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Board of Directors

We welcome Phil Auerbach, Charlie Kickham and Kevin Travis as new board members!

Joanna Hass is a Republican DC politics go-girl turned NYC marketing/PR pro-girl. When she's not taking the marketing world or CitizenJoe board meetings by storm, she can be found reenergizing in a Bikram yoga studio or over a great bottle of wine.

Julia Kamin is the director of Opening Act, a nonprofit theater arts organization in NYC, and is now acting as CitizenJoe's managing director. Hot on the heels of theater, Ms. Kamin's great love is public education which she has devoted the greater part of her professional career to, both teaching and working with Advocates for Children, a legal advocacy agency for students in New York City.

Jason Palmer manages Kaplan's Premier Tutoring from NYC. He has education business development in his blood, having worked as VP at SchoolNet, Inc., a leader in Instructional Management Solutions for K-12 school districts, and a specialist at Microsoft's education division. Jason is also the founder of three technology and services companies: Mascot Network, Inc.,, and The Corner Meal Plan. He got his MBA from Harvard and his BA from the UVa.

Andrew Schorr is the founder and CEO of Telemetry Investments, L.L.C., a quantitative hedge fund based in New York. His uncontrollable urge to play devil's advocate at every turn makes him intolerable but occasionally useful.

Scott Trent has worked in press offices under Senator Alfonse D'Amato and Governor George Pataki, served as Assistant Secretary of State and Communications Director for the New York State Athletic Commission, and provides media relations and public affairs to the Bloomberg Administration. Scott brings CitizenJoe both an ideological "balance" to our board as well as an undaunted and brilliant entrepreneurial and marketing genius.

Board of Advisors

Ghislaine Ball is a Strategic Marketing and Brand Consultant. A native New Yorker, she received her BJ from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Thomas. Ghislaine currently lives in Minneapolis from where she both provides non-stop enthusiasm and a maintains a Midwesterner's critical eye on CitizenJoe.

Leif Wellington Haase is the director of New America Foundation's California Program, having recently wrapped up as Program Officer and Health Care Fellow at The Century Foundation. He holds MPhil and MA degrees from Yale (American Studies) and a BA from Princeton (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs). He is the author of Medicare Reform: The Basics (2001 rev.ed) and articles on long-term care and prescription drugs. His opinion pieces and commentaries have appeared in the Boston Globe, The American Prospect Online, and on National Public Radio, The Associated Press, and UPI. Prior to joining The Century Foundation as a program officer, Haase taught at Yale and at the Dalian University of Technology, People's Republic of China.

John Copeland Nagle is Associate Dean for Faculty Research of Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches courses related to environmental law, legislation, and property and is co-author of casebooks on “Property Law” and "The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management." His writings have explored the relationship between religion and environmental law, the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species, alternative approaches to campaign finance reform, and the competing roles of Congress and the courts in correcting statutory mistakes. Before Notre Dame, Professor Nagle taught at Seton Hall, worked in the US Department of Justice and served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals. Outside of the law school, Professor Nagle has served as a member of the executive committee of the Section on Legislation of the American Association of Law Schools, and as a vice chair on the Endangered Species Committee of the American Bar Association's environmental section. He has been actively involved with the Law Professors' Christian Fellowship, the Presbyterian church and the South Bend Christian Reformed Church. He is the faculty adviser for the Christian Law Students, the Journal on Legislation, and Young Life.

Carrie Nixon is the former executive director of Hope Street Group, a nonpartisan think tank that fosters discussion of the opportunity of economics in public policy. Prior to joining the Hope Street Group full time, Carrie practiced in Reed Smith's litigation department, with expertise in health care litigation, administrative litigation, and criminal investigations. She previously practiced as a health care litigator at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo.

Laurent Ruseckas is a consultant with Green Oaks Holdings. Formerly the Director of the Emerging Europe & Eurasia Practice at Eurasia Group and head of the Caspian Energy practice at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Laurent has more than a decade of experience advising energy companies, financial institutions, and governments on issues of political risk, investment climate, and oil and gas economics in Eurasia and Turkey.

Scott Stossel is a the managing editor of Atlantic Monthly magazine and author of the biography, "Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.” He has worked as the executive editor of the American Prospect and as a lecturer in American Studies at Trinity College. His articles and essays on culture and society have also appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Boston Globe , and The Washington Post. An avid sports fan, he plays tennis, squash, and soccer regularly. He considers the United States's victory in the 1999 Women's World Cup one
of the best things to happen to the country in recent years. Born and raised in the Boston area, Stossel presently lives in Cambridge with (in the order in which they moved in) a cat, Atalanta; a wife, Susanna; a dog, Honey Bear; another cat, Lil' Sage; and a daughter, Maren.


Julia Kamin - who also sits on the board and is one of citizenJoe's contributing writers/editors (see above) - is the only one who counts as staff at citizenJoe. Maintaining the site, drumming up writers and partygoers, and keeping the books are among the activities Julia juggles to keep citizenJoe going and growing.