Meet The Team
Franmarie Kennedy, PhD
Dr. Kennedy is acting director of theHealth, Biomedical Science and Society policy program at the Aspen Institute. Over the course of her career, she has worked in all aspects of education and health policy, communications, marketing and fundraising as a consultant to non-profit organizations, foundations, corporations and as an executive in both government and academic institutions. Previously, Dr. Kennedy served on two White House staffs formulation domestic policy and held executive positions at the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute for Literacy. She also has served in management positions at Georgetown University and American University. Since 1995, Dr. Kennedy has produced several documentaries for television and was a consultant to MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, producers of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She also has served as a consultant to The American Red Cross, The American Physical Society, The American Medical Women's Association, the National Library of Medicine, EPC-global Inc. and The National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
In the 1980's, Mr. Fuller served as Assistant for Cabinet Affairs to President Ronald Reagan and as Chief of Staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush. Following this, Mr. Fuller returned to the private sector and served as president of Wexler, Reynolds, Fuller; president of worldwide public affairs at Hill and Knowlton; and senior Vice President for corporate affairs of Philip Morris in New York. In 1995, Mr. Fuller was the chair of Pete Wilson's presidential campaign. After finishing the campaign tour, he led the board of directors to practice at Korn/Ferry International. He was the president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores playing and active part in shaping the Medicare Reform Act of 2003. In 2008, Mr. Fuller became the president and CEO of the then 400,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association telling the story of general aviation through magazines, e-newsletters, social media and AOPA Live, a video channel he created. Retiring from AOPA in 2013, he returned to The Fuller Company , the company he founded and has chaired since 1989. His firm works with businesses and other organizations to assist with marketing, communication and public affairs strategies. He currently serves on the boards of Redbird Flight Simulation, Bye Aerospace, The Academy Art Museum, Benedictine and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; as well as on the advisory boards of APCO Worldwide, MITRE and PASSUR Aerospace.
Lee G. Stapleton is a branding and marketing expert specializing in transformational communication and impact marketing. As Chief Marketing Officer for EMQQ Global, Stapleton oversees an international, multi-product, B2B and B2C marketing program servicing over $1B in AUM. As Chief Evolution Officer for the same organization, Stapleton directs an internal operational platform and annual giving program she co-founded to create change in the financial services industry. Stapleton was Shortlisted for Women In Asset Management’s “Next Generation Leader of the Year” award in 2021 for her work on this program.
As CoFounder of Paint The City Peaceful, Stapleton services change through public arts and grassroots community organizing. In 2020, the organization activated the largest single day painting in Los Angeles history, as well as established a national precedent for how corporations can publicly engage with racial and social justice efforts.
In previous roles, Stapleton worked creatively across multiple sectors to build bridges between historically disengaged parties and create measurable impact. Her methodology to achieve progress is based in pragmatism: Changing how the world works, by changing who in the world is working together.
Stapleton holds a B.A. in Spanish, with minors in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Public Administration, with a core curriculum in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She was a recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Creativity Award, as well as The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) grants for her work promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability during her time in undergrad.
Lee G. Stapleton is currently based in Los Angeles, CA.