Board of Managers
President of the Bauman Foundation
Political Director, AFL-CIO
International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Founder and Senior Principal, TSD Communications
Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, Stonebridge International
Senior Director for Enterprise Data and Information Strategy (NEA)
Kirk Adams is the International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and leads the work of SEIU Healthcare, which represents more than one million nurses, doctors and healthcare workers across North America. A long-time organizer and political activist, he began organizing workers with the United Labor Unions in 1980, which in 1984 affiliated with SEIU. Kirk organized low-wage workers in Boston, Detroit and New Orleans, and spent years helping healthcare workers earn a voice on the job in Beverly nursing homes in Texas, and hospitals in the South, the Northwest and California. In 1987, his work in Los Angeles led to the first union victory for consumer-directed home care workers in the country and 72,000 home care workers won a voice on the job. In 1989, he left SEIU to run Ann Richards’ successful gubernatorial campaign and served as her political director until 1994. Kirk returned to organizing for the union when Richards left office, and in 1997 served as southern regional director and later organizing director for the AFL-CIO. He was tapped to serve as Chief of Staff of SEIU in 2000, and in 2007 became Division Director of SEIU Healthcare, playing a critical role in the passage of healthcare reform. Kirk once again served as Chief of Staff once Mary Kay Henry was elected International President in 2010 before resuming his previous position as Division Director of SEIU Healthcare later that year. He was elected in September 2011 to serve as International Executive Vice President of SEIU after serving as an International Vice President of SEIU’s Executive Board.
Patricia Bauman is President of the Bauman Foundation. In recent years, the Foundation has supported civic participation through general support of organizations engaged in voter registration and outreach and election protection. She has also led policy efforts to foster public access to government information. She is Co-Chair of the Brennan Center for Justice, and Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Defense Council and serves of the boards of Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
Harold Ickes' nearly fifty years of commitment and accomplishments fighting for progressive causes have earned him trust, respect and friendship of unusual breadth and depth in the progressive political community. He is a founding partner of The Ickes & Enright Group, a Washington DC consulting firm. Prior to this, Mr. Ickes served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs and Policy to President Clinton, managing a number of the President's key policy initiatives. He was also an architect of the President's 1996 re-election campaign (the first successful re-election campaign of a Democratic president since FDR), the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and the 1997 Presidential Inaugural. Prior to serving in the White House, Mr. Ickes was a partner in the New York law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., specializing in election and union-side labor law. He rejoined the law firm as partner in 1998 and serves as co-chair of its thirty-member Labor Law and Government Affairs Departments.
Michael Podhorzer is the Political Director of the AFL-CIO. Since 1997, he has developed and directed the Federation's strategic, targeting, opinion research, communication testing and long term planning programs. He was responsible for designing the strategic and targeting framework that supported the dramatic transformation of the Federation's political program in the 1990s. Mr. Podhorzer most recently designed and managed the AFL-CIO's pioneering 2004 "swing voter program" which combined voter file database analytics and clinical trial-style message testing for direct mail, telemarketing, email and neighborhood canvassing. Mr. Podhorzer has worked in politics for the last twenty five years. As Associate Director of Citizen Action, he managed the organization's extensive electoral activities, including successful congressional, state and local campaigns. He also helped found Advocate Development, a company that was formed to create database fundraising management software for Citizen Action's four million members.
Laura Quinn is a founder of Catalist, and has led the day-to-day management since its inception in 2006; assembling the team, and guiding the company from concept, through capitalization, to full production. Ms. Quinn has an extensive background in communications, technology and data innovation. She is a founding partner of QRS Newmedia, Inc. started in 1996, which specializes in communication technology design and integration services. QRS clients have included the DNC and every Democratic Presidential campaign from1996 through 2008; a wide of range of progressive organizations and non-profits; and other corporate and academic institutions. Ms. Quinn was also a founder of Copernicus Analytics which provided innovative micro-targeting and modeling services to progressive organizations and campaigns. Prior to these endeavors, Ms. Quinn served in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff for Vice President Gore. Previously, Ms. Quinn spent several years on Capitol Hill as the Director of the Democratic Technology and Communications Committee for Democratic Majority Leader Senator Tom Daschle in the U.S. Senate; as Communications Director for Senators Jay Rockefeller and Carl Levin; and in a variety of senior staff and advisory roles for various not-for-profit organizations and political campaigns.
