Our Governing Board


Larry Kramer has been President and Vice Chancellor of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2024. From 2012-2024, he was President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Under his leadership, the foundation undertook major initiatives and launched new efforts on a range of pressing and timely problems, including climate change, democracy, cybersecurity, disinformation, new economics, racial justice, education, women’s reproductive health and rights, global governance, performing arts, and philanthropy itself. He wrote and spoke extensively on issues related to effective philanthropy, including the importance of collaboration among funders and the need to provide grantees with long-term support. He frequently lectures and writes about broad societal issues, from global climate change to the challenge of maintaining democratic government in the 21st century. Before joining the foundation, Larry served from 2004 to 2012 as Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. During his tenure, he spearheaded significant educational reforms, pioneering a new model of multidisciplinary legal studies while enlarging the clinical education program and incorporating a public service ethos. His teaching and scholarly interests include American legal history, constitutional law, federalism, separation of powers, the federal courts, conflict of laws, and civil procedure. At the start of his career, Larry served as law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Henry J. Friendly of the Second Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Following his clerkships, Larry served as professor of law at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan law schools. He joined the faculty of New York University School of Law in 1994, where he served as Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D. Niles Professor of Law until leaving for Stanford in 2004. Before joining Stanford, he also served as a special consultant for Mayer Brown, LLP. Larry is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute. He serves as a director on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the National Constitution Center, Independent Sector, and the ClimateWorks Foundation. Larry received an A.B. in Psychology and Religious Studies from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude in 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, magna cum laude, in 1984. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review.”


Wendy May-Dreyer, Esq. is the immediate past Board Chair for iCivics and our longest serving board member.  Wendy has worked with iCivics for over a decade to grow its national leadership, pursue nonpartisan civic education in our schools, and inspire a new generation toward responsible civic engagement.  Her deep desire for a national civics awakening correlates with her Denison Ministries partnership offering a biblical worldview to current events.  Wendy is a retired Partner from Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP in Dallas, Texas, where Wendy spent over 25 years as a trial lawyer representing national and Fortune 500 companies in litigation, crisis management services, policy directives and national product recall campaigns. Wendy also devotes time to child advocacy work through Dallas CASA and World Vision.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and receiving the Pyne Prize, the highest academic honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit where she served from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.


Jay O’Connor is a senior software industry executive with a track record of driving extremely rapid growth, helping transform young businesses into industry leaders, and helping create two multi-billion dollar businesses. O’Connor currently serves as CEO of Voices, a software company that operates the largest voice marketplace in the world and provides AI voice solutions. He also serves as a venture partner at Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Previously, as SVP of Worldwide Marketing at NetSuite (NYSE: N), he led the marketing team that grew revenues nearly sevenfold in less than 4 years, and helped NetSuite become one of the world’s leading software as a service companies and go public with a valuation of $1.6 billion. Earlier in his career, at Intuit (INTU) he led the marketing and product management team that acquired the first million QuickBooks customers, grew revenues from zero to $80 million in 4 years, grew market share to 72%, and built the foundation for what became a multi-billion dollar business. O’Connor has a passion for driving rapid growth, creating a “wow” product and customer experience, and building outstanding teams.


Tom Lue is General Counsel & Head of Governance at Google DeepMind. Founded in London in 2010, DeepMind was acquired in 2014 by Alphabet, where Tom previously held senior roles.  At Waymo, Tom was Deputy General Counsel, overseeing regulatory, product, litigation, and employment matters for Alphabet’s autonomous driving technology company. As Senior Counsel at Google, he advised emerging technology teams on legal issues regarding AI and machine learning. Tom has also served in the federal government in various key roles, including as Acting and Deputy General Counsel at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a law clerk for Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the Southern District of New York, Judge Reena Raggi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to his government service, Tom worked at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Tom has taught courses as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford and Columbia, and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Founder of Social Studies Accelerator, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at EdLoC

The founder of the Social Studies Accelerator at Education Leaders of Color, Andrea Foggy-Paxton, has devoted her career to expanding excellence and equity in education in the non-profit sector, including hands-on experience with translating theory into practice and implementing innovative new curricula in the classroom. She served as the Managing Director for Partner Strategy for the Broad Center. Previously, she was the executive vice president at Reasoning Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing first-rate math instruction for all students and worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developing and managing innovations in professional development, high-school transformation, college completion and personalized-learning grants. Previously, she served in leadership roles at the Tavis Smiley Foundation, L.A. Youth at Work, Rock the Vote, and Freedom Schools. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education and the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation Board.


