2011 New York Conference Speakers

Marnie Imhoff

Marnie Imhoff is Vice President for Development at The Rockefeller University. She heads a thirty member staff charged with raising $80 million a year in private funds in support of biomedical research at Rockefeller. Marnie has headed Rockefeller’s Development Program since 1990. She is a member of the University’s Executive Officers Group and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to Rockefeller, Marnie worked at Union Theological Seminary in New York City as Associate Director of Development.

Marnie received a B.A. in history from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1977. She went on to study religion and philosophy at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts before moving to New York in 1980. Marnie is a graduate of "Leadership New York," a civic leadership program sponsored by the Coro Foundation and The New York City Partnership. She is a member of the Board of Humanity In Action, and also served on the Board of The New York Academy of Sciences for six years, where she continues to be an active member.

Michael Moschella

Michael Moschella serves as Political Director for the Truman National Security Project. With the Truman Project, Michael has trained hundreds of elected officials, political candidates, Congressional staffers and progressive activists to promote a strong, smart and principled 21st century national security framework. 

Michael was previously a Democratic campaign consultant with specific expertise in large-district voter targeting, grassroots field mobilizations and online political organizing. In 2004 and 2005, Michael worked with the New Democrat Network on a variety of projects including: the creation of the New Politics Institute, a think tank for new political strategy; the NDN Hispanic Project, then the largest Spanish-language political ad campaign in US history; the Restoring America's Promise campaign, which promoted progressive values in "red-states;" and NDN-PAC, a fundraising organization for 40 US Representatives and 18 Senators.

Michael also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of New Leaders Council, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Netroots Foundation, and as a member of the DC Education Fund's Young Professionals Committee. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and a native of Boston, MA.

Tina Rosenberg

Tina Rosenberg is co-writer of the New York Times online column Fixes, about solutions to social problems. She is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Previously, she was an editorial writer for the paper from 1997 to 2007. Her articles appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and many other magazines.

In 1985 she moved to Nicaragua, where she lived for two years before moving to Chile to live from 1987 to 1990. In Chile, she wrote a book, Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America, which examines perpetrators of political violence in six Latin American nations, including a Shining Path guerilla and an Argentine Naval officer known as the "Angel of Death" during the Dirty War.

After living in two countries where dictatorship gave way to democracy, she decided to travel to Eastern and Central Europe, where new democracies were also struggling to deal with the crimes of past dictatorship. Her book about these issues, The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, published in 1995, looks at how Germany, Poland, and the Czech and Slovak Republics have chosen to deal with the past. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Her latest book, Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World, was published by W.W. Norton in 2011.

E. Benjamin Skinner

E. Benjamin Skinner is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He is the first person in recorded history to observe the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents, and was named one of National Geographic's "Adventurers of the Year 2008." His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011. Also in 2011, he was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and worked as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His articles have appeared in Time, Newsweek International, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker is a professor of psychology at Rutgers University-Camden.  He researches the use — or more properly the misuse — of social science to support oppressive social policies, especially in the area of race. He explores how scientists in general, and psychologists in particular, have become involved with such issues and what effect their participation has produced. He is the author of The Science and Politics of Racial Research (1994), The Funding of Scientific Racism: Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund (2002) and, most recently, The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science, and Ideology (2009). Professor Tucker is the recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award from the Cleveland Society for works "which have made important contributions to our understanding of racism" and the Ralph J. Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association for the "best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism."

Peter Wagner

Peter Wagner is Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative. He teaches, lectures and writes about the negative impact of mass incarceration in the United States. His current focus is on demonstrating — through graphics, legal research and state-by-state analyses — how the U.S. Census Bureau's practice of counting the nation's mostly urban prisoners as residents of the often remote communities in which they are incarcerated distorts the democratic process. The New York Times editorial board has written 11 editorials supporting his efforts to change the way prisoners are counted, and the Boston Globe identified him as the "leading public critic" of the prisoner miscount. He has presented his research at national and international conferences and meetings, including a Census Bureau Symposium, a meeting of the National Academies, and keynote addresses at Harvard and Brown Universities. Mr. Wagner's publications include Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in New York (2002); The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry (2003); and, with Eric Lotke, Prisoners of the Census: Electoral and Financial Consequences of Counting Prisoners Where They Go, Not Where They Come From, 24 Pace L. Rev. 587 (2004).