Michael Bernick

Michael Bernick is Special Counsel in the area of employment and labor law at Duane Morris LLP in San Francisco.  He advises employers on issues related to employer taxes, unemployment insurance and disability insurance. In recent years, he has worked with some of the nation’s major employers, staffing companies and industry associations.

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

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.

Chase Norlin

“We need to start applying the same business models and value creation that is utilized in the 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 STEM 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.

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

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)


Bernee Strom

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 (now Sirius XM Radio).

Bernee 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.


Karl Wagner  

Karl Wagner is the former Director of Global Security for Tesla and previously Chief of Counter-Intelligence for the CIA. He served as a CIA senior leader and a Directorate of Operations expert manager, with 29 years of worldwide experience, including service in Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Karl’s last position at CIA was Chief of Counter-Intelligence (CI) Operations, in which he directed CI operations executed by hundreds of CI officers matrixed throughout CIA, both at Hqs and overseas, while implementing among the CI cadre the largest reorganization of the CIA since its inception.