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Gary Smuts

Smuts, Gary

Superintendent, ABC Unified School District

Is superintendent of the ABC Unified School District, known throughout the state of California as a leader in educational planning and innovation. He was recently named 2009 Superintendent of the… more

Ralph Peters

Peters, Ralph

Retired Army Officer

Peters is a retired Army officer who rose from the enlisted ranks. As a soldier or civilian, he has experience in over 70 countries. more

Kate McLaughlin

McLaughlin, Kate

Elementary Teacher, Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts

Has been an elementary teacher in the Lowell, Massachusetts public schools since 1999. She is currently a mathematics coach working with both teachers and students from kindergarten through fourth grade.… more

Patrick Lang

Lang, Patrick

Retired Senior Officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets)

Lang is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). He served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer… more

Jeffrey Steingarten

Steingarten, Jeffrey

Food Critic, Vogue Mazazine

Trained to become a food writer at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Harvard Lampoon. For the past eight years he has been the… more

Urvashi Rangan

Rangan, Urvashi

Director of Technical Policy, Consumers Union.

Is the director of Technical Policy for Consumers Union. Rangan joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database and website for evaluating environmental labels. more

Steven Clemons

Clemons, Steven

Directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation

Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's interests in the world… more

Leo Gerard

Gerard, Leo

International President of the United Steelworkers

Leo is International President of the United Steelworkers, the dominant union in paper, forestry products, steel, aluminum, tire and rubber, glass, chemicals and petroleum. more

Charles Benbrook

Benbrook, Charles

Chief Scientist, The Organic Center

serves as the chief scientist of The Organic Center. He has worked in Washington, D.C. on agricultural policy, science and regulatory issues from 1979 through 1997. Benbrook served as the… more

John R. MacArthur

MacArthur, John R.

President and Publisher of Harper's Magazine

John is president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America. He has served in this role since 1983. more