Please note: speaker participation remains subject to official confirmation. Information on speakers remains subject to change.
Director and Producer
A Pittsburgh native, Trish Adlesic is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning documentary producer/director. She teamed with director Josh Fox and HBO to produce Gasland and Gasland Part II.
Meryl Kirshner Ainsman
Executive Director and Trustee, Philip Chosky Foundation
Meryl Kirshner Ainsman is the business manager of the law firm of Ainsman Levine, LLC, and the Executive Director and Trustee of the Philip Chosky Foundation.
Associate Professor of the Practice of Interfaith Relations; Associate Professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Imam Antepli is a globally acknowledged scholar and leader of cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in American higher education and in non-profit world.
Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), PhD Candidate, Concordia University
Marc-André Argentino is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Montreal, in the Individualized program where he is supervised by professors in the departments of Theological Studies, the Centre for Engineering in Society and the Institute of Information System Engineering.
Raney Aronson-Rath is the editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series, and is a leading voice on the future of journalism. Aronson-Rath oversees FRONTLINE’s acclaimed investigative reporting on air and online, and directs the series’ editorial vision — executive producing more than 20 in-depth documentaries each year on critical issues facing the country and the world.
D.S.W., LMSW, Chief Executive Officer, PsychArmor
Dr. Tina Atherall is a social innovation strategist with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. She is the CEO of PsychArmor and works with communities educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families.
Dr. Barrett is the Director of the Clinical Support Unit at the Cambridge Police Department and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School.
Public Policy Manager, Google
Nick Bauer leads Google’s global public policy work on hate speech, harassment, violent extremism, and terrorism. In that capacity, he advises Google and YouTube’s teams on relevant initiatives and engages with governments and civil society experts around the world.
Managing Partner, Woodland Management
Michael is a Managing Partner of Woodland Management, his family’s investment and family office which Michael has led since 2015. As the General Partner of Partners Edge Funds, a private equity and venture-focused investment fund launched in 2022, Michael oversees the Fund’s investment committee and sits on several portfolio companies’ Boards.
Professor of Practice and Director of Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
Jason Blazakis is a professor at MIIS, where he focuses on threat financing, sanctions, violent extremism, and special operations related research. He is also the Director of MIIS’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, where he directs research on domestic terrorism, terrorism finance, recruitment, propaganda and the use of special operations to counter transnational threats.
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Communications, American University
American University. Kurt also holds faculty fellow positions at the SOC’s Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) and the Center for University Excellence’s Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL).
Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland
William Braniff is the Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland.
Kim Shayo Buchanan
Senior Research Scholar at Center for Policing Equity
Kim Shayo Buchanan is the Senior Research Scholar at Center for Policing Equity in New York. She is a legal academic whose work has focused on race, gender, and criminal justice reform, as well as prisoners’ rights and reproductive and sexual health.
Former extremist and interventionist at Parents for Peace, is an Afghanistan war veteran.
Sara Winegar Budge
Sara Winegar Budge, PsyD is the Program Director of ExitUSA at Life After Hate, an organization that provides services to support disengagement, deradicalization, and reintegration of individuals involved in violent far right extremist movements.
Judge Kevin S. Burke
Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC)
Jeremy Burton joined the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) as Executive Director in October 2011, after playing leadership roles in many Jewish organizations as well as government and political campaigns.
Lucy is YouTube’s Product Public Policy lead for EMEA. In this role, she advises YouTube on product policy implications including content issues relating to online content regulation and the policy areas of hate speech, terrorism and violent extremism.
Alison Campbell, Senior Technical Advisor at Internews, has more than 20 years of experience in the media development sector, working with local media outlets in humanitarian and health emergencies, democratic transitions, and conflict and post conflict scenarios.
Executive-in-Residence, The Forbes Funds
Debra L. Caplan is an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she provides coaching and technical assistance for nonprofits in the areas of governance and management. She also serves as an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations.
Ph.D, Attending Psychologist & Research Associate, Trauma & Community Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Cardeli has over a decade of clinical experience working with trauma-affected children, adolescents, adults, and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds and in a myriad of clinical settings.
