Widehall LLC is a Washington, DC based, globally engaged strategic communications and events consulting firm.Widehall works with its clients to generate brand lift, internal and external policy education, and works with clients to enhance their standing in smarter public policy.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
In addition to his leadership of Widehall, Clemons is Founding Editor at Large of Semafor, a digital global news platform launched in October 2022. He also served as Editor at Large of The Hill. Before joining The Hill, Clemons served as Washington Editor at Large of The Atlantic and served in senior editorial roles at National Journal and Quartz.
He is also proprietor of the popular political blog, The Washington Note, and is a frequent commenter on American politics, economics and global affairs across the spectrum of news networks. Clemons founded and served as Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President.
Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now renamed the Center for the National Interest. Clemons is also a Member of the Board of Directors of GLOBSEC, a European security think tank based in Slovakia and is a member of the Advisory Board of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Richard is the author of The Paradox of Debt, which presents a new view of macroeconomics, The Case for a Debt Jubilee, a policy exploration of debt relief, An Illustrated Business History of the United States, the story of our nation’s business progress, A Brief History of Doom, a chronicle of major world financial crises, and The Next Economic Disaster, a book with a new approach for predicting and preventing financial crises.
Richard currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees and the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees, and on a number of business boards. He serves a Vice Chair of PSERS, Pennsylvania’s largest public pension fund, chair of the University of Pennsylvania Press, and chair of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Abramson Cancer Center. He also serves on the Governing Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the board of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. He is the founder of the economic data service Tychos (tychosgroup.org), which specializes in analyzing private debt trends, and the email newsletter service Delanceyplace.com, which focuses on non-fiction literature.
He previously served Secretary of Banking and Securities for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And as Chair of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Richard served as managing partner of Gabriel Investments, an early stage venture capital company, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Energy Plus, an electricity and natural gas supply company, and co-founder and CEO of two consumer credit card banks, First USA and Juniper Bank.
Executive Vice President
Niharika is a creative leader with expertise in live journalism events and high-profile thought leadership convenings. She crafts exceptional event experiences for stakeholders and possesses a keen understanding of the influential role that live events play in raising awareness, bridging gaps, and sparking collaboration.
Her passion for innovative, impactful, and inclusive storytelling has guided her to roles at prestigious U.S. and international media brands, including Bloomberg Television, The Atlantic, The Hill, and, more recently, at digital news platforms Semafor and The Messenger.
She has developed programs featuring the preeminent decision-makers of our time, such as world leaders, U.S. administration officials, members of Congress, CEOs, and other notable figures.
Niharika is an integral part of the Widehall team, contributing to the conceptualization and execution of industry-leading in-person and virtual gatherings with the goal of driving impact, engagement, and purpose.