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Jonathan Ortmans


Jonathan Ortmans serves as president of the Public Forum Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the most advanced and effective means of fostering public discourse on major issues of the day. A current focus of the Public Forum Institute’s work concerns the economy where Jonathan serves as an interface between new research and initiatives to better understand entrepreneurship and the questions and concerns that arise from policymakers in the nation's capital. In this context, Ortmans oversees the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship (PDE), an initiative to advance public understanding of the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship and the economy and human welfare. Through meetings, forums, use of available research and communications tools, PDE helps policymakers make sound public policy decisions to encourage entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth.

Ortmans has also led the development of Global Entrepreneurship Week an initiative piloted in the United States in 2007 that inspires the under-30 generation to explore their entrepreneurial potential in more than 75 countries. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where he has advised the Foundation on its emerging global prominence and has helped develop partnerships and programs with international leaders. In this capacity, he has worked to help advance new thinking about the role of entrepreneurialism within a nation’s economy and culture and its power to address global problems.

Previously, Ortmans served as a congressional aide to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means; executive director of the Columbia Institute for Political Research; and, has founded three businesses. Educated in England, Ortmans serves as an advisor on public engagement and outreach initiatives to several government agencies and foundations, and devotes considerable time to moderating and facilitating meetings worldwide .

Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of the Public ForumInstitute. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadershipon several national initiatives and more than 100 public forumscovering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurialgrowth & economic development; health care; renewable energy;telecommunications; regulatory reform; and, workforce development.

For the past five years, Marich has served as the editor of PDE-news (formerly NDE-news), thePolicy Dialoge on Entrepreneurship's electronic newsletter that goesout weekly to roughly 20,000 subscribers in 96 countries.

Recently, he has been instrumental in the development and direction of Global Entrepreneurship Week,an initiative to shape the next generation of entrepreneurs. In t two years, roughly ten million people in 88 countries took part inactivities to inspire young people around the world to embraceinnovation, imagination and creativity -- unleashing new ideas andhelping turn them into reality.

Cameron Cushman

Cameron Cushman is a Senior Analyst at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where he leads the Office of the President and works closely with the President and CEO, Carl Schramm. In this capacity, Cushman directs the Foundation’s efforts to educate policymakers about the importance of entrepreneurs as job creators. He also serves as a grant officer, program manager, writer and event planner for the president’s office.

Prior to joining Kauffman, Cushman spent six years working in Washington, most recently serving in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Market Access and Compliance division of the International Trade Administration. At Commerce, Cushman worked to expedite trade along the U.S.–Mexico border and quantify the cost of non-tariff barriers on American exports. He also led the Program for Entrepreneurial Growth that sought to increase economic growth through entrepreneurship in four emerging countries. This initiative was designed to spur high-growth entrepreneurship by hosting government sponsored events on the topic and through the development of an online resource center for entrepreneurs at www.entrepreneurship.gov. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Cushman served in the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Presidential Correspondence at The White House.

Cushman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with minors in history and journalism from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced International Affairs from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Jared Konczal

Jared Konczal provides insight and consultative support as a senior analyst in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He oversees the Kauffman Foundation’s blog, Growthology.org, works on a number of research projects, and assists in monitoring the Foundation’s research grants. Prior to his current position, Konczal was an analyst and intern at the Foundation.

Konczal graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a minor in leadership studies.

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