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in the State of the Nation
2013
Foundation Officers

Chair
Norton Garfinkle

Chair, Advisory Board
Daniel Yankelovich
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Secretary-Treasurer
William R. Griffith

Norton Garfinkle is Chair of the Future of American Democracy Foundation and former Chairman of the George Washington University Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. He is the co-editor, with Daniel Yankelovich, of Uniting America: Restoring the Vital Center to American Democracy (Yale University Press, 2006) and author of The American Dream vs. the Gospel of Wealth: The Fight for a Productive Middle-Class Economy (Yale University Press, 2006). A Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Columbia University, he has also served as a member of the Economics Department at Amherst College, an editor of The Journal of Economic History, Chairman of the National Hospice Foundation, and Chairman of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Daniel Yankelovich is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Future of American Democracy Foundation. The nation’s leading analyst of public opinion data, he is co-founder and chairman of Public Agenda, and founder of Yankelovich, Skelly and White, DYG, Inc, and Viewpoint Learning. He founded The New York Times/Yankelovich Poll, which subsequently became the CBS Poll. He has served as Chairman of the Educational Testing Service and was a founding president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of CBS, US West, Meredith Corporation, Arkla, Reliance, and Loral Space and Communications. Mr. Yankelovich has also served as a director of the Kettering Foundation, the Institute for Global Ethics, and the Japan Society. He has been Research Professor of Psychology at New York University, Professor of Psychology on the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research and a Trustee of Brown University. The author of nine books, including Coming to Public Judgment: Making Democracy Work in a Complex World, and numerous essays, Mr. Yankelovich is known for his prescient analysis of America's changing values and mores. In 1995 he was awarded the prestigious Helen Dinerman Award by the World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR). His book -- The Magic of Dialogue -- was published by Simon & Schuster. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Yankelovich was the Rantoul Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Yankelovich holds honorary doctorates from Washington University, George Washington University, and St. Bonaventure University. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.
William R. Griffith is Secretary-Treasurer of the Future of American Democracy Foundation. He is a Partner of Reed Smith LLP, where he serves as the Leader of the Life Sciences Transaction Group. His practice includes all aspects of corporate law for both public and private companies. He has represented clients throughout the world in such countries as Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina and Canada. He has assisted both domestic companies in their overseas legal affairs as well as foreign-based companies in acquiring and managing US operations. He is a former chairman of the National Hospice Foundation and currently serves as Treasurer of the Roosevelt Institute and Secretary-Treasurer of the Four Freedoms Park Conservatory.
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