Leadership Council

The Franklin Project Leadership Council is comprised of inspiring leaders from across a wide range of fields including national service, business, defense, media, politics & education. Members of the Leadership Council support the Franklin Project vision and are working with our team to help us turn that vision into a reality over the next decade. Members of the Leadership Council assist with media, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts & idea generation related to advancing the big idea. The Leadership Council is chaired by General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal.




General Stanley McChrystal (Chair) - United States Army General (Retired); Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force & U.S. Forces Afghanistan; Author, My Share of the Task



Madeleine Albright - Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former U.S. Secretary of State & U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Author, Madam Secretary; Trustee, Aspen Institute

Don Baer - Worldwide Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller

Melody Barnes - Chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund; Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives, New York University; Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger - Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former National Security Advisor

Tom Branen - Executive Director, America's Service Commissions

John Bridgeland - Co-Chair, The Franklin Project; CEO, Civic Enterprises; Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

Tom Brokaw - Former Anchor & Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News; Author, The Greatest Generation, Boom! & The Time of Our Lives 

Michael Brown - Co-Founder and CEO, City Year

Anna Burger - Co-Chair of the Gettysburg Project on Civic Engagement, Senior Advisor to the Democracy Alliance, Roosevelt Institute Director of the Economic Media Project, Former Member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, the Retired Chair of Change to Win and Secretary Treasurer of SEIU

Barbara Bush - Co-Founder and CEO, Global Health Corps

Jean Case - CEO, The Case Foundation; Former Chair, President's Council on Service and Civic Participation

Raymond G. Chambers - UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing of the Health Related Millennium Development Goals & for Malaria; Co-Founder, America's Promise Alliance; Chair, MCJ Amelior Foundation

Emily Cherniack - Founder, New Politics

AnnMaura Connolly - President, Voices for National Service; Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, City Year

Rob Coretz - President, Coretz Family Foundation; Chairman, Omni Air International

Scott S. Cowen - President, Tulane University; Former Member, White House Council for Community Solutions

Maureen Curley - President, Campus Compact

Richard Danzig - Chairman, Center for a New American Security; Former Secretary of the Navy; Author, National Service: What Would it Mean

Steven Denning - Chairman, General Atlantic

John DiIulio - University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Political Science, and Former Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Bill Drayton - CEO and Founder, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; Former Assistant Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Joshua DuBois - Former Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

General Ann Dunwoody - U.S. Army General (Retired); Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command

Michèle Flournoy - Founder & Co-Chair, Center for a New American Security; Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Henrietta H. Fore - Chairman and CEO, Holsman International

General Jack Gardner - U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Retired); Former Deputy Commander, European Command

Robert Gates - Former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Former Director of Central Intelligence; Former President, Texas A&M University

Mark Gearan - President, Hobart & William Smith Colleges; Former Director, Peace Corps; Former White House Director of Communications & Strategic Planning

Casey Gerald - CEO, MBAs Across America

David Gergen - CNN Senior Political Analyst; Director, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership; Former Senior Advisor to four U.S. Presidents

Elliot Gerson - Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, The Aspen Institute; American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust

Michael Gerson - Columnist, The Washington Post; Former Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning

Dan Glickman - Vice President & Executive Director of Congressional Programs, The Aspen Institute; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Former Member of Congress (Kansas)

Rob Gordon - Chief Strategy Office, APX Labs; U.S. Army (Ret); Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

Jennifer Granholm - Director, American Jobs Project, U.C. Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute; Former Governor of Michigan

Eric Greitens - CEO & Founder, The Mission Continues; United States Navy SEAL (Retired); Author, The Heart & the Fist

Stephen Hadley - Senior Advisor for International Affairs, U.S. Institute of Peace; Former National Security Advisor; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs

Andrew Hauptman - Chairman, Andell, Inc.; Owner and Chairman, Chicago Fire Soccer Club; Trustee, City Year

