The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships
The members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships are responsible for recommending a group of exceptional men and women to the President for selection as White House Fellows. This accomplished group of citizens represents a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and professions. Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, will vice-chair the commission. A warm welcome to new members of the Commission!
Cheryl Dorsey (Vice Chair):
Cheryl Dorsey is President of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. The mission of Echoing Green is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Its signature program, the Echoing Green Fellowship, provides seed capital and support to the most promising social entrepreneurs with bold ideas for change. As a co-founder of The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit that provides basic health care and outreach services to at-risk residents of inner-city Boston neighborhoods, Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch the program. Cheryl has served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department, and Transition Team Member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group. Dorsey currently serves on several boards and has received numerous public service awards and recognition for her work. Most recently, Dorsey was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50." Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her master's in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates; Co-Chairman of Growth Energy; senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations; Advisor to the Blackstone Group; as well as numerous charitable and corporate boards.
Clark retired a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. As Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, Commander of the Legion of Honor from the French government.
Mr. Diaz joined Cozen O'Connor Law Firm in May 2007 as Of Counsel in the Government Affairs and General Litigation Departments. Mr. Diaz served as a Judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993, the first Latino and youngest to serve. He was also appointed administrative judge by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. During his distinguished career, Mr. Diaz also served as City Solicitor of Philadelphia and a partner at Blank Rome Law Firm for 10 years and was appointed by President Clinton to be the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs. Mr. Diaz is a member of the Board of Directors of Exelon Corporation, the Advisory Board of PNC, and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Temple University, where he also served on the University’s Presidential Search Committee. He is a former chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Hispanic Caucus.
Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty fighting programs reached 83 million people last year in 84 countries. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to reinforce CARE’s commitment to empowering girls and women to bring lasting change to poor communities. Under her leadership, CARE has strengthened its focus on long term impact, increased policy and advocacy efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment. Gayle has leveraged partnerships with the private sector, governments, and the other NGOs expand CARE’s reach and impact across the globe. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the New America Foundation, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the ONE Campaign. Additionally, she currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," and Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership," Dr. Gayle has been featured by national and international media outlets. She has also published numerous scientific articles on HIV/AIDS and other public health issues.
Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.
Vartan Gregorian is President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a position he assumed in June 1997. Previously, he served as President of Brown University from 1989-1997. From 1981-1989, he was President of The New York Public Library. Gregorian has taught European and Middle Eastern history at San Francisco State College, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1972 he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty and was appointed Tarzian Professor of History and professor of South Asian history. In 1974, he became the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and four years later became its twenty-third provost. Gregorian is the author of The Road to Home: My Life and Times; Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith; and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Philosophical Society. Currently, he serves on several boards including The Hunter Foundation, the Aga Khan Museum, the Library of Alexandria, National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, The American Academy in Berlin, and National Constitution Center, Philadelphia. Among the many awards and honors Gregorian has received are the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts (1989), the National Humanities Medal (1998), and the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award (2004). After majoring in history and the humanities, Gregorian graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1958 and was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.
Steve Gunderson is President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of approximately 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations. After serving three terms in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Gunderson served 16 years in the U.S. Congress and was a recognized leader on agriculture, education, employment policy, health care and human rights issues. Following his career in public service, he was named the senior consultant and managing director of the Washington office of The Greystone Group, a strategic management and communications consulting firm. The lead author of The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works, Gunderson is recognized for his insight and analysis on the national political issues of the day, and has lectured widely from Harvard University to The Brookings Institution. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Gunderson today lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his partner Jonathan Stevens.
Keith Harper is a Partner and Chair of the Native American Practice Group at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and a Citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Throughout his career, Harper has represented tribes and individual Indians including, since inception of the case, the plaintiff class of 500,000 individual Indians in the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit, Cobell v. Salazar, which was recently settled for an unprecedented $3.4 billion. In 2008-2009, Harper was appointed as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team in the Energy & Environment Cluster.
