PACH Members

Advisory Board Members

Alisha Ali, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Applied and Counseling Psychology at New York University. Dr. Ali’s research focuses on the mental health effects of oppression including violence, racism, and discrimination. She has examined depression and its psychosocial correlates across a range of disadvantaged populations including domestic violence survivors, clients in poverty transition programs, psychiatric outpatient samples, and immigrant/refugee women. Her current projects are investigating empowerment-based programs in domestic violence shelters and low-income high schools. She is the co-editor (with Dana Crowley Jack) of Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World (Oxford University Press) which was awarded the 2012 American Psychological Association Division 52 Book Award.

David Amodio, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Dr. Amodio’s research examines the roles of social cognition and emotion in the regulation of behavior, and the neural mechanisms underlying these processes. Much of his work examines these processes in the context of prejudice and stereotyping, although his interests extend to the areas of motivation and health psychology. Dr. Amodio directs the NYU Social Neuroscience Laboratory and the NYU Social Neuroscience Network, and he co-founded the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Jimmie Briggs is a human rights activist, journalist, and founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology. Jimmie investigated the effects of war on children in war-torn countries and authored Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War published by Basic Books in 2005.

Khary Lazarre-White, J.D., is a social entrepreneur, educator, non-profit executive, writer and attorney. Khary is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS), a Harlem based non profit that provides four-six year rites of passage programming, five day a week after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training and employment, legal representation, college preparation, community organizing training, and month long international study programs to Africa and Latin America. The organization is locally based with a national reach, as it publishes assorted curricula and collections of its members’ writings; trains educators from throughout the nation on its approach; and presents, speaks and advises on policy efforts related to the foci of BHSS.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a journalist, author, MacArthur Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University. Adrian’s work has focused on the marginalized members of society: adolescents living in poverty, prostitutes, women in prison, etc. She provides underserved populations with a voice while skillfully illustrating the gritty experiences of hardships. Adrian is author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx published by Scribner in 2004, which chronicles the day-to-day realities of urban poverty.

Deborah Tolman, Ed.D., is a Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology at The Hunter College School of Social Work and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Dr. Tolman is the Co-Founder of SPARK (with Lyn Mikel Brown), an intergenerational, girl-fueled movement building organization dedicated to challenging the sexualization of girls in the media and beyond. SPARK engages girls to be activists and works with partner organizations around the country. Tolman is also the author of Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality (Harvard University Press, 2005).

Stephan Wolfert, M.F.A., AEA, SAG (Army Veteran '86-'92) left a career in the military for a life in the theatre. Stephan helped create and direct the military segments for Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel’s Tony-award winning Broadway musical Movin’ Out; co-created the largest touring Shakespeare Company in New England; and taught acting and Shakespeare at Cornell University. Stephan currently tours his one-man show, and teaches and directs Veterans Shakespeare in Performance. He is the founding artistic director of both the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts and Shakespeare & Veterans. He is also the creator of DE-CRUIT: a reintegration program for Veterans.

Hiro Yoshikawa, Ph.D., is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University Steinhardt, and the Co-Director of the Institute on Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). Yoshikawa is a member of the Leadership Council of the U.N. Sustainable Development Network (the research advisory group under the auspices of the U.S. Secretary-General providing input on the post-2015 global development goals), and co-chair of its group on early childhood development and education. His recent books include Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs with Marybeth Shinn(2009, Oxford University Press) and Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage).


Core Members

Josh Aronson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University. Dr. Aronson’s research focuses on all of the psychological reasons that underlie the gap between minorities and whites in terms of academic achievement and enjoyment of school and schooling. Dr. Aronson and his mentor coined the term “Stereotype Threat” to describe the experience of being targeted by well-known cultural stereotypes ("blacks are unintelligent", "girls can't do math").

