Benjamin Goldhirsh is the co-founder and chairman of GOOD, an editorially led, member-driven community of people, NGOs, and corporations committed to pushing our world forward. Active in both regional and international philanthropic endeavors, Goldhirsh is the Chair of The Goldhirsh Foundation, which supports dynamic social programs, environmental initiatives, and innovative medical research. Goldhirsh serves on the Board of Millennium Promise, an organization guided by the UN's Millennium Development goals to end global poverty, as well as the Los Angeles Board of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the board of City Year Los Angeles.
Kai Ryssdal is the host of Marketplace on American Public Media. Before joining Marketplace, Kai was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California. His radio work has won first place awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association. Before his career in public radio, Kai served in the United States Navy, was a Pentagon staff officer, and was a member of the United States Foreign Service.
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