Previously, Harper was a litigator at and head of the Washington, DC Office of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). During his tenure there, he also taught Federal Indian Law as Adjunct Professor at Catholic University Columbus School of Law and at American University Washington College of Law. Harper has previously served as Appellate Justice on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court and has served on the Supreme Court of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He clerked for the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The National Law Journal selected Harper as one of 50 “Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” in 2008. He was selected as one of the 500 top lawyers in the country in 2010 as a “LawDragon 500.” Harper has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and inThe Best Lawyers in America® as well as selected by SuperLawyers magazine. Harper is the recipient of the Skadden Fellowship, the Henry H. Fowler Fellowship, Indigenous Peoples Law Prgram Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and received his Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.
Cynthia Hale is the founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Averaging 1,500 in worship each Sunday morning, Ray of Hope has been recognized as the Church of the Week by the 700 Club as well as in Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to Best Places and Practice. She established Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc., a mentorship program that assists in the development of pastors and para-church leaders, in 2004 and convened the first Women in Ministry Conference in 2005. She gave the opening invocation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and was also a participant at the National Prayer Service for President Barack Obama’s inauguration and served as Co-Chair for Women in Ministry for Obama. As a member of numerous boards, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, Secretary of the Board of Beulah Heights University, Chairperson of City of Hope Ministries, Inc, Co-Chair of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and Chair of the 21st Century Vision Team Christian Church. As a recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Hale received the Trumpet Awards’ Spiritual Enlightenment Award in 2005, the Sisters of African Descent’s Religious Leadership Award in 2006, and the Pinnacle Leadership Award in 2007 from the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Foundation, Inc. She authored her first book entitled I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Hale received her B.A. from Hollins College, M.Div from Duke University, and Doctorate of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Ms. Harmon is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC, a real estate investment firm that manages institutional, third party capital in a variety of real estate strategies. She is responsible for establishing, implementing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction. Ms. Harmon has over twenty-five years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to co-founding Artemis, she spent 17 years with the J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. ("JER"), a real estate investment firm where she was last President and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to JER, Ms. Harmon was a Managing Director at Banker’s Trust Company in New York City where she worked in both the corporate finance and real estate groups.
Ms. Harmon currently serves on the Board of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., a publicly-traded national real estate development company, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Caravel Management, a New York-based fund manager investing in the beyond-BRICs Emerging and Frontier Markets, and on the Investment Committee of Sidwell Friends School.
Much of Ms. Harmon’s philanthropy is directed toward improving the lives of women and children. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board for Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that supports women and children in war-torn countries. From 2008 to 2012, she served on the Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. From 2002 through 2010, Ms. Harmon served on the Board of Trustees for Sidwell and was chairperson of their Investment Committee; and from 1999 to 2001 she served on the Board of Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School. From 1997 through 2001, Ms. Harmon sat on the Board of Avis Group Holdings, Inc., chairing the special committee of independent directors. Ms. Harmon was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization from 1997 to 2002 and sat on the Board for the National Child Research Center from 1994 to 1997.
Ms. Harmon earned a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member and serves on the planning committee of Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Christy Haubegger is an executive at Creative Artists Agency where she provides insights and expertise on multicultural markets. In 1996, she founded Latinamagazine, which showcases fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and empowerment for Hispanic women, serving as its publisher, president, and CEO until 2001. She continues to be a member on the board of Latina Media Ventures. In 2002, Ms. Haubegger expanded into the television and motion picture world, serving as the Associate Producer on Chasing Papi and Executive Producer of Spanglish. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including being one of Newsweek’s "Women of the New Century" in 2001 and Advertising Age’s "Women to Watch." In recognition of her advances made in raising the profile of the Hispanic market, Ms. Haubegger was the youngest inductee into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. Currently, she serves on the Board for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, which is dedicated to increasing the number of minority MBA candidates at the nation’s top business schools. Ms. Haubegger received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from Stanford Law School.
Peter Blair Henry:
Peter Blair Henry is the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a former Professor of International Economics at Stanford University. In 2008, he led Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team in its review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and World Bank. A member of the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Kraft Foods Group, Peter received his PhD in economics from MIT and Bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition. He just published his first book, TURNAROUND: Third World Lessons for First World Growth. Born in Jamaica, Peter became a US citizen in 1986. He lives in New York City with his wife of 17 years and their four sons.
