Meet Our Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC is strategically located to gather the most prestigious group of speakers our nation’s Capital can generate.  From Ambassadors, Business Executives, and Tribal Chiefs to an endless array of Champions of Change.  Our Club Members, and visitors to our weekly meetings, receive an impressive amount of intellectually-stimulating, heart-warming presentations each week.   Further, on this page, is a sample of speakers whom have recently spoken at our Club…

Upcoming Speakers

October 5th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Club Assembly and Community Service Grants Open House

President, Marilyn Nevy Cruz
Please join Club President, Marilyn Nevy Cruz for the Club Assembly and Community Service Grants Open House.

October 12th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States

Ambassador Alfonso Quiñónez
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of América, Alfonso Quiñónez was the Public Affairs Manager for Cementos Progreso in Guatemala.  Ambassador Quiñónez has held a number of positions within the Organization of American States (OAS), most recently as Executive Secretary for the Summit of the Americas and Secretary for External Relations.
Previously, Ambassador Quiñónez served for five years as the Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development. He joined the OAS in July 2001 as Director of the Department of Cooperation Policies.  Before joining the OAS, Alfonso Quiñónez was a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service, having held positions in Spain and the United States as Deputy Chief of Mission and as Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.

 
Ambassador Quiñónez is a member of the Board of the US-Guatemala Business Council, the Board of Advisors of the Inter American Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Development Foundation, where he heads the Strategic Planning Committee.  He has held different positions in international organizations and academia, such as member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where he chaired its Finance Committee; member of the Advisory Board of the Master's Program in Integral Economic Development at the Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics; and lecturer at the United States Foreign Service Institute on Latin American and Caribbean issues.  He is also professor at the School of Political Studies and International Relations at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala.  He is married and has two children.
 
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
  Fellow at the School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland, Foreign Policy Making studies
• Fellow at the Inter-American Defense College
• Georgetown University, LLM Common Law Studies
• Francisco Marroquin University of Guatemala, Law
 

October 19th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Director for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSID) in the Office of Post-Secondary Education

Beatriz Ceja-Williams is the Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSID) in the Office of Post-Secondary Education.  The HSID is responsible for the administration of the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans, and the HSI STEM and Articulation programs.  Prior to this role, she served as a Program Manager for the Teacher Quality Programs in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. 

As a Program Manager, she oversaw the administration of several discretionary programs including: Race to the Top District, Teacher Quality Partnership, School Leadership, Supporting Effective Educators, and Transition to Teaching.  Mrs. Ceja-Williams has also served as the federal liaison to the states of Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the U.S. Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program.  Mrs. Ceja-Williams has presented at numerous education conferences on school leadership, teacher quality, migrant students, and cultural literacy.  Fellowships include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship Program, the Department’s Excellence is Government Fellows Program, and the Executive Leadership Program. 

She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and Special Education from George Washington University.


 

November 2nd 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting

Founder & CEO, Richard Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts

Dr. Marco Clark is a well-respected educator, forward-thinking innovator, exemplary author, polarizing public speaker, and veteran in the world of urban education. Dr. Clark currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Richard Wright Public Charter Schools for Journalism and Media Arts in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work as Founder and CEO, he is Chairman of “Man the Block,” an organization focused on providing safe passage for students to and from school.

Dr. Clark serves on the Board of Trustees for the Beta Psi 1923 Foundation. Dr. Clark continues to be an advocate for various youth groups, civic organizations, and other nonprofit organizations focused on restoring trust in public school education.

At age 10, Dr. Clark became a spelling bee champion. Ironically, by age 11, a guidance counselor labeled Dr. Clark as a functional illiterate. This label disrupted his educational journey for many years. However, it was that label that eventually sparked Dr. Clark’s fight against illiteracy and the need for student development and worldwide advocacy. Through the unwavering support of his parents, Dr. Clark was able to make it through high school and go on to Clark Atlanta University, where he met a professor, Dr. Johnny L. Wilson, who recognized his potential, believed in him, and helped him shape his educational path and platform for the years to come. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Secondary Education from Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Clark went on to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education from Coppin State University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Goucher College, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Morgan State University. By the age of 34, almost 25 years after being labeled as a functional illiterate, Dr. Clark emerged as a noted educator and scholar.

Dr. Clark has been featured in JET magazine, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times discussing his battles with reading as a youth and his educational reform efforts to fight against world illiteracy and community issues throughout the country.

Many political figures have acknowledged Dr. Clark’s ability to offer a fresh mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to motivating troubled youth and mobilizing communities. Historical icon, the late Congressman John Lewis (Democrat for the 8th District of Georgia) exhorted Dr. Clark’s unique ability to identify with students sparking their desire to achieve.

Dr. Clark has received numerous awards and appeared on hundreds of talk shows, as well as serving as keynote speaker in various venues across the country. Dr. Clark also serves as the Education Contributor for Patty Jackson’s Re-Wind Show on WDAS 105.3 FM, Philadelphia. Dr. Marco Clark is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a continued advocate for educational and social change. His motto is “You can’t beat a person who is determined to win.”


 

November 9th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Curator of Military History
Division of Political and Military History
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution


Frank A. Blazich, Jr., PhD
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Frank Blazich, Jr. specializes in the American military experience in the twentieth century.  A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he holds a doctorate in modern American history from The Ohio State University (2013).  His dissertation, “Economics of Emergencies: North Carolina, Civil Defense, and the Cold War, 1940-1963,” examined the confluence of civil defense, natural disasters, and economic development, leading to the evolution of the state’s modern emergency management agency.

