Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, comprising portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties.  She was sworn in after a special election to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress in June 2008, becoming the first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress.

Congresswoman Edwards has enjoyed a diverse career as a nonprofit public interest advocate and in the private sector on NASA’s Spacelab project.  In 1994, as co-founder and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, she led the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act that was signed into law by President Clinton.

Since being sworn in, Congresswoman Edwards has secured a number of legislative accomplishments to improve the lives of working families in her Congressional District and around the country. Her first act as a Member of Congress was to add Maryland to the Afterschool Suppers Program, ensuring access to nutritional suppers to afterschool and youth development programs in schools located in low-income areas. During the health care debate, Congresswoman Edwards secured a provision that holds insurance companies accountable for unjustifiable rate increases.

Congresswoman Edwards’ legislative work continues to focus on creating jobs, growing the economy, and increasing opportunity for hardworking families.  She introduced legislation to expand research and development, domestic manufacturing, and infrastructure spending; increase high school graduation rates; renew Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals; reduce opioid overdose; and ensure quality, affordable child care.  She has championed efforts to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, defend women’s rights and expand economic opportunity for women, raise awareness of domestic violence, and get unlimited money out of politics.  She was the first Member of the House to introduce and champion a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

United States Surgeon General

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy was confirmed on December 15, 2014 as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. As “America’s Doctor,” he is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal and public health. Dr. Murthy also oversees operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.

For the past two decades, Dr. Murthy has devoted himself to improving public health through the lenses of service, clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship. The son of immigrants from India, he discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood while spending time at his father’s medical clinic in Miami. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale, he completed residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students.

When he was 17 years old, Dr. Murthy and his sister co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the U.S, which he led for eight years. He also co-founded the Swasthya project (“health and wellbeing” in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India designed to train women to be health providers and educators. Dr. Murthy also has conducted research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. He is a healthcare entrepreneur who launched a successful software technology company, TrialNetworks, to improve research collaboration and enhance the efficiency of clinical trials around the world. Most recently, Dr. Murthy served as the president of Doctors for America, a non-profit organization comprised of more than 16,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states who work with patients and policymakers to build a high quality, affordable healthcare system for all.

Dr. Murthy firmly believes that our nation’s greatest asset has always been its people. Building a stronger, healthier America is his highest priority as the U.S. Surgeon General.


Pro Bono Partner and Director of New Perimeter
DLA Piper

Lisa Dewey became DLA Piper’s full-time Pro Bono Partner in 1999. As such, she advises and represents individuals and public interest organizations on a pro bono basis.

She has represented a man on death row in Alabama, several federal criminal appeals, and families who lost loved ones in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack in 1996. She represented the Stethem family in a lawsuit against the government of Iran under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; that suit, concerning the death of Robert Stethem in a terrorist aircraft hijacking, resulted in a $321 million judgment against the Government of Iran. Dewey has represented refugees seeking asylum in the United States and several individuals in family law, juvenile, and housing matters.

Lisa Dewey cultivates DLA Piper’s strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for DLA Piper’s US pro bono program, including over 1,500 lawyers. She also serves as the Director for New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate dedicated to global pro bono work.

As pro bono partner, Ms. Dewey also supervises associates to ensure they receive the training, mentoring, and staff support they need to give pro bono clients high-quality legal services. She identifies and procures pro bono opportunities and ensures widespread participation in the pro bono programs on partner, Of Counsel, associate, and staff levels across DLA Piper’s offices in 23 US cities. Ms. Dewey also develops and spearheads DLA Piper’s signature on pro bono partnerships between DLA Piper, corporate clients, and legal service providers.

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

George Grandison is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office with more than 30 years’ experience in the areas of international trade, export controls and customs. Since 2007, he has also worked on coordinating the firm’s signature pro bono project to assist immigrant children and young adults who are victims of human trafficking, violent crime, abuse or neglect or who are threatened with persecution in their home country.  He served as vice chairman of the firm from 1996 through the spring of 1998. Prior to joining Steptoe, Grandison served with the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Department of the Army and was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict.

As a part of Steptoe’s broader pro bono program, George Grandison works with Steptoe’s pro bono team to coordinate the firm’s award winning project for providing advice and representation for immigrant children and young adults who are victims of human trafficking, violent crime or abuse and neglect or who are threatened with persecution. In this program, Steptoe on average has fifty to sixty active representations of immigrant children and young adults being handled on a pro bono basis by attorneys across the firm’s six U.S. offices. As part of this project, Mr. Grandison and other Steptoe attorneys also provide pro bono legal advice and assistance to the Women’s Refugee Commission in its work in advocating for changes in the law and in administrative and enforcement procedures to protect the interests of immigrant children

News Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV

Maureen Bunyan is a 44-year veteran of television news who anchors the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV.

She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January of 2014.

