The Polarization Report Is Out

Board of Directors

Dr. Carl D. Marci is a physician, neuroscientist, author and entrepreneur in the health and technology sectors. He is currently the Chief Psychiatrist at Ready Responders, a venture-backed on-demand, technology-enabled health care service.  He is also a board-certified psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and part-time Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marci is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network as a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow.

Previously, Dr. Marci was the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Innerscope Research, a pioneer in the field of consumer neuroscience. The Company was acquired in 2015 by Nielsen, where he served as the first Global Chief Neuroscientist until 2019. He is also the former Director of Social Neuroscience at MGH and has been a visiting Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab.

Dr. Marci holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed science journals, holds seven patents, gives lectures nationally and internationally, and is author of a forthcoming book on technology and the brain to be published by Harvard University Press.

Dr. Atema Eclai has a wide experience working in different parts of the world on Human Rights and Social Justice issues, including quality education, community development, conflict management, and organizational leadership. 

Currently, Dr. Eclai is a consultant to three organizations in East Africa. She is also the Interim Director for Chefs4Kids foundation.

Dr. Atema Eclai holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a master’s and Doctorate from Harvard School of Education.

Dr. Rana Dajani received her Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from the University of Iowa, and is currently a Cmelikova Visiting Scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a tenured professor of biology and biotechnology at The Hashemite University in Jordan, and an Ashoka fellow. Previously, Dr. Dajani was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She has also been an Eisenhower fellow, a Fulbright visiting professor at Yale University, and a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge. 

One of the most influential women scientists in the Islamic World, Dr. Dajani is the world expert on the genetics of Circassian and Chechen populations in Jordan and has established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. She was awarded the Jordan star of science by His Majesty King Abdullah II, as well as the World Literacy Council Award (2018), the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award (2018), the Science, Technology and Innovation Award UN (2019), and the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award (2020). 

A social entrepreneur and educator, Dr. Dajani is studying refugee youth with Yale University and the epigenetics of trauma across generations as a Jordan team leader. She has established a women mentor network, organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017, and serves as a member UN women Jordan advisory council. As a higher education reform expert, Dr. Dajani also developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure. 

In 2018, Dr. Dajani authored the book, Five scarves, Doing the impossible: If we can reverse cell fate why cant we redefine success.

Professor Ramirez is an esteemed professor for criminal justice at Northeastern University School of Law and a criminal justice expert. She graduated from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. She has worked as an assistant US attorney and has handled appeals before the First Circuit. Moreover, she has given numerous Congressional testimonies before the US House of Representatives.  Professor Ramirez has recently been published in the Boston Globes, appeared on ABC News, ABC Good Morning America, interviewed with NPR and Insurance Journals and has published numerous law journal articles on the topic of criminal justice reform.  She teaches criminal justice for first year students, along with advanced courses in criminal justice, race and reform. She engages the student body in topics relating to criminal law and works on strategies and initiatives to make the criminal justice system more just.

Frederick M. Lawrence is the 10th Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s first and most prestigious honor society, founded in 1776. At Phi Beta Kappa, Lawrence has focused on advocacy for the arts, humanities and sciences, championing free expression, free inquiry and academic freedom, and invigorating the Society’s 290 chapters and nearly 50 alumni associations. 

An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes.  Lawrence has published widely and lectured internationally. He is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law (Harvard University Press 1999), examining bias-motivated violence and how such violence is punished in the United States. He frequently contributes op-eds to various news sources, such as Newsweek, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, US News and the NY Daily News, and has appeared on CNN and Fox News among other networks. Lawrence serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Humanities Alliance, the Editorial Board of the Journal of College and University Law, and the National Commission of the Anti-Defamation League, and has been a Trustee of Williams College and WGBH.

Lawrence is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Georgetown Law Center, and has previously served as president of Brandeis University, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He was Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law from 1988 to 2005, during which time he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor. Lawrence’s legal career was distinguished by service as an assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York in the 1980s, where he became chief of the Civil Rights Unit.

Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Williams College magna cum laude where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a law degree in 1980 from Yale Law School where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

George Biddle is a humanitarian and development expert with over three decades of experience in crisis response, peace-building, and conflict mitigation. Mr. Biddle is currently the chairman of World Connect, a nonprofit organization that invests in grassroots leaders in the global South to design and implement their own self-sustaining community development projects.

 From 2000 to 2015, Biddle was the executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a leading humanitarian organization that responds to conflict and natural disasters across the globe. He served as the IRC’s acting president from May to July 2002 and is now a board member. Previously, he served as the vice president of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Biddle was also president of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-cold war Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy.

 Biddle has testified before Congress and presented at the UN Security Council and the European Parliament, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on several nonprofit boards. He received his AB from Harvard and MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

James Houghton is an investor and Chairman of Market Street Trust Company, a shared family office that provides integrated wealth management services to several multi-generational families. Previously, James was a general partner at Megunticook Management, a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on investments in early-stage telecom and technology companies.  Prior to that James worked in several business development and management roles for Corning Inc. and started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan.

