Our Team

Unite America is supported by a staff and leadership team of diverse individuals committed to bringing real change to our politics.
  1. Charles Wheelan, Founder & Co-Chair

    Charles is the author of Centrist Manifesto, which helped launch Unite America in 2013. He is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Dartmouth College. Charles formerly ran for Congress as a Democratic candidate in Illinois in 2009. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Naked Economics, Naked Statistics and Naked Money.

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  2. Kathryn Murdoch, Co-Chair

    Kathryn Murdoch is co-founder and president of Quadrivium, which supports practical, evidence-based solutions for critical societal problems. Kathryn currently serves on the boards of Unite America, the Climate Leadership Council and Climate Central. She is a founding board member of SciLine and co-chairs the Oceans and Communications committees as a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund. Previously, she served on the advisory board of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford University and the Board of Trustees at Rockefeller University.

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  3. Shawn Riegsecker, Co-Chair

    Shawn Riegsecker is the CEO and Founder of Centro. He founded the company in 2001 intent on developing the most comprehensive, automated and intelligent software platform for the digital media industry.

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  4. Jeff Binder

    President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Immucor, Inc.; Senior Advisor, TPG Capital

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  5. Katherine Gehl

    Katherine is a pragmatic business leader who cares deeply about U.S. competitiveness and the state of our democracy. As the fourth-generation President and CEO of Gehl Foods, Katherine led an aggressive growth strategy, driving transformations across the company–from management and processes, to facilities and information systems.

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  6. Linda Killian

    Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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  7. Marc Merrill

    Marc Merrill is the Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Riot Games, the game developer and publisher behind League of Legends, the most-played online game in the world and a key driver of the growth of esports.

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  8. Greg Orman

    Greg Orman is an entrepreneur and managing member of Exemplar Holdings, which oversees stakes in more than a half-dozen innovative companies. Orman resides in Fairway with his wife, Sybil, and two daughters.

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  9. Lisa D. T. Rice

    Lisa is a political and external affairs strategist and marketing executive with comprehensive experience in corporate, nonprofit and trade association settings. She volunteers as a women's leadership mentor and cancer patient advocate.

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  10. Ron Shaich

    Ron Shaich is the founder and former Chairman & CEO of Panera Bread. He is now managing partner at Act III Holdings.

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  11. Neal Simon

    Neal Simon is a business executive, community leader, and political activist who in 2018 ran as an independent to represent Maryland in the U.S. Senate. Neal has led five businesses, including Highline Wealth Management which he started in 2002 and sold in 2015 and Bronfman Rothschild, an investment advisor with assets under management of over $6.5 billion where he currently serves as CEO. He currently serves as the Board Chair of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.

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