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Davenport Discussions

Bill Vogeli speaks at a Davenport Discussion - Pepperdine University

Each semester at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, the Davenport Institute hosts a series of lunchtime Davenport Discussions with practitioners, journalists, innovators, and researchers who speak to students on a wide range of issues from state and local finance to the use of technology in government to the outlook for cities in a state budget crisis and much more. These interactive sessions give students an opportunity not only to hear from experts in the field but to ask questions and make personal connections as well.

 For upcoming Davenport Discussions, please view our event calendar.

Explore Past Davenport Discussion Speakers: 

2015-2016

 

James Prieger
Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine School of Public Policy
"The Stimulus Bill for Broadband: What Did We Get for Our Money?" 

Lindsay Young
Developer at 18F
"Federal Government 2.0: Bringing Technology to the White House"

David Campt
Author, "Read the Room for Real"
"How Much Civic Engagement do We Really Want?"

Luke Thompson
Special Adviser and Chief Empiricist at Right to Rise USA
"Lawyers, Ads, and Money: How Campaigns Raise and Spend Money in the Pursuit of Victory"

Angela Hawken
Associate Professor Of Public Policy
"A Beta Test for Beta Gov"

Brad "Brick" Connors
Former Commander, Naval Base Ventura County
"Top Gun Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities at Naval Base Ventura County"

Michael Walsh
Journalist, Author, Screenwriter 
"The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West"

2014 - 2015

Nick Bowden
Founder & CEO, MindMixer.com
"Mixing Policy Minds Online: The Story of MindMixer.com"

Ingrid Hardy
Community Services Superintendent, City of Santa Clarita
"Local Government: Where the Action Is"

Daniel G. Newman
Co-founder & President, MapLight
"Mapping the Paths of Political Contributions"

Pete Peterson (MPP '07)
2014 Candidate for California Secretary of State
"Lessons from the Campaign Trail"

2013 - 2014

Zachary Bookman
Co-founder & CEO, OpenGov, Inc
"OpenGov: When Technology Forces Transparency"

Haley Firestone Jessup
Director of Major Gifts, DirectRelief
"Solution Revolution: Leading in a Global Nonprofit without Government Support"

Magda Gonzales
City Manager, East Palo Alto
SPP City Manager in Residence, 2014

2012 - 2013

Dennis Donohue
Former Mayor, Salinas, CA
"Can California Cities Lead the Way Forward?"

Vance Hickin
California Digital Director, Obama for America
"How they Did it: Obama's 2012 Online Campaign"

Kevin Klowdon
Director of the California Center, Milkin Institute
"California State Finances: Happy Days are Here Again?"

Tim O'Donnell
City Manager, Brea
SPP City Manager in Residence, 2013

Troy Senik (MPP '07)
Editor, ricochet.com
"The Worst Union in America"

2011 - 2012

Rick Bishop
Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments
"Thinking Globally, Acting Regionally: The Importance of Regional Governance to California's Future"

Ken Hampian
Former City Manager, San Luis Obispo and former Interim City Manager, City of Bell
"When a City Fails: What I Learned About Leadership in Bell" (SPP City Manager in Residence, 2012)

Steve Malanga
Sr. Editor, City Journal and Sr. Fellow, Manhattan Institute
"Cali to Business: Get out!"

James Prieger
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine School of Public Policy
with
Victor Abalos
Director of Communication, California Forward
"California's Civic Engagement: Why We Lag and How We Can Improve"

William Voegeli
Sr. Editor, Claremont Review of Books and author, Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State
"Just Say No: The Case for Anti-tax Absolutism"

2010 - 2011

Brian Anderson
Editor, City Journal and scholar, Manhattan Institute
"The Power of the Laptop: How Writing Influenced Policy"

Rod Gould
City Manager, City of Santa Monica
SPP City Manager in Residence, 2011

Vance Hicken
Manager, California Forward
"Us Now: A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet"

Kay Hymowitz
William E. Simon Fellow, Manhattan Institute
"Manning Up: How the Rise of Women has Turned Men into Boys"