Advisory Board Members

Ms. Valerie Biden Owens

Vice Chair The Biden Institute at the University of Delaware

Valerie Biden Owens
Ms. Biden Owens serves as the Vice Chair for the Biden Institute, Biden Foundation and Beau Biden Foundation. She is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign as well as a Presidential campaign. She previously served as U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations 71 st General Assembly. While at the UN, she represented the United States government...

Mr. Frank Fahrenkopf

Co-Chairman Commission on Presidential Debates

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., is President & CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf is the national advocate for the commercial casino industry and is responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational issues affecting the industry. A lawyer by profession, Fahrenkopf gained national...

Ambassador Ron Kirk

Sr. Of Counsel Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Ron Kirk
Mr. Kirk served as the Mayor of Dallas, Texas, from 1995 to 2001 and as Texas Attorney General under then Governor Ann Richards. He also served as the U.S. Trade Representative from 2009 to 2013, where he oversaw deepening trade relations between the United States and several key allies, including South Korea. Mr. Kirk currently is Senior of Counsel at the Gibson Dunn law firm.

Ms. Kris Engelstad McGarry

Trustee Engelstad Family Foundation

Kris Engelstad McGarry
Ms. Engelstad McGarry is the Trustee of the Engelstad Family Foundation, one of the leading philanthropic organizations in Nevada focused on helping to create solutions in medical research, improving day-to-day living for people with disabilities and raising the possibilities for high-risk individuals. Under Ms. Engelstad McGarry’s leadership, the Foundation has served as the principal benefactor...

Ambassador Sig Rogich

President The Rogich Communications Group

Sig Rogich
Mr. Rogich served as White House Senior Advisor to President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1992 and as a communications and campaign advisor to Presidents Reagan and Bush and presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. He founded R&R Advertising in 1974, the largest advertising and consultancy firm in Nevada. He was selected by President Bush to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, his...

Secretary Ken Salazar

Partner WilmerHale

Ken Salazar
Mr. Salazar served as Colorado Attorney General from 1999 to 2005, later becoming the 50th U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2009 to 2013. As Secretary of the Interior, he oversaw important issues related to public lands, energy conservation and resource management. Prior to serving as Interior Secretary, Mr. Salazar was the senior U.S. Senator from Colorado and served on the Senate Finance and...

Ambassador Rich Verma

Sr. Of Counsel Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Rich Verma
Mr. Verma was the National Security Advisor to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid before becoming the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he oversaw the U.S. State Department’s relationship with Capitol Hill. He later served as the U.S. Ambassador to India from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Verma currently is Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group, an international strategic...