Donna Eden Cohen – Biographical Brief
Ms. Cohen founded Donna Cohen Strategies to take advantage of 30 years of experience providing legal and strategic advice to corporate clients, non- profit organizations and individuals. The company specializes in advising a range of clients who find themselves at the intersection of integrating business, personal and social concerns that require a careful, confidential guidance for sustainable success.
She also serves as a consultant for Women & Money LLC on issues that pertain to women in transition, especially those who are recently divorced, widowed, re-entering the workforce and changing status (employee to entrepreneur).
Ms. Cohen started her law career as a Litigation Attorney with the law firm of Gilman, McLaughlin and Hanrahan where she became the first woman Partner, concentrating on civil litigation, business, and real estate law. She is now Of Counsel to the firm.
Ms. Cohen`s involvement in the local, international and multicultural community has always been an important, active and inspired part of her life. She currently serves on the Boards of University of Massachusetts, Amherst Commonwealth Honors College, Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation, Suffolk University Visitors Board and EdVESTORS Education Review Panel. She formerly served as Overseer of the Boston Ballet, Trustee of the Boston
Biomedical Research Institute and Member of the Town Of Brookline Economic Development Advisory Board.
She is listed in Who`s Who of Practicing Attorneys, Whoís Who of American Women and the International Who`s Who of Professional and Business Women for significant career achievements and contributions to society.
Ms. Cohen received her B.A. in Communications Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as Commonwealth Scholar and her Juris Doctoratefrom Suffolk University Law School where she was elected to the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society.
Although she resides in Westwood Mass, she calls Field Box "59E Irving Place" at Fenway Park - home.
Charles J. Ogletree – Biographical Brief
Dr. Ogletree is Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law School, the founder of the school`s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and the author of numerous books on legal topics.
Ogletree was born to farm workers in central California. He earned both his B.A. (1974, with distinction) and M.A. (1975) in political science from Stanford University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978.
Lawyer and professor:
He worked for District of Columbia Public Defender Service, Washington, D.C., staff attorney, then training director, trial chief, and deputy director, until 1985. From 1985, he was a professor at Harvard Law School since 1992 and the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and vice dean for clinical programs.
Media appearances and contributions:
Moderator of television programs, including State of the Black Union; Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community; (with others) Ethics in America; Hard Drugs, Hard Choices, Liberty and Limits: Whose Law, Whose Order?; Credibility in the Newsroom, Race to Execution, 2006; Beyond Black and White; Liberty & Limits: Whose Law, Whose Order?; That Delicate Balance II: Our Bill of Rights; and other Public Broadcasting Service broadcasts. Our Genes;
He was a guest on many television programs, including Nightline, This Week with David Brinkley, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, Crossfire, Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Cochran and Company :Burden of Proof, Tavis Smiley, Frontline, America`s Black Forum, and Meet the Press, on NBC news radio, he was a legal commentator on the O. J. Simpson murder case.
He contributed to periodicals such as New Crisis, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and Harvard Law Review.
Community and professional affairs:
He was a member of the board of trustees at Stanford University. He founded the Merced, California scholarships. He was the chairman of the board of trustees of University of the District of Columbia. He used to be the national president of the Black Law Students
Stature and public life:
Ogletree taught both Barack and Michelle Obama at Harvard; he has remained close to Barack Obama throughout his political career. He appeared briefly on the joint Daily Show-Colbert Report election night coverage of the 2008 presidential election, making a few remarks about his personal knowledge of the Obamas.
Ogletree has written opinion pieces on the state of race in the United States for major publications. Ogletree also served as the moderator for a panel discussion on civil rights in baseball on March 28, 2008 that accompanied the second annual Major League Baseball civil rights exhibition game the following day between the New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox.
On July 21, 2009, Ogletree issued a statement in response to the arrest of his Harvard colleague and client, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., whose arrest at his own home became a major news story about the nexus of politics, police power, and race that summer. Professor Ogletree later wrote a book about the events titled The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America.
After the September 2009 death of Senator Ted Kennedy, Ogletree`s name was suggested as one of the possible appointees to Kennedy`s seat as a "placeholder" until a special election could be held. Other names rumored to be in contention were Michael Dukakis and several people who had held important Massachusetts or national Democratic positions: Paul G. Kirk (a former chair of the Democratic National Committee), Nick Littlefield (a former Kennedy chief of staff), Robert Travaglini, and Shannon O`Brien.
He received the National Conference on Black Lawyers People`s Lawyer of the Year Award, the Man of Vision Award, Museum of Afro-American History (Boston), the Albert Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, Harvard Law School in 1993, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 1995, the Ruffin-Fenwick Trailblazer Award, and the 21st Century Achievement Award, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
Nancy Dwight – Biographical Brief
Nancy Dwight, chairman of Dwight Partners, a New England consultancy specializing in strategic communications and organization building for corporate, political and non-profit clients, has nearly 40 years of experience in professional politics and nonprofit leadership.
In the early 1980s, she was Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C., after serving as the committee`s Campaign Director for the historic 1980 election cycle. Prior to her years in Washington she served as Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and as campaign manager for a highly competitive congressional contest in eastern Massachusetts.
Nancy has advised numerous local and national campaigns, candidates and incumbent members of Congress. She was a delegate from New Hampshire to the 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions and served on the Bush-Cheney Steering committees in New Hampshire for the 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns and the Romney for President committee in 2008.
In addition to her work in politics and public service, Nancy is a longtime director of Newspapers of New England, Inc., publisher of daily and weekly newspapers serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Nancy has an abiding commitment to museums, libraries and schools. In 2003 President George W. Bush appointed her to the National Museum and Library Services Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C. She is a trustee and former Chair of the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, and is a former member of the board and program lecturer for New Hampshireís Vesta Roy Series. In 2008 she received a national award from the Excellence in Public Service Series, ìhonoring women who have demonstrated sustained leadership and excellence in public service.
She currently serves on the National Finance Committee for the Bush Presidential Library and Institute in Dallas, Texas. And in 2012, she will be a Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas where she`ll jointly conduct a "real time" study group of the 2012 Presidential campaign.
Having spent nearly 20 years in New Hampshire, Nancy and her husband Don are back in Massachusetts and live in Boston. They have two grown children, Christopher, 27, an educator who lives and works in North Carolina, and Helen, 25, a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Charlie Bass on Capitol Hill.
Nancy is a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts but spent her childhood in America`s heartland - Illinois.