• Romesh Ratnesar
    Deputy Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Paul Steiger
    Founding editor-in-chief and former CEO of ProPublica
  • Katharine Zaleski
    Co-founder and President, Power to Fly
  • Charles Best
    Founder and CEO,
  • Heather McGhee
    President, Demos

NationSwell Council members have access to


Meetings with America’s leading problem-solvers
Jeffersonian-style dinners to unpack and advance solutions
Introductions to the broader NationSwell network of innovators
Opportunities for direct service and impact

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  • “NationSwell gives the opportunity for a wider view of how America is actually becoming a better place.”
  • “Such an incomparably high-energy, engaged group! Loved the forum and the chance to put so many good people to work to solve a pressing challenge.”
  • “I left inspired with new ideas for service. I find NationSwell to be a refreshing oasis in the New York of today."
  • "Those were the best questions and suggestions I have ever gotten."

Members of the NationSwell Council know that America faces challenges.
They also believe that those problems are solvable.
Council members are committed to advancing innovations that:

  • bridge the OPPORTUNITY divide
  • make GOVERNMENT work
  • preserve our ENVIRONMENT

“A group of successful people from multiple fields… who are passionate about service to others”

Council events are intimate forums in which members engage in collaborative discussions with featured guests and one another around important national challenges, efforts to solve those challenges, and how best to advance the solutions.

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    January 19, 2017

    SF New Year’s Party

    Join the Council for an evening of celebration as we usher in the new year.

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    January 25, 2017

    Access to Justice (New York City)

    Former New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will join the Council for a discussion on access to justice. Together, we will explore challenges and solutions in the criminal justice system, including legal services for low-income Americans and what it would take to achieve equal access to justice for all.

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    January 26, 2017

    NationSwell Live! (New York City)

    Join us for the next edition of NationSwell Live! where we’ll enjoy good food, drink, and company. NationSwell Live! is designed to showcase the incredible leaders who comprise the Council and to build new connections and community. Council members will take the stage and present creative, hopeful ideas on being at our best.

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    February 1, 2017

    The Future of the American Economy: A Conversation with Rana Foroohar (New York City)

    Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor at TIME magazine and author of Makers and Takers, will join the Council for a discussion on the future of the American economy. Together, we’ll discuss key lessons from the financial crisis of 2008, continued vulnerabilities of the financial system, and solutions to ensure a better and more sustainable economic future.

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    February 2, 2017

    A Conversation with Dr. Eduardo Padrón (New York City)

    Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President of Miami Dade College, will join the NSC for a discussion on making high quality college education accessible for all Americans, including low-income and minority students. Together with President Padrón, who recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work, we will discuss effective strategies for making higher education more affordable and inclusive.

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    February 7, 2017

    A Conversation with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Washington, D.C.)

    U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will join the NSC for a discussion focused on public leadership and the need to act on climate change. In addition to his commitment to environmental issues, Senator Whitehouse is also the author of “Buffett Rule” legislation, which ensures that individuals earning more than a million dollars annually pay at least the same share of their income as those in the middle class. He is a strong advocate for job creation, strengthening small businesses, and economic fairness.

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    February 9, 2017

    Innovative Finance: Investing in our Shared Future (New York City)

    The Council will host a shared discussion about the ways in which innovative finance is helping to tackle our most urgent problems. We will be joined by resident experts including Georgia Levenson Keohane, Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation and author of Capital and the Common Good.

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    February 16, 2017

    A Conversation with Brittany Packnett (San Francisco)

    Brittany Packnett, Black Lives Matter movement leader, Teach for America Vice President of National Community Alliances, and Campaign Zero Co-Founder, will join the Council for a discussion on race, equality, and social justice. Together, we’ll examine the roots, purpose, and goals of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as policy solutions that can create a more just and equitable country.

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    February 23, 2017

    Women and Girls in the Digital Economy (New York City)

    Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Haley Van Dyck, Co-Founder of the US Digital Service, will join the Council for a discussion on expanding opportunity for women and girls in the emerging digital economy. Together, we’ll discuss solutions to build greater equity and diversity in important fields that have been historically homogenous, including science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

  • Rose Kirk
    March 7, 2017

    Implicit Bias (New York City)

    The Council will host a shared discussion on implicit bias — the attitudes and stereotypes we hold towards other people without our conscious knowledge. Together, we will share learnings on how to recognize implicit bias personally and in the workplace as well as what we can do to address it.

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    January 12, 2017

    A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild (San Francisco)

    Renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers In Their Own Land, will join the Council for a lunch discussion on her experience getting to know people in deep red Louisiana bayou country, building empathy and understanding for the emotions that have given rise to our current political climate, and finding common ground. She will suggest solutions that address the great divide in our country and can pave the way forward.

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    January 11, 2017

    Data for Good (New York City)

    Join resident experts, including Council members Glenn Nye, Director at Datacoup, Maria Yuan, Founder and CEO of IssueVoter, and Michael Simon, former Obama for America analytics chief, for a discussion on applying data to maximize social impact.

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    January 10, 2017

    A Conversation with Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Washington, D.C.)

    Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps, will join the Council for a discussion on public service, the importance of building relationships, and how best to foster a service mindset as individuals and within our communities.

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    December 19, 2016

    Founders Dinner (New York City)

    A group of founders within the Council community will gather to share insights, best practices, and current challenges and opportunities.

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    December 13, 2016

    NYC Holiday Party

    Join the Council in NYC for an evening of merriment and celebration as we bring the year to a close.

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    December 7, 2016

    DC Holiday Party

    Join the Council in DC for an evening of merriment and celebration as we bring the year to a close.

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    December 7, 2016

    Solving America’s Toughest Problems: Lessons From the Rest of the World (New York City)

    Jonathan Tepperman, author of The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline, will lead a lunch discussion on key lessons America can learn from countries that have solved seemingly intractable problems.

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    December 1, 2016

    Upstanders: A Conversation with Eric Liu (San Francisco)

    Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program, will join the Council for a discussion on “Upstanders” — people across the country who are exercising their citizenship to help improve their communities.

  • Norm Ornstein writes a weekly column for Roll Call and is an election analyst for CBS News.
    November 29, 2016

    Reflecting on the Election: A Conversation with Norm Ornstein (Washington, D.C.)

    Political scientist and AEI resident scholar Norm Ornstein will join the Council for a look back at the 2016 presidential race. Together, we will consider the implications for the country moving forward and what the next president can do to address the nation’s most pressing challenges.

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    November 15, 2016

    NationSwell Summit on Solutions: Blueprints for Change

    The NationSwell Summit on Solutions is an experience for industry-leading influencers, movers and shakers, and agents of change. Each year, over 350 participants roll up their sleeves and tackle critical social issues together. This inspirational, thought-provoking day is carefully curated and designed to spark conversations and collaborations that lead to lasting impact.  This year, our guiding theme is Blueprints for Change—we’re translating ideas into action. Join us as we endeavor to distill visionary solutions into concrete action.

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