Host/Executive Producer Rick Wartzman is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. His latest book is The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, published by PublicAffairs in May 2017.
Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director—a position he held for nearly nine years—Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. While business editor of the Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Wal-Mart’s impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He has also written for numerous other publications, including Fortune, Time, Forbes, Businessweek, The American Prospect and Harvard Business Review.
Rick is the author of two previous books of narrative history. The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire (co-authored with Mark Arax) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, was named one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 2003 by the Times and one of the 10 best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and won a California Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was one of the Los Angeles Times’s 25 favorite nonfiction books of 2008, as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history and a PEN USA Literary Award. A collection of his magazine columns, What Would Drucker Do Now?, was published in 2011.
Rick serves on the boards of several civic organizations, including Capital & Main and the National Human Services Assembly, a Washington-based association of leading nonprofits. Twitter: @RWartzman
Contributor Lily Bowles is the sustainability officer of the online financial firm Aspiration, where she helped develop the Aspiration Impact Measurement (AIM), a bank account feature that allows customers to track the environmental and social impact of their spending. She holds the SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting Credential and is co-founder and co-chair of the Los Angeles chapter of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy.
Previously, Lily was the global operations manager of Village Capital, a venture capital firm focused on supporting early-stage entrepreneurs solving major social and environmental problems around the world. Prior to that, she worked at the Aspen Institute, B Lab and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Twitter: @lilybowles
Contributor Natalie Foster is an expert on the future of work. She’s currently the co-chair of the Economic Security Project, a two year fund to support exploration and experimentation of the universal basic income, and an advisor to the The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative.
In 2013, Natalie co-founded and launched Peers.org to support people who work in the sharing economy. Prior, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people–driven economic change, with Van Jones. Previously, Natalie served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. Natalie built the first digital department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for MoveOn.org.
She’s been awarded fellowships at Institute for the Future, Rockwood Leadership Institute and New America California, and she advises the Open Society Foundation. Twitter: @nataliefoster
Contributor Marty Goldensohn was news director of radio station WNYC and New York bureau chief of “Marketplace” on American Public Media. Winner of Emmy Awards in television, he is currently senior producer of “POTUS 2017” on public TV and teaches radio and podcasting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Contributor Megan Kamerick is an award-winning journalist and radio producer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She has worked as a business reporter and editor at the San Antonio Business Journal, New Orleans City Business and the New Mexico Business Weekly covering real estate, economic development, law, education, tourism, the creative economy, philanthropy and the film/media industries. Megan is the host of “Morning Edition” on KUNM in Albuquerque and a correspondent for New Mexico PBS, where she was previously a producer for two shows, “New Mexico in Focus” as well as “Public Square,” which was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has produced stories for National Public Radio, “Latino USA,” “Marketplace,” “Pacific Content” and “Serious Eats.”
Megan is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, which helped inform her TED Talk on women and media. She is also a TED speaker coach. Megan currently serves on the board of Good Radio Shows Inc. and the Society of Professional Journalists-Rio Grande Chapter.
Contributor Ernest Savage has produced content around social issues for a range of media outlets. He hosted and produced The Other LA, a radio documentary series focusing on poverty and economic justice in Los Angeles for KPFK 90.7 FM. His film and video footage have been featured in many documentaries, including Acorn and the Firestorm, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.
Contributor Sandra Smith is a sociology profressor at the University of California at Berkeley. Her book Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism Among the Black Poor advanced current and enduring debates about black joblessness, highlighting the role of interpersonal distrust between low-income black jobholders and their jobseeking relations that make cooperation during the process of finding work a problematic affair. Her new book, Want, Need, Fit: Cultural Logics of Job-Matching Assistance, more fully engages questions about “the cultural underpinnings of social capital mobilization” during the job-matching process. In June 2017, Sandra was named interim director at the university’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
Contributor Robin Urevich is an award-winning journalist and radio reporter whose work has appeared on National Public Radio, “Marketplace,” “Frontline World,” Newsweek, Fast Company and many other print and broadcast outlets. She’s covered labor, immigration, education, politics and other beats as a staff reporter and an independent journalist.
Contributor Dorian Warren is president of the Center for Community Change Action and vice president of the Center for Community Change. He is also a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and co-chair of the Economic Security Project.
A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Dorian has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for over two decades. He previously taught for over a decade at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was co-director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy. Dorian has also worked at MSNBC.
He currently serves on several boards, including Working Partnerships USA, the Workers Lab, the National Employment Law Project, the Model Alliance and The Nation magazine editorial board. As a commentator on public affairs, Dorian has appeared regularly on television and radio, including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, & NY1, among other outlets. He has also written for The Nation, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Washington Post, New York Times, Medium, Ebony.com and Boston Review.
Dorian is co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Race and American Political Development (Routledge). In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today. Twitter: @dorianwarren