VoteVets.org Board of Advisors
Douglas J. Band
General Wesley K. Clark (ret.)
MG Paul D. Eaton (ret.)
Leslie H. Gelb
Lawrence J. Korb
William E. Little
Lawrence E. Penn III
Jon Soltz is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the 220,000+ member veterans group, VoteVets.org.
He served twice in Iraq - in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of US Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying logistics convoys with the 1st Armored Division. In 2000 he served as a tank Platoon Leader in the Kosovo Conflict.
As Chairman of VoteVets.org, Soltz has overseen the creation of a 220,000+ grassroots network of Veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, from scratch. In his time as Chairman, VoteVets.org has raised over $20 million for VoteVets Action Fund and over $2 million for candidates, via VoteVets Political Action Committee. Under his leadership, the group has become one of the most aggressive organizations of Veterans in America, holding politicians accountable for their votes and actions that adversely affect veterans, while supporting those politicians who have the backs of those who served.
Soltz is frequently quoted in major publications and frequently appears on cable shows, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, PBS’ News Hour, the Dylan Ratigan Show, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, The Ed Show, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, among other shows on many networks. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and many other national and local papers.
Soltz is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a dual degree in Political Science and History and a 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Douglas J. Band currently serves as the Counselor to President Clinton. He began working in the White House in 1995 and has been with President Clintonfor nearly 13 years. He has served as Counselor to President Clinton since 2002, advising and counseling him, accompanying him on his travels across America and around the world, managing his daily life, serving as a key architect of Clinton's post-Presidency and overseeing both the William J. Clinton Foundation and office.Prior to his role as Counselor to President Clinton, Doug served in theWhite House Counsels office for four years, becoming a Special Assistant to the President before he was made the youngest Deputy Assistant ever to serve a President. Doug concluded his last year in the White House in the Oval Office as the President's Aide. Doug is a graduate of the University of Florida with a major in English anda minor in Ethics, Georgetown Graduate School with a Masters in Liberal Arts, and Georgetown Law School. Doug and his wife Lily live in New York City.
Richard Beattie is Chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Beattie is also Chairman of the Board and founder of New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs to affect system-wide improvements in public education in New York City. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women's Law Center, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chairman of the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases. Beattie also has many years of experience in government service having worked in the Carter Administration as General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and as a Special Advisor and Emissary for Cypress during the Clinton Administration.
Beattie joined Simpson Thacher in 1968 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to law school, he served four years in the Marine Corps as a jet pilot, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1961.
Bill Belding earned two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts during his five-year tenure with the U.S. Navy. He completed three tours of Vietnam as a Navy SEAL from 1967 to 1972. Throughout his career, his dedication to veterans' issues has been evident. An experienced attorney, he has also worked pro bono for various veterans' organizations.
Before his appointment as President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) in October 2004, Belding served as Chief of Staff at Common Cause, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization working to hold government accountable to its constituents. In addition, as President and Chairman of Veterans Park in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000, he raised over $10 million from the private sector and initiated cooperative agreement with the federal Veterans Administration for this non-profit.
Belding earned his law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He earned a B.A. in Economics in 1967 from Ezra Stiles College, Yale University.
General Clark was born in Illinois and moved Little Rock, Arkansas with his mother after his father died. He graduated as valedictorian of his high school; was first in his class at West Point ('66); and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. As a company commander in Vietnam he was shot four times and was awarded the Silver Star. He was promoted through the ranks to serve as the Commanding General for the U.S. Southern Command, then as Director for Strategic Plans for the Joint Chief of Staff. Finally, he was promoted to be the NATO Supreme Allied Commander where he led air strikes to end the genocide in the Balkans without losing a single soldier in combat. In addition to his Silver Star, General Clark earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Medal, and our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wes Clark wrote two books, Waging Modern Wars and Winning Modern Wars. He has been a commentator for CNN and Fox News Channel and in 2004 he sought the Democratic nomination for President in 2004, winning the Oklahoma primary.