Lisa Arrastia is a lecturer in the Writing and Critical Inquiry program at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her fields of concentration are critical educational studies and critical ethnic studies, and her research examines the intersections of race, social class and education policy. Originally from New York City, Lisa is the former middle school principal at United Nations International School in New York City, and the founding director of a progressive high school in Chicago. She is coeditor with Marvin Hoffman of Starting Up: Critical Lessons from 10 New Schools (Teachers College Press, 2012); consulting editor for the journal Schools; assistant editor of the journal XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics; and designer and lead educational consultant for the Minneapolis Teachers Institute, an organization building a network of critical educators committed to creative, democratic classrooms.

Benjamin Barber, Ph.D.,is a Senior Research Scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. An internationally renowned political theorist, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Clinton, Howard Dean) and around the world (Germany, U.K., Libya, Italy).

Gary Barker, Ph.D., is the International Director of Promundo-DC, the US office of Instituto Promundo, a Brazilian NGO based in Rio de Janeiro. Promundo works locally, nationally, and internationally to promote gender equity and to reduce violence against children, women and youth. Dr. Barker has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Rescue Committee, UNDP, WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Brazilian government on issues related to gender, engaging men, health promotion and violence prevention.

Ginia Bellafonte has been a social and cultural critic at the New York Times for over a decade. Her current weekly opinion column, called the “Big City,” began in 2011, weeks before Occupy Wall Street and has been instrumental in focusing New Yorkers' attention on economic inequality. Her column covers housing, politics, education, philanthropy and the way that New Yorkers live and interact. Prior to writing “Big City,” Bellafante was the paper's television critic writing about the medium from a sociological perspective. She has been a senior writer at Time Magazine, where she covered culture and women's issues and she has contributed to The Nation as well as the Times Magazine and Book Review.

Clancy Blair, Ph.D., is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology at New York University. Dr. Clancy is a developmental psychologist who studies self-regulation in young children. His primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for school readiness and early school achievement. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of preschool and elementary school curricula designed to promote executive functions as a means of preventing school failure.

Mary Brabeck, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Psychology and the Former Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. Dr. Brabeck is a feminist who has long been interested in the gender differences in intellectual and ethical development and feminist ethics applied to professional practice.

Peggy Cooper Davis, J.D., is the John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics at New York University School of Law and the Director of the law school's Experiential Learning Lab. Professor Davis has also served as a judge of the Family Court of the State of New York and as a practitioner in both commercial and public interest settings. Her 1997 book, Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values (Hill and Wang, 1998)illuminates the importance of anti-slavery traditions as interpretive guides to the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. Her recent book, Enacting Pleasure (Seagull Books, 2011), is a collection of essays exploring the social, cultural, psychological, and political implications of Carol Gilligan’s relational psychology.

Leslie Davol and Sam Davol, J.D., are co-founders of The Uni Project, a nonprofit organization that uses pop-up reading rooms to promote and increase access to reading and learning in NYC. The Uni pop-up reading room deploys throughout the city, providing communities with an elegant, staffed amenity for plazas, parks, and markets. Prior to The Uni Project, Leslie worked at the New York Historical Society and later at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on memorial, cultural and civic programs following September 11th. Sam was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, and he is also the cellist for the band The Magnetic Fields.

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Abigail produced the groundbreaking PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict. She has played a role in many film projects and is currently at work on a film highlighting the key role of women in the Arab Awakening. She founded the Daphne Foundation, Peace is Loud and co-founded, along with 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, the Gbowee Peace Foundation, USA.

Cheryl Dorsey, M.D., is the President of Echoing Green, a global social venture fund that has awarded over $30 million in start-up capital to over 500 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Cheryl has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); Transition Team Member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group (2008-09); and Vice Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-present).

Fabienne Doucet, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Doucet brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her research and teaching in Early Childhood Education, given her training in human development and family studies, which stands at the crossroads of developmental psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Her program of research examines how immigrant and U.S.-born children of color and their families navigate education in the United States and how taken-for-granted beliefs, practices, and values of the U.S. educational system position children and families who are linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse at a disadvantage. She is committed to addressing inequity and injustice in education, and to bringing the educational experiences of marginalized groups to the center of inquiry.

