Speakers

A diverse and eclectic group of invariably fascinating speakers and entertainers takes the stage to engage in conversations and to perform at Uncharted. We have heard from some of the world's most exciting innovators and pioneers in the fields of environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. (See 2013-15 speakers, listed alphabetically, below.) A special aspect of Uncharted is the opportunity the festival affords participants to engage with speakers, through audience Q&A, at breaks and at the Uncharted party.

  • Chris Anderson

    Chris Anderson

    Drones and robotics pioneer

    Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. …Read More

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    Lisa Aliferis

    Editor of State of Health, KQED News

    Lisa Aliferis is Editor of State of Health, the health blog at KQED News. She has closely covered the debate around vaccine exemptions in California…Read More

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    Josh Barro

    Politics Editor, Business Insider

    Josh Barro is the Politics Editor for Business Insider. Previously, he was a blogger for Bloomberg View, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and a commercial real estate banker at Wells Fargo. …Read More

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    Carl Bass

    President and CEO, Autodesk

    Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. …Read More

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    W. Kamau Bell

    Socio-political comedian

    W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian who is the host of the upcoming CNN travel show, The United Shades of America. …Read More

  • Josh Bloom

    Joshua Bloom

    CTO and Co-Founder, wise.io, and Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

    Joshua Bloom is CEO and co-founder of wise.io, the machine intelligence company …Read More

  • Jamelle Bouie

    Jamelle Bouie

    Insightful observer of national politics, public policy

    Jamelle Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine where he writes on national politics, history, public policy, and racial inequality…Read More

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    Phil Bronstein

    Executive Chair, The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. …Read More

  • Shannon Brownlee

    Shannon Brownlee

    Author of Overtreated and Co-founder, RightCare Alliance

    Brownlee is a Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health …Read More

  • Shashi Buluswar

    Shashi Buluswar

    Executive Director, LIGTT

    Shashi Buluswar is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies…Read More

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    Linda Burnham

    Research Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

    Linda Burnham is the Research Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an organization that advocates for the rights and dignity of nannies, housecleaners and elder caregivers. …Read More

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    Laura Carstensen

    Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

    Laura Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is also the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which explores…Read More

  • Timothy Caulfield

    Timothy Caulfield

    Exposes food fads and celebrity misinformation

    Timothy Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta …Read More

  • Jeff Chang

    Jeff Chang

    Executive Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University

    Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. He is Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University…Read More

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    Brian Christian

    Author, The Most Human Human

    Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker favorite book of 2011…Read More

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    Steve Coll

    Steve Coll is Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize…Read More

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    David Crane

    Lecturer in Public Policy, Stanford University

    David Crane is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University and Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute For Economic Policy Research. He is also president and co-founder of Govern For California …Read More

  • Brad DeLong

    Brad DeLong

    Historian in disguise as an economist

    J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley …Read More

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

    Frances Dinkelspiel

    Uncovers the scandals and intrigue of the wine trade

    Frances Dinkelspiel is a co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s online newspaper…Read More

  • Nicholas Dirks

    Nicholas Dirks

    Chancellor, UC Berkeley

    Nicholas Dirks is an internationally renowned historian and anthropologist an a leader in higher education…Read More

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    Patrick Dooley

    Committed to theater as a form of activism

    Patrick Dooley started Shotgun Players in 1992 in the basement of a pizza parlor with a few friends and a desire to make great theatre that was affordable to folks who made minimum wage…Read More

  • Jennifer Doudna

    Jennifer Doudna

    Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry, University of California Berkeley; Faculty Scientist, Berkeley Lab

    Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, Faculty Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division of Berkeley Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator…Read More

  • Dale Dougherty

    Dale Dougherty

    Founder and CEO, Maker Media

    Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media…Read More

  • Riley Drake

    Riley Drake

    Thiel Fellow

    Riley Drake is interested in scientific communication and data analysis, with a background in immunology. …Read More

  • Alice Dreger

    Alice Dreger

    Historian of science and activist

    Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer, and an (im)patient advocate…Read More

