A Conference on Making Government Work

Date & Time Apr 11 - 12 2019 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
See agenda for panelists
Audience Restricted to SPIA graduate students

Conference Agenda - Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2019

Thursday, April 11

4:30-4:45 PM – Welcome: Karen L. McGuinness, MPA *85, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Woodrow Wilson School

4:45-5:45 PM – Opening Remarks: Michael Huerta, MPA *80, Former Administrator of the FAA

6:00 PM – Proceed to Reception/Dinner

6:15 PM – Reception at Palmer House

7:00-9:00 PM – Dinner at Palmer House with Students and Speakers

10:00 PM – Guests Proceed to Hotel

Friday, April 12

8:00-9:00 AM – Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM – Introduction to the Day: Steven Strauss, Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School

9:15-10:30 AM – Session I: Making Urban Government Work – What is the role of Innovation and Technology?

  • Moderator: Jennifer Widner, Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Nigel Jacob, Co-founder Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Founder and Director, Experimentalista
  • Stacey Matlen, Senior Mobility Strategist at City of Detroit Office of Mobility Innovation
  • Micah Lasher, Head of Policy and Communications at Sidewalk Labs

10:30-10:45 AM – Networking Break

10:45AM-Noon – Session II: Making Government Work – Bloomberg Associates
Bloomberg Associations represents a bold new approach to making government work better combining elements of management consulting with philanthropy. In this session we will discuss some of their existing work, clients and methodologies.

  • Moderator: Ernesto Freire, Chief of Staff, Bloomberg Associates
  • Troy Schulte, City Manager City of Kansas City, MO
  • Brian Kelsey, Chief Strategy Officer, Nashville Mayor's Office
  • Richard Cox, Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta, GA

Noon-1:30 PM – Session III:  Lunch Roundtable Discussions

  • Public Sector Consulting
    • Ernesto Freire, Chief of Staff, Bloomberg Associates
  • Alumni table:
    • Lisa McNeilly, MPA*94
    • Katie Hammer, MPA*11
    • Adam Petkun, MPA*10
  • Planning for the City of Tomorrow:
    • Gabriella Gómez-Mont
    • Stacey Matlen
    • Carl Weisbrod
    • Santiago Garces
  • What do startup and early stage investors do?
    • Tony Clancy
    • Stonly Baptiste
    • Ben Berkowitz
    • Jessica Lawrence Quinn
  • Philanthropy and the Not-for-Profit Sector:
    • Maureen Conway
    • Faiza Issa

1:30-1:45 PM – Return to Plenary Room

1:45-3:00 PM – Session IV: Making Government Work: A Practitioner Perspective

  • Moderator: Patricia Kirkland, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Carl Weisbrod, Senior Advisor, HR&A Advisors, Board Member MTA, Former Chairman NYC Planning Commission, Former President of Trinity Church Real Estate, Founding President NYC Economic Corporation
  • Anthony Shorris, MPA *79,  Former First Deputy Mayor of NYC and Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Roy Kojo Jawara "Jay" Williams, President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

3:00-3:15 PM – Networking Break

3:15-4:30 PM – Session V: Alumni Panel

  • Moderator: Barbara Hampton, Director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Alisia Gill, MPA *96, Chief People Officer at NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
  • Katie Hammer, MPA *11,  Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of Detroit
  • Lisa McNeilly, MPA *94, Director of Sustainability, City of Baltimore
  • Midori Valdivia, MPA-URP *08,  Chief of Staff to MTA President, Metropolitan Transportation Agency

4:30-4:45 PM – Closing Remarks: Jeffrey Oakman, MPA *03, Associate Director of Finance and Administration, Graduate Program Office, Office of Graduate Career Services, Woodrow Wilson School

4:45-5:45 PM – Reception