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Americans Elect Board of Advisors: Names and Connections

The following is an annotated list of the Board of Advisors for Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation with plans to nominate its own candidate for President of the United States in 2012. Starting from a previously unpublished Americans Elect document obtained by the Los Angeles Times on July 26 2011, the list below is a work in progress, containing not just the names of the Board of Advisors contained in the Americans Elect but also hyperlinks to information about the Board of Advisors’ relevant affiliations. Additional known roles in Americans Elect and its predecessor Unity08, if any, are indicated in parentheses.

Annotations are incomplete and being added on a daily basis; a lack of information about a person’s affiliations should not be interpreted as a lack of affiliations themselves. If you have any sourced information regarding the affiliations of the Americans Elect Board of Advisors, please pass them on to retorts@irregulartimes.com.


Americans Elect Board of Advisors, July 27 2011

Peter Ackerman (Americans Elect: Chairman, Board of Directors, Officer, Delegate, Donor. Unity08: Board of Directors, Chair of Advisory Council, Chair of Rules Committee, Donor)
Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Fresh Direct
Controlling Interest, Crown Emak
Founder and Managing Partner, Rockport Capital
Director, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Director, Cato Institute
Seven photos in Washington Life Magazine
Father of Elliot Ackerman
Contributor to Democrats for Education Reform PAC (2007)

Elliot L. Ackerman (Officer, Delegate)
Chief Operations Officer, Americans Elect
Former Marine Corps Officer and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan
Son of Peter Ackerman

Jacqueline Adams (Unity08: Advisory Council, Donor)
Senior Counselor, Burson-Marteller corporate public relations
Chief External Relations Officer and Executive Editor of Africa.com;
Former Correspondent, CBS News
One photo in Washington Life Magazine
One photo in New York Social Diary

David Albertson
President, Albertson International, Inc. (agribusiness, venture capital and real estate investment)
Founder, Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise
Trustee, Carroll McKenney Foundation for Public Media
Contributor to Adam Smith Political Action Committee (2000), DNC Services Corporation (2000), Republican Leadership Council Federal PAC (2005) and Majority in Congress PAC (2005)

Judy Albertson
President, Judy Albertson Art Consultants, LLC

Kellen Arno (Americans Elect: National Field Director, Paid for Ballot Access Services)
Vice President, Arno Political Consultants

Michael Arno (Americans Elect: Ballot Access Advisor Paid for Ballot Access Services)
President, Arno Political Consultants
Contributor to National Republican Congressional Committee (1999)

F. Christopher Arterton
Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, George Washington University
Contributor to Reuniting Our Country PAC, Joseph Lieberman leadership PAC (2002)
Contributor to Friends of Joe Lieberman (2006)

Daren Bascome (Americans Elect: Hired Consultant)
Managing Director, Proverb Ltd.

Gerald W. Blakeley Jr.
President, Blakeley Investment Company
Chairman, Morehouse School of Medicine
One article, New York Social Diary
Contributor, Republican Leadership Council Federal PAC (2006), Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2004, 2009)

Stephen W. Bosworth
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Arturo Brillembourg (Unity08: Donor)
President, Farmington Asset Management hedge fund
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
2 articles and 18 photos in Washington Life Magazine
6 articles in New York Social Diary
Contributor, Libertarian National Committee (2000, 2004)

Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg (Unity08: Donor)
President and CEO, Strategic Investment Group hedge fund and private equity group
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
2 articles and 30 photos in Washington Life Magazine
11 articles in New York Social Diary
Contributor, DNC Services Corporation (2000)

John H. Burbank III
Founder, Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Passport Capital hedge fund
Contributor, Freedom and Prosperity PAC (2010), Prosperity PAC (2010), Every Republican is Crucial PAC (2010), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2010) and National Republican Congressional Committee (2010)

Kahlil Byrd
Chief Executive Officer, Americans Elect
Founder and chief, Sung Media Ventures
Former Communications Director, Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick
Former Communications Director, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jeff Beatty
Former fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Roger Craver (Unity08: Founders Council, Donor)
Founder, The Hotline
Founder, Craver, Mathews, Smith and Company fundraising firm
One photo in Washington Life Magazine
Contributor, DNC Services Corporation (2004)

W. Bowman Cutter (Unity08: Donor)
Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Initiative, Roosevelt Institute
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Executive Committee, Committee for Economic Development
Former Director, Warburg Pincus Venture Capital
Managing Director, The Cedars Capital Partners
Chairman of the Board, MicroVest Capital-Mobilizing Intermediary
Senior Adviser, The Podesta Group lobbying and public relations firm
Contributor, National Venture Capital Association (2003,2004,2005), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), Independence Party Federal Committee (1998), DNC Services Corporation (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011), Carolyn’s PAC (2000), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2006,2008), HILL PAC (2005, 2006), Effective Government Commmittee (2002), National Leadership PAC (2000, 2007), Democratic Executive Committee of Florida (2008), Georgia Federal Elections Committee (2008), Indiana Democratic Congressional Victory Committee (2008), Michigan Democratic State Central Committee (2008), North Carolina Democratic Party Federal Committee (2008)