Mellody Hobson - President, Ariel Investments; Chairman of the Board, DreamWorks Animation, SKG

Chris Howard - President of Robert Morris University, Founder of the Impact Young Lives Foundation & member of the National Security Education Program Board of Directors

Arianna Huffington - President, Chair and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post; Author, Fourth Instinct

Jon Huntsman - Former Governor of Utah; Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore & China

Walter Isaacson - President & CEO, The Aspen Institute; Author, Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life & Universe, & Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Jealous - President & CEO, NAACP; Former Executive Director, National Newspaper Publishers Association; Former Director, U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International

Sebastian Junger - Best-selling author of War and The Perfect Storm; and co-Director, Restrepo

Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School

Dirk Kempthorne - Former Governor of Idaho, U.S. Senator & U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Alan Khazei - Co-Chair, The Franklin Project; CEO, The Action Tank; Co-Founder, City Year; Founder, Be the Change

Wendy Kopp - Founder & Chair, Teach For America; CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All; Author, One Day, All Children & A Chance to Make History

Laura Lauder - Venture Philanthropist, Lauder Family Foundation; Co-Principal, Lauder Partners LLC, Venture Capital

Jonathan Lavine - Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Sankaty Advisors; Trustee, City Year

Joshua Marcuse - Founder and Chairman, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Mel Martinez - Chairman, Southeast and Latin America and Vice Chair, JPMorgan Chase; Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Zach Maurin - Executive Director, ServiceNation

Dorothy McAuliffe - First Lady of Virginia

Jamie Merisotis - President/CEO, Lumina Foundation

Michael Montelongo - Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sodexo; Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management

Wes Moore - U.S. Army Captain (Ret.); Author, The Other Wes Moore; Host of Beyond Belief, Oprah Winfrey Network

Sam Nunn - Co-Chairman and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Former U.S. Senator of Georgia

Eduardo Padrón - President, Miami Dade College; Chairman, White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

Robert Putnam - Professor, Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; Author, Bowling Alone, Better Together & American Grace

Lynda Resnick - Vice Chairman, Roll Global

W. Taylor Reveley  III - President, College of William and Mary

Condoleezza Rice - Professor & Former Provost, Stanford University; Former U.S. Secretary of State & National Security Advisor; Author, No Higher Honor; Trustee, Aspen Institute

Norm Rice - President & CEO, The Seattle Foundation; Former Mayor of Seattle; Former Member, White House Council for Community Solutions

Jennifer Hoos Rothberg - Executive Director, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Shirley Sagawa - Fellow, Center for American Progress; Former Deputy Chief of Staff, First Lady Hillary Clinton; Author, The American Way to Change

Donna Shalala - President, University of Miami; Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Former Peace Corps Volunteer

Patty Shinseki - Board of Advisors, White House Joining Forces Initiative; Board of Directors, Military Child Education Coalition

Bill Shore - Founder & CEO, Share our Strength; Author, The Cathedral Within

Timothy Shriver - Chairman & CEO, Special Olympics; Chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

Olympia Snowe - Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Co-Chair, Commission on Political Reform; Former U.S. Senator (R-Maine)

Richard Stengel - Former Managing Editor, TIME Magazine; Former CEO, National Constitution Center; Author, Mandela's Way

Patty Stonesifer - CEO, Martha's Table; Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Former Chair, White House Council for Community Solutions

Kerry Sullivan - President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Laurie Tisch - President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; Chair Emeritus of the Center for Arts Education and the Children's Museum of Manhattan; Trustee, Aspen Institute, Whitney Museum, & Lincoln Center

Laysha Ward - President, Target Community Relations and Target Foundation; Board Chair, Corporation for National & Community Service

Harris Wofford - Senior Advisor, The Franklin Project; Former U.S. Senator; Former CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service; Former President, Bryn Mawr College; Associate Director, Peace Corps; Civil Rights Advisor to President Kennedy

Tae Yoo - Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems

Ilir Zherka - Executive Director, National Conference on Citizenship