John Hockenberry is the host of the PRI distributed public radio program The Takeaway. The recipient of four Peabody Awards for Broadcast journalism, he has conducted weekly public radio commentaries on The Infinite Mind for more than a decade. In his twelve year career in television for ABC and NBC, he won four Emmy awards. He is also the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and Casey Medal. Mr. Hockenberry launched, Hockenberry, a news interview program and the format breaking Edgewise at MSNBC , Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio and was a longtime contributor to public radio programs. In addition, he is the author of A River Out of Eden and Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence. He contributes articles to publications such as The New York Times, the New Yorker, Metropolis andThe Washington Post.
Azita Raji is trustee and member of the executive committee at Barnard College, Columbia University. She was founding Co-Chair of Athena Center Leadership Council, and currently serves on the advisory board of Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, which is dedicated to education and development of emerging student leaders at Barnard and advancement of women leaders throughout the world. Ms. Raji is a past Member of Barnard’s Strategic Planning Advisory Group, President’s Advisory Council, and International Advisory Committee. She is a current member of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, which aims to develop the next generation of philanthropic leaders by providing them with the necessary tools and perspective to apply their business skills to social enterprise endeavors and align personal and professional values in careers that result in social benefits to a broader community. In addition, she is member of the Economic Advisory Council at the Center for American Progress and The Bretton Woods Committee.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Ms. Raji served as National Finance Vice-Chair for Obama for America and National Co-Chair of Swing State Victory Fund. She joined Obama for America’s National Finance Committee in 2008, and served on the National Advisory Board of the Democratic National Committee.
A former Wall Street banker in New York and Tokyo, Ms. Raji has extensive expertise and experience in international and global financial markets, with firms such as Drexel Burnham Lambert and JPMorgan. Her areas of specialization include European fixed income structured products, emerging markets fixed income and equity structured products, US equities, and high-yield bonds.
Ms. Raji holds a B.A. in Architecture and French from Barnard College, an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She has lived, studied, and worked in the Middle East, Western Europe, and the Far East, and is fluent in several languages. She currently lives in Northern California with her family, where she has served on a number of local boards and charities.
Mr. Muñoz is a Principal and Co-founder of Muñoz Group Investment Banking, and a partner in the law firm of Tobin & Muñoz. He has held Presidential Appointments before, including having served as the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 1997-2001. Mr. Muñoz was also an Assistant Secretary and the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Treasury Department from 1993 to 1997. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Mr. Muñoz was a partner in Stevenson, Colling, & Muñoz (1990-1993), an investment banking firm in Chicago, IL; and an Associate and Partner at Mayer Brown and Platt, a Chicago law firm (1980-1989). Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of Marriott International, Altria Group, Laureate Education and the National Geographic Society. Mr. Muñoz is a former President of the Chicago Board of Education (1984-86), Executive Vice-Chair of the CFO Council of the Federal Government (1994-97), a member of the Governing Board of the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards (2003-2005), and has been listed in Hispanic Business’ "Top 100 Influential". He is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Master’s degree of Law in Taxation from DePaul University, a M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and his JD from Harvard Law School.
Lloyd W Newton
General Retired, Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton is a former Executive Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut. He provided leadership and direction for all business development, aftermarket services and activities associated with integrated logistics and fleet management. Newton joined Pratt & Whitney in September 2000 and helped to grow the Military Engine business to an annual revenue of $1.3 Billion.In August 2000, He retired as a four-star General from the United States Air Force where he was Commander, Air Education and Training Command, which consisted of 13 bases, 43,000 active duty personnel, and 14,000 civilians. General Newton was appointed by the President in 2005 to serve as a Commissioner on the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Goodrich Corporation, Sonoco Products Company and Torchmark Corporation; as well as the Boards of the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and the Air Force Association. He received a B.S. in Aviation Education from Tennessee State University and a M.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Pierre Omidyar is the founder of eBay, which today enables more than 85 million buyers and sellers worldwide to connect and prosper. Starting from the premise that people are basically good, Pierre created a platform that gave people equal access to information, opportunity, and tools to pursue their goals. In 2004, Pierre and his wife Pam founded Omidyar Network to invest in nonprofit and for-profit efforts that enable people around the world to improve their lives and make powerful contributions to their communities. Omidyar Network has funded organizations in areas such as microfinance, social media, and government transparency. As an extension of Omidyar Network's work in microfinance, Pierre and Pam gave $100 million to Tufts University to create the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, which aims to accelerate the growth of the microfinance industry. Today, Pierre serves as a trustee of Tufts University, Punahou School, and Santa Fe Institute, and as chairman of eBay.
