Rear Adm. Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, is the acting United States surgeon general. Lushniak also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world. Previously, Lushniak served as deputy surgeon general. He was introduced to the USPHS in 1983 as a senior medical student when he completed an elective with the Indian Health Service in Winslow, Ariz. He began his USPHS career in 1988 as a lieutenant, entering the service as part of the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Herman Moore was a two-sport athlete at University of Virginia before the Detroit Lions drafted him in the first round in 1991. Moore shattered virtually all Lions’ receiving records, and still leads in career receptions. He also holds the second-most catches and the seventh-highest receiving yards total in a single season in NFL history. Moore is currently aligned with several Michigan organizations and non-profits dedicated to fitness, health, cancer research, education and community engagement.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has represented Rhode Island in the United States Senate since January 2007 and is a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Whitehouse was previously Rhode Island’s attorney general and founded the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a collaborative effort between health care providers, insurers, and government that aims to expand the use of electronic medical records and improve the quality of care delivered across the state.
Sen. Roger F. Wicker has represented Mississippi in the United States Senate since December 2007. Wicker serves as deputy whip and is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Budget Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. Prior to his service in the Senate, Wicker was elected seven times, beginning in 1994, to represent Mississippi’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the state senate on behalf of Lee and Pontotoc counties.
Alice M. Rivlin is an economist specializing in fiscal, monetary and social policy. She is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at Brookings and a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University. In 2010 Rivlin was named by President Obama to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She co-chaired, with former Sen. Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force and served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Rivlin was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton administration. She chaired the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority and was also the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Managing Director in the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
Dan Nissenbaum is a managing director at Goldman Sachs in the Urban Investment Group, overseeing Community Reinvestment Act compliance functions and special initiatives including the capital component of the 10,000 Small Businesses program. UIG provides financing for community development projects and manages the Bank’s CRA program. Nissenbaum joined Goldman Sachs in 2009. Previously, he was a senior vice president overseeing an affordable housing finance team in HSBC Bank’s real estate division.
David J. Erickson is director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and edits the Federal Reserve journal, Community Development Investment Review. His research areas in the community development department of the Federal Reserve include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy.
Margaret Montgomery is sustainability leader of NBBJ, a global architecture, planning and design firm that was named one of the most innovative architecture firms in the world by Fast Company. In her role, Montgomery manages energy initiatives and crafts long-term strategies for enhancing human health and experience. Her work includes Google’s Bay View Campus in California that is tracking LEED Platinum and is a registered Living Building Challenge project; and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle, the world’s largest LEED Platinum non-profit headquarters.
Stephen Goldsmith is professor of government and director of the Innovations in American Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that combine data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizens. His work at Harvard brings together representatives from major U.S. cities in support of quality of life innovations. Goldsmith previously served as mayor of Indianapolis. He has also served as the deputy mayor of operations in New York City.
Vice President of Community Health, Dignity Health
Sister Susan Vickers is vice president of Community Health for Dignity Health. She is responsible for directing and overseeing system wide community benefit and investment initiatives, corporate social responsibility and ecology programs. In conjunction with her community health work, Vickers directs Dignity Health’s shareholder initiatives that aim to raise social responsibility issues with the management of companies in Dignity Health’s investment portfolio. Vickers currently serves as board member of Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm and Mercy Investment Services.
David Dixon heads Stantec’s new Urban Group. Dixon is a recipient of several project awards from groups such as the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Society for College and University Planning. In 2007, he received the American Institute of Architects’s highest honor for achievement in the public sphere, the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
At VMDO, Dina Sorensen’s current primary research – collaborating with public health and childhood obesity researchers – investigates the impact of school design on healthy eating behaviors and socio-cultural norms among students. Her collaboration with VS America, Dr. Terry Huang of the University of Nebraska, and Dr. Trowbridge of the University of Virginia resulted in the publication of Healthy by Design: Architecture’s New Terrain. Sorensen was trained at Parsons School of Design and the University of Virginia.
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Dr. Matthew Trowbridge is a physician, public health researcher and assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Trowbridge’s academic research focuses on the impact of architecture, urban design and transportation planning on a range of public health issues including childhood obesity. Trowbridge currently serves as a senior research fellow at the U.S. Green Building Council as part of the organization’s efforts to promote healthier built environments. He is board certified in both general pediatrics and preventive medicine and obtained his medical and public health training at Emory University.
Dr. Donovan “Dino” Beckett
CEO, Williamson Health and Wellness Center
Dr. Donovan “Dino” Beckett is a family physician and entrepreneur, who has practiced over 10 years in rural southern West Virginia. The focus of his practice is on diabetes and the impact it has on his community. Beckett serves as the chairman of the Williamson Redevelopment Authority where he helped to launch Williamson Health and Wellness Center Inc., and the parent organization to Sustainable Williamson, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition and Williamson Farmer’s Market. Beckett currently serves as CEO and medical director for WHWC.
Director, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition
Jenny Hudson moved to West Virginia in 2008 to work on a citywide initiative called Sustainable Williamson. As director of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, she is part of a research project called the Southeastern Diabetes Initiative employing clinical and neighborhood interventions to improve public health. Hudson is also a founding volunteer at the Williamson Farmers Market.
Executive Director and CEO, Detroit Wayne County Health Authority
Chris Allen, the first executive director of the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, pioneered the Family Road Program — providing prenatal and health education services to more than 184,000 young mothers throughout Detroit. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief executive officer of Hutzel Hospital and was the corporate vice officer for management services at the Detroit Medical Center. Allen is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and chairman of the Catholic Medical Mission Board.
Colin Raney is an IDEO associate partner and managing director of the Boston studio. Raney specializes in designing and developing business ventures and growth opportunities. Raney is also an advisor for IDEO’s Startup-in-Residence program in Boston. Prior to IDEO, Raney developed software for the telecommunications industry. He sits on the Advisory Board for the MIT Media Lab and has written for Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Rotman.
Founder and CEO, Healthy Detroit
Nicholas Mukhtar is the 25-year old founder and CEO of Healthy Detroit, a public health organization aimed at building a culture of healthy, active living in Detroit through implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wayne State University, Mukhtar deferred his medical school enrollment to form his own organization and spend more time in the community. He started Healthy Detroit at 23 years old while studying public health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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