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Merri Dee, AARP Illinois State President and Broadcast Legend, Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange: Israel Idonije (2900)Merri Dee was recently appointed through the Pentagon as an official U.S. Army Ambassador, has been appointed to the Mayor's Council on Women's issues, is State President of AARP's 1.8 million members and serves on the Serve Illinois Commission. For her 38 years with Chicago's WGN-TV, she was inducted into the NABJ National Journalism Hall of Fame and honored by the National Women In Film.
Joshua DuBois, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Session 2758 Faith and Neighborhoods In Action: Addressing Problems with tangible SolutionsJoshua DuBois helps direct the Obama Administration's engagement of faith-based and other nonprofit organizations around the country. DuBois is a noted expert on the intersection of religion and public life, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN and elsewhere.
Sec. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Session 3117 Celebrating the Power of Service in EducationArne Duncan was named U.S. secretary of education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. Before joining the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the Ariel Education Initiative (1992-1998), a nonprofit focused on advancing educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Honorary Co-chair and Speaker
Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of ServiceMayor Rahm Emanuel is the 55th mayor of Chicago. A native with three terms representing his district in Congress, he is a strong, effective voice for the city's neighborhoods. Emanuel most recently served as the White House Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama's administration. During his tenure, he helped orchestrate the passage of key milestones such as the economic Recovery Act, Wall Street reform, and health care reform — increasing access and decreasing costs for millions of Americans.
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