the School of Foreign Service.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of World Food Program USA and as a Director on the not-for-profit Boards of the Truman National Security Project, the Center for National Policy and the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). Mr. Biden is a member of the CSIS Executive Council on Development, the Chairman’s Council of the National Democratic Institute (NDI); and the President’s Advisory Board for Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. From 2006-2009, Mr. Biden served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, serving as Vice Chairman from 2007-2009. Mr. Biden was honored to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and to have served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Previously, Mr. Biden was a founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP; was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination under Secretary of Commerce William Daley and was Senior Vice President at MBNA America Bank. He is also a member of the bar in the State of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Biden received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
- Pierre ChaoPierre Chao
Mr. Chao is a co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors and Enlightenment Capital. He brings three decades of aerospace/defense strategy management consulting, investment banking, equity analysis, investing and policy analysis expertise. Prior to establishing Enlightenment Capital (2012) and RSAdvisors (2008), Mr. Chao was the Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C.-based, non-partisan defense and foreign policy think tank, from 2003-2007; where he still remains as a Senior Associate.
Before joining CSIS in 2003, Mr. Chao was a Managing Director and senior aerospace/defense analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1999-2003, where he was responsible for following the U.S. and global aerospace/defense industry. He remained a CSFB independent senior adviser from 2003-2006. Prior to joining CSFB, Pierre was the senior aerospace/defense analyst at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1995-1999. He served as the senior aerospace/defense industry analyst at Smith Barney during 1994 and as a director at JSA International, a Boston/Paris-based management consulting firm that focused on the aerospace/defense industry (1986-88, 1990-93). Mr. Chao was also a co-founder of JSA Research, an equity research boutique specializing in the aerospace/defense industry. Before signing on with JSA, he worked in the New York and London offices of Prudential-Bache Capital Funding as a mergers and acquisitions banker focusing on aerospace/defense (1988-90).
Over the course of his Wall Street career, Mr. Chao’s team was ranked #1 by Institutional Investor every year eligible and he was on the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team every year eligible. He participated in 31 landmark aerospace/defense equity offerings/IPOs raising $11.7 billion and dozens of buy-side and sell-side M&A assignments.
He is also a guest lecturer at the National Defense University and the Defense Acquisition University, he has served on multiple Defense Science Board task forces and was a member of the Defense Business Board (2010-2013). He is a member of the board of directors of KeyW Corporation (Nasdaq:KEYW), Channel Technologies and Vistronix Intelligence & Technology Solutions. He is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and holds a Series 79 license.
Pierre earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Management Science from M.I.T.
- John P. DriscollChairmanJohn P. DriscollChairman
John Driscoll, CEO of CareCentrix, brings more than 25 years of health care experience to the company. Prior to CareCentrix, John served as President at Castlight Health, a health-care technology company. Previously, John served as Group President for new markets at Medco and led product development for Medco’s employer and health plan clients. At Medco, he was responsible for corporate development and the company’s entry into Medicare, international markets and pharmaceutical services.
John founded and chaired the Surescripts ePrescribing Network, and served as an advisor to Oak Investment Partners, holding a number of senior operating positions at Oxford Health Plans, including corporate vice president for government programs.
John has a BA and MBA from Harvard University as well as an M.Phil from Cambridge University in England. He is the chairman of the Truman National Security Project and is an advisory board member of Bread for the World.
- Craig HansonCraig Hanson
Craig has extensive experience in venture capital and company management working to grow the next generation of leadership companies and develop new markets globally. As General Partner and Co-Founder of Next World Capital, Craig works closely with management teams on strategy and growth in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in accelerated growth, international expansion, job creation and technology innovation. He has been an investor or senior executive in more than 20 venture-backed companies.
Prior to co-founding NWC, Craig was a Vice President with FTV Capital, an expansion-stage venture capital firm with $1 billion under management investing in enterprise software companies worldwide. He was also a Principal at Vista Ventures, a technology venture capital firm, and a Vice President at Berenson Minella & Company, where he worked on large growth capital and buyout investments, as well as completed several acquisitions and financings, through the firm’s private equity and investment banking operations. He has also been the CFO of a venture-backed technology company, and began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston.
