|Dana Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Planning Organization
Dana Maurice Jones is the seventh person to head the United Planning Organization (UPO), the designated Community Action Agency that has served residents of Washington, DC, since 1962. He joined UPO in 2004 as a crisis manager, was named chief executive officer a year later and immediately began the process of fostering a new direction for the venerable organization. Since he became CEO, UPO has made great strides in guaranteeing quality service to local citizens by providing enhanced and unique programs that emphasize self-sufficiency.
|John Oberdorfer, Board Chair, United Planning Organization
John Oberdorfer is a partner at Patton Boggs Law Firm, and served on the UPO board for four and a half years before transitioning from vice chair to chairman of the board. He also leads UPO's development committee and has been instrumental in guiding the agency's public visibility efforts and expansion of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast.
|Jessie Rasmussen, President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Jessie Rasmussen joined the Buffett Early Childhood Fund in 2007, and her entire professional career has focused on improving outcomes for children and families. For over 20 years she was an early childhood education teacher and administrator, then spent the next 20 years in state government, first as a Nebraska state senator and then as the state human services director in both Nebraska and Iowa. She served as the early childhood policy director for the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and played an instrumental role in the development and successful passage of early childhood legislation in 2006 that established a $60 million early childhood endowment, funded through a public and private partnership.
|Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph.D., President, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Diana Mendley Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Prior to becoming president in January 2011, Ms. Rauner served for three years as executive director and for five years as a member of the Board of Directors. She oversaw the expansion of the Ounce's Early Head Start program and the advocacy work that preserved state funding for early childhood programs during the worst economic crisis in Illinois history. She has also launched several new training and research initiatives at the Ounce.
Dan Pedersen, Senior Advisor
Daniel Pedersen is senior adviser to national philanthropies focused on the early childhood field, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation. From 2000 to 2011, he served as founding president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Pedersen currently serves as chairman of the board of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, which is backed by at least six philanthropies which share a common theory of change and support a common "integrated strategy" for national reform by pooling their dollars. Before entering philanthropy, Pedersen worked for 25 years as a journalist—including 18 years as a Newsweek bureau chief at home and abroad, primarily in London. Born in Omaha, Pedersen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Boston College.
|Jeff Schoenberg, Advisor, Pritzker Children's Initiative
In December 2012, Jeff Schoenberg will conclude over 20 years of service in the Illinois General Assembly. He is following his passion for improving the lives of children and families into a full-time role advising the Pritzker Children's Initiative on initiatives in the area of early childhood development. Mr. Schoenberg began working in state politics when he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1989, going on to serve as a state senator and as the assistant majority leader. As a legislator, he made eliminating inefficient government spending, tackling corruption, improving ethics policies, and increasing accountability top priorities.