Jane S. Hoffman, chair, The Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy
Frederick H. Waddell, president and chief executive officer, Northern Trust
Todd M. Warren, technology and innovation consultant
Michael R. Wilbon, sports columnist, Washington Post
Hoffman founded The Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy in 2007 to bring increased attention to issues of energy, sustainability and conservation. The Forum sponsored and coordinated a 2008 presidential debate and a nationwide college student essay contest. She co-authored "Green - Your Place in the New Energy Revolution," published in 2008.
Previously, Hoffman served as commissioner for public authority reform in New York. The commission's vision for reform led to a groundbreaking policy framework and was hailed as a model for the nation. In 2002, she was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of New York.
Hoffman, as commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, led the expansion of a youth anti-tobacco initiative resulting in New York City becoming the first municipality in the nation to have inspected every retail outlet for the illegal sale of tobacco to minors. She also created the first Home Heating Oil Task Force to examine the marketplace for businesses and consumers. In 1995, she served as president of the Sister Cities Program while deputy commissioner to the United Nations.
Hoffman received a bachelor's degree in communication from Northwestern in 1986.
Waddell, appointed CEO of Northern Trust in 2008, leads of one of the world's principal asset management, asset servicing, fund administration, fiduciary and banking services firms. He will be named chairman in November 2009.
Since joining Northern Trust in 1975, Waddell has held leadership positions in commercial banking, strategic planning and personal financial services. Prior to being named CEO, he served as head of the Corporate & Institutional Services business unit and was named COO in 2006.
Waddell serves as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Executives' Club of Chicago and The Chicago Club. He is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable, the Commercial Club of Chicago and its Civic Committee and The Economic Club of Chicago. He also serves on the Trustees Committee of the Chicago Community Trust.
Waddell received a bachelor's degree in government from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern in 1979.
Warren is a technology and innovation consultant, focused on software and wireless. For more than 21 years, he worked at Microsoft in a variety of product management, general management and product development roles. He served as corporate vice president from 2004 to 2008 and was responsible for the development and technical product strategy for Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system and related products.
Prior to his role in Windows Mobile, Warren directed Microsoft's device efforts in the automotive and media space and managed its mapping business unit responsible for the release of maps.live.com. He also had key roles in Microsoft's server applications group and was a senior program manager in the Windows NT and Windows 2000 group.
After retiring in 2008, Warren began teaching in the computer science department in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He currently works with the McCormick School's Farley Center designing a software entrepreneurship curriculum. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management and is advising several early-stage startups.
Warren serves on the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences board of advisors, the School of Communication National Advisory Council, the McCormick Advisory Council and the computer science department advisory board.
Warren graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Northwestern in 1987.
Wilbon is a sports columnist for The Washington Post, co-host of ESPN's news and commentary show "Pardon the Interruption" and an NBA studio analyst for ABC and ESPN.
Wilbon, who began his journalism career at the Daily Northwestern, joined the Washington Post in 1980 and was named a sports columnist in 1990. He has covered college and professional sports, the Olympics, Super Bowls and the NCAA Final Four.
In 1997, Wilbon was inducted as an inaugural member of the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement. Currently he serves on the Medill Board of Advisors.
Sigma Delta Chi, the society of professional journalists, honored Wilbon as top sports columnist in America in 2000. The Associated Press and the National Association of Black Journalists, which awarded Wilbon their lifetime achievement award in 2009, have also honored him.
Wilbon received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern in 1980.