Following his doctoral studies, Blazich served as the historian at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, California before moving to Washington, D.C. to serve as a historian in the History and Archives Division of Naval History and Heritage Command.  From June to December 2016, Blazich served as the historian on Task Force Netted Navy working for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

In January 2017, he assumed his current position as curator of modern military history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.  His first edited book, Bataan Survivor: A POW’s Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II, was published by the University of Missouri Press in February 2017.  His second book, “An Honorable Place in American Air Power”: Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Operations, 1943-1943, was published by Air University Press in December 2020.

Additionally, he has published articles, essays, blog posts, book reviews and delivered public talks on numerous topics relating to modern American military history.  His work has appeared in the Journal of Military History, Naval War College Review, The Northern Mariner, North Carolina Historical Review, Army History, Naval History, Air Power History, Marine Corps History, War on the Rocks, Volunteer Magazine, Center for International Maritime History, The Sextant, Seabee Magazine Online, Smithsonian Magazine Online, and the Washington Post.

He is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for the Society for Military History and the National Historian Emeritus of the Civil Air Patrol at the rank of colonel.  He received the Air Force Historical Foundation’s Best Article Award in 2019 for his article “‘Definitely Damaged or Destroyed’ Reexamining Civil Air Patrol’s Wartime Claims,” published in the Spring 2019 issue of Air Power History. He recently received the Keith Matthews Award for Best Article from the Canadian Nautical Research Society for his piece “Inventors and Innovators: Naval Lighterage and Anglo-American Success in the Amphibious Invasions of German-Occupied Europe,” published in the Summer 2021 issue of Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord. Blazich is currently a Knight Commander in the Order of Prince Danilo I of the House of Petrovi?-Njegoš.  He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Nicole, and son William.

 

November 30th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary and Chief of Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United States


His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary and Chief of Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United States
of America, with concurrent accreditation to Brazil, Canada, the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, the Plurinational State of Bolivia,
Republic of Chile, and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

For further academic pursuit, His Excellency Wai migrated to the United States in 1972.
He earned a B.A Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Fordham University in
New York City, and continued graduate studies in Public Policy and Organization Theory
at the prestigious New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
His over 35-years of professional experience in public safety, public health care
advocacy, diplomacy, community relations, and social empowerment in the United
States include positions as Deputy Director of the Institute of African-American Affairs at
New York University, Community Liaison for the Brooklyn Borough President, and
Division Chief at the New York Housing Authority.  For ten of those years, he served as
Community Affairs Advisor to several Commissioners of the City of New York Police
Department (NYPD), among the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States,
during which time he mediated many public safety disputes and authored the “Police
Body-Worn Camera” (BWC) program as a tool to improve police community relations in
crime reduction in New York City.

In 2018, he was appointed by the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Retired
Brigadier, Dr. Julius Maada Bio to represent his country in the diplomatic arena. In that
position, His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai has earned the reputation as a
prominent figure in the Ambassadorial Community of African Nations in the United
States, being elected and serving as Secretary-General for the Economic Community of
West African States (ECOWAS) Ambassadors’ Group and Co-Chair for Diaspora
Engagement and Public Affairs Committee for the African Union Ambassadors’ Group.

Since assuming office in Washington, D.C. in his position as Ambassador of Sierra Leone
to the United States of America, His Excellency Wai has led several important policy
initiatives supporting the Government of Sierra Leone.  These include lifting of the U.S.
Visa ban on Sierra Leone; partnering with the Sierra Leone Diaspora to mobilize financial
support resulting in US$7.5 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone; the
repatriation to Sierra Leone of Mrs. Etta Isatu Findlay and her daughter to rejoin their
family after a challenging 22-years’ stay in Jamaica; and the establishment of the Free
Quality Education Basket Fund to support the construction of an Academy of Excellence
Co-educational School in Sierra Leone as part of His Excellency President Julius Maada
Bio’s Free Education Agenda.

His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai, in partnership with the Sierra Leone diaspora,
co-hosted the golden jubilee (60th ) Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone with
diaspora funding at no cost to the government.  Most recently, he mobilized national and
international resources to assist the burnt victims of the Sierra Leone Tanker tragedy in
which over 155 people lost their lives.  Through his outreach, he has been able to secure
the support and partnership of the Healey Foundation to fund a Burn Unit Center in
Christ the King College Hospital in the city of Bo, Sierra Leone

 

December 7th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Assistant Professor in Global Health and the Founding Director of the Center for
Community Resilience


Wendy Ellis, DrPH, MPH
Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and the Founding Director of the Center for
Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
Dr. Ellis has spent the last fifteen years developing and working to grow a 'resilience movement' to
address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in
families and communities from generation to generation.

The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and Resilience Catalysts networks are
implementing Dr. Ellis’ BCR process and the Community Resilience framework she developed during her
doctoral studies at George Washington University.  Ellis’ innovations provide a platform for cross-
sector partners to align resources, programs and initiatives with community-based efforts to address
adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments-- or as Ellis has coined it "The Pair
of ACEs". The strengths-based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to disrupt cycles of
structural racism, foster equity and promote resilience in communities by improving access to supports
and buffers that help individuals 'bounce back' and communities thrive.  The BCR process and Community Resilience framework are being used in more than 20 cities and states across the country. Dr. Ellis’
Community Resilience framework is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health
Management and Practice focused on addressing structural racism as a public health initiative.


Leveraging her extensive background in communications, in 2022 Dr. Ellis produced a documentary,
“America’s Truth: Cincinnati