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Thursday, April 13 • 9:00am - 9:50am
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There is a gap between the worldview of elite policy institutions - “think tanks” - and the concerns of citizens in the United States of America, as could not have been more vividly illustrated than by the 2016 Presidential election. How can organizations explicitly conceived as “universities without students” listen to the rest of the country beyond their walls? There is a real hunger for policy solutions in hundreds of communities across the nation. Can think tanks adapt to meet this opportunity?

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Hana Passen

Associate Director, New America National Network, New America
Hana Passen is the Associate Director for New America’s National Network. Her responsibilities include project management for the Reinventing the Think Tank Initiative and coordinating New America’s growth into a nationally networked organization.

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Sheila Dugan

Senior Implementation Advisor, Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
At the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, Sheila works with cities on strengthening their open data and performance management programs. She worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
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Ferki Ferati

Executive Director, The Jefferson Educational Society
Mr. Ferki Ferati has been with The Jefferson Educational Society since its founding in 2008, first as Director of Research and Operations, but was quickly promoted to Executive Director in 2009 and then to Vice President in 2013. During those six years, Mr. Ferati has supervised more than 600 programs, including the nationally-recognized annual Global Summit speaker series. He also oversees various publications, such as the Jefferson Essays and... Read More →
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Jennifer Park

Associate Director, What Works Cities, Results for America
Jennifer Park is the associate director for Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities. She joined What works Cities in April 2015 and is leading the Community of Cities, a peer-learning network for cities. She previously served as coordinator for the Work on Purpose program at Echoing Green, a nonprofit with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. In this role, she supported the design and... Read More →
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Joda Thongnopnua

Executive Director, Metro Ideas Project
Joda Thongnopnua is the Executive Director of the Metro Ideas Project, a non-profit policy research startup dedicated to bringing smart solutions to the tough challenges facing local governments. Previously, Joda led communications efforts at Lamp Post Group, a venture capital firm in Chattanooga working to build the infrastructure necessary to support a tech hub in the Southeast. | | Prior to that, he worked with creatives and entrepreneurs... Read More →


Kelsey Huelsman

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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