Washington DC Colloquium


Between our weeklong colloquium in Washington, DC and guest speakers on campus during Fall and Spring semesters, our MPP students have the opportunity to learn from a long list of policy practitioners with years of on-the-ground experience.

The DC trip gives students front row access to meetings with public policy institutions. Students learn about career paths across multiple sectors (e.g., government, non-profit organizations, think-tanks, research institutes, organizations that do international work), discuss the current policy landscape, and connect with working professionals for networking and career building opportunities.

Highlights

  • Steve Abbot
    Chief of Staff
    Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
     
  • Richard Ashooh
    Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
    U.S. Department of Commerce
     

  • Gérard Araud
    Ambassador of France to the United States

    French Embassy
     

  • Heather Boushey
    Executive Director
    Washington Center for Equitable Growth
     
  • Susan Brophy
    Managing Director
    The Glover Park Group
     

  • Stuart Butler
    Senior Fellow – Economic Studies
    Brookings
     

  • Michael Campbell
    Former President and CEO, Arch Chemicals Inc.
    Chairman, National Association of Manufacturers

     
  • Jim Carroll ’86
    Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations
    Honeywell
     
  • Alex DeMots
    Senior Vice President and the General Counsel
    Center for American Progress
     
  • David DiMartino
    Partner
    Blue Engine Message and Media
     
  • David Dixon
    Partner
    Dixon Davis Media Group
     
  • Robert Drogin
    Deputy Bureau Chief and National Security Editor, Washington Bureau
    Los Angeles Times
    Author of “Curveball”
     
  • David Dixon
    Political Media Strategist and Partner
    Dixon Davis Media Group
     

  • Noelia Duchovny
    Analyst
    ​US Congressional Budget Office
     
  • Scott Dullea
    Director of International Affairs
    Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy – Policy
    The Pentagon
     
  • Jeffrey Edmonds
    Director of Russia
    National Security Council Staff
    The White House
     
  • Chris Edwards
    Director, Tax Policy Studies
    Cato Institute
     
  • Phil Ellis
    Deputy Assistant Director of Health, Retirement & Long Term Care
    Congressional Budget Office
     
  • Jennifer Erickson
    Assistant Director of Innovation for Growth,
    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
     
  • Laura Favinger
    SVP, Head of Government and Industry Affairs
    Zurich, North America
     
  • Nathan Fenstermacher
    Managing Director of National Security and International Policy
    Center for American Progress
     
  • Joseph Firschein
    Deputy Associate Director and Community Affairs Office

    Division of Consumer and Community Affairs
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
     

  • Joel Friedman
    VP for Federal Fiscal Policy
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
     

  • Kate Gordon
    Vice Chair of Climate and Sustainable Urbanization
    Paulson Institute
     
  • Jennifer Granholm
    Chair, American Jobs Project
    Senior Contributor, CNN
    Formerly:
    Governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011
    Attorney General of Michigan from 1999 to 2003

     
  • Maggie Hassan
    United States Senator (D-NH)
    State of New Hampshire
     

  • Chye-Ching Huang
    Senior Tax Policy Analyst
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
     
  • John Jones
    Chief of Staff
    U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
    Formerly:
    National Security Director, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

     
  • Angela Maria Kelley
    Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy
    Center for American Progress Action
     
  • Daniella Gibbs Leger
    Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy

    Center for American Progress
     

  • Andrew Light
    Distinguished Senior Fellow
    World Resources Institute
    Formerly:
    Senior Advisor and India Counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change,
    Secretary of State’s Office of Planning Policy (Obama)

     

  • Annie Kuster
    U.S. Representative (D-NH)
     
  • Andrew Light
    Distinguished Senior Fellow
    World Resources Institute
    Formerly:
    Senior Advisor and India Counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change, Secretary of State’s Office of Planning Policy (Obama)

     
  • Michael Linden
    Managing Director, Policy & Research 
    The Hub Project 
  • Holger Mahnicke
    Director of the Department of Culture and Communications
    German Embassy to the United States
    Formerly: 
    German Ambassador to Cameroon
     
  • Stewart Matthews
    First Secretary and Head of Administration
    Northern Ireland Bureau
     
  • Brian McCabe
    Managing Partner
    DCI Group
     
  • Mike Mitchell
    Senior Policy Analyst
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
     
  • Guy Molyneux
    Partner

    Hart Research Associates
     

  • Ken Monahan 
    Director, International Trade Policy
    National Association of Manufacturers
     
