Bradley Weinreb

Bradley Weinreb, Board of Directors, The Dreyfuss InitiativeBradley Weinreb is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. As a veteran state prosecutor, he is responsible for serious and violent felony prosecutions on behalf of the California Attorney General within the California state trial and appellate courts, as well as habeas corpus matters in the federal district courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has succesfully prosecuted over 300 matters, including several cases before the California Supreme Court and has also represented the State before the United States Supreme Court. Many of Brad’s cases involve issues of constitutional dimension.

His expertise is a focus on death penalty litigation and cases involving sexual predators. In this capacity he serves as the Attorney General’s Coordinator for the Sexually Violent Predator Act, the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. He is also deeply involved in victim advocacy and is the Attorney General’s State Coordinator for “Marsy’s Law,” which provides state-constitutional rights to crime victims. He has authored numerous legal articles including those involving the consitutional and legal rights of crime victims, the constutionality of the civil commitment of sex predators, and the capital clemency process.

In 2010, Brad was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in California.” In addition to his professional duties, Brad is a frequent legal instructor for the California District Attorneys Association, is an Adjunct Professor at Law at California Western School of Law, and during the 2006 California Governor’s re-election campaign, served as the Director of Election Day Activities developing training protocols for ensuring compliance with voting laws and ballot integrity acitivities. He also serves on the advisory boards to several community based non-profit organizations, including the Crime Victims Action Alliance.

Ann Cerny

ann-cernyAnn Cerny is a Middle School History teacher with the San Dieguito Union High School District in northern San Diego County.  She serves as History Department Chair at Earl Warren Middle School, and as the Social Studies Coordinator for the District.

Ann graduated from the University of California, San Diego with Bachelors of Arts degrees in History and in Psychology, and then received her teaching credential at University of California, Davis in 1992.

In 2000, Ann earned her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from University of California, San Diego.  Her thesis, Patterns of History:  A Thematic Analysis Approach explored curricular models to enhance students’ depth of historical understanding of the broader stories in American and World History.   In 1998, she received an award for Excellence in Educational Assessment from the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Assessment Training Institute.  In 1999, Ann was among the first group of teachers to receive National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Social Studies/History. 

Throughout her career, Ann has participated in a variety of curriculum development projects and leadership teams for the San Dieguito Union High School District, San Diego County Office of Education, California Department of Education.  She was a fellow at the California History-Social Science Project at UCSD, then moving on in that organization to serve as a Senior Facilitator and Coach from 1996-2000.   She has presented her curriculum work at a variety of professional conferences, such as the World History Association’s Forum on National Standards, the California League of Middle Schools, and the California Council for the Social Studies.  She also consulted on Holt, Rinehart and Winston’s 2006 Middle School textbook program.

Ann lives in Encinitas, CA with her husband, Andy Herold, and their two daughters.  Ann has been an active parent in her daughters’ Encinitas public school, serving as President of the School Site Council and working alongside teachers and administration to support the new Dual Language Immersion Program in which their daughters participate.

Dr. Frank I. Luntz

Dr. Frank Luntz, Board of Directors, the Dreyfuss InitiativeFrank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, Time magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under” and he is the “hottest pollster” in America according to the Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was a winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for being the most accurate pundit.

 

His focus groups have become so influential that presidential candidate Barack Obama had this to say following the PBS presidential debate, “When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”

Dr. Luntz has written, supervised, and conducted more than 2,000 surveys, focus groups, ad tests, and dial sessions in over two dozen countries and four continents over the past decade.  Frank has become the go-to consultant when Fortune 100 companies and their CEOs need communication and language guidance, from General Motors to Federal Express, Disney to American Express, from AT&T to Microsoft, from Lowe’s to Pfizer, from Kroger supermarkets to McDonalds to the entire soft drink, hotel, and motion picture industries, as well as for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable.  In some capacity he has helped almost 30 Fortune 100 companies navigate the economic climate and connect more closely with consumers.     

The “Instant Response” focus group technique pioneered by Frank has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America (on Election Day 2008) and on the award-winning PBS show Frontline.   He has been a guest on virtually every talk show in America, including Meet the Press, Nightline, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, The O’Reilly Factor, Tavis Smiley, Montel Williams, and Hardball.  He also served as a consultant to the award-winning NBC hit show “The West Wing.”

More media outlets have turned to Dr. Luntz to understand the hopes and fears of Americans than to any other political pollster. In 2008, Frank was the “Focus Group Czar” for Fox News, conducting over 40 sessions in 14 states, as well as co-hosting four live hour-long prime time specials and dial sessions during every debate.  He was a primary night and election night commentator for The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC in 2000 and for Hardball in 2004.  His reoccurring segments on MSNBC/CNBC, “100 Days, 1000 Voices” won the coveted Emmy Award in 2001.  Frank has conducted focus group sessions for all three major television networks, two of the three cable news channels, PBS and the BBC, as well as for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and U.S. News & World Report.  
Frank is the author of The New York Times best seller Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say it’s What People Hear.  Now out in paperback, the book explores the art and science of language creation.  His latest book, which hit the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week of release, “What Americans Really Want … Really” addresses the private hopes, dreams and fears of the American people.  He has written about language for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, The Times of London, and The Washington Post.

When he is not consulting, Dr. Luntz can often be found in front of a classroom. From 1989 until 1996, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught courses at Harvard and George Washington University. 

Frank graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science, and was awarded a Thouron Fellowship.  He received his Doctorate in Politics at the age of 25 from Oxford University. He spoke for 24 straight hours as part of the Oxford Union Society’s Guinness World Book of Records debate. In the spring of 1993, Frank was named a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the second youngest individual ever to receive this honor.

George F. Driver

George F Driver, Board of Directors, The Dreyfuss InitiativeMr. George Driver is a San Diego Businessman and Native to San Diego. He brings a vast history of public service to The Dreyfuss Initiative. Mr. Driver has served on more than one half dozen non profit boards including: The Jackie Robinson YMCA, Partners for a Livable San Diego, Children’s Museum of San Diego, and Non Profit Management Solutions. He has also offered his energy and time on committees in San Diego such as, Developmental Service, and Life and Safety Departments.

George’s broad range of educational background includes Strategic Planning, Office & Agency Management, Mediation, and Counseling. He has lectured on community issues with topics on developing children’s city projects,  the value of exploration and discovery, Children in the city, and Economics of Amenities.

Mr. Driver lives in Center City San Diego with his wife Cynthia. He has two adult sons, and one grandson.

 

Rick Shenkman

Rick Shenkman, Board of Directors, The Dreyfuss InitiativeRick Shenkman is the editor and founder of George Mason University's History News Network, a website that features articles by historians on current events. An associate professor of history at George Mason University, he can regularly be seen on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

He is a New York Times best-selling author of six history books, including Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History and Presidential Ambition: How the Presidents Gained Power, Kept Power and Got Things Done (HarperCollins, 1999). His latest book is Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter (Basic Books, June 2008).

Educated at Vassar and Harvard, Mr. Shenkman is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and the former managing editor of KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. In 1997 he was the host, writer and producer of a prime time series for The Learning Channel inspired by his books on myths. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He gives lectures at colleges around the country on several topics, including American myths and presidential politics.

He is the vice president of Vote iQ, the nation's first major social networking site expressly designed for politics.