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

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 

Maurice Classen
Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
MacArthur Foundation

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
President
Achieve

Jacquelyn Hadley
Partner
The Bridgespan Group

Dr. Wade Horn
Director
Deloitte Consulting

Alan Jenkins
Executive Director and Co-Founder
The Opportunity Agenda

Anastasia Khoo
Chief Marketing Officer
Conservation International

Rose Kirk
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
Verizon

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

Kelly Nantel
Vice President, Communications and Advocacy
National Safety Council

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

Eric Pooley
SVP, Strategy & Communications
Environmental Defense Fund

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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