Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and a best-selling author. Her memoir All Things At Once became a "New York Times" best seller in January 2010 and her second book, Knowing Your Value, which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on the "New York Times" best sellers list for business books in spring 2011. She also writes "Getting What You Want" for Cosmopolitan, a monthly column about career confidence and empowerment.
Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition" and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She attended Williams College and received a degree in English. Brzezinski lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
Robert A. Caro
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in Biography; two National Book Critics Circle Awards for best nonfiction book of the year; the National Book Award; the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist"; and virtually every other major literary honor including the Gold Medal in Biography from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama. The Power Broker was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century and by Time magazine as one of the hundred top nonfiction books of all time. The Years of Lyndon Johnson was called by the London Times "the greatest biography of our era."
Hart is one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States. Since 1971, he has been chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates. The National Journal named Hart to its select list of leaders who shape federal government policy, describing him as "the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates."
Bill McInturff is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm. Since its founding in 1991, the firm has completed more than six million interviews with voters and consumers in all fifty states and over a dozen foreign countries, and conducted more than 4,500 focus groups. Called by The New York Times, "the leading Republican polling company," Public Opinion Strategies currently represents 19 U.S. Senators, six governors, and over 70 Members of Congress.
Professor Romer is currently the Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama Administration. She resigned from her role on the Council of Economic Advisers on September 3, 2010. Professor Romer joined the University of California, Berkeley faculty in 1988 where she has taught Economic history and macroeconomics over the last twenty five years. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as vice president and a member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association. Prior to her appointment at Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1985-1988. She received her Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1985.
She is married to David Romer, her classmate at MIT and her colleague in the economics department at University of California, Berkeley. They have adjoining offices in the department, and collaborate on much of their research. The couple have three children together.
Dr. N. Gregory Mankiw was appointed by President George W. Bush and sworn into office as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers on May 29, 2003. Since his departure from the White House, Dr. Mankiw has been teaching Economics at Harvard University. Dr. Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, and in more widely accessible forums, such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Professor Mankiw is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the advanced placement exam in economics.
Dr. Mankiw lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.
Dr. Luntz, famous among campaign pros for his research on language and politics, is one of the most innovative marketers of political ideas. He has served as an adviser to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and numerous candidates in this country and abroad. He was one of the strategic architects of the Republican landslide in 1994 that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years and made Newt Gingrich speaker. Dr. Luntz had a key role in creating Gingrich's “Contract with America.” Dr. Frank Luntz is President of the Luntz Research Companies. He has written and supervised more than 1,200 surveys for political and corporate clients in ten countries since founding his company in 1992. A dozen Fortune 500 companies have turned to Dr. Luntz for communication guidance in the last five years.
When not consulting, Dr. Luntz has lectured at over two dozen colleges and universities, including Harvard, George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Brad Sherman
Congressman Sherman is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He is also a senior member of the Financial Services Committee.
During his tenure in Congress, Sherman has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, federal aid to education, the interests of working families, strong environmental standards, the protection of Social Security and Medicare, and policies to expand U.S. exports.
A consumer rights advocate, Sherman was among the leaders behind the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which protects consumers from financial institutions issuing credit cards and offering costly overdraft protection. Sherman also protected families’ retirement funds and college savings and put controls on companies which reward corporate CEOs multi-million dollar bonuses for bad performance. Congressman Sherman led the effort to oppose the Bush Administration's TARP bailouts; all while championing financial reforms that would bring transparency to Wall Street.
Sherman is married to Lisa Kaplan Sherman and is the father of 3 daughters, Molly, Naomi and Lucy.
Congressman Gary Miller
Congressman Gary G. Miller was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 to represent California's 42nd Congressional District. Mr. Miller serves on the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the United States' banks, stock exchanges, real estate market and insurance industry, and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the nation's highways, railroads, airports and water infrastructure. As a member of these committees and a former business owner, Mr. Miller brings real-world experience to address the transportation, water and housing needs of the 42nd district.
In addition, he is working to reduce the United States' debt, create a fairer tax system, improve access to healthcare, ensure students receive a quality education, and stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. Mr. Miller is chairman of the Building a Better America Caucus, a congressional organization promoting quality growth. He is also a member of the Republican leadership team as assistant whip.
On May 16, 1995, Mr. Miller was elected to the California State Assembly. There he served as chairman of the Budget Committee and the Banking and Finance Committee, as well as vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. His distinguished California State Assembly career is highlighted by 24 bills signed into law, successfully negotiating funding of the first class size reduction program, and a balanced budget that reduced the business tax rate to 1973 levels while maintaining a $310 million reserve.
Mr. Miller currently resides in the city of Diamond Bar, California.