Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee on Public Issues advises the Ad Council on the nation’s most pressing social issues of the day. As the incubator for Ad Council campaigns, the Committee helps us vet, explore and address timely issues facing the country.  The Committee is comprised of experts who represent the fields of research,  academia, philanthropy, business, media and public policy.

Co-Chairs: 

Soledad O'Brien
CEO of Starfish Media Group
Host of Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien 
Founder of the PowHERful Foundation 

Christopher Gebhardt
CEO
Stir Strategy and Story

Members: 

Sara Adams
Senior Director, Communications
& Marketing
CECP: The CEO Force for Good

Russlynn Ali
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
XQ Institute 

Sarah Alspach
Vice President, U.S.Communications
GlaxoSmithKline

Angela Baker
Director, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Qualcomm Inc.

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

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

Marc DeCourcey
Sr. Vice President
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
/Corporate Citizenship Center

Kevin Donnellan
EVP & Chief of Staff
AARP

Carol Emig
President
Child Trends

Derrick Feldmann
Author, Researcher and Advisor
Founder Millenial Impact Project,
Case Foundation

Julie Fernandes 
Associate Director
Rockefeller Family Fund 

 

         

Leah Gerstner
Vice President, Public Affairs
American Express

Jacquelyn Hadley
Partner
The Bridgespan Group

Dr. Wade Horn
Director
Deloitte Consulting

Anastasia Khoo
Chief Marketing Officer
Conservation International

Rose Kirk
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
Verizon

Kelly Nantel
Vice President, Communications and Advocacy
National Safety Council

Katherine Oliver 
Principal 
Bloomberg Associates

Eric Pooley
SVP, Strategy & Communications
Environmental Defense Fund

Dr. Dwayne Proctor 
Senior Adviser to the President 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Travis Reindl
Senior Communications Officer
Gates Foundation

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

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

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