Larry Diamond
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Contributor, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2006), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2006), DNC Services Corporation (2004)

Wendy Drake (Americans Elect Chief Leadership Officer)
President, The Webster Group organizational fundraising and administration firm

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild
CEO, E.L. Rothschild private investment firm
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Fundraising host, Jon Huntsman for President
Director, The Economist
6 articles, New York Social Diary
Contributor, New Leadership for America PAC (2003), Patriot First PAC (2010), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2004), HILL PAC (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), New York State Democratic Committee (2006), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2004, 2006), America Coming Together (2004), ARTS PAC (2004) and Republican National Committee (2008)

Les Francis
Principal/Senior Advisor, Washington Media Group corporate public relations firm
Former Executive Director, Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Contributor, America’s Opportunity Fund (2008), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2010)

Carla Hills
Chairman & CEO, Hills & Company corporate advocacy firm on international trade
Former U.S. Trade Representative
Director, Council on Foreign Relations
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
2 articles and 2 photos in Washington Life Magazine
Contributor, Republican Party of Florida (2002, 2008)

Roderick M. Hills
Principal, Hills & Company corporate advocacy firm on international trade
Partner, Hills, Stern & Morley, LLP private equity and investment law firm
Executive Committee, Committee for Economic Development
Former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Former Chairman and CEO of Peabody Coal mining corporation
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
Two photos in Washington Life Magazine
Contributor, Republican National State Elections Committee (2001), DC Republican Committee Federal Committee (2002, 2009, 2010, 2011), Republican Party of Florida (1998, 2002), Promoting Our Republican Team PAC (2011), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2003, 2005), Republican National Committee (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), Straight Talk America (2006), Freedom First PAC (2010)

Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards
Director, Crown Media Holdings
One article in New York Social Diary
Contributor, Hallmark Cards PAC, Democratic Leaders Victory Fund (1999)

Philip K. Howard
Partner, Covington & Burling corporate law firm, specializing in mergers and acquisitions
Author: The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America, book arguing against “regulatory excess”
Chair, Common Good 501c3 corporation advocating deregulation
6 articles, New York Social Diary
Contributor, National Leadership PAC (1998), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2005, 2008), Senate Majority Fund (2008), Forward Together PAC (2006), Straight Talk America (2005), Making Business Excel Political Action Committee (2005) and Covington and Burling LLP PAC (2010)

Jim Jonas (Americans Elect: Administrator. Unity08: President and CEO)
Founding Partner, Category One Partners

Dale E. Jones
Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles executive search and corporate consulting firm
Board of Directors, Kohl’s and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
One article in Washington Life Magazine
Contributor, Georgia Republican Party (2000), DNC Services Corporation (2008)

David King
Lecturer in public policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Senior Advisor, PCT Government Relations lobbying firm

W. David Lawson IV
Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Investment Bank
Member, Economic Club of Washington, DC
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
Four articles in Washington Life Magazine

Joshua S. Levine (Americans Elect: President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors)
former Chief Technology and Operations Officer of E*TRADE
One article in New York Social Diary

Dr. Aaron Lobel
Founder and President, America Abroad Media
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Lee Lowenstein (Unity08: Donor)
Managing Director, Lionstone Capital Management firm for private wealth investment
One article in New York Social Diary

Sarah Malm (Americans Elect: Chief Communications Officer)
Former Managing Director, Public Strategies, Inc.

Will Marshall
President, Progressive Policy Institute
Founder, Democratic Leadership Council
Member, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq
Board of Advisors, Truman National Security Project
Signatory, Project for the New American Century
Citizen Leader, No Labels

Rafael Mayer (Unity08: donor)
Managing Partner, Khronos LLC hedge fund management firm
One photo in New York Social Diary

Mark McKinnon
President, Maverick Media
Global Vice Chair, Hill and Knowlton Public Relations corporation
CoFounder, No Labels
Former Advisor to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain
Supporter, Jon Huntsman for President

Morton H. Meyerson
Chairman, Alsbridge outsourcing corporation
Former Chairman and CEO of Perot Systems
Former President and Vice President of Electronic Data Systems
Founder and Partner, E2M Partners real estate investment firm
CEO and Chairman, 2M Companies private wealth investment firm
Director, CebaTech
Director, ChaCha Search
Director, Koll Development Company real estate investment firm

Michael R. Nelson
Visiting Professor, Communications, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University

Ainsley Perrien (Americans Elect: Press Secretary)
Former Deputy Media Practice Chair, Burson-Marsteller

