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Paula Campbell Roberts joined KKR in 2017 as a Director on the Global Macro and Asset Allocation team. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Roberts was an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley and the US Consumer Economist. Leading coverage of the consumer sector on the US Economics team, she provided in-depth analysis and research on the spending and balance-sheet dynamics of US households, and forecasted key short-term consumer and sector indicators. Prior to that, she was a management consultant leading case teams and advising Fortune 500 companies at Bain & Co. Paula earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. Currently, Ms. Roberts serves on the boards of The Brearley School, the Anthony Trust Association, and the American Friends of Jamaica.
Deborah Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, administrator, writer and public advocate. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten and Head Start teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City schools. She was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public elementary schools in East Harlem. Between 1992-96, she also served as co-director of Coalition Campus Project, which successfully redesigned the reform of two large failing city high schools, and created a dozen new small Coalition schools. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founder and principal of the Mission Hill School, a K-8 Boston Public Pilot school serving 220 children. In 1987, Debbie was the first educator to receive a McArthur “Genius” Award. She currently blogs for Ed Week (Bridging Differences).
Blair Miller is the Vice President of the MDG Health Alliance, a start-up coalition of leading philanthropists focused on using private sector solutions to address the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. Previous to MDG Health Alliance, Blair spent five years at Acumen Fund, a $90M non-profit venture capital fund that invests in enterprises that serve the poor in India, Pakistan, and West and East Africa. Prior to Acumen Fund, she worked in micro health insurance in India and helped develop a fund to invest in small and medium size enterprises in Central America. Blair serves on the Executive Board of Venture for America and the Alumni board of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She is an African Leadership Network Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Festival scholar. Blair holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia where she was a varsity volleyball player.
Ken Montgomery honed his advocacy and courtroom skills while serving as an assistant district attorney in the Gang/Rackets Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office from 1997-2002. Afterwards, he started Kenneth J. Montgomery PLLC. The firm provides criminal defense in Federal and State courthouses in both the Southern and Eastern Districts and all five boroughs of New York. Ken is also a partner at PIXOD, a multimedia design studio and creative think tank. Ken is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, where he currently teaches Trial Advocacy. Ken and his colleagues understand the importance of serving the community at-large and are committed to mentoring disadvantaged youth in the New York area. They have devoted their time to social causes including the National Council of Negro Women and the Women’s League of Science.
Jamie Horowitz joined ESPN in 2006 as a senior producer for ESPN original entertainment. He was promoted to coordinating producer in the studio and event production department in 2009 and to vice president, original programming and production in February 2012. In this role, Horowitz focuses on identifying new programming needs and coordinating the production effort to strategically meet those needs. The scope includes creating new shows, producing segments to enhance existing shows and oversight of potential new projects. Before joining ESPN, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports, where he created, developed and produced The National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Horowitz graduated magna cum laude in 1998 from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. He is a four-time Sports Emmy winner for his work on NBC’s coverage of the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2002 Winter Olympics, as well as his work on the NBA on NBC.
Eliza Spang is the Director of Curriculum at Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL), a new program designed to prepare high-quality secondary STEM teachers and school leaders in innovative and effective ways. Eliza is responsible for the design and development of curriculum for the TLL, a program that is competency-based, blended, and project-based. Eliza has almost 20 years of experience in education, as a high school science teacher, teacher educator, educational consultant and researcher in New York, Massachusetts and California. She presents at national conferences regularly and was an adjunct professor at Hunter College. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, a MAT in Secondary Biology from Duke University, and a BA in biology from Middlebury College. She and her husband live in Arlington, MA with their son, daughter, and their dog.