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri
Dr. Jennifer Varriale Carson is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Director of the Honors College at the University of Central Missouri. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Humberto is the Executive Director at White Ribbon. He is a gender-based violence prevention specialist with 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector with expertise in gender equality, human rights, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ2+ advocacy, community development and multi-sectoral partnerships.
Stephanie Chau is an experienced litigator and former federal prosecutor who represents clients in highly regulated industries, including telecommunications, technology, medical devices, pharmaceutical, health care, entertainment, insurance, financial services, consumer goods, and retail.
National Executive Director, American Veterans (AMVETS)
Joseph Chenelly is the national executive director of American Veterans (AMVETS), the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of more than 19 million American veterans and their families.
Lecturer in International Security, University of Leeds
Dr. Gordon Clubb is Associate Professor in Terrorism at the University of Leeds in the UK. His current research uses experimental survey methods to examine how to build community support for terrorist reintegration and for terrorism prevention programmes.
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.
Robert J. Contee, III
Chief, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.
On December 22, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she selected Robert J. Contee III, to serve as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Norman Conti is a professor of sociology and the coordinator of Duquesne’s Social Justice Association. Along with six men serving life sentences at the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh, Dr. Conti founded the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice (EBTT).
Former First Lady of Pennsylvania
Susan Corbett served as First Lady of Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2015. During her tenure, she was an active advocate for arts and cultural institutions and incorporating the arts in public education.
The Honorable Tom Corbett served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 46th Governor, from January 18, 2011 through January 20, 2015.
Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, PhD Candidate, King’s College, London
Blyth Crawford is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation where she specialises in far-right online social movements. She is also a PhD candidate at King’s College London where she studies far-right radicalisation within online forums utilising an ethnographic method.
Deputy Director, Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) & Executive Director, Oxford Program on International Peace and Security (IPS)
Federica D’Alessandra is the Deputy Director of the University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC), and the founding Executive Director of the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security at the Blavatnik School of Government, where she focuses on international law, foreign policy, and global governance issues, and teaches courses covering the same subjects.
Celia Davies oversees Moonshot’s interventions and safeguarding programming, with specialisms in CVE and GBV interventions and conflict-affected regions.
Jessica Dawson holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University and is her research is focused on the digital disruption of social processes, with recent focus on microtargeting enabled manipulation of individual’s choices.
Executive Director, The Shapira Foundation
Josh Donner is a seasoned non-profit and philanthropy professional. As Executive Director of The Shapira Foundation, he works closely with the Foundation Chair and President to develop and advance philanthropic investments that leverage their extended philanthropic and civic interests and entrepreneurial approach to achieving impact.
Catrina Doxsee is associate director and associate fellow with the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she analyzes international and domestic terrorism and the irregular activities of countries such as Iran, Russia, and China.
Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism
Michael Duffin is a non-resident fellow at Ghent University’s Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy and a senior advisor on Countering Violent Extremism in the U.S.
Raleigh Duttweiler is passionate about public relations, social media, and the power of social technologies to build authentic relationships that lift up a community.
David Eisenman, MD, MSHS, (B.A, University of Pennsylvania, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.S.H.S. Fielding UCLA School of Public Health) is Professor in Residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, where he is the Director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters.
Ph.D, Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center (TCRC), Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard Medical School Director
Dr. Ellis is the Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center (TCRC) and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Co-Chair, Eradicate Hate Global Summit; Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day
Laura Ellsworth is a partner at Jones Day, which has more than 2500 lawyers in 43 offices on 5 continents. Having served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh Office for over a decade, she then became Jones Day’s first Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives, spearheading the Firm’s rule of law initiatives around the world.
Zeneta Everhart is the mother of Zaire Goodman, a grocery store worker who survived the tragic shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo on May 14, 2022.
Eric Eversole, a retired U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps Captain, leads the day-to-day operations of Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide effort to develop and promote military talent in the United States.
President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Jeff Finkelstein has served as President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh since 2004. He is President of JPRO, a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and the Wexner Heritage Program, a past Chair of the Large City Executives Group of JFNA, and a board member of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.
