Who We Are
Michael Ostrolenk - [CEO]
Michael D. Ostrolenk received his undergraduate degree in government from West Virginia Wesleyan College. His Masters Degree is in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. He did post-graduate training in health and somatic psychology. Michael is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets and is a licensed psychotherapist (CA).
He is the founder and national coordinator for the Medical Privacy Coalition (2001-present). He is the co-founder and National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and human autonomy (2005- present). He is also co-founder and President of the American Conservative Defense Alliance , which works to promote a traditional conservative foreign and defense policy (2008- present).
Kelly Young lives in Washington, DC. She has her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University. From 1998 – 2007, she was the Executive Director of 21st Century Democrats, a political action committee supporting visionary Democratic candidates running for office. During her 9 years as Executive Director, the organization grew exponentially, from spending $8,000 on campaigns in 1998 to $7.8 million in the 2004 election cycle. The organization successfully elected over 180 candidates to office, trained 4,200 activists, and recruited, trained and hired over 900 full-time field organizers.
She is also the founder of Inspiring America, an organization committed to creating a compelling vision for America and providing leadership skills to the extraordinary leaders that want to make the vision a reality. Inspiring America held three ground-breaking retreats with progressive leaders to create a vision for America and to have leaders see where they can expand their capacity to “be” the change they want to see in the world.
Before joining 21st Century Democrats, Ms. Young was the Indonesian Country Manager at the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, a non-profit international development firm. She worked with the Indonesian government to expand vital infrastructure such as water and electricity to rural areas. Ms. Young also taught English for two years at a University in central Java.
Jeff Weissglass - [Senior Advisor]
Jeff Weissglass is an independent advocate and advisor for political, civic, and social bridge building initiatives, supporting and collaborating with social entrepreneurs, academics, and activists. He recently served on the advisory committee for the (Un)Common Good series at the Illinois Humanities Council and previously chaired the advisory board of the Project on Civic Reflection and the board of directors of More Than Money. He is also a donor and advisor to several nonprofit organizations in education, national service, and the arts. Earlier in his career, Jeff worked as a corporate lawyer in New York and as a community development consultant with affiliates of Chicago’s South Shore Bank. Jeff is a graduate of New York University School of Law and has a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University’s School of Organization and Management.
Debilyn Molineaux - [COO]
Debilyn Molineaux works beyond labels and serves as Executive Director for Coffee Party USA, connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people. Debilyn is the co-founder of Changing the Game, a consultancy group working with organizations and movements in areas of power, politics & participation. As a political candidate in a local nonpartisan race, she attracted people from all parties to work cooperatively on her campaign. Debilyn is a collaborative partner with the Transpartisan Center, a Washington D.C. based group. Debilyn has dedicated her working life to facilitating our new social contract with each other.
John Steiner - [Acting Chair]
John Steiner, Harvard class of ’65, is a networker, organizer-convener, and philanthropist. Often working with his wife, Margo King, he brings together people, projects, ideas and money around a common cause—-serving “the pattern that connects.” He co-founded the National Commons, a predecessor to the United States Consensus Council, to bring multi-stakeholder, collaborative problem solving tools to the national level. He was a founding board member of Search for Common Ground; a founding member and early leader of the Threshold Foundation; and a founding member of the Social Venture Network. He is a former chairman of the board of CDR Associates (Center for Dispute Resolution). Currently he is the acting chair of the Washington, DC based, Transpartisan Center. He also works closely with Robert Fuller and the movement to end rankism and create a society based on dignity for all. He is in the early stages of exploring with others how to raise new large sums of money for the peace and security field and to put together a portfolio of planetary tipping point projects. John and Margo live in Longmont, Colorado, just outside of Boulder, where they serve as trustees of the Steiner King Foundation, which is active in a variety of creative philanthropic endeavors. John and Margo have two grown offspring!