Don Girskis is the former head of Boost Mobile. Girskis had previously been Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales at ShoreTel, a publicly traded global telecommunications company. During his four year tenure at ShoreTel, Girskis also served as interim CEO. Prior to ShoreTel, he spent 5 years at Boost Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextel Communications. He joined Boost Mobile as Chief Operating Officer when it was just forming. He was promoted to run the entire operation as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Boost Mobile after one year, and developed the business from an idea to $1.8B in revenue in just 5 years.
Congressman Dave Reichert
Prior to being elected to Congress, Reichert was recognized for his role as the lead detective on the Green River Task Force and bringing to justice one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. Reichert, a two-time Medal of Valor recipient, was elected to the position of King County Sheriff in 1997. In 2004, he was honored as “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs’ Association for his efforts to reduce crime and advocate for victims of domestic violence. In late 2004, Reichert was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and became only the 6th Freshman Member of Congress in U.S. history to chair a House subcommittee. Now serving his fifth term, Reichert is a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources and a member of the President’s Export Council.
Congressman Adam Smith
First elected to public office at the age of 25, Smith serves as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee and represents Washington’s 9th district. With previous posts on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Intelligence Committee, Smith traveled throughout Africa, and visited Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. In 2007, Representative Smith introduced the Global Poverty Act to the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill required that the United States create a plan to reduce global poverty and increase humanitarian aid to developing nations and was passed in the House and later adopted by President Obama as part of his foreign policy strategy.
Thwaites served as President and CEO of Sentinel Investments, a $26 billion investment management company headquartered in Vermont and is a regular guest expert on CNBC and Bloomberg. Raised in the United Kingdom, Thwaites later received his MBA from Harvard where he earned distinction as a Baker Scholar before serving as CEO of Skandia Global Funds in London.
Rachel Bell is the Vice President, Controller at Virgin America, a publicly-traded premium-branded airline that is on a mission to make flying good again. Before joining Virgin America, Bell was a consultant in the San Francisco office of global business and risk consulting firm Protiviti and last held the role of Managing Director. She was responsible for leading clients through financial process improvement efforts. Previously, she held positions of increasing responsibility at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Marriott International. Bell holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Chris Borgen serves as a Western Regional Manager for the University of Florida’s College of Education Lastinger Center. He also advises, consults, coaches and facilitates various public agencies, nonprofits, legislators and private industry. He previously directed the University of Florida’s College of Education efforts in the Middle East. Borgen began his career as a High School English Teacher and Head Basketball Coach. He went on to serve as Principal of Fidalgo Elementary School and Superintendent of Anacortes School District. In 1999, Borgen received the National Distinguished Principal of the Year award by the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, he was named a Washington State Coach of the year. Borgen holds a M.A. Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in school administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whitworth College. Borgen is the father of The Borgen Project’s Founder and joined the organization’s Board of Directors in January of 2016.
Chuck Cooper is the Managing Director of Government Affairs at Vulcan Inc., where he oversees the Government and Community Relations (GCR) team and manages the development and implementation of government relations and public policy strategies for the company. Before coming to Vulcan, Chuck served as Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs at the USAID, where he led the Agency’s government affairs, communications and media relations efforts, a portfolio that included work on global health, food security, humanitarian assistance, wildlife conservation, ocean health and climate. He also served as Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. Government agency that promotes economic growth in developing countries. Prior to joining the Executive Branch, Chuck worked as Director of the United States Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) from 2000 to 2010, where he managed the DPC staff and served as an advisor to the Democratic Leadership and Senators on domestic and foreign policy issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a master’s degree from New York University.
Nicki McClung currently serves as a Social Responsibility Specialist for Nordstrom in the Greater Seattle area. Prior to this, McClung guided the implementation of new social and environmental responsibility goals for Starbucks and held corporate responsibility positions with Edelman and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Her expertise in public policy and governance has led her to focus on ensuring that influential companies take care of their people and the planet, from corporate policy to supply chain human rights. McClung holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.
Kat Khoury is based in London and serves as the Senior Corporate Fundraising Specialist at ActionAid UK. This role will see her engaging with the private sector to develop strategic partnerships to tackle global issues such as poverty, inequality and advancing women’s rights in developing countries. Kat has previously worked as a fundraising executive for Y Care International, the humanitarian arm of the YMCA International Rescue Committee, the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Aid and International Development Forum. This work has involved strategic cooperation with dozens of reputable agencies and NGOs and hundreds of donors around the world. She has an Honors degree from the University of Sussex, Brighton and has volunteered extensively for human and indigenous rights.