David Sutphen, Chair
David Sutphen is a Partner in Brunswick's Washington, D.C. office and plays a leading role in providing strategic communications and public affairs guidance to corporations and non-profits. With over fifteen years of experience in government and private industry, David has a proven history of helping companies achieve their business priorities and build partnerships that further their public policy goals and social responsibility missions. In addition to his work with Brunswick, Sutphen serves as a Founding Board Member of Business Forward and as Co-Chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
Prior to joining Brunswick, David was the Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Viacom, the parent company of MTV Networks, BET Networks, and Paramount Pictures. While at Viacom, he was a leading advisor to senior corporate and divisional executives on strategic, policy, political, and corporate responsibility matters. He also served as co-chair of the Viacom Corporate Responsibility Council, as a Founding Board Member of the Copyright Alliance, and played an instrumental role in helping develop and launch "GetSchooled", the five-year strategic alliance on education between Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
David joined Viacom from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where he was Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Relations and represented the major record labels before Congress, regulatory agencies, and in the media. Before the RIAA, he spent six years on Capitol Hill as General Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chief of Staff to former Congressman Harold Ford.
David began his career as an associate at Covington & Burling, following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan Law School -- where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review -- and an honors graduate of Amherst College, where he was a four-year starter on the men's soccer team.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the philanthropic arm of U.S. Soccer, as an advisor to LAYC, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit serving more than 4,000 at-risk youth, and as a Co-Founding advisor for Latimer Education, a venture-backed, minority-owned education company focused on transforming higher education for African Americans.
Heidi Naunton, Secretary
Heidi L. Naunton, Vice President, Senior Counsel & Assistant Secretary, is an attorney in the Corporate, Transactions & Securities group of the Law Department at Viacom Inc. Ms. Naunton manages the legal support for the Viacom Board of Directors, which includes ensuring compliance with evolving corporate governance, disclosure and regulatory developments, shaping the agendas of the Board and its Committees, overseeing various aspects of Board and Committee meetings and managing the Board’s director compensation program. Ms. Naunton also manages Viacom’s legal reporting function and compliance with federal and state securities laws, including the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the NASDAQ Stock Market, and oversees the company’s quarterly earnings announcements and serves on the Viacom SOX Steering Committee. She also serves as counsel on various matters for other Viacom corporate departments such as Finance, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, and Compensation.
Ms. Naunton is Co-Chair of Viacom’s companywide Pro Bono Task Force, which leads Viacom’s pro bono initiative. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York and Co-Chair of the board’s Development Committee. She is also an affiliate member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Prior to joining Viacom, Ms. Naunton was an associate in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. While at Weil Gotshal, Ms. Naunton advised clients on corporate governance, disclosure and other obligations under federal and state securities laws and represented public and private companies as purchasers and sellers through all stages of mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Naunton received her law degree in 2003 from Brooklyn Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She was also a Merit Scholar and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Sebastiana Tagliamonte, Treasurer
Sebastiana Tagliamonte graduated from Iona College with a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting in 1992. She commenced her career as an auditor with KPMG, and received her CPA certifications in NY and CT. After 6 years with KPMG, she joined Young & Rubicam in their Corporate Division. She moved to WPP Group, after their buyout of Y&R, as Director of Group Reporting. Sebastiana joined Viacom Inc. in 2007, in the External Reporting area where she worked for 7 years. Currently, in addition to being the Treasurer of the Get Schooled Foundation, she is the Senior Director, Assistant Controller of Corporate Accounting at Viacom Corporate. Sebastiana volunteers her time supporting various community organizations, including the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Council.
Carl D. Folta has served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Viacom Inc. since November 2006. Mr. Folta serves as Viacom’s chief communications strategist and spokesperson and reports directly to Thomas E. Dooley, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom.
Mr. Folta is responsible for Viacom’s overall communications activities, both internally and externally, as well as the coordination of communications at the Company’s operations, including MTV Networks, BET Networks, and the Paramount Motion Picture Group. Mr. Folta also has oversight for all financial communications, and directs the Company’s media relations activities for industry issues and public affairs, including regulatory, legislative and legal matters. Additionally, he oversees the Company’s philanthropic activities, corporate responsibility programs, and events. Mr. Folta championed KNOW HIV/AIDS, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning cross-platform public education partnership with CBS Corporation and the Kaiser Family Foundation, which he launched in 2003 and reached over $600 million in media value to date. Mr. Folta is an active Board member for the Staying Alive Foundation, a multimedia global HIV and AIDS prevention campaign. Currently, Mr. Folta is overseeing the company’s partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Get Schooled, a ground-breaking initiative to renew the promise of education in America and to build awareness about public education reform and raise lagging high school and college graduation rates.