Mallika Dutt, J.D.,is the founder of global human rights organization Breakthrough. Dutt has reinvented the delivery of social and behavioral change through a potent mix of stirring multimedia campaigns, cutting-edge pop culture, smart social media, and authentic community engagement. Working worldwide through centers in India and the United States, Breakthrough seeks to make violence against women and girls unacceptable by engaging a diverse range of actors to promote values of dignity, equality and justice. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Games for Change Advisory Board, Public Interest Projects and the Rights Working Group Steering Committee. She is Co-Founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women.

Dana Edell, Ph.D., is an activist, and Executive Director of SPARK Movement, an organization working to end the sexualization of girls. She also teaches theater, social change, and qualitative methods at New York University. Dr. Edell is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of viBe Theater Experience where she has co-directed almost all 40+ productions, written and preformed by viBe girls. Dana also co-founded and directed Inside/Out Performing Arts, a playmaking company with girls affected by the juvenile justice system (San Francisco).

James Gilligan, M.D., is a psychiatrist, formerly on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, Director of mental health services for the Massachusetts prison system, and head of the Institute for Law and Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is author of Violence: Reflections on Our National Epidemic (Vintage, 1997), Preventing Violence (Thames and Hudson, 2001), and most recently, Why Some Politicians are More Dangerous than Others (Polity, 2011). He has consulted widely on the causes and prevention of violence. He is currently a Clinical Professor at New York University Medical School, a Collegiate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law.

Jorie Graham is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. Jorie was awarded the Macarthur Fellowship in 1990. She is author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (Ecco, 2003), Swarm (Ecco, 2001), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994 (Ecco, 1995), which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Tara Grove is the education editor at The New Press. She is responsible for curating and building the press’s list of progressive education titles and also focuses on books about race, justice, and inequality. The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. Underlying the press’s editorial program are three aims: to broaden the audience for serious intellectual work, especially by reaching out to audiences intellectually redlined by commercial publishers; to bring out the work of traditionally underrepresented voices; and to address the problems of a society in transition, highlighting attempts at reform and innovation in a wide range of fields. Tara has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before transitioning to book publishing, she worked with young mothers in Philadelphia’s homeless shelter system as a case manager and trauma recovery facilitator.

Kent Harber, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Social Psychology at Rutgers University at Newark. Dr. Harber’s main interest is how people's self-resources (e.g., feelings of self-worth, self-esteem, social support, opportunities to disclose) affect their physical perception, social judgments, and interpersonal behavior. He applies this interest to interracial feedback, the perception of disturbing events, forgiveness, and the use of emotions as information. Dr. Harber is also interested in the cognitive benefits of emotional disclosure, and how motives to disclose turn people into news broadcasters for their social networks.

Melanie Hartzog is Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). Previously the Family Services Coordinator in the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Hartzog brings to CDF a powerful mix of senior policy experience, an engaging vision of smart collaboration, and a passion for making a difference in the lives of New York’s children. Hartzog is also Project Director for the Young Men’s Initiative, a bold and innovative public/private partnership aimed at reducing disparities between economic and social outcomes of young men of color and other demographic groups in New York City.

Peter Blair Henry is the Dean of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Dean Henry joined the NYU Stern Faculty as the William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance. An expert on the global economy, Henry led the external economics advisory group for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. Following the historic victory on November 4, Henry was chosen to lead the Presidential Transition Team’s review of international lending agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. In June 2009, President Obama appointed him to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He is author of TURNAROUND: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, March 2013), which directly addresses such issues of economic efficiency as well as matters of international relations.

Monique Hoeflinger, J.D.,has been active in social justice movements for the past 20 years, serving as a lawyer, organizer, strategist and funder. Her work has centered on the criminal justice system, LGBT rights and gender violence. She has served in leadership positions at the Ms. Foundation for Women, Obama for America (2008), National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and The Ohio Justice and Policy Center. In 2000, she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation based on her work with women in prison. Currently she is working with activists and funders to grow the movement to end child sexual abuse.

