Summit Speakers

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Chris Lu
Senior Strategy Advisor, Fiscal Note; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Chris Lu is a thought leader with a comprehensive understanding of American governance and over two decades of public service in a variety of roles. Since 2017, he has been senior strategic advisor at Fiscal Notes, a government relations management platform; and a senior fellow at the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and applies the lessons of history and civil discourse to today’s pressing problems.

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Jeffrey Hollender
Co-founder, COB and CEO, American Sustainable Business Council

Innovator and role model Jeffrey Hollender exemplifies leadership of successful firms conducted with regard for people and planet as well as profits. A key co-founder of ASBC in 2009, Hollender chairs the ASBC board of directors. Currently, he also serves as CEO, overseeing this organization that represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries through its national member network.

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John Hocevar
Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

John Hocevar serves as director of the Oceans Campaign at Greenpeace USA, overseeing the organization’s efforts to keep oceans healthy for future generations. Since joining Greenpeace in 2004, Hocevar has led a range of crucial projects supporting ocean health, including efforts to phase out single-use plastics, improve the sustainability of seafood sold in supermarkets, and establish a network of ocean sanctuaries

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Meika Hollender
Co-founder and CEO, Sustain Natural

Author, activist and entrepreneur, Meika Hollender is co-founder and CEO of Sustain Natural, developer and marketer of sustainable feminine care products. Her leadership of this innovative, natural sexual wellness brand is catalyzing transformative change across wellness, sexuality, and reproductive health, as chronicled by Forbes, Fast Company, Well+Good, The Coveteur, and other influential business and wellness publications.

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Nancy Jacobson
Founder, No Labels

After spending her career helping Gary Hart and Bill Clinton remake the Democratic Party, Jacobson worked for Sen. Bayh for fifteen years. In 2010, she founded No Labels, and has since served as the organization’s volunteer CEO. 

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Thea Mei Lee
President, Economic Policy Institute

Thea Mei Lee is the President of the Economic Policy Institute. Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Policy Director and Chief International Economist at the AFL-CIO. She had earlier worked as an international trade economist at EPI, and as an editor at Dollars & Sense magazine in Boston.

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Evan McMullin
Co-founder, Stand Up Republic

Evan McMullin is a co-founder of Stand Up Republic, an organization promoting democratic ideals, norms, and institutions in America. An independent candidate for President in the 2016 election, McMullin had previously served as chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, where he led a team of advisors covering all domestic and foreign policy matters.

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Anas “Andy” Shallal
Founder, Busboys and Poets

An artist, restauranteur and social entrepreneur who mission is to feed mind, body and soul, Shallal is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant/bar/events space/bookstore/fair-trade market/cultural hub. Founded in 2005, his restaurant concepts create environments where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted and where art, culture and politics take center stage.

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Hugh Welsh
President, DSM North America

Welsh serves as president, general counsel and secretary of global leader DSM North America. DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy.