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VICKI FULLER
Chief Investment Officer New York State’s Common Retirement Fund

Vicki Fuller is Chief Investment Officer for New York State’s Common Retirement Fund. As of December 31, 2016, the estimated value of the Fund was $186 billion. Under the direction of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Fuller is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies to ensure that the Fund remains one of the best-funded and best-managed public pension plans in the country. The Fund holds assets in trust for more than one million employees and retirees from state and local authorities. Fuller has been named one of the most powerful African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise.

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VALERIE JARRETT
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

Valerie Jarrett is an American lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader and was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. Prior to that, she served as a co-chair of the Obama–Biden Transition Project. Ms. Jarrett oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. Ms. Jarrett has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.

 
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DON LOWERY
Senior Vice President Community Engagement Nielsen

Don Lowery is Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, for Nielsen, a global performance measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information. In that role, he develops and executes Nielsen’s strategy for outreach to diverse communities to ensure the company’s panels and surveys accurately represent national and local populations. Prior to joining Nielsen, Lowery was a newspaper and television journalist. He was also part of the senior administrative staff of the New England Patriots when the team won the Super Bowl in 2002. A native of Chicago, he received a BA in economics from Wesleyan University. He resides in New York City.