Robert Reich


Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and is currently a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock" and “The Work of Nations." His latest is an e-book, “Beyond Outrage.” He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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Roy Temple


Roy Temple is a veteran Democratic political strategist from the great state of Missouri.

Temple is an innovator in the use of digital media in advocacy efforts. He is an original founder of Fired Up! Missouri, which was recognized by The Washington Post as an outstanding local political blog. In addition, Temple secured a pivotal FEC advisory opinion (FEC AO 2005-16) that offers guidance to bloggers about the intersection of blogging, advocacy, and campaign finance law.

Temple has been active in Democratic politics since 1986, having served as political director on Governor Mel Carnahan's first bid for Governor of Missouri and as campaign manager for his re-election in 1996. Temple was also Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff to Governor Carnahan during his tenure. Temple served as the liaison between Governor Mel Carnahan and the Clinton White House on federal issues and appointments, and worked with Governors and their staffs from across the country during Carnahan’s tenure as Chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association.

Temple later served as U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan’s Chief of Staff. In that role, Temple supported Carnahan’s work on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the Government Affairs Committee (now the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs). Temple was particularly involved in Carnahan’s work on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations during the hearings on the collapse of Enron.

In 2004, Temple served as the Missouri State Director for the presidential campaign of Senator John Kerry, and in the general election served as the Minnesota State Director for Kerry-Edwards 2004.

During the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, Temple was a principal in the Washington, D.C.-based Democratic polling firm, The Feldman Group. At the Feldman Group, he worked primarily on U.S. Senate races, and in 2006, his work included Senator Sherrod Brown’s effort in Ohio, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure efforts in Maryland, Montana and Rhode Island. During the 2008 cycle, Temple was heavily involved in Al Franken’s pursuit of the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, and worked closely on the DSCC independent expenditure efforts in the Oregon Senate race.

Temple’s analysis and commentary has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, POLITICO, and by the Associated Press. In addition, he has appeared on the NBC Evening News, CNN, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and others.

Temple graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of law where he earned his J.D. Temple is a member of the Missouri Bar.

He would appreciate a follow on Twitter.


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Douglas J. Amy

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Douglas J. Amy is Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College and author of "Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution." Professor Amy is a leading expert on electoral voting systems, including proportional representation, redistricting issues in the United States, and the plight of third party candidacies. Prior to his interest in electoral systems, Amy concentrated on environmental mediation and policy analysis. In 1987 he published "The Politics of Environmental Mediation." We're thrilled that Professor Amy has agreed to share his work on the importance of government with us at The Winning Words Project. You can find more by Professor Amy at, and his blog, Government Is Good.


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Joseph Lambert, Partner



Joseph Lambert received an M.S. in experimental psychology from St. Joseph’s University.  He has worked with various political and non-profit groups including, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), New Jersey Working Families Alliance (NJWFA), US-UNCUT, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), focusing on issues ranging from extreme climate and weather change, affordable healthcare for every family, poverty and inequality, social justice, worker rights, economic equality and tax fairness, corporate tax-dodging, and responsibly ending the wars and occupations abroad.   He is the creator and author of the blog  Follow him on Twitter @stopframingus. Contact Joseph by email at Joe @ winningwordsproject .com

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Joan King



Joan King is a transplanted Yankee who lived, married, and raised three children in Atlanta, Georgia. During those years she got her degree in anthropology from Georgia State University. She has been active with a number of public interest groups including the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and a host of others. She and her husband, Lewis King, moved to North Georgia after the children were grown. However, 12 years ago she became a full time “mommy” once again when her 4 year-old grand daughter, Anna King, came to live with them.

Joan is now on the board of Nuclear Watch South, a watch-dog group focused on nuclear safety in Georgia and other southern states. She is also a CASA, a court appointed special advocate for children. She has been writing a guest column for the Gainesville Times for over twelve years. Her archived columns can be found at here, at The Gainesvill Times.

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Robert Lyon, Co-Founder



Robert is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication at New York University Stern School of Business. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Robert owned a marketing communications agency in Chicago and worked as a freelance writer and training consultant for corporate and institutional clients in New York City and Chicago. He helped develop the writing curriculum and teaching materials for Stern undergraduate composition and introductory business courses: "Commerce and Culture" and "Business and Its Publics." He focuses on teaching business students how to use writing to advance their analytical skills and communicate their ideas more effectively. As a graduate student, he taught creative writing at the NYU College of Arts and Sciences. Robert received his B.A. in English, Journalism, and German from Macalester College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Follow Robert on Twitter @TheRobLyon Contact Robert by email at Robert @ winningwordsproject .com

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Nils Davis, Co-Founder



Nils is a marketing and communications expert who is currently the Director of Product Management at Accept Corporation. Nils received his degree in Mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is known for having a rigorous intellectual character that is shaped by a commitment to social responsibility; a philosophy Nils has carried with him throughout his post-graduate career. He is currently writing a book on Democratic messaging. Follow Nils on Twitter @cog_pol Contact Nils by email at Nils @ winningwordsproject .com

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Tom Ruebel, Co-Founder


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Tom is a retired physician with a passion for progressive language. After receiving his M.D. and residency training at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, he practiced diagnostic radiology for 36 years in the Puget Sound region and in Salem, Oregon, with emphases on breast cancer diagnosis and diagnostic ultrasound. He remains involved in part-time practice. In addition to general interests in language and personality styles (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) in the workplace and in politics, his new passion in retirement is the promotion of ethical communication in American political discourse, particularly in reform of health care finance. Follow Tom on Twitter @gtruebel Contact Tom by email at Tom @

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Jill Klausen, Editor-in-Chief

Jill W. Klausen

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Jill spent 10 of the last 13 years managing a Political Consulting firm. In that position she worked with many members of local, state and federal office, including, among others, then-City Council Member, now current United States Congresswoman Janice Hahn; Congressman Xavier Becerra; Congresswoman Linda Sanchez; former Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald; former Congressman Patrick Kennedy; Senator John Kerry; Senator Barbara Boxer; and former Ambassador to the United Nations 54th Assembly for President Clinton and current Commissioner of the Advisory Board for the United States Public Diplomacy Department under President Obama, the Honorable Sim Farar. In the three years since, she worked as the Field Representative for James Lau in his campaign for the California State Assembly, then moved on to volunteer for Janice Hahn's successful campaign for Congress. She was a Delegate to the California Democratic Party from 2010 to 2011. Words and their usage are a passion of Jill's, and she currently owns and operates a Copy Editing consulting firm, with clients such as Business Insider, Crooks & Liars, and syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy. Jill is a graduate of the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Business Administration. Follow Jill on Twitter @jillwklausen Contact Jill by email at jill @ winningwordsproject .com

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Bruce Judson


Bruce Judson is a Former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and former Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He has been profiled in "Entrepreneur" magazine April 2012 & March 2010 (in print and online), and is a bestselling author of books on the entrepreneurship, the internet, and the economy, including "Go It Alone!" (HarperBusiness), "NetMarketing" (Wolff/Random House), "HyperWars" (Scribner), and "It Could Happen Here" (HarperCollins, Oct. 2009). His most recent stint is as a "Braintruster" for Next New Deal, the blog of The Roosevelt Institute. We're delighted to have Bruce as a contributor to The Winning Words Project. You can find more by Bruce at, and follow him on Twitter @BruceJudson.


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