Ms. Grace Rivera-Oven, is a partner at public relations and strategic communications firm ProActive Community Strategies. Ms. Rivera-Oven has broad experience working with multi-cultural groups in community advocacy, human rights and equity issues at the County and State levels. She is a member of the Board of the Strathmore Performing Arts Center and CASA de Maryland, as well as a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 1996. Ms. Rivera-Oven is the recipient of the Jewell Ryan-White Cultural Award for Diversity in the Media from the National Alliance for Community Media. She received a Bachelor’s in Law and Society from Hood College and is a certified State of Maryland mediator. Her weekly public service television program, Revista Semanal can be seen on Montgomery Community Media (MCM).
Joel S. Yudken, Ph.D. is principal and founder of High Road Strategies LLC, an economic policy research, analysis and design consultancy since 2006, with a focus on sustainable manufacturing, energy and workforce issues. His clients have included the Bipartisan Policy Center, BlueGreen Alliance, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council, Ohio University/Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, U.S. Business & Industry Council, and Environmental Defense Fund. He serves on the Public Policy Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council, the Advisory Board of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, and formerly served on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Labor Advisory Committee (chairing the Committee on Technology, Productivity and Growth). Prior positions include sector economist and technology policy analyst for the AFL-CIO, and manufacturing policy analyst for the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council. He also served on the U.S. House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, and was an engineering fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). He holds a Bachelor Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Science in engineering and a Ph.D. in technology and society from Stanford University.
Ms. Jeannette Noltenius, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Strategic Solutions Washington, an independent public health and public policy firm based in Washington, D.C. She is the former National Director of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network, and Executive Director of the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT), a national nonprofit organization that worked to raise awareness of alcohol and tobacco use in the Latino community. Dr. Noltenius is a founding member of the Out of Many One, a multicultural coalition working on a common agenda to address health care inequities in communities of color. She is a Board member of Clínica del Pueblo, the National Multicultural Institute, and the Intercultural Cancer Council, as well as a member of the National Capital Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking, the Hispanic Health Coalition, and the American Public Health Association.