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Paul T. ConwayPresident, Generation Opportunity; Former Chief of Staff, US Dept. of Labor
Paul T. Conway served as the Acting Federal Coordinator and Chief of Staff for the Federal Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding - a Presidential Executive Order agency established in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to better coordinate Federal and state communications, disaster policy and funding issues following the initial FEMA response. The scope of the office included the coordination of all Federal agencies and interaction with state and local officials throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and especially the City of New Orleans. In this role, Mr. Conway worked across Federal agencies and with state and local governments on multiple issues including clean-up operations, temporary housing, infrastructure rebuilding, levee rebuilding and other state and local assistance issues. The total Federal expenditures for post-Katrina recovery as coordinated by the Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding was estimated at over $100 billion.
Mr. Conway also served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Labor during the initial response to Katrina and coordinated multiple issues including disaster unemployment assistance and other Federal aid.
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff awarded Mr. Conway the second highest civilian award from DHS, the Secretary's Silver Medal, for his efforts to advance the mission of the department and to aid the states and communities impacted by Katrina. In addition, for his service to their citizens and communities, Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Bob Riley of Alabama named Mr. Conway an Honorary Citizen.
Mr. Conway also has experience on over 100 political campaigns at the local, state and national level.
Jeanette PaviniConsumer Savings Expert
Two time Emmy Award-winner and consumer savings expert, Jeanette Pavini has been providing consumers with money-saving tips they can use for more than a decade. Teaming with Coupons.com, Jeanette puts her expert feedback to use immediately with real world tips and advice. Jeanette Pavini is a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and contributor to the networks live shows. During her 10 years with CBS 5 News, Jeanette worked to investigate consumer injustices, to right wrongs, and provide up to the minute consumer advice to her audience. Jeanette Pavini's consumer savings tips have been featured in Oprah, NY Daily News, USA Today and more. Along with her advocacy work, Jeanette's most popular pieces were stories teaching viewers how to get the most value for their dollar, day in and day out. Her work investigating the wireless industry's business practices brought about a first of its kind settlement and restitution for California consumers, administrated by the California Attorney.