Seth Silber, Chair
Seth Silber is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Washington, DC office, where he focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation, and privacy and data security issues. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini in 2006, Seth served for six years at the Federal Trade Commission. Seth is also active in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law, serving since 2007 as the chair of the Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee. He is the lead editor of the Pharmaceutical Industry Antitrust Handbook, published by the ABA in 2009. Additionally, Seth is part-owner/treasurer of the Potomac Nationals, the Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Lisa Banks, Vice Chair
Lisa Banks is the Vice President of Operations and Development, helping The Constitution Project to forge meaningful partnerships with individuals and corporations who share the organization’s commitment to safeguarding constitutional rights and values. As a seasoned nonprofit executive, Lisa is skilled in fundraising and creating valuable partnerships among stakeholders. Previously, Lisa served as executive director at Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit providing advocacy for child victims of abuse and neglect who are under the court’s protection. Born in Maryland, Lisa received her BA in both International Relations and Communications from the University of Virginia, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Dave Paris, Treasurer
David N. Paris is a senior director in the Washington, DC office of Alvarez & Marsal’s Global Forensic and Dispute Services, LLC. He has more than 25 years experience addressing damages and competition issues in complex commercial disputes in U.S. courts and arbitration proceedings. These disputes have involved patent and trademark infringement, breach of contract, tortious interference, and antitrust violation. He has provided expert testimony on damages issues, including lost profits and reasonable royalties, and on economic issues relevant to granting an injunction, including irreparable harm.
Debbie Harrison, Secretary
Debbie Harrison is the senior manager of Public Policy at the National Business Group on Health. She is responsible for health and welfare benefits regulatory policy and advises large employers with respect to their health and welfare plans and related regulatory compliance, advocacy, and plan design issues. She has extensive experience advising employers, plan administrators, and health industry entities on employee benefits and related tax matters and is an expert on ERISA, PPACA, HIPAA, COBRA, ADA, and other federal laws affecting employer-sponsored plans. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in international policy from the University of Sydney, and a B.A. in English and American literature and language from Harvard College. Debbie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill since 2008 and currently is the Club's President-Elect. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from 2000 - 2001. Originally from Florida, Debbie now lives in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Edward Comstock
Dr. Edward Comstock has taught for the past seven years in the College Writing Program in the Department of Literature at American University. He holds a Ph.D. from American University's School of Education, Teaching, and Health, as well as an MA in Literature. Dr. Comstock has published multiple works in international multi-disciplinary scholarly journals such as the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences and Educational Philosophy and Theory. His work explores the history and theory of rhetoric and writing. A life-long resident of the greater Washington, DC area, Dr. Comstock has enjoyed living just off U St. for the past 15 years. Read his professional assessment of One World Education here.
Grace Katabaruki is a Principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), where she leads day-to-day operations of the Investment Practice Group. Grace co-leads the investment selection process for the $20M Capital Kids Portfolio. She also manages the youthCONNECT at Suitland High School network of nonprofits, a five-year, $5M initiative that, at scale, will serve 1,300 students annually. Previously, she served in several Congressional offices, including those of Senator Jack Reed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Congressman John Lewis. As a legislative assistant to Senator Reed, Grace’s portfolio included housing policy, and she spearheaded the conception, drafting, and introduction of comprehensive anti-foreclosure legislation. Grace began her career as an educator, teaching for five years at Washington, D.C.’s Maret School, where she was awarded the Thomas Prize for Teachers New to Teaching. She received a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and was selected as one of the inaugural Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellows. She also graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College.
Bob Peck is currently the director of Workplace Consulting for the Southeast Region at Gensler. He has worked in public and private sector real estate and has deep personal and professional experience with the city, with the DC Public School system, and with the arts and philanthropic communities. He is a board member of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, has served as volunteer president of the DC Preservation League, was the full-time president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is a former member of the DC Board of Education, and has two children who are graduates of the DC Public Schools.
Dr. Quentin Wodon
Dr. Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. Previously, he managed the World Bank unit on values and development, and served as Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa and Economist/Senior Economist for Latin America. Before joining the World Bank he was an Assistant Brand Manager with Procter & Gamble, a volunteer corps member with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, and a tenured professor with the University of Namur. He has also taught at American University and Georgetown University. He holds PhDs in Economics and in Theology and Religious Studies, and has more than 500 publications. A recipient of the Prize of Belgium’s Secretary of Foreign Trade, a Fulbright grant, and the Dudley Seers Prize, Dr. Wodon has served on several advisory boards for non-profits and university programs, as Associate Editor for academic journals, and as President of professional economics associations. He enjoys pro bono consulting for nonprofits and is actively involved in Rotary.
Mary Young is an Education Marketing Manager for Amazon Web Services. Previously she was a senior marketing director at educational technology company Echo360, spending 10 years building the organization’s communications, social media, branding, product marketing, and demand creation efforts. Prior to Echo360, she managed communications and marketing for Anystream, a media and streaming company. Mary is a Commonwealth Scholar from Virginia Tech, holding a B.A. in history.