Ben Ginsberg, a nationally known political law advocate representing participants in the political process, is the Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and co-chair of two nonprofits aiding election officials enhance confidence in American elections – the Pillars of the Community project and the Election Officials Legal Defense Network. His clients have included political parties, political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, governors, corporations, trade associations, PACs, vendors, donors and individuals. He represented four of the last six Republican Presidential nominees. His representations ranged across a variety of election law and regulatory issues, including voting issues and elections, federal and state campaign finance laws, recounts and contests, government investigations, election administration and redistricting. Ben served as co-chair of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration which produced a much-lauded report on best practices and recommendations for state and local officials to make U.S. elections run better. His academic background includes being a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. He appears frequently on television as an on-air commentator about the law and politics and has written numerous articles on U.S politics. He served as national counsel to the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. In 2012 and 2008, he served as national counsel to the Romney for President campaign. He has represented the campaigns and leadership PACs of numerous members of the Senate and House as well as the national party committees, Governors and state officials. He was a partner at Jones Day from 2014 to 2020 and at Patton Boggs for 23 years before that. Prior to entering law school, Ben spent five years as a newspaper reporter at The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, The Berkshire Eagle (Massachusetts), and The Riverside Press-Enterprise (California).

Managing Director and COO (Retired), Blue Meridian Partners

Chuck Harris planned and oversaw the execution and advancement of Blue Meridian Partners’ strategy and operations while leading efforts to engage new philanthropic Partners and to support their engagement. In his previous role as an EMCF Portfolio Manager and its Director of Capital Aggregation, Chuck managed relationships with various grantees and oversaw the Foundation's capital aggregation activities, notably the True North Fund. Before joining the Foundation, Chuck co-founded and served for five years as Executive Partner of SeaChange Capital Partners, a financial intermediary designed to enhance the flow of capital to outstanding nonprofits serving children and youth in low-income communities in the United States. Chuck spent 23 years in the banking business before retiring in 2002 from his position as a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he served as co-head of Corporate Finance in the Americas. He has served extensively on the boards of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as well as privately held and publicly traded for-profit corporations. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a master's degree in finance from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Partner and Managing Director (retired) Goldman Sachs

Mary C. Henry spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs, primarily as a communications technology analyst in the Firm’s Investment Research Division. A top-ranked analyst for many years, she was named a Partner and Managing Director of the Firm in 1996. During her tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mary was personally involved in company financings that totaled tens of billions of dollars and well as strategic projects. She collaborated with research, investment banking and private equity colleagues to evaluate companies in technology and communications services worldwide and worked extensively with major institutional investors around the world. She retired from the Firm in 2004. Since then, she has served on corporate and educational boards and has devoted time to education philanthropy. She is on the Investment Committee and the Retirement Plan Advisory Committee of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton and active with the Woodside High School Foundation. Mary graduated from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree in economics and a graduate degree in journalism.

Senior Partner (retired) Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Arnold B. Peinado, III is a retired partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, an international law firm headquartered in New York City. He was a senior member of the firm’s Capital Markets Group. During his 35 year tenure with Milbank, Arnold advised on general securities law matters, and a wide range of domestic and international debt and equity capital markets offerings. He also specialized in global aircraft and satellite finance transactions. In addition to his work at Milbank, Arnold has substantial experience with nonprofit entities. He has been an advisor to boards on corporate governance policies, conflicts of interest, and financial statements and internal controls. He currently serves as a Director of the Urban Justice Center, an organization which provides legal advocacy services to homeless and disadvantage groups in New York City, as well as a Director of the Alleluia Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey which directs grants to nonprofit entities in New Jersey. Arnold also serves as a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter. Arnold is a graduate of Harvard College as well as both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.


Ms. Ravel is a former Fellow at New America working on issues of Civic Engagement, as well as adjunct Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Former Commissioner Ann M. Ravel was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Barack Obama on June 21, 2013. After her appointment received the unanimous consent of the United States Senate, Ms. Ravel joined the Commission on October 25, 2013. She served as Chair of the Commission for 2015 and Vice Chair for 2014. From March 2011 until her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Ravel served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to which Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed her. At the FPPC, Ms. Ravel oversaw the regulation of campaign finance, lobbyist registration and reporting, and ethics and conflicts of interest related to officeholders and public employees. During her tenure at the FPPC, Ms. Ravel was instrumental in the creation of the States' Unified Network (SUN) Center, a web-based center for sharing information on campaign finance. Before joining the FPPC, Ms. Ravel served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Ravel also worked as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office, ultimately serving as the appointed County Counsel from 1998 until 2009. Ms. Ravel represented the County and its elected officials, provided advice on the state Political Reform Act, and initiated groundbreaking programs in elder abuse litigation, educational rights, and consumer litigation on behalf of the Santa Clara County government and the community. Ms. Ravel has served as an elected Governor on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, a member of the Judicial Council of the State of California, and Chair of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. In 2014, she was named a California Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer magazine for her work in Government law, and in 2007, the State Bar of California named Ms. Ravel Public Attorney of the Year for her contributions to public service. Ms. Ravel received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Community Advocate