  • Kathy Ellison

    Katherine Ellison

    Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author

    Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, author of seven books, and mother of two sons…Read More

  • Regina Evans

    Regina Evans

    Modern-day abolitionist

    Poet, playwright, actor, entrepreneur, and a modern-day abolitionist in the fight against sex trafficking. …Read More

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    Elizabeth Fishel

    Author

    Elizabeth Fishel is the author of five nonfiction books about family relationships …Read More

  • Julia Flynn Siler

    Julia Flynn Siler

    Prize-winning author and journalist

    Julia Flynn Siler is a former staff writer and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek…Read More

  • Douglas Gayeton

    Douglas Gayeton

    Co-founder, Lexicon of Sustainability

    Douglas Gayeton co-founded the Lexicon of Sustainability with Laura Howard-Gayeton in 2009…Read More

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    Masha Gessen

    Looks into Putin's Russia and doesn't like what she finds

    Masha Gessen is an award-winning journalist, LGBT activist and author. …Read More

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    Sandra Gilbert

    Reading and rereading women's lives and works

    Sandra Gilbert is a pioneering feminist critic who has most recently published Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions…Read More

  • Mina Girgis

    Mina Girgis

    Founder, The Nile Project

    Mina Girgis is an ethnomusicologist and entrepreneur who specializes in curating and producing innovative musical collaborations across diverse styles…Read More

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    Ken Goldberg

    Professor of New Media, UC Berkeley

    Ken Goldberg is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media at UC Berkeley, where he and his students investigate robotics, art, and social media…Read More

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    Marina Gorbis

    Executive Director, Institute for the Future

    Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. …Read More

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    Sean Gourley

    CTO, Quid

    Sean is a physicist, decathlete, political advisor, and TED fellow. …Read More

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    Randall Grahm

    Founder, Winemaker, Terroirist/Vinarchist and Prez-for-Life, Bonny Doon Vineyard

    Randall Grahm set sail in 1979 for the Great American Pinot Noir, foundered on the shoals of astringency and finesselessness and ended up running aground in the utterly unexpected New World of Rhône and Italian grape varieties. …Read More

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    Twilight Greenaway

    Writer and editor

    Twilight Greenaway has been writing and editing for the web since 2000. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Salt (the NPR food blog), the Guardian, the Bay Citizen, Gastronomica, Modern Farmer, TakePart, Civil Eats, and on Grist, where she was the food editor in 2011 and 2012. In addition to articles, […]

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    Kettner Griswold Jr.

    Thiel Fellow and President, CTO and Co-founder, Evolutionary Solutions

    Kettner Griswold Jr. focuses on large impact projects with high technical merit. …Read More

  • Paul Gu

    Paul Gu

    Thiel Fellow and Co-founder and Head of Product, Upstart

    Paul Gu had completed three years of credits at Yale University when he decided to pursue the Thiel Fellowship. …Read More

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    Meklit Hadero

    Ethio-American singer-songwriter

    Meklit Hadero’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to the annals of jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock…Read More

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    Quentin Hardy

    Acute, witty observer of technology and society

    Quentin Hardy is the deputy technology editor for The New York Times.…Read More

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    Tanya Holland

    Executive Chef and Owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ

    Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland…Read More

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    Laura Howard-Gayeton

    Co-founder, Lexicon of Sustainability

    Laura Howard-Gayeton co-founded the Lexicon of Sustainability with Douglas Gayeton in 2009…Read More

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    Malo André Hutson

    What they don't tell you about gentrification

    Malo André Hutson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. …Read More

  • Saru Jayaraman

    Saru Jayaraman

    Co-founder and Co-director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

    Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley…Read More

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    Joshua Johnson

    Broadcast journalist

    Joshua Johnson joined KQED as its new morning newscaster in 2010…Read More

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    Eric Kaplan

    Comic writer and philosopher

    Eric Kaplan is a co-executive producer of (and writer for) the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. …Read More