Founder & CEO, Moonshot
Ross Frenett is Founder and CEO of Moonshot, a company working to end online harms using evidence, ethics and human rights.
David S. Frey
Dr. David Frey is Professor of History and Founding Director of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (CHGS) and founding Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor at the US Military Academy at West Point.
David Friedman joined the Red Sox in 2010. He handles a variety of legal matters, including regulatory compliance issues and oversight of litigation, and assists with the club’s interactions with Major League Baseball and other teams on legal-related issues.
Hala V. Furst Associate Director for Strategic Engagement in the DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnership, leading the Office’s efforts to engage with national level stakeholder organizations to enable and encourage local prevention efforts to address violent extremism
Program Manager, Evolve Program & Exit Specialist, Invent2Prevent
Jordan Galkowski is the co-founder of FUSE, an interactive learning campaign centered around awareness, understanding, and engagement to preventing radicalization to extremism. FUSE recently was awarded a grant from The Department of Homeland Security.
Caseworker, Evolve Program & Exit Specialist, Life After Hate
Brad Galloway is the Coordinator at the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. Brad has a wealth of experience from his work in the preventing and countering violent extremism space with NGO’s such as Life After Hate. Where he specifically helps American clientele leave hate motivated groups.
Bishop M. Garrison, Jr.
Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy at Paravision.AI
Bishop Garrison is a senior national security executive, veteran, and writer who has served in the military, presidential administrations and campaigns, the nonprofit community, and the private sector throughout his 20 year career.
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.
Counter Terrorism Strategic Coordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, New Zealand
Andy has been the Counter-Terrorism Strategic Coordinator with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) since September 2019, leading New Zealand’s national system on all elements of the risk of terrorism and violent extremism.
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.
Hate Crime Advisor to the National Police Chiefs’ Council in the United Kingdom
Paul is currently the Hate Crime Advisor to the National Police Chiefs’ Council in the United Kingdom Having accrued 30 years experience as a police officer, he advises on hate crime policy and coordinates national responses, managing ‘True Vision’ (www.report-it.org.uk) and the National Online Hate Crime Hub on behalf of the police.
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.
Nathan Graeser is both a Social Worker and an Army Chaplain in the California National Guard. He serves on numerous local and national boards and is a national expert on policies and programs for supporting service-members transitioning out of the military.
Ryan B. Greer
National Security Director, Chief of Staff, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement Team (GRACE)
Ryan B. Greer serves as National Security Director and Chief of Staff for the ADL Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (GRACE) team, including leading policy initiatives related to ADL’s PROTECT Plan to counter domestic terrorism while preserving civil liberties.
Lauren Culbertson Grieco
Head of U.S. Public Policy, Twitter Inc.
Lauren Culbertson Grieco is Twitter’s Head of U.S. Public Policy and is based in Washington, D.C. She leads the company’s federal and state public policy teams and initiatives, including advocating for public policies that support the public conversation happening on Twitter.
Campus Pastor, Mt. Nebo Campus of Allison Park Church
Chris serves as the Campus Pastor at the Mt. Nebo campus of Allison Park Church, planted in September 2018. He has been on staff with Allison Park for 22 years, and graduated from Geneva College with a degree in Organizational Development.
Rachel Grinspan is ADL’s Director of Law Enforcement Policy & Civil Rights, where she primarily focuses on issues pertaining to the law enforcement profession as they relate to ADL’s civil rights agenda and advocacy work.
Research Chair in Diversity and Resilience, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University
Professor Michele Grossman, the Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience at Deakin University’s Burwood campus, is also the Director of the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies, and the Convenor of the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) research network.
Dr. Thomas Grumke
Professor Dr. Thomas Grumke, born 1970, studied political science and German literature in Osnabrück, Ottawa, Berlin, New York and Frankfurt/Oder. Doctoral thesis on „Right-Wing Extremism in the United States“ (advisors: Professor Michael Minkenberg and Professor Hans Joas).
