2018 Resident and Visiting Fellows

Fall 2018 Resident Fellows:

Amy Dacey served as CEO of the Democratic National Committee under President Obama, where she breathed new life into the organization and paved the way for the 2016 Presidential Election. Amy was responsible for the site selection and master contract negotiation of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Brittany Packnett is a national leader at the intersection of culture and social change. She is Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement for Teach For America and co-founder of Campaign Zero. Brittany is a former member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and contributes commentary on politics, culture, race and gender to Pod Save The People, Mic News, and more.

John Noonan is a senior defense advisor to Senator Tom Cotton, as well as national security advisor to the presidential campaigns of Governor Jeb Bush and defense policy advisor to Governor Mitt Romney. He is a former professional staff member on the House Committee on Armed Services. His study group will analyze the intersection of national security and politics, as well as the shifting geopolitical dynamics that are reshaping the post-World War II international order.

Joseph J. Heck served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and a term in the Nevada State Senate. As a physician, business owner, elected official, and member of the US Army Reserve, his career has focused on building teams to solve complicated problems. His study group will examine the importance of bipartisanship to the process of governing.

Margaret Talev is senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and a CNN political analyst. She is past president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the Washington Press Club Foundation. Her study group will examine how Donald Trump has changed presidential communications and the impact in the U.S. and around the world.

2018 Visiting Fellows (co-leading a study group entited Politics, Potholes, and Public Service):

Mitch Landrieu served as the 61st mayor of New Orleans (2010-2018) where he was credited with turning the city around following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. He recently launched the E Pluribus Unum Fund to work to bring people together across the South around the issues of race, equity, economic opportunity and violence. 

Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter is a past President of the United States Conference of Mayors as well as the Pennsylvania Municipal League. In January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security appointmented him to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He also serves on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council. While at the IOP, Mayor Nutter will remain the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University.

Antonio Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. He was elected President of the American Federation of Government Employees, a local union representing employees who enforced civil rights laws in five states. Over the next fifteen years, he continued to work as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, United Teachers Los Angeles and then served as President of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.In 1994, Villaraigosa was elected to the California State Assembly and three years later, was elected Assembly Speaker. In 2005, he was sworn in as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. As Mayor of Los Angeles. Villaraigosa was a candidate for Governor of California in 2018.