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    Mollie Katzen

    Author, The Heart of the Plate and Moosewood Cookbook

    Mollie Katzen changed the way a generation cooked with the publication of the Moosewood Cookbook in the 1970s.…Read More

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    Kate Kendell

    Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

    Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families …Read More

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    John King

    Urban design critic

    John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic…Read More

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    Lance Knobel

    Curator, Uncharted

    Lance Knobel is a co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s online newspaper…Read More

  • Alex-Kozinski

    Alex Kozinski

    Most outspoken judge on the federal bench

    Judge Kozinski was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on November 7, 1985, and served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014. …Read More

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    Marissa La Brecque

    Forward thinker about food

    Marissa La Brecque is co-founder of The Butcher’s Guild, a national trade organization for craft butchers…Read More

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    Anna Lappé

    Bold thinking for the future of food

    Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and the co-founder with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund…Read More

  • Peter Leyden

    Peter Leyden

    Reinventing what's next

    Peter Leyden is a leading expert on new technologies and trends shaping the future …Read More

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    Nate Lewis

    Professor of Chemistry, Caltech; Scientific Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

    Nate Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988…Read More

  • Kate Losse

    Kate Losse

    Author and essayist

    Kate Losse is an author and essayist who writes about the culture of technology…Read More

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    Donald MacDonald

    Principal, Donald MacDonald Architects

    An internationally recognized architect, Donald MacDonald’s varied projects and concentrations suggest a creative man who responds to real events and real needs. …Read More

  • Adam Mansbach

    Adam Mansbach

    Author, Go the Fuck to Sleep

    Adam Mansbach’s Go the Fuck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade…Read More

  • Michael McBride

    Michael McBride

    National leader in #BlackLivesMatter

    Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. …Read More

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    Dani McClain

    Fellow, Nation Institute

    Dani McClain’s reporting on gender and reproductive health has been published online in outlets including The New York Times, Colorlines, YES! Magazine, and EBONY.com. She is a fellow with the Nation Institute. …Read More

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    Deborah McKoy

    Executive Director and Founder, UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools

    Deborah McKoy is the Executive Director and Founder of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools…Read More

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    Alice Medrich

    Dessert and chocolate maven

    Alice Medrich is the winner of five James Beard Foundation Awards, most recently Best Baking & Dessert Book of the Year for her tenth cookbook…Read More

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    Maria Luisa Mendonça

    Director, Rede Social, Brazil

    Maria Luisa Mendonca is the director of Rede Social (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights) in Brazil and one of the founders of the World Social Forum.…Read More

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    Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

    Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley, and Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center

    Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty director of the University’s Greater Good Science Center. …Read More

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    Dan Miller

    Managing Director, The Roda Group

    Dan Miller is Managing Director of The Roda Group, a Berkeley venture capital group he co-founded that is focused on cleantech. …Read More

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    Daphne Miller

    Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of California San Francisco

    Daphne Miller, MD is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco…Read More

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    Elaine Miller Bond

    Photographer celebrating the natural world

    Elaine Miller Bond is a photographer and writer whose work celebrates the natural world …Read More

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    Vivienne Ming

    Theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur

    Vivienne Ming co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes…Read More

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    Markos Moulitsas

    Founder & publisher of Daily Kos
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    Ethan Nadelmann

    Point man for drug policy reform efforts

    Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad…Read More

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    Wallace J. Nichols

    Dives into the neuroscience of our relationship to water

    Wallace “J.” Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, movement-maker, New York Times best selling author and dad who works to inspire a deeper connection with nature. …Read More

  • Annalee Newitz

    Annalee Newitz

    Editor-in-Chief, io9

    Annalee Newitz is Editor-in-Chief of io9, a website that covers science, science fiction and the future. … Read More

  • Dev Patnaik

    Dev Patnaik

    CEO, Jump Associates

    Dev Patnaik is the CEO of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Dev is a frequent speaker at business forums and his articles have appeared in numerous publications…Read More

  • Kris Perry

    Kris Perry

    Executive Director, First Five Years Fund

    Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, understands that America’s future lies in the health and well being of the country’s youngest children…Read More

