Board of Directors

Glenn Flores, MD
Dr. Glenn Flores is Director for the Judith and Charles Ginsburg Chair in Pediatrics with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Brownsville and Children’s Memorial Hospital. He previously served as Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 2004-2006. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, and a member of the Committee on Pediatric Research for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Arthur Garson, JR., MD, MPH
Arthur Garson, Jr., is Provost of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and former Dean of the School of Medicine. He graduated (Phi beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) from Princeton University in 1970 and received his M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha) from Duke University in 1974, remaining at Duke for Pediatric residency through 1976. In 1979, he completed his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, becoming Chief of Pediatric Cardiology in 1988. He has been a visiting professor in more than 100 institutions. He is the author of more than 450 publications including 7 books. In 1992, he joined the faculty at Duke University, becoming Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, where he served as Medical Director of Government Relations for the Medical Center and professor in the Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He has served as Special Consultant in Health Programs and Policy to the State of Texas, Department of Health and the North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Commission. He chaired the North Carolina Health Planning Commission Committee charged with drafting legislation on practice guidelines, report cards and malpractice reform.
Marguerite Kondracke
Marguerite Kondracke is President and CEO of America’s Promise - the Alliance for Youth. Ms. Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant, focusing on the needs of children and parents. Prior to joining America’s Promise, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander as well as staff director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Children and Families. She also served in the cabinet of then Tennessee Governor Alexander as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Mrs. Kondracke was co-founder, CEO, and currently serves on the board of directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Bruce Lesley
Bruce Lesley has more than 20 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to making children’s lives better. Lesley directs all aspects of policy development and internal operations at First Focus. Previously, he spent 12 years on Capitol Hill working on health care, education, human services, and immigration issues in several different capacities. Most recently he served as Senior Health Policy Advisor on the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He also worked for U.S. Senator Bob Graham on the Senate Finance Committee, served as minority Chief of Staff for the Senate Special Committee on Aging and was an aide in the offices of U.S. Representatives Ronald Coleman and Diana DeGette. Lesley also previously worked as Director of Congressional Relations for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and as Director of Government Relations for Thomason General Hospital, a public hospital in El Paso, Texas.
David Ronald “Ronnie” Musgrove
Ronnie Musgrove served as the governor of the State of Mississippi from 2000 to 2004 after serving as Lieutenant Governor from 1996 to 2000. In 2004, Musgrove returned to private practice with the law firm of Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He also teaches class at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, as well as at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. During his term as Governor, Musgrove served as vice chair of the National Governors’ Association, as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, as the chair-elect for the Southern States Energy Board, on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Executive Committee for the Democratic Governors’ Association, where he served as vice chair of policy.
Joe Payne
Joe Payne is current president and CEO of Eloqua, an industry leader in the development of information technology solutions for marketing organizations in both the United States and Canada. He previously served as president at Qualys, iDefense, e-Security, Inc., and eGrail, Inc. – all successful smaller software companies between 2001 and 2007. Prior to running these five software companies, Payne served as chief marketing officer for MicroStrategies, vice president for marketing with Royal Crown Company, Inc., and brand manager with Coca-Cola Company and the Procter & Gamble Company.
Gregg Petersmeyer
Gregg Petersmeyer is a leader with years of experience in the private, government, and non-profit sectors, having worked at McKinsey & Company, Personal Pathways™, served as White House staff for two presidents, and as a state chairman of a presidential campaign. The lead architect for the Presidents' Summit for America's Future in 1997 in Philadelphia, Petersmeyer became a founding board member of America’s Promise and served in a number of senior leadership roles with the organization. Petersmeyer is chairman of The Fitzie Foundation, a director of Oxford Analytica’s International Advisory Board, a member of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Council, and a trustee of The Potomac School.
John Edward Porter
John Edward Porter is a partner with DC-based Hogan and Hartson, LLP. He concentrates his practice on policy, strategy and advocacy for clients primarily, but not exclusively, in the fields of health and education. Porter previously served 21 years as U.S. Congressman from the 10th district in Illinois. A moderate Republican, he served on the Appropriations Committee, and as chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Under the jurisdiction of his subcommittee were all of the health agencies and programs, except military and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all of the education agencies and programs of the federal government. Porter was founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a voluntary association of more than 250 Members of Congress working to identify, monitor, and end human rights violations worldwide.
John Rice
John Rice founded and serves as CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT,, a national non-profit organization that prepares minorities for the top entry level jobs and MBA programs that put them on the fast-track to leadership positions in corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofits. Prior to MLT, Rice spent four years with the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he served as Managing Director of NBA Japan. He had overall responsibility for the NBA’s operations in Japan, including consumer products licensing, television distribution, regular season games played in Tokyo, sponsorship, public relations, and the NBA’s first local-language website. Before joining the NBA, Rice spent four years with the Walt Disney Company. He worked in new business development for Disney Consumer Products-Latin America, as well as in strategic planning and marketing for the Disney Vacation Club. Rice also serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.
Suzanna Valdez
Suzanna Valdez serves as chief of staff for Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who is the chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Valdez was most recently the former Miami program director at the John and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida. She began her career in public service in Washington, D.C., working for the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate prior to being appointed by President Clinton to the White House Office of Public Liaison. While at the White House, she was commissioned as Special Assistant to the President where she was responsible for developing outreach and communications for the Hispanic community to foster support for domestic and foreign priorities. In 1997, Ms. Valdez was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2001, Ms. Valdez was named Associate Director of the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School. Prior to joining the Knight Foundation, Ms. Valdez was the Executive Director of the Task Force on Television Measurement at Nielsen Media Research.