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Morris Pearl

Morris Pearl

Morris Pearl currently serves as Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of hundreds of high-net-worth Americans who are committed to making all Americans, including themselves, better off by building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation. The group focuses on promoting public policy solutions that encourage political equality, guarantee a sustaining wage for working Americans, and ensure that millionaires, billionaires, and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.  

Previously, Mr. Pearl was a managing director at BlackRock, one of the largest investment firms in the world. His work included the Maiden Lane transactions and assessing governments’ potential losses from bank bailouts in the United States and in Europe. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Pearl had a long tenure on Wall Street where he invented some of the securitization technology connecting America’s capital markets to consumers in need of credit. He is a CFA Charter Holder, a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Securities Analysts, and on the board of Verified Voting and The Center for Political Accountability. Mr. Pearl lives in New York City with his wife Barbara where he enjoys spending time with his two adult sons and riding his bicycle around the city.

Stephen Prince

Stephen Prince

Stephen Prince is the Vice-Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and a businessman who founded National Business Products, now known as Card Marketing Services, in 1993.  In the early years of his company, Mr. Prince focused attention on finding innovative print solutions for the credit, debit, and prepaid segment of the payments industry.  As the gift card phenomenon began to evolve in the late ‘90’s, he switched the company focus from one that provided heavy paper print offerings to one whose primary product line was printed plastic cards and support materials for that market segment.  Today, as gift and loyalty card programs have proliferated and grown, Mr. Prince is invited to deliver his “gift card gospel” to sales staffs, merchant clients as well as potential platform partners all over the U.S. Of late, he has become more and more involved in startups, primarily in the payments industry, where and when his technology experience enhances an opportunity.  Mentoring young entrepreneurs is something he not only enjoys but is something he feels is his responsibility.

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Ana María Archila

Ana María Archila

Ana María Archila has been a leader in New York and nationally in the fight for immigrant rights, worker justice, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights for two decades. Born in Colombia, Ana María has spent her entire adult life in New York. She co-founded and led several grassroots progressive organizations, including Make the Road New York and the Center for Popular Democracy, and has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and dignity of working people – Black, Latino, Asian, white, immigrant and native born.

She has fought for years for every young person to be able to access high-quality education–helping lead campaigns to fully fund public schools, create school-based college access programs, and pass the New York Dream Act. She was also deeply involved in the fights for paid sick days, raising the minimum wage, and a range of other economic, racial, and justice campaigns. In New York and nationally, she has been a leader in the fight for humane immigration reform.

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is an author and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good and co-edits Inequality.org.  He is the great-grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer and gave away his inheritance at a young age.  Mr. Collins is an expert on U.S. economic inequality and has pioneered efforts to bring together investors and business leaders to speak out publicly against corporate practices and economic policies that increase economic inequality.  He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.  His most recent book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  Mr. Collins is the co-founder of Wealth for Common Good, which merged into the Patriotic Millionaires in 2015.

Drew Pomerance

Drew Pomerance

Drew Pomerance serves on the Board of Directors for the Patriotic Millionaires. He is a nationally renowned trial and appellate attorney, with 37 years of expertise in all aspects of complex business litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, as well as labor and employment matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, argued at the state and federal courts of appeal, and has won both of the cases he argued to the California Supreme Court.

Drew is a Life Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the most prestigious invitation-only trial lawyer organization in the United States, as well as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at trial lawyer conventions and seminars throughout California on insurance and employment topics, and has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year for the last decade.


Advisory Board


 

Lawrence Benenson

Lawrence Benenson

Lawrence Benenson is a Principal of the Benenson Capital Company and a member of the company’s Investment Committee, involved in developing and implementing the company’s investment strategies and internal operations as well as guiding the company’s short and long-term planning.  He guides the company’s near-term and long-range planning and has helped Benenson Capital Partners grow to become one of the nation’s premier owners of net-leased properties.  He has been involved with the Benenson family business since 1990.  Mr. Benenson is the Chairman of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy and Head Co-Chairman of the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council.  He serves on the Boards of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Bronx, the Museum for African Art, the Center for Arts in Education, American Folk Art Museum, the ART/OMI International Arts Center, the New York Junior Tennis League, the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, and the Ad Reinhardt Foundation. He also serves on the Boards of the Inner-City Scholarship Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).  Previously, Mr. Benenson worked for Rose Associates, a real estate investment and development company specializing in Manhattan properties.  Mr. Benenson holds a BA from Duke University.  He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Vice President of the Realty Foundation of New York, and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Alan S. Davis

