Bob Bowdon is the Founder and Executive Director of Choice Media. He has been a television producer, reporter and commentator for PBS, Bloomberg Television and national syndication. He also appeared as a recurring character in satirical news sketches for the Onion News Network. The Cartel, Bowdon’s documentary, reveals the nature and extent of corruption in public education. The film won a dozen film festival awards,...
Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs at the Orthodox Union, has over fourteen years of public policy and political experience. In his role at the Orthodox Union, Maury develops and implements individualized advocacy plans in a dozen states.
Maury’s efforts are currently focused on education reform. To advance this agenda he has engaged tens of thousands of community members in grassroots advocacy, created coalitions of opinion leaders and elected officials, crafted impactful media campaigns and led private and public funding efforts. Maury’s leadership has helped the Orthodox Union secure local, state and federal funding across the country including the City of New York fund security guards for non-public schools, the creation of busing for parents in MD, and the expansion of critical scholarship funding dollars for children in Florida and Pennsylvania. Maury previously served as the National Deputy Director of the Orthodox Union.
Prior the Orthodox Union, Maury was the federal affairs representative for Miami-Dade County, the sixth-largest county in America. He also worked in the United States Congress, serving as a policy specialist for two members of the House of Representatives concentrating on issues including education, appropriations, and transportation.
Maury is the author of The Capitol Plan, a guide to successful advocacy that reflects his many years working with key Washington players. His thoughts on politics and policy have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Forbes, and he has been a contributor to outlets including Fox News, Business Insider, Tech Crunch, Mashable, & The Hill.
Pete Denton has spent over 30 years in the optical thin film, vacuum deposition and chemical optical coating field. His experience has included developing new technology, managing Denton Vacuum, Inc. (DVI), initiating new business start-ups and active industry trade associations. Pete graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
In 1998, Pete resigned as CEO of Denton Vacuum to allow him to devote most of his time to a major interest of his: reform of the public education system. In 1999, Pete established Excellent Education for Everyone, to reform urban public schools in New Jersey through parental school choice.
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is also the Herbert W. Vaughan Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a presidential appointee to the...
Rabbi Avi Schnall is the director of the New Jersey Office of Agudath Israel of America. Agudath Israel is the oldest Orthodox Jewish grassroots organization in the country, with membership chapters throughout the United States. A top priority for Agudath Israel is education and advocating for school choice. In New Jersey, Rabbi Schnall has successfully lobbied legislation that has brought significant new funds to private...
Steve Looney is Managing Director of Peale Davies & Co. Inc., a management consulting firm, and is a CPA and an attorney. Mr. Looney serves as a consultant and director of healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and technology companies.
Mr. Looney graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.A. degree in Accounting and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law where he was a member of the law review. He is a native of Shelton, Washington, the son of a public school teacher, a long-time resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey and a strong advocate for improvement of our State's public and private education systems.
Sufia Azmat is the Executive Director of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America (CISNA) which specializes in Islamic school accreditation and provides professional development. She is a certified teacher with over 20 years of experience in education. Ms. Azmat has taught at multiple grade levels with primary focus on English and literature. Her administrative experience includes serving as the principal of a K-12 school and as a middle school division head. Ms. Azmat is also the co-chair of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Education Forum Programming Committee which organizes two national conferences. She is an educational consultant whose workshops include Bullying Prevention, Counseling, Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, and Positive School Climate.
Tom Byrne founded Byrne Asset Management in 1998. With more than 35 years’ experience in the securities business, Tom has been a member of the New Jersey State Investment Council since 2010 and is currently its chairman. He served two terms as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.