National Co-Chairs

  • Acosta
    Acosta

    Lynnette Acosta

    Acosta graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2000, before beginning her professional career with General Electric. After five years in the corporate world, she met her husband with whom she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. Since her return, she has been living in Central Florida, raising her two children, and working as a Fellow with Organizing for America.

  • Benioff
    Benioff

    Marc Benioff

    Benioff is the founder and CEO of salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company selected by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Company and called one of America’s Best Companies to Work For by Fortune.  In addition, he developed the “1/1/1” corporate philanthropy model whereby companies donate 1 percent of product, 1 percent of equity and 1 percent of employee time back to the community. For his pioneering innovation across technology, business and philanthropy, Benioff has received honors including the David Packard Medal of Achievement, Fortune’s Top 50 People in Business, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award and was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

  • Bennet
    Bennet

    Michael Bennet

    Bennet became a U.S. Senator from Colorado in 2009, winning election to his first full term in 2010.  Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Bennet was the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools and was chief of staff for the mayor of Denver.  Before his work in local government, Bennet served as Managing Director at the Anschutz Investment Company where he managed the successful restructuring of more than $3 billion in corporate debt.  He earned his Bachelors from Wesleyan and his law degree from Yale Law School, serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Yale Law Journal.

  • Castro
    Castro

    Julian Castro

    Castro is the twice-elected mayor of San Antonio, serving since 2009, and is the youngest mayor among the largest cities in the U.S.  In 2010, he was named on TIME’s “40 Under 40” list.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.  Prior to being elected mayor, Castro served as a San Antonio city councilman.

  • Chafee
    Chafee

    Lincoln Chafee

    Chafee is the current Governor of Rhode Island. Prior to being elected governor in 2010, Chafee served as U.S. Senator from 1999 to 2006 and was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. Serving in office as an Independent, Chafee previously was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and endorsed Barack Obama in February 2008. Chafee graduated from Brown University and his family has been involved in New England politics for generations.

  • Cherry
    Cherry

    Ann Cherry

    Cherry retired in 2008 after thirty years of teaching band and general music in public schools in eastern North Carolina.  During her retirement she has volunteered for various local organizations and continues to be a lifelong member of the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators.  A graduate of East Carolina University, she is the mother of two adult children.

  • Chu
    Chu

    Judy Chu

    Chu is the U.S. Representative from the 32nd District of California.  In her second term, she currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Small Business, where she is the Ranking Member of the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee. During the 112th Congress, she was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).  A native of Los Angeles, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received her Ph.D. in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

  • Cleaver
    Cleaver

    Emanuel Cleaver

    Cleaver is the U.S. Representative from the Fifth Congressional District of Missouri, currently serving his fourth term.  He sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and is the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.  Prior to his service in Congress, Cleaver spent twelve years as a Kansas City Councilman and served two terms as the first African American mayor of Kansas City.  He graduated from Prairie View A&M, earned a Masters from St. Paul School of Theology and is a United Methodist minister.

  • Daley
    Daley

    Bill Daley

    Daley recently served as White House Chief of Staff for President Obama from January 2011to January 2012.  Prior to being Chief of Staff, Mr. Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, was Midwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, and served on the Board of Directors for Boeing, Merck & Co., Boston Properties, and Loyola University Chicago.  Previously, he also served as Chairman of Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

  • Durazo
    Durazo

    Maria Elena Durazo

    Durazo is the current Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, which serves over 800,000 workers across a broad spectrum of industries.  She also sits on the National Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO.  Previously, she served in leadership positions with UNITE-HERE, Local 11, the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride, and the AFL-CIO National Immigration Committee.  Durazo was Vice Chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee.  She also served as a National Co-Chair in 2008.

  • Durbin
    Durbin

    Dick Durbin

    Durbin is a U.S. Senator from Illinois and the Assistant Majority Leader.  Prior to being elected to the Senate in 1996, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Durbin serves as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.  He was an early endorser of Barack Obama, serving as a National Co-Chair in 2008.

  • Emanuel
    Emanuel

    Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel is the mayor of Chicago, elected in 2011.  Prior to his current position, Emanuel served as White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, was the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, and served in the U.S. House from 2003 to 2009.

  • Feingold
    Feingold

    Russ Feingold

    Feingold served as U.S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011.  During his time in the Senate, he was an author of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, and a leader on civil liberties, human rights, and the need for a comprehensive approach to the terrorist threat.  He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage award and currently is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.

