Dean M. Esserman is chief of police in New Haven, CT, and a nationally recognized leader in public safety innovation. After working as a prosecutor and then general counsel at the New York City Transit Police, Esserman started his law enforcement career in New Haven as assistant police chief, where he was one of the architects of New Haven’s community policing program. He served as chief of police in Providence, RI, Stamford, CT, and at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Police Department.
Jonathan Knowles is Director of Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Strategy and Engagement at Autodesk. A leading technology strategist, Knowles provides thought leadership and insight on the intersection of emerging technology and social trends, the impact of discontinuous innovation, and beyond-the-horizon technologies. Autodesk is the world’s leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, digital media, and wireless data services fields. Prior to joining Autodesk, Knowles held senior strategy and management positions at Adobe and Apple.
Mark S. Mellman is CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups. One of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists, Mellman has helped guide the campaigns of some eighteen U.S. Senators, eight governors and over two dozen members of Congress, as well as numerous state and local officials. Roll Call named Mellman one of the most influential people in Washington when it comes to electing candidates to Congress.