These featured thought leaders bring their expert knowledge within a wide array of health topics such as, tobacco prevention, mental health, substance use/misuse, sexual health and much more.

Jeff French

Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Social Marketing


Jeff French is a global thought leader in Social Marketing, social programme planning, evaluation and health communication. Jeff has published over 90 papers and three books. Previously Director of Policy and Communication at the UK Health Development Agency and a senior civil servant in the UK Department of Health. In 2005 Jeff developed the UK government review of Social Marketing and set up the National Social Marketing Centre in 2006. In 2009 Jeff became the CEO of Strategic Social Marketing Ltd. Jeff is a member of several national and international policy committees and is a member of the Editorial Board of four professional Journals. Jeff is the organiser of the European and World Social Marketing Conference and a member of the International Social Marketing Association Executive and the European Social Marketing Association Board.

Tom Chapel

Chief Evaluator

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Sherry Emery

Senior Fellow and Director, Social Data Collaboratory


Dr. Emery has over 20 years of experience with public health campaign evaluation. Her research has focused on tobacco control, obesity prevention and physical activity promotion, the burgeoning marijuana marketing and prevention media environment, and health equity and corporate social responsibility campaigns. Over the past 10 years, she and her team have pioneered research methodology for collecting and analyzing social media data.

Kristin Groos


Revolution Foods

Kristin co-founded Revolution Foods in 2006 and has served as its CEO since inception. Her career has spanned from corporate finance at Citibank to education. She was formerly the Vice President of Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators and co-founded the Kenya Community Center for Learning in Nairobi. In addition, Kristin is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow and an Education Pioneers Fellow. She served on the White House Council for Community Solutions and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Ambreen Molitor

Senior Director, Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood

Ambreen Molitor is the Senior Director of Product at Planned Parenthood, where she oversees their sex ed chatbot, Roo, as well as their period and birth control tracking app, Spot On. Prior to joining PPFA, she focused on mobile messaging, where she led a team to acquisition building chat bots, emoji/themes and VR on messaging platforms. She also has over twelve years of front-end development chops + product experience, and was an Adjunct Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. Ambreen holds a degree from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Parsons School of Design.

Eric Nee


Stanford Social Innovation Review

Eric Nee is the editor-in-chief of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), a position he has held since 2006. SSIR—a part of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society—produces a quarterly magazine, online articles, podcasts, videos, webinars, and conferences, reaching millions of leaders of social change organizations globally each year. Nee has 38 years of experience in the publishing industry, most of it covering the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Before joining Stanford University, he was a senior writer for Fortune in the Palo Alto, Calif., bureau. He also helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now in San Francisco (where he was executive editor), which later became Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Nee launched Forbes’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he led the publication’s four-person bureau and wrote several cover stories, including the magazine’s first cover story on the Internet. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside for close to five years. Nee is the author of the book Information for Everyone: The Applied Materials Story. He earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife Tekla Perry, a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum.

Sam Quinones

LA Times Reporter & Author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, a reporter for more than 30 years, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. Quinones is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, the border. He is formerly a reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years. Before that, he made a living as a freelance writer residing in Mexico for a decade. He speaks today about his third and most recent book -- Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), for which he traveled across the United States. Dreamland chronicles the roots of America’s epidemic of opiate addiction, nation’s deadliest drug scourge in its history. Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015. It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com, Slate.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University. For it, he has testified before the US Senate’s Health Committee, numerous professional conferences of judges, doctors, librarians, hospital administrators and at more than two-dozen town hall meetings in small towns across the country. A Young Adult version of Dreamland – for 7th through 12th graders -- was released in July of 2019. Quinones is at work on a follow up to Dreamland, about the scourge of fentanyl, methamphetamine, as well as dispatches from grassroots efforts to combat the epidemic.

Jeff Jordan

Agents of Change Summit Committee Co-Chair, President and Executive Creative Director

Rescue Agency


Behavior change is Jeffrey’s priority, evident in all his endeavors, from his academic research to his leadership at Rescue Agency. Jeff’s passion for behavior change began in high school when he volunteered for the teen tobacco prevention program at the Southern Nevada Health District. Observing the lack of marketing agencies that truly understood behavior change, he launched Rescue at the age of 17, a marketing agency focused exclusively on positive social change programs. While growing Rescue, Jeff studied Marketing for his undergraduate degree and received a Master’s in Experimental Psychology from UCSD. As the founder of a strategy called Social Branding®, Jeff focuses on the relationship between identity and behavior to change behavior through culture. This approach has been published in multiple books and is the subject of multiple peer-reviewed articles. Today, as Rescue’s President and Executive Creative Director, he’s led the company’s growth to a team of over 150 managing three dozen behavior change programs across North America, tackling issues such as tobacco, obesity, violence and drug use. Rescue’s work includes the FDA's national tobacco prevention campaign for multicultural teens and its LGBT young adult effort, as well as active contracts with over a dozen state and local health departments. Rescue and it’s partners are committed to advancing the science of behavior change marketing, collaborating on over a dozen published scientific articles

Kristin Carroll

Agents of Change Summit Committee Co-Chair, CEO

Rescue Agency


Kristin Carroll focuses on helping public health clients successfully drive behavior change. She works primarily with Federal and State public health agencies to create award-winning marketing and policy programs that promote positive health behaviors and social change. Her background spans the big NYC ad agency world, the non-profit Partnership for a Drug Free America, work with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and most recently, a high-growth tech company, ACTIVE Network, that is the leading technology platform for community activities, youth sports and fitness events. Kristin graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Advertising and Public Policy.

Dionisios Favatas

Managing Director, Digital Marketing

Truth Initiative


Dionisios "Dio" Favatas leads digital marketing for the award-winning truth® youth tobacco prevention campaign helping to extend the reach of the brand and its advertising. He is responsible for implementing and analyzing online, social and digital media activities and leveraging text messaging and email marketing across web and grassroots activities to build a national movement of "Finishers" and make this the generation to end tobacco use. Dio brings a wealth of experience to the life-saving work at Truth Initiative®. He has served in leadership, digital strategy and programmatic roles in the media and advertising industries. He has executed high-impact campaigns for leading companies including Google, T-Mobile USA, AOL, Oracle, Intuit and Pfizer, where his contributions resulted in dozens of honors, including the prestigious AdAwards, WebAwards and Excellence in Marketing Awards. An industry-recognized leader and digital marketing innovator, Dio, in 2017, received the prestigious American Marketing Association’s 4 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award. In 2016, he earned a spot in the Direct Marketing News "40 Under 40" list and was ranked 13th in Onalytica’s Top 100 Digital Content Marketing Influencers. Dio is an Adobe Systems Brand Ambassador, as well as a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.