Alan S. Davis

Alan S. Davis is president of The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, a private family foundation.  Mr. Davis is the Director of the WhyNot Initiative, the foundation’s program to support social change efforts that have the potential to significantly address problems with the democratic process, income and wealth distribution, universal healthcare, and tolerance.  He was founder and CEO of Conservatree Paper Company, the leading distributor of recycled paper, and founder and CEO of ASDavis Media Group, a publisher of more than 40 travel guidebooks.

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Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler is founder, CEO and Chairman of Wind River Systems, a software design and consultancy firm with a market cap of over $1 billion.  Mr. Fiddler founded Wind River out of a rented garage and by 2009, the company was the leading provider of embedded software worldwide; its operating systems could be found in millions of devices and was used in historic projects including the NASA Clementine moon probe and all of the Mars rovers and landers. Mr. Fiddler is currently the Chairman of Solazyme, a biotech company doing groundbreaking work in renewable energy, and the Principal of Zygote Ventures, a privately held venture capital fund.  Mr. Fiddler serves on the UC President’s Advisory Board on Science and Innovation, the foundation board of Chabot Space & Science Center, and is a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and The California Jazz Conservatory.

Ellyn Gelson

Ellyn Gelson is a California-based philanthropist who has long supported organizations focused on arts and culture, education, medical research, and charities that provide assistance to the disabled and disenfranchised. Ms. Gelson learned the lessons of philanthropy from her late husband Bernard, the founder of Gelson’s Markets, an upscale supermarket chain in Southern California.  Together, the two were committed to a living wage, to lending a helping hand to those who need it, and to providing a quality education—be it at a trade school or a university—so that everyone can enjoy the dignity that comes from contributing to society. Ms. Gelson continues to champion those values today.

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Jeffrey Gural

Jeffrey Gural

Jeffrey Gural is Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, an international commercial real estate firm covering 320 offices worldwide.  Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Gural was a member of the staff of Morse-Diesel Construction Co.  Mr. Gural is recognized as an invaluable member of the Greater New York community, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Board of New York, a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation, Chairman of the “I Have a Dream Foundation – NY,” and Co-Sponsor of the Chelsea-Elliot “I Have a Dream” Project,” Chair of the Board of Governors for Eugene Lang College- The New School for Liberal Arts, and many more.

Pat Martone

Patricia Martone

Patricia A. Martone is a retired attorney whose work focused on intellectual
property disputes representing technology leaders based in the United States,
Europe and Asia. She is currently a Research Fellow at New York University School of Law where she served as an Adjunct Professor for twenty-eight years. Patricia is also deeply involved in politics. Her principal interests are supporting women running for office and combating wealth and income inequality.

During her forty years in “Big Law”, she held partnerships in the firms of Fish & Neave LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP. From 2014 through 2020, she practiced in her own law firm. Patricia was perennially ranked as a leading attorney by publications including Chambers, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

Patricia’s awards include the NOW-NYC Women of Power and Influence Award in 2009. She has served as a director on the boards of charitable and public interest law organizations. Patricia received a B.A. from New York University’s Washington Square College, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and her law degree with honors from New York University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change.

Great Neck Richman

James S. “Great Neck” Richman

James S. “Great Neck” Richman is President and CEO of Richloom Fabrics Group, a textile convertor, designer, and distributor of home furnishing fabrics located in New York, with subsidiaries offices in Shanghai and Gurgaon.  Mr. Richman runs the Richloom Family Foundation, which has set up the Endowed Scholarship at George Washington University and Case Western Reserve University, the Richman Visiting Professorship at Brandeis University, and given major donations to Jewish Philanthropic America and other organizations.  Mr. Richman serves on the Board of Overseers at the New York University Stern School for Business, the Advisory Committee at Case Western Reserve University, and the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta High Museum of Art.  He is also associated with several New York City Local Charities, such as the Association to Benefit Children and Publicolor.