  • Gonzalez
    Gonzalez

    Charlie Gonzalez

    Gonzalez is currently in his seventh and final term in the United States Congress as the U.S. Representative from the 20th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the City of San Antonio. In the 112th Congress, he serves on the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and House Administration.  He is the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is also a member of the New Democrats Coalition. He is one of eight children of the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez and Bertha Gonzalez.  His father served as United States Congressman representing the 20th District from 1961-1998.  He has one son, Leo Gonzalez.

  • Harper
    Harper

    Loretta Harper

    Harper is a high school counselor at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, working with students to emphasize graduation, scholarships, community service and post-secondary plans.  In her eleventh year in the Clark County School District, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada State Educators Association.  As a Neighborhood Team Leader, she believes the most important involvement with the campaign includes providing leadership and training for high school student volunteers to help them become the next generation’s leaders.

  • Harris
    Harris

    Kamala Harris

    Harris is California’s 32nd Attorney General.  Elected in November 2010, she is the first woman, first African American and first South Asian to hold the office in the history of California.  Harris previously served two terms as District Attorney in San Francisco. She attended Howard University and received her law degree from University of California, Hasting College of Law.  Harris was recognized as a “Woman of Power” by the National Urban League and has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in Newsweek magazine as one of “America’s 20 Most Powerful Women.”  Attorney General Harris is the author of “Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer.”

  • Iyer
    Iyer

    Sai Iyer

    Iyer is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, studying International Studies, Religious Studies, and Mass Communications. In 2008, he served as an Organizing Fellow with Obama for America in Richmond and in 2011 served as a White House Intern in the Department of Management and Administration. Next year, Iyer will be an English teacher in Detroit, Michigan with Teach for America. He is deeply passionate about public service and aspires to have a career where he can help make upward mobility a reality for all Americans.

  • Kennedy
    Kennedy

    Caroline Kennedy

    Kennedy is an attorney and the author / editor of nine New York Times best-selling books on constitutional law, American history, politics and poetry. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, she is President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard. She is also on the board of directors of New Visions for Public Schools and the AFT Innovation Fund. From 2002 – 2011, she was Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, which has raised over $300 million to support public school reform and engaged a record number of New Yorkers to volunteer in New York City schools.

  • Longoria
    Longoria

    Eva Longoria

    Longoria is an actress, best known for her roles on Desperate Housewives and The Young and the Restless.  In addition to her acting career, she is an active philanthropist.  Longoria co-founded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit organization which benefits developmentally disabled children, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer.  She recently formed the Eva Longoria Foundation, which will help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In addition, Eva is a member of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.

  • Martin
    Martin

    Felesia Martin

    Martin is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has been an office administrator for 25 years.  She and her husband, Terrell, are working to build neighborhood support, driven by their passion for education, health care and civil rights.  She believes that it is imperative that every individual eligible to vote in every election.

  • McKenzie
    McKenzie

    Vashti McKenzie

    McKenzie serves as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  Her historic election in the year 2000 represents the first time in the over 200-year history of the AME Church a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. The firsts continue where she served as the President of the Council of Bishops, Chair of the General Conference Commission and is the Host Bishop for the 49th Session of the General Conference of the AME Church in June 2012 with more than 30,000 expected to attend. Currently, she is honored to serve as the presiding prelate of the 13th Episcopal District, which includes Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • Miller
    Miller

    Tom Miller

    Miller is the long-serving Attorney General of Iowa, first elected to the position in 1978. A native of Iowa, Miller graduated from Loras College and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.  He is a former President of the National Association of Attorneys General and received the NAAG Wyman Award, which salutes the Attorney General who has done the most to achieve NAAG objectives.

  • Modi
    Modi

    Kalpen Modi

    Modi is the former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, having served in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011.  He has been a well-recognized actor and producer in television and film since the late 1990s, and has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology, Film, and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  During the 2008 campaign, Modi campaigned in 26 states for Barack Obama and served on the National Arts Policy Committee.  As part of his duties at the White House, Modi was the President’s Liaison to Young Americans, working on issues ranging from youth entrepreneurship & employment, to education and DADT repeal. In his duties as Liaison to Asian American & Pacific Islander communities, he worked on creating the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). He also worked on arts outreach, focusing on cultural diplomacy and arts education.

