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
     

  • 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

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

  • 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
     

  • 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
     

  • 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

     
  • Sarah Wartell
    President
    Urban Institute
    Formerly:
    Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council

     
  • 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 8, 2018 

8:00am – 9:30am
Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State

10:00am – 11:00am  
Stephanie Valencia Ramirez, Strategic Partnerships and Outreach
Google 

11:30am – 12:30pm  
Richard Ashooh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
US Department of Commerce 

1:00 – 2:15pm 
Andrea Purse, Managing Director of Communications
Michael Linden, Managing Director of Policy & Research
The Hub Project 

3:00 – 4:00pm 
Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director
AFL CIO 

4:30 – 5:30pm 
Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director
Lumina Foundation 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 
 

9:45 – 10:45am  
Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies 
Cato Institute  

11:00am – 12:00pm  
Susan Brophy, Manager Director 
The Glover Park Group 

12:30 – 1:40pm 
Heather Boushey, Executive Director
Washington Center for Equitable Growth 

2:00 – 3:00pm 
Stuart Butler, Senior Fellow – Economic Studies
Brookings Institution 

4:00 – 5:00pm 
Jessica O’Connell, CEO
Democratic National Committee 

5:15 – 6:15pm 
John Jones, Chief of Staff 
US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 

9:30 – 11:30am 
Senator Maggie Hassan 
Capitol Tour 

12:00 – 1:30pm 
Noelia Duchovny, Analyst
US Congressional Budget Office  

2:00 – 3:00pm 
Joel Friedman, VP for Federal Fiscal Policy
Chye-Ching Huang, Senior Tax Policy Analyst 
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

4:00 – 5:00pm 
Andrew Light, Distinguished Senior Fellow
World Resources Institute  

6:00pm 
Brian McCabe, Managing Partner
DCI Group 
Joined by Bob Paduchik, Co-Chair 
Republican National Committee 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 

9:00 – 10:00am 
Sarah Rosen Wartell, President
Urban Institute  

10:20am – 11:20am 
Alan Viard, Principal Tax Policy Expert, Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute  

11:30am – 12:30pm 
Joseph Firschein
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System  

1:00 – 2:30pm 
David Dixon, Political Media Strategist and Partner 
Dixon Davis Media Group  

3:30 – 4:30pm  
Anja Simone, Counselor – Labor, Health and Social Policy
Matthias Wehler, Spokesperson
German Embassy 

Friday, January 12, 2018 
 

9:00 – 11:00am  
Scott Dullea, Director of International Affairs
Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy - Policy 
The Pentagon 

12:30 – 2:00pm 
Laura Favinger, SVP, Head of Government and Industry Affairs
Zurich North America