Host/Senior Editor at NOW
Since joining NOW in 2003, award-winning journalist David Brancaccio has delivered hard-hitting reports on government secrecy, the future of America’s public schools, the plight of America’s workers, the influence of talk radio on public policy, and the future of the environment. His interviews with leading figures like George Soros, Azar Nafisi, Bernard Henri-Levy, Constance Rice, and Michael Eric Dyson have provided viewers with unique perspectives. A broadcaster for 28 years, David spent 13 years at Marketplace. Before becoming host, he served in London as the European editor of the programme. He has contributed to CNN, CNBC, and Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS. His print work has appeared in such periodicals as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
Innovation in Wellness Creative Lead
Aaron Sklar has been affiliated with various IDEO offices since 1997 (San Francisco, London and currently Palo Alto). Using human centered design as the focal point, he has worked on a variety of projects that explore the relationship between people and the world we interact with — from cochlear implants to bank accounts, and even a rocket to the moon. Over the years, two areas of emphasis have emerged: sustainability and wellness. Aaron has been involved in a large number of client efforts that have culminated in the ongoing development of IDEO’s point of view on wellness. He has also been involved in numerous projects related to sustainable development. By bringing the human perspective to lifecycle analysis, Aaron has helped IDEO focus on the SocialCycle — discovering the needs of people at each stage of a product’s life cycle.
Founders Forum For Good
David joined Founders Forum For Good, and the non-profit sector, from an eclectic commercial background. Immediately following high school, David helped to launch the secondary marketing department at Mortgage Capital Associates, after which he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. He founded and ran a boutique real estate firm in Germany and was the General Manager of Urban Motion, Inc., the highest volume Segway dealership network in the world. David is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Cambridge.
As Executive Director of Clubhouse International, Joel is a global advocate and entrepreneur working on behalf of millions of people living mental illness and an international network of Clubhouse programs. A Clubhouse is an evidence-based-practice founded on the belief that even the most disabled can sufficiently recover and improve their lives with the help of a supportive community. The Clubhouse model provides pathways to meaningful social and economic inclusion, work and wellbeing. First developed in New York in 1948 by a small group of former psychiatric hospital patients, the Clubhouse model has gained international recognition, scaling to more than 350 Clubhouses operating in 33 countries and growing. Joel travels extensively throughout the world, working to promote and support the development and quality of new and existing Clubhouse programs. With the assistance of a large Clubhouse International network he helps local communities in many countries and cultures create enduring resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness. Prior to Clubhouse, Joel worked in large psychiatric hospitals, administered a multi-state mental health agency and campaigned locally and nationally for mental health services reform. He is a passionate champion for the rights of people living with mental illness, and the importance of their involvement in the design of services and systems that support dignity, opportunity and recovery.
Ella Windsor is a freelance writer and consultant. She holds a BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. Her articles, on topics from flamenco in Andalusia to biofuel in Brazil, have been published in titles including Monocle, The Ecologist and The Daily Telegraph. She has spent several years in South America for her work and anthropological research - particularly in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Here she taught children English through song in a Rio de Janeiro favela school, assisted with indigenous health programmes in the Amazon region, curated musical art shows in Buenos Aires and studied socio-educational dance institute The School of the Body in Colombia for her MPhil. Her interest in the social benefits of the performing arts informs her consultancy work. She recently joined the artistic advisory board of Playing for Change and took up a consultancy role with Kids Company.
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
As Chief Executive Officer of Burning Man, Marian Goodell oversees all aspects of the 501(c)3 Burning Man Project including the subsidiary Black Rock City LLC production company for the annual Burning Man event. She is one of six founders of the initial event LLC formed in 1997. Before being named CEO in early 2014, Marian was for 15 years responsible for development of year-round operations including communications, technology, accounting, administrative processes, legal, and government affairs. Marian helped spearhead Burning Man’s global engagement in 1997 with the launch of the Regional Network, which now includes more than 220 ambassadors in 150 locations on 6 continents supporting Burning Man cultural expansion worldwide. She is currently developing the strategic process for scaling the Burning Man Project’s work in the arts, education, civic engagement and social enterprise. Marian is also a founding board member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Black Rock Solar.
Director, Youth Learning
Deepali is a skilled development practitioner with over 25 years of experience in planning and executing successful youth empowerment and education programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a member of Plan International’s senior management team as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. In this position, Deepali managed Plan’s programming in twelve countries and strategically led the process of organizational change in the region, including the establishment of key partnerships with national governments, and the development of a gender equality strategy. She has also worked in various leadership positions with child-centered development organizations in South and South-East Asia, and Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a recipient of the President’s Medal of Friendship, which was awarded to her by the Government of Vietnam in recognition of her exemplary efforts to advocate for vulnerable and at-risk youth.