  • Nicole Nason
    Assistant Secretary of State
    U.S. Department of State
     

  • Greg Nickerson ’89
    Founder

    Washington Tax & Public Policy Group
     

  • Jessica O'Connell
    CEO 
    Democratic National Committee
     

  • Ann O’Leary
    Formerly:
    Co-Director, Clinton-Kaine Transition
    Senior Policy Advisor, Hillary For America
    Legislative Director, Senator Hillary Clinton
    Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton
    Senior Policy Advisor, US Department of Education

     
  • Colonel Rich Outzen
    Policy Planning Staff
    U.S. Department of State
     

  • Bob Paduchik
    Co-Chair
    Republican National Committee
     

  • Andrea Purse
    Communications Director
    The Hub Project
     
  • Stephane Valencia Ramirez 

    Strategic Partnerships and Outreach
    Google
     

  • Ilia Rodriguez
    Senior Vice President
    The Daschle Group
     
  • Ken Salazar
    Partner
    WilmerHale
    Formerly:
    50th United States Secretary of the Interior, 2009-2013
    United States Senator (D-CO)

     
  • John Samples
    Vice President
    Cato Institute
     
  • Bill Samuel
    Government Affairs Director
    AFL CIO
     
  • Scott Schaier
    Executive Director, Beer Distributors of NH
    Board of Directors:  BREW NH, NH Community Seafood, and NH the Beautiful
     

  • Alec Schrienbeck
    Clerk, Justice Breyer

    Supreme Court of the United States
     

  • Faiz Shakir
    National Political Director

    American Civil Liberties Union

     

  • Alyssa Shooshan
    AVP, Member and Board Relations
    National Association of Manufacturers
    Formerly:
    Chief of Staff, Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)

     
  • Anja Simone
    Counselor – Labor, Health and Social Policy
    German Embassy, Washington, D.C.
     

  • Zakiya Smith
    Strategy Director
    Lumina Foundation
    Formerly:
    Senior Advisor for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama)

     
  • Anna Soellner
    Communications Director
    Reddit
     

  • Winnie Stachelberg
    Executive Vice President, External Affairs
    Center for American Progress 

     

  • Crystal L. Tully
    Legislative Assistant
    Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    Office of Sen. Roger Wicker, (R-MS)
     
  • Milena Tutsch
    Spokesperson
    German Embassy, Washington, D.C.
     

  • Alan Viard
    Principal Tax Policy Expert
    American Enterprise Institute
    Formerly:
    Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    Senior Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisors

     
  • Howie Wachtel
    Director of UN and Multilateral Affairs

    National Security Council
     
  • Sarah Wartell
    President
    Urban Institute
    Formerly:
    Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
     
  • Brittany Weaver ’10 ‘15G
    Legislative Assistant

    Office of Senator Maggie Hassan
     
  • Amanda Wood
    Director, Employment Policy
    National Association of Manufacturers
     
  • Tom Worrall
    Partner
    Witmer and Worrall
    Formerly:
    SVP, The Rhoads Group
    Director of Team 100, Republican National 
Monday, January 7, 2019 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Heather Boushey – Executive Director and Chief Economist
Washington Center for Equitable Growth

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Laura Favinger ‘82 – Chief Administrative Officer
Insurance Information Institute

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Greg Nickerson ’89 – Founder
Washington Tax & Public Policy Group

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Rich Ashooh ’86 – Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Howie Wachtel – Director of UN and Multilateral Affairs
National Security Council

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 
 

9:40 - 11:30 a.m.
Gerard Araud – Ambassador of France to the United States
French Embassy

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
David Dixon ‘86 – Political Media Strategist and Partner
Davis-Dixon Media Group

2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Scott Dullea ‘89 – Director of International Affairs
Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Sarah Rosen Wartell – President
The Urban Institute

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Faiz Shakir – National Political Director
American Civil Liberties Union

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Winnie Stachelberg, Excutive Vice President, External Affairs
Daniella Gibbs Leger, Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy
Center for American Progress

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Bill Samuel – Government Affairs Director
AFL-CIO

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Alan Viard – Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

6:30 p.m.
Brian McCabe ‘91 – Managing Partner
DCI Group

Thursday, January 10, 2019 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Alec Schrienbeck – Clerk, Justice Breyer
Supreme Court of the United States

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Noelia Duchovny – Analyst
Congressional Budget Office

12:30 - 1:50p.m.
Jim Carroll ’86 – Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations
Honeywell

2:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Brittany Weaver ’10 ‘15G – Legislative Assistant
Office of Senator Maggie Hassan

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Andrew Light – Distinguished Senior Fellow
 World Resources Institute

Friday, January 11, 2019
 

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Guy Molyneux – Partner
Hart Research Associates

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Bob Drogin – Washington Deputy Bureau Chief
Los Angeles Times

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Joe Firschein – Deputy Associate Director and Community Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Chris Edwards
Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute