Washington Center

Center Forums Fall 2015

October 5, 2015: John Lawrence
John Lawrence Headshot

John Lawrence, former chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, discussed his 40 years on Capitol Hill and offered thoughts on the dysfunction of the current Congress. Lawrence teaches a class on Congress at the UC Washington Center.

October 19, 2015: Anne Gearan
Anne Gearan

Anne Gearan is a veteran Washington Post news reporter who is currently assigned to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

October 26, 2015: Justice Elena Kagan
Justice Elena Kagan

Justice Elena Kagan invited UCDC students for an intimate conversation at the Supreme Court of the United States.

November 2, 2015: Ann Ravel 

Ann Ravel

Ann Ravel is chair of the Federal Election Commission which oversees the financing of federal elections.

November 9, 2015: Networking Night

Professor Scott Talan led a micro-lecture on The Art of PersonalBranding and speed networking sessions for UC alumni and UCDC students. See pictures.

November 16, 2015: John Sampson
John Sampson

John Sampson, Director of Government Affairs for Microsoft and UCSD alum, discussed Microsoft’s push for high skilled immigrants, stricter patent laws and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

November 23, 2015: Richard MatthewJohn Sampson

Richard Matthew – UC Irvine professor, Director of the Blum Center for Global Engagement, and Director for the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs discussed the relationship between the environment and poverty.

November 30, 2015: Maria Teresa Kumar
Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar, president and founder of Voto Latino, told students that it wasn’t until she participated in UCDC as a UC Davis student in the 1990s that she first saw Latinos or African Americans wearing suits. “It was an eye-opening experience,’’ she said, realizing that could be her.

Kumar, whose organization now employs a handful of UCDC alum and has registered a quarter-million Latino and Latina voters, urged students to encourage their peers to participate in elections, noting that Millennials have the power to reshape American politics.