Michael B. Golden, One Million Degrees Co-Founder

A former national award-winning broadcast journalist, Michael Golden has also served as a political campaign manager and communications strategist for U.S. Presidential, Senate and Congressional races. Michael is a fellow at the British-American Project and the Open Society Institute. In 1999, Michael’s investigative and public affairs reporting for NBC earned him honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the AP, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2011, Michael co-founded Newsbound, Inc., a media and software company based in San Francisco, CA. He is also a co-founder of the Complete the Degree back-to-college initiative in Chicago, Illinois. Michael serves on the board of the ADL and on the governing board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, as well as the Illinois Commission to Eliminate Poverty. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, and his M.S. in Public Services Management from DePaul University.

Rose Lizarraga, One Million Degrees Co-Founder

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and freelance writer, Rose's career also includes 10 years spent developing new product and brand strategies as well as marketing and advertising campaigns at Leo Burnett, Foote, Cone & Belding, M&M/Mars and other small businesses.  More recently, she worked as a writer/editor for Modern Luxury Inc., publishers of magazines such as CS and Angeleno.  Rose graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with dual degrees in English and Political Science.  She is a founding member of the Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation, former Board Vice President of the Fairy Godmother Foundation, and currently serves on the Chicago committee for Human Rights Watch.

David Scherer, One Million Degrees Co-Founder

David Scherer formed Origin Investments in 2007, along with co-founder Michael Episcope. He has over 17 years of experience in real estate investing, finance, development and asset management.

As Principal, David co-chairs the Investment Committee and oversees the analysis, acquisition, and asset management teams at Origin. He also assembles and leads Origin’s team of investment professionals, who share more than $5 billion of
transactional experience.

Prior to forming Origin, David spent eight years at a privately financed hedge fund, where he opened and managed offices in New York and London, and served as company President from 1999 to 2003.

In 2006, David co-founded One Million Degrees, which to date has raised $10 million to help low-income, community college students graduate and successfully enter the workforce. He currently serves as the organization’s Board Chair. David is also the President of Harvard Club Chicago and serves on the Advisory Board of Invest For Kids.

David received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is married, has two children, is a youth flag football coach and has an interest in languages.