Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson

Author, Politician & Spiritual Leader

Marianne Williamson is an accomplished author, activist and spiritual leader who is currently pursuing the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States.

Ms. Williamson has published 12 books throughout her career.  Of these 12 books, 7 have made the New York Times bestseller list while four have reached #1 bestselling status.  Some of her works include A Return to Love, A Year of Miracles, The Law of Divine Compensation and Politics of Love.  On top of her successful writing, Ms. Williamson has a long career in activism.  In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food which has served over 11 million meals to homebound individuals affected by the AIDS disease in the Los Angeles area. 

Ms. Williamson headlined a Meet & Greet on October 18, 2019.  

Twitter: @marwilliamson


John Avlon

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John Avlon

Author, columnist, commentator

John Avlon is an author, columnist and commentator. He is a senior political analyst and anchor at CNN, appearing on New Day every morning.

From 2013 to 2018, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast. He is the author of the books Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American PoliticsWingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, and Washington’s Farewell: the Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations. He is also the co-editor of the acclaimed Deadline Artists journalism anthologies. Avlon served as chief speechwriter to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and, in 2012, won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column. Avlon is currently working on a book about Abraham Lincoln.

John Avlon spoke at The Common Good in 2018: Defending Democracy: John Avlon, Philip Bobbitt, Ian Kahn, Garry Kasparov, and Bret Stephens - November 29th, 2018, and moderated the panel “Rule of Law, Corruption, and Abuse of Power” featuring Bill Browder and Preet Bharara at The Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards - May 10, 2019. Avlon was also a co-speaker at our The Rise of Lincoln & U.S. Division with author Sidney Blumenthal on September 24, 2019.

Twitter: @JohnAvlon


Sidney Blumenthal

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Sidney Blumenthal

Journalist, Activist, Writer & Political Aide

Sidney Stone Blumenthal is an American journalist, activist, writer, and political aide.

He is a former aide to President Bill Clinton; a long-time confidant of Hillary Clinton, formerly employed by the Clinton Foundation; and a journalist, especially on American politics and foreign policy. Blumenthal is also the author of a multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. Two books of the planned four-volume series are available now: A Self-Made Man and Wrestling With His Angel. Subsequent volumes were planned for 2018 and 2019.

Blumenthal has written for several publications, including the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker, and was Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Salon.com, for which he has written over 1800 pieces online. He is a regular contributor to openDemocracy.net and was a regular columnist for The Guardian. After 2000, he published several essays critical of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Blumenthal was a key speaker at our The Rise of Lincoln & US Divisions discussion event with co-speaker John Avlon on September 24, 2019.


George W. Bush

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President George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States

George Walker Bush served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

Prior to being the 43rd president, George W. Bush served as the governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. During his time as the 43rd President, George Bush was noted for the Bush Doctrine, broad tax cuts, the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Medicare amendments, and an AIDS relief program.

Following his time at the White House, Bush authored Decision Points in 2010, later releasing 41: A Portrait of My Father in 2014. George W. Bush currently devotes much of his time to art. In 2017, Bush released Portraits of Courage, a collection of his art work. President Bush partnered with Bill Clinton to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund for relief and recovery efforts. President Bush also partnered with President Carter, President Obama, as well as his father to found One American Appeal, to assist in recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The Common Good hosted President George W. Bush at The Common Good Trip to Selma, Alabama on March 6, 2015.


Jehane Noujaim

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Jehane Noujaim

Director

Jehane Noujaim is an Academy Award nominated director and one of two non-fiction directors to have won the Directors Guild Award twice. Her Oscar nominated film, The Square (2013), won the Audience Award both at Sundance and Toronto. Noujaim has produced and directed other award-winning films including Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), Control Room (2004) and Startup.com (2001). In 2006, Noujaim was awarded the TED prize which she used to create Pangea Day. Noujaim’s work has been nominated by the DGA, IDA, Independent Spirit and several Critics Association Awards. Noujaim’s most recent release was an animated feature, The Breadwinner (2017) which she executive produced with Angelina Jolie and which was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award.

Twitter:@JehaneNoujaim


Brittany Kaiser

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Brittany Kaiser

Cambridge Analytica Whistle-Blower, Data Rights Advocate,

Brittany Kaiser is a former business development director for Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica collapsed after details of its misuse of Facebook data were revealed to have potentially impacted voting in the U.K and the U.S.. Kaiser testified about her involvement in the work of Cambridge Analytica before the U.K. Parliament and the Mueller Investigation.

She graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 2005 then went on to study at the University of Edinburgh, the City University of Hong Kong, the University of London’s Birkbeck College, and earned certificates of study at the World Bank Institute and US Institute of Peace. She later obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from Middlesex University.

While she was studying in Scotland, Kaiser took time off to work on Barack Obama's media team during his presidential campaign in 2007. She also worked for Amnesty International as a lobbyist.

Between February 2015 and January 2018, Kaiser worked full time for the SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, as director of business development. During her time at Cambridge Analytica, Kaiser worked under senior management, including CEO Alexander Nix. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Kaiser fled to Thailand. She later testified before the British Parliament about Cambridge Analytica and privacy threats posed by Facebook.

Kaiser is the subject of a Netflix documentary titled The Great Hack, which is about her work with Cambridge Analytica.

In April 2018, Kaiser started a Facebook campaign appealing for transparency, called #OwnYourData, and co-founded the Digital Asset Trade Association: a non-profit which works to lobby the legislature. In August 2019, she started the Own Your Data Foundation.

Kaiser's memoir, Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again, will be published by Harper in October 2019.


Michael Wolff

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Michael Wolff

American author

Michael Wolffe is an American journalist, author, columnist and internet entrepreneur. He’s the founder of the news aggregation website ‘Newser’. His books include Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018) and Burn rate: How I survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet (1998). He’s written columns for publications like The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today. Wolf was born on August 27, 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey. His father, Lewis, worked in advertising, while his mother, Marguerite, worked as a newspaper reporter. He attended Vassar College followed by Columbia University.

Wolff started out as a copy boy for The New York Times. His first article was published in Time magazine in 1974. It was a profile of Angela Atwood, one of the founding member of the Symbioses Liberation Army. Wolff later became a contributing writer for the news magazine ‘New Times’. The company ceased publication in 1979. Wolff released his first book ‘ White Kids’ in 1979. It was a collection of essays.

Wolff joined the management team at ‘Campaigns and Elections’ in 1988. Campaigns and Elections is a trade magazine based in Arlington, Virginia. Their areas of focus include political campaigns and political consulting. During his tenure, Wolff gave advise to the start-up magazine ‘Wired’. His book-packaging company ‘Michael Wolff & Company, Inc.’ was founded in 1991. Their early projects include the books ‘Where We Stand’ and ‘Net Guide’. The company attracted a handful of venture capital investment in 1995. It venture collapsed two years later and Wolff was ejected from the company.

Wolff’s first best seller ‘Burn Rate’ was published in 1998 by Simon & Schuster. He wrote a biography of Rupert Murdoch titled ‘The Man Who Owns the News (2006). His other published works include ‘Autumn of the Moguls’ (2003), ‘Television is the New Television’ (2015) and ‘Fire and Fury’ (2018). In addition to books, Wolff us a columnist editor of ‘Adweek’. He’s also written for The Industry Standard, Vanity Fair, USA Today and GQ (UK). Wolff launched the news aggregation website ‘Newser’ in 207. Their key staff include Patrick Spain (CEO), Kate Seamons (president), and Evan Gastaldo (Managing Editor).

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Twitter: @MichaelWolffNYC


Frank Luntz

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Frank Luntz

American political consultant, author, and pollster

Frank Ian Luntz is an American political consultant, pollster, and "public opinion guru" best known for developing talking points and other messaging for various Republican causes. His work has included assistance with messaging for Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, and public relations support for pro-Israel policies in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. He advocated use of vocabulary crafted to produce a desired effect; including use of the term death tax instead of estate tax,and climate change instead of global warming.

Luntz was born and grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Phyllys (née Kelmenson) and Lester Luntz, who together wrote the first American forensic dentistry textbook.His family was Jewish. He graduated from Hall High School, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and received a doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Luntz has appeared as a consultant or panel member on a number of television news shows, including The Colbert Report, Capital Gang, Good Morning America, Hannity, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Meet the Press, PBS NewsHour, Nightline, The O'Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Today Show. He has written op-eds for publications such as The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

He was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1989 until 1996 and also taught at George Washington University and Harvard University.

