Tom Chapel

Chief Evaluator

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Tom Chapel has been CDC’s first Chief Evaluation Officer since 2011, but for more than a decade has been helping CDC programs and partnersbuild their capacity to do better evaluation, performance measurement, and strategic planning. Tom is involved in these issues at the national level as well as a frequent speaker and trainer, and as a Board member of the American Evaluation Association, where he won the Myrdal GovernmentEvaluation Award in 2013. Before joining CDC, Tom was VP of the Atlanta office of Macro International (now ICF International), where he directed hundreds of projects and tasks in evaluation and planning for CDC, other Federal agencies, and state, local, and community-based organizations.

Ann Kim

Portfolio Director


Ann Kim is a Portfolio Director at IDEO. She'll discuss how to design for prevention in a treatment oriented culture. Ann will share how she worked on the former Surgeon General’s Turn The Tide Rx initiative as an entrepreneur in residence at the HHS Idea Lab. She will share tips for how public health can better design prevention campaigns or initiatives.

Nick Buettner

Community and Corporate Program Director

Blue Zones

Over the last 20 years, Nick Buettner has led 17 expeditions over 6 continents around the world. Three of these expeditions were to Blue Zones regions—places with the longest life expectancy and where people reach age 100 more than anywhere else in the world. Nick worked with his brother Dan Buettner, National Geographic, and a team of longevity researchers to identify and then explore these pockets of the world where people were living longer, better lives. He was the Executive Producer of the Blue Zones expeditions to Okinawa, Japan; Costa Rica; and Ikaria, Greece. In his current role as the program director of the Blue Zones Project, he is responsible for taking the Blue Zones longevity lessons to 42 communities across the United States. The Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being initiative that positively impacts the health of over 5 million people across the country. As a keynote speaker, Nick uses his experience as a member of the original Blue Zones expedition team to take his audience to these longest-lived cultures. With a dynamic delivery, first-hand knowledge of these incredible regions, and National Geographic photography, he inspires, educates, and empowers listeners on the subjects of longevity, well-being, and community health. Nick has given 100+ speeches around the world.

Emily Muñoz

Media Strategist - Government


Emily Muñoz manages government partner relationships on the Global Marketing Solutions team at Facebook. She consults Federal, State, and Canadian government agencies on how to reach their goals using the Facebook family of apps and services. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of California Berkeley with degrees in Media Studies and Psychology. She is passionate about social justice, women’s rights, and mental health awareness. In her free time, Emily is an advocate for social change, leading the Facebook Austin Women@ employee Resource Group and volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

Barbara Tulipane

President and Chief Executive Officer

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)


Barbara Tulipane, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) — the leading non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all Americans have access to parks for health, conservation and social equity. Tulipane, who believes everyone deserves a park, leads NRPA and its nearly 60,000 members in finding solutions to some of the nation’s toughest environmental, social and health challenges, including the preservation of public lands, resiliency and childhood obesity. Since joining NRPA in 2008, the organization has seen its membership numbers more than double under Tulipane’s leadership.

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

Michael Botticelli

Executive Director

Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine


Michael Botticelli is the Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center and a Distinguished Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to this, Michael was the Director of National Drug Control Policy for the Obama Administration. He joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Deputy Director in November 2012 and later served as Acting Director. Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Antwi Akom Ph.D.

Founding Director,
Social Innovation Lab UCSF & SFSU

CEO & Co-Founder, Streetwyze


Dr. Antwi Akom is a thought leader in human centered design and developing new health ICTs that promote equitable development and improve the social determinants of health with our nations most vulnerable populations. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Streetwyze, which has recently collaborated with industry leaders such as Google, Aclima, the Obama Administration, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Streetwyze has also been recognized by the Atlantic City Lab and Tech Crunch as one of the top 12 new innovative ICT platforms to build pathways to prosperity for vulnerable populations. Dr. Akom is founding Director of the Social Innovation lab — a joint research lab between the UCSF and SFSU. He'll be sharing tips on how to use technology to develop new models of urban innovation that capable of transforming the SDOH and changing health behaviors.

