Marc Morial, who has been described as one of the few national leaders to possess “street smarts”, and “boardroom savvy”, is the current President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization.
He served as the highly successful and popular Mayor of New Orleans as well as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He previously was a Louisiana State Senator, and was a lawyer in New Orleans with an active, high profile practice.
He is a leading voice on the national stage in the battle for jobs, education, housing and voting rights equity.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Pennsylvania, he has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the top 50 Non Profit Leaders by the Non Profit Times, one of the 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers in America and he has also been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, GA.
Founder & CEO
Anant Agarwal is the Founder and CEO of edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Prof. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. As a CEO of a global nonprofit, Anant is helping to transform traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking MicroMasters® programs. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate in 2018.
CAROL D'AMICO, ED.D.
Executive Vice President, National Engagement and Philanthropy
Strada Education Network
Carol D’Amico is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development, and business-led involvement in education reform.
As Strada Education NetworkSM executive vice president, National Engagement and Philanthropy, D’Amico plays a key role in developing national and state-based philanthropic initiatives involving the
higher education, business and workforce development sectors. Strada Education’s philanthropic and investment activities advance its guiding principle of Completion With a Purpose®, helping all students build a more purposeful path from postsecondary education to achieve rewarding careers and
She joined Strada Education, then known as USA Funds®, in August 2013. D’Amico served in the U.S. Department of Education as assistant secretary for adult and vocational education from 2001–2003.
While serving as a senior fellow in education and co-director of the Center for Workforce Development at the Hudson Institute, she co-wrote “Workforce 2020.” The book describes the demographics of the future U.S. workforce and the challenges in preparing the American workforce to prosper in the global economy.
She also previously was executive vice president and chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where she was responsible for the development of statewide strategy and programming and
workforce development to boost the state’s economy. Additionally, D’Amico has served as president and chief executive office of Conexus Indiana, a manufacturing and logistics initiative.
D’Amico has chaired and served on several national- and state-level boards, including a multi-term appointment by President George W. Bush to the Institute for Education Sciences and appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the National Assessment
She serves on the boards of WGU Indiana, INvestED, the Indy Chamber, the Higher Education Council of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Indiana Conference for Women, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is a past
member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
D’Amico holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies and a master’s degree in adult education and organizational development from IU.
Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center
Los Angeles Valley College
Amber Angel is passionate about student parent success and is an advocate for higher education support initiatives for underserved populations. As a Program Coordinator at Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center (FRC), she oversees on-campus partnerships and streamlines academic, workforce, career technical education, and childcare resources for students. Amber is a proud mom of two young girls and began her academic and career path as an enrolled student parent at the FRC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from California State University, Northridge. Amber also serves as a Student Parent Ambassador for Ascend at the Aspen Institute and has presented nationally on 2Gen student success and was featured on PBS NewsHour Weekend.