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    Paul Pierson

    John Gross Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

    Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory. …Read More

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    Paul Piff

    Research scientist, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

    Paul Piff, a social psychologist and research scientist in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, studies how wealth changes people. …Read More

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    Kalimah Priforce

    Co-founder, Qeyno Labs

    At eight years old, Kalimah held a successful hunger strike against his Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library which drew the attention of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who privately tutored him until the age of 14. …Read More

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    Andrés Roemer

    Consul General of Mexico, San Francisco

    Andrés Roemer is a Mexican diplomat, Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco. He is also a journalist, civil servant and a scholar…Read More

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    Ruth Rosen

    Uncovering the hidden injuries of sex

    Ruth Rosen is Professor Emerita of History at UC Davis, where she taught American history, women’s history, history and public policy, and immigration studies for over two decades…Read More

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    Scott Rosenberg

    Writer and editor

    Scott Rosenberg is a writer, editor and website builder. He was executive editor of Grist until early 2014…Read More

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    Ananya Roy

    Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice, UC Berkeley

    Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at UC Berkeley. Roy teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. …Read More

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    Felix Salmon

    Finance blogger, Thomson Reuters

    Felix Salmon is a finance blogger for Thomson Reuters. He arrived in the United States in 1997 from England …Read More

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    Randy Schekman

    Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, UC Berkeley

    Randy Schekman is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013…Read More

  • Dan Schifrin

    Daniel Schifrin

    Writer and curator

    Daniel Schifrin is producer and moderator of the new conversation series “Ideas of Late”…Read More

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    Michael Shellenberger

    President, Breakthrough Institute

    Michael Shellenberger is President of Breakthrough Institute, a leading global think tank on energy, economic innovation and conservation. His 2007 book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, co-authored with Ted Nordhaus, was called “prescient” by Time and “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring” by Wired. …Read More

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    Tiffany Shlain

    Filmmaker who changes minds

    Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain …Read More

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    Nina Simon

    Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

    Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her community-centered approach to design. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History …Read More

  • Robin Sloan

    Robin Sloan

    Geeky explorer of the role of writing in our digital era

    Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State …Read More

  • Doug Solomon

    Doug Solomon

    IDEO Fellow who devises collaborative approaches to innovation

    Doug Solomon is an IDEO Fellow and an innovation consultant…Read More

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    Claude Steele

    Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

    Claude Steele is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley. Reporting to and working in close partnership with the Chancellor, the EVCP plays a critical role in developing and implementing UC Berkeley’s vision and priorities…Read More

  • Sandy Stier

    Sandy Stier

    Public health systems leader

    Sandy Stier is a passionate advocate for delivering health care services to the public, particularly vulnerable populations…Read More

  • Adora-Svitak

    Adora Svitak

    Teenager who teaches teachers how to change education

    Since the age of four, Adora has been exploring what she can do with the written word …Read More

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    Matías Tarnopolsky

    Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

    Matías Tarnopolsky has served as Executive and Artistic Director of Cal Performances since August 2009…Read More

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    Tracey Taylor

    Co-founder, Berkeleyside

    Tracey Taylor is a co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s online newspaper…Read More

  • Scott Timberg

    Scott Timberg

    Chronicler of the crisis of the creative class

    Scott Timberg is a longtime culture writer and editor …Read More

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    William Turner

    First Amendment expert

    For the last 30 years William Turner has taught courses on freedom of speech and the press at UC Berkeley, teaching thousands of undergraduates and graduate journalism students about the First Amendment…Read More

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    Vivek Wadhwa

    Vice President, Innovation and Research, Singularity University

    Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; …Read More

  • Chris Walker

    Chris Walker

    Thiel Fellow

    Christopher Walker is a video game designer, programmer, and artist. …Read More

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    Elñora Tena Webb

    Visionary leader in making higher education accessible

    Elñora Tena Webb is President of Laney College, the flagship of the Peralta Community College District…Read More

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