Ari Hershkowitz
Born and raised in New York in an insular, ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age, later becoming an atheist. He has now built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed documentary “One of...
John Paul
John Paul is founder and CEO of Grand Opportunity USA (“GOUSA”), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, and author of the book Cues for Conservatives – How to Engage the Millennial Generation and Unite the Conservative Movement. GOUSA’s mission is to motivate, educate and mobilize young people, minority groups, NTLs (non-traditional lifestyles), people of faith and citizens of all...
Jacob Hibbard
Jacob Hibbard is the Northwest Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute. Jacob has been interested in politics since he was in elementary school when he volunteered for his first campaign. He participated in the Iowa caucuses of 2008, and was a youth delegate to the Iowa Republican State convention that same year. Prior to...
Rachael Rollins
Rachael Rollins is the first black woman to win the Democratic nomination for Suffolk District Attorney, promising to bring progressive reform to the Boston-based office. Former President Barack Obama gave a shoutout to Rachael in a speech that criticized President Trump and urged people to vote in the November midterm elections. She is endorsed by The Boston...
Todd Myers
With nearly two decades in environmental policy, Todd Myers’ experience includes work on a range of environmental issues, including spotted owl habitat, old-growth forests and salmon population. Currently, he serves as a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and was a member of the executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural...
Will Creeley
Will began defending student and faculty rights for FIRE in 2006 after graduating from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate executive editor for the New York University Law Review. Will has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE and has spoken to students, faculty, administrators,...
Matt Allen
Matt Allen joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in September of 2014 and is now the Field Director. He has worked as a community organizer on a range of issues from economic justice, to campaign finance reform, to homelessness prevention. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, the...
Etty Ausch
Etty Ausch was featured in the acclaimed Netflix documentary, One of Us, which follows three people leaving the ultra-orthodox, Hasidic community in Brooklyn, NY. She wrote a viral piece, “How I Left My Hasidic Jewish Community and Found My Sexuality,” for Refinery29, detailing her account of how she left the community and is openly gay....
Nate Dinet
Nate is the co-founder and author of Conquer Life, a personal development brand and start up consultancy focused on facilitating and coaching individuals/businesses to achieve their dreams and goals. Nate has been an enterprise transformation consultant for a decade helping organizations and teams become as efficient as possible, he took those same principles and applied...
Dr. James Cresswell
Associate Professor of Psychology at Ambrose Universitysswell James (Jim) Cresswell has a deep commitment to education and enhancing the student experience.  The kinds of courses he teaches include ones about culture, immigration, and identities in an increasingly globalizing world.  Courses such as social psychology and interpersonal communication also fit within his repertoire. Other teaching areas...