Luntz's most recent work has been with Fox News as a frequent commentator and analyst, as well as running focus groups during and after presidential debates on CBSN. Luntz describes his specialty as "testing language and finding words that will help his clients sell their product or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate." He is also an author of business books dealing with communication strategies and public opinion. Luntz's current company, Luntz Global, LLC, specializes in message creation and image management for commercial and political clients.

Luntz is the author of the 2007 New York Times Best Seller, "Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear." His second book, "What Americans Really Want ... Really: The Truth About Our Hopes, Dreams and Fears," climbed to #6 on the New York Times Business Best Sellers list. In March 2011, Luntz released his book,"Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business From Ordinary to Extraordinary".

Twitter:@frankluntz


Seth Moulton

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Seth Moulton

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts

Seth Moulton is a father, husband, Iraq War Veteran, and Congressman. He now serves the 6th District of Massachusetts, with an office just ten minutes from where he grew up, but he first began serving our country when he was 22.

It was the minister at his college church at Harvard who inspired Seth to serve. “It’s not enough to just support those who serve,” Rev Peter Gomes said, “You have to go out and do something yourself.” That advice resonated with Seth, and he decided to join the Marines.

9/11 happened a few months after his graduation, and little more than a year later, Seth was an infantry platoon commander in the first company of Marines to enter Baghdad in 2003. Despite his disagreements with the war, he insisted on returning for a total of four combat deployments so nobody would have to go in his place.

Seth went to business school on the GI Bill and worked in the private sector in Texas building the country’s first high-speed railway, but missed the sense of purpose he had in the Marines. Serving in Iraq with some of the best Americans he has ever met—while feeling let down and left behind by the politicians in Washington who sent them there—inspired Seth to run for Congress in 2014. He took on a nine-term incumbent backed by the party establishment, calling for a new generation of leadership in Congress, and overcame a 54-point deficit to win. He’s been keeping the promises of that campaign ever since.

In just three short terms in Congress, Seth has worked tirelessly to guarantee good-paying jobs for hard-working people—helping revitalize the biggest city in his district, the old factory city of Lynn, by organizing state and local leaders of all backgrounds. He’s become a leading voice on foreign policy and national security, serving on the Armed Services Committee and holding the Pentagon accountable while introducing bills to transform our national defense and combat foreign influence in America’s elections. And determined to lead by example, he held more town hall meetings in the 114th Congress than any other Democrat in the House or Senate—making sure that the voices of his constituents would be heard in Washington. He’s also fought for veterans health care while upholding his promise to continue getting his own care at the VA.

After the election in 2016, Seth recognized that America needs leaders who have faced challenges more difficult than losing an election or standing up to President Trump. So he used his organization, Serve America, to help change Washington by electing more service-driven leaders to Congress. Seth and his team mentored the candidates, raised millions of dollars for them, and campaigned alongside them in tough, Republican-held districts across the country. On election night, that hard work paid off: twenty-one of Serve America’s candidates won, accounting for half of all Democratic pickups in the House and flipping districts that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016.

Seth lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife, Liz, and his daughter, Emmy.

Congressman Seth Moulton was hosted by The Common Good as part of our 2020 Presidential Candidates Series on July 29, 2019 where spoke on on his experience as a veteran of the Iraq War as well as a Congressman. He also addressed any questions concerning him running for president.

Twitter: @sethmoulton


Dee Dee Myers

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Dee dee myers

Analyst, commentator, former White House press secretary

Dee Dee Myers joined Vanity Fair as the Washington editor in July 1995 and was made a contributing editor in June 1997. Prior to that, she was the White House press secretary for President Clinton, the first woman to hold that position. She also served as press secretary for Clinton's first presidential campaign. Based in Washington, Myers is a political analyst and commentator, and from 1998 to 2005 she was a consultant on the television series The West Wing. She has held a number of political positions, among them press assistant for the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, and deputy press secretary and campaign press secretary for Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley. She was also a co-host on the CNBC political talk program Equal Time.

Myers spoke at The Common Good as part of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Panel.

Twitter: @deemyers


Susan Fales-Hill

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Susan Fales-Hill

Television producer

Susan Fales-Hill began her writing career as an apprentice on the original Cosby Show. After two years on staff, she was transferred to the show’s spin-off, A Different World as a Story Editor. Three years later, in 1990, she became Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer. Under Susan's stewardship, A Different World was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Award. In November 1995, Susan became Executive Producer of the CBS sitcom, Can't Hurry Love. The following year, under contract with Warner Brother Studios, she served first as Executive Producer of the family-oriented situation comedy, Kirk, then as a Consulting Producer on the television series Suddenly Susan. In 1998 Susan co-created with Tim Reid the Showtime original series Linc's and served for two seasons as its Executive Producer/Head Writer. Susan is the recipient of the Producer’s Guild of America’s Nova award, a “Special Recognition Award” from the Friends of the Black Emmy’s, and the Excellence and Heritage Award from Dillard University.

