Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
Honorary Chair: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor joined Justice at Stake as the organization's first Honorary Chair in April 2013. Justice O’Connor, America’s first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and retired in 2006. She continues to hear cases as a part-time federal appeals judge. A USA Today profile has described her as “the most active retired justice in decades.” Before being nominated to the bench, O'Connor was elected to two terms in the Arizona state Senate. She retired from the Supreme Court on July 1, 2005.
Since retiring from the Supreme Court in 2006, Justice O’Connor has sounded a warning about the growth of special-interest money in judicial elections. On another front, she has spearheaded a public-minded civics education campaign through the organization iCivics, which she founded in 2009, and which formed the foundation for Justice at Stake’s Our Courts America education project.