Our Board

AMBASSADOR ANDREW YOUNG

Ambassador Young has held a wide range of leadership positions. He was a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights movement before being elected to three terms as Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Young then served two terms as Mayor of the City of Atlanta and was a Co-Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He is Chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise development Fund, Co-Chairman of GoodWorks International, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Drum Major Institute. 

MARTIN LUTHER KING III 

Martin Luther King III is an American human rights advocate and community activist. He is the eldest son and oldest living child of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He continues to champion social issues around the globe, furthering his parents’ legacy and commitment to addressing the Triple Evils: Militarism, Racism and Poverty. King remains one of the most sought after human rights advocates called upon to address a variety of national and global injustices.

REVEREND JAMES FORBES

Rev. James Forbes is the first African-American to be appointed as Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in Harlem and spent 18 years serving the interdenominational, interracial and international congregation. While at Riverside, he brought the church to play a role in redeveloping the neighborhood and hosted prominent guests, such as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Today, he continues to deliver his call for spiritual revitalization as the Senior Scholar and Fellow for DMI. He continues in national ministry and a focus on encouraging peace, justice, interfaith cooperation and environmental responsibility. 

WILLIAM WACHTEL, ESQ

Mr. Wachtel is the founding partner of Wachtel Missry, a law firm comprised of approximately 30 attorneys specializing in domestic and international business transactions and litigation. He is also the founder of the progressive Drum Major Institute, originally the Drum Major Foundation, established by his father Harry Wachtel and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A. 1975, magna cum laude) and Columbia University (J.D., 1979); Phi Beta Kappa; Harlan Fiske Scholar. Mr. Wachtel was the legislative assistant to United States Senator P.J. Leahy from 1974-75. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association. 

CHANG PARK

Chang Park is president and CEO of Universal Remote Control Inc. of Harrison, NY, a supplier of high quality remotes and considered a top control manufacturer by consumers, subscription broadcast providers, retailers and custom installation professionals. Born and raised in Korea, Chang came to the United States alone as a teenager to pursue an education. He graduated from Michigan Tech and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After working briefly in engineering and banking, Chang founded Universal Remote Control in the mid-1980s. He chairs the Chang K. Park Foundation, an organization that supports human rights, the elimination of poverty and hunger, the implementation of political reform, and economic justice. 

NORM ORNSTEIN, PHD

Norm Ornstein is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. conservative think tank. Dr. Ornstein studies American politics and is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and many magazines, such as The Atlantic and the National Journal. He wrote a weekly column for Roll Call from 1993 until April, 10, 2013, and is currently co-director, along with Thomas E. Mann, of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project.  Dr. Ornstein is also a member of the Board of Directors of the nonpartisan election freeform group Why Tuesday?. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, and subsequently received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1974.

SCOTT RECHLER

Scott Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”), a multi-billion-dollar private real estate company and one of the largest owners, managers, and developers in the New York Tri-State area.In 2011, Mr. Rechler was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Board of Commissioners as Vice Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  In 2013, Mr. Rechler was appointed to the Board of The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and in 2017, he was appointed to serve on the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.Mr. Rechler prides himself on enhancing the communities where RXR operates.  As such, he serves as Chairman of the Regional Plan Association, Chairman of the Center for Social Innovation, member of the Real Estate Board of New York, a Board member of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and a member of the NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Committee.  In addition, Mr. Rechler serves on the Board of the Tribeca Film Institute, where he serves as its co-Chairman. 

SECRETARY JEH C. JOHNSON

Jeh Johnson is a partner in the New York City-based law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP and the former Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017). Prior to that, Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012), General Counsel of the Air Force (1998-2001) and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). While in private law practice, Johnson has been affiliated with Paul Weiss on and off since 1984, and was elected the firm’s African American partner in 1993. Johnson is a Morehouse College classmate of Martin Luther King III and a graduate of Columbia Law School.       

ERIC N. GIOIA, ESQ

Eric Gioia is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase Private Bank. He is a former member of the NYC Council, where he served eight years, and is an adjunct professor at New York University. As a member of the City Council, Gioia authored the Young Adult Voter Registration Act. On the City Council, Gioia advocated for the poor, and wrote laws to help alleviate child hunger and to protect the environment. He also served as Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Committee.

DAN ROBERTI

Dan Roberti joined the board after serving as an adviser to both DMI and and its affiliate, Why Tuesday?. He is also a vice president at MWWPR specializing in public affairs and issues management.  In the wake of hurricane Katrina Dan helped organize relief efforts for James Carville before transitioning into a political role during the 2006 campaign cycle. Dan earned his B.A. in political science from Loyola University New Orleans in 2004 and then dedicated a year to working with the homeless in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He also holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans.

 

LISA GIOIA

Lisa Hernández Gioia has almost twenty years of experience working closely with leaders in media, finance, government, real estate, philanthropy, and the arts. Currently, Lisa is the Director of External Affairs at Related Companies cultivating interest, awareness and collaboration with stakeholders and influencers. During the presidential campaign, Lisa was a senior aide to Hillary Clinton on her presidential campaign. Her team was tasked with raising $1 Billion, and she was directly responsible for raising $250 million in the Tri-State area. She built and maintained a finance committee of 1,200 of the top national executives, business leaders and philanthropists. In 2002, Lisa founded and built The Elser Group, one of the top political consulting businesses in New York focused on political candidates and a few non-profit organizations. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Lisa now lives in New York City with her husband Eric and their four children.

 

REV. FREDRICK DAVIE

Frederick Davie is Executive Vice President and chief administrative officer of Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Davie served on President Barack Obama’s initial transition team, performing agency reviews for faith-based and community initiatives, and accepted an appointment by President Obama to the White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mr. Davie is a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Clergy Advisory Council.He has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including Public/Private Ventures and the Ford Foundation. Mr. Davie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Greensboro College and an M.Div. from Yale University’s Divinity School. 

H. CARL McCALL

H. Carl McCall is Chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees. His distinguished career in public service includes serving as  Comptroller of the State of New York from May 1993 to December 2002 and three terms as a New York State Senator representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City; as an Ambassador to the United Nations; as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights. In the private sector, Mr. McCall served as a Vice President of Citibank and as Corporate Director of the New York Stock Exchange, Tyco International, New Plan Realty Corporation and Ariel Investment. He was educated at Dartmouth College, Andover Newton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.

LEO HINDERY, JR.

Leo Hindery, Jr., a member of the Cable Industry Hall of Fame, is currently Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners, a series of media industry investment funds he founded in 1988 and ran until February 1997 when he was named President and CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media.  In March 1999 TCI merged into AT&T and he became President and CEO of AT&T Broadband.  He is distinguished by his commitment to the development of ethnically sensitive channels and programming for African Americans, Latinos and Puerto Ricans.  A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he was in 2008 an economic and trade advisor to presidential candidate Barack Obama, and in 2012 he served as an economic policy surrogate for President Obama. 

ANDREA BATISTA SCHLESINGER

Andrea Batista Schlesinger is a national thought leader on public policy who has dedicated her career to advancing economic equality and justice. She is a Partner at HR&A Advisors, where her practice focuses on building inclusive cities. Previously, she has served as a Special Advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where she coordinated the Young Men’s Initiative and as the Deputy Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Foundations. She served as Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. Andrea began her career in public policy at age 16 as the Student Advisory Member on the New York City Board of Education, for which she was the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Hear Us Now.” She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and holds Masters degrees in History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Andrea is the author of the book The Death of Why: The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009).

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