The Conferences Committee works as a large-scale event planning program and allows student members to gain unique opportunities and insights into the process of organizing and managing events from ideation to execution. Beyond providing students with hands-on experience in balancing a range of responsibilities — including scheduling, publicity, financial management, hospitality, and communications — that can be carried into a broad range of career paths, this committee places undergraduates at the forefront of these planning processes.

This semester, Conferences Committee will be working on planning a reimagined conference for college students nationwide focused on a variety of political topics and civic engagement. However, beyond this semester, this program is responsible for aiding in the planning and execution of the Campaign Managers Conference (every four years), Seminar for Newly Elected Mayors (biennially in odd-numbered years), Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress (every two years), and the National Campaign Conference for Civic and Political Engagement (every Spring). 

Student contacts:

Andrew Zonneveld, 

Jack Kelly, 

Staff contact:


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