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A Pittsburgh native, Trish Adlesic is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning documentary producer/director.
Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), PhD Candidate, Concordia University
Marc-André Argentino is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and PhD candidate in the Individualized Program at Concordia University.
D. Victoria Baranetsky
General Counsel, The Center for Investigative Reporting
Victoria Baranetsky is general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).
Jason Blazakis is a professor at MIIS, where he focuses on threat financing, sanctions, violent extremism, and special operations related research.
Reverend Cassandra Bledsoe
National Chaplain, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Cassandra A. Bledsoe has been the Community Liaison to the Cleveland Chief of Police since 2014.
Christopher Buckley of Chickamauga, GA is an Afghanistan war veteran.
Since 2017, when her son, 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, was violently murdered in an unprovoked attack on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, by a follower of an Alt Reich Facebook group, Collins has been a leader in the fight against hate crimes, particularly in the State of Maryland.
Richard W. Collins Jr. is a Senior Specialist in the field of Emergency Management with primary expertise in policy development and review providing oversight of emergency preparedness and response guidance governing state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions in communities with commercial nuclear power facilities.
Former Governor and Attorney General of Pennsylvania
The Honorable Tom Corbett served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 46th Governor, from January 18, 2011 through January 20, 2015.
Lorrie Faith Cranor
Co-Chair, Collaboratory Against Hate; Director and Bosch Distinguished Professor, CyLab Security and Privacy Institute; FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Lorrie Faith Cranor is the Director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in Security and Privacy Technologies of CyLab and the FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Partner, Jones Day; Former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Eric Dreiband is a partner at Jones Day, where he represents clients in investigations, litigation, and counseling in civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour, and other matters.
Activist & Lawyer
Taylor A. Dumpson, J.D., is a 2021 President’s Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Christie Edwards is an internationally recognized and published legal expert with over twenty years of experience working on international humanitarian and human rights law, gender, international policy and advocacy, and international community development.
Team Lead, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
Aaron Flanagan is a team lead in the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center where he oversees research of the white power movement across several ideologies including neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, the Ku Klux Klan, Holocaust denial, hate music and others.
Founder & CEO, Valens Global
Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a scholar, author, practitioner, and entrepreneur who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global, a private company tackling complex twenty-first century challenges that has twice been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s E360 list of the top small businesses in the United States.
How has a mom from Montana become a leader in fighting antisemitism?
The founder of a major neo-Nazi website orchestrated a horrific harassment campaign launching a troll storm relentlessly terrorizing Tanya Gersh and her family with anti-Semitic threats, messages and internet terrorization. The Daily Stormer, which took its name from Hitler Nazi propaganda encouraged their followers to TAKE ACTION! after Tanya agreed to sell real estate for the mother of White Nationalist, Richard Spencer.
Activist and MSc, MD Candidate
Navdeep Gill is one of the community members at the Sikh Temple of WI who played a crucial part in the response and aftermath of the mass shooting on August 5, 2012.
Arusha Gordon leads the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Byrd Center’s mission is to combat hate crimes and hate incidents, support communities and individuals targeted for hate, and challenge white supremacy using litigation and other legal advocacy.
Hugh Handeyside is a senior staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, where he works on issues related to government watchlisting, racial and religious discrimination, due process, and border-related practices.
Partner, Jones Day; Former Deputy Director, Treasury Department’s White House Security Review
Barbara Harding is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor who represents clients in complex civil, criminal and bankruptcy litigation involving environmental, product liability, and mass tort issues.
Resident Fellow, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab)
ared Holt is a resident fellow at Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), in Washington, DC, where he researches and investigates domestic extremism and misinformation in the United States.
Stephen B. Jacobs
FAIA, Concentration Camp Survivor
Over the past 50 years, Stephen B. Jacobs, FAIA has created a distinguished body of work in a wide variety of architectural disciplines, from adaptive re-use and historical preservation to high-rise residential and hotel development, to government-assisted affordable housing.
Senior Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
Dr. Michael Jensen is a Senior Researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, where he leads the center’s team on domestic radicalization and manages data collection for the Global Terrorism Database.
Executive Coach & Consultant in Leadership Development, Community Organizer & Activist
Puni Kalra has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in cross-cultural trauma.
Ven. Dr. Barry Kerzin is an American trained physician, Buddhist monk and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Professor at HKU, and Honorary Professor at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences.