Major General Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) recently retired from the US Army after more than 33 years service. His assignments include Infantry command from the company to brigade levels, command of the Infantry Center at Fort Benning and Chief of Infantry. His most recent operational assignment was Commanding General of the command charged with reestablishing Iraqi Security Forces 2003-2004, where he built the command and established the structure and infrastructure for the Iraqi Armed Forces.
Other operational assignments include Somalia, Bosnia and Albania. Additional assignments include the Joint Staff, Deputy Commanding General for Transformation and Stryker Unit Development and Assistant Professor and head of the French Department at West Point. He is a 1972 graduate of West Point, son of a West Point Air Force fighter pilot, long an MIA from the Vietnam War; remains recently identified for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. He is married to PJ Eaton, an Army veteran and daughter of a Naval Academy graduate career Marine. He is father to a daughter and two sons, both Soldiers, one a Military Intelligence Specialist, one an Infantry Captain.
In January 2007, Flom was appointed Chairman and CEO of EMI’s Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, and Joss Stone. Flom is equally known for contributing his time and energy to various charitable organizations, including serving on the board of the Drug Policy Alliance (a division of George Soros’ Open Society Institute), the Innocence Project, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (F.A.M.M.), and the Legal Action Center, whose work is at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS and/or histories of addiction. He has also served on the board of Manhattan’s New School.
In addition, Flom has been active in raising awareness and funds for various medical research organizations including The T.J. Martell Foundation, which honored him with its Humanitarian Award in 2005, and City of Hope, which presented Flom with the Ambassador Award in May 2008 at an event that raised more than $400,000 for cancer research. Flom was also named the UJA Federation’s first “Music Visionary of the Year” and was awarded the “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union. Flom’s passion for social justice and commitment to philanthropy are not surprising given his upbringing. Born and raised in New York City, he is the son of legendary lawyer Joseph Flom, a co-founder of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and the late Claire Flom, a noted philanthropist in her own right and the founder of New York’s Gateway School. In 1990, Flom’s parents created the Joseph and Claire Flom Foundation, whose mission was to promote racial understanding and tolerance and to help gifted disadvantaged youth. Today Jason Flom uses his considerable influence among his peers in the music industry to honor his mother, who died in November 2007 after a long battle with cancer.
Leslie H. Gelb is President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and a former columnist for The New York Times. He has written four books on foreign policy, including The Irony of Vietnam, which won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Best Book on Foreign Relations. Mr. Gelb served as the Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs under President Jimmy Carter, where he was awarded the Distinguished Honor Award (the State Department's highest honor). Mr. Gelb also served as Executive Assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob Javits. In the U.S. Defense Department, he served as Director of Policy Planning and Arms Control, International Security Affairs, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award (the Pentagon's highest honor). Mr. Gelb was also awarded the Front Page Award in 1985, and the Central Intelligence Agency's Director's Award in 2004. Mr. Gelb graduated from Tufts University in 1959, and received his Master's Degree from Harvard University in 1961, and Ph.D. in 1964.
Paul Hackett volunteered to serve in Iraq as a Major with the 4th Civil Affairs Group, 1st Marine Division. Hackett was assigned to Ramadi and took part in the Fallujah campaign and subsequent reconstruction efforts. Having completed his tour of duty in Iraq , he returned to Ohio in early 2005. Shortly after his homecoming, Hackett declared his candidacy for Congress in the overwhelmingly Republican Second District of southwestern Ohio, a seat vacated just days before Paul's return from Iraq.
Written off as a long shot by the media, Hackett's campaign was fueled by the power of the Internet and grassroots activists. On Election Day, Hackett stunned the political universe, winning more than 48 percent of the vote in a District where George Bush received nearly two-thirds of the vote just ten months earlier. No Second District Democrat had done so well in more than 30 years. Hackett recently left electoral politics as a candidate after leaving the Democratic primary race to challenge incumbent Ohio Republican, Senator Mike DeWine.
