WWS Calendar

A Conference on Making Government Work

Apr 11, 2019 04:30PM to Apr 12, 2019 06:00PM
Louis A. Simpson International Building
Restricted to WWS graduate students

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

Thursday, April 11

4:30-4:45 PM


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

Session II: Making Government Work – Bloomberg Associates

Summary: 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