Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)US Senator
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee.
Thomas OppelExecutive Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council
From 2009 to 2017, he served as Chief of Staff to the 75th Secretary of the United States Navy, Ray Mabus.
Stacy MitchellCo-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Stacy Mitchell’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Washington Monthly, and Wall Street Journal, and she’s the author of the book “Big-Box Swindle.”
Rodney FoxworthCEO of Common Future
Rodney Foxworth was the Founder and CEO of Invested Impact, a consulting firm focused on economic development and social innovation. He also served as program manager at Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization.
Ross BairdFounder of Blueprint Local and Village Capital
Ross Baird is the founder and CEO of Blueprint Local, a platform that aims to build community wealth in neighborhoods across the country. He is also the founder of Village Capital, a venture capital firm supporting entrepreneurs worldwide.