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Dr. Wayne Thorburn is a politician, educator, and author. He served as the executive director of the Republican Party of Texas from 1977-1983. He is the author of A Generation Awakes: Young Americans for Freedom and the Creation of the Conservative Movement. Dr. Thorburn is a graduate of Tufts University and Penn State and holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland.
Walter Naegle is the partner of the late civil rights leader, Bayard Rustin and is executive director of the Bayard Rustin Fund. Naegle has a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Fordham University. Decades before gay marriage was an option, Rustin adopted Naegle to formalize their relationship.
Wally Nunn, a former Army helicopter gunner, later became chairman of the Delaware County, PA. He is also the former head of Mid-Atlantic Public Finance Region of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and former chairman of the Board of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Nunn was the founder and leader of the non-profit "The Friends of the Grove''.
Wally Kennedy, a native of Chicago, is a journalist, anchor, and an educator. He is currently a news anchor for the Philadelphia KYW Newsradio and has interviewed many people ranging from Joe Biden to Reagan Carter. Prior to joining KYW Newsradio, he spent twenty years as a television talk host. Kennedy is a graduate of Loyola Academy, and Columbia College, in Chicago.
W. Wilson Goode
Wilson Goode is a former mayor of Philadelphia and he was the first African American to hold in that office. He was a community activist, commissioner for the state Public Utility Commission, and managing director for Philadelphia. He got his Bachelor's degree at Morgan State University. Then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the school of the Felts Institute of Government.
Dr. V.P. Franklin is a Distinguished Professor of History and Education at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Franklin is the editor of the Journal of African American History. He is the author of The Education of Black Philadelphia: The Social and Educational History of a Minority Community, 1900-1950, Black Self-Determination: A Cultura...
Rev. Troy Perry is an author, activist, and founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, which belongs to a Protestant denomination known for affirming with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He became a licensed Baptist preacher by the age of 15 and was a pastor of several churches several years later, during which he was ba...
Torie Osborn is a community organizer, activist, and author. She received her Bachelor's in English from Middlebury College and her Master's degree in Business Administration from UCLA. Osborn was the first woman Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. She was also an executive board member for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Liberty Hill Foundation.
Thomas J. Scanlon, Benchmark's founder, and the president was among the first young Americans to serve overseas in President John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps. He published a memoir of his Peace Corps experiences in Chile entitled, Waiting for the Snow. Scanlon graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame. He has a Master's degree in Philosophy from the U...
Tom Pauken is a businessman, lawyer, politician, member of the Republican Party, and the author of two books. He is a former member and chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. Additionally, Pauken served as chairman on the Texas Republican Party and the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political scien...