Join us—and some of our Special Guests attending the 2020 Ripple of Hope Award Gala:

Madeleine Albright is a politician and diplomat who served as the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Jane Alexander is an author, actress, and the former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy Award winner.

Cheryl Alston is the executive director and CIO of the Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas. 

Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, producer, comedian, and filmmaker. He is a veteran Saturday Night Live cast member and starred in the movies Ghostbusters, Trading Places, and Soul Man.

Alec Baldwin is an actor, writer, producer, author, and political activist. He won multiple awards, including three Emmys, for his role as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock and is a frequent host and guest actor on Saturday Night Live.

Natasha Bedingfield is a British singer and songwriter whose best-known singles include “Unwritten,” “These Words,” and “Pocketful of Sunshine.”

Joy Behar is a comedian, actress, and writer. She co-hosts the ABC daytime talk show The View.

Harry Benson is a renowned photographer whose pictures have appeared in Life, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker. He is a recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scottish Press Photographers Association and a two-time winner of the Leica Medal of Excellence. Benson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Michael Beschloss is a historian specializing in the United States presidency. He has been a frequent commentator on the PBS NewsHour and is the NBC News Presidential Historian. 

Aloe Blacc is a soul singer, producer, and philanthropist. He is best known for his singles “I Need a Dollar” and “The Man,” and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”

Melinna Bobadilla is an actress and producer who appeared in Orange Is the New Black, The Laundromat, and Little America.

Michael Bolton is an Emmy-nominated and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist who has sold over 75 million records worldwide. His foundation, The Michael Bolton Charities, has helped women and children at risk for over 25 years.

Douglas Brinkley is an author and the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University. He is a history commentator for CNN and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

Jackson Browne is a singer-songwriter and musician. Browne has recorded songs such as "These Days", "The Pretender", "Running on Empty", "Doctor My Eyes", and "Somebody's Baby". In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2015, Rolling Stone ranked him as 37th in its list of the "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time".

Adam Cheyer is a co-founder of Siri Inc. and was previously a director of engineering in the iPhone group at Apple. A pioneer in the areas of distributed computing and advanced user interfaces, he is also a founding member and advisor to

Cindy Cowan is a film producer and songwriter. In 1999, she founded Cindy Cowan Entertainment where she produced ScorchedFifty Dead Men Walking, and Red Lights.

Tim Daly is an actor and producer. He is known for his roles on Wings and The Sopranos, as well as for his voice role as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series.

Brian d’Arcy James is an actor and musician. On TV, he has recurring role in 13 Reasons Why, and his many Broadway roles include King George III in Hamilton and Quinn Carney in The Ferryman.

Rocky Dawuni is a singer, songwriter, and record producer who performs in a signature Afro Roots style. He is the first native of Ghana to be nominated for a Grammy.

Thomas P. DiNapoli is the comptroller of the State of New York.

Donna Dixon is an actress who appeared in Bosom Buddies, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Spies Like Us.

Trevor Donovan is an actor and model who played Teddy Montgomery on the series 90210.

Ron Duguay is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and coach who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League. 

Kathryn Erbe is an actress who played Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Shirley Bellinger in the HBO series Oz.

Peter Farrelly is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. He's best known for comedies like Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, and Shallow Hal, which he directed and produced alongside his brother, Bobby. 

David Fann is the vice chairman at Aksia. Prior to Aksia’s acquisition of TorreyCove Capital Partners, David was co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of TorreyCove Capital Partners.  

Renée Fleming is an operatic soprano, known for performances including Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, and more. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Fleming has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and has won four times.

Peter Frampton is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. His hits include “Breaking All the Rules,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” and “I’m in You.”

Michael Frerichs is the treasurer of the State of Illinois. 

Danny Glover is an actor, film director, and political activist. His many movie roles include Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series.

Darrell Green was a cornerback for Washington’s National Football League team for 20 seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lasse Hallström is a Swedish director who started his career making promotional videos for ABBA. His feature films include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Chocolat

Rachael Harris is an actress and comedian. She's best known for her television roles, which include Dr. Linda Martin on Lucifer, and her guest appearances on TV shows such as Sister, Sister, Reno 911!, New Girl, Suits and The Good Wife.

Marg Helgenberger is an Emmy award-winning actress who has appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the TV movie CSI: Immortality. Helgenberger hosts a benefit called Marg and Alan's Celebrity Weekend annually in Omaha.

Dulé Hill is an actor, known for playing Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Charlie Young, on the NBC drama television series The West Wing, and pharmaceutical salesman-private detective Burton "Gus" Guster on the USA Network television comedy-drama Psych.

Paris Hilton is a media personality, businesswoman, socialite, model, singer, actress, and DJ. 

Maria Hinojosa is a Mexican-American journalist. She is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, a public radio show devoted to Latino issues.

Jarvis Hollingsworth is the chair of the Board of Trustees at the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas. 

Hon. Steny Hoyer has represented Maryland’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. He has served as House Majority Leader since 2019, and previously held that position from 2007 to 2011.

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. Jean has won three Grammy Awards for his musical work.

Van Jones is a news commentator, author, and non-practicing attorney. He is a regular CNN contributor and host of the network’s The Van Jones Show.

Catherine Keener is an actress who has appeared in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Into the Wild, and Get Out.

Chris Kennedy is a businessman, politician, and Chair of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. He is a son of Robert F. Kennedy.

Joe Kennedy III is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district since 2013.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is an American attorney who was the sixth lLieutenant gGovernor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She is the eldest child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.

Max Kennedy is a lawyer and author. He is the ninth child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and specializes in freedom of expression, race relations law, civil rights legislation, and the Supreme Court.

Rory Kennedy is a documentary filmmaker and the youngest child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.

Ted Kennedy Jr. is an attorney and a partner at Epstein Becker & Green. He represented the 12th Senate district in the Connecticut Senate from 2015 to 2019. 

Hon. John Kerry, a former U.S. Navy officer and senator, served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017.

Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He co-created and co-starred alongside Jordan Peele in Comedy Central's sketch series Key & Peele and co-starred in USA Network's Playing House.

Richard Kind is an actor known for his roles in the TV shows Mad About You, Spin City, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has been a voice actor for films such as A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 3.

George Lopez is a comedian and actor. He is known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom.

Martin Luther King III is a human rights advocate and the oldest living child of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He founded Realizing the Dream, an organization that has since been absorbed into The King Center, of which King as president. He served as the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Nicholas Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is a regular CNN contributor and has written an op-ed column for the New York Times since 2001.

Kim Lew is the CEO of the Columbia Investment Management Company. 

Judith Light is a multiple Tony and Emmy award-winning actress with an extensive television, film, and stage career. Light was honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award, presented by the Tony Awards, for her years of activism, her work to end HIV/AIDS, and her leadership in championing LGBTQIA+ and human rights. 

Chad Lowe is an actor and director. He has had recurring roles on ER, Melrose Place, and Now and Again.

Adrienne Maloof is a businesswoman, television personality, and shoe designer. She was a cast member for the first three seasons of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Matt McCoy is an actor who has appeared in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Seinfeld.

Ari Melber is an attorney and journalist who is the host of MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber.

Natalie Morales is a journalist. She is the Today Show West Coast anchor and appears on Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News.

Rob Morrow is an actor and director. He appears in the TV drama Billions, acted in and directed episodes of Numb3rs, and portrayed Dr. Joel Fleischman on Northern Exposure.

Stephen Moseley is the head of alternative assets at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. 

Kate Mulgrew is an actress and author. She played Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Galina “Red” Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black.

Martina Navratilova is one of the best tennis players of all time. She has won 59 Grand Slam titles, including a record nine Wimbledon singles championships, was twice named Female Athlete of the year by the Associated Press, and has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Ken Olin is an actor, television director and producer. He is known for his role as Michael Steadman in the ABC drama series Thirtysomething. 

Lena Olin is a Swedish actress. She was a member of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and has appeared in the films The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Chocolat, and Enemies, A Love Story.

Mandy Patinkin is an actor and singer. He played Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in the long-running Showtime series Homeland.

Rosie Perez is an actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer. She appeared in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump.

Mansco Perry III is the executive director and CIO of the Minnesota State Board of Investment. 

Scott Pittman is the senior vice president and CIO of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. 

Julie Plec, a television producer, writer, and director, is known for her work on The Vampire Diaries, which she co-created, and its spin-offs, The Originals and Legacies. She also developed the limited series Containment.

Dan Rather is a journalist, author, and former national evening news anchor who covered the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the civil rights movement during his decades-long career. He is the founder of the news, media, and production company News and Guts.

Carter Reum is an author and entrepreneur. He co-founded and built VEEV Spirits and the investment firm M13. He is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post and Inc. magazine. 

Jasmine Richards is the head of diverse investing at Cambridge Associates.

Rob Riggle is an actor, comedian, and former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show and the movies Step Brother and The Hangover.

Jeffrey Sachs is an economist, academic, and public policy analyst. He is the director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and the director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Thomas Sadowski is a stage, film, and television actor. He is best known for his roles as Don Keefer in the HBO series The Newsroom and as Matt Short in the sitcom television series Life in Pieces.

Yusef Salaam is a prison reform activist. A member of the Exonerated Five, he is an award-winning motivational and transformational speaker, thought leader, trainer, author, and coach. 

Martin Sheen is an actor, best known for his roles in the films The Subject Was RosesBadlands, and Apocalypse Now. He has also portrayed President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing and Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie.

Mark Shriver is a politician and activist who was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003. Since 2014, he has served as president of Save the Children Action Network.

Tim Shriver is a disability rights activist, film producer, and former educator. He is chairman of the board of the Special Olympics, an organization he joined in 1996.

Donté Stallworth is a former professional football wide receiver. He played 10 seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Washington team.

Max Starks IV was an offensive tackle in the National Football League for 10 seasons, nine of them with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. A leader of the American feminist movement since the late 1960s, she speaks frequently with the media on issues of equality.

Steve Stevens is a guitarist, songwriter, and composer. He collaborated for 30 years with Billy Idol, and he has worked with Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Robert Palmer, and many others. He won a Grammy award for his lead guitar work on the theme to Top Gun—“Top Gun Anthem.”

Jake Tapper is a journalist, author, and cartoonist. He is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, and hosts the weekday television news show The Lead with Jake Tapper and the Sunday morning public affairs program State of the Union.

Jim Walker is the head of private markets of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and managing partner of HOOPP Capital Partners. 

Sam Waterston is an actor, producer, and director whose credits include roles in TV’s Law & Order, Grace and Frankie, and The Civil War as well as the films The Great Gatsby and The Killing Fields.

Cornel West is a political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. He is a professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University. Among his most influential books are Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004).

Bradley Whitford is an American actor, known for his portrayal of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the NBC television political drama The West Wing.

Thomas Williams is the executive director at the Employees' Retirement System of the State of Hawaii.

Scott Wolf is an actor known for his roles in Party of Five, Everwood, and Nancy Drew.

Alfre Woodard is an actor, producer, and political activist. She has appeared in Empire, 12 Years a Slave, State of Affairs, and Desperate Housewives

Shawn Wooden is the treasurer of the State of Connecticut. 

Bob Woodward is an American investigative journalist. He started working for The Washington Post as a reporter in 1971 and currently holds the title of associate editor.

Patricia Miller Zollar is a managing director of Neuberger Berman.