Batten Advisory Board


- Promote the School as a premier institution of leadership and public policy
- Aid the School in developing and strengthening strategic partnerships that develop and enhance institutional relationships with employers, increase student opportunities for research, internships, and full-time employment, and improve the quality of the applicant pool


Alex Arriaga is a partner at Strategy for Humanity. She has successfully advanced international human rights issues, created grassroots public education campaigns and achieved legislative victories. Since 2009 Alex has served as a consultant, working with non-profit organizations to create and implement a customized path to success. Alex held senior positions at Amnesty International USA from 2001 to 2008, including as director of government relations and as deputy executive director for policy and advocacy. In 1999, Alex was appointed to the White House as Senior Advisor and later as Chief of Staff to the President’s Special Envoy for the Americas Buddy MacKay and as Special Assistant to President William Clinton. In 1995, Alex was appointed as Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, working with Assistant Secretaries John Shattuck and Harold Hongju Koh. She served as Executive Director of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and on the Department of State’s Bosnia Task Force.

Saphira Baker, Principal, of Communitas Consulting, has extensive experience in policy and systems change work in government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.  Saphira has expertise in human services management, compiling and analyzing community input and data from diverse stakeholders, facilitating and training groups, and advancing strategic plans to improve organizations and community conditions. Saphira has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B. A. from Brown University.  She is a Faculty Lecturer who teaches Strategic Planning at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Leslie Beauregard’s interest in local government was seeded in graduate school in 1995 when she was studying to receive her Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Leslie spent six years with the City of Hampton’s Budget Office learning the operations of a city in all areas financial, budgetary, legislative and managerial. In 2003, Leslie began working for the City of Charlottesville, VA as Budget Manager. In this capacity, Leslie has been an innovative leader in the development of budget and fiscal policies, strategic planning and performance measurement initiatives. In 2007, Leslie was promoted to Director of Budget and Performance Management and has since spent a much more significant amount of time on performance management through P3: Plan, Perform, Perfect, and played a key role in leading the team that developed the City’s first strategic plan in 2013-2014. In 2015, Leslie was promoted to Assistant City Manager for internal operations which include finance, budget, public works, fire operations, human resources and information technology, and continues to champion implementation of the City’s strategic plan.

Shannon Bryan is the head of North America Fuels Marketing for the Retail business at Shell. In this capacity, he leads the team responsible for delivering Shell’s retail branded fuels marketing strategy, product portfolio, category plans, and supporting programs to drive the key customer metrics and achieve volume, share, and margin growth objectives for Shell-branded fuels in the US and Canadian markets.

Shannon joined Shell in August 2010 as General Manager, Global Customer Insights, where he led a global team that included Shell’s Retail market research department & data strategy and analytics team. While at Shell, Shannon also held the position of General Manger, Retail Marketing Strategy & Performance, where he led global customer strategy for Shell’s retail business, ensured standards for marketing planning, and drove a common framework for understanding marketing performance.  

Prior to joining Shell, Shannon was the Director of Brand Marketing for Pizza Hut, where he managed the nation’s largest pizza business and launched several new products. Shannon’s extensive consumer brand management and marketing experience includes roles at Frito Lay, managing Cracker Jack and Fritos brands, and leading the Frito Lay marketing team for Wal*Mart, Costco, Target, & Kroger. He began his marketing career at Procter & Gamble, managing household brands Mr. Clean, Swiffer, & Tide.

Shannon serves on the board of directors of Project GRAD Houston and chairs the communications and marketing committee. He is a trustee of the UVA IDEA Fund and also a member of the Advisory Board for the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia (1993) and a Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (1998). He is married to Shanee’ and has 2 children, Renee’ and Caleb. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing golf, socializing with friends, and traveling to new places.

Richard (Rick) Campanelli is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Batten School, teaching Integrating Ethics in Public Policy to 4th Year students who are pursuing the Public Policy & Leadership major. Rick has held senior positions in the public and private sectors, focusing on issues spanning national healthcare and welfare reform policy, science and technology innovation and regulation, and protection of human rights, privacy and religious freedom.