Her significant contributions to broadcasting have been recognized through a variety of professional and community service awards including “Washingtonian of the Year” and her induction to the “Hall of Fame” of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, “The Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the Broadcast Pioneers Club of Washington. She has been awarded seven local Emmys, and the “Ted Yates Award,” given by NATAS to Washington, DC news broadcasters who are leaders in the profession. The National Association of Black Journalists named her “Journalist of the Year”, and she received the annual “Immigrant Achievement Award” from the American Immigration Law Foundation in 2002.

Currently, Ms. Bunyan serves on the various volunteer boards including the International Women’s Media Foundation, Casey Journalism Center on Children & Families, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Women’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee of Women in Film & Video, and Women of Washington.

In June of 2014, Maureen Bunyan was knighted and inducted into The Order of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch order of chivalry. The Order of Orange-Nassau is a chivalric honor given to those who deserve recognition for exemplary contributions to society. She was inducted her longstanding commitment to build and strengthen ties between Aruba and the United States.

Ms. Bunyan attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Columbia University School of Journalism and holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She was born in Aruba and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. She is of Guyanese descent.

Visual Artist, former Ayuda client

Milagros Pongo is a Paraguayan-Peruvian artist, journalist, and décor and advertising specialist. She exhibits her art worldwide. From 1994 to 2004 she exhibited in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. Since 2004, she has exhibited in Italy, Peru, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, France, South Korea, and the United States.

“Painting for me is the best escape without leaving my house, a way to convey my projects and project my hopes on canvas.

Hestia Ma’at is my artistic expression of how grateful I am for my experiences living in Virginia for the past four years. I am a single mother and survivor of domestic violence. By relying on my beliefs in the four systems of heaven, space, motherhood, and love, I have grown stronger and am more sensitive, empathic and charitable to others. I have discovered angels in the family and friends who have helped me along the way. I am able to move forward in my life and my care, planning to begin a new phase, starting over, being better in Sarasota, Florida.”

Executive Vice President, BB&T

Luis Lobo serves as the executive vice president and manager of multicultural banking for BB&T. His 33-year career has involved most facets of commercial, retail, mortgage and international banking in the past 28 years. He has served in 11 distinct markets throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and D.C., all with BB&T.
Nationally he served as chairman of the Board of Advisors of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is a member of the ABA Community Engagement Council and Foundation and of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Corporate Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Novant Health in North Carolina.

Luis Lobo lectures extensively at colleges, universities and financial industry forums across the U.S. on “Change Management,” “Leadership,” and “Sales Culture.” He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace and national and regional publications. James and Brookfield of Atlanta published his first book, It IS Your Attitude, in 2004.

A native of Costa Rica, he was raised in Lincolnton, N.C. Mr. Lobo received a double major in economics and business administration in 1983 from Belmont Abbey College in the Charlotte area. He earned an MBA from Campbell University at Buies Creeks, North Carolina.

Correspondent, NPR News

Tom Gjelten covers issues of religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and social and cultural conflict arising from religious differences. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.

In 1986, Mr. Gjelten became one of NPR’s pioneer foreign correspondents, posted first in Latin America and then in Central Europe. In the years that followed, he covered the wars in Central America, social and political strife in South America, the first Gulf War, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the transitions to democracy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Tom Gjelten’s latest book is A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, published in 2015.

Vice President of Government Relations, Greater Washington Board of Trade

Daniel Flores is vice president of government relations for the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He is the chief lobbyist representing the organization in MD, DC, VA and Capitol Hill. He has been with the organization for nearly nine years. Flores held other leadership positions, including president and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; executive director of The Latino Student Fund, senior director of outreach for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and chief of staff of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission during the Anthony Williams Administration.

Mr. Flores is active in the community and serves on a number of boards including the Girls Scouts Council of the National Capital Area and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He previously served on the board of the following organizations: Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, Holy Cross Health, Community Advisory Board of NBC4, Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs – State of Maryland, and Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Host, Washington Journal, C-SPAN

Steven L. Scully is a senior executive producer and political editor for the C-SPAN television network. He is also a host of its regular Sunday morning call-in show, Washington Journal, a live three-hour news and public affairs program.

Scully joined C-SPAN in 1990 as political editor and White House producer. Since 1991, he has been responsible for coordinating campaign programming for C-SPAN, and C-SPAN Radio. As senior producer for the network’s White House coverage, Scully manages a team of field producers responsible for coverage of the White House, politics and special projects. In addition to Washington Journal, he is a host and moderator for a number of other C-SPAN programs, including Newsmakers, Road to the White House and In Depth on Book TV. In addition to his television work, he regularly appears on C-SPAN Radio’s Washington Today, a live two-hour afternoon drive time program broadcast nationwide on Sirius XM Radio. Scully served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2006 to 2007.

On January 15, 2015, he held his most recently interview yet on immigration with Seung Min Kim, assistant editor for Politico, specifically regarding legislation passed by the Republican-controlled House in response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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