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.

Roy Daiany

Head of Industry, Public Sector


Roy Daiany leads Google's Public Sector group, based in New York and Washington DC. He and his team work across the industry to develop and execute awareness, recruitment and behavior change campaigns. Using audience and campaign measurement platforms across both Google and YouTube, Roy has helped pioneer strategies to prove impact in near real time and maximize campaign efficiency. Roy has a BA in Psychology from Georgetown University and is a father to twin boys.

Rebekah Russell-Bennett


QUT Business School


Rebekah is a Professor of Marketing at the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology Australia and has extensive experience in the use of games/mobile technology and services marketing to facilitate behaviour change. Rebekah has collaborated with Brisbane City Council on a $6.5m mobile game program to change energy use in low-income earners, Queensland Catholic Education Commission to develop the GO:KA social marketing alcohol schools program, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to identify key service factors that create barriers to redonation, the Australian Breastfeeding Association to develop MumBubConnect (world’s first two-way automated SMS support service) and Queensland Health in improving the service experience for cancer screening. Rebekah is also the immediate past- President of the Australian Association for Social Marketing (AASM). Rebekah holds a PhD in services marketing and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and is the co-editor of the Journal of Services Marketing.

Robert Egger

Founder & President

L.A. Kitchen


Robert is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which recovers locally sourced, cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care and older men and women returning from incarceration. In addition, Robert founded CForward, an advocacy organization that promoted the economic role that nonprofits play in every community. In Washington DC, Robert was the founding chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition, and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. He was also the co-convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006. Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise.

Sherry Emery Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Public Health

NORC at the University of Chicago


Sherry Emery is a Senior Fellow in the Public Health Research Department of NORC at the University of Chicago, and the Director of NORC’s Health Media Collaboratory. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MBA from Columbia University; and a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Emery is a campaign evaluation expert. Her work spans formative, strategic, process and outcome evaluation research. She has developed rigorous methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, for measuring and analyzing consumer engagement with health related messages across both traditional and social media platforms. Her approach uses media data to develop objective measures of consumer health information searching, sharing and exposure, often paired with aided and unaided self-reported recall of these items from nationally representative surveys. Emery’s research has shown that measures of campaign exposure alone no longer capture consumer engagement with campaign-related information. Instead, in the 21 st century media environment, social advertising/marketing campaign assessment must also include measures of digital information searching and social media sharing behaviors. Dr. Emery is the Principal Investigator for numerous ongoing studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.

Andrew Freedman

Co-Founder & Senior Director

Freedman & Koski


Colloquially known as Colorado’s Marijuana Czar, Andrew was appointed the state’s first Director of Marijuana Coordination by the Governor. He ensured the efficient and effective regulation of Colorado’s recreational and medical marijuana while promoting public health, maintaining public safety, and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children. He managed hundreds of millions of dollars of marijuana tax revenue and guided the administration through difficult regulatory, legal, and personnel issues as Colorado became the first state in the world to regulate recreational marijuana. He led the administration through difficult challenges: unique regulatory structures, the gray and black market, lack of banking, pesticide regulation, tax work, public education campaigns, edibles regulation, hemp regulation, and countless other topics. He has been featured by 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and dozens of other national and international news outlets. Andrew holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Tufts University. Prior to being the Director of Marijuana Coordination, he was the Lieutenant Governor’s Chief of Staff and the campaign director for Colorado Commits to Kids.

