Jeffrey Zients (Full name: Jeffrey Dunston Zients) is an American government official and business executive. He was the director of the National Economic Council from February 2014 to January 2017. Zients also served as an acting director of the Office of Management and Budget in 2010 and 2013. Before entering government, he was an executive at firms including The Advisory Board Company and CEB.
Vivek Murthy (Full name: Vivek Hallegere Murthy) is an American physician and former vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He served as the 19th surgeon general of the United States from 2014 to 2017. Murthy is the founder of the nonprofit Doctors for America in 2008. Additionally, he was the first surgeon general of Indian descent and was the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service while serving in office.
Anita Dunn (Full name: Anita Babbitt Dunn) is an American political strategist. She serves as a Senior Advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden. Previously, Dunn served as acting White House Communications Director from April to November 2009. Additionally, she worked as managing director at SKDK, a strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. Dunn was also an advisor to the Biden presidential transition.
Aaron Blake is an American journalist and anchor. Currently, he covers national politics as a Senior Reporter for the Washington Post’s “The Fix” and their PostPolitics.com website. Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, he has also written about politics for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Hill newspaper.
Ron Gant is an American television news anchor and former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for Atlanta Braves All-Star player from 1987 to 1993. Gant co-anchors Good Day Atlanta at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays. He also serves as a co-host on WAGA-TV’s morning news program Good Day Atlanta.
Anna Deavere Smith is an American actress, professor, and playwright. She is famous for her role as National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally in The West Wing (2000–06). Smith also cast in the hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), and as U.S. District Court Clerk Tina Krissman on the ABC show For the People (2018–19). Smith earned The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2013. In addition, in 2015 she was chosen as the Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Smith is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.
Drew Pinsky (Full name: David Drew Pinsky) is an American media personality, internist, and addiction medicine specialist. He is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline from the show’s inception in 1984 until its end in 2016. On television, Pinsky hosted the talk show Dr. Drew On Call on HLN and the daytime series Lifechangers on The CW.
Shamicka Gibbs is an American chef, entrepreneur, reality TV star, and former musician. She is best known to the public as the ex-wife of Martin Lawrence, the famous actor, director, and producer. Shamicka has had some health issues. Sadly, she was diagnosed with lupus and celiac disease in 2011. Lupus is when the body’s immune system attacks the tissues and organs while celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten. Her diet has since been gluten-free.
William Haseltine (Full name: William A. Haseltine) is an American scientist, businessman, author, and philanthropist. He is known for his work on HIV/AIDS and the human genome. Haseltine was a professor at Harvard Medical School where he founded two research departments on cancer and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, he is the founder of several biotechnology companies which are Cambridge Biosciences, The Virus Research Institute, ProScript, LeukoSite, Dendreon, Diversa, X-VAX, and Demetrix.
Nicole Shanahan is an American attorney, professor, and CEO. She is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP an integrated patent management technology. Currently, Shanahan serves as the resident Fellow at CodeX, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford Law School, and Computer Science. She is a legal technologist who specializes in the utilization of structured databases, APIs, UI/UX, automation, and SaaS in the intellectual property space.