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Albert Camarillo, Ph.D.

Timothy Egan

Steven Erlanger

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins

Daniel Schnur

Dr. Al Camarillo is a past President of the American Historical Association - Pacific Coast Branch (2006) and of the Organization of American Historians (2012–13), the largest association in the nation for U.S. historians. He was appointed to the faculty in the Department of History at Stanford University in 1975. He has published and co-edited eight books and over three dozen articles dealing with the experiences of Mexican Americans and other racial and immigrant groups in American cities. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano Studies. Over the course of his career, Camarillo has received many awards and fellowships including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, The Huntington Library, and the Stanford Humanities Center. His awards for teaching and service at Stanford are numerous. He is the only faculty member in the history of Stanford University to receive the six highest awards for excellence in teaching, service to undergraduate education and Stanford alumni, and university-related public service. He has also been recognized for his many contributions to public service, most recently the “Spirit Award” by the California Latino Legislative Caucus. He is a regularly featured commentator on History Channel programs.

In addition to teaching and research, he has served in several administrative positions: founding Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research (1980–1985); founding Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (1985–1988); Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduates Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences (1991–1993); and founding Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (1996–2002).

Timothy Egan is a contributing op-ed columnist for the New York Times. As a Times correspondent, he shares a Pulitzer Prize with a team of reporters for their series, “How Race is Lived in America.”

Mr. Egan is the author of eight books. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won the 2006 National Book Award for nonfiction. He was also a featured historian in the Ken Burns’ film, The Dust Bowl, which aired in November of 2012.

His book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher — the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, was a national bestseller and was awarded the Carnegie Medal as the best nonfiction book of 2012.

His most recent book of nonfiction, The Immortal Irishman, was called “one of the finest Irish American books ever written,” by Niall O’Dowd, publisher of Irish America magazine. It was New York Times bestseller.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Egan also holds honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Willamette University, Western Washington University and Lewis and Clark College. A third-generation Westerner and father of two, Mr. Egan lives in Seattle.

Steven Erlanger is the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent of The New York Times, based in Brussels since August 2017. He was London bureau chief of The New York Times for four years, from August 2013, after five years as bureau chief in Paris and before that, four years as bureau chief in Jerusalem. He has served as Berlin bureau chief, bureau chief for Central Europe and the Balkans, based in Prague, and chief diplomatic correspondent, based in Washington. From 1991 to 1995, he was posted in Moscow, after being Bangkok bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent from 1988 to 1991.

In New York, he was Culture Editor from 2002 to 2004.

Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe. He was European correspondent, based in London, 1983–87, and deputy national and foreign editor. He reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow, and revolutionary Iran.

He shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series on Russia and shared another for Explanatory Reporting for a series on Al Qaeda awarded in 2002. He also has won ASNE’s 2001 Jesse Laventhol prize for deadline reporting for his work in the former Yugoslavia and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize in 2000. He was awarded the 2005 Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle East journalism. In 2013, France made him a chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur.

He was graduated from Harvard College in 1974 and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Bonnie Jenkins, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2017. She is also a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Veterinary Science. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House.

From 2009 to 2017, she was an Ambassador at the U.S. Department of State (DoS) where she served as Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. In that role, Jenkins coordinated the Department of State’s programs and activities to prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism with programs funded by other U.S. Departments and Agencies, and with similar programs funded by other countries. She served as the U.S. representative to the 30-nation G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and chaired the Global Partnership in 2012. Jenkins was the Department of State’s lead to the four Nuclear Security Summits that took place from 2010 to 2016. Jenkins was also a leading U.S. official in the launch and implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), the global effort to build country capacities to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease, and led engagement efforts with the nongovernmental sector in furtherance of the GHSA. She established the GHSA Next Generation Network, the GHSA Consortium and helped in the planning for the establishment of the GHSA Private Sector Roundtable. For her service as an Ambassador, she was the 2016 Department of State International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau’s nominee for the 2016 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs.

Before returning to government in 2009, Jenkins served as Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security Policy at the Ford Foundation. She also served as Counsel on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission). Jenkins was the lead staff member conducting research, interviews, and preparing commission reports on counterterrorism policies in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on U.S. military plans targeting al Qaeda before 9/11. She served as General Counsel to the U.S. Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and worked at Rand Corporation focusing on Middle East weapons of mass destruction issues.

Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California - Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Dan has also taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He is the founder of the U.S.C/LA Times statewide political poll.

Dan is also the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, an election-year project in which he leads a weekly online conversation between 60 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government, and public policy regarding the issues that are shaping the midterm elections.

Previously, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California’s leading political strategists. He served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and was the chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson.

In 2010, Dan was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), where he implemented groundbreaking campaign finance disclosure requirements. Dan also was a founder and co-chairman of the Voices of Reform project, the bi-partisan statewide effort whose work laid the foundation for California’s landmark redistricting reform.

After completing his FPPC term, Dan registered as a No Party Preference voter and launched Fixing California, an organization dedicated to campaign finance and political reform. In 2014, Dan ran for statewide office as a non-partisan candidate for California Secretary of State.

Dan has been an advisor to the William & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Broad Education Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stuart Foundation on a variety of K-12 education and college and workforce preparedness efforts.

Dan’s commentaries have appeared in several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. In addition, he has been an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

Dan is a graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C.