Mr. Folta received a B.S. in 1980 from Boston University’s College of Communications and was presented with the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Radio and Television Society and Literacy Inc.
David Katz is the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Viacom, overseeing the company's key philanthropic partnerships and community initiatives. He has been instrumental in forging some of the Viacom's most enduring corporate partnerships and supervised some of its most innovative charitable events, including 2007’s critically acclaimed “Dream Concert,” to benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project and is currently working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on “Get Schooled,” a groundbreaking initiative to raise awareness of the challenges facing America's public education system while creating activities that lead to impact.
Katz led efforts to launch the Viacom Corporate Responsibility Council which includes committees in the areas of Education, Employee Involvement, HIV/AIDS, and Green. The council provides guidance and company-wide support for pro-social programs governed by Viacom brands and also educates employees and all stakeholders on key pro-social issues.
Since his tenure began, Viacom made its debut on BusinessWeek's list of the Most Generous In-Kind Corporate Donors and PR News CSR Awards for Overall Leader in CSR Practices.
David graduated cum Laude and holds a BA in Media Management from New York University's Gallatin School and holds a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social Value from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.
Technical Director at Detonator Games, John Smith is focused on his favorite part of making games -- working with artists and designers to complete and polish games people love to play with their friends. "We started DetonatorGames! because there has been a major shift in who is playing, what they are playing, and how the games are distributed; together these have a big effect on how games are made. Even production teams just 2-3 years old are going to lose out on a big opportunity if they don’t adjust to this major shift in the games industry."
Prior to starting DetonatorGames!, John was Technical Director at Sony Online Entertainment, where he created the multiplayer game “The Agency.” Centered around "living the life of an elite spy,” it was created using Unreal3 and Sony Online technology.
With 12 years of experience programming and producing Internet games, John thrives on staying ahead of the curve when figuring out how to make games that adapt to the current state of client and server technology. In 2004, after 10 years at Microsoft, he became president of the start-up FireAnt. There he oversaw the creation of a new killer online game. After just one year, FireAnt merged with Sony Online, a company known for pushing the envelope in online entertainment quality and innovation.
John was an early pioneer at Microsoft in creating Internet applications. He was a key member of the team that started what became MSN Games and was a leader in the success of over 20 multiplayer PC and console games shipped by Microsoft. Earlier in his career, John's passion for the potential of computing took over his graduate work in theoretical particle physics.
Crystal Barnes is Senior Vice President, Culture & Corporate Social Responsibility at Viacom. In this role, Crystal oversees the development of organizational initiatives in support of Viacom’s culture, corporate responsibility goals, and business strategies. She leads Viacom’s work in the communities served by Viacom around the world by leveraging the company’s diverse staff and enduring commitment to social responsibility. Crystal also spearheads the company’s philanthropic investments, nonprofit partnerships, and employee volunteer engagements.
Prior to joining Viacom, Crystal was Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation. Crystal led Nielsen’s social and environmental responsibility programs in the areas of philanthropy, volunteering, and pro bono investments. Crystal began working at Nielsen in 2004 as part of the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program.
In addition to her work with Get Schooled, Crystal currently serves on the New York Department of Education Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Diversity Council, as well as the Board of Advocates for Citizen Schools.
Crystal started her career as a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and for Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University in her native state of Pennsylvania.
Alexandra Jannello Tuck (Ali)
Alexandra Janello Tuck (Ali) is Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal (NBCU). In this role, Ali leads the creation and implementation for all CSR initiatives for the company and directs all employee engagement efforts. Ali also drives cause marketing campaigns in partnership with each of the NBCU brands as well as the ad sales team.
Prior to her role at NBCU, Ali led Corporate Social Responsibility at Viacom. In addition to leading their global CSR strategy, she drove social impact initiatives and developed nonprofit partnerships. Ali engaged fellow employees in volunteer and giving programs and was also responsible for Viacom's philanthropic investments. Ali began her career with various marketing and client services roles at American Express, the National Hockey League, and the New York Knicks.
Ali received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MBA in Marketing and Media Communications from Fordham's Gabelli School of Business.