Board Chair

Mamoon Hamid HeadshotMamoon Hamid is Managing Member at Kleiner Perkins where he leads the Venture Practice.  Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, Mamoon was a Co-Founder and General Partner at Social Capital.  Mamoon has been an early investor in and served on the boards of some of the most innovative software companies of recent times including Slack, Box, Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Intercom, and Netskope.

Prior to Social Capital, he was a Partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP).  Mamoon started his Silicon Valley career at Xilinx where he spent six years in various engineering and business roles.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Board Vice Chair

Stewart ButterfieldStewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack, a messaging platform that’s used by more than 6 million people every day, including teams at eBay, Conde Nast, and IBM.  The Canadian-born entrepreneur also co-founded and led Flickr until its acquisition by Yahoo!.

In his two decades working on the web, Stewart has been listed on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and BusinessWeek’s Top 50 Leaders, and was named 2015 Technology Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.


Additional Board Members

Arik Ben-Zvi is CEO and President at Breakwater Strategy. Previously, Arik was Executive Managing Director and a founder of the Glover Park Group. Arik’s clients include some of the world’s largest and most dynamic businesses as they undergo periods of historic change in their industries, markets and regulatory environments. Current and past clients include Disney, Anheuser-Busch, USAA, Verizon, Ford Motor Company, UnitedHealthcare and 21st Century Fox.

An experienced strategic advisor, Arik partners with client’s leadership teams and boards to solve critical business challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities. That work includes developing and communicating compelling enterprise-level narratives, managing complex issues and crises, and building strong two-way relationships and coalitions with diverse stakeholders. Over the course of a his nearly twenty years of professional experience, Arik has helped dozens of clients secure key business objectives, including landmark legislative and regulatory outcomes, successful navigation of potentially damaging crises, and measurable improvements to reputation among consumers, opinion leaders, investors and employees.

Prior to joining Breakwater Strategy, Arik worked on domestic and international political campaigns, including the Gore-Lieberman campaign and Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s 2001 campaign in Israel. Arik holds a BA in History and Political Science from Tel Aviv University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Victoria, and three children.


Alix BurnsAlix Burns brings a broad range of professional experience to the table, allowing her to customize strategic plans for her clients to meet their specific needs. Her experiences in the private sector, political campaigns and in public affairs for a national technology association have provided Alix with the expertise to execute on the goals of her clients. With significant time spent on both coasts—in Silicon Valley and Washington—Alix has unique insights into the differing ways that practitioners, principals and policy makers approach problems and seek solutions.

Alix established Bay Bridge Strategies in 2006. Part of the Tiber Creek family of companies, Bay Bridge Strategies focuses on the technology economy from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to founding Bay Bridge Strategies, Alix served as Vice President of TechNet, a leading bipartisan network of CEOs and venture capitalists committed to the growth of the innovation and technology economies. In May of 2013, Alix was tapped as the Acting CEO of TechNet, leading the organization, its Executive Council, members and staff through a CEO search and restructure culminating in the successful hire of a top candidate and smooth transition for the organization.

During more than six years at TechNet, Alix worked directly with innovation leaders, entrepreneurs and policy leaders in Washington, DC and technology sectors nationwide, handling a number of issue campaigns and coalitions aimed at the advancement of technology policies in our society. She also spearheaded TechNet Day and the TechNet Innovation Summit. She served on the 2000 Presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore as Finance Director for Major States.


Mary DeRosa served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President, and as National Security Council Legal Adviser in the Obama Administration. After leaving the White House in the Summer of 2011, she served as Alternate Representative of the United States to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, an Ambassador-level position with the US Mission to the United Nations. Prior to joining the Obama Administration in 2009, Ms. DeRosa was Chief Counsel for National Security for the Senate Judiciary Committee, working for the Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy. She has also been a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, served on the staff of the Clinton Administration National Security Council as Legal Adviser and Deputy Legal Adviser, and was Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the Department of Defense.

Before joining the government, Ms. DeRosa was in private practice at Arnold & Porter. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Cardamone, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Mickey Edwards was a membMickey Edwardser of Congress for 16 years, serving on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees and as a chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.

