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New Leaders Council

National Board of Directors

Chris Kelly, NLC Board Member & Chairman, Loyal3, Director

Chris-Kelly-Headshot.jpgChris Kelly is a Silicon Valley attorney with a long track record of representing innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris helped the company grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium that it is today.

Chris’ development of the site’s safety and security policies around real world identity and deployment of a highly-trained staff for rule and law enforcement are credited as critical elements in the company’s success. At Facebook, Chris worked with Attorneys General in all 50 states to develop safeguards protecting children from sexual predators and represented the company in complex situations involving privacy and intellectual property in the digital age.

Chris left Facebook in 2009 to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 16 percent of the vote in a seven-way race, his first run for statewide office. Since the June 2010 primary, he has become an active angel investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. As a policy advisor for President Clinton in the early 1990s, Chris advanced critical domestic programs, including the successful initiative to put 100,000 new community police officers on America’s streets and the formation of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that engage Americans to improve education, public safety, health, and the environment.

As an attorney in private practice before his time at Facebook, Chris represented Netscape in the Microsoft antitrust case and Diamond Multimedia in the groundbreaking suit over the MP3 player that furthered personal use rights over digital content. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University. Raised in Santa Ana and San Jose, he lives in Atherton with his wife Jennifer, an entrepreneur and former prosecutor, and their son Aidan and daughter August. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto.

Claire Silberman, NLC Board Member & Vice Chair, Philanthropist

Claire-Silberman-Headshot.jpgClaire Silberman is a philanthropist and former lawyer who supports many progressive organizations. Claire practiced corporate litigation and banking law until 1997. She occasionally consulted in the financial compliance area of Promontory Financial Group, a consulting firm for global financial services companies, from 2002-2006.

Claire has a short attention span, so she serves on several non-profit Boards in addition to the New Leaders Council. These are: the Voter Participation Canter/Womens Voices Women Vote; The Eagle Academy for Young Men Foundation (which supports a network of boys’ schools in New York City); the Citizens Union Foundation; StreetWise Partners (which builds mentoring relationships between low-income individuals and business professionals); the Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies (NYC); and The Tank (a performing arts venue for emerging artists).

Claire is also on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and the Sierra Club National Advancement Council and is a member of the Women Donors Network. Claire previously served on the Board of The HOPE Program, a welfare-to-work organization in Brooklyn, New York. Her philanthropy is focused on at-risk populations, progressive organizations and environmental groups. Claire also volunteers with the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Involved in local politics, Claire serves on the State Affairs Committee of the Citizens Union of the City of New York.

Claire holds a BA and JD from Stanford University, and has lived in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and kids since 1988. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

Adam Borelli, NLC Board Member, Senior Product Manager, Amazon, Inc., Founder of NLC and Former Executive Director

Adam-Borelli-Head-Shot.jpgAdam Borelli is an MBA candidate in the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Class of 2013. At MIT Sloan he has taken on various leadership roles including as the Managing Director of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, the Sponsorship Co-Director of the MIT Energy Conference, the Mentorship Co-Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize, and the Speaker Director of the MIT Sloan Politics and Policy Club.

Prior to enrolling in Sloan, Adam was the Founder and Executive Director of New Leaders Council (NLC). At NLC Adam took the organization from founding to 19 chapters and over $800k budget in just six years. Before that Adam worked on the Investments Team at as the Investments Researcher on renewable energy investments and grants. In his work at, Adam managed the Driving Experiment, a project that was highlighted in national and international media and highlighted at prominent electric vehicle and energy conferences.

This project, for the first time, proved that plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 50%. In terms of investments, Adam participated in over $6m of early stage investment deals in clean technologies. He previously worked as a Research Manager for Tiburon Strategic Advisors, a research-based strategy consulting firm to financial institutions. Before that, Adam worked for We the People, Inc., a 501(c)4 organization, served as the California State Coordinator for Generation Dean, and the National Committeeman for the California Young Democrats.

In 2011 Adam received the Gerbode Fellowship, a prestigious award given to the top five nonprofit leaders. Adam received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Moschella, NLC Board Member & Secretary, Vice President, Organizing at NationBuilder

moschella-headshot.jpgMichael Moschella currently serves as National Political Director for the Truman National Security Project, leading efforts to build a strong political infrastructure for progressive security and foreign policy leaders across America. With the Truman Project, Michael has worked with hundreds of candidates at all levels to master tough fear-in-politics communications and to improve organizing efforts in veterans and military families communities.

Michael has been at the forefront of progressive leadership development efforts for the last decade. He is a founder of the New Leaders Council and helps guide curriculum for NLC’s 20 Institutes. Michael serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Netroots Foundation, the parent organization of Netroots Nation. And Michael is a board member of two major political action committees that support candidates with progressive foreign policy credentials: VETPAC and America’s Impact.

Michael’s early career focused on campaign management and political media. He has led Congressional campaign efforts in FL and MA, State government races in CA and MA, and a Gubernatorial effort in MA.
Before managing campaigns, Michael worked with the New Democrat Network on a variety of projects including the NDN PAC, building the New Politics Institute, the NDN Hispanic Project which funded Spanish-language media efforts, and the Restoring America’s Promise campaign to better brand the Democratic Party in “red” states.

Michael is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Boston College High School. He is a Boston native and an ardent Boston sports fan.

Mark Riddle, NLC Board Member & Executive Director

Mark_Riddle.jpg Mark Riddle is the managing partner of Aristides, a full service branding and communications firm specializing in marketing, advertising, crisis management, and strategy.

In addition to his position at Aristides, Mark serves as the Executive Director of New Leaders Council, the nation’s premier progressive leadership training organization for young political and business entrepreneurs.

Mark also serves on the Board of Advisers for Loyal3 and Organizer.

Previously a partner with the media firm Fletcher Rowley Riddle, Inc., Mark wrote, directed and produced award-winning television and radio ads in some of America’s most competitive campaigns in 45 states.

Clients include Members of Congress, the Democratic Governors Association, State Party organizations, and dozens of state and local elected officials, including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. As President of Wildcat Digital, Mark has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies and has run numerous campaigns for companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Century Aluminum and CoventryCares of Kentucky.

Additionally Mark was previously the Executive Director of the Kentucky Democratic Party and is the past Political Director and Press Secretary of NDN. Mark served as General Wesley Clark’s Arizona State Director in the 2004 presidential campaign and was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine in 2006

A native of Maine, Mark is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He resides in Simpsonville, Kentucky.

Robert J. Abernethy, NLC Board Member, President of American Standard Development Company and Self Storage Management Company and Managing Director of Metropolitan Investments, LLC

abernethy.jpgRobert J. Abernethy is Chairman of American Standard Development Company and Managing Director of Metropolitan Investments, LLC. Robert received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, certificates in Real Estate and Construction Management from UCLA and was formerly employed by Hughes Aircraft Company.

Robert is a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and Bologna as well as a Trustee of John Hopkins University. He serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States and is on the executive committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is also a member of the Chairman’s Forum of the Council on Foreign Relations and the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Robert is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Brookings Institution and serves on the Boards of Directors of the RAND Center for Global Risk & Security and the New Leaders Council. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for The Truman National Security Project.

Previously, Robert served as Commissioner of the California Transportation Commission, the Los Angeles Telecommunications Commission, and the Los Angeles Planning & Zoning Commission and was Director of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metropolitan Water District. He was a Member of the California State Board of Education and of the California Arts Council. He resides in Manhattan Beach.

Alexandra Acker-Lyons, NLC Board Member, Director of the Youth Engagement Fund at the Democracy Alliance

acker-lyons.jpgAlexandra Acker-Lyons is the Director of the Youth Engagement Fund at the Democracy Alliance. She is author of the book, The Political Ladder: Insider Tips on Getting a Job in Politics, and is a recognized political analyst on cable news. Alexandra also consults for Share Our Strength and the National Democratic Institute.

Alexandra’s expertise in youth politics culminated during the 2008 election cycle, when she served as Executive Director of the Young Democrats of America. She was also the National Youth Outreach Director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Alexandra previously served as the Executive Director at Democratic GAIN and has also worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).