Craig has served on the Boards of or been involved with a number of investments, including: LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), MX Logic (acquired by McAfee), Rally Software (NYSE: RALY), Dante Software (acquired by webMethods), Host Analytics, DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), Virtual Instruments, NexGen Storage (acquired by Fusion-io), SenSage (acquired by KEYW), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Cloudmark, Nimsoft/Indicative Software (acquired by CA), StrionAir (acquired by Carrier), Thought Equity, Fitness Holdings Worldwide (acquired by Forstmann Little), FM Precision, Stratavia (acquired by HP), GoodData, Aviso and Zuora.
Craig received a BA magna cum laude from Carleton College and an MS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
- Honorable Steve IsraelHonorable Steve Israel
Former United States Congressman Steve Israel currently serves as Chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute and a University Writer-In-Residence. He was a Member of Congress for sixteen years. President Bill Clinton called him "one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress." He serves as a regular political commentator on CNN.
As one of only nine members of the House Democratic leadership, Israel has a singular behind- the-scenes understanding of how Washington officials think. During his four years as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Israel was the chief architect of House campaign strategies. He was responsible for overall development of competitive House campaigns across America and was lauded for recruiting and electing the most diverse and entrepreneurial freshman congressional class in history. He developed a vast network of local, state, and federal officials throughout the nation and is considered a leading expert in congressional dynamics.
After chairing DCCC for two election cycles, Israel's House Democratic colleagues elected him to chair the Democratic Policy & Communications Committee, where he led the research and development of strategic brand messaging and communications strategies for House Democrats.
But it's not just political savvy that defines Steve Israel. It's his policy depth. The New York Times noted his leadership on middle class issues.
National Security: As a member of both the House Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, Israel has a deep understanding of global security issues. He maintains strong relationships with military, intelligence and national leaders at home and abroad and is experienced in the areas of missile technology, cyberdefense and professional military education. Israel is also a widely-sought commentator on the National Intelligence Council's quadrennial forecasts of future conflict. He created the Democratic Study Group on National Security and has lectured at West Point and the National Defense University, He delivered the 2016 commencement address at the U.S. Naval War College.
Infrastructure & Energy: Israel is also considered a leader on infrastructure. He leads an ongoing dialogue between industry leaders and activists on the issue of asset repatriation and infrastructure development. On the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, he worked closely with the Department of Energy on advanced energy research and development and led the successful effort to fund the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. Israel also created the bipartisan Defense Energy Working Group.
Financial Services: As a former Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Israel was involved in complex policy-making including Dodd-Frank; and developed an expertise on capital market regulatory issues.
Today, Israel is a political commentator on CNN, and regularly shares his insight in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fox News, MSNBC, and elsewhere.
In addition to his post at LIU and his work with CNN, Israel is currently a strategic advisor to the Democratic Governors Association and Third Way. He serves on the Boards of Long Island University, the Truman National Security Project, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and others.
Partly based on current events and national news during his tenure in Congress, Israel published a critically acclaimed satire of Washington, entitled "The Global War on Morris" In 2014. His second novel, “Big Guns,” is expected to be published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster.
Israel graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. He has two daughters - one works as a farmer, the other in Pharma. His home is in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
- Mark LindsayMark Lindsay
Mark Lindsay served on President Obama’s Transition Team and in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration. His areas of responsibility included the White House Military Office, which managed Air Force One, The White House Communications Agency, the Medical Unit and Camp David; running the White House Operations; and the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration, which was responsible for finance, information systems, human resources, legal/appropriations and security. Mr. Lindsay’s office was responsible for the logistics of all domestic and international Presidential travel and special air missions. President Clinton selected Mr. Lindsay to be the operational lead for the White House’s 2001 transition preparation and execution.
Prior to his appointment to the White House, Mr. Lindsay served as senior legislative aid and counsel to Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH). He worked closely with Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus on a number of business and economic issues.
