Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee on Public Issues advises the Ad Council on the nation’s most pressing social issues of the day.  Often referred to as “the soul” of the Ad Council, the Committee identifies, prioritizes and evaluates significant public issues as potentialnew campaigns. The Committee is comprised of esteemed experts who represent thefields of research, academia, philanthropy, business, or public policy.

The Committee is organized into three separate subcommittees: Health & Safety, Education & Youth Development and Community & Stewardship.

Health & Safety:

Chair: Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President & CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Nancy Adler, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Norman Anderson, CEO
American Psychological Association

Dr. Jay M. Bernhardt, Professor and Founding Director,
Center for Health Communication
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Eileen Crimmins, Professor of Gerontology
University of Southern California

Dr. Regina Davis Moss, Associate Exec. Director of Health Policy & Practice
American Public Health Association

Dr. Wade Horn, Director
Deloitte Consulting

Dr. Herb Pardes, Executive Vice Chairman
New York–Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Brian Smedley, VP and Director of the Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Charlie Stokes, President & CEO
CDC Foundation

JohnUlczycki, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
National Safety Council

Education & Youth Development:

Chair: Janet Robinson, Former President & CEO
The New York Times Company

Michele Cahill, Vice President National Program, and
Program Director, Urban Education
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Dan Cardinali, President
Communities in Schools
Karen Cator, President and CEO
Digital Promise

Carol Emig, President
Child Trends

Dr. Olivia Golden, Executive Director
Center for Law and Social Policy

Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Director of Education, Postsecondary
Gates Foundation

Lisa Guernsey, Director
New American Foundation

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO
Lumina Foundation

Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education
New York University

Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Education, Creativity and Free Expression
Ford Education

Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain, Vice President of Research and Development
Search Institute

Dr. Sonja Santelises, Vice President for K-12 Policy and Practice
Education Trust

Community & Stewardship:

Chair: Kevin Donnellan, EVP and Chief Communications Officer

Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice President for Program Strategy
Kellogg Foundation

Eric Halperin, Senior Advisor
Open Society Foundation

Lisa Hamilton, Vice President, External Affairs
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Alan Jenkins, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Opportunity Agenda

Kevin Jennings, Executive Director
Arcus Foundation

Dr. Rakesh Kochhar, Associate Director for Research, Hispanic Trends Project
Pew Research Center

Dr. Robert Lerman, Institute Fellow
Urban Institute

Dr. Jean Rhodes, Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts

Lori Villarosa, Executive Director
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

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