The Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service announced Monday the addition of seven new members and an expansion from 15 to 18 members to its advisory board, a team made up of professional political and policy experts who plan out the organization’s direction and provide support for current projects.
New members of the advisory board include a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, Mary Cheney, who also served as managing partner of the public policy firm New Troy Strategies; former White House Deputy Director of Political Affairs and Special Assistant to President Obama Patrick Dillon (COL ’99); Funny or Die D.C. Managing Director and Executive Producer Brad Jenkins; CNN Senior Political Correspondent Brianna Keilar; Co-Founder and Former Chief Operating Officer of Politico Kim Kingsley; Americas Tax Policy Leader at professional services firm Ernst & Young Cathy Koch (GRD ’94); Airbnb’s Head of Global Communications and Strategic Engagement Kim Rubey (COL ’96) and Clark Hill PLC Chair Charlie Spies (LAW ’98).
GU Politics, founded last year as a part of the McCourt School of Public Policy, serves as a political hub for Georgetown, regularly hosting speakers and other policy-based programs.
Executive Director of GU Politics Mo Elleithee (SFS ’94) said the advisory board members were chosen based on their dedication to connecting students to politics through a lens of community service.
“We’re always looking for top names in politics, government and media that share our commitment to engaging young people about improving our political system and encouraging them to see politics as a noble vehicle for public service,” Elleithee wrote in an email to The Hoya.
Elleithee said extra seats were added to the board in order keep up with the fast pace that GU Politics set in its first year and to help support a growing agenda throughout the upcoming academic year.
“Like last year’s board, this dynamic and diverse set of professionals will continue to help us shape our programming and the future of GU Politics,” Elleithee wrote. “We expanded our Advisory Board from 15 to 18 members in hopes of doing more and better programming for all Georgetown students. We are grateful to each of them for their service.”
In addition, Elleithee said GU Politics ensured members were added in the spirit of bipartisanship in order to reflect the varying political identities of Georgetown students as a whole.
“Not all Hoyas are cut from the same political cloth. We wanted to bring on advisers of all political stripes – Democrats, Republicans and those who lean more independent or neutral, like journalists,” Elleithee wrote. “Their unique political positions, experiences, and networks will help us form programming that aligns with the interests of as many Georgetown students as possible.”
Dillon, one of the new members of the board, worked as a GU Politics Spring 2016 fellow last semester. Dillon said he is excited by what lies ahead for him as an advisory board member.
“I’m excited to be a part of it,” Dillon said. “It’s really been a great experience. In fact, one of the real highlights of my current career was to be in the Institute as a fellow last semester, and so now to get a chance to continue working with a great team at the Institute and the really amazing students is a really special opportunity and something that I feel honored by but also energized by.”
Connor Maytnier (COL ’17), who served as a convention ambassador for GU Politics at the Republican National Convention in July, said he is eager to work with the organization’s new additions and the diverse group of policy experts.
“The announcement of the new advisory board members has been very exciting.” Maytnier said. “The composition of the advisory board shows that politics and public service come in many forms and that there are many roads for us as students to explore.”
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