2019 NationSwell Summit West


The Long View

A summit exploring the big, bold ideas that will shape the decade to come.

We’re stepping away from 24-hour news cycles and hourly updates to focus on what’s really in front of us: a period of unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

We’ll look to the future with some of America’s leading problem solvers to see what they’re working on and discover how we can help.

Join 300 other leaders from business, technology, venture capital, philanthropy, social enterprise, government, impact investing, and more, as we roll up our sleeves to work on what’s next.


Confirmed Speakers

Please check back for updates as we confirm additional speakers.

Patrice Berry
FUSE Executive Fellow,  Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf in Oakland, CA

Mary Beth Bruggeman
Incoming President of Program Strategy, The Mission Continues

Bridget Burns
Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance

Victor W. Hwang
Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Candice Jones
CEO & President, Public Welfare Foundation

Tom Kalil
Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures

Zach Knight
Co-Founder and Partner, Blue Forest Conservation

H.R. McMaster
Former National Security Advisor

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Economic and Business Advisor, Director of the Office of Business and Economic Development, State of California

Julia Olson
Executive Director, Our Children’s Trust

Lisa Marsh Ryerson
President, AARP

Libby Schaaf
Mayor of Oakland, CA

Howard Schultz
Former CEO, Starbucks

Past Summit Speakers

Byron Auguste
Co-Founder and CEO, [email protected]

Alexandra Suich Bass
US Technology Editor, The Economist

Nellie Bowles
Reporter, The New York Times

Steve Case
Chairman and CEO, Revolution

Arne Duncan
Former United States Secretary of Education

Jacquelline Fuller

Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writer and Author, Janesville: An American Story

John Hickenlooper
Former Governor of Colorado

John King
Former United States Secretary of Education

Jamie Merisotis
President & CEO, Lumina Foundation

Brittany Packnett
Co-Founder, Campaign Zero

Deval Patrick
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Bill Peduto
Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA

Samantha Power
Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Richard Reeves
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Author, “Dream Hoarders”


NationSwell Summit West 
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Terra Gallery | San Francisco, CA

Unlike traditional, theater-style conferences, Summit West will be optimized for shared conversation, connection, collaboration + inspiration. The experience will be highly interactive, with much of the day focused on smaller-format discussions among attendees.

Agenda to come. Please check back for updates.

When & Where

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Terra Gallery
511 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105







Sample Attendees

Jay Banfield
Chief Officer of Innovation & Scale, Year Up

Leah Bernthal
Founder, #CityofAngels

Jean-Claude Brizard
Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sam Chaudhary
Co-Founder & CEO, ClassDojo

Madeline Di Nonno
CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Steve Grove
Director, Google News Lab

Mehdi Jamei
Executive Director, Bayes Impact

Milicent Johnson
Planning Commissioner, City & County of San Francisco

Ansaf Kareem
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Sarah Koch
VP of Social Innovation, The Case Foundation

Amy Low
Managing Director of Communications, Emerson Collective

Elisabeth Mason
Founding Director, Stanford Poverty & Technology Lab

Ali Noorani
Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Tess Posner
Executive Director, AI4All

John Rogers
Partner, The Rise Fund

Lissa Seem
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Carmita Semaan
Founder & President, Surge Institute

Premal Shah
Co-Founder & President, Kiva

Lorna Smith
CEO, Horizons National

Matt Spence
Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners

Chris Thomas
Chief Innovation Officer, The Sierra Club

Tabreez Verjee
Partner, Uprising

Paul Yoo
CEO, This Bar Saves Lives

Past Partners


What if I have a dietary restriction or a special accommodation request?
No problem – you’ll be able to let us know when register. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

How can I volunteer?
If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at the Summit, please email [email protected].

How do I get there?
Terra is conveniently located in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. Click here for directions.

What should I wear?
We invite you to dress in business smart attire.