Executive Director, Education Post
Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization promoting efforts to improve public education. Previously, Peter was President of Cunningham Communications, a Chicago-based communications company serving public, private and non-profit sector clients. He is also affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy and research firm. He recently served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. For several years Peter was affiliated with the political consulting firm Axelrod and Associates, and also served for five years in the administration of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Peter serves on the board of Great Schools, a national non-profit that helps parents choose schools, Englewood Montessori Charter School in Chicago, and Manufacturing Renaissance, a Chicago-based non-profit seeking to attract community-based manufacturing jobs through workforce development strategies. A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke. He is married to an artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children.
Consultant, formerly with National Urban League Policy Institute
Garrick Davis is the Legislative Director – Economic and Financial Policy at the National Urban League Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Garrick joined the National Urban League following service in the Obama White House as a Presidential Appointee. Garrick served as a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Vice President working on a team assigned with the tactical implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Since joining the National Urban League in fall 2010, Garrick has helped to craft the National Urban League ‘Rebuild America Now’ 12 Point Jobs Plan. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Garrick worked in the financial services industry over the course of a career spanning 16 years. Garrick holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Science from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors
Ms. Estolano served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). Overseeing an annual budget of over $726 million and a work program covering 32 project areas, Ms. Estolano redefined the role of the largest redevelopment agency in the State of California. Under her leadership, CRA/LA rebuilt its housing department, adopted a landmark policy on local hiring in construction jobs, adopted a Healthy Neighborhoods policy, and created a $42 million Land Acquisition Fund to jump-start development in underserved markets like South Los Angeles. Prior to joining CRA/LA, Ms. Estolano was Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn &Crutcher, LLC. She represented developer, private equity fund and lender clients in land use, zoning, redevelopment, environmental, real estate, energy, and telecommunications matters. Ms. Estolano was the Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency Review Team, Energy and Environment Group for the Obama Presidential Transition Team. She is currently a member of Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Advisory Committee. Ms. Estolano is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law and holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Studies with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges. Ms. Estolano is a Regents Lecturer at UCLA where she teaches courses in Urban Planning.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (Retired)
Gamble was an International Representative of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) 1995-2002 and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), 1985-1995. He was associated with the union’s Industrial Development Department, which worked with staff and local unions on developing union-centered “high road” manufacturing and labor-management partnerships. He recently served on the boards of directors of the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, and the Socio-Technical Systems Roundtable, of which he was President. He was a founder of the Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network and worked as a university professor. He has degrees from Maryville College (TN) and The Ohio State University.
Edward Hamburg (Chair)
Edward Hamburg serves on the board of directors of high technology companies and as a venture partner with the private equity group of Morgan Stanley. His directorships include Interactive Intelligence Incorporated (contact center software), Interlink Electronics (components for medical and hand-held devices), Perceptive Software (document management), ThruPoint (information technology services), Core Security Technologies (software for computer perimeter testing), HyPerformix (capacity planning software), and Sendmail (software for managing complex e-mail systems). He is also a director of Leaning Point Associates, non-profit specialists in education policy, teacher training, and performance evaluation. Hamburg was Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary of SPSS Inc. from 1992 to 2004. He headed SPSS business and corporate development efforts from 1986 to 1992 after senior roles in sales, marketing, and professional services. Hamburg received a Ph.D. from the department of political science at The University of Chicago and was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University
Chief Economist Susan Helper is on leave from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics. She was formerly the chair of the Economics Department, and has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains, and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized. Dr. Helper received her PhD in Economics from Harvard and her BA from Oberlin College in Economics, Government and Spanish. Dr. Helper lives with her husband and three bicycles in Washington, DC.
Rick Mattoon (Treasurer)
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Rick Mattoon is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mattoon’s primary research focuses on issues that face the Midwest regional economy. His analysis of electricity restructuring and energy issues, higher education policy, regional economic development and state and local government finance has appeared in numerous publications. Mattoon also serves as a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mattoon began his career at the Chicago Fed in 1990. In 1997, he left the bank to serve as a policy advisor for economic development, energy and telecommunications to the Governor of Washington. He later served as director of policy and legislation for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. He returned to the bank in 2001. Mattoon received a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.
University of Chicago
Robert Rosenberg is the Associate Vice President for Communication at the University of Chicago, and a Lecturer in the Chicago Booth School of Business. During his twenty-year career at the University of Chicago, Mr. Rosenberg has worked to promote economic development and entrepreneurship at the University and the Medical Center. Prior to coming to the University, he led communications and marketing for medical technologies, both in the corporate and academic communities.At the Chicago Booth School of Business, Mr. Rosenberg teaches management and entrepreneurship. He also teaches Building the New Venture, an introduction to entrepreneurship for students in the College. Mr. Rosenberg was a founder of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization. He is education chair for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) and a director of Illinois’ Technology Development Fund. He serves as a member of the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors, the Mayor’s Council for Technology Infrastructure, the Hyde Park Angels Advisory Board, the Project Exploration Board, and the Midwest Research University Network. Mr. Rosenberg received an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MA from Tufts University, and a BA from Harvard University. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Hyde Park.