In addition to his board experience as an investor in a number of companies, James has served on many non-profit boards, including most recently St. Paul’s School, Shady Hill School and Citizen’s for Juvenile Justice. He is currently a Trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass and a Director of the Triangle Fund, a foundation supporting organizations that work with kids-at-risk in western NY.   James was also a co-founder and co-editor of The Good Men Project, a collection of essays about defining moments in a diverse group of men’s lives that sparked a national conversation about our shared humanity.

James received his B.A. from Harvard College and lives in Boston with his wife and two daughters.

 

Jeff Rosenthal is the Co-Founder of Summit & Summit Powder Mountain. He currently serves on the boards of Beyond Conflict and Street Soccer USA, and the Leadership Council at Conservation International. Rosenthal also serves as a Senior Advisor to many for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including Inspire Energy, Calm, Scopely, One Community Films, Seed Biosciences, GivePower Foundation, Arabella Advisors, Laurel Strategies, Whistleblower Aid and Save the Waves Foundation, and was a founding board member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

Rosenthal is a Founding Partner of the Summit Action Fund, the Drawdown Fund, and Senior Advisor to TPG Rise and TPG Growth. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is the recipient of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovator Award, and co-author of Make No Small Plans, releasing in 2021 on Currency Press.

Jocelyn Sargent is a political scientist and veteran change agent in philanthropy with over two decades of experience advancing democracy and social justice agendas of major institutions. A co-founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, she has spent the bulk of her career devoted to social equity, civil society, and leadership development. Her training as a social scientist combined with her impressive experience in philanthropic management and research coalesce perfectly with institutions seeking to making long-lasting impact for equity and justice.

By virtue of her humble extended family roots, Dr. Sargent possesses a deep personal passion for a fair and just society. Dr. Sargent also brings a professional background in grantmaking, public policy, community development, and research and assessment.

Her most notable work has been with the Open Society Foundation in New York, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan, the Hogg Foundation in Texas, and the Hyams Foundation in Massachusetts.

Justin Dangel is the CEO & Co-Founder of Ready Responders. Ready Responders recruits, trains and equips part-time EMTs to improve emergency response times and the efficiency of municipal EMS systems and pre-hospital care generally. Previously, Mr. Dangel founded Consumer United (now Goji) in 2008 and grew it from just a few employees in a small office to over 500 employees across multiple locations within 5 years. Consumer United was named one of the ‘Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Insurance’ by Inc. Magazine in 2012. In 1998, Mr. Dangel was the founder and CEO of Voter.com, where he helped create the most popular independent political channel on the Internet with more than 3.5 million monthly users and 500,000 newsletter subscriptions. He led a team that developed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, NBC, CNN, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Democratic and Republican parties and several others. His political and public service background includes the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Tech Collaborative – the state’s technology development agency. Mr. Dangel has spoken at numerous events and conferences across the country, including the World Economic Forum in Washington. He is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Political Science.

Sarah Lukas recently retired as a healthcare partner at the firm of Edelstein & Company, LLP.  Prior to her retirement, Lukas specialized in providing tax, consulting and practice management services to health care clients. Her clients included a wide range of physician groups of various specialties and sizes. She also provided consulting services to hospitals and medical billing companies. She has extensive experience in medical billing and collection issues as well as the start-up of new physician practices.

Lukas has served on several non-profit boards and advisory committees including Health Leads and Health Law Advocates.  Sarah received an M.S. in Taxation from Bentley University and a B.S. in accounting from SUNY Binghamton.

Tim Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict. Since 1992, Phillips has led Beyond Conflict in its efforts to help catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, Kosovo and South Africa.  He has also advised the United Nations, the U.S Department of State, and the Council of Europe.

In the private sector, Phillips was a founder of Energia Global International Ltd. (EGI), which was a leader in the development and operation of privately owned renewable energy facilities in Central and South America in the early 1990s. Phillips also helped launch and serve on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, which was founded in 2001 and works with more than 100 former heads of state and government to promote the consolidation of democracy around the world.

Phillips serves on the board of directors, trustees and overseers of numerous international organizations and cultural and educational institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Rose Art Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and the Frameworks Institute.  He also serves as a strategic consultant to a number of early-stage nongovernmental organizations on issues of democratization, civil society, conflict resolution and technologies to bridge the digital divide in the developing world. 

Phillips is a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Salzburg Seminar, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State, and he has lectured at a number of universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Brandeis. He has published on transitional justice, conflict resolution and national reconciliation, and his work with Beyond Conflict (formerly the Project on Justice in Times of Transition) was featured in the PBS documentary The Visionaries. He has also been a guest commentator on National Public Radio, Radio RTE Ireland and the BBC World Service. 

Phillips was educated at Suffolk University and the London School of Economics and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Suffolk University in 2018.