Mr. Lindsay was a member of Senator Hillary Clinton’s Minnesota Finance Committee for her 2008 Presidential campaign.
Before joining The Livingston Group, Mr. Lindsay was with UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, where he held a number of senior positions including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy.
Mr. Lindsay holds a graduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; a masters degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University; a graduate degree from the Advanced Management program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
- UnitedHealth Group, President - AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy
- President Clinton, Assistant to the President for the Office of Managment and Administration
- U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH), Senior Legislative Aid and Counsel
- Georgetown University, Master of International Affairs
- Case Western Reserve School of Law, Juris Doctorate
- Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota
- University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, Advanced Management Program
Significant Associations, Activities and Accomplishments
- Member, District of Columbia Bar
- Member, President Obama's Transition Team
- Member, Senator Hillary Clinton 2008 Presidential campaign, Minnesota Finance Committee
- Operational lead for the White House's 2001 transition preparation and execution
- Responsible for the logistics of all domestic and international Presidential travel and special air missions
- Worked closely with Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus on a number of business and economic issues
- Alvin LoshakAlvin Loshak
Alvin Loshak is a Director at Bank of American Merrill Lynch and Global Head of USD Exotic Derivatives.
Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012, Mr. Loshak was Managing Principal of Beresin Loshak Asset Management and spent 11 years at Credit Suisse focusing on derivatives and structured products.
Mr. Loshak has served on the Board of Trustees of Bard College at Simon's Rock and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Internationals Network for Public Schools, a non-profit organization focused on educating recent immigrants as well as policy and advocacy surrounding immigration and education.
A native of New York City, Mr. Loshak holds degrees in Economics and Finance from Babson College.
- Sally PainterSally Painter
Sally A. Painter is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. Ms. Painter’s work experience includes time spent at both the highest level of government and at major corporations in the private sector. Given this diverse background, she provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with results-oriented external affairs, foreign/security policy and business development strategies. Ms. Painter has an extensive track record working with Central Europe on security and policy issues, including successfully representing many of these countries on their NATO and EU bids, as well as an historic Visa Equity Coalition of seven countries where legislation was passed in the U.S. Congress which allows their citizens to enter the US visa-free.
Ms. Painter has managed many large-scale public-private projects, including as a senior advisor on the global NATO Summits including: Washington, DC--1999, Prague -- 2002, Istanbul -- 2004 and Riga -- 2006. In this capacity, she worked directly with the leadership of the host country, CEOs of global corporations, the U.S. Congress, NATO Headquarters and the Bush and Clinton White Houses to promote and educate transatlantic leaders on the importance of the NATO Alliance. Ms. Painter is also a member of the Board of the US Committee on NATO. As such, she played a significant role in supporting NATO expansion. Instrumental in this successful process was a thorough understanding and ability to work with the foreign policy decision-makers within the transatlantic community.
For the last 15 years, Ms. Painter has also worked with opposition leaders to promote democracy and transparency in countries in transition, including: Albania, Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kazakhstan, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Throughout 2000 she served as Executive Director of the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade, a business group of 100 major corporate leaders that secured passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China -- the largest trade legislation ever concluded.
For three and a half years, Ms. Painter served as the Director of International at Tenneco Inc, a Fortune 500 company with manufacturing facilities in 42 countries. In this capacity, she advanced the corporation's business interests, negotiating new ventures with host governments in more than 20 countries. While at Tenneco, she was instrumental in the creation and early management of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and the French American Business Council, two public-private organizations designed to engage business leaders and government officials to resolve trade disputes.
Prior to joining Tenneco, Ms. Painter was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration. As such, she helped manage the outreach and advocacy program for the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, by providing strategic advice and advocacy to U.S companies bidding and winning overseas contracts.
Ms. Painter is on the Board of Directors of The Truman National Security Project, the Global Fairness Initiative, Partners for Democratic Change, and 4D PAC, a progressive national security political action committee. She is also a member of the Atlantic Council. She writes frequently on European issues and has been published in the Washington Post, Politico, WE-NATO, The Hill, and the Progressive Policy Institute’s Progressive Fix, among others.
