Speakers

 
 
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Bill Moyers

Journalist; best-selling author; former White House Press Secretary for President Johnson

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Nina Turner

 President, Our Revolution; former Ohio State Senator; American Promise National Advisory Council

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Richard Painter

Chief Ethics Counsel, President George W. Bush; S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School

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Ellen Weintraub

Commissioner, Federal Election Commission

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Cheryl Clyburn Crawford

Executive Director, MassVOTE; 1st Vice President at NAACP Boston Branch; Member, American Promise National Advisory Council

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Josh Silver

Director/Co-Founder Represent.Us

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Elizabeth Doty

Founder of Leadership Momentum; Bay Area American Promise Business Council

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Jeff Clements

President and Founder of American Promise

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Ben Cohen

Co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Head Stamper at Stamp Stampede; American Promise National Advisory Council

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Caroline Fredrickson

President, American Constitution Society

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Cenk Uygur

Host and founder, The Young Turks; Founder of WolfPAC

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Greg Moore

Executive Director, NAACP National Voter Fund; Member, American Promise National Advisory Council

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Congressman Jim McGovern

(D-Massachusetts)

 

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Ella McGrail

New Hampshire College Student; First NH Youth Poet Laureate; American Promise National Advisory Council.

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Matthew Patsky

CEO, Trillium Asset Management; American Promise National Advisory Council.

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John Wass

CEO at Profit Isle; Co-founder and Board Chair, American Promise

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Steve Lipscomb

Founder, World Poker Tour; CEO, Practicrats LLC; Founder, Fix It America; Member, American Promise National Advisory Council

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Tamara R. Piety

Law Professor; Author, Brandishing the First Amendment; American Promise National Advisory Council

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Frances Moore Lappe

Founder, Small Planet Institute; Author, Diet For A Small Planet, Daring Democracy & more

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Joe Goodwin

Decorated US Army Veteran; Executive Director of National Service Now; American Promise National Advisory Council.

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Michele Jawando

VP, Center for American Progress & Center for American Progress Action Fund; Co-Host “Thinking CAP” podcast

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Azor Cole

Citizen Empowerment Coordinator, American Promise

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Viki Harrison

Executive Director, Common Cause New Mexico

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Thomas Van Dyck

Managing Director & Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management; Founder, As You Sow; Leads “Divest Invest” climate campaign

Debra Winger

3-time Oscar Nominated Actress; Member, American Promise National Advisory Council

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Adam Winkler

Professor of Constitutional Law, UCLA; Author, We the Corporations (2018) and Gunfight (2011)

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Tiffany Muller

President, End Citizens United

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David Burke

President, Citizens Take Action

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Maria Perez

Director, FairVote New Mexico

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Wambui Gatheru

Citizen Empowerment Coordinator, American Promise

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Former Congressman Jim Leach

(R-Iowa) 1977-2007, American Promise National Advisory Council

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Wenonah Hauter

Founder & Executive Director, Food and Water Watch

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George Penn

Outreach Organizer, Wisconsin United to Amend

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Ken Chestek

Professor of Law, University of Wyoming; Chair, Wyoming Promise

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Pam Wilmot

Executive Director, Common Cause, Massachusetts

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Johannes Epke

Counsel, American Promise

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Sam Daley-Harris

American Promise Citizen Empowerment Coach; Author, Reclaiming Our Democracy; Founder, CivicCourage.org

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Nokuthula Ngwenyama

Orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician; President EDI RecordsComposer in residence, Phoenix Chamber Music Society

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Congressman Ted Deutch

(D-Florida)

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Debilyn Molineaux

Co-Director, Bridge Alliance

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Yael Bromberg

Supervising Attorney, Teaching Fellow Civil Rights Clinic, & Voting Rights Institute Georgetown University Law Center

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Jasmine Gomez

Democracy Honors Fellow, Free Speech for People

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John Bonifaz

Co-Founder and President, Free Speech for People

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Joe Ready

Democracy Program Director, U.S. PIRG

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Edward Erikson

President, Erikson Communication Group

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Ben Gubits

Director, Political Strategy, American Promise

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Karen Lieberman

Member, American Promise Association in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Cindy Black

Executive Director, Fix Democracy First

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Ellen Greene Bush

American Promise Citizen Leader; Member American Promise Association in Port Clinton Ohio

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Rio Tazewell

Government by the People Campaign Manager, People For the American Way

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Wendy Fields

Executive Director, Democracy Initiative

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Craig Clevidence

Director, Renew Democracy

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Angelina Lazo

Student, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Class of 2018

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Judith Butler

Delaware APA Leader

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Francis Johnson

President, Take Back Our Republic

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Vicki Barnes

Minnesota State Coordinator, American Promise

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Noah Damiani

Student, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Class of 2018

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Elizabeth Schuster

Energy Policy Manager, Food and Water Watch

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Lynn Horton Morrison

Vice Chair, Wyoming Promise

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"Go, Granny D!"

Presented by Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens, touring nationwide

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Diane May

Communications Director, Our Revolution

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Brad Fitch

President & CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

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Patricia Keefer

International Affairs, American Federation of Teachers

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Demitri Hoth

Student, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Class of 2018

Marie Henselder-Kimmel

Tri County New Jersey APA

Emma Weinstein-Levey

Media Associate, Rethink Media

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Alex Kaplan

Policy Director, Represent.Us

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Hedrick Smith

Pulitzer Prize winning author of Who Stole the American Dream and Emmy award winning producer

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Rod Morrison

Steering Committee, Wyoming Promise

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Michele Sutter

Co-founder, Money Out Voters In; American Promise Board

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Laura Knipmeyer

APA Leader Montclaire, New Jersey

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Nick Nyhart

President and CEO, Everyvoice

 
 

Second Annual
Congressional Leadership Award Winners

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Senator Alan Simpson

(R-Wyoming, 1979-1997)

American Promise Advisory Council. Early supporter of Wyoming Promise's ongoing historic ballot initiative in support of the 28th Amendment. 

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Senator Tom Udall

(D-New Mexico)

Early and consistent leader of Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United v. FEC and strengthen free, fair elections.

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Senator John McCain

(R-Arizona)

Lifetime of service; dedication to campaign finance reform; early supporter of Constitutional amendment to strengthen fair, free elections.

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Senator Jon Tester

(D-Montana)

Lead sponsor of Constitutional amendment in Senate; supporter of American Promise citizen leader effort in Montana and around country.

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PRAISE FOR FIRST NATIONAL CITIZEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:

We came back really charged up and with a ton of contacts, all with the same passion of restoring our democracy. Thanks!

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