Project ReSet Team Lead, John Howard Society of Ottawa
Hana Hadzifejzovic is the curriculum developer for the Playing with Hate: Safe Gaming & Anti-Hate Gaming Project. Through this capacity, she works with a video game developer to create an immersive anti-hate gaming experience targeting youth aged 12 to 18.
Sasha is the Founding CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading international ‘think and do tank’ with teams working in every global region to safeguard democracy and reverse the rising tide of hate, extremism and disinformation.
Michael Edison Hayden
Senior Investigative Reporter/Spokesperson, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Michael Edison Hayden serves as a Senior Investigative Reporter and Spokesperson for Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), where he publishes stories about online radicalization, social media influencers and authoritarianism.
Todd C. Helmus is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty.
Senior Research Manager, Hate & Extremism, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
Jared Holt is Senior Research Manager at ISD, working on the topics of hate and extremism. Jared has spent his career as a researcher and journalist covering the overlap between online spaces and political extremism in the United States.
Dr. Brian Hughes
Founding Co-Director, (PERIL)
Brian Hughes is a Research Assistant Professor in the program of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University in Washington, DC. He is the founding co-director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), where he develops studies and interventions to reduce the impact of disinformation and the risk of radicalization to extremism.
Jillian Hunchak has previously worked with leading P/CVE think tanks to undertake specialized research in digital mis/dis/malinformation campaigns, Incel communities, and far-right extremist groups across the UK, Canada, and the US.
Bjørn Ihler is the co-founder and director of the Khalifa Ihler Institute and co-founder and co-CEO of Glitterpill LLC. Ihler is an internationally renowned researcher and expert in countering and preventing radicalisation into violent extremism by building healthier communities on and off-line.
Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, National Football League (NFL)
As Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for the National Football League, Anna directs the league’s social, charitable and philanthropic endeavors, including how the NFL addresses social justice, domestic violence, sexual assault and other critical societal issues.
Public Policy Manager on the Dangerous Organizations, Meta
Patrick James is a Public Policy Manager on the Dangerous Organizations and Individuals Policy team at Meta, where he focuses on issues related to hate organizations and other violent movements, as well as scaled implementation of Meta’s policies against these groups.
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.
Trino Jimenez is a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and man of deep faith. He was given an amazing gift in 2015 when the opportunity was before him to write to the man responsible for his brother’s death many years earlier.
Pardeep Singh Kaleka
Pardeep S. Kaleka is hate and violence prevention senior advisor with The Working Group, co-director of Not In Our Town and a de-radicalization trauma-focused clinical therapist with Parents4Peace.
Christopher Kenna is Chairman and Founder of Brand Advance Group // CEO (North America) which encompasses Brand Advance Group EUROPE & BA Diversity Media USA, a Startups.co.uk top 100 company the last 3 years (2021), and connects brands with diverse audiences globally, through Insights, Media and Creative.
President & Co-Founder of Muflehun
Humera Khan is the President and co-founder of Muflehun, and a subject matter expert in preventing, countering, and mitigating extremist violence and hate. She is the Technical Lead on the DHS funded project Community Resilience Early Warning System (CREWS) and Master Trainer on the Tackle!
Director of Research, Organization for the Prevention of Violence
Michael King held several positions in the field of counterterrorism; most recently as senior research advisor at the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and the Prevention of Violence, housed within Public Safety Canada, where he helped develop the Government of Canada’s National Strategy on Countering Violence Extremism.
Louisa Klingvall has been a team leader in the Fundamental Rights Unit of the European Commission DG Justice since 2012.
Manager, Valens Global
Varsha Koduvayur is a manager at Valens Global, where she focuses on domestic violent extremism and geopolitics. In this role, she works on public-facing research on the domestic violent extremist space, with a particular emphasis on white supremacy and racially motivated violent extremism.
Team Leader, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers Unit C.2 Fundamental Rights Policy
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.
Charles Kotuby, Jr.