Gerald Rafshoon (Unity08: CoFounder, Donor)
Founder, Gerald Rafshoon Productions
Former White House Communications Director for President Jimmy Carter
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
One photo in Washington Life Magazine
4 articles in New York Social Diary

Nancy E. Roman
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
President, G7 Group corporate political analysis firm

Kirk T. Rostron (Americans Elect: Donor)
Managing Partner, The Mount Vernon Group
Two photos in Washington Life Magazine

Richard Salomon
Managing Director, East End Advisors
Director, Boston Properties
Advisor to David Rockefeller
Director, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Chair, Advisory Board of Blackstone Capital Management
3 articles in New York Social Diary

Tom Sansonetti
Partner, Holland & Hart Lobbying Agency
Lobbyist, Harrah’s Casinos
Lobbyist, Oneida Nation Casinos
Lobbyist, Peabody Energy coal mining corporation
Former General Counsel, Republican National Committee, Committeeman, Wyoming Republican Party and Chair, Wyoming Republican Party
Contributor to the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, 2008

Douglas Schoen
Douglas E Schoen LLC
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Commentator, FOX News
Pollster, No Labels
Pollster, Michael Bloomberg campaigns
One article in Washington Life Magazine
2 articles in New York Social Diary

Tom Serres
CEO, Piryx, Inc.

Nick Troiano (Americans Elect: Employee. Unity08: Employee)
Student, Georgetown University

George Vradenburg
President, Vradenburg Foundation
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Member, Economic Club of Washington, DC
Member, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Member, Private Sector Senior Advisory Committee, Homeland Security Advisory Council
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
11 articles and 46 photos in Washington Life Magazine
2 articles in New York Social Diary

Lynda C. Webster
Chairman and CEO, The Webster Group organizational fundraising and administration firm
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
6 articles and 6 photos, Washington Life Magazine

William H. Webster
Former director, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency
Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council
Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Washington Life 2011 DC Social List
1 article and 10 photos in Washington Life Magazine
2 articles in New York Social Diary


Addendum: At the beginning of September 2011, Americans Elect listed the following additional “Leadership” on its website, without specifying their titles:

Melvin Andrews
Americans Elect donor
Founder and President of Lakeside Capital Partners

Gary Krisel
Former President, Walt Disney Animation
Executive of Lionel SDG Investments

Dale Mathias
Unity08 Advisory Council Member
Unity08 Donor through husband Edward J. Mathias (of the Carlyle Group, T. Rowe Price, Council on Foreign Relations and GOP Marketplace)
Founder and/or officer of four private equity funds
Member of Council on Foreign Relations
Appears in 6 articles of the DC Beltway social circle magazine Washington Life.

Mark Palmer
Unity08 Donor
Former Ambassador
Former Vice President of Enron for Public Relations
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
President, Capital Development Company LLC
Founder and Co-Owner, Central European Media Enterprises
Council Member, pro-military Center for a New American Security
Vice Chair of Freedom House organization under Chairman Peter Ackerman, the founder and Chairman of Americans Elect.

Peter Alan Rinfret
Chairman and CEO, Iris Wireless
President of Rinfret & Company and Rinfret Associates IPO, capital campaign and asset management corporation
Co-Chair, National Finance Committee for John McCain Campaign
Advisor to Republican members of Congress Orrin Hatch and Bill Archer


Addendum: At the end of October 2011, Americans Elect listed the following additional “Leadership” on its website, not specifying most of their leadership positions within Americans Elect:

Denis A. Cortese, M.D.
Foundation Professor, Arizona State University and Director of the ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program; Emeritus President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Eliot R. Cutler
Chairman, OneMaine, Political Action Committee to “to strengthen Maine’s political center.”
Candidate for Governor of Maine, 2010

Charles H. Dallara
Managing Director, Institute of International Finance, “an association of over 340 global financial institutions.”
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Jessica Einhorn
Dean of School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
20-year career as executive at World Bank

Mark Erwin
Former United States Ambassador to Mauritius
Former Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
President, Erwin Capital, Incorporated
Board of Directors, New Dominion Bank

Brian M. Findlay
Policy Director, Americans Elect

Bertil Lundqvist
General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Starr Insurance, Financial Services and Holding Company, specializing in corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Council member, Brookings Institution

Cara Brown McCormick
Smart Campaigns (Americans Elect contractor for undisclosed services)

Jordan H. Rednor
President, Rednor Group Ltd. merchant banking firm
Partner, The Mentor Fund investment fund
Chairman, Mr Youth social media marketing company
Partner, Protagonist Advertising Agency
Director, EMAK firm owned by Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman

Darry Sragow
Political Director, Americans Elect
Managing Partner and Political Strategist for Hire, SNR Denton US, LLP
One of California’s leading strategists for political campaigns, corporations, Native American tribes and nonprofit organizations.”