Alexandra graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Binghamton and lives in Mountain View, CA.

Leslie Barkemeyer Myers, NLC Board Member, Assistant General Counsel, US Department of Justice, Federal Prison Industries

leslie-headshot.jpgLeslie Barkemeyer Myers is the lead negotiator on long term energy contracts for the provisioning of large-scale renewable projects on behalf of the various federal agencies and components of the Department of Defense. Her practice focuses on third-party project finance and contract formation. She served as lead counsel for the Department of State on a first-of-its-kind energy contract, which represented a paradigm shift in the way the federal government procures energy.

Prior to her current position, Leslie was a civil litigator at a boutique wrongful death / medical malpractice firm in Chicago, Illinois. Leslie started her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York. She graduated from Cornell University and The Beasley School of Law of Temple University.

Leslie has won the Barrister’s Award and the Victor A. Jasun Award for Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the Energy Bar Association, the Women’s Energy Network as well as the Naval Officer’s Spouses Club of DC. She founded the Chicago chapter of the New Leaders Council in 2010 and currently serves as its National Expansion Director. Leslie resides in Washington, DC with her husband and cat. Her most honored roll is that of Navy wife.

The Honorable Manny Diaz, NLC Board Member, Former Mayor of Miami & Senior Partner at Lydecker Diaz

Mayor-Manny-Diaz-150x150.jpgA force in local, state, and national politics for nearly three decades, the Honorable Manny Diaz was first elected mayor of Miami in 2001, having never before held elected office. He was re-elected to a second term in 2005 and was chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its president in 2008.
Diaz came to public prominence as the lawyer representing the Florida-based relatives of Elián González, who in 2000 was at the center of a custody battle between his aunts and his Cuban father.

As mayor, Diaz developed a vision for Miami as an international city that embodies diversity, economic opportunity, effective customer service, and a highly rated quality of life. To achieve this goal, he re-engineered Miami’s government from top to bottom.

During his two-term tenure, Diaz was recognized for completely transforming Miami and for launching many innovative programs in the areas of urban design, sustainability and green initiatives, education, infrastructure investment, affordable housing, law enforcement, poverty and homelessness, and art and culture.

He chronicles his work transforming the city in his acclaimed book, Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time.

Mayor Diaz has received almost 100 awards and recognitions for his work, including recognition as one of America’s Best Leaders by US News and World Report and The Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, the Americans for the Arts National Award for Local Arts Leadership, the American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award, the AIA (Miami Chapter) Governmental Leadership Award, the Congress for the New Urbanism Groves Award, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Power Leader of the Year and Green Visionary Award, the Hispanic Magazine Government Award, and many others.

Mayor Manny Diaz served as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has resumed his successful corporate and real estate law practice as a senior partner at Lydecker Diaz in Miami.

Noah Doyle, NLC Board Member, Financial Adviser, Merrill Lynch

noah-doyle-headshot.jpgNoah Doyle leads Doyle & Associates at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Noah has been in the financial services industry since 2005 and joined Merrill Lynch in September of 2011.

Prior to entering the financial services industry, Noah worked at International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on labor and international trade policies. Noah also founded and serves on the Board of Directors of New Leaders Council, an organization dedicated to promoting political entrepreneurship in young people and is a Fellow for the Truman National Security Project.

Graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Brooklyn Law School, Noah lives in New York City. Noah is Series 3,7, and 65 securities license and is Bar in the State of New York.


Mitchell Draizin, President of Longview Capital Advisors

Mitch-Draizin-Photo-150x150.jpgMitchell Draizin is the Founder and President of Longview Capital Advisors. LVCA serves as an investment and mortgage advisor and banker to New York Metro area based middle market real estate builders and developers. The focus is on “market rate” projects in underserved markets and property types.

Mr. Draizin is actively involved in national, state and local Democratic politics, primarily through fund raising and offering strategic advice for certain elected officials, candidates, the DNC and DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee).

Additionally, Mitch is active with the National Leadership Council at Lambda Legal, the Board of Directors of The Point Foundation, as a Trustee and Advisory Board member of the Truman National Security Project /CNP, as a NY/NJ member of the Board of Directors of Playworks, on the Board of Directors of Thalia Theater of NYC, with the Congressional Award Board, and as a National Advisory Board member with New Leaders Council.