His career in the public sector includes serving as Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), with responsibility for policy issues arising from the National Institutes of Health, the Food & Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; serving as Counselor to the Secretary for Human Services Policy, with responsibility for the Administration on Children & Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Administration on Aging; and serving as Director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights, where he led national enforcement and compliance for laws protecting the privacy of medical information and protecting against genetic discrimination, and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion and sex. In previous federal service, he was Senior Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, U.S. Department of Justice, responsible for applications for surveillance of foreign agents in the United States (FISA); served as Special Counsel for South & Southern Africa, U.S. Department of State, supporting US efforts to end apartheid in South Africa; and served as Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated against unconstitutional conditions in prisons and mental health facilities.

Between his stints in the public sector, Rick was in private law practice for over a decade, where he served as counsel to national and international not-for-profit organizations and co-chaired the firm’s not-for-profit practice. After his service at HHS, Rick served as Director for Health and Health Information Technology at Lockheed Martin.

Along with teaching, Rick is Director of Graduate Ministries for the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville, and is a speaker at national conferences on privacy, technology, ethics and First Amendment protections.

Aneesh Chopra is the President of NavHealth, an open data intelligence service launched by Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” he co-founded incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets. From 2009-2012, he served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer with a focus on better public/private collaboration as described in his 2014 book, “Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.” In 2011, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. He is a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future, earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

Morgan Courtney leads engagement with community leaders and education changemakers across the country for the Bay Area-based XQ Institute, an initiative of the Emerson Collective that is dedicated to rethinking the American public high school for the 21st century. Prior to XQ, she built public-private partnerships in Indonesia for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A trained facilitator in design thinking, she is also an evangelist for using human-centered design tools for social impact.

Prior to USAID, she was the Myanmar Lead at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State, managing a team of conflict specialists in the field and in Washington focused on peace, conflict, and reconciliation.  She also served as the Special Assistant to the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma at the State Department, where she handled a broad array of security, political, economic, and conflict/reconciliation issues at a critical point in Burma’s democratic transition. Prior to that, she served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where she helped to provide guidance on a range of issues, including Syria, the Asia-Pacific rebalance, and women in combat.

Ms. Courtney has also worked on Darfur policy for the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, at a Congolese refugee camp for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, during which time she helped to re-establish Peace Corps’ operations in Rwanda.  Ms. Courtney has also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, and the Clinton Foundation in Burundi.   She speaks French fluently and is conversant in Bahasa Indonesia, Kinyarwanda, and Kirundi.  Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Courtney received her B.A. with honors in International Relations and French from Wellesley College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Anna Draganova is a Manager at Monitor Deloitte. She graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy in 2011. Prior to joining Deloitte, Anna was an Analyst Intern with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and served as a Research Assistant for the UVA’s Economics Department and an Intern in the City of Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Development. In addition to her MPP, she has a BA in Economics from UVA.