FCIArb, Professor of Practice, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Executive Director, Center for International Legal Education, Affiliate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Cyber Law, Policy and Security
Charles Kotuby is a Professor of Practice and the Executive Director of the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Daniel J. Kramer
Daniel J. Kramer is an internationally-known trial lawyer and litigator in Paul Weiss’ Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group. Called “one of the stars of his generation” by Chambers, and a “quiet giant” by Lawdragon, Dan has handled complex litigations for some of the world’s largest companies and has significant experience representing boards of directors in corporate governance issues and special committees in internal investigations.
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.
William H. Lamar IV
Exit Specialist, Life After Hate
Chuck was actively involved with white supremacist groups for over 15 years beginning in the mid-1980s and sympathetic to their beliefs for 20-plus years. After learning that a girlfriend was half Jewish, he began to question those beliefs, which was the beginning of a long disengagement and deradicalization process.
Co-founder, Violence Prevention Network – US
Michèle is co-founder of Violence Prevention Network US and draws on a decade worth of start-up, program design, and managerial experience, and 20 years of professional experience in for-profit, non-profit, and academic sectors in the US and Europe.
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. .
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.
Senior Supervisor Attorney, Special Litigation, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Beth Littrell is the Senior Supervisor Attorney for Special Litigation at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). A career-long civil rights attorney, she specializes in constitutional torts and impact litigation.
James Marley, PhD, is Interim Dean and Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola, Dr. Marley was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Program I Neuroscience, Georgetown University
Abigail Marsh is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted her post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health.
National Director & CEO, Secure Community Network
Michael Masters serves as the National Director and CEO of the Secure Community Network (SCN), a role in which he is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, and growth of the official safety and security organization for the Jewish community in North America.
Senior Research Fellow at ADL’s Center on Extremism
Marilyn Mayo is a Senior Research Fellow at ADL’s Center on Extremism. She had been with the ADL for 25 years, having previously served as the Co-Director of ADL’s Center on Extremism and the Associate Director of Investigative Research at ADL.
The Cure for Hate
Tony spent 15 years in the white supremacist and neo-nazi movements, starting as a skinhead and evolving to leadership positions and was instrumental in ushering in the internet building one of the first white supremacist websites for Resistance Records in the mid 90’s.
Visiting Professor of Law and Legal Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), Georgetown University Law Center
Mary McCord is Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV)
John McCoy , Ph.D., is the founder and Executive Director of the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV). For the past six years John has spearheaded the development of a research, education, and multi-disciplinary psycho-social intervention program (Evolve) that seeks to counter and prevent hate and extremism in the Canadian context.
Counsel, States United Democracy Center
Colin McDonell is an attorney at States United Democracy Center, where he focuses on efforts to hold democracy violators accountable.
Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Joanna Mendelson is the Senior Vice President, Community Engagement of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. In this role she helps convene statewide and national coalitions, expand interfaith and multi-faith community relationships, lead local, state, and federal advocacy efforts and strengthen ties to Israel.
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.
Ian Moss recently joined the Bureau for Counterterrorism as the Deputy Coordinator for Terrorism Prevention and Detention. Ian comes to the Department from the Department of Defense where he served as an attorney with the Military Commissions Defense Organization.
Robert Mundy is a social worker with 10 years of experience in community mental health. He specializes in trauma-informed care for children and young adults.
Director, UCLA Initiative to Study Hate
David N. Myers is Distinguished Professor of History and holds the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at UCLA, where he serves as the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Fellow, Philosophy of Science Center, University of Pittsburgh
Lisa Nelson is associate professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Fellow at the Philosophy of Science Center and an affiliated faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Elizabeth Neumann is 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.
Chief Legal Officer, Human Rights First
Licha Nyiendo is Human Rights First’s inaugural Chief Legal Officer. She is responsible for overseeing the full spectrum of legal matters for the organization, including risk and compliance programs, advancement of high impact litigation that addresses social justice issues, and legal representation of refugees and asylum seekers.
Derek P. Okubo
Rafal Pankowski is a Professor at the Institute of Sociology of Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland. Pankowski received his MA in Political Science from the University of Warsaw. He also studied at the University of Oxford as an undergraduate.
Regional Director: Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia & Western Pennsylvania, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
In 2019 James Pasch became the Cleveland Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (serving Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania), having previously served on ADL’s Cleveland Regional Board.
