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Advisory board

The Advisory Board provides guidance to the The Fulcrum team by validating our mission, reviewing our work and suggesting future endeavors. While the board does not set policy, its members play a significant role in advising senior leadership on best practices, areas of coverage and strategic planning. Members of the board are not compensated for their time, nor do they hold a financial stake in The Fulcrum or its incubator, Issue One.

Potential advisers are invited to join the board based on their understanding of the media landscape and the mission of The Fulcrum. Advisers are expected to be regular readers and promoters of The Fulcrum's work.

Board Members

Lisa Brown, vice president & general counsel, Georgetown University
Brown provides general legal counsel to the President, the University's governing boards, and its senior academic and administrative officers among other duties. Prior to joining Georgetown, she served in the Obama administration, first as White House staff secretary then as acting chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining the administration, Brown served for six years as the executive director of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Lucy Dalglish, dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park
Dalglish has been a national leader in supporting open meeting and open records laws at the state and federal level. During the last 10 years, she has played a key role in efforts to pass state and federal reporters "shield laws." Prior to joining the University of Maryland she served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Dalglish has worked as a media lawyer in the trial department of the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and as a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Michael Golden, author, Unlock Congress
Golden is a journalist, social entrepreneur and public speaker who serves as senior fellow at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. He gives presentations on Unlock Congress to universities, companies, non-profit organizations and political associations. Golden has worked as a campaign manager and communications strategist on political races for the White House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. He co-founded One Million Degrees, a non-profit scholarship program for low-income community college students in Illinois.

Myra Miller, senior vice president, The Winston Group
Miller has worked with House and Senate Republicans on strategic planning, communications and policy issues for more than a decade. Recently she has worked on a variety of policy issues and bipartisan initiatives specifically dealing with governance, including Congressional reform, and improving political discourse. She has done research on women voters and has worked with Members of Congress on how to talk to women voters. Miller has worked with Fortune 100 corporations and associations on key policy issues including health care, medical innovation and tax policy, as well as brand reputation.

Ellen Shearer, executive editor, Medill Washington
Shearer hold a number of positions at Medill: the William F. Thomas Professor, executive editor of Medill Washington and co-director of the Medill National Security Journalism initiative. She has written and taught extensively in the areas of political journalism, national security journalism and watchdog journalism. Shearer is a past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation and since 1999 has coordinated judging for the White House Correspondents' Association's awards. Her most recent book is "Truth Counts: A Practical Guide for News Consumers."

Rob Stein, founder, Democracy Alliance
Stein is founder of the Democracy Alliance and co-founder of the Committee on States. An attorney by training, he founded and has run several nonprofit organizations, was senior strategist to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was chief of staff of the Washington Office of the Clinton-Gore Transition, served as chief of staff of the Commerce Department, and was a private equity investor working with dozens of early-stage companies.

Rich Tafel, managing director, Raffa Social Capital Advisors
Tafel matches impact investors to vetted social ventures, providing back office support, public policy and strategic coaching. Tafel is also the director of the American Project, bringing together leading thinkers to imagine new solutions to America's broken political system. The project is housed at Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Tafel is also pastor of Church of the Holy City in Washington DC, where he is launching a spiritual entrepreneur hub. He is the founder of Log Cabin Republicans.

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