Tom Duke is the Former Principal at Sandler O’Neill & Partners and is currently a Visiting Executive Lecturer at Darden. Tom Duke’s career has taken him full circle. A 1971 Darden graduate, he returned as a visiting executive lecturer in 2011, teaching both the Reading Seminar in Management and the Lawn Seminar, “Character Traits and Success.” Duke’s 40-year business career included positions as chief financial officer of a bank and insurance company. He worked for 20 years on Wall Street, the last 15 as a principal at the investment banking firm, Sandler O’Neill & Partners. Duke was honored to receive the Frederick S. Morton Faculty Leadership Award in 2013. He said, “It has been 43 years since I graduated from Darden, and I can honestly say that the last three years have been the best and most fulfilling of my career. I believe I take away more from the students I have met in class than any wisdom I could hope to impart. To be challenged and inspired by bright young minds is a joy and a reward.” Duke earned a B.S. degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1969. He and his wonderful wife, Susan, have seven children and two grandchildren. If Duke could impart one message to Darden students, it would be Winston Churchill’s famous quotation: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Langdon Greenhalgh is the Managing Director of Global Emergency Group, a humanitarian consulting firm dedicated to enabling emergency humanitarian aid actors to respond to those most in need more effectively so as to save more lives and reduce suffering. As a professional international disaster management expert, Langdon has led humanitarian operations and consulting teams throughout the world since 1999. As a professional international emergency response manager, Langdon has served as team leader for the Red Cross and other organizations in a wide range and number of emergency response and postemergency operations in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Most recently, this includes operational management responsibilities for responses to Hurricane Harvey, Nepal Earthquake, Syria Humanitarian Crisis, Libyan crisis (Tunisia,) the on-going conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Tsunami (Indonesia), West Africa Food Crisis (Niger) and the Darfur Refugee Crisis (Chad). His most recent humanitarian consulting work includes the development of a new data analytics project for USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, leading a global mapping of humanitarian innovation and research for Elrha and the creation of the North American Humanitarian Response Summit with the American Red Cross. Previous to his work as a humanitarian consultant, Langdon served as a manager for the
International Disaster Response Unit of the American Red Cross and was responsible for ensuring the delivery of high-impact emergency response services globally. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Langdon was Executive Director of Horizon Institute for Policy Solutions, a Virginia based think-tank. Langdon completed his undergraduate work in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and received his Masters Degree in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School. Langdon currently volunteers as the President of the Board of Directors for Global Emergency Relief, Recovery & Reconstruction (GER). GER is a non-profit organization he founded in 2016. In addition, Langdon serves on the Byrd Newspapers Board of Directors.

Rod Hunter is a partner of Baker McKenzie where he practices trade and investment law. Previously, Rod served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the White House’s National Security Council, and as Special Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to his government service, Rod was a Brussels-based partner with the Hunton & Williams law firm.

Nicole Hurd is the founder and CEO of College Advising Corps. A passionate advocate of post-secondary education, Nicole has led College Advising Corps from a pilot project in Virginia to the largest college access program in the country, placing hundreds of advisers in high-need schools from coast-to-coast. Under her leadership, College Advising Corps received a $10 million investment at the White House College Opportunity Summit and the 2012 National Service Impact Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the “positive and lasting impact they are making through national service.”  Nicole was named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 Influence List. Prior to launching College Advising Corps, Nicole served as an Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia. While there, she founded the College Guide Program that was the precursor to College Advising Corps. The College Guide Program received a $10 million grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to expand into additional states. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Julian Jackson graduated with his Baccalaureate degree from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy in May 2015. He works at Barclays Investment Bank as an Operations Analyst in the Human Resource function. At the University of Virginia, Julian excelled not only in the classroom but also as a proven leader amongst his peers. A leader in his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Julian served as the Iota Beta Chapter’s Treasurer and Vice-President. He also served on the regional level as the Eastern Region Assistant Director of Conventions and most notably, as the 56th Eastern Regional Assistant Vice President and a member on the National Board of Directors. During his tenure at the University of Virginia, Julian served as the National Pan-Hellenic Council President and on the Inaugural Student Advisory Board to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems, and working to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. In 2015, he founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to producing impact audits, which assess whether an organization uses and produces appropriate evidence of impact. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving. He works on issues for low-income households in both developing countries and the United States. Karlan is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, he is co-founder of, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts on corporate wellness platforms. Karlan received a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Tim Kilbourn retired two years ago from the Central Intelligence Agency, where he spent 30 years as an analyst and a manager of the production of finished intelligence. In his post-Agency life he has been a consultant to a major European bank, the Department of Homeland Security, and a European cybersecurity firm. His final assignment at the Agency was as the Dean of the Sherman Kent School, the CIA’s Training Academy for intelligence analysts. Prior to that he directed the effort of a substantial number of analytical colleagues as the Deputy Director of the Office of Iraq Analysis during the height of the war, and before that was the Deputy Director of the Office of Asian, Latin American and Pacific Analysis.  From 2005-2008 he was the PDB briefer to the President of the United States.  Previously he served in a variety of managerial positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, at the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, at the Defense Intelligence Agency and at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has a BA in History from Yale, an MA in International Relations from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Diane Lim is Principal at District Economics Group, where she specializes in bringing together a variety of public and private sources of data to analyze and provide unique insights on economic trends and the various economic effects of tax, budget, and regulatory policies. She has spent her 30-plus year career in a variety of prominent roles in the federal government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. She began her post-Ph.D. career as an assistant professor at Penn State University before coming to DC to work as a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office—but then she never went back and has worked in DC on (mostly) federal public policy issues ever since. She served as chief economist for the House Ways and Means Committee, House Budget Committee, the Concord Coalition, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She was a senior economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the final year of the Clinton Administration and first 100 days of the George W. Bush Administration. She has also worked for the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. Immediately before joining DEG in August 2018, she was principal economist at The Conference Board, a non-profit business membership and research organization.