Mr. Porter is the IBM Professor of Business and Government and the Master of Dunster House at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mr. Porter is a former White House Fellow (1974-75) and Commissioner. He has served in three White House administrations as Assistant to the President for Economic and Domestic Policy (1989-93), Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Policy Development (1981-85), and Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the President’s Economic Policy Board (1974-77). He also served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury (1981-85). Mr. Porter joined the Harvard faculty in 1978. His teaching, research and writing focus on economic policy, strategic decision making, the relationship of business and government, and the American Presidency. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the White House Historical Association and was a member on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (1976-81, 1982-93, 1994-2001, 2008-09). After graduating from Brigham Young University, Mr. Porter was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received his B.Phil. He received his M.A. and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Rion Joaquin Ramirez:
Rion Joaquin Ramirez is General Counsel at Port Madison Enterprises, the economic development arm of the Suquamish Tribe. From 2001 to 2005, he was an Associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, and prior to that, he was an Associate at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. from 1997 to 2001. He also served as Counsel for the University of Washington’s Child Advocacy Clinic from 1997 to 1998. He became a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee in 2013. In 2012, Mr. Ramirez was a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee and co-chair of the Obama Native Outreach Group. He is a past President of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and a former Appellate Court Justice for the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Indians, where he is an enrolled member. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, and the Native American Bar Association. Mr. Ramirez received a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
Dr. Thibault is the seventh president of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. He has held several leadership and director positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Thibault was the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. from 1997 to 2007. He has served as the Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School and was chosen as the first Director of The Academy for Harvard. In addition, he has served and chaired on the committees of national organizations including the Institute of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Thibault is also the recipient of various awards from both Georgetown University (Ryan Prize in Philosophy, Alumni Prize, and Cohongaroton Speaker) and Harvard University (Alpha Omega Alpha, Henry Asbury Christian Award and Society of Fellows).He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. George graduated from Georgetown University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Eleanor Kaye Wilson:
For over 35 years, Kaye Wilson has worked in a variety of positions in education institutions, government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations. As one of the first staff members of DePaul University’s School for New Learning, Ms. Wilson served as the Director and Assistant Dean. She has served as Executive Director of Urban Programs at Chicago City-Wide College, where she developed Project Choice, a welfare-to-work education and training program for General Assistance participants; and as founder of the Wells Prep School, which was a juvenile delinquency prevention demonstration program designed in an elementary school setting for public housing children in Chicago, Illinois. For the past twelve years, Ms. Wilson has been a nonprofit consultant in the metropolitan Chicago area. She is an active volunteer on numerous boards, committees, and taskforces. She is currently Vice Chair of two boards: Community Assistance Programs and the Rich Township District 227 Foundation.
Judy Wise is the Senior Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit professional development organization for educators reaching more than 2 million students every year. She was the founder of the organization’s first regional office in Chicago and served as its Executive Director until 2002 when she founded the UK office. She now works across the organization. Ms. Wise also serves on Chicago’s Human Rights Watch committee and is a Board Member of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, which recognized her as one of 40 Who Made a Difference in celebration of the organization’s 40th Anniversary. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Committee on Illinois Government and worked in the news department at both NBC TV and CBS TV in Chicago. During Barack Obama’s campaign, she was on the National Finance Committee. Ms. Wise received her B.A. from Washington University and M.A. in psychiatric social work from the University of Chicago. She is married to Sheldon Baskin and has two grown children.