Barney Frank

Former Congressman Barney Frank represented the Fourth District of Massachusetts for more than three decades. One of the most prominent gay politicians in American history, he was the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage. His memoir, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage,” was published in 2015.

Nicholas Kristof

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author and op-ed columnist for The New York Times. His books, including the best-selling “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” have all been co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn and primarily focus on poverty, health and human rights in the developing world. Their book “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity” was adapted into a documentary and premiered on PBS in 2015.

Joel Klein

Joel Klein has been called one of the most influential people in public education. He was chancellor of New York City schools for eight years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was the CEO for Amplify, the educational division of News Corp.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson holds the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Astrophysics. He hosted NOVA ScienceNow on PBS for 5 seasons. Tyson was twice appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on space commissions.

Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and a National Magazine Award winner. His book “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital” was released in 2013.

Jonathan Alter (2013)

Jonathan Alter is an author and commentator, who was at Newsweek for close to three decades. He has written several New York Times best-sellers about American presidents. Alter published his book, “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies,” in 2013.

Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley is the longest-serving mayor in the history of Chicago, following his father. He was mayor from 1989 to 2011. Daley also served in the Illinois State Senate and as the Cook County State’s Attorney.

Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda was Malawi’s first female president. She served as Minister of Foreign of Affairs and Vice President. Banda is an advocate for women’s and children’s rights. Forbes magazine named her one of Africa’s most powerful women.

Marc Morial

Marc Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. He assumed that post in 2003 after serving as Mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002.

Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes hosts MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.” He is the author of “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.”


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