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Bernard WhitmanDemocratic Pollster, Author
Bernard Whitman is President and CEO of Whitman Insight Strategies LLC, a brand strategy, political consulting, and strategic research firm in New York. Bernard has worked on five presidential campaigns -- Mondale ’84, Dukakis ’88, Perot ’92, Clinton ‘96, Al Gore in 2000. He also served as pollster for Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2009. http://whitmanstrategies.com He is author of the new book, 52 Reasons to Vote for Obama, releasing fall 2012.
Kyle HarringtonFounder, Harrington Capital Management; Host, The Harrington Hour"
As a founder & managing partner of Harrington Capital Management, Kyle comes to the firm with a distinguished career from some of the world's largest investment banking firms. He began in the Corporate Finance Division at Merrill Lynch in New York in 1992 and then in the Sales and Trading division of Goldman Sachs in 1996. He subsequently served individual investors in the Private Wealth Management Division as Senior Vice-President at Wachovia Securities and later a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in California. As a Trusted Financial Advisor, Kyle's primary function was to design innovative strategies that best fit an individual or company's financial goals. Kyle is a frequent guest on Fox Business, Fox News, Bloomberg and CNBC and hosts the financial radio talk show "The Harrington Hour" on KCBG 1170 am.
Kyle earned his Bachelor from Princeton University and his Master in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristen SoltisCommunications advisor to Crossroads Generation; VP The Winston Group
Soltis' research primarily focuses on election trends, young voters, and political parties. She contributed a chapter on polling and campaign technology in the political science textbook Margin of Victory and has also been published in the academic journal American Politics Research . Soltis graduated summa cum laude from Johns Hopkins University with her M.A in Government where her thesis work on young voters was awarded the honor of “Best Thesis in the Area of Democratic Processes”.
Soltis has provided on-air political commentary for outlets such as MSNBC, Fox Business, CNN International and BBC Radio. She has written for The Huffington Post,
, The Orlando Sentinel
, The Daily Caller
, The New York Times
' "Room for Debate" and National Review
Online's "The Corner." She was the conservative co-host of Bloggingheads.tv's program "The Week in Blog." She serves as a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum think tank and has been a panelist at South by Southwest Interactive and at the American Enterprise Institute.
A proud Florida Gator, Soltis received her B.A. in political science from the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Originally from Orlando, FL, Soltis currently resides in Washington, DC.
Emily Tisch SussmanExecutive Director, Young Democrats of America
Emily Tisch Sussman is a democratic strategist and the former Executive Director of Young Democrats of America, the nation’s largest partisan, youth-led political organization.
Emily also served as the Co-Director of Government Affairs for the Service members Legal Defense Network, an organization dedicated to the free legal representation of LGBT members of the military. At SLDN, she represented LGBT service members through the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Prior to joining SLDN Emily founded Think Blue, a political organization for young professional Democrats. Think Blue supports young, national Congressional candidates, by encouraging the next generation of leaders to get involved with the political process. For her work with Think Blue, Emily was named one of the “40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Politics” by New Leaders Council in their inaugural list.
Emily is a member of the New York Bar, and earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, graduating Cum Laude. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Skidmore College, where her concentration was in Developmental Disabilities, specifically in adult populations. She was also recently honored by Cardozo Law School Nathaniel Gates award, and received the award from Truman National Security Project for Extraordinary Contribution toward Advancing the Truman Democratic Word View.
Rich BenjaminDEMOS Fellows Coordinator, and Senior Fellow
As Senior Fellow, Rich Benjamin brings an astute, original voice to politics and social issues, in the US and abroad. He is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America , winner of an Editor's Choice Award from Booklist and the American Library Association (2009).
Rich's commentary appears regularly in the media, including on NPR, MSNBC, CSPAN, The New York Times , USA Today , and CNN.com. Rich is a contributor for Time/Time.com in partnership with CNN. He also sits on the Board of Contributors for USA Today . As an expert on politics and culture, Rich has held teaching and research positions at Stanford University, Brown University, and the Columbia University School of Law.
Rich earned a BA in English and political science from Wesleyan University and his PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. ?He is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN American Center, and the National Book Critics Circle.
John BramnickNJ GOP Assembly Leader
Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick is serving his fifth term in the New Jersey General Assembly. Assemblyman Bramnick was selected by his colleagues to serve as the GOP Conference Leader making him the highest ranking member of the Republican Caucus in the Assembly. He is also the ranking member of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee and a member of the State House Commission and Bipartisan Leadership Committee. He previously served as chair- man of the Assembly Republican Policy Committee and as the Assem- bly Republican Whip.
He was an assistant professor of business law at Rider University from 1984 to 1989 and an adjunct professor of business law at Rutgers University from 1989 to 1990, where he won the “Inspirational Professor of the Year” Award.
Assemblyman Bramnick is also a partner in the law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Mitterhoff, Grabas and Woodruff, based in Scotch Plains. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1978 and the New Jersey Bar in 1984. He is a certified civil trial attorney and a frequent lecturer for both the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the American Association for Justice. In 2001, he served as President of the Richard J. Hughes Inns of Court, an association of professional
Assemblyman Bramnick holds a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University and received his J.D. from Hofstra University’s School of Law.