Mr. Bryan was born in New York City. He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook (BA, Social Science Interdisciplinary, 1974), the University of California at Los Angeles (MS, Kinesiology, 1978), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (JD, Law, 1982; Ph.D., Communication, 1985). In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles, where he taught briefly in the LA Unified public school district, and then for six years at Crossroads School for Arts & Science where he taught and and served as the Dean of Human Development. In 1995 he became the President, founding Head of School, and a teacher at New Roads School, a position he held until July 2013. Under his leadership New Roads grew from a small independent middle school in Santa Monica to include grades Kindergarten through 12 on four campuses in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Bryan is currently a Lecturer in the Economics Department at UC Santa Cruz, an education consultant to Digital Horizons, an educational start up, and the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board of a local Democratic Club.
Anna Burger is currently an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University where she will lead an initiative to build a sustainable funding model for the progressive infrastructure and grassroots movement. Burger retired as Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, the nation’s fastest growing union, after serving from 2001 to 2010. She was also the Chair of Change to Win, and the first woman to head an American labor federation. In 2006 and 2009, Burger was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2006 and 2009.
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. While at R.I.S.D. he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama, which can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Fairey created the first of his iconic works in 1989, making 2019 the 30 year mark of his career. In addition to his guerrilla street art presence, the artist has executed more than 43 large-scale painted public murals around the world as of 2015. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.
Richard Foos is the Founder of legendary music label Rhino Records and is currently CEO of Shout Factory. Shout! is one of the leading independent video and music companies in Entertainment. In 1973 Richard co-founded Rhino Records in a Westwood storefront together with Howard Bronson. Under Richard's leadership Rhino grew significantly until Time Warner bought the company in the late 1990's. Richard is a major philanthropist and strongly believes in merging ones social values with business and has installed a strong sense of purpose and giving back in all his business concerns. To this end he serves as Chairman Emeritus for Little Kids Rock and on the boards of The Nation Institute, Government Accountability Project, Chrysalis and other such non-profits that make a strong commitment to social progress.
Mr. Greenwald is an award-winning producer and director of more than 60 features, television movies and miniseries. His work has garnered awards from organizations including the ACLU and Physicians for Social Responsibility, in addition to an Office of the Americas Activist in the Trenches award, a Liberty Hill Upton Sinclair Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Award, and a Peacemaker Award from The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Danny Goldberg, President of Gold Village Entertainment, has worked in the music business as a personal manager, record company President, public relations man and journalist since the late 1960s. Gold Village Entertainment was formed in July 2007 and marks the return to artist management for Goldberg. From 1983-1992, Goldberg was the founder and President of Gold Mountain Entertainment, an artist management firm whose clients included Nirvana, Hole, Sonic Youth, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones and more. Directly prior to the creation of Gold Village Entertainment, Goldberg had been the CEO of Air America Radio from 2005 until mid-2006. Goldberg began his career as a music journalist having written for, among others, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Billboard Magazine (for whom he reviewed the Woodstock Festival in 1969).” Danny was also a consultant on the HBO series “Vinyl”.
RICHARD RAY PEREZ
Richard Ray Perez is the Director of Creative Partnerships in the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program where he oversees a portfolio of strategic partnerships focused on the convergence of nonfiction filmmaking, emerging storytelling platforms, innovative thought leadership, and themes vital to contemporary societies. In addition to his work at Sundance, “Rick” directed and produced the seminal political documentary Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, a project that screened at over 50 international film festivals and helped launch Brave New Films. Perez also directed and executed produced the feature documentary film Cesar’s Last Fast, a film about Cesar’s Chavez’s spiritual commitment to his work that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Prior to joining the Sundance staff was Mr. Perez was an Executive Producer at Brave New Films where he executive produced two documentary series and directed and produced a third. Richard Ray Perez is a native of Los Angeles and holds a bachelor of the arts degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University.
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Ms. vanden Heuvel has been editor of The Nation since 1995. She is an accomplished author and the recipient of numerous awards for public service from numerous groups, including The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Correctional Association and The Association for American-Russian Women.