About the Author
John Hope Bryant is an American financial literacy and poverty-eradication activist and entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and a cofounder of Global Dignity. He is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum and sits on the forum's Global Agenda Council. He served as vice chair of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as chairman of the council's Committee on the Underserved. Bryant grew up in Compton and South Central Los Angeles but now directs Operation HOPE from its headquarters in Atlanta.
JD Jackson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Southwest College. He has an MFA in Theater from Temple University and several TV and movie credits to his name including roles on House MD, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, and Lucky Number Slevin.
Andrew Young was John Edwards's longest serving and most trusted aide. He raised more than $10 million for the politician's various causes and played a key role in Edwards's efforts to become president of the United States.