John Jackson is the Strategy Director for Purpose, an organization that develops and launches their own social and consumer movements using their model of movement entrepreneurship. Prior to Purpose, John was Vice President of Social Responsibility for MTV International, overseeing the network’s strategy to engage its audience around social issues. John was a Founder and Director of the Burma Campaign UK and helped to coordinate international advocacy in support of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. John also worked for a number of coalitions and aid agencies on a range of international issues including the ban on landmines, child bonded labor, fair trade and World Bank/IMF policy.

Michael Kimmel, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Dr. Kimmel is the founder and editor of the academic journal Men and Masculinities, and he is the founder of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. His work has centered on the history of manhood and men’s support for women’s rights. Dr. Kimmel has authored many books including Manhood in America: A Cultural History (Oxford University Press, 1996) Guyland (Harper Collins, 2008), The Guy’s Guide to Feminism (Seal Press, 2011), and Angry White Men (Nation Books), which was published in November, 2013.

Martin Kirk is the Head of Strategy for The Rules, a citizen-powered, global campaigning organization that aims to challenge and redistribute power in favor of those among us who are currently the most marginalized and impoverished. He was plucked from Oxfam in June 2012, where he had been heading their UK Campaigning. Before Oxfam, Martin was the Head of Global Advocacy for Save the Children UK. His nerdy interest in cognitive framing, the psychology and meaning of values, and other related topics to do with why human societies behave the way they do have lead him down many dark alleys of theory and practice—and keep him focused on questions of where truly radical change can come from.

Linda Kay Klein is the founding Director of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose program, a social entrepreneurship-inspired program to equip young people to do work that is right for them and good for the world. She is also the lead researcher and lead author of the program's original curriculum on which faculty and staff at nearly 150 colleges, universities and nonprofits have been trained.

Sarah Kramer is a documentary storyteller and journalist. She was recently a fellow at Sundance New Frontiers Storytelling Lab and currently heads up content at a soon-to-launch storytelling start-up. Prior, Kramer worked at The New York Times for six years where she was a reporter and multimedia editor, creating series such as Emmy-award winning One in 8 Million and Emmy nominated Coming Out. Her credits also include senior producer and founding staffer for Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps. As the second person hired, she helped to launch the project. Kramer created the signature sound, provided editorial oversight on more than 100 weekly NPR broadcasts and the New York Times bestseller, Listening is an Act of Love. Her radio stories have aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Marketplace; her writing in The New York Times and digital storytelling on She launched her career in documentary films for PBS and HBO and is in middle of a documentary short on her father. Kramer is an adjunct professor at CUNY Journalism School where she teaches the Art of the Interview.

Deborah Meyer is the founder and Executive Director of Moving Traditions, an organization advocating for a more expansive view of gender in Jewish learning and practice. Moving Traditions conducts research, develops programs and other resources, and trains and coaches educators to mentor teens in a variety of Jewish communal institutions across the United States. Meyer has more than 25 years of experience building non-profits, primarily women’s and Jewish organizations. In addition, for four years, she helped manage a private Jewish Montessori pre-school. Prior to founding Moving Traditions with Chair Sally Gottesman, Meyer co-directed Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies. There she helped launch Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and began research that led to the development of Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood, Moving Traditions’ flagship programs that empower teens to apply a gender lens and Jewish values to the challenges of their daily lives.

Jennifer Seibel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, spokesperson and advocate. She wrote, directed and produced the documentary film Miss Representation, a film that examined how the media have contributed to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power. Jennifer formed Girls Club Entertainment, LLC as an umbrella entertainment company to develop and produce independent films with strong social, political, and cultural significance, focused primarily on empowering women.

Soledad O’Brien is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group. Previously, O'Brien was an anchor for CNN’s “Starting Point.” She is well known for her documentaries on race, and hosted “Black in America,” and "Latino in America,” a wide-ranging look at Blacks and Latinos living in the United States, and how they’re reshaping America while America is reshaping them. She currently reports for HBO Real Sports and through Starfish Media Group produces documentaries, scripted and non-scripted series for a variety of networks including CNN and Al Jazeera America.

