Policy, Public Affairs & Government

Ambassador Rick Barton teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as the co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiatives and Ullman Fellowships.  He has served as an American ambassador to the United Nations and the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations, and he was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations under former president Barack Obama.
Tyronda (Ty) Gibson is the Sustainable Communities Pilot Manager at Fannie Mae, a financial services company that provides housing finance in the American housing industry. As the Sustainable Communities Pilot Manager, Ty is responsible for fostering creative programs that ensure affordable homes in safe neighborhoods are available along with access to good schools, medical facilities, grocery stores that sell healthy foods and other community-related services. Ty studied math and economics in college, and began work as a data analyst post-graduation, where she found that the work wasn’t fulfilling. One week on a trip to Atlanta, Ty joined a friend on a trip to an inner city neighborhood and saw up close and personal what an ‘underserved’ community looked and smelled like.  She was instantly moved to tears and decided to pursue a career that would support communities in creating more affordable, safe housing for all Americans.
Peter Loge is an expert in the realm of politics in public policy, serving in senior positions for three members of the House of Representatives, the late Senator Kennedy, and under the Obama Administration. In his impressive career as a strategic and communications consultant, Peter has worked as a senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a position which was created for him. Today as an associate professor at The George Washington University, Peter imparts his wisdom regarding management and communication on Media and Public Affairs students. On this caffeinated career conversation, he shares it with Java Junkies, answering ten rapid fire espresso shot questions regarding his career, working in Washington, and what he looks for in the people he hires. You may be surprised by what you find out!
Dr. Janet Yellen, the first-ever Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, is a leading voice and expert on the American economy and more broadly, in the field of Economics, specifically the workforce and unemployment. Serving from 2014 to 2018 as Chairwoman and 2010 to 2014 as Vice Chairwoman, Dr. Yellen’s commitment to economic welfare has profoundly influenced thousands of lives. During Dr. Yellen’s tenure, the American economy saw a period of economic prosperity, with a steady decline in unemployment. Prior to her work at the Federal Reserve, Dr. Yellen was Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton. She also served as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Today, Dr. Yellen is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Brookings Institution. If you’re considering a career in economics or want to learn more about the field, press play for insights from one of the world’s most highly regarded economics professionals!
Arthur Brooks is President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. where Dr. Brooks works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success. Dr. Brooks’ path to the nation’s capital was anything but typical. At 19, he left college to play the French horn, professionally. He toured internationally and recorded several albums, eventually landing in the City Orchestra of Barcelona.  In his late 20s, Brooks’ returned to the US and completed his bachelor’s degree by correspondence at Thomas Edison State College majoring in Economics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in public policy, focusing on microeconomics and mathematical modeling. After completing his doctorate, he spent 10 years as a professor of public administration. Described by NBC News as “the Republican Party’s poverty guru,” Dr. Brooks has helped make poor and vulnerable Americans a key focus for AEI and for the conservative movement. AEI scholars have emerged as an unrivaled source for creative thinking on poverty, opportunity, and free enterprise.
Emily Schaefer is a Policy Advisor at the global humanitarian and development organization, Mercy Corps. But that was far from her first job at Mercy Corps.  In 2013, Emily got her foot in the door as an intern on the Policy and Advocacy team. Following her internship she got another break when a job opened up for the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Global Engagement & Policy (spoiler alert:  Andrea was in that role) and Office Administrator. Emily held those 2 positions for 2 years before getting promoted yet again to become an Associate Policy Advisor. Since then Emily has steadily climbed the ladder at Mercy Corps on the Policy team. Prior to her time at Mercy Corps, Emily interned at the U.S. State Department in the Office of the Senior Advisor for Innovation. Emily attended McDaniel College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and double major in Political Science and International Studies, with a focus in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Dr. Alan Rosenblatt is a political and digital strategist, researcher and professor and probably the most social media-savvy non-millennial you’ve ever met. He is currently a Principal at turner4D and the Director of Digital Research at Lake Research Partners, where he uses his social media expertise to assist Democratic and progressive campaigns. Alan’s goal is to show people not just how to work social media, but how to use it strategically to build an engaged audience and influence changemakers. After graduating from Tufts with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, Alan continued his studies in political science, earning an M.A. at Boston College and his Ph.D. at American University in the field. He began his work in digital strategizing and analysis back in 1995, when he created and taught one of the first-ever classes on the politics of cyberspace at George Mason University. Since then, he’s held many jobs relating to his research, teaching at the college level, running political blogs, and creating social media strategies. He says he is active on just about every social media platform that exists, so you’ll have an easy time finding him on Twitter at @Dr.Digipol.
