Maria Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. She was a primary architect of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, the first major federal legislation addressing homelessness, and she has litigated to secure the legal rights of homeless persons.
Alan Gover is a husband, father and grandfather, whose day (and night) “outside job” for forty five years has been the private practice of law, including from the late 1980s through 2016 as a senior partner in major global law firms. His practice has embraced restructuring and bankruptcy, bet-the-company disputes, complex transactions and strategic planning for major corporations and media and technology firms, including The Seattle Times. He has also served pro bono as a key advisor to prominent humanitarian and service organizations, institutions of higher learning and religious bodies.
Bill Moyers, managing editor of Moyers & Company, is the winner of 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. The Museum of Broadcast Communications calls Moyers “One of the few broadcast journalists who might be said to approach the stature of Edward R. Murrow. If Murrow founded broadcast journalism, Moyers significantly extended its traditions.” Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America, The Power of Myth, Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life,Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times, and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011.
Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century.
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of race, space, and power. Her most recent film, The New Black, won Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest, and the Frameline LGBT Film Festival.
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (U.S. President's) Council of Economic Advisers. Based on academic citations, Stiglitz is the 4th most influential economist in the world today, and in 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future.
Ray Suarez is an American broadcast journalist and the current John J. McCloy '16 Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent until 2013.