Shana Udvardy’s article, “5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief,” was published in June of 2017. In the article, Udvardy draws from her expertise as a climate preparedness specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She posits that Congress should waste no time confirming the newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, Brock Long. It appears Udvardy’s plea to Congress paid off: In late June of 2017, shortly after Udvardy’s article was published, Brock was confirmed as FEMA’s next administrator by the U.S. Senate with an overwhelming majority. More information about Udvardy and her article can be found here.
U.S. Coast Guard Commander Christian Lee began his most recent assignment: as a Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Commander Lee’s selection as a U.S. Coast Guard Fellow comes after his recent graduation from the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned his M.S. degree in National Security Strategy. This is not Lee’s first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard. In a previous position, Lee served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot cutter ship, and its crew of 24.
Join us for an informal alumni meet up in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 13. Connect and network with Maxwell friends while welcoming recent graduates and summer students to D.C.!
Date & Location
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten
1216 18th Street, NW
(18th between M and Jefferson)
Second Floor Foosball Bar
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle
Please Note: Sauf Haus is a 21 and older space. All guests and patrons must possess a valid government-issued photo ID.
This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students. Light appetizers will be served; cash bar.
Anne Kagi is now senior associate at MPP Associates, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm specializing in nonprofit board development, strategic planning, and organizational development. Previously, she was liaison and youth program manager at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, also in D.C. In her new role, she guides staff and board members through agency growth, helps organizations develop implementation and evaluation plans, and supports partnerships between boards and chief executives. More info about her new position and MPP Associates can be found at: http://www.mmp-a.com/anne-kagi
Maxwell School Dean David M. Van Slyke and the Maxwell Advisory Board invite you to a timely discussion of policy issues made prominent during the first three months of the Trump presidency, such as health care finance, tax reform, immigration, national security, and protectionism.
We will be joined at this event by expert analysts Ryan Streeter, director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Heidi Shierholz, a senior policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Grant Reeher, director of Maxwell’s Campbell Public Affairs Institute, will moderate.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
5:30 p.m. Doors open
5:45 p.m. Program
Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M Street NW
McPherson Square Metro
This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.
Contact Jessica Murray at 315.443.2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More About the Participants
Heidi Shierholz is senior economist and director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute, heading the Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages and leading EPI’s efforts to advance a worker-centered policy agenda. From 2014 to 2017, she served as chief economist at the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor, helping to develop initiatives to boost workers’ rights, wages, and benefits; protect savings; and increase workplace safety.
Ryan Streeter is director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he oversees research in education, American citizenship, politics, public opinion, and social and cultural studies. He is former deputy chief of staff for policy for Indiana Governor Mike Pence and former special assistant for domestic policy to President George W. Bush. He was most recently executive director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin.
Grant Reeher is professor of political science and director of the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His specialties are American politics, political theory, health-care policy, citizenship and democracy, and public engagement. Research interests include democratic processes and the dynamics of representation, social justice, health care politics and policy, and legislative behavior.
This program is sponsored in part by the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy at the Maxwell School.
Eric Heighberger has been appointed to serve as the chief of staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is not his first appointment with FEMA. During the George W. Bush Administration he served as deputy director for legislative affairs, and later as advisor to former administrator David Paulison and deputy administrator Harvey Johnson. He also worked with FEMA’s Public Assistance program in New York City from 2001-2003, and was deployed with the same program after the 2004 hurricanes in Florida. In addition to his work with FEMA, from 2008-2009 he served on the White House Homeland Security Council as director of response policy. Aside from his positions with FEMA and the White House, he has worked in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. Prior to his current role with FEMA, from 2013-2017 he was deputy staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee. Additionally, he served as a professional staff member to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee from 2011-2012.
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