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DC Policy Scholars Program and DC Events

Troy Senik - SPP Alumni

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy hosts a wide variety of program and events in Washington, DC, and at the Pepperdine DC campus located in the heart of the nation's capital. The School of Public Policy continually expands our presence in DC through our, "Evening Conversations Series" hosted in partnership with the Trinity Forum; a variety of three-day certificate programs and our DC Policy Scholars Program.

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Past California to Capitol Hill Conversations: 

  Social Capital Summit

June 4, 2019

An afternoon of panels and speakers will outline both the challenges and opportunities for applying what we've called a "conservatism of connection" to specific policy prescriptions.

Americans agree that our democracy is threatened by a profound polarization in our politics. They do not agree on what we can do to solve this at a systemic level. Three years ago, a group of center-right activists, thought leaders and academics began gathering to better diagnose the problem and offer solutions. Dubbed the "American Project," this unique academic/activist initiative is based at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.

Though coming from a variety of backgrounds, the central argument of the "Project" is that a robust communitarian conservatism is essential to responding to this era known for its "loneliness" and alienation. But what does this historical/philosophical discussion mean for actual policymakers?

  GSE Reform: Will 2019 Finally Mean an End to the Conservatorship?

February 19, 2019

Mike Calhoun, President, Center for Responsible Lending Landon Parsons, Moelis & Company

Tom Vartanian, Program on Financial Regulation & Technology, George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School

Gerron Levi, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Ron Haynie, Independent Community Bankers Association

Michela Zonta, Senior Policy Analyst, Housing team at the Center for American Progress

   The Future of American Retirement

Protecting Taxpayers from the Politicizing of Public Pension Accounts

September 25, 2018

Christopher Burnham, President & Founder, Inst. for Pension Fund Integrity

Hon. Kathleen Kennedy, Townsend, Chief Executive, Center for Retirement Initiatives, Georgetown University

Michael Belsky, Executive Director, Center for Municipal Finance (University of Chicago, Harris School

Wayne Winegarden, PhD, Sr. Fellow, Pacific Research Institute

Hon. Joshua Gotbaum, Guest Scholar, Brookings Institute

   The Future of Housing

Protecting Taxpayers and Ensuring a Robust Secondary Housing Market

July 25, 2017

Ron Haynie, Independent Community Bankers Association

Landon Parsons, Moelis & Co.

Michael Stegman, Bipartisan Policy Center

Richard Green, Lusk Center for Real Estate, University of Southern California

Gerron Levi, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Lorraine Woellert, POLITICO PRO Financial Services Reporter