Michael Bernick

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Mr. Bernick is Counsel with the Duane Morris law firm in San Francisco, and a Research Fellow in Employment with the Milken Institute. Mr. Bernick previously served for nearly five years as director of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the 10,000-person state department of labor. As EDD director, he oversaw the administration of the state’s employer tax collection system, unemployment insurance system and disability insurance system. Mr. Bernick is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He also holds a B.Phil. from Balliol College of the University of Oxford and a B.A. from Harvard College.

Chuck Brooks

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Chuck Brooks is the Principal Market Growth Strategist – Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies for General Dynamics Mission Systems. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn” out of their 500 million members. In government, Chuck has served at The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of the Science & Technology Directorate. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. In academia, Chuck is an Adjunct Faculty member at Georgetown University in their Applied Intelligence Program was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a graduate course on homeland security for two years. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University.

Mariana Danilovic

Mariana Profile Photo Ms. Danilovic is the Founder and CEO of hollywood portfolio, an incubator and accelerator that develops and operates entertainment, digital media, and technology companies.

Ms. Danilovic was the EVP Business Development for NTN Buzztime, Inc. (AMEX:NTN) and Head of Business Development, Content Aggregation and Programming for MediaZone, broadband video company owned by NASPERS/MIH media conglomerate. She also founded and directed the Digital Media Incubator at KPMG LLP, which developed about two-dozen digital media companies. The companies Ms. Danilovic helped develop received institutional funding from KPCB, Sequoia Capital, Hummer-Winblad, Constellation Partners, Softbank, North Star Ventures, HP, and Intel.

Ms. Danilovic headed business development for Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment and was on the management team of the venture fund at Sony Pictures Entertainment, investing in media companies worldwide.

Chase Norlin

“We need to start applying the same business models and value creation that is utilized in the for-profit technology sector to the very real social problems we have here in America.”

Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce. Transmosis is a nationally recognized Workforce Intermediary focused on enabling companies to build a pipeline of skilled labor by helping individuals address skill gaps through state and federal training dollars.

Norlin was previously the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in America and the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. EDG was a holding company for a portfolio of digital marketing businesses that Norlin founded and grew to $50mm in revenue in three years.

A veteran of the Internet industry, Norlin founded one of the Internet’s first online photo sharing ventures and founded the first online video sharing company.

Awards:
Inc 500, #1 Fastest Growing Company in Silicon Valley
Inc 500, #2 Fastest Growing Company in California
Inc 500, #2 Fastest Growing Company in Advertising/Marketing
Inc 500, #8 Fastest Growing Company in America
Time Magazine’s Top 50 Companies

Editorials:
Don’t Give Silicon Valley More H1B Visa’s (Real Clear Politics)
The U.S. Must Reshore, Not Offshore Jobs (Real Clear Markets)
Fixing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Talent Shortage (Homeland Security Today)
Hiding in Plain Sight, the Labor Pool at our Doorstep (Fox & Hounds)

BerneeStrom

Bernee Strom

Currently Founder and Executive Chairman of WebTuner Corp. Bernee Strom has more than 25 years’ experience in media and technology businesses., Bernee Strom is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or run a number of companies, including Gemstar International, Priceline.com, Infospace, Inc., and USA Digital Radio (currently HD Radio). She was Executive Chairman of Ensequence, which delivers interactive television advertising solutions.

An experience board member, she is a current or former member of the board of directors of Benchmark Electronics, Hughes Electronics/DirecTV, Polaroid Corporation, and Software Publishing Corp., as well as other public and private companies. She serves as a Trustee of the NPR Foundation.

Strom was named one of the “100 Most Inspiring Alumni” of the Anderson School of UCLA. She received a Luminary Award from the Committee of 200, and was named a “Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World”, where she also received the Technology Award from IBM. The Forum of Women Entrepreneurs also named her “Entrepreneur of the Year”.