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Evan Osnos, Panel Moderator
The New Yorker

Evan Osnos is an author and staff writer at the New Yorker and longtime friend of the Segal family.  He joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and covers politics and foreign affairs. His recent subjects include a visit to North Korea during the nuclear crisis, China’s strategy for navigating the age of Trump, and Silicon Valley billionaires who prepare for doomsday scenarios. Sections of his book “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China,” based on eight years of living in Beijing, first appeared in the magazine. The book won the 2014 the National Book Award in nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. Previously, he worked as Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Before his assignment to China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq. He has also contributed to “This American Life” and been a correspondent for “Frontline/World.” He has received the Osborn Elliott Prize and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, and he is a three-time recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award. He lives in D.C.

Jack Lew, Panelist
Former United States Secretary of the Treasury and White House Chief of Staff

The Honorable Jacob J. Lew is a Partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and a Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Mr. Lew served as the 76th Secretary of the Treasury from 2013 to 2017 under the Obama Administration.  Prior to this role, he served as President Obama’s Chief of Staff after serving as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Mr. Lew first joined the Obama Administration as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Lew served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for two different Citigroup business units.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New York University and a professor of public administration. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Lew served in President Clinton’s cabinet as OMB Director.  From 1993 to 1994, while he served as special assistant to President Clinton, he helped design AmeriCorps, the national service program. From 1979 to 1987, Mr. Lew was a principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., serving as his liaison to the Greenspan Commission, which negotiated a bipartisan solution to extend the solvency of Social Security in 1983. Mr. Lew has served on a number of boards, including the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  He previously co-chaired the Advisory Board for City Year New York and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Lew graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Nicky Goren, Panelist
President and CEO, The Meyer Foundation

Nicky Goren is president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, which pursues and invests in solutions to build an equitable Greater Washington community in which people who are economically vulnerable thrive. Founded in 1944, the Meyer Foundation is a leading supporter of local nonprofit organizations serving the DC region. Each year, the Foundation provides grants totaling more than $7 million to more than 150 organizations working in the interconnected areas of affordable housing, education and workforce development, and financial security. In addition to funding, the Foundation works to build the capacity of partner organizations, serves as a convener and advocate on critical issues, and promotes cross-sector collective action to advance solutions to community challenges. Before being selected to lead the Meyer Foundation in 2014, Nicky served for four years as president of Washington Area Women’s Foundation, which focuses on increasing the economic security of women and girls in the DC region. Prior to joining Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Nicky spent 12 years in senior positions at the Corporation for National and Community Service. She served as chief of staff from 2006 to 2008 and as acting CEO from 2008 to 2010, overseeing a federal government agency with a staff of 600 and a budget of $1.1 billion. A graduate of Brandeis University and Cornell Law School, Nicky began her career as assistant general counsel in the Congressional Budget Office, and then served as counsel at the newly established Office of Compliance of the U.S. Congress.

Candice C. Jones, Panelist
CEO, Public Welfare Foundation

Candice Jones joined the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC as its President and CEO in 2017. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization that focuses on gun violence in Chicago. In that role, she worked on securing greater investments for violence intervention programs as an alternative to the criminal justice system. Prior to her work with Chicago CRED, she served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a cabinet level state agency where she supervised operations, programming, budget matters, and communications. During her tenure, she pushed significant reforms that reduced the number of youth in state custody. She also served as a White House Fellow, managing a portfolio within the U.S. Department of Education that included developing education strategies for correctional institutions and shepherding a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody. Earlier in her career, Candice served as a program officer with the MacArthur Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio focused on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and on improving the quality of defense for indigent youth. She currently serves on the board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a Chicago-based civil legal service organization. Candice received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brad Meltzer, Closing Remarks
Best-Selling Thriller and Mystery Writer

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