Jackie Dodd, wife of U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Christopher Dodd of Connecticut [D] Jackie Dodd spent 20 years working in national security policy, foreign affairs and trade for the US Government. As CEO and Vice Chair of the Export-Import Bank during the Clinton administration, Mrs Dodd visited over 90 countries around the world, leading trade negotiations and opening new markets to US goods.
Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson is a retired diplomat of the U.S. Foreign Service, who was posted to African nations and Iraq during the George W. Bush administration.
Commonly referred to as “The First Lady of the Press,” former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is a trailblazer, breaking through barriers for women reporters while covering every President since John F. Kennedy. For 57 years, Helen also served as White House correspondent for United Press International. She recently left this post and joined Hearst Newspapers as a syndicated columnist.
Elizabeth Becker is an author and journalist. She began her career as a war correspondent for The Washington Post and has been the senior foreign editor at National Public Radio and a Washington correspondent at The New York Times. She is an expert on the Khmer Rouge and is currently a fellow at the German Marshall Foundation.
Ms. Mary Lou Johnson Pizzaro works for the U.S. State Department and is currently stationed in the U.S. Consulate’s Office in Lagos, Nigeria. She works closely with the local community there and has also done State Department work in South Africa. Ms. Pizzaro has degrees from the University of Nebraska and Harvard University.