Chairman

img_2171David Alinsky is the son of Saul Alinsky and he started his career as a news and portrait photographer, which morphed into film into video, which morphed into engineering, where he spent the majority of his professional career. He is the co-owner of the copyright to Rules for Radicals and Saul Alinsky’s other writings. He, as Saul before him, has always endeavored to live by Rabbi Hillel’s dictum: “Where there are no men, be thou a man.”

President

Ralph BenkoRalph J. Benko is an internationally syndicated political columnist, and member of the Conservative Action Project. He was lead co-editor of the Laissez Faire Books edition of the definitive modern translation of Copernicus’s Essay on Money. Ralph authored The Websters’ Dictionary: how to use the Web to transform the world, which won the Trophée du choix des Internauts from the World e-Democracy Forum, 2010, Paris, France. Ralph was the editor of The Lehrman Institute’s TheGoldStandardNow.org, for which he was nominated as nonprofit blogger of the year by the National Bloggers Club.  He was a deputy general counsel in the Reagan White House; founded the Prosperity Caucus; and was a member of the original Supply Side movement.

Advisers To The Center

JDAJason Alinsky is the grandson of Community Organizer Saul Alinsky. He grew up outside Boston and attended the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with degrees in history and marketing. After graduating, Jason moved to DC where soon was named Campaign Manager for William Smith and ran a grassroots based campaign while simultaneously working on Capitol Hill and for a healthcare consulting firm. He currently still works in the Maryland General Assembly as Delegate Smith’s Chief of Staff. For the last year, Jason has worked on the community organizing based campaign for Jamie Raskin’s bid for the US House of Representatives. Since the election, Jason has just returned from a Massachusetts State Senate Campaign working as the Deputy Campaign Manager. Currently, he works for the Maryland Democratic Party organizing Montgomery, Frederick, Carroll Counties along with all Western Maryland.


robert-alinsky-pictureRobert Alinsky is a tax attorney practicing in the Boston office of a global public accounting firm. Robert’s transactional-focused practice involves addressing the state & local, federal, and international tax issues facing the firm’s business clients.  In addition, Robert provides pro bono tax planning advice to start-ups seeking legal help from the Boston University School of Law Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic, a legal clinic serving both Boston University and MIT. Prior to his legal career, Robert worked in Washington D.C. with a national trade association. Robert earned his LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of law, his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and his undergraduate degree in political science from Case Western Reserve University.  Robert is a grandson of Saul Alinsky.


salinskyShelby Alinsky is a children’s and educational editor whose experience has ranged from developing informative children’s books to creating innovative teaching guides, classroom materials, top-rated educational apps, and serving as a consultant for popular kids YouTube channels. As Senior Editor for Learning, Literacy and STEM Kids Books at National Geographic, she manages the highly successful National Geographic Kids Readers series, the National Geographic Kids Chapter Books series, the National Geographic Kids How Things Work series, and the best-selling National Geographic Kids Almanac, as well as titles such as Welcome to Mars, by Buzz Aldrin, Brain Games, by Jennifer Swanson, Dining With Dinosaurs by Hannah Bonner, and You Can Be a Paleontologist by Scott D. Sampson. Shelby’s focus is on bringing highly engaging content to all children to foster a lifelong love of learning.


Joan BladesJoan Blades is a founding partner of Living Room Conversations, co-founder of MomsRising.org & MoveOn.org as well as co-author ofThe Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line & The Motherhood Manifesto. Trained as an attorney/mediator, 10 years as a software entrepreneur and always a nature lover, she is also an artist, mother and true believer in the power of citizens & our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse and embrace our core shared values.


A. Lawrence ChickeringA. Lawrence Chickering is a Living Room Conversations project partner is founder of Educate Girls Globally (EGG), which has developed a powerful model for promoting girls’ education in the most difficult, tribal parts of rural India and will soon expand to Africa.  EGG partners with governments to reform government schools and is now in more than 5,000 schools serving about 700,000 children, developing the model in the most male-dominated regions without significant conflict or opposition.  Lawry has written two books on a transpartisan politics (Beyond Left and Right, 1993; and, with James S. Turner, Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life, 2008).  His work spanning more than twenty years focuses on empowering citizens in public spaces, and he is currently writing two new books: one (with James S. Dierke) on reforming government schools in India and the U.S.; and the other on strategies for using civil society initiatives to support foreign and security policy — both powerful transpartisan issues.


bill collierWilliam R. Collier is the owner of Regal Blue Media, Collier is a US Navy Veteran who served in Iceland where he hunted Russian subs during the Cold War. He has served in various capacities as a new media, marketing, and web design professional for various clients. A newspaper man since the early 1990’s, Collier has managed or consulted with over a dozen newspapers and publications using a people-powered news model. One of his latest projects was the website for The Committee To Unleash Prosperity. He was one of the original organizers of the Tea Party movement, working through Team Sarah as the governance adviser, and has been involved in many of the political developments of the past 10 years. Collier serves on the Samaritan Medal Foundation, which promotes peace, humanitarianism, and the academic study of the Samaritan people.


deckerJon Decker is a supply-side community organizer currently serving as the Executive Director of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. Decker has worked on behalf of several free-market nonprofit organizations, and his op-eds have been featured in publications including Forbes.com, and The Washington Times. Decker is an adherent to Saul Alinsky’s philosophy of human dignity. Decker graduated from Roger Williams University, where he served as Chairman of the College Republicans, with a bachelor’s degree in political science .


Debilyn MolineauxDebilyn Molineaux is a transformation partner. She works with visionaries and movements in support of a new national and global social contract focused on personal dignity and sovereignty. Her work highlights the relationships between individuals, institutions and governments for conscious transformation. She is the Managing Partner for Living Room Conversations, President of Coffee Party USA and Co-Director for Bridge Alliance, representing micro to macro to system approaches.


Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. To date, 172 House members, and 34 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 7 governors and over 1100 state legislators have taken the pledge. Norquist chairs the Washington, DC-based Wednesday Meeting, a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. “Grover is a force of nature. Political scientists could study how Grover networked and masterminded becoming the single most influential conservative in Washington or, for that matter, the United States.” — Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report.


john steimerJohn Steiner is a networker, catalyst, creative consultant, occasional philanthropist and venture capital investor — all with his wife and partner, Margo King. He works with the DC based Convergence Center for Policy Resolution to bring multi-stakeholder, collaborative problem solving tools to the national level. He was a founding member and early leader of the Threshold Foundation (aka Donuts) and a founding member of the Social Venture Network. He was a founding board member of Search for Common Ground and at one point board chair of CDR Associates. John also works closely with Dr. Robert Fuller regarding rankism (racism, sexism, ageism – are subsets of rankism) and its antidote a dignitarian society and the self-enforcement of the golden rule.


James TurnerJames S. Turner, a principal in the firm, represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. He has appeared before every major consumer regulatory agency, including the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Turner has served as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research. He has also been a policy consultant to major corporations in the food, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, including such companies as Kraft Foods, The Quaker Oats Company, Hoffmann-LaRoche and AT&T. Mr. Turner was the lead attorney on a successful petition to the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles from Class III to Class II medical devices, permitting their legal importation and distribution. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Law.