In addition to her day job for District Economics Group, she teaches courses in behavioral economics and tax policy as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and Georgetown University, and she is a part-time yoga teacher. She is a founding advisory board member of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, and she is a past president of the National Tax Association.

Diane received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from Brown University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Mary Bland Love, (College 1974, Law 1978), practices law as Of Counsel with Marks Gray, P.A. in Jacksonville Florida. She most often represents the defense in cases focused on hospital and physician liability. She has served in leadership positions in her local bar community and on community boards. She has served as the first woman President of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid; the first woman President of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel; and the first woman President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She was selected as the Jacksonville ABOTA Chapter’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011. In February 2016, she was the first woman to be presented the Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award by the Jacksonville Bar Association. She holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for ethical standards and legal ability. Mary Bland’s community service has focused on serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

Michael McKenzie serves as Managing Director & Chief Strategy Officer at Grain Management, LLC, a leading telecom-focused private equity firm based in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Grain, Michael held senior positions at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau and Senior Advisor for New Technology. In these roles, he helped implement the first-ever U.S. National Broadband Plan. Previously, Michael held executive positions in the technology industry. He served as a General Manager at Microsoft Corp., where he supported the company’s worldwide enterprise cloud computing services. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director of Business Development & Strategy in Microsoft’s platforms and services division. Michael graduated with distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Kyle Nevins is co-founder and partner at Harbinger Strategies, a federal government relations firm in Washington, DC. He is a seasoned former top aide to House Leadership with extensive experience in the process and politics of the U.S. Congress. He has specialized in a wide variety of business community and advocacy issues from financial services to energy, transportation, and telecommunications. Prior to his time in the business community, Mr. Nevins spent over a decade on Capitol Hill working with the House Republican Leadership. Most recently, he served as then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing the legislative agenda and floor schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Nevins holds a B.A. from Duke University and is the co-author of Inside Congress: A Guide for Navigating the Politics of the House and Senate Floors.

Irma Palmer is the Director of Constituent Services in the Office of the Governor of The Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a double UVA Alumna, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College and a Master of Public Policy from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to coming to the Batten School, Palmer had worked as Senator Mary Landrieu’s Press Secretary on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC). She has also worked for then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and as the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee’s Press Assistant. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia and is from Fairfax, Virginia.

Scott Pattison serves as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association (NGA), the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Prior to joining NGA, Pattison served for over 14 years as director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, supporting governors’ chief financial officers and budget directors by providing expert analysis to guide state budget practices and decisions. He started his career in the federal government at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the late 1980s. At the FTC, Pattison held roles as attorney-advisor, special assistant and staff attorney. Following his tenure at the FTC, Pattison served as the executive director for the National Consumer Coalition, where he honed skills in nonprofit management and developed partnerships with members of Congress. Pattison also served as state budget director and head of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget, as well as counsel in the office of the Virginia Attorney General. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University, Pattison went on to receive his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Kenneth Redd is Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the National Association  of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). At NACUBO, Ken directs the annual survey of college and university endowments and other studies on higher education finance issues. He came to NACUBO in 2008 from the Council of Graduate  Schools. Ken has a master’s degree in public affairs, specializing in policy analysis and  social policy, from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of  Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Robert Reischauer is a Distinguished Institute Fellow and President Emeritus of the Urban Institute, which he led from 2000 to 2012. His research interests and expertise focus on the federal budget, health policy, Medicare, Social Security, and income distribution. Before joining Urban, Reischauer served as the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 1989 to 1995. He helped Alice Rivlin set up CBO between 1974 and 1981 serving in a number of capacities including Deputy Director. He was a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution from 1986 to 1989 and from 1995 to 2000. Reischauer was one of two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds from 2010 to 2015. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration. He was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, serving as vice-chair from 2001 to 2009. Reischauer holds an AB from Harvard as well as an MA in international affairs and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia.

