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Panelist Bios


Franklin Foer

FRANKLIN FOER is a national correspondent at the Atlantic, where he writes about politics and culture. For seven years, he edited the New Republic, widely regarded as the flagship magazine for American liberalism. His latest book is World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. Steve Coll calls it "an argument in the spirit of those brave democracy protestors who stand alone before tanks.” His book How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization has been translated into twenty-seven languages—and Sports Illustrated named it “one of the most influential books of the decade.”




Nate Persily

NATE PERSILY is is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments in the departments of Political Science and Communication.  Professor Persily’s scholarship, which is routinely cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, focuses on voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, redistricting, and election administration. He has served as a special master or court-appointed expert to craft legislative districting plans for many states and as the Senior Research Director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. He is coauthor of the leading election law casebook, The Law of Democracy (2016). His current work, for which he has been honored as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, examines the impact of changing technology on political communication, campaigns, and election administration. He received a B.A./M.A. in political science from Yale; J.D. from Stanford where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley.  



Lucy Bernholz

LUCY BERNHOLZ (Moderator) is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies (University of Chicago, 2016). She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog,