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Ms. Rhee is the CEO and Founder of StudentsFirst, a non-profit whose mission is to protect the interest of children in public education and to produce transformative reform in our public schools. She began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore, and in 1997 founded The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing -- for the first time in decades -- in enrollment.

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Mr. Norquist has been one of most effective issues management strategists in Washington for over two decades. He is President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 236 House members and 41 Senators have taken the pledge. He also chairs the Washington, DC - based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. He serves on the board of directors of the NRA and American Conservative Union, and is Contributing Editor to American Spectator Magazine.

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George Whitesides is the President and CEO of Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. He also serves in the same roles for The Spaceship Company, a joint venture between Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites to build commercial spaceships. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff for the NASA Administrator, where he was the recipient of the agency’s Distinguished Service Medal. Prior to his role at NASA, George served as Executive Director of the National Space Society.

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