Eric Schoenberg

Eric Schoenberg

Eric Schoenberg is Chairman of CampusWorks, Inc., a provider of technology leadership services to universities and colleges.  Dr. Schoenberg also conducts research on the psychology of money and asset market bubbles, and has taught classes in behavioral economics, decision making, family wealth and leadership at Wharton, Columbia Business School, NYU’s Stern School of Business, and the Haas Business School of the University of California at Berkeley.  Previously, he was Managing Director and Chief Knowledge Officer of Broadview International, a boutique investment bank offering merger and acquisition advisory services to Information Technology companies.  Before that, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State.

Joe Zimlich

Joe Zimlich

Joe Zimlich is the Chief Executive Officer of Bohemian Companies.  Bohemian Companies is a private investment office committed to innovative and sustainable investment opportunities that often target social impact as well as financial returns.  Mr. Zimlich also serves on the board of Bohemian Foundation, a family foundation.

Mr. Zimlich has held board or director level positions in the following industries: technology, semi-conductors, water filtration, trust, private & commercial banking, food service, and venture-capital funds.  Joe served previously as a manager in mergers and acquisitions and as a specialist in the not-for-profit and banking industries, both at an international accounting firm.  He currently serves as a Board member for Bohemian Foundation, First Western Trust Bank, Ampt, LLC, Democracy Alliance, Third Way, Committee On States Executive Committee, America Votes Executive Committee, Colorado Democracy Alliance Executive Committee, and Colorado Donor Alliance.

Mr. Zimlich graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Accounting.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  He has been active in his community of Fort Collins, Colorado, notably with the Colorado State University System Board of Governors (where he previously served as Board Chair), Colorado State University’s College of Business Global Leadership Council, EnviroFit International, the Economic Opportunities Advising Committee, Community Development Block Grant Committee, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Human Resources Ordinance Task Force, and Leadership Fort Collins.

George Zimmer

George Zimmer

George Zimmer is the Founder and former CEO and Chairman of The Men’s Wearhouse.  Founded in 1973, he led the Company as Chief Executive Officer through 2011, at which time he named a successor.  Mr. Zimmer is an active Advisory Board member with the Oakland Zoo and the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland, and has served on numerous other boards, both for profit and non-profit, throughout his career.  Mr. Zimmer is widely recognized in his community for his philanthropic efforts, which include the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Chabot Space & Science Center, and Northern Lights School, all in the Bay Area.  He received Honorary Doctorates from Holy Names University, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and the University of Redlands.  Mr. Zimmer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington University in 1970.

 


Patriotic Millionaires

The Patriotic Millionaires is a group of high net worth individuals with annual incomes over $1 million and/or assets over $5 million who are committed to raising the minimum wage, combatting the influence of big money in politics, and advancing a progressive tax structure. Some of our members include:

 

