General Michael Hayden (Ret.) is the former Director of the National Security Agency and CIA, and author of Playing to The Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. He is now a principal consultant with global security firm The Chertoff Group.
Joanna Coles is the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, which recently partnered with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun safety initiative for a campaign called Singled Out. The campaign seeks to raise awareness among unmarried women of the risk for gun violence and the gaps in the law. She also serves on Snapchat’s board of Directors.
Michael Eric Dyson is a professor at Georgetown University and author of The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America. He is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times, where his latest column is “President Obama’s Racial Renaissance.”
Fran Lebowitz is a writer and longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and will be appearing with Frank Rich for “A Conversation on Art and Politics” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 18th. Lebowitz was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 HBO documentary, “Public Speaking,” and, in case you were wondering, she does not own an iPhone.
Mark Ruffalo is an actor and activist whose role in the film "Spotlight" earned him an Oscar nomination. Ruffalo is the founder of the non-profit WaterDefense.org, which is dedicated to clean water and rooted in the belief that access to clean water is a fundamental human right.
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