Kay Bailey Hutchison, Co-Chair
Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She serves as senior counsel at Bracewell LLP.
In January 2013, she stepped down from twenty years in the US Senate, representing the state of Texas. She served in the Senate leadership, having first been elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference and later elected Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-highest ranking Republican Senator.
Senator Hutchison served as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. She was also the Chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Sub-Committee. In addition, the Senator served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Prior to her Senate service, Senator Hutchison was elected Texas State Treasurer in 1990 and to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. She was the first Republican woman elected to that body. She served in the Texas House until 1976 when she was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve as vice-chairman of the National Transportation?on Safety Board.
Her business experience includes acting as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Republic Bank Corporation, co-founder of Fidelity National Bank of Dallas, and owning a candy manufacturing company.
In 2013, the Dallas City Council voted to name its Convention Center the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas and the University of Texas established the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business. In July, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2289, renaming section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA. Senator Hutchison authored the original bill, cosponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski, to establish Spousal IRAs.
Senator Hutchison is an acclaimed author, her most recent book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas was released in April 2013. She has published two bestsellers – Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, released in October 2007, and American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, released in 2004. In June 2000, she coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate.
Bill Richardson, Co-Chair
For more than 30 years, Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career as a U.S. Congressman (1982-1996), U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000).
In 2008, he sought the Democratic nomination for President, dropping out after Iowa and New Hampshire. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and the Sudan.
Since entering life as a private citizen in 2011, he has authored three books including “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator,” which was published in fall 2013. He is active on the national and international speech circuit and appears frequently on numerous television news programs, ranging from CNN to FOX, Univision, Meet the Press, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Richardson has also served as a Special Envoy to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a Special Fellow on Latin America at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Richardson also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the World Resources Institute (WRI), Refugees International, and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In addition, he serves on numerous for-profit boards, primarily in the renewable energy space, such as Abengoa International.
Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter. Recently, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement played an instrumental role in the successful release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from prison in Tijuana, Mexico.
Before being elected Governor of New Mexico, Richardson was Chairman of Freedom House, a private nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy and human rights worldwide, and served on the boards of the National Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He has been an adjunct professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and has received several honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning that include Tufts University and the University of New Mexico. As Governor, he taught courses at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University; this year, he will teach courses at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Columbia University. More recently, he was given the National Hispanic Hero Award by the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Matthew J. Slaughter, Head of ACAlliance Academic Advisory Board
At the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Matthew J. Slaughter is the Paul Danos Dean and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business. He is also the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Global Business and Government; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the advisory committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum; and an academic advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute.
From 2005 to 2007, Dean Slaughter served as a Member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. In this Senate-confirmed position he held the international portfolio, advising the President, the Cabinet, and many others on issues including international trade and investment, currency and energy markets, and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. He has also been affiliated with organizations including the Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Congressional Budget Office, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Dean Slaughter’s area of expertise is the economics and politics of globalization. Much of his recent work has focused on policy responses to the World Financial Crisis; on the global operations of multinational firms; and on the labor-market impacts of international trade, investment, and immigration. His research has been supported by several grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. Dean Slaughter has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and books; he has co-authored three books, including The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System and Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers; he has served in editorial positions for several academic journals; and he has presented at many academic conferences and seminars.