Adam Seagrave is a professor of American civic thought and political history who has been tenured at three research universities across a decade of experience teaching, writing, and serving broader communities including K-12 schools around the country. He has co-founded and co-led numerous education-related initiatives including the Race and the American Story Project, the Educating for American Democracy Project, the FAIRstory K-12 curriculum, the academic journal American Political Thought, the American Political Thought Organized Section of the American Political Science Association, the Starting Points journal, and the Compass journal, among others. He was awarded the American Legion National Education Award in 2021. Among his many publications for academic and popular audiences are 'The Accessible Federalist', 'Liberty and Equality: The American Conversation', and "Self-Government Starts at the Front Porch."
CEO, American Philanthropic
Jeremy Beer is the cofounder and CEO at American Philanthropic, a national firm with more than one hundred employees that provides strategic consulting and professional services to donors and nonprofit organizations. He is a board member at the American Ideas Institute and T. W. Lewis Foundation and cofounder of Front Porch Republic. Jeremy is also the author or editor of a number of books, including 'The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity'; 'Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player'; and 'America Moved: Booth Tarkington’s Memoirs of Time and Place, 1869–1928'. Jeremy is a native Hoosier who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Kara.
Eddie S. Jones, Jr.
President, National Association of Black County Officials
Eddie S. Jones, Jr. was elected to his second term as Shelby County Commissioner for District 11 on August 2, 2018. Commissioner Jones is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a proud graduate of Hamilton High School. He attended Shelby State Community College, majoring in Criminal Justice and Tusculum College, where he studied Business. Commissioner Jones works as a City of Memphis Code Enforcement Supervisor and is a former police officer with the Memphis Police Department where he served on the Tact Unit. Commissioner Jones has been a dedicated employee of the City of Memphis for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the 2013 City of Memphis Emerging Leaders Institute Certification. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC), Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee, District 85 House Chair, and was a 2008 Democratic Pledge Delegate – 9th Congressional District, President Obama.
President, Jack Miller Center
Hans Zeiger is the president of the Jack Miller Center, a national nonprofit organization that works with civics teachers, scholars, and concerned citizens to advance the teaching of the American political tradition. He previously served on the Pierce County Council in Washington State, and he was a Washington State legislator from 2011 to 2020.
Chief Public Affairs Officer, NACo
Brian Namey joined the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 2014 and serves as Chief Public Affairs Officer. He is responsible for NACo’s digital communications, membership, County News, graphic design, media relations, conferences, leadership development and strategic relations. Prior to joining NACo, he was the Communications Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence and a communications advisor for non-profit and private-sector efforts to end domestic and sexual violence. He began his career at a national political organization, where he served as press secretary. Brian grew up in Westmoreland County, Pa. and earned his bachelor’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University and master’s degree at the University of Oxford. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Historian, Hillsdale College
Wilfred M. McClay is the Victor Davis Hanson Chair of Classical History and Western Civilization, and Professor of History, at Hillsdale College. Among his books is 'The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America', which won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history; and his most recent book is 'Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story'. He was educated at St. John’s College (Annapolis) and received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.