Ambassador Rick Barton currently teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as the co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiatives and Ullman Fellowships.  He has served as an American ambassador to the United Nations and the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations, and he was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations under former president Barack Obama.  He has led conflict management initiatives in crisis zones across the globe, in countries as diverse as Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria and Turkey. Ambassador Barton is dedicated to advancing peaceful democratic change. In business, politics and government service, he pursues this challenge by building organizations and partnerships that are: driven by mission and principles; committed to learning and mutual respect; and measured by impact. He believes leadership is most likely to be effective if there is a sincere effort to develop a common understanding of what is most important, a clear set of priority actions, an integrated team, independent measures of progress and tireless communication. Over the past twenty years, Ambassador Barton has worked in 40+ countries, engaging with local people and opportunities to catalyze progress. When you expand trust, seek innovation, and encourage ingenuity, risk taking is rewarded.
Madeline Rose is a Senior Global Advocacy Advisor at Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development NGO, where she works to create and implement public policies to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. She’s a policy expert and advocacy strategist with innovative problem-solving skills, evidenced by her success in designing Mercy Corps’ first globally coordinated advocacy campaign, which she now leads. Her current focus is passing a bill called the “Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018” in the U.S. Congress that will help end violence in Guatemala, Nigeria, Iraq and many other conflict-affected countries. Madeline travels frequently and works with her Mercy Corps colleagues in countries around the world to find out what may be driving violence in their countries in order to identify solutions to stopping it. Madeline studied Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College and during her time there, interned with the United Nations. After graduating, Madeline moved to D.C. and worked in the Capitol Hill office of former Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) as a Legislative Correspondent and Staff Assistant. It was in Rep. Honda’s office that Madeline learned the value of mentorship and truly kicked off her career. Since then, she’s worked her way up at Mercy Corps, moving from policy advisor up to her current title. Where others focus on finding problems, Madeline focuses on creating solutions to make the world a better place.
Peter Loge is an expert in the realm of politics in public policy, serving in senior positions for three members of the House of Representatives, the late Senator Kennedy, and under the Obama Administration. In his impressive career as a strategic and communications consultant, Peter has worked as a senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a position which was created for him. Drawing from his experience, he penned the book Soccer Thinking For Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World’s Game. In this work Peter demonstrates to readers, through comparison with the sport of soccer, how working as a team towards a common goal can lead to a business’ success in the present day fast-paced working world. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Peter is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University school of Media and Public Affairs Students, sharing his wisdom on communications, politics, and management. On this episode of T4C, we bring all that and more to you!
Jose Castaneda is the Communications Manager for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) the trade association for the high tech sector -- from hardware to software to services -- representing the most innovative technology brands in the world.   In this role Jose drafts blog posts for ITI’s policy teams, manages media relations with reporters and leads ITI’s social media efforts. It’s not what he thought he’d be doing when he graduated from the University of Florida, in May 2015, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, but fortunately for Jose, it’s a job that plays to his strengths: lots of writing, networking and public speaking.  
Sanam Rastegar speaks 5 languages -- 3 of them fluently.  She also had 3 interesting summer internships at Independent Talent Group Limited in London, Maclaren and Hermès that she believes helped her hone skills that she's putting to use now in her job as a Senior Associate at McLarty Associates, a boutique firm specializing in international strategic consulting.  In those internships, Sanam got to try her hand at marketing, merchandising and assisting other full-time employees in important tasks.
Arthur Brooks is an impressive guy. He is a NYT’s bestselling author, a social scientist, and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington, D.C where Brooks works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success. He's also a guru on how to build a happy work-life balance.

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