Appleseed Network Pillars of Justice Awards – March 19, 2018
This year’s celebration will be held on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at the District Winery. Pours will start at 6:00pm, followed by our formal program and hors d’oeuvres reception until 9:00pm.
We are delighted to be honoring Mr. Thomas E. Donilon, Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute and Senior of Counsel at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. One of the nation’s most experienced policy and presidential advisors, we are proud to honor Mr. Donilon for his distinguished career in public service.
Mr. Donilon will share his thoughts on public service and the importance of participating in pro-bono activities in a fireside discussion conducted by Congressman Adam Schiff, the representative for California’s 28th Congressional District and the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Thomas E. Donilon is Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute and Senior of Counsel at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. He served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. Mr. Donilon previously served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. He chaired the Obama-Biden transition at the U.S. Department of State and during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Mr. Donilon headed President Obama’s general election debate preparation effort.
Mr. Donilon is among the nation’s most experienced policy and presidential advisors. He has worked closely with and advised three U.S. presidents since his first position at the White House in 1977, working with President Carter. He has received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the CIA’s Director’s Award.
Mr. Donilon is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, and the Trilateral Commission. He received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Ambassador Cathy Russell, and their children, Sarah (20) and Teddy (17). Cathy was U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues at the State Department from 2013-2017.
Read Mr. Donilon’s biography.
Congressman Adam Schiff represents California’s 28th Congressional District, and throughout his tenure in Congress, he has focused on growing the economy, bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, helping small businesses, and improving education, safety and health care for our children. In his 9th term in the House of Representatives, Schiff currently serves as the Ranking Member, or top Democrat, of the House Permanent Select Committee on and as a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies including components of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Energy.
As a former federal prosecutor, Schiff has made improving public safety, with an emphasis on smart, cost-effective solutions, a major focus of his work in Congress. Among his successes are obtaining federal funding to create a Foothills Regional DNA Lab in Glendale to speed the processing of DNA evidence in Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, and other foothill cities and take violent offenders off the street. The lab began operations in April 2012. He also was able to obtain vital funding to assist the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with eliminating a backlog of thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits, resulting in numerous convictions in cases that would otherwise have gone unsolved. Legislatively, he introduced the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Act of 2012 which encourages states to collect DNA upon arrest for certain felonies in order to solve open cases and prevent further crimes, legislation which was signed in to law on January 10th, 2013.
Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Schiff completed a four-year term as State Senator for California’s 21st State Senate District, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Joint Committee on the Arts. During his time in Sacramento, he led legislative efforts to guarantee up-to-date textbooks
in the classroom, overhaul child support, and pass a patient’s bill of rights. Before serving in the Legislature, Schiff served with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for six years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage.
Born on June 22, 1960, Adam is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He and his wife Eve (yes, it’s true – Adam and Eve) have two children, a daughter, Alexa Marion, born in July 1998, and a son, Elijah Harris, born in July 2002.
Read Congressman Schiff’s biography.