Meet Our Team

Founders
Eli Saslow
Eli Saslow

Eli is a staff writer at The Washington Post, where he writes feature stories for the newspaper’s front page. He has interviewed President Obama in the Oval Office and traveled the country to write about the economy, education and other social issues. A graduate of Syracuse University, he was a distinguished visiting professor of journalism at The University of Montana in 2010. His first book, Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, will be published by Random House in October. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Washington.

Louis Goldstein
Louis Goldstein

Louis is a manager at Time Warner Inc., where he works in the corporate strategy department. He previously worked for J.P. Morgan in both New York and London, where he helped launch and grow various businesses in Hong Kong, the UK, and the US. He received his M.B.A from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He lives in New York City.

General Counsel
Bert Kaufman
Bert Kaufman

Bert is Executive Director of Business Forward, non-partisan national business trade association he helped start in 2009 to foster better cooperation between policymakers and business leaders. He is also vice president of Portico Policy Advisors, a policy research firm. Bert has served as a law clerk in U.S District Court, co-founded the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and Media, advised political campaigns in several states and has worked for CNN in Washington, D.C. and London. He received his Bachelors, Masters and law degrees from Syracuse University. He is a member of the D.C. Bar.

Board
Member
Jessica Sher
Jessica Sher

Jessica Sher is the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter high school in Washington, DC. She oversees supplemental enrichment programs for the school's 400 students and spearheads fundraising initiatives which raise $2 million annually. Jessica serves on the Young Professional Division and Regional Boards of the Anti-Defamation League and is an active volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Special Assistant to
the Board
Alma Gill
Alma Gill

Alma Gill has worked in various roles at USA Today for more than 20 years, including newsroom administrator for the Money section and executive assistant to the newspapers two executive editors in print and online. After taking the buyout in 2008, she became the assistant to the Vice President of Leading Age. During that time she was asked to speak on Capitol Hill regarding the Obama Healthcare Initiative and caring for our elderly citizens. Unable to stay out of the newsroom, she has returned to journalism, and is currently working for the Deputy Managing Editor of The Washington Post. Alma is Assistant Editor of Blackbooksandreviews.com and also has an advice column called "Ask Alma" in Qcitymetro.com, an online newspaper in Charlotte, NC.

Class
Directors
Rick Maese
Rick Maese

Rick Maese is a sports reporter for the Washington Post. A New Mexico native who now makes his home on Capitol Hill, Maese previously wrote for the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and The Albuquerque Tribune. Maese, who graduated from the University of New Mexico, has covered several Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series and most every other major sporting event.

Robert Samuels
Robert Samuels

Robert Samuels chronicles the life of the city from dusk to dawn as a staff writer for The Washington Post. He joined the paper in 2011 after spending nearly five years at The Miami Herald, where he was a part of a team of reporters that was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Robert, who grew up in The Bronx and graduated from Northwestern University, loves reporting because of all the strange places it has taken him: the bayous in Louisiana during the oil spill, the farms of Prince George's county, a colony of homeless convicts living under a Miami bridge and the retirement home of Bubbles the Chimp. He tweets @newsbysamuels