Susan has written several magazine articles that have appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, Glamour, American Heritage, Ebony, Essence, Avenue, and Travel and Leisure. Her article for Vogue about growing up bi-racial, entitled “My Life in Black and White,” was reprinted in Vogue Español, and has been used as a teaching piece by a number of universities.
In 2003, Susan published Always Wear Joy (HarperCollins). The memoir was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction. It was an Atlanta Daily Choice Awards winner, and received a starred review from Kirkus. In 2008, Susan completed and sold her debut novel, One Flight Up, which is scheduled for publication by Atria/Simon & Schuster in 2010.

Susan serves on the boards of the Studio Museum of Harlem, and American Ballet Theatre where she was recently elected Vice Chair. From 2004-2007, Susan Co-chaired the ABT Spring Gala, an event which draws twelve hundred of New York’s leaders in the fields of finance, business, media and philanthropy. In 2006, Susan helped the organization set a new fundraising record for the twenty-year old event.

She introduced Gwen Ifill at The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama event at The Common Good in 2009.

Twitter: @susanfaleshill


Steve Bullock

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Governor Steve Bullock

Politician, attorney, 24th Governor of Montana

Governor Steve Bullock is a politician, attorney, and former professor. He was elected Montana’s 24th Governor in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Throughout his career Bullock has emphasizes his desire to bring people together and bridge partisan divides.

As Governor, he has fought on behalf of workers, students, and families, working with a Republican legislature to expand Medicaid, pass an Earned Income Tax Credit, and establish the state’s first public pre-K. He was also the first governor in the country to protect net neutrality through Executive Order.

Prior to his governorship, Bullock acted as the Attorney General of Montana, winning the election in 2008. While in this role he pushed for tougher drunken driving laws, a crackdown on prescription drug abuse, tackled the misclassification of employees as independent contractors by FedEx, and pursued the railroad industry for monopolistic business practices.

On May 14th, 2019 Bullock announced his candidacy for the 2020 Presidential Election, running on the Democratic ticket. Bullock made campaign finance reform a central cause of his campaign, continuing his political legacy to fight corruption in politics. As Attorney General he had taken this fight to the Supreme Court in the first challenge to Citizens United, and later passed one of the strongest campaign disclosure laws in the country. During his candidacy, Bullock has simultaneously been suing the Trump Administration to ensure that wealthy donors can’t hide their influence.

The Common Good hosted Bullock on July 17th, 2019, presenting 2020 Presidential Candidates: Governor Steve Bullock as part of the 2020 Presidential Candidates Series.

Twitter: @GovernorBullock


Zeva Oelbaum

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Zeva Oelbaum

Film producer

Zeva Oelbaum is an award winning producer and photographer. She recently produced Ahead of Time, a feature documentary about centenarian journalist Ruth Gruber which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering six Best Documentary awards. The film opened theatrically across the U.S. and was broadcast on Showtime Channel. Oelbaum was also executive producer of the feature documentary, Rene and I. She comes to film from a career as a still photographer and her work has been extensively published in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine. Her photographs are in international public collections including the Bibliothèque nationale de France and The Brooklyn Museum and two monographs of her work have been published by Rizzoli Int’l Publishers. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in anthropology, and a member of the Producer’s Guild.

Oelbaum spoke at a Special Screening of “Letters from Baghdad” and Panel Discussion alongside Sabine Krayenbühl and Mohamad Bazzi, with moderator Alex Witt,

Twitter: @ZJJD


Sabine Krayenbühl

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Sabine Krayenbühl

Film editor

Sabine Krayenbühl is an award winning editor with over 20 theatrical documentaries and narrative features to her credit, many of which have premiered at prestigious festivals around the world.

Her work includes Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominated My Architect for which she received an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award nomination. Other credits include Mad Hot Ballroom, one of the top twenty highest grossing documentaries, The Bridge produced by IFC, Picasso and Braque go to the Movies, produced by Martin Scorsese, Virgin Tales, Ahead of Time, Jennifer Fox’s Emmy nominated My Reincarnation, Salinger on which she consulted and most recently Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water, co-produced by BBC Films.