Michelle Bellon

Vice President, Strategy

Rescue Agency


Michelle Bellon, Vice President of Media and Strategy at Rescue, oversees the development and management of behavior change marketing campaigns that include digital and social media, traditional media, experiential marketing, brand ambassadors and other high-impact strategies. She helps clients change beliefs and shift perceived norms about health behaviors within specific target audiences. Prior to joining the Rescue team, Michelle led marketing efforts for the Community Environmental Council and UC Santa Barbara’s Student Health Services. She implemented a variety of behavior change marketing campaigns (ranging from alcohol harm reduction to environmental responsibility) that relied heavily on an effective web and social media presence. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and SocioCultural Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Danielle Bartolo

VP of Digital and Social Analytics

Ad Council

As VP of Digital and Social Analytics at the Ad Council, Danielle Bartolo helps evaluate the use of digital platforms across more than 40 national public service campaigns. In addition to campaign-specific analytics, Danielle informs cross-campaign best practices and helps foster relationships with digital measurement partners. Prior to joining the Ad Council, Danielle worked at comScore and managed digital analytics for a variety of clients, including Verizon, L'Oréal, JPMorgan Chase, Nestle, and Merck. With a dual B.S. in Biology and Communication from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, Danielle loves to combine her interest in digital advertising and health communication. Danielle serves as a reviewer for several communications journals and teaches graduate-level digital analytics courses at New York University. Connect with her on LinkedIn

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.

Jennifer Prince

Managing Director

Twitter, Inc.


Jennifer is responsible for Media & Entertainment, Automotive and Politics revenue partnerships at Twitter. Prior to joining Twitter in August 2013, Jennifer was Head of Industry for Film & Television at Google and YouTube. Earlier, Jennifer was SVP of Advertising at Demand Media where she launched their Ad Sales division while helping the company through its IPO. Jennifer has spent 20 years in digital advertising. Jennifer earned a BA Communications degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to her advisory role to Opkix, SameSurf, Groundswell Marketing Group, and Outrigger Media, Jennifer has served on the boards of ThinkLA and City of Hope. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles and keeps busy with her three little girls age 9 and under. She is @JenP on Twitter.

Kim McCoy Wade

Chief of the CalFresh and Nutrition Branch

California Department of Social Services


Kim McCoy Wade was appointed by Governor Brown to be Chief of the CalFresh & Nutrition Branch at the California Department of Social Services in August of 2015. She is responsible for CalFresh (the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the country), providing over 4 million Californians with food assistance each month, as well as the Nutrition Education, Employment & Training, Outreach, Food Bank, and Disaster food assistance programs. McCoy Wade was most recently an independent policy consultant, and she also served as the Executive Director at the California Association of Food Banks. Previously, McCoy Wade held policy leadership positions at national organizations in Washington DC, including the Children’s Defense Fund and Bread for the World. McCoy Wade is an alumna of Carleton College, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and the New York University School of Law. She lives in Oakland with her family.

Greg Simon


Biden Cancer Initiative

Greg Simon is the President of the Biden Cancer Initiative. He previously served as the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a position created by President Barack Obama and for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. Over nine months, Greg and his team helped launch over seventy innovative collaborations. Greg returned to the White House after serving as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor between 1993 and 1997. He was the CEO of Poliwogg, a financial services company creating unique capital market opportunities in healthcare and life sciences. Previously, Greg was Senior Vice President for Worldwide Policy and Patient Engagement at Pfizer, co-founded with Michael Milken, FasterCures/ The Center for Accelerating Medical solutions, and with Leon and Debra Black co-founded the Melanoma Research Alliance. Greg is a cancer survivor, having been recently successfully treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Lori Melichar

Director of the Pioneer Portfolio

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Lori Melichar is a labor economist and the Director of the Pioneer Portfolio at the Foundation, where she leads a team that is focused on discovering, exploring and learning from cutting edge ideas and emerging trends that have the potential to accelerate progress to create a Culture of Health in America. She is also the host of the Foundation’s Pioneering Ideas podcast. Over the past 14 years, Melichar has created and managed several programs to focus a broad research community on studies to improve health and healthcare policy and practice, and was a key driver of efforts to advance the science of quality improvement (QI) research and evaluation at the Foundation. From 2008-2010, she served as the Research Director for the Future of Nursing Committee, at the Institute of Medicine. She holds a PhD and MA in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a BA in economics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Patrick Sullivan

Principal Scientist



Patrick Sullivan, Ph.D., is the Principal Scientist for AIDSVu, an interactive tool that maps the U.S. HIV epidemic. He is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and Co-Director of the CFAR Prevention Science Core. He will share tips for how to use data to improve interventions and will provide examples for how you can relate data to cities, counties, neighborhoods, and your community in a way that will increase behavior change.