Partnered for almost 4 decades with Philippe Brugere-Trelat, they were married in NYC in 2011.

Heather Grantham, NLC Board Member, Product Development Analyst at Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management Inc., and Co-Director of New Leaders Council New York City

HeatherGrantham.jpgHeather Grantham is Co-Director of New Leaders Council New York City since 2012, and an NLC-NYC Advisory Board member since 2010. By day, she works in product development and marketing for Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management, a boutique asset management group at Nomura Securities. At Nomura, she works closely with portfolio management, credit research, sales, and business development teams to create and market high-yield fixed-income investment products for institutional investors worldwide. By night and weekend, she brainstorms ways to connect progressive leaders, build coalitions, and take NLC to the next level and beyond. She co-leads NYC's Advisory Board, helps drive NLC's mission to train and promote the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs, and sends way too many emails.

Before NLC and Nomura, Heather toiled in private equity and spent her free time posting feminist rants on facebook. At ZM Capital, she managed a comprehensive internal and external branding and communications program, including a fully re-designed visual identity and presentation suite, and business development support for several portfolio companies and two funds. Heather also has experience in communications and development consulting, where she learned to synthesize months of research into a 100-page deck that only two people would ever read.

Prior to working in finance and progressive politics, Heather attended Cornell University, where she walked uphill both ways in the snow. She majored in Government, Sociology, and Fine Arts, wrote a column for the Cornell Daily Sun, and was named one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Cornellians" for her leadership of a student-driven effort to improve Cornell's marketing and communications strategy. In addition to the above, she serves on the New York County Democratic Committee and on the Executive Board of the Ansonia Independent Democratic Club. She lives in Manhattan with two cats and one boyfriend, because more than that would just be weird.

Cynthia Guerrero, NLC Board Member, Founder of CG Consulting Group, Inc.

CynthiaGuerrero.pngCynthia Guerrero is the founder of CG Consulting Group, Inc., Cynthia, as registered California state and Federal lobbyist, specializes in broad range of issues specifically relating to the technology industry providing her clients with policy and political strategy as well as crisis management.

Prior to returning to her private practice, she served as the California Director for TechNet, the leading bipartisan political network of CEOs that promotes growth of the innovation economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers both on the state and federal levels. Before to joining TechNet, Cynthia worked with various state legislators/public officials, Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate providing political strategy and fundraising services.

In addition, prior to her consulting work and masters program, Cynthia worked at the Rand Corporation as well as in the investment securities industry for top firms such as Credit Suisse First Boston – Technology Group, Barclays Global Investors, and Merrill Lynch. Cynthia has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law and a minor in English Literature from Mount St. Mary’s College. She graduated with a Master in Public Policy specializing in Economics and International Relations from Pepperdine University, where she serves on the prestigious Board of Visitors.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for Zero Divide, a California-based technology non-profit addressing digital divide issues.

Rachel Hoge, NLC Board Member, Director of Development & Marketing, BUILD

Rachel-F-Hoge-Headshot.jpg Rachel Hoge serves as Development Director for Free Spirit Media, an organization whose mission is to cultivate diverse youth voices to transform media and society. In her role, Rachel brings a passion for advancing opportunities for underserved populations. As part of the leadership team, she works closely with key stakeholders and partners to raise Free Spirit Media’s fundraising efforts and exposure in the community. Prior to joining Free Spirit Media, Rachel worked with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and in the media industry.

As Chapter Representative on the New Leaders Council National Board of Directors, as well as a board member of the local Chicago chapter, Rachel is committed to NLC’s growth and success. She also volunteers with United Way’s Young Leaders Society as a mentor to Chicago youth. Rachel is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the She100 LGBTQ giving group. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she received a B.S. in Advertising and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. Rachel currently resides in the Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park.

