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Friday, February 7, 2020

Ellen Balis, Budget Analyst, House Budget Committee
Mandy Moore, Analyst U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Dan Rodriguez, Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Friday, November 8, 2019
"Transportation Policy"

Angel Aymond (MPP '15), Location Studies Project Manager at Virginia Department of Transportation
Stephanie Bush (MPP, '10), Financial Analyst/Compliance Officer, Virginia Resources Authority
Amanda Baxter (TransUrban), Development Director, Transurban

Friday, September 27, 2019

Maurice Turner, Senior Technologist for the Center for Democracy & Technology
Walter McClean, Manager at Sony Corporation (and former contractor on cybersecurity at DHS)
Gary Brown, Professor of Cyber Law at the College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University

Friday, March 29, 2019

"Federal Role in Education"
Diane Stark Renter, Deputy Director of Center on Education Policy
Susanne James-Burdumy, Director of Federal Education Work at Mathematica
Pat Rooney, Deputy Director of the US Department of Education
Michael Ledford, President of Lewis-Burke Associates

Friday, February 8, 2019

"Women in Policy"
Jill Marsteller (MPP '93), Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Katherine Darke Schmitt (MPP '93), Associate Director, Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice
Lisa August (MPP '02)Examiner, Office of Management and Budget
Carol Blackford (MPP '95), Director at Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Friday, November 2, 2018

"The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Policymaking"
Steve Hammond, Policy & Communications Manager, Tricycle Urban Agriculture
Kim Bobo, Co-Executive Director, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Eddie Oliver, Executive Director, the Federation of Food Banks

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Immigration Policy"
Carlos Guevara, Senior Policy Advisor, Immigration Policy Project, ORA
Matt O'Brien, Director of Research, FAIR
Paul Schlege, Managing Director of Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation

Friday, February 16, 2018

"International Trade, focus on NAFTA renegotiations"
Brian Diffel, Washington Tax & Public Policy Group and Board of Advisor for W&M Public Policy
Jenny Leonard, Reporter, Inside US Trade
Greta Peisch, International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee (Democratic staff)
Doug Peterson, International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee (Republican staff)

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Social Safety Net Programs at the State and Local Level"
Massey Whorley (MPP '08), Senior Policy Advisor for Governor McAuliffe
Dr. Risha Berry, Project Management Analyst at the Office of Community Wealth Building

Friday, September 8, 2017

"International Economic Development/Aid"
Sarah Lane, Associate Director at MCC and Algerlynn Gill, Project Officer at MCC
Sean Maloney, Senior Advisor at CARE International
Nick Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at American Enterprise Institute

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Environmental and Energy Policy"
Nick Barbash, Legislative Assistant to Senator Kaine
Micah Barbour, Legislative Correspondent for Senator Warner
Staffers from the House Committee on Natural Resources

Friday, February 17, 2017

"Foreign and Homeland Security Policy"
Christopher Bright, Professional Staffer for the Armed Service Committee
Jim Phillips,
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, the Heritage Foundation

Friday, November 4, 2016

"2016 Election and its Anticipated Effects on Virginia Politics and Policy"
Alexis Rogers, Policy Director for the Lieutenant Governor
Kelly Gee,
Majority Leader Kirk Cox’s Chief of Staff
Brian Cannon,
Executive Director for One Virginia 2021

Friday, September 16, 2016

"Black Lives Matter"
Chris Greico, Majority Counsel, House Judiciary Committee; Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Investigations
Ryan King, Senior Fellow, Justice Policy Center, the Urban Institute
Hilary Shelton, NAACP, Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau / Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy

Friday, March 25, 2016

"2016 Election"
Daniel Cox, Director of Research, Public Religion Research Institute
Chuck Todd, Host of Meet the Press Daily

Friday, February 19, 2016

"Social Media & Policy"
David Oxenford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
Rachel Lewis, Digital Strategist, Moxie Strategies

Friday, November 6, 2015

"Higher Ed Policy in Virginia: Key Issues for the Future"
Justin C. Brown, Associate Director, JLARC
Nicole K. Gaffen, Senior Associate Legislative Analyst, JLARC
Nia N. Harrison, Senior Associate Legislative Analyst, JLARC

