Charles Best
Founder and CEO, Donors Choose

Charles Best leads, a nonprofit website which enables anyone to help a classroom in need. Charles launched the organization in 2000 at a Bronx public high school where he taught history for five years. To date, teachers at more than 80% of all the public schools in America have created classroom project requests on, and more than 3 million people have given to those projects. is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and made the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," the first time a charity has received such recognition.

Eddie Glaude Jr.
Noted Scholar on African American Culture

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of African American Studies at Princeton University.  He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world.  He is the author of several important books on African American religion and philosophy.  His recent work, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, has been described as “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century.”  His most recent book, An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, is scheduled for release in November of 2018.  He is currently at work on a book about James Baldwin.  Glaude is also a columnist for Time magazine and a regular contributor on MSNBC.  Whether he is teaching in the classroom, writing in popular magazines, or offering commentary on television, Glaude is driven by a commitment to think carefully with others in public. 

Laura W. Murphy 
President of Laura Murphy & Associates.

Laura W. Murphy is an influential national civil liberties and civil rights leader and a consummate policy strategist. She brings more than 35 years of experience in government and advocacy, including 17 years as Director of the ACLU Legislative Office where she advanced legislation on free speech, criminal justice reform, national security, reproductive rights, LGBT and civil rights, and Internet privacy before Congress and the White House. She has testified more than a dozen times before Congress and has been celebrated for building effective bipartisan coalitions.

Murphy serves as senior advisor to Airbnb, helping the home-sharing company update its policies and leading its efforts against discrimination on its platform. In 2016, Harvard University selected her as one of its Advanced Leadership Initiative fellows, a year-long program for highly accomplished and experienced leaders who are interested in tackling new challenges in the social justice sector. In 2015, Murphy received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award "for selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality" from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.


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