Andrew Korge, NLC Board Member, Partner at Amerigo Partners, LLC

Andrew-Korge-Headshot.jpgAndrew M. Korge is the Democratic partner at Amerigo Partners, a bipartisan business-consulting firm that provides a variety of services to large companies or well-funded startups. Whether helping recruit a Board of Directors or Advisory Board, raising capital, recruiting other businesses as clients or strategic partners, or formulating the next stage of the business plan, Amerigo Partners responds dynamically to each client’s pressing needs. Our clients do not share a common industry or size. Rather, each possesses a unique vision, track record of success, or leadership team. Prior to Amerigo Partners, Andrew was involved with companies in the alternative energy, education, and modular housing industries.

Andrew is also involved in a variety of organizations that work with millennials or leaders of the next generation. Andrew is a co-founder of the Millennial Action Project, an organization that is inspiring elected leaders on both sides of the political aisle to create future caucuses in state legislatures and the US Congress, and through these caucuses providing millennial business and policy leaders a vehicle to promote and enact legislation in support of our generation. Andrew is also involved as a mentor to Kairos Society and an advisor to Our Time. In the last election cycle, Andrew co-founded Generation FortyFour, President Obama’s under 40 organization.

Andrew graduated from Babson College in 2003 and the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in 2007. Andrew currently resides in Miami, Florida.

The Honorable Alex Sink, NLC Board Member, Founder, Florida Next

AlexSink.png Alex Sink most recently served as a Senior Advisor with Tampa, Florida-based Hyde Park Capital. The firm offers services for investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising.

Sink served as Florida’s elected Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2007 to 2011. As CFO, she managed over $15 billion in state treasury funds, was responsible for accounting of the state’s $70 billion budget, risk management and implemented reforms in contracting and transparency for citizens. Sink served on the board of the Division of Bond Finance and was one of three trustees of the Florida Retirement System, a $120 billion pension fund.

Prior to elected office, Sink had a 26 year career with Bank of America. She retired as President of Florida operations in 2000, managing the state’s largest bank with $40 billion in deposits, leading 9,000 employees in over 800 branches. She led teams responsible for large corporate, commercial and small business banking. Sink was a statewide business leader, serving as chair of Leadership Florida, chair of Take Stock in Children, chair of The Nature Conservancy-Florida chapter, vice chair of Florida Taxwatch, executive board member of the Florida Council of 100, chair of the Hillsborough Education Foundation, chair of the United Way of Hillsborough County and vice chair of the board at Wake Forest University.

Her honors include induction in the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame, Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, Associated Industries of Florida Champion of Business Award, Florida Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and Wake Forest Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2010, she was the Democratic nominee for Florida governor.

Sink earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University. She resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. She and her husband, Bill McBride (now deceased), have two children – Bert and Lexi, who are both pursuing post graduate degree programs at the University of Florida, in Gainesville.

Mark Walsh, NLC Board Member, CEO of GeniusRocket

Mark-Walsh-Head-Shot.jpgMark Walsh is the head of a small venture capital firm focusing on interactive/internet technology and services, Ruxton Ventures, LLC, and CEO of GeniusRocket (, an internet advertising platform.

Mark has been in the internet industry for over twenty five years, heading up consumer internet efforts for GE, running AOL’s internet and business to business efforts, and as CEO of VerticalNet, a business to business internet company which he took public in early 1999.

Since 2001 Mark has been active in politics, serving as the first Chief Technology Advisor for the Democratic National Committee, then internet head for the John
Kerry for President Campaign, and then as founding CEO of Air America Radio. For the last six years he has co-hosted a weekly political talk show called “Left Jab” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. At his venture capital company, he has invested in a number of small to medium technology/startup companies and serves on a number of their boards.

Investment and/or board highlights include NutriSystems (NASDAQ: NTRI), Blackboard (NASDAQ: BBBB), (sold to eBay), (sold to Adobe), Spectrum K12 Software (Sold to Scantron), Hook & Ladder Brewing Company, MobilePosse, Transactis and ARPU. He is also active in a number of non-profits, serving or having served on the boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and In2Books.

Mark is chairman of the advisory council at The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Business School. He started his business career in television, as anchorman and News Director of a CBSTV affiliate, and as New Business Development director for HBO in NewYork.

Mark has a BA from Union College (where he serves as chairman of the board of trustees) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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