Sumie Okazaki is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at New York University. Dr. Okazaki conducts research on the impact of immigration and race (i.e., racism, racial identity, racialization) on Asian and Asian American adolescents and emerging adults within local and transnational contexts. She has co-edited three books: South Korea’s Education Exodus: The Life and Challenges of Early Study Abroad (under review; with Adrienne Lo, Soo-Ah Kwon, & Nancy Abelmann), Asian American Psychology: The Science of Lives in Context (2002; with Gordon C. N. Hall) and Asian American Mental Health: Assessment Theories and Methods (2002; with Karen Kurasaki and Stanley Sue). She is the President-Elect of Asian American Psychological Association and has served as an Associate Editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (2004-2011).

Tina Packer is an actress and founder and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, now one of the largest and most critically acclaimed Shakespeare Festivals in North America. In her current play, “Women of Will,” Tina explores Shakespeare’s heroines. Packer founded Shakespeare & Company in 1978 with the goal of creating a classical American Shakespeare company of the highest standard, that holds language as the center of the theatrical experience. It is rooted in the ideals of the Elizabethans: inquiry, passion, love, poetry, physical prowess, balance, and harmony.

Wendy D. Puriefoy is Director of Education at The Barr Foundation, a Boston-based, private foundation with assets over $1.3 Billion. Its mission is to support gifted leaders and networked organizations working in Boston and beyond to enhance educational and economic opportunities, achieve environmental sustainability, and create rich cultural experiences - all with a particular focus on children and families living in poverty. For several years Ms. Puriefoy was President of Public Education Network (PEN), the nation’s largest network of community-based public school reform organizations that reaches over 8 million economically disadvantaged children in public schools nation-wide. Puriefoy serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Independent Sector, and DEMOS, a policy think tank.

Miriam Raider-Roth, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of Education Studies and Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on the relational context of teaching and learning; children's and teachers' conceptions of their relationships in school; use of descriptive process in teacher professional development; and feminist qualitative research methods. Dr. Raider-Roth is the author of Trusting What You Know: The High Stakes of Classroom Relationships (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Miles Rapoport is the President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. Prior to joining Demos, Miles spent 15 years in Connecticut politics. He served for ten years in the Connecticut legislature, from 1985-1994. Miles chaired the Government Administration and Elections Committee, and was a leading member of the Finance Committee.

C. Cybele Raver, Ph.D., is The Vice Provost of Academic, Faculty and Research Affairs and a Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Raver served as inaugural director of NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC). Dr. Raver’s research focuses on examining the mechanisms that support children's self-regulation in the contexts of poverty and social policy. Raver and her research team currently conduct CSRP, a federally-funded RCT intervention and she regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting school readiness among low-income children.

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is The Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives. For the past 25 years, Dr. Reichert has maintained a clinical and consulting practice that specializes in the study of families and males. Dr. Reichert’s research interests include the impact of gender curricula on boys' and girls’ lives, the social dimensions of learning, development of emotional intelligence and leadership, moral development, developmental trajectories toward violence, and programming for democracy and sanctuary in schools. He authored Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility (Routledge, 1998).

Lisa Crooms-Robinson, J.D., is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at Howard Law School. A human rights activist since 1984, Crooms has worked with the Washington Office on Africa and the American Committee on Africa, and has served as an adviser to institutions including The Urban Justice Center, Unifem, the Sentencing Project, the International Human Rights Law Group (Global Rights) and Amnesty International. She is currently a board member for the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights.

Renée Spencer, Ed.D.,is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work and Chair of the Human Behavior in the Social Environment program. Her research focuses on youth mentoring, specifically relational processes in more and less successful relationships. She is currently conducting a mixed-methods longitudinal study of the development of youth mentoring relationships in community-based programs. Dr. Spencer also serves as editor of the “Research from Related Fields” column in The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring. She has published widely on youth mentoring and serves as a member of several boards and committees, including MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership Research and Policy Council, The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (TCAM), National Cadre of Mentoring Researchers, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Research Advisory Council.