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.
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
John T. Picarelli is the Director of the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Jenny Presswalla is the Director (Acting) of the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) at the US Department of Homeland Security. As Director, she manages the Department’s efforts to prevent acts of targeted violence and terrorism.
Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on technology, media and human rights whose perspective is shaped by her experience as a journalist, scholar, and press freedom advocate.
Executive Director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)
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.
Dr. Kacper Rekawek
Dr. Kacper Rekawek has more than 15 years of experience in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism from academia (including a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, QUB, and a research fellowship at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews), think tanks (including the Polish Institute of International Affairs, PISM,) and the third sector (GLOBSEC).
Ryan Roemerman serves as a Partner at Lexicon Strategies and as the Executive Director of the LGBTQ Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, in Atlanta. Ryan is an innovative strategist who has served as a consultant for state, national, and global businesses and organizations seeking to advance equity and social impact.
Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Dr Josh Roose is a Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. His research focuses on role of masculinities, ideologies, and social trajectories in shaping the attraction to, and patterns of participation in, religious and political violence.
Executive Director, Strong Cities Network
Eric Rosand is the Executive Director of the Strong Cities Network. He has nearly two decades of experience working with governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, academics, and the private sector on international counterterrorism and P/CVE issues.
Board Member, Executive Producer, Acting CEO, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Robert Rosenthal has been a journalist for six decades. He is currently on the boards or an advisor to nonprofits including The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Human Rights Center at Berkeley.
Assistant Secretary, Countering Violence Extremism Branch, Australian Department of Home Affairs
Tim has led the Department of Home Affairs Countering Violent Extremism Branch since July 2021. Prior to this role, he served as Assistant Director-General responsible for Ministerial, Media and Communications at the Australian Signals Directorate in 2020-21.
Director of Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington D.C. Department of Behavioral Health and Director of Forensic Services at The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the DC Department of Behavioral Health, Dr. Suardi was the Chief Child and Family Psychiatrist at the US State Department.
Chief of Law Enforcement Support Section (LESS), Criminal
Shortly after retiring as the Chief of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in June 2022, Scott E. Schubert began serving as the Chief of the Law Enforcement Support Section (LESS) at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division.
Senior Vice President for National Affairs, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
As Senior Vice President for National Affairs, George Selim leads all external engagement at the federal, state, and local levels as well as community and civic engagement efforts nationally for ADL. The scope of his work also includes national law enforcement outreach and partnerships.
Mubin Shaikh and raised in Canada but a chance encounter with the Taliban in Quetta in 1995 would eventually push him to become a supporter of the Jihadi culture throughout his 20’s.
James Shappell serves as the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for Insider Threat within the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency’s (DCSA’s) Counterintelligence and Insider Threat Directorate, filling the role as the Director of the DoD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC).
Michelle Shephard is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker who has covered issues of terrorism and civil rights since the 9/11 attacks.
Government Relations Consultant/Former Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
A Government Relations/Public Policy Consultant and writer, Allison Silberberg served as the Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, from 2016 through 2018 after serving as Vice Mayor from 2012 through 2015.
Director of Policy and Discrimination Enforcement for the Los Angeles City Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department
Joumana Silyan-Saba is an accomplished public leader, with a career in public service spanning 18 years of experience in non-profit, city government and academia. With a sense of optimism, Joumana is committed to diplomacy, inclusion and bringing about social change to expand equity and inclusion.
Vanessa Sima recently joined Public Safety Canada’s Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (the Canada Centre) as the Manager of the Policy Development Team.
Ph.D., Samuel Shirley & Edna Holt Marston Professor, Director, Social Justice Initiative, Department of Communication, The University of Texas at El Paso
Dr. Arvind Singhal is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and the Director of Social Justice Initiative at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Senior Writer, Rolling Stone Magazine
Paul Solotaroff has been a senior writer at Rolling Stone for thirty years. He broke the NFL concussion scandal, the Aaron Hernandez story, the horror-show conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, and has written a series of stories that helped free innocent men who were wrongly convicted and serving life without parole in state prisons.