Krayenbühl has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a long-term member of New York Women in Film and Television.

Krayenbühl spoke at The Common Good at a Special Screening of “Letters from Baghdad” and Panel Discussion alongside Zeva Oelbaum and Mohamad Bazzi, moderated by Alex Witt.

Twitter: @Sakrayen


Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Bill de Blasio

American politician

Since assuming office as Mayor of New York City in 2014, Bill de Blasio has developed and executed transformative initiatives including Pre-K for All; Paid Sick Leave; neighborhood policing; IDNYC; and Housing New York, the largest, most ambitious affordable housing plan in the nation. 

He began his career in public service in 1989 as part of David N. Dinkins’ successful and historic mayoral campaign and worked in the Dinkins Administration. Over the next decade, de Blasio served as regional director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; as a school board member for Brooklyn School District 15; and as head of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s historic campaign in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. In 2002, de Blasio joined the New York City Council, representing Brooklyn’s 39th district. During his two terms, de Blasio fought to improve public education, expand affordable housing, protect tenants’ rights, and reform social services for families and children.

De Blasio is currently running in the 2020 presidential elections.

Twitter: @NYCMayor


Stephen Apkon

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Stephen Apkon

Film director

Stephen Apkon, a social entrepreneur, formed the Jacob Burns Film Center with the vision of establishing a center for independent and foreign documentary films. Under his 13 year tenure as Executive Director, the JBFC grew to become a major cultural destination and a national leader in the field of visual literacy. In 2014, Mr. Apkon stepped down as the Executive Director of the JBFC to focus on film projects and other non-profit initiatives.

Apkon serves on the boards of The World Cinema Foundation and Advancing Human Rights. He is President of Big 20 Productions, the producer of films I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful; Planetary; Backyard Wilderness; and Disturbing the Peace. He is the author of The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens.

Apkon spoke at a Special Screening of “Disturbing the Peace” - November 15, 2016 at The Common Good.

Twitter: @SteveApkon


Felix Rohatyn

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Felix Rohatyn

Banker, diplomat

Felix George Rohatyn is an American investment banker known for his role in preventing the bankruptcy of New York City in the 1970’s and for serving as United States Ambassador to France. He was also a long term advisor to the U.S. Democratic Party.

Rohatyn became widely known in the 1970’s for successfully restructuring New York City’s debt and resolving the city’s fiscal crisis. While running MAC for the city of New York, Rohatyn continued his deal making at Lazard, and he completed such deals as Sony’s acquisition of Columbia. Rohatyn was United States Ambassador to France 1997-2000 during the second Clinton Administration and is a Commander in the French Legion of Honor.

In 1990, he received The Hundred Year Association of New York’s Gold Medal Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York.” Rohatyn is also the recipient of The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Bill Richardson

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Bill Richardson

American politician

For more than 30 years, Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career as a U.S. Congressman (1982-1996), U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000), and Governor of New Mexico (2003-2011).

In 2008, he sought the Democratic nomination for President, dropping out after Iowa and New Hampshire. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, and Sudan. He has authored three books including How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator. He is active on the national and international speech circuit, and appears frequently on numerous television news programs, including CNN, FOX, Univision, Meet the Press, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

Before being elected Governor of New Mexico, Richardson was Chairman of Freedom House, a private nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy and human rights worldwide, and served on the boards of the National Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He was also given the National Hispanic Hero Award by the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute. Richardson has started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter. Recently, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement played an instrumental role in the successful release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

Richardson spoke at The Common Good as part of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Panel.

Twitter: @GovRichardson


Christopher Ruddy

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Christopher Ruddy

Businessman, journalist

Christopher Ruddy is the CEO of Newsmax Media, which publishes Newsmax.com and broadcasts the Newsmax TV network. Following Ruddy's work at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 1998, he started Newsmax with Richard Mellon Scaife, who owned the Tribune-Review. In April 2010, media-industry magazine Folio named Ruddy to its "FOLIO 40," an "annual list of magazine industry influencers and innovators".

A prominent conservative, Ruddy was an early donor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Washington Post has referred to him as "the Trump Whisperer".

Ruddy spoke at The Common Good in 2017: The Press, Fake News and Politics: Chris Ruddy.

Twitter: @ChrisRuddyNMX