As an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Hackett volunteered for the Marine Corps reserves. His father had served in the armed forces and taught Hackett that, if able, military service was his patriotic duty. After graduation Hackett attended Cleveland State University's Marshall College of Law and upon receiving his degree went on to fulfill his commitment to the Marine Corps serving on active duty in destinations such as Quantico, Virginia; Okinawa, Japan; and the Philippines to name just a few. It was during this time that he married his college sweetheart, Suzi.
Elaine Kamarck has a son who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is a Lecturer in Public Policy who came to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1997 after a career in politics and government. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review, also known as reinventing government.
At the Kennedy School she served as Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century and as Faculty Advisor to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program.
She conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. Kamarck received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Adviser to the Center for Defense Information. He was a Vice President, Senior Fellow and Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he served as Director of the Center for Public Policy Education and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and Vice President of Corporate Operations at the Raytheon Company.
Dr. Korb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics) from 1981 through 1985. For his service in that position, he was awarded the Department of Defense’s medal for Distinguished Public Service. Mr. Korb served on active duty for four years as Naval Flight Officer, and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.
Dr. Korb has 20 books and more than 100 articles on national security issues to his name.
William E. Little, Jr. was born in Manhattan in 1941, and spent his childhood years on Long Island. After graduating from Princeton University in 1963, he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned an ensign in June of 1964.
Will spent his first tour of duty at the U.S. Navy Communication Unit in Argentia, Newfoundland, and his second at the U.S. Navy Communication Station in Yokosuka, Japan, leaving active duty in March 1968, and settling in New York City.
Will joined his family's business, George Little Management, a major producer of trade shows. After managing several trade shows over the years, and heading the Company from 1984 until 1998, he went into "semi-retirement", but remains Chairman of GLM. He is also the Chairman of the Lakeville Journal Company, which publishes weekly newspapers in Lakeville and Winsted, Connecticut, and Millerton, New York.
Will and his wife, Helen, have two grown children, Thea and Chris. His great interest in politics has led to involvements such as being a trustee of the New York State Democratic Party, and a majority trust member of the (federal) Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
A military officer turned financier, Lawrence Penn is a Managing Director at The Camelot Group, a Private Equity Advisory firm that provides advisory services to Fortune 2000 companies. Mr. Penn was previously an Investment Banker at Lazard and a Portfolio Manager in the Private Equity Group of JP Morgan Investment Management (JPMIM) where he managed committed and invested capital and served on the Advisory Boards of several private equity groups. Prior to joining JPMIM, he worked in the Equities Division of JP Morgan Securities, Inc. He has also worked in the Alternative Asset Investment Division of the New York State Common Retirement Fund where he had responsibilities for analyzing and conducting due diligence on investments. Mr. Penn served as a Captain in the U.S. Army where he led logistics operations in Europe and managed one of the largest military communities in the United States Army European Command. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the United States Army General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (USAREUR), and the United States Army V Corps Distinguished Leader Award. He earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point an MA in International Business from University of Maryland European Division and an MS in Management Information Systems, from University of Maryland European Division as well as an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Presently, he serves as a Member and Sponsor for several organizations, charities and foundations to include The Clinton Global Initiative, The Council on Foreign Relations, Save the Children, the Morgan Library, VoteVets.org and the Museum of Modern Art.
Snyder is a graduate of New York University and is a dedicated philanthropist.
Steven Wozencraft, the CEO of John O’Donnell Associates, LLC of New York City and Laguna Beach, has spent the last 25 years of his professional career working with NGO’s and Non-Profits. He was President of The John O’Donnell Company, a 45 year-old firm in New York, which specialized in financial development for non-profit organizations. He has been a driving force in the world of financial development for non-profits and NGO's for more than 25 years.
He has sat on the Boards of various organizations, regional and global, and as President of the John O’Donnell Company he has overseen the growth and development of numerous organizations and helped them raise collectively over a billion dollars. Some of the organizations he has worked with around the globe include The Boys Club of New York, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Foundation, the African Medical Society, Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, Hellen Keller International, Israeli Guide Dogs, The Empire State Pride Agenda, Kids Peace, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation among many others.
He currently consults with private foundations and select non-profits on many different levels to help these organizations accomplish their missions by using his ties to individuals and corporations around the globe.