Melanie Bell-Mayeda

Partner and Managing Director


Partner and Managing Director, IDEO San Francisco Melanie Bell-Mayeda is a Partner and Managing Director in IDEO’s San Francisco office, helping to lead the Design for Change studio. An MBA by training and a sociologist at heart, her passion lies in helping organizations reinvent themselves in order to connect with customers in new and meaningful ways. Two things that will stop her in her tracks: an analytical exercise that unlocks a completely new way of seeing an opportunity, and the development and launch of a market-facing pilot that sets the stage for changing an experience, brand, and organization. Melanie collaborates with clients to connect human need and market opportunity by leveraging IDEO’s strategic design capabilities. Her focus spans a broad range of industries, from financial services to hard and soft good manufacturing to consumer services. Mostly recently, Melanie led an initiative called The Powerful Now, a global project that explored ways to bring creativity and design thinking to the topic of aging. Prior to joining IDEO, Melanie led LeapFrog’s global licensing business. She was responsible for content cacquisition and single-handedly launched a brand extension initiative across six industries. She also has extensive experience in strategy and business development through her work at Virgin Entertainment Group. Years spent at Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Morgan Stanley sharpened her skill in applying strategic thinking and financial analysis to the business decision-making process for her clients. Melanie is on the Board of Regents at Samuel Merritt University, focused on helping the institution meet its goal of advancing the future of patient care. She earned a degree in sociology from Harvard University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. What gets her up and out in the morning? Helping clients explore and act upon future business opportunities, the prospect of a good run, and getting her two kids ready for a day of learning new things.

Kathleen Crosby

Director, Office of Health Communication and Education

FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Kathleen Crosby is Director of the Office of Health Communication and Education of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Ms. Crosby’s career spans 20 years of senior-level marketing and advertising experience, including most recently helping to launch “The Real Cost,” FDA’s first national public education campaign designed to prevent young people from using tobacco and “Fresh Empire,” the first federal campaign designed to prevent multicultural young people from using tobacco. Before beginning her tenure at CTP, Ms. Crosby was Senior Vice President, Group Campaign Director of the Washington office of the Ad Council, where she created integrated communication programs that have proven to inspire attitudinal and behavioral change on America’s most pressing social issues for non-profit and government clients. Previously, while serving as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Arnold Worldwide, Ms. Crosby oversaw strategic development on many high-profile and successful public education campaigns, including the cutting-edge “Truth” campaign for the Legacy Foundation. Ms. Crosby is a graduate of the University of Colorado.

Lipi Roy, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director, Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center

New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services


Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Department of Population Health. She is currently the Medical Director of the Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center in New York City, operated by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. As the former Chief of Addiction Medicine for NYC jails including Rikers Island, she oversaw substance use treatment and recovery efforts for the city’s incarcerated men and women. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston's vulnerable homeless population, among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She was also an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical degree and Master’s in Public Health degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, followed by internal medicine training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy is a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she has served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon. She currently volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps.

Michel Nischan

Chef, Author and Food Equity Advocate

Founder & CEO, Wholesome Wave


Michel Nischan is a four-time James Beard Award winning chef with over 30 years of leadership advocating for a more healthful, sustainable food system. He is Founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Co-Founder of the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Action Network, as well as Founder and Partner with the late actor Paul Newman of the former Dressing Room Restaurant. Nischan, whose parents were farmers, began his career at 19, cooking breakfast at a truck stop. He quickly realized that the ingredients coming in the back door fell far short of the farm-fresh harvests he’d grown up on, and began a life-long career championing the farm-to-table concept, decades before it had a name. Nischan was instrumental in securing $100M for Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants in the current Federal Farm Bill, expanding affordable access to locally grown fruits and vegetables. He's also the author of three cookbooks on sustainable food systems and social equity through food. A lifetime Ashoka fellow, he serves as a director on the board of the Jacques Pepin Foundation and on the advisory boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Modern Farmer, TerraVia, Good Food Media Network, The National Young Farmers Coalition and the National Farm to School Network. The James Beard Foundation honored Nischan as the 2015 Humanitarian of The Year. To learn more about Chef Nischan, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit www.chefnischan.com To learn more about Wholesome Wave visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram or visit www.wholesomewave.org

Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P.