Thomas Scully was the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush. He is now a senior counsel at Alston & Birl, LLP. He focuses his practice on health care regulatory and legislative matters. He is also a general partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm in New York. At CMS, Mr. Scully had an instrumental role in designing and passing Medicare reform and Medicare Part D legislation and in making the vast agency more open and accountable to the public. He initiated the first public reporting and disclosure for comparative quality among hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis centers. Before joining CMS, Tom served as president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals from 1995 to 2001. The FAH represents 1700 privately owned hospitals. Mr. Scully was a partner in Washington, D.C., with Patton Boggs, LLP, 1993-1995; deputy assistant to the president and counselor to the director OMB, 1992-1993; and an associate director of OMB, 1989-1992.

Betty Shotton is a nationally recognized leadership and motivational speaker. She is dedicated to elevating leadership and professional perspectives above the routine towards innovation and possibility. She encourages her audiences to move beyond limitations and get to work on increasing their capacity to work with purpose and passion. With 35 years as a CEO and entrepreneur she has been and continues to be passionately committed to elevating human potential in the pursuit of common purpose. Betty is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she was in the first class of women to be admitted, breaking a 140 year old tradition of an all-male university. She went on to receive her MBA, and headed to the corporate world, joining Philip Morris USA as an Organizational Consultant. After a few years she left to follow her calling as an entrepreneur. From high end resort real estate to aviation, she has started and led six companies, one of which went public in 1998 and is known today as ResortQuest International, a part of Wyndham Worldwide. Betty has been a pioneer for women in business, an avid aviator, a proponent for conscious capitalism and a mentor and coach to hundreds of aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs.

Brian Siegel is a Principal in the Deloitte Consulting Federal Practice in Washington, DC. Brian has over twenty years of professional experience in consulting for the Federal Government on various strategy and management issues, including financial management, procurement and shared services. Clients have included the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, and General Services Administration, among others.  Brian has a BA in Government from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Lindsay Torrico is Director of Policy and Advocacy at United Way Worldwide, the nation’s largest privately funded charity. She joined United Way Worldwide in 2010 and leads the policy strategy on international issues – including human trafficking, youth employment and international education. Prior to working at United Way, she worked on social policy for Senator John Kerry (MA) and Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02). While pursuing her graduate degree, she was an Education Pioneers Fellow at City Year-Los Angeles, where she developed their three to five year government relations strategy and coordinated a county-wide literacy campaign, spearheaded by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Lindsay serves on the Executive Board of Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC) and is a Co-Chair of the Women in Government Relations (WGR) Education Taskforce. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Public Policy, with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy, from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

Walter D. Valdivia is a Senior Policy Editor for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to Mercatus, he was a Senior Fellow at the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes and a Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Walter holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and an M.S. in Economics from Arizona State University, and a B.S. from Universidad Católica Boliviana.

Warner Young is an experienced trial lawyer. He represents business and corporations in complex business disputes, often offering success fee based services. He represents the seriously injured in professional negligence, products liability and other personal injury cases. Mr. Young has particular expertise in representing people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. He has obtained for his clients million dollar verdicts and settlements in Virginia and nationally. As a result of obtaining large recoveries for his clients, Mr. Young has developed expertise in wealth preservation, including estate planning, drafting of wills and trusts and administration of estates and trusts. He also has extensive experience in trust and estate litigation. Mr. Young represents diverse clients such as national clinical laboratories and small technology and service businesses in commercial litigation matters ranging from business torts to contract disputes. Since graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984, Mr. Young has been a frequent lecturer on evidence, medical/legal issues and trial techniques.