Mark Steitz founded TSD Communications in 1993. Mark directs strategic communications efforts for a wide range of businesses, progressive organizations and campaigns. Mark’s current clients include financial firms, research organizations, and foundations. Mark is a leader in the field of political testing and targeting. He is a founding Board member of the Analyst Institute, which conducts randomized controlled experiments for progressive campaigns and causes. He is a Senior Advisor to Catalist, the progressive voter database company which he helped found. He co-founded Copernicus Analytics (now part of Catalist) and QRS New Media. He is also on the advisory board of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Mark and TSD developed international communications strategy for the Athens 2004 Olympics from the bidding process in 1997 through the Games. Mark oversaw international and crisis communications for the global retailer The Body Shop between 1993 and 1996. Mark was Director of Communications and Research at the Democratic National Committee under Ron Brown, developed the free media and scheduling targeting system for the 1992 Clinton campaign, and previously worked on the Presidential campaigns of Reverend Jesse Jackson and Senator Gary Hart. An economist by training, Steitz was Chief Economist in the office of Senator Hart and worked at the Congressional Budget Office from 1978 to 1986 as an industrial and tax policy analyst. Mark has an MA in Economics from Yale University and a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Michael Vachon is Advisor to the Chairman at Soros Fund Management, LLC (SFM). Mr. Vachon serves as spokesperson for the Fund and for Mr. Soros personally. He advised Mr. Soros and other executives on media relations and external affairs and acts as Mr. Soros’ Chief of Staff for special projects, including overseeing Mr. Soros’ political contributions. Prior to joining SFM, Mr. Vachon was the Director of Communications and a member of the executive committee of The Commonwealth Fund, one of the nation’s oldest private foundations. He previously served as the Director of Communications at the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundation Network, and worked for several years as a financial journalist. Mr. Vachon holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Michael Warren is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and a member of the Investment Committee of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In the Obama Administration, Mr. Warren served as Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, overseeing the appointments process for senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and economic cluster agencies. He was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group, helping to oversee the international trade and economics agencies. In 2010, Mr. Warren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. development finance institution, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Warren led corporate development at Horne Engineering Services and served as President of Appfluent Technologies, a software provider company. Mr. Warren previously worked at McKinsey & Company, both as a strategic consultant in the technology and financial institutions practices and as a fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Warren served in the White House as Executive Director of the President’s National Economic Council and at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary. He currently serves as Chairman of the District of Columbia Retirement Board, DC’s public pension fund, where he has served as Trustee since 2006. A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Warren earned his degrees from Yale University and Balliol College, Oxford University.
Karen M. White is the Senior Director for Enterprise Data and Information Strategy (NEA), which represents 3.2 million public school teachers, educational support professionals, students preparing to become teachers and higher education faculty. Prior to joining the NEA, Karen served as the national political director for EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest political action committee and a prominent political network for pro-choice Democratic women candidates across the country. Karen has emerged as one of the most respected strategists in progressive politics. In her tenure, Karen worked on 25 campaigns in 21 states, and she is considered one of the Democratic Party’s leading experts in grassroots campaigning, field operations, and Get Out the Vote efforts. Karen frequently provides political analysis for ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR and many other national television and radio networks. Karen also has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, National Journal, and prominent regional papers throughout the country. Karen has been recognized for her work on numerous gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaigns. Although she has managed campaign operations nationwide, Karen is most recognized for the work she has done in Maryland. Karen’s successful management of the Glendening campaign clinched her reputation as “a veteran grassroots organizer in Democratic politics” (The Washington Post). Her work on the 1998 campaign earned her a key position in the Glendening Administration. Karen served as deputy secretary and chief of staff of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where she managed a staff of 2000 and a budget of over 300 million. Today, Karen is a sought-after trainer and speaker in Democratic circles. She has led campaign management training sessions across the country and participated in numerous Democratic National Committee efforts to recruit candidates, educate staff and establish field operations. She is credited with changing the way campaigns think about grassroots organizing.
In August 2003, Albert C. Yates retired from the presidency of Colorado State University after thirteen years at the helm of one of the nation’s top research universities, completing a 35-year career in higher education as a professor and administrator. Since then he continues to be involved in the formulation of public policy and consults on matters of leadership and management through his many associations with public boards, commissions and community leaders. In addition, Dr. Yates serves as advisor to, and spokesman for, the Bohemian Companies in Fort Collins, CO. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Guaranty Bancorp, Inc. and Level 3 Communications, Inc. He is also a member of the board of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Colorado Forum, a statewide policy roundtable.
Dr. Yates graduated magna cum laude from Memphis State University in 1965, with degrees in chemistry and mathematics; earned a doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1968; returned to Indiana University as a chemistry professor in 1969; and, in 1976, was appointed professor of chemistry and vice president and university dean for graduate studies and research at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to his Colorado State appointment, Dr. Yates served for nine years as executive vice president and provost at Washington State University in Pullman.