Lindsay is a strategic philanthropist and impact investor. She has served on iCivics’ Governing Board since 2017. She has served on several committees and now chairs the Program Committee. Prior to joining iCivics, she served with several organizations, including Horizons National Board of Directors, Teach for America-Connecticut’s Advisory Board and Social Venture Partners- Connecticut. She also served on the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s (FCCF) Board of Directors. At that time, she was co-Chair of the Fund for Women and Girls, the largest women’s fund in Connecticut, where she co-authored a study of women and girls in the county and helped found a public–private community college partnership. Lindsay holds a BA from American University and a Masters of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 2014, Lindsay attended Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), a year-long executive level program designed to help leaders address significant social problems.

Vice President for Education, Advanced Study in Culture Foundation

Gerard Robinson served as Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida and Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. His other leadership roles have included Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity and Director and President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Robinson also was a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is coeditor of Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons (2019) and Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice (2017). In addition, he cohosts The Learning Curve: National Education Podcast. Robinson has been published or quoted in AEI Ideas, Gallup News, Newsweek, The Hedgehog Review, the Hill, the New York Times, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and US News & World Report. He earned a BA and EdM from Harvard University and an AA from El Camino Community College.

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Pri provides advice and strategic counseling on the intellectual property, data privacy and technology aspects of transactions including commercial and licensing agreements, mergers, acquisitions, JVs, financings, restructurings and collaboration arrangements. He advises companies in numerous industries, as well as private equity and other investors. He negotiates and advises on bespoke agreements in commercial matters, including software, algorithm and mobile apps; data monetization; artificial intelligence and machine learning; brand and franchise licensing; programming rights; manufacturing, supply and distribution; payment services, e-commerce and IT outsourcing; and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and IoT connectivity. Pri also advises clients on IP and commercial issues related to generative AI, the metaverse, NFTs and blockchain-related platforms. Pri is one of Davis Polk’s two hiring partners and serves on the boards of iCivics and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Of Counsel, Jones Day

Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.), a trailblazer and leader, heads Jones Day’s efforts in advancing the rule of law in Africa. Devoted to promoting the effective delivery of justice worldwide, particularly in Africa, she has partnered with judiciaries, attorneys, NGOs, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and State to lead training programs in Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. She also has taught at the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. President Ronald Reagan nominated her in 1985 to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, making her the first woman of color to serve on a district court in the three-state Seventh Circuit. In 1999, President William Clinton’s nomination made her the first judge of color to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the third woman of color to serve on any federal circuit court. She brings her vast experience on the bench to serve as a resource for the Firms leading trial and appellate practices. Judge Williams has served on many judicial committees and, as treasurer and president of the Federal Judges Association, was the first person of color to become an officer. Committed to public interest work, she helped found Just The Beginning — A Pipeline Organization, the Black Women Lawyers’; Association of Chicago, Minority Legal Education Resources, and the Public Interest Fellowship Program for Equal Justice Works. She serves on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, iCivics, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Weinstein International Foundation, Museum of Science & Industry Chicago, University of Notre Dame (emeritus), and National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) (emeritus), the Board of Counselors for Equal Justice Works, and chairs the Advisory Board of the International Law Institute-South African Centre for Excellence. She is also chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary for 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024.

Our Independent Review Council


Thomas (Tommy) Berry, J.D.

Research Fellow, Cato Institute Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and editor‐in‐chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review

Alhassan Susso, M.Ed.

History Teacher for NYC Public Schools, 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year

Ashley Berner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University

Averill Kelley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at SUNY Brockport and former classroom teacher

Belinda Cambre, J.D., Ph.D.

Social Studies Instructor at the Louisiana State University Laboratory School

Daniel (Dan) Williams, Ph.D.

Director of Teacher Programs at The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

Edward (Ed) Ayers, Ph.D.

Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond

Jane Kamensky, Ph.D.

Professor of American History at Harvard University

Jane Lo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University

Luciana de Oliveira, Ph.D.

Professor of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University

Ritu Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Social Studies Education Program, Chair of the Diversity Committee at SUNY Oswego