“Compromise is the oxygen of democracy.” -Tom Daschle


Tom Daschle

Former U.S. Senator South Dakota and Senate Majority Leader

Trent Lott

Former U.S. Senator Mississippi and Senate Majority Leader


Robert N. Clay

Founder of Three Chimneys Farm

Bill Giles

CEO, Yonder Interactivists


Bob Babbage

Managing Partner, Babbage Cofounder

Alex Boone

Sterling Ventures

James “Jim” Duff

Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Rob Givens

State Director Office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul

Jim Gray

Chairman and CEO of Gray Construction<br /> Former Mayor of Lexington, KY<br /> Secretary of Transportation

Charlie Grizzle

Retired Chairman, The Grizzle Company

Merl Hackbart

Professor of Finance and Public Administration<br /> UKY Martin School of Public Policy

John R. Hall

Former Chairman and CEO of Ashland Oil Inc.

Tom Harris

Vice President of University Relations<br /> University of Kentucky

Douglas Kiker

Partner, Indelable LLC

Crit Luallen

Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky<br /> Former Kentucky State Auditor

Clare Magee

Deliberative Citizenship Initiative Coordinator<br /> Davidson College

Sannie Overly

Former Kentucky State Representative, 72nd District<br /> Attorney at Overly & Johnson

Terzah Tippin Poe

Lecturer at Harvard University<br /> Principal Consultant ICS|TRIO Global Solutions

Ian McDowell Ralby

Founder and CEO, I.R. Consilium<br /> Maritime Law and Security, Washington, D.C.

McGuire “Mac” Riley

President of BAHR Associates, Inc.<br /> CEO, United Building Services, Inc.<br /> Board of Directors and Past President,<br /> Kentucky Society of Washington

Matthew “Matt” Shank

President, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges<br /> President Emeritus, Marymount University

David Tandy

Of Counsel at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP<br /> Served as the 7th and 10th President of the Louisville Metro Council

Derek Vaughan

G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Co.<br /> Chairman, CTA Continental, Brazil


Tom Shelton

Executive Director

Prior to his appointment to the position of Henry Clay Center Executive Director, Dr. Tom Shelton served as the Director of External Relations and Partnerships for the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington D.C. Previously he had served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, as a Professor of Educational Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University, and in school district administration for over twenty years, including serving as superintendent in Daviess County Public Schools and in Fayette County Public Schools in Kentucky.

As a superintendent, he led his district to selection and participation in the Asia Society’s Global Cities in Education Program and was named as an eSchool News Magazine 2009 Tech-savvy Superintendent of the Year and the AASA Kentucky Superintendent of the Year in 2011.

Tom holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Murray State University. Tom also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville.

In addition, he holds varying post-doctoral certificates from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of London, and the World Bank Group. Dr. Shelton is a member of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP), the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), the World Innovation Summit in Education (WISE) Agile Leaders of Learning in Innovation Network (ALLIN), the American Education Research Association (AERA), and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Abby Didawick

Program Manager

Abby Didawick is a 2020 graduate from the University of Kentucky who hails from Arlington, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration, with a minor in Digital Media and Design.
Through previous positions, Abby has gained experience with nonprofit organizations, including special events, fundraising, and marketing. Abby most recently served as an intern for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX). As Staff Assistant, Abby takes on a vital role in assisting the Center with administrative, programming, social media and marketing, communication, and fundraising support.

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