The Social Activism + Politics Office Hours is an event for students and recent graduates to get a better understanding of what it takes to have a career in social activism and politics. The panel of speakers includes young professionals who work for politicians, NGOs, and more. The panelists will provide expert insight about what it’s like working in these fields, networking, and rising through the ranks. After the main panel, there will be a fun group activity, as well as a chance to speak one-on-one with the panelists!


Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Venue: WeWork Dupont Circle

Doors Open: 7:00pm

Panel Starts: 7:15pm

Food will be provided from our friends at sweetgreen!

*Capacity is limited so make sure to show up early

 

PANELISTS

CLAY DUMAS
CHIEF OF STAFF @ WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF DIGITAL STRATEGY

Clay is the Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Digital Strategy. Previously he worked in the chief of staff's office, where he served as a special assistant to the president's senior advisor and to the deputy chief of staff for operations. Before joining the White House, Clay worked for President Obama's reelection campaign for the deputy campaign manager. He also spent a few months on the 2013 presidential inauguration team. Clay went to Harvard where he graduated with a degree in Social Studies.

ERIC WALDO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR @ MICHELLE OBAMA'S REACH HIGHER INITIATIVE

As Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, Waldo is working to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their post-secondary education, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a 2-year or 4-year college or university. His role cuts across policy, advocacy, and community engagement to further the President’s North Star goal—that by 2020, the U.S. once again leads the world in terms of college graduates.  Previously he served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Education, Deputy Staff Counsel for the 2007-2008 Obama Campaign,  and an attorney on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Waldo earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an A.B. from Brown University.

 

NELLE PIERSON
DEPUTY DIRECTOR @ WASHINGTON AREA BICYCLIST ASSOCIATION

Like most kids, Nelle started biking around her neighborhood to get out on her own or adventure with friends. And like most college students, she started biking as an adult because it was the most affordable and only transportation option. It wasn't long before she saw, learned, and started talking up how powerful biking can be for individuals, communities– how biking can start to address many deep and troubling structural issues cities face. So after graduating with a degree in Political Science, Nelle moved across the country to become a bike advocate in the nation's capitol. She interned in a Congressional Committee, interned in DC's Department of Transportation, and then started working for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). She started as WABA’s events coordinator, moved up to manage their outreach and campaigns, and is now their Deputy Director. In the process she's championed a few key initiatives, learned a lot, and was named North America's Bike Advocate of the Year. In her free time, Nelle loves to hang out with her friends in the woods, on her stoop, or riding around town on her tandem.

ELIZA COLLINS
POLITICS REPORTER @ USA TODAY

Eliza is a USA TODAY politics reporter and the lead writer of the On Politics blog, where she focuses on the presidential election. Eliza joined USA TODAY this spring after two years at Politico. But USA TODAY isn’t new to her. She interned for the outlet twice during college on their breaking news and video teams. Eliza has known she wanted to be a reporter since she was 14 years old and fell in love with Washington and political journalism during her internships. Eliza graduated from University of Oregon with a double major in Journalism and Chinese. When she’s not working she likes to spend time outside and she’s currently focused on trying to cook meals without burning everything.