Alexandra Starr is an Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation and a fellow at National Public Radio (NPR). Starr writes articles and produces radio stories about immigration, politics, Latin America, and Europe. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine,, The New Republic, and The American Scholar. She was formerly a political correspondent at Businessweek, where she covered the 2004 presidential election. Starr has been a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School; a Milena Jesenska fellow in Vienna, Austria; a Japan Society Fellow in Tokyo, Japan; and an Organization of American States fellow in Caracas, Venezuela.

Emily Stokes is an associate editor at Harper's Magazine, where she edits Readings and features. She has written for publications including the Guardian and Frieze, and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, where she writes profiles of artists and writers, and reviews books. She graduated from Cambridge University, where she read English, in 2007, and studied at Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar in 2009-2010. She is on the Readers Committee for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award for fiction.

Arun Sundararajan, Ph.D., is an NEC Faculty Fellow and Professor at New York University Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP). Dr. Sundararajan’s research program studies how information technologies transform business and society. Much of his current scholarly research focuses on the sharing economy, digital institutions, social networks, online privacy and digital regulation. He has served on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals. His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in TIME, the New Yorker, Wired, TechCrunch, theFinancial Times and Harvard Business Review, and on CNN, CNBC, BBC News and NPR. Follow him on Twitter @digitalarun.

Maia Szalavitz is a journalist who covers health, science and public policy. She is co-author, with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., of Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential--and Endangered (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2011). Szalavitz has been published in TIME magazine, The New York Times, Elle, Scientific American Mind, the Washington Post, New Scientist and Psychology Today, among many others.

Glennda Testone is the Executive Director of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Since joining The Center, she has strengthened its programs for adults, youth and families, ensuring all LGBT New Yorkers have an opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. This past year, Testone helped launch a new Center brand, celebrated 30 years of service by the organization, and embarked on a $9M capital building renovation to transform the LGBT community’s home on West 13th Street. Testone previously served as Vice President of The Women's Media Center and Senior Director of Media Programs for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Dorothy Thomas is an independent consultant on human rights. Thomas currently serves as the Senior Program Adviser to the US Human Rights Fund. From 1990 - 1998 she was the founding Director of the Human Rights Watch Women's Rights Division. She is a 1998 MacArthur Fellow and a 1995 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 1998, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Bill Clinton. She is the author/editor of several articles and reports on human rights, including “Into the Bright Sunshine: The Value of Human Rights in the United States,” and “Close to Home: Case Studies of Human Rights Work in the United States” (Ford Foundation, 2004).

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at CCA and in the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and ICP/Bard and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston.

Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Tillet is the Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. She co-created The Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, an art-based, feminist boot camp for African-American adolescent girls who have been impacted by violence in Chicago. Her book, Sites of Slavery: Citizenship, Racial Democracy, and the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012) examines how contemporary African-American artists represent slavery to challenge present-day racial inequality and model a more democratic American future.

Stephen Tosh is the Executive Director of the Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY). Under his leadership, BCNY has developed a wide range of skill based programs, most notably a full slate of services for older teens that includes college advisement, internships and career exploration, and leadership opportunities. Tosh also created a comprehensive academic support program, developed clear programmatic outcomes, and completed BCNY's first strategic plan. Stephen was previously the Executive Director of Phipps Community Development Corporation, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, the Director of Staff-Secure Detention for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, the Director of Community Care at the New York City Youth Bureau, and an adjunct instructor in the New York University in the Sociology Department.

Clyde Valentin is the Producer and Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF), a unique arts organization dedicated to bringing new and diverse audiences to the theater. Over the last decade HHTF has grown into one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country and has become a major contributor to the cultural life of participating cities. In 2004, it was recognized by the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers as an outstanding grantee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation for "its innovative approach to addressing socio-political issues in New York City and beyond through the arts.”

David Wallace-Wells is a Literary Editor at New York Magazine and formerly a senior editor for The Paris Review. David also writes for The Nation, Slate, The Vulture, New Republic, and various other publications.

Stephanie Weber is the Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School at the Hewitt School for girls in New York City. Weber has called upon both girls and teachers to recognize that everyone has a shared role in—and responsibility for—the success of the school, and she seeks to create a culture that values the voice and contributions of each member. Stephanie was the former Director of Upper School at Westridge School in California.