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Council of Advisors

Norman Y. Mineta - ITNAmerica Council of Advisors
Norman Y. Mineta
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Mr. Mineta's distinguished career includes 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and cabinet service under the last two United States presidents. Mr. Mineta joined the administration of President George W. Bush in January 2001, becoming the 14th Secretary of Transportation and was the longest serving Secretary in the history of that cabinet post.

He is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, the environment, budgetary issues and civil rights.

Following the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Secretary Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, an agency with more than 65,000 employees, and the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Secretary Mineta received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US.

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. - ITNAmerica Council of Advisors
Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D.

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He is one of Fast Company Magazine's '100 Most Creative People in Business' and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of "12 pioneers inventing the future of aging and how we will all live, work and play tomorrow."

He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and is recipient of one its highest honors - the Pollack Award for Productive Aging for demonstrated excellence in translating research into practical application improving the lives of older people.

He was appointed by President Bush to the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee. Dr. Coughlin has advised numerous governments, the World Economic Forum, OECD, and the Council on Foreign Relations on demographic change, technology and strategic advantage.

A Fellow of Switzerland's World Demographics & Ageing Forum, he consults to businesses worldwide on product innovation and market strategy.

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH - ITNAmerica Board Member
T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, is a public health and transportation scientist, serving as North American Director of the Make Roads Safe Campaign for Global Road Safety and Director of Road Safety for the FIA Foundation, an international non-profit organization based in London. Her previous positions include NHTSA Scientist, AAA National Director of Traffic Safety Policy, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Research Associate, and CDC Community Guide Fellow. She authored the seat belt section of the US Guide to Community Preventive Services, helped create mobility tools for older populations such as Roadwise Review and CarFit, and was a 2005 Presidential Appointee to the White House Conference on Aging.

Born in Vietnam, she is a graduate of Rice University, studied at La Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile, and earned Master of Public Health and PhD degrees from the University of Texas. Dr. Dinh-Zarr has received the US DOT Outstanding Contribution to Traffic Safety Recognition Award, the CDC Outstanding Scientific Contribution to Public Health Award and the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award. Dr. Dinh-Zarr is a member of various Transportation Research Board Committees at the National Academies of Science and has testified before the US Congress on road safety and public health. She speaks English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Andrew Wolk - Council of Advisors
Andrew Wolk

Widely recognized as a leading social innovator and a pioneering teacher of social entrepreneurship, Andrew founded Root Cause in 2004 and now leads its overall strategic direction.

He has consulted to dozens of organizations working for civic engagement, economic development, education, the environment, seniors, and more. Andrew recently authored the first in a series of Root Cause How-to Guides, entitled Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact, as well as a chapter in the Small Business Administration's annual Report to the President of the United States on social entrepreneurship and government.

He designed and taught one of the first courses on social entrepreneurship in the country for Boston University's School of Management, which recently awarded him the first ever Rising Star Award. Andrew is a senior lecturer in social entrepreneurship at the Sloan School of Management and Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

He began his career as a private-sector entrepreneur, having built and sold a multi-restaurant delivery business in the 1990s. He holds an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management from Boston University and a B.A. from Lehigh University.

Samuel A. Ladd III - ITNAmerica Council of Advisors
Samuel A. Ladd III

Sam Ladd has been in banking since the mid 1960's and now serves as the Southern Maine Division President of People's United Bank. A graduate of Bowdoin College in 1963, he joined Maine National Bank after spending one year with Aetna Life Insurance Company and two years in the U.S. Army. By 1985, he was the Executive Vice President responsible for Trust, Retail Banking, Operations and Commercial Lending at Maine National Bank. In 1991, he founded Maine Bank & Trust and has been with the bank through its rebranding to People's United Bank in July 2010. Sam Ladd has been President of the Maine Bankers Association and Chair of the Maine Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the Greater Portland United Way Campaign leader, and as a Trustee of Bowdoin College and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Treasurer. He is the past Chairman of Maine Maritime Museum and past Chairman of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation.

In 2005, Sam was the recipient of the Portland Regional Chamber's Henri Benoit Award for Leadership; and he received the 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award by the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and won the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2008. He was the Finance Chair for Susan Collins' recent successful run for the US Senate. Sam Ladd currently serves on the Board of the Portland Museum of Art, and is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council.

Anna Roosevelt ITNAmerica board of advisors
Anna Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, where she provides strategic guidance for Goodwill’s programs and retail stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Most recently, Ms. Roosevelt served as Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship for the Boeing Company in Chicago. During her ten years with Boeing, Ms. Roosevelt and her team influenced the company’s approach to corporate citizenship including their community investment. Prior to her time with Boeing, she served as the Executive Director of the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago. Ms. Roosevelt also previously provided leadership for several arts and cultural organizations, including the Kentucky Museum (Bowling Green), the Center for Scandinavian Studies (Chicago) and Museums in the Park (Chicago), and political organizations and candidates including the DNC, Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago.

In 2008, Ms. Roosevelt received a Leadership in Diversity Award from Access Living, Advocates for the Disabled. In 2010, she received the Public Humanitarian Award from the Illinois Humanities Council. She currently serves as Chair of the Roosevelt Institute and is a Fellow at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, a board member of NetImpact and the Maine Community Foundation.

Ms. Roosevelt holds a Master’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s from Stanford University.