Adrian Fenty is the former Mayor of Washington, DC. After leaving office, Fenty, who is a special advisor at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and a member of the business development team at the law firm Perkins Coie, has held advisory and business development roles with Rosetta Stone, Everfi and CapGemini. He also serves on the Board of Directors of two nonprofits: College Track and Fight for Children.
Fenty received his B.A. from Oberlin College, where he returned as a distinguished visiting professor in 2011, and received a J.D. from Howard University Law School. He is also an avid triathlete and was recognized in 2008 by Men’s Health magazine as one of the nation’s top Heroes of Health & Fitness.
Nathan Daschle is the Senior VP of Political Communications for Clear Channel Communications. Before joining Clear Channel, Daschle cofounded Ruck.us—a political startup.
Prior to Ruck.us, Daschle was the Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), from 2007 to 2010. The organization set numerous fundraising records and won a majority of its targeted races under his leadership.
In 2010, Daschle was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s “40 under 40” rising stars in politics. Also in 2010, he was profiled in Details magazine as one of the “16 game-changers in the worlds of entertainment, politics, fashion and technology” in a piece titled “Mavericks.” In 2006, Daschle was named as one of Washington’s “40 Top Lawyers Under 40” by Washingtonian magazine.
He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2002 and his B.A., with distinction, from Northwestern University in 1995.
Gabe Klein is a senior visiting fellow with the Urban Land Institute. Gabe is a unique combination of entrepreneur and visionary city planner, with experience making the connection between smart cities and public policy. Gabe has recently run citywide transportation departments in Washington, D.C. (under Mayor Adrian Fenty) and in Chicago (under Mayor Rahm Emanuel) where he had a holistic approach to transportation policy and was known for lightning-fast implementation of major initiatives, including two of the largest bike-share systems in the US, new parks, and transit stations. He previously co-founded On The Fly, the first multi-unit electric food truck ecosystem in the United States and helped Zipcar become the company it is today.
As one of the most successful and experienced executives in the tennis industry, Benton’s lifelong commitment to the sport began in Iowa where he started playing at the age of fifteen. During his years in college and the US Army he worked as an instructor in a variety of venues including public parks, country clubs and as the Varsity Tennis coach at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
In 2008 Ray became the CEO of the Junior Tennis Champions Center and the College Park Tennis Club in College Park, Maryland. Since his arrival the Center has seen graduates earn over seven million dollars in college tennis scholarships. The organization has been the recipient of the USTA’s Development Program of the Year, the USTA Organization of the Year and the USTA Facility of the Year.
Benton was a founder of ProServ, a leading sports management and marketing firm, and served as its President. The company managed top athletes including Arthur Ashe, Tracy Austin, Michael Jordan, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Yannick Noah, Payne Stewart and Dave Winfield. Benton directed the Volvo Grand Prix, the Volvo Masters at Madison Square Garden and was the Tournament Director of over 100 major events.
In 1993 he created the Nuveen Tour, the first commercially successful worldwide senior tennis circuit which featured Connors, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and other legends of the game. The tour grew to 22 events, drew over 500,000 spectators annually, was telecast on major television networks and raised over 35 million dollars in corporate sponsorships.
As the first National Executive Director of the National Junior Tennis League, Benton led the organization’s growth from three cities to 50 chapters. He was elected to the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame in 2005 and has served on the governing boards of both the men’s and women’s professional tennis association. He represented the North American Tournament Directors on the Men’s International Professional Tennis Council and the Top Twenty players on the WTA Board.
Benton earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Ken Lowe is a Co-Founder and Vice President of VIZIO Inc., the leading Consumer Electronics company in Flat Panel HDTVs and Surround Sound Bars. With 45 years of experience in television (and associated audio) and monitor design, Lowe has a proven record of developing innovative, cost effective designs to meet consumer requirements. His passion for picture quality in lower energy sustainable designs has earned him the reputation as an industry leader. He has made a number of presentations at conferences and has consulted with manufacturers and retailers in their efforts to improve sustainability. With the other two VIZIO founders, he thrust a cataclysmic change upon the traditional TV market snatching the top spot for one quarter in the USA, only four years after starting the company! This meteoric rise was repeated with Sound Bars to gain the top spot in this market.
Joellyn Gray is Director of New Business at Fujifilm North America Corp – and has held a number of strategic marketing and new business development positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft Foods, Cadbury Beverages, JP Morgan’s Private Bank, and Xerox. She is a strong entrepreneur, creating new products such as Dannon Sprinklin’s, the first yogurt for kids – and recently launched new imaging businesses for Verizon, Aaron Brothers, and Michaels.
Highly regarded in the tech industry, Ms. Gray serves on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders, and formerly served on the CTA Executive Board, and as Chairman of the Digital Imaging Board. She is also former President of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association, now the Imaging Alliance.
She is also one of three Trustees of the Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust in Darien, CT, whose mission is to support Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and the first co-ed STEM Venture Crew in the country, delivering Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math training to under-served children.
Ms. Gray has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale University. She has four boys, all Eagle Scouts.