Featured Speakers

Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. He has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and has continued that effort in the Obama Administration. Secretary Donovan believes that America's homes are the foundation for family, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and job creation.

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Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama. Duncan's tenure as secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers.

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Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013. Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013.

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Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative

Ambassador Froman leads the Office of the United States Trade Representative in its work to open global markets for U.S. goods and services, enforce America’s rights in the global trading system, and foster development through trade.

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Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies' committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

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Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor & Managing Editor Washington Week
Co-Anchor And Managing Editor, The PBS NEWSHOUR with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor for "The PBS NEWSHOUR w/ Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," (Doubleday, 2009), she also moderated the Vice Presidential debates during the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2008.

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Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Jeh Charles Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the Department.

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Michael P. Kercheval, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Shopping Centers

Michael P. Kercheval is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He joined ICSC in January 2000 and was elected to the position of President and CEO in May 2001, becoming only the third CEO in the association's almost sixty year history.

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Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.

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Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, for NBC News and MSNBC

Andrea Mitchell, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, covers foreign policy, intelligence, and National Security issues for NBC News and MSNBC. In addition to traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry, she hosts "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on MSNBC, her daily program of political and foreign policy news.

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