David Altschul

Encino, CA

Will Arora

Clyde Hill, WA

Franklin Arthur

Piedmont, CA

William Battle

Los Altos, CA

Marc Baum

New York, NY

Nicolette Beck

San Francisco, CA

Lawrence Benenson

New York, NY

Paul Bettner

McKinney, TX

Katy Drake Bettner

McKinney, TX

Eleanor Bingham Miller

Goshen, KY

Rich Boberg

Saratoga, CA

Dana Bronfman

New York, NY

Ian Brownell

Medford, MA

Michael Burke

Redondo Beach, CA

Bob Burnett

Occidental, CA

Ron Carter

Columbia, MO

Jim Chu

San Francisco, CA

James Colen

Davie, FL

Chuck Collins

Jamaica Plain, MA

Cynda Collins-Arsenault

Superior, CO

Thomas Curran

Prairie Village, KS

Alan Davis

San Francisco, CA

John Deane

Nashville, TN

Anne Delaney

New York, NY

Abigail Disney

New York, NY

Tim Disney

Los Angeles, CA

John Driscoll

Stamford, CT

John Esler

Sutton, MA

Andrew Faulk

San Francisco, CA

Rick Feldman

New York, NY

Jerry Fiddler

Berkeley, CA

Richard Foos

Los Angeles, CA

Doug Ford

Lacey, WA

Lindsey Ford

Lacey, WA

Patricia Foschi

Santa Fe, NM

Lloys Frates

Los Angeles, CA

Ellyn Gelson

Encino, CA

Becky Gochman

New York, NY

David Gochman

New York, NY

Molly Gochman

New York, NY

Leonard Goldman

Silver Spring, MD

Robert Goldschmidt

University Park, FL

Jeffrey Gural

New York, NY

Robert Haines

Collegeville, PA

Phyllis Hatfield

Seattle, WA

David Higgins

Scottsdale, AZ

Pierre Hollis

Stafford, VA

Kim Hoover

Miami, FL

Jeff Huggett

Minneapolis, MN

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Brooklyn, NY

Peter Janovsky

New York, NY

Phil Jensen

Sebastopol, CA

Frank Jernigan

San Francisco, CA

Joey Kaempfer

McLean, VA

Joshua Kanter

Midvale, UT

Jean Kaplan

Santa Barbara, CA

Rochelle Kaplan

Salt Lake City, UT

Woody Kaplan

Boston, MA

Maureen Kennedy

Inverness, CA

Howard Klein

Los Angeles, CA

Michael Lambert

Portland, ME

Anna Lane

Charlottesville, VA

Ted LaRoche

Murfreesboro, TN

Alida Latham

Seattle, WA

Suzanne Lerner

Hawthorne, CA

Art Lipson

Salt Lake City, UT

Becky Liebman

Olympia, WA

Richard Mader

Pasadena, CA

Patricia Martone

New York, NY

Terry Meehan

New York, NY

Dennis Mehiel

New York, NY

Diane Meyer Simon

Santa Barbara, CA

Michael Nash

Bridgehampton, NY

Scott Nash

Chevy Chase, MD

Wendy Neu

New York, NY

David Nixon

St. Pete Beach, FL

Ken Olum

Sharon, MA

Pat Palermo

New York, NY

Frank Patitucci

Pleasanton, CA

Barbara Pearl

New York, NY

Morris Pearl

New York, NY

Judy Pigott

Seattle, WA

Drew Pomerance

Tarzana, CA

Peg Primak

Waltham, MA

Stephen Prince

Brentwood, TN

Susan Pritzker

San Francisco, CA

Cathy Raphael

Pittsburg, PA

Amelie Ratliff

Jamaica Plain, MA

Richard Rice

Skokie, IL

Great Neck Richman

New York, NY

Michael Rothman

Chicago, IL

Jonathan Ruga

Salt Lake City, UT

Eric Schoenberg

Franklin Lakes, NJ

Stephen Segal

Philadelphia, PA

Spencer Sherman

Sebastopol, CA

Stephen Silberstein

Belvedere Tiburon, CA

Ian Simmons

Boston, MA

Diane Meyer Simon

Santa Barbara, CA

Daniel Simon

New York, NY

Douglas Smith

Seattle, WA

Marguerite Snowdon

Wilson, WY

Karen Stewart

Vista, CA

Faye Straus

Lafayette, CA

Sandor Straus

Lafayette, CA

Arthur Strauss

Irvine, CA

Ritchie Tabachnick

Ligonier, PA

Allison Thomas

Los Angeles, CA

Henry Thorne

Sewickley, PA

Andrew Tobias

New York, NY

Diane Trombetta

Los Gatos, CA

Roy Ulrich

Berkeley, CA

Christy Wallace

Bethesda, MD

Scott Wallace

Bethesda, MD

Ross Waller

Lexington, VA

David Watson

Oakland, CA

Vinitha Watson

Oakland, CA

Sage Weil

Madison, WI

Peter Weinberger

Syosset, NY

Nina Weissberg

McLean, VA

Carol Winograd

Stanford, CA

Terry Winograd

Stanford, CA

Bennet Yee

Mountain View, CA

Scott Young

Salt Lake City, UT

George Zimmer

Fremont, CA