The MCN Board of Advisors consists of notable global leaders who lend their support to our efforts. By speaking at the annual Millennium Campus Conference, posting on Facebook and Twitter about our national efforts, making introductions and more, these distinguished leaders have given the MCN profile and credibility at the national level.


Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015.


John Legend is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. His debut studio album, the platinum-selling Get Lifted, was released in late 2004, and features collaborations with rapper and producer Kanye West as well as Snoop Dogg. Get Lifted produced two singles: “Used to Love U” (US top 100, UK top 30) and “Ordinary People” (US and UK top 30).


Dr. Paul Romer, one of the nation’s leading economists, was the primary developer of New Growth Theory, a body of work that provides a fresh foundation for business and government thinking about wealth creation. In 2002, Paul was recognized for his work in this field when he was awarded the Horst Claus Recktenwald Prize in Economics for outstanding achievement and contributions to the field. He also was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (1999), named one of America’s 25 most influential people by TIME magazine (1997), and elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000).

Medical anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to treating some of the world’s poorest populations, in the process helping to raise the standard of health care in underdeveloped areas of the world. A founding director of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.


John W. McArthur is the Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Promise, the United States only international non-profit organization solely committed to supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015. In this capacity he oversees the Millennium Villages project, which supports integrated social and business development services for more than 400,000 people in rural communities across 10 countries in Africa. Mr. McArthur is also a Research Associate at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he previously served as Policy Director, and teaches at Columbias School of International and Public Affairs.


Dr. Amy Smith was born in Lexington, MA and attended MIT as an undergraduate. After graduation, she worked part-time as a biomedical engineer and spent the rest of her time volunteering in the Boston area-tutoring at Boston English High, working at the Boston Food Bank, serving meals for Sunday’s Bread, and coaching Special Olympics. She then worked in Botswana for four years with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching math, English, and science at a community junior secondary school and later transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture to work as the Regional Beekeeping Officer.