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.
Deputy Director for Data Analytics and OSINT at Southern Poverty Law Center
Dr. Megan Squire is Deputy Director for Data Analytics and OSINT at the Southern Poverty Law Center. As a computer scientist, she applies data science techniques to track and expose networks of hate and extremism online.
Vikram Swaruup serves as Chief Deputy Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
Matt Talbot is the founder and Principal consultant for Triple Threat Assessment and Prevention Consulting.
Chief Strategy Office, The Mission Continues
Susan Thaxton is the Chief Programs Officer for the Mission Continues, a national non-profit that empowers veterans to continue their service by applying their leadership skills and experience to volunteer in under-resourced communities in forty cities across the country.
Lt. Steven Thomas has been in law enforcement since 1992, when he began his career with the Baltimore City Sheriff’s office and he has spent the last 21 years with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from U.M.B.C and a Master’s Degree in Legal & Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore.
Staff Reporter, ProPublica, Correspondent, Frontline
A.C. Thompson is a correspondent for the PBS series FRONTLINE and a staff reporter for ProPublica. His reporting has helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison, a Congressional investigation of the U.S. Border Patrol, and the prosecution of nine violent white supremacists.
Kaitlyn Tierney is a final semester Graduate Student at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, pursuing her MA in International Policy Development, with a focus on Counter-Terrorism.
Professor of National Security Communication, Michigan State,On-Air National Security Analyst, CNN, Former Director of Communication, U.S. National Intelligence, Former Deputy White House Press Secretary for National Security
Shawn Turner is a Professor of Strategic Communication at Michigan State University and a National Security Analyst for CNN. In 2021, he was granted prestigious leave from MSU to serve a one-year special appointment as the Senior Advisor to Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism
Wendy Via is an expert in the intersection of technology and far-right extremism and in achieving change and influencing narratives and actions around civil and human rights issues, including the effects extremism and systemic racism have on our society, economic inequality, immigration, criminal justice reform, religious minorities, and LGBTQ rights.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism, Threat Prevention and Law Enforcement Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Samantha Vinograd is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention and Law Enforcement Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Fay Stetz-Waters holds a BA in history from Trinity College and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School. She currently serves as the Director of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the Office of the Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, M.D.
Dr. Weine is Professor of Psychiatry at the UIC College of Medicine, where he also Director of Global Medicine and Director of the Center for Global Health. For 30 years he has been conducting research both with refugees and migrants in the U.S. and in post-conflict countries, focused on mental health, health, and violence prevention.
Buffalo Community Leader
As a life-long resident of Buffalo, NY, Garnell Whitfield is one of four children of the late Mrs. Ruth E. Whitfield and Garnell W. Whitfield Sr. who were married for 68 years before her untimely passing on May 14, 2022.
Sammie Wicks is a ten-year law enforcement professional who previously worked in various Memphis Police Department roles. Currently, he is assigned to the Aurora Police Department’s Crisis Response Team.
Heather J. Williams
Heather Williams is acting associate director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, part of the RAND National Security Research Division. She is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Robert Williams, PhD
Dr. Robert Williams is Deputy Director for the Office of International Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on the steering committee of the Global Task Force Against Holocaust Distortion, and served for four years as chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Thomas A. Woods
Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington
Thomas Woods is employed as a General Crimes Supervisor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Seattle. He has been employed by the Office since March 2007, and has held a variety of roles, including Deputy Supervisor of the Terrorism and Violent Crimes Unit and the Criminal Discovery Coordinator for the Office.
Michael Miller Yoder
Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Collaboratory Against Hate and IDeaS Center, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Michael Miller Yoder is a postdoctoral researcher at the Collaboratory Against Hate and the Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity at Carnegie Mellon University.
National Security Correspondent on Extremism, NPR
Odette Yousef is NPR’s domestic extremism correspondent. Her stories often focus on how extremist ideologies and tactics filter into the mainstream. Prior to joining NPR in August of 2021, Yousef was a reporter at Chicago NPR affiliate station WBEZ.