  • Nathman
    Nathman

    John Nathman

    Nathman retired as an Admiral in the US Navy after 37 years of service.  He was Commander, US Fleet Forces, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Commander, Naval Air Forces and captain of the nuclear carrier Nimitz.  His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal and Bronze Star with Combat V.  He and his wife Sue reside in Virginia.

  • Patrick
    Patrick

    Deval Patrick

    Patrick is the current Governor of Massachusetts, first elected in 2006.  He is the first African American governor of Massachusetts.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.  During the Clinton Administration, he served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Pena
    Pena

    Federico Pena

    Pena served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration, and was Mayor of Denver, Colorado, in the 1980s, the first Hispanic to serve in that position.  He served on the Obama-Biden Transition Project Advisory Board.  Currently, he is Senior Advisor to Vestar Capital Partners and he sits on a number of corporate boards.

  • Price
    Price

    Elaine Price

    Price is a resident of Warren, Ohio, and recently retired after 18 years with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  A graduate of Warren City Schools, she founded the neighborhood team Trumbull for Positive Change in 2008 and continues to lead its grassroots efforts.  She has a strong passion for informing and educating voters, and encouraging them to become active participants in the political system.  She and her husband, Grady, were married for 38 years before his passing in April 2011, and she is the proud mother of one daughter and three step-children and proud grandmother of 16 grandchildren.

  • Pritzker
    Pritzker

    Penny Pritzker

    Pritzker is a business leader from Chicago, the founder, chair and CEO of PSP Capital Partners.  She has served on the President’s Council for Jobs and Competitiveness and previously sat on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.  She is a philanthropist in Chicago for the arts and education, and is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford University.

  • Register
    Register

    John Register

    Register is a U.S. Army veteran and a Paralympian.  A four-time Track and Field All American at the University of Arkansas, Register served in the U.S. Army for six years, participating in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm while also wining nine gold medals in Armed Services Competition.  An athletic injury resulted in Register’s left leg being amputated above knee.  He subsequently won the Silver Medal in the Long Jump at the 2000 Paralympics Games and took 5th place in both the 100 and 200 meters dashes.  John is the co-founder of Inspired Communications and delivers inspirational speeches across the country.

  • Schakowsky
    Schakowsky

    Jan Schakowsky

    Schakowsky is the U.S. Representative from the 9th Congressional District of Illinois.  Currently in her seventh term, she serves on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  She is a founding member of the Out-of-Iraq Caucus, Co-Chair of the House Seniors Task Force and the Vice Chair of the Women’s Caucus.

  • Shaheen
    Shaheen

    Jeanne Shaheen

    Shaheen is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected a governor and a U.S. Senator.  After serving three terms as governor of New Hampshire, Shaheen became the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 2005.  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, Shaheen serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Small Business.

  • Solmonese
    Solmonese

    Joe Solmonese

    Solmonese has served as President of the Human Rights Campaign since 2005.  A graduate of Boston University, Solmonese previously served as CEO of Emily’s List and worked on the campaigns of several congressional candidates.  He currently resides in Washington, DC.

  • Solow
    Solow

    Alan Solow

    Solow is a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) and is the immediate past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella group for 51 national Jewish organizations.  A graduate of the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School, Solow is a published author, recognized insolvency expert and a leader in philanthropy in Chicago and throughout the U.S.

  • Strickland
    Strickland

    Ted Strickland

    Strickland is the former Governor of Ohio and served as U.S. Representative from the 6th Congressional District of Ohio from 1993 to 2007.  As governor, he instituted the University System of Ohio to promote access to higher education, and he signed into law a renewable portfolio standard, requiring that 25 percent of the state’s electricity come from alternative energy sources.  A graduate of Asbury College and the University of Kentucky, Strickland was a counseling psychologist before running for public office.

  • Villaraigosa
    Villaraigosa

    Antonio Villaraigosa

    Villaraigosa is the current Mayor of Los Angeles and the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. As mayor, he has helped reduce crime to its lowest levels since the 1950’s, doubled the number of schools reaching the state’s academic performance goal, and passed a half-penny sales tax, which is doubling the size of LA’s rail network and putting people back to work. As president of USCM, he has built bi-partisan coalitions in support of the Common Sense Jobs Plan and an innovative transportation infrastructure initiative called America Fast Forward.