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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

Director of Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
Sheila Dugan is Director of Cities at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining GovEx, Sheila worked on state and national broadband adoption programs. As a 2013 Code for America fellow, Sheila helped the City of Oakland develop RecordTrac... Read More →
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Ferki Ferati

President, The Jefferson Educational Society
Dr. Ferki Ferati has been with The Jefferson Educational Society since its founding in 2008. He was appointed as its President in 2017.During his tenure with the Jefferson, Dr. Ferati has supervised more than 900 programs, including the nationally recognized annual Global Summit speaker... 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... 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... Read More →


Kelsey Huelsman

Scribe, Volunteer

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