Trial Attorney and Human Trafficking Finance Specialis, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice*
Jane Khodarkovsky is a Trial Attorney and Human Trafficking Finance Specialist in the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), Criminal Division, in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Louisa Klingvall has been a team leader in the Fundamental Rights Unit of the European Commission DG Justice since 2012
Executive Director, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley
Alexa Koenig, PhD, JD, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice.
Brett Kubicek joined the Canadian public service in 2005 after completing his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University, as well as a BA from the University of British Columbia.
Associate Director, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley
Andrea Lampros is the Associate Director at the Human Rights Center and the co-founder and resiliency manager of the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab.
As a former journalist covering urgent stories in the southern hemisphere and as a filmmaker who seeks to capture a deeper truth through cinema, Eunice is drawn to stories that distill the complexity of the world into stories that touch the audience profoundly with humanity and veracity.
Senior Advisor for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Richard L. Legault, Ph.D. (ST) is the Senior Advisor for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science at the Science & Technology Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernardino
Criminologist and attorney Brian Levin is a professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino where he specializes in analysis of hate crime, terrorism and legal issues.
Counsel, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Timothy K. Lewis, a former federal appeals court judge, is the co-chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group and serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner.
Author and Advocate
An avid writer since 2015, Jeanette’s first book, a memoir co-written with daughter Lauren entitled Walking Away from Hate: Our Journey Through Extremism was published in April of this year.
Author and Advocate
Lauren Manning is a former far-right extremist who began leaving her life of hate behind in 2012, after becoming involved in her teenage years.
National Director, Secure Community Network
Michael G. Masters is the National Director & CEO of the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official safety and security organization of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Dr. Ashley A. Mattheis is currently a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds fellowships with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.
Alexander Maugeri combines experience as a senior U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) official responsible for appellate and trial litigation with a private practice background in high-stakes disputes, including with state attorneys general, involving M&A, securities, product liability and contracts.
Visiting Professor of Law and Legal Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), Georgetown University Law Center
Mary McCord serves as Legal Director at ICAP and is a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor of Education and Sociology, American University
Cynthia Miller-Idriss holds a joint appointment as Professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education at American University, where she directs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL), which is developing empirically-tested, scalable interventions to prevent and interrupt extremist radicalization.
Elizabeth Neumann is the Chief Strategy Oﬃcer for Moonshot, a social enterprise working to end online harms – such as violent extremism, disinformation, child sexual exploitation, gender-based violence, and human traﬃcking – by applying evidence, ethics, and human rights.
Professor and Director of Security Studies, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML)
Dr. Arie Perliger is a Professor and the director of the graduate program in security studies at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Senior Director of Global Public Policy Strategy, Development and Partnerships at Twitter
Nick Pickles is the Senior Director of Global Public Policy Strategy, Development and Partnerships at Twitter, leading the company’s thinking and strategic work on critical issues at the intersection of tech, public policy, and politics.
Executive Director, Global Institute to Counter Terrorism
Nicholas Rasmussen is a national security professional with more than 27 years in U.S. government service, Rasmussen held senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017.
Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Alyssa Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the National Crime Victim’s Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.
President, The Asian American Foundation
Sonal Shah is the founding President of TAAF. One of the foremost global leaders on social impact and innovation, Shah has started and led social impact efforts in academia, government, and the private and philanthropic sectors for over twenty-five years.
Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Faculty Scholar, Stanford Law
Shirin Sinnar joined the Stanford Law faculty in 2012. Her scholarship focuses on the legal treatment of political violence, the procedural dimensions of civil rights litigation, and the role of institutions in protecting individual rights and democratic values in the national security context.
Executive Director, Integrity First for America
Amy Spitalnick is the Executive Director of Integrity First for America, the nonpartisan civil rights nonprofit that’s backing the landmark federal lawsuit filed by a coalition of Charlottesville community members against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the August 2017 violence.
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Adam J. Szubin joined the Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty as a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence in May 2017.
Sara K. Thompson
Professor of Criminology, Ryerson University and Associate Director, Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS)
Dr. Sara Thompson holds a BA (Hons.), MA, and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Toronto.
Chief Judge John Tunheim
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota*
Judge Tunheim has served with the U.S. District Court since 1995. He was appointed Minnesota’s solicitor general in 1985 and its chief deputy attorney general in 1986.
Research Fellow, RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict Group
Jessica White is a Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group. Her expertise encompasses counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism methods, as well as gender mainstreaming in program design, implementation, and evaluation.
John C. Yang
President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
John C. Yang is the President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. He leads the organization’s efforts to fight for civil rights and empower Asian Americans to create a more just America for all through public policy advocacy, education, and litigation.