Marita Golden is the award-winning author of sixteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Wide Circumference of Love, a 2017 NPR Best Book and 2018 NAACP Image Award nominee, published by Arcade and now being adapted for TV by Just A Rebel Productions. She is the cofounder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and a veteran teacher of writing. She has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA graduate creative writing programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA creative writing program at John Hopkins University, and has taught writing internationally to a variety of constituencies. A longtime resident of Washington, DC, she currently lives in Mitchellville, Maryland.
George Vradenburg is chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimers, which he cofounded in October 2010. He was named by US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services established by the National Alzheimer's Project Act and has testified before Congress about the global Alzheimers pandemic. He is a member of the World Dementia Council. He and UsAgainstAlzheimer's co-convene both the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease (LEAD) Coalition and the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer's Disease. With his wife Trish (19462017), George has long been a dedicated member of Washington's civic and philanthropic community. George served as chairman of The Phillips Collection for thirteen years and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of Washington. He has served in senior executive and legal positions at CBS, FOX and AOL/Time Warner. George and Trish published TikkunMagazine for ten years.
David Shenk is the bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us, The Forgetting, Data Smog, and The Immortal Game. He is cohost of the public radio podcast The Forgetting and creator of the Living with Alzheimers Film Project, and has contributed to National Geographic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Nature Biotechnology, Harper's, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New Republic, NPR, BBC, and PBS. Shenk lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Southfield, MA.