Melody Barnes is the Former President’s Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before joining the White House, Barnes served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama’s campaign.
Prior to joining the campaign, she was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress. From 1995 to 2003, she served as Chief Counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In those capacities, and as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, she worked extensively on civil rights and voting rights, women’s health, religious liberties, and commercial law.
Barnes received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from the University of Michigan. She began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City, and is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.”
John Bridgeland is President & CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. He is the also the Chair of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, a new initiative to make the case for scaling a voluntary civilian national service counterpart to military service in the United States, and author of a forthcoming book, Heart of the Nation: Volunteering and America’s Civic Spirit. Bridgeland was recently appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions.
Formerly, Bridgeland served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the first term of President George W. Bush, where he coordinated policy on more than 100 issues, and then as Assistant to the President of the United States and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps, where he coordinated policy on international, national, community and faith-based service in the aftermath of 9/11. Bridgeland co-led the Policy Transition for President Bush in 2000-2001.
Bridgeland graduated with honors in government from Harvard University, studied at the College of Europe and Universite Libre de Bruxelles as a Rotary International Fellow, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He has honorary degrees from Saint Anselm College, Ripon College, Westwood College and Hamline University, where he delivered the commencement addresses.
“A More Effective Path for Grantmaking” Keynote
Before becoming president in 2005, she was the Foundation’s vice president and chief operating officer. Her duties included overseeing the team responsible for identifying and recommending major multi-year investments in high-performing youth-serving organizations across the United States.
Before that, Roob played a key role in helping develop and implement the Foundation’s current grantmaking strategy, which seeks to improve the life prospects of young people from low-income backgrounds by helping organizations that work with these youth improve and expand their services.During her early years at the Foundation, Roob developed its Program for New York Neighborhoods, which launched community-building and neighborhood-stabilization projects in the South Bronx and Central Harlem.
Before joining the Foundation in 1994, Roob worked for the Boston Persistent Poverty Project, a program of the Rockefeller and Boston foundations; the Fund for the Homeless, a project of the Boston Foundation; and the Child Care Resource and Referral Center, also in Boston.
Roob is a graduate and trustee of Hamilton College, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Dan Cardinali has led Communities In Schools since 2004. Under his leadership, the organization has developed and embraced an evidence-based model of integrated student service provision and has launched a national growth strategy to increase the organization’s impact on improving public education. Cardinali’s background as a community organizer has helped the organization continue its steady and measured growth, establish its voice in national education policy debates, and launch an organization-wide quality improvement campaign.
Cardinali is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow. He also currently serves as a trustee for America’s Promise, and as chairman of the board of directors of Peace First. Cardinali is a board member of The Harwood Institute of Public Innovation and Child Trends. In May 2011 Dan Cardinali was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Trained as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinali served on a team organizing a “squatter” community of 120,000 to secure land rights, running water and public education. He returned to Washington, D.C., to receive a one-year research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. At Partners of the Americas, Cardinali coordinated its leadership training program, the International Fellowship in Community Development.
Before assuming his current position, Cardinali served as executive vice president of Field Operations at Communities In Schools. Cardinali holds a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University.
Closing Keynote: How to Build a Movement
Mario Morino’s career spans more than 45 years as an entrepreneur, technologist, and civic and business leader. He also has a long history of civic engagement and philanthropy in the National Capital Region and Northeast Ohio. He is the primary author of the book Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity (2011), which is informing efforts in more than a dozen countries to increase the impact of nonprofits, foundations and public-sector entities.
In 2000, Mario co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners as a philanthropic investment organization that concentrates investments of money, expertise, and contacts to improve the lives and boost the opportunities of children of low-income families in the National Capital Region. He has been one of the leaders in adapting the relevant principles of venture and growth equity investment firms and applying them for investing in the nonprofit sector to build stronger, high-impact, lasting nonprofit institutions.