Vice President and Chief Health Officer

IBM Corporation


Dr. Rhee serves as Chief Health Officer of IBM, where he has global responsibilities for Watson Health and assuring a Culture of Health at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Rhee was Chief Public Health Officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. Dr. Rhee also served as Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the primary federal agency for research. Prior to his federal government service, he worked in community health settings as the Chief Medical Officer of Baltimore Medical System Inc., the largest network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland. In addition, Dr. Rhee served five years as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and Medical Director at Upper Cardozo Health Center, the largest community health center in Washington, DC. Dr. Rhee was a Chief Resident and performed his medical residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Rhee also holds a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with a concentration in Health Care Policy. He acquired his Bachelor in Science degree from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

James Hamblin, M.D.

Writer, Editor

The Atlantic


Hamblin is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic. He hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, for which he was a finalist in the Webby awards for Best Web Personality. He is a past Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism, and he has lectured at Harvard Medical School, Wharton Business School, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and SXSW, among others. His writing and videos have been featured in The New York Times, Politico, NPR, The Guardian, Elle, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The Awl, The Los Angeles Times, and Marketplace, among others. Time named him among the 140 people to follow on Twitter, Greatist named him among the most influential people in health media, and BuzzFeed called him "the most delightful MD ever," though he is not as delightful as William Carlos Williams. After medical school at Indiana University, he did three years of residency before joining The Atlantic to develop a health section and write. More on that at Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, Journal of the American College of Radiology, and Politico.

Katie Wudel

Deputy Editor

GOOD Magazine/Upworthy


Katie Wudel currently serves as the Deputy Editor of GOOD Magazine and Upworthy. Her writing has appeared on Men's Health and Nerve.com, as well as in Tin House magazine, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Prairie Schooner, and more.

Brad Jenkins

Managing Director/ Executive Producer

Funny Or Die


Brad Jenkins is an expert at turning belly laughs into beltway advocacy. As Funny Or Die’s Managing Director and Executive Producer in Washington D.C., Jenkins manages creative campaigns and political strategy for non-profits, foundations, and national brands. Before joining Funny Or Die last year, Jenkins spent four years serving as President Obama’s Associate Director in The White House Office of Public Engagement. From The White House, Jenkins brought together creative executives, thought leaders, and some of the world’s biggest stars to advance the President’s agenda—culminating in the Emmy-award winning “Between Two Ferns” interview on the Affordable Care Act. In 2008, Jenkins served as the Deputy Director of Special Projects for President Obama’s election campaign, specializing in the intersection of youth media and grassroots engagement. Prior to joining the White House, Jenkins was the founding Vice President of Business Forward, an organization that brings entrepreneurs into the policymaking process. Before the 2008 campaign, Jenkins worked on the trading desk for the asset management firm, Farallon Capital in San Francisco, CA. A proud New Jersey native, Brad graduated from the University of Virginia and now resides in Washington D.C. where he spends most of his spare time doing living room comedy sets for his 4-year old daughter and 2-year old son. Brad appears on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, CNBC, and is a board member of the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service.

Anna Gorman

Senior Correspondent

Kaiser Health News


Anna Gorman is a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit health news service and a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. As a health journalist, she writes about health policy and public health for media outlets nationwide, including CNN, NPR, The Washington Post and USA Today. Anna previously spent nearly 15 years as a reporter at The Los Angeles Times. While there, she covered health, immigration and the Mexican border and was on a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Southern California wildfires. She recently received a National Press Club award. She completed a yearlong Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and taught journalism at Harvard and at University of Southern California. Before becoming a reporter, Anna taught elementary school with Teach for America. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a master’s in public health at UCLA.

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