After leaving Congress he taught for 11 years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before moving on first to Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and then back to Washington, DC, as vice president of the Aspen Institute, where he directs a bipartisan fellowship for elected public officials.

Edwards, who grew up in Oklahoma City, has degrees in both law and journalism.  He began his career as a newspaper editor and reporter and later won awards in advertising and public relations before being elected to Congress.  While teaching at Harvard he returned to journalism as a weekly political columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times and broadcast a weekly commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”.

Edwards is a board member of both the Constitution Project, where he has chaired task forces on judicial independence and the war power, and the Project on Government Oversight.  He was a member of the American Bar Association’s select task force on the use of presidential signing statements and the American Society of International Law’s task force on the International Criminal Court and has  chaired policy task forces for both the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Among his books are “Reclaiming Conservatism”, published in 2008 by Oxford University Press, and “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans”, published in 2013 by Yale University Press.  His articles have appeared frequently in publications ranging from the New York Times and the Washington Post to Daedalus, The Public Interest, and the Atlantic.   He is a frequent public speaker and has been a guest on many of the nation’s leading radio and television news and opinion broadcasts.


Joshua Geltzer is the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

He served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.


Granholm

Former two-term governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm led Michigan though a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change. Granholm became the first woman to be elected as governor of Michigan in 2002, and in 2006 she was re-elected with what was at the time the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. She was term limited in 2011. Prior to being elected governor, Granholm was the Michigan Attorney General from 1998-2002.

After leaving public office, Granholm joined the faculty at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in law and public policy, and is a Senior Research Fellow at both the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, and the California Institute on Energy and the Environment. Granholm is chair of the American Jobs Project; a multi-university research initiative focused on state-based policies to create jobs in clean energy, and does research in the subjects of artificial intelligence, employment and automation. She is a senior contributor to CNN, is the Managing Partner for the Sustainability Group of Ridge-Lane, LLC, is the CEO of Granholm Mulhern Associates, and serves on several boards of companies and nonprofits. She is also the co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.


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Gaurav Kapadia is the Founder of XN, a private investment organization. From 2010 to 2018 Gaurav was the Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner of Soroban Capital Partners, an investment firm that managed over $10 billion. Prior to founding Soroban, Gaurav served as a Partner at TPG-Axon Capital. Gaurav began his career at the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. He graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BSC in Economics. Gaurav is involved in numerous philanthropic and civic causes and serves on the Boards of Trustees of The Whitney Museum of American Art, Uncommon Schools, Friends of Hudson River Park, and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Tribeca with his wife and 3 children.


Neal Katyal teaching in classNeal Katyal is the Faculty Chair of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University.  He has served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against eight states who sued the nation’s leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters.


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Rajesh Swaminathan is a Partner and the General Counsel of Jasper Ridge Partners, an endowment-style investment firm with expertise across all major asset classes, including public equity, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, real estate and natural resources. He joined the firm in 2017 and oversees legal, compliance and tax support for its executive management, investment activities and corporate operations.

Previously, Rajesh served as Senior Managing Director and General Counsel at PineBridge Investments, a global asset management firm. In this role, he directed the legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions, and also served as the principal executive liaison for 33 regulatory agencies worldwide. He also served as PineBridge Investments’ regional general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and assistant general counsel in the alternative investments business of PineBridge’s predecessor organization, AIG Investments. From 2008 to 2010, Rajesh co-led the $83 billion carve-out and sale of PineBridge Investments from AIG. Prior to joining AIG, he was in private practice in the New York and Washington, DC offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Rajesh holds a BA degree from Williams College, an MPhil degree from the University of Oxford and a JD degree from Columbia Law School.


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Jonathan Turner is the co-founder and former co-President of Qatalyst Partners, a global, independent investment bank providing strategic advisory services to the Technology sector.

From 2009 to 2017 he oversaw the software and consumer technology practices of Qatalyst and served on the firm’s executive management committee.  Prior to Qatalyst, he managed the global Internet practice for Credit Suisse.