Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    Tuesday September 29 - 4:15pm

    Join us on Tuesday, September 29 at 4:15pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Jorge Vasquez, Jr. Jorge Vasquez, Jr. is the Director of the Power and Democracy Program with Advancement Project, a national non-partisan multi-racial, policy, communications, and legal action organization.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Jorge will be joined by special guest Jonathan Jayes-Green. Jonathan is an organizer, orator, strategist and believer. They are the former National Latinx Outreach Director for the Elizabeth Warren for President Campaign, where they focused on connecting the movement and the campaign in service of building big, structural change for Latinx and immigrant communities.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 9/29.

  2. Pizza and Politics- Leveraging Technology for Government Innovation and Modernization

    Wednesday September 30 - 7:00pm

    Matt Lira
    Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives White House Office of American Innovation

    RSVP for a Zoom Link 

    Matt is currently at the White House Office of American Innovation, where he works to coordinate priority policy initiatives for the office. For the past decade, Matt’s work has placed him at the crosssection of politics, government and the emerging digital economy. With a unique mixture of experiences in Congressional Leadership and national campaigns, he has gained first-hand insight into our nation’s political and governing institutions.

    Previously, Matt has served as Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Digital Director for then-VP Nominee Paul Ryan and a Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In these capacities, he served on the senior leadership staff, participated in daily strategy discussions on the issues facing the House of Representatives and worked to modernize Congressional institutions.

    Prior to returning to government, Lira served as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2014 election cycle – successfully defending every Republican Senate seat and gained nine seats, the largest Senate gain by either party since 1980.

    Throughout his work in government, Lira has aimed to forge trust and consensus by bringing people together to find areas where progress can be made. In an era of deep partisanship, his work has frequently earned the support of both sides of the aisle.

    In 2015, Matt served as an Institute of Politics Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, focused on the impact of the digital economy on politics and governance. In 2012, Matt was recognized by Tech Crunch as one of the “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy.”

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Political Union, Harvard Republican Club and the HKS Republican Caucus

  3. Study Group with Carol Giacomo

    Thursday October 1 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Carol Giacomo. Carol Giacomo was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 2007-2020 writing opinion pieces about all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    TOPIC: How is the Covid-19 pandemic changing the world in which we live, especially international power relationships?

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/1

  4. A conversation with Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign

    Thursday October 1 - 7:00pm

    The quest for equity and inclusion in the LGBTQ community has historically faced many obstacles and in these challenging times the urgency to protect marginalized and vulnerable communities is even more pressing.  With election 2020 front of mind, what will the LGBTQ community look like as we gaze down the two paths in front of us: a Biden Presidency or a second Trump term.  We bring together a prominent advocate and civil right leader with an academic thought leader to discuss the past, present and future of LGBTQ rights.

    RSVP to join the virtual JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  5. Study Group with Alice Stewart

    Tuesday October 6 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 6 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Alice Stewart. Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator, Communications Consultant, veteran Senior Communications Advisor on numerous presidential campaigns and an Emmy Award winning journalist.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/6

  6. Study Group with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

    Thursday October 8 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 8 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a social justice activist, educator and writer. Leading at the intersection of culture and justice, she has and continues to build platforms to amplify, educate, and activate everyday people to take transformative action against every form of injustice.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/8

  7. Study Group with Mayor Michael Nutter

    Tuesday October 13 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Nutter. Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As mayor, he managed the City of Philadelphia through the Great Recession, and the City's credit rating was upgraded to “A” by the three major credit agencies for the first time since the 1970s.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/13

  8. Study Group with IOP Fellow Chasten Buttigieg

    Thursday October 15 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 15 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Chasten Buttigieg. Chasten Buttigieg is an author and LGBTQ+ advocate, who received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cashier, bartender, and most recently a middle school drama and humanities teacher.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/15

  9. Study Group with Carol Giacomo

    Thursday October 22 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 22 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Carol Giacomo. Carol Giacomo was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 2007-2020 writing opinion pieces about all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/22

  10. Study Group with Alice Stewart

    Tuesday October 27 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Alice Stewart. Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator, Communications Consultant, veteran Senior Communications Advisor on numerous presidential campaigns and an Emmy Award winning journalist.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/2

  11. Study Group with Alice Stewart

    Tuesday October 27 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Alice Stewart. Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator, Communications Consultant, veteran Senior Communications Advisor on numerous presidential campaigns and an Emmy Award winning journalist.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/2

  12. Study Group with Mayor Michael Nutter

    Thursday October 29 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 29 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Nutter. Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As mayor, he managed the City of Philadelphia through the Great Recession, and the City's credit rating was upgraded to “A” by the three major credit agencies for the first time since the 1970s.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/29