It is a tragic reality that hateful ideology has found fertile ground online and offline, with consequences affecting not only Americans but people around the world. We cannot stand idle in the face of bias, bigotry, and extremism. Together, at the Eradicate Hate Summit and beyond, the collective will of individuals and organizations is needed to galvanize all people of good will to protect and defend our communities.
The Eradicating Hate Global Summit was both eye-opening and empowering. To have so many experts in the field of countering hate, all there sharing their expertise, working towards practical and real world solutions, was incredibly unique. It is this focus on meaningful conversations, answers, and solutions that makes Eradicating Hate so incredibly important. The spread of hate is a wicked problem, and the way Eradicating Hate approaches it is how we are going to solve it.
The catalytic power of this Summit in bringing together those who are devoting their lives to pushing back and working to confront, understand and work towards solutions around hate in our society is a noble and difficult task. The Summit not only energized those who attended but led to connecting the dots in a global network of those doing this work. The stories of the victims of hate were painful to witness but their courage in coming forward was inspirational. Those who attended left energized with the hope that by working together solutions can be forged.
To me, Eradicate Hate was the most important gathering of 2021 for those of us who work on issues related to domestic extremism and organized hate. The Summit uniquely combined a variety of perspectives, including experts, civil society representatives, politicians and policymakers, and the families and loved ones of victims. Eradicate Hate has the important mission of standing against the rising tide of hate and extremism in our society, and it's an honor to be able to support this mission.
The Eradicate Hate Global Summit brings together scholars, practitioners, civil society organizations, and policymakers from around the world to share best practices and lessons learned, based on data and empirical evidence, in countering hate-fueled extremism and violent narratives. No other summit, conference, or workshop brings together such an extraordinary group of world-class talent focused on dealing with the issue of hate-fueled violent extremism.
The Summit offers a unique opportunity to confront the corrosive influence of bigotry and hatred in our society. In order for us to address these challenges, we first must acknowledge their painful and destructive impact in our communities and in our country. I am grateful to serve as a Global Advisor to this timely and powerful initiative.
The effort to eradicate hate requires the active participation of every component of our society, to include governments, the private sector, communities of faith and indeed every aspect of civil society. There is no more urgent task in front of us. The organizers of the Eradicate Hate Global Summit are doing the United States and the world an enormous service by tackling hatred and extremism with a focus on honest dialogue and conversation, genuine learning and practical solutions. This will not happen overnight, but the Pittsburgh community’s leadership in this effort is genuinely inspiring and motivating.
This cannot be thought of as a conference or a summit. The stakes are simply too high and the data/conversation and methods to drive action more valuable/motivating than any gathering I have attended. I took more than 100 pages of notes and have shared them with my CBS News leadership team, anchors, producers, and correspondents. Nothing about this gathering was easy. The agony around this topic is real. But no one curious about it could ask for a more devoted, rational, or unflinching look into this dark but decipherable world.
The Summit was more than empty words - it made clear that a solution-driven approach is the only way to fight hate. That's why the working group activities, which are results driven are going to be critical in defeating violent extremism. The Summit brought together the best minds in government, private sector, academia, and civil society. Being surrounded by these experts sparked new ideas - some of which I've already implemented or have written about.
The Summit unites the public and private sectors, domestic and international, against hate and extremism. Researchers, activists, lawyers, technology experts, political leaders, and more come together, each bringing their unique tools to the fight. Important relationships that were established at the Summit in 2021 have carried forward into working groups with concrete deliverables for 2022 and beyond.
The connections from Pittsburgh have led to meetings and plans, including at the United Nations, demonstrating how different individuals and groups of all faiths and backgrounds can assume a central role to combat hate and nurture peaceful coexistence among citizens and communities.
The Summit was a much-needed platform for ideas to address dangerous trends built on hate and we at The United Nations look forward to the 2022 Summit.
My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.
The inaugural Eradicate Hate Summit was a truly impressive gathering of leaders dedicated to finding lasting and effective solutions to violent extremism. I was particularly moved by the prominence given to survivors and family members of victims of hate and violence throughout the event. Their stories and those of so many others must be at the center of what we do and why we do it.