Ms. Painter’s accomplishments have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and she has been a guest speaker on Fox News Live and Al Jazeera. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Laurel Branch Award (the highest honor of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria), the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary, and The Minister of Defense’s Award for Distinction from the Republic of Latvia. In addition, she is a producer for the Broadway production Ann, a critically acclaimed dramatization of the life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards. She is a certified downhill ski instructor and is married with one son, George, a design stylist.
- Connie PillichConnie Pillich
Connie Pillich is an attorney, MBA, veteran, former legislator and mom. The youngest of five, Connie grew up in a working class neighborhood. She attended public schools and put herself through college with an ROTC scholarship, student loans, and part-time work.
Connie spent eight years on active duty in the Air Force, and served in support of Operation Desert Storm. She achieved the rank of Captain and is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.
After serving in the Air Force and earning her MBA, Connie worked as a public defender and later opened her own law practice before running for public office.
Connie spent three terms as the voice of Ohio’s 28th house district. While in the legislature, Connie convened the Veterans Caucus to highlight issues facing Ohio’s military community and introduced the Ohio’s Veterans Bonus in 2009.
Currently, Connie is the principal attorney and CEO of The Pillich Group, which provides
legal, management, and development consulting services. She continues to advocate for
veterans and the military community. Connie belongs to American Legion Post 69 and VFW Post 3283.
Connie has always been an active volunteer in her community. She has dedicated her time to organizations like Special Olympics, Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, United Cerebral Palsy, and Sycamore Schools.
Connie lives in suburban Cincinnati with her husband, Paul, and their two children.
- Matthew SpenceMatthew Spence
Dr. Matthew Spence is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for International Affairs. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. policy towards the Middle East. He was responsible for fourteen countries, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf states. During his time at the Pentagon, Dr. Spence traveled to Israel over 30 times, and played a central role in U.S.-Israel military planning, the Iron Dome program, arms sales, and policy dialogues about Iran, Syria, Egypt, and the Middle East Peace Process.
Dr. Spence also served in a senior role on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s confirmation and transition team. He received the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service.
From 2009 to 20012, Dr. Spence worked at the White House on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs and as Senior Advisor to two National Security Advisors. He also served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
Dr. Spence is the co-founder of the Truman National Security Project, and started the Truman Project chapters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New Haven. He was a Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford University, and has been widely published in national security and foreign policy. Trained as a lawyer, Dr. Spence also practiced criminal and international law in California, and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Marshall Scholar and Truman Scholar, Dr. Spence received his doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University; J.D. from Yale Law School; and B.A. and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. He was born and raised in southern California.
- Jake SullivanJake Sullivan
Jake Sullivan is the Martin R. Flug Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the Senior Policy Adviser on Secretary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, he served as deputy policy director on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign, and a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama's general election campaign. Sullivan also previously served as a senior policy adviser and chief counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar from his home state of Minnesota, worked as an associate for Faegre & Benson LLP, and taught at the University of St. Thomas Law School. He clerked for Judge Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sullivan holds undergraduate and law degrees from Yale and a master's degree from Oxford.
- Anne WednerAnne Wedner
Anne Terman Wedner currently serves as a Commissioner on the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. She has been a leader in grassroots political development. She was a member of the National Finance Committee and the Presidential Inaugural Committee for President Obama. Anne has received awards from both the New Trier Democratic Organization and the Tenth Congressional Democrats. Previous to her political involvement, Anne developed strategic marketing and communications programs in the advertising and the financial services industries. In her early career, Anne represented the United States as a Foreign Service officer in France and Venezuela.
Anne continues her community work developing funding to promote urban sustainable agricultural methods and to support agencies that aid at risk inner city youth. Anne is also currently a Board Member of Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a “Cabinet Member” at the Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard and a board member of Harvard Alumni special interest group focused on Global Women’s Empowerment. Anne holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA from Harvard University. She is married to Marcus Wedner, and they have two daughters and a dog.