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Immigration and the 2016 Election"
Michele Waslin, Manager of the Immigration and the States Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Pam Stevens, Deputy Communications Director and Director of Media Affairs, House Republican
Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, Office of Research, Advocacy, and
Legislation, National Council of La Raza (NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and
advocacy organization in the United States)

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Transpacific Partnership"
Cal Cohen, President, Emergency Committee for America Trade
Harry Bader, Professor, University of Alaska

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Assessment and Testing in Education"
Chad Aldeman, Bellwether Education Partners (Chad is a graduate of the Jefferson Program)
Betty Schwoebel-Mill, Director of Assessment, Arlington County Schools
Ben Schaefer, National Conference of State Legislatures

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Economic Development in Richmond and Virginia"
Charles Samuels, President, Richmond City Council
Lee Downey, Director of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond
Thad Williamson, Director, Office of Community Wealth Building, City of Richmond
Keith Boswell, Managing Director, Business Attraction, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jeffrey Hawks, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Mark Yarnell, Refugees International

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Water Policy"
Thomas Iseman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Reclamation
Ben Mann, Global Partnerships Director, WASH AdvocatesChristian Holmes, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator and Global Water Coordinator, US Agency for International Development

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Options for Reducing the Deficit"
Jason Wheelock, Congressional Budget Office, Defense Anaylst
Molly Macauley, Economist, Resources for the Future

Friday, November 8, 2013

"Virginia's Gubernatorial Transition:  What's Next?"
Mike Maul, Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
Steve Ford, Department of Medical Assistance Services
Massey Whorley, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Implementing the Affordable Care Act"
Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Academy Health
Callan Smith, New York Governor's Office
Dana Thompson, Maryland Governor's Office
Charlie Iovino, Iovino Group

Friday, March 29, 2013 (Richmond)

"Transportation Policy"
Jacqueline Cromwell, Program Manager, Office of Transportation
Anne Oman, House Appropriatons Committee
Jason Powell, Senate Finance Committee 

Friday, February 22, 2013

"Immigration Policy"
Kristi J. Boswell, Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
Andrea Zuniga DiBitetto, Legislative Representative, AFL-CIO
Ann Morse, Program Director, Immigrant Policy Project, National Conference of State Legislatures 

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Climate Change and International Development" 
John Furlow, USAID
Jessica Sloan, World Bank
Cullen Hendrix, (Professor of Government, W&M)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Peter Robertson, Senior Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, America's Natural Gas Alliance
Dan Lipman, Executive Director, Nuclear Energy Institute
Allan Hoffman, Wind Power Program, U.S. Department of Energy 

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Life on the Hill"
Paul Reagan, Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Webb
Kelly Hastings, Staff Member for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
Michael Day, Chief of Staff for Representative Nydia Velazquez and staff member for the House Small Business Committee

 Friday, February 10, 2012

"The Executive/Agency Side of Policy"
Matthew Dalbey, Director of EPA's Federal and State Division of the Office of Sustainable Communities
Katherine Darke-Schmitt (Program alum and TJ Board Member), Policy Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs in the US State Department of Justice
Sean O'Mealia ('09), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Special Assistant to Director Richard Cordray

Friday, November 4, 2011

"The Role of Private Foundations in Public Policy"
Will Heaton, The Council of Foundations 
Karl Horberg, The Connect US Fund 

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Communicating Policy Positions to the Public"
Kevin Hall, Communications Director, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (Virginia)
Vince Willmore, Vice President, Communications, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Bruce McKay, Managing Director, Federal Affairs, Dominion

Friday, February 11, 2011

"Homeland Security with a tour of the Pentagon"
Theresa Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Various speakers and briefings

Friday, November 5, 2010

"International Development Assistance"
Jack Molyneaux, Millennium Challenge CorporationMartha Ainsworth, The World Bank 
Nancy Choi, Development Gateway
Keith Oberg, Bikes for the World

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Education Policy"
Chad Aldeman, Policy Associate, Education Sector, Alumnus of the TJPPP
Tom Toch, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washingon
Sandy Boyd and Leslie Muldoon, Achieve 

Friday, March 19, 2010

"International Environmental Issues"
Allen Blackman, Resources for the Future
Jonathan Rotter, Nature Conservancy 

Friday, November 6, 2009

"Emergency Management and Response"
Steve Lambert, Virginia Fusion Center
Conrad Estrada, USDA National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
Jeffrey Stern, Former White House Fellow 

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Health Care Reform"
Rob Saunders, Legislative Aide for Health Policy for Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ)
William Hoagland, Vice-President of Public Policy for Cigna
Stephen Zuckerman, Senior Fellow in the Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute

Friday, April 3, 2009

"Responses to the Financial Crisis"
Michael Stanton, President, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
Michael Fratantoni (W&M BA, 1992), Economist, Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Mark Carlson, Division of Monetary Affairs, Federal Reserve System

Friday, February 27, 2009

"International Trade"
Aaron Rosenberg (alum), Chief for Public Affairs, International Finance Corporation, World Bank
Brad Parks, Associate Director, Development Policy, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Mine Senses, Assistant Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University -  School of Advanced International Studies

Friday, November 7, 2008

"The Press and Public Policy"
Ben Jenkins, Communications Director, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Laura Keehner, Press Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Daniel Zwerdling, Correspondent, National Public Radio
Jack Mitchell, Press Officer, Senate Committee on Aging

Friday, September 12, 2008

"Energy Policy"
Ron Planting (W&M Grad), Senior Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Ed Hubbard, Director of Government Affairs, International Trade for the Renewable Fuels Association
Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transport Association

Friday, November 2, 2007

"Homeless and Housing Policy"
Robert V. Hess, Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Services
Kjersten Priddy, Manager of Volunteer and In-Kind Services, N Street Village, an organization that provides shelter and other services to homeless women

Friday, September 21, 2007

"National Security Reform"
James Locher, Executive Director of the Project for National Security Reform
Christopher Lamb, National Defense University
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff for former Sec. of State Colin Powell

Friday, April 20, 2007

"Education Policy at Home and Abroad"
Harry Patrinos, World Bank
John See, American Federation of Teachers

Friday, March 23, 2007

"International Environmental Policymaking"
Trigg Talley, State Department
Ian Noble, World Bank
Andreas Kraemer, Ecologic (Germany)

Friday, February 23, 2007

"Shaping American Military and Diplomatic Power for the 21st Century"
Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Evan Feigenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia

Friday, November 3, 2006

"Energy Policy"
Dr. Karen Obenshain, The Edison Electric Institute
Karl Gawell, The Geothermal Energy Institute
James Schultz, The American Iron and Steel Institute

Friday, September 29, 2006

"Immigration Reform"
Marshall Fitz, Director of Advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Julie Furuta-Toy, Director of the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison, Visa Services, the U.S. Department of State
Marsha Allgeier, Deputy County Manager in Arlington County

Friday, March 31, 2006

"Healthcare/Medicare Prescription Coverage"
Alice Rivlin, The Brookings Institute
Joe Antos, The American Enterprise Institute
Peter Hickman, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Friday, February 24, 2006

"Interorganizational Coordination"
Amb. Doug Hartwick, Office of the US Trade Representative
Paul Lawrence, Independent Public Sector Management Consultant

Friday, October 28, 2005

"Communication Deregulation"
David Oxenford, Communication Lawyer, Partner in Shaw Pittman LLP
Michael Powell , Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Friday, September 30, 2005

"Pre-Iraq Intelligence Failures"
Senator Charles Robb
Mike Ennis from Joanne Davis' Office

Friday, April 8, 2005

"The Boeing-Airbus International Trade Dispute"
Gary Hufbauer, Institute for International Economics
Gerard Depayre, European Union

Friday, March 18, 2005

"No Child Left Behind"
David Shreve, The National Conference of State Legislatures
Ken Meyer, The Department of Education

Friday, November 5, 2004

"Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues"
Scott Farrow, Chief Economist at the Commission on Environmental Quality
Al McGartland, Director of the National Center for Environmental Economics
Molly Macauley, Resources for the Future

Friday, September 17, 2004

"Creating the Department of Homeland Security"
James Loy, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Sharon Caudle, Assistant Director for Homeland Security
Charles Kieffer, Deputy Staff Director