Dr. Alfred Rotondaro, Chairman
Alfred M. Rotondaro serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. He is a former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC where he concentrated on issues of poverty and race. Before joining the Center, he served for 22 years as the executive director of the National Italian American Foundation. He has previously been a journalist, university professor, and the executive director of the York County, Pennsylvania anti-poverty agency. Fred is a board member of the Washington, DC Urban League, the International Review of African American Art, the National Colonial Farm, the Faith and Public Policy Institute and the Advisory Council of the Arab American Institute. Fred earned an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Scranton, a master's degree in English from Creighton University and a doctorate in American studies from New York University. He also received an honorary doctorate from Wheeling Jesuit University.
Benjamin Palumbo has had a long and distinguished career in American politics. He has served as an assistant to New Jersey Governor Richard J. Hughes, chief of staff to U.S. Senator Harrison A. Williams, President of US Senate Association of Administrative Assistants, the campaign manager for Lloyd Bentsen's presidential campaign, the staff director of the House Democratic Caucus and the founder of Palumbo & Cerrell, a consulting firm in Washington, DC. He is the past President of Rutgers Alumni Association of DC and has served as board member of the National Italian American Foundation, Children of God Relief Fund, Brady Campaign, Catholics United, National Press Club, Washington Caucus and the National Democratic Club. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor's and master's degrees in political science.
Dr. James Zogby
Dr. James J. Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues to serve as its president. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and was appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2013. In addition to writing a weekly column published in 16 countries, Zogby is the creator and host of the award-winning call-in political television show “Viewpoint,” and is frequently featured on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs. In 2010, Zogby published the highly-acclaimed bbook, Arab Voices. His 2013 book, Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab Public Opinion, is drawn from his extensive polling across the Middle East with Zogby Research Services.