Katherine Gehl is the founder of The Institute for Political Innovation (IPI), a cross-partisan nonprofit founded in 2020 to catalyse political change in America. She is the former President and CEO of Gehl Foods, a $250-million food-manufacturing company based in Wisconsin. She was also nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in 2010. In 2020, she published The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy, which she co-authored with Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is the President of RDI and founder of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of rural America. Prior to founding One Country, Heidi served as the first female Senator from North Dakota from 2013 to 2019.
Michael Steele is a member of the RDI Board of Directors, a political analyst for MSNBC, and Senior Fellow at Brown University’s Institute for International and Public Affairs. When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009.
Uriel Epshtein is the Executive Director of RDI, where his priority is educating the public on core liberal democratic principles and empowering them to prioritize those values in their civic behavior. He previously worked in the private sector – first as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and then in strategy at start-ups in the mobility space, including DoorDash and Uber. As a student at Yale, he founded and still continues to chair the Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative (PDLI), an organization dedicated to bridging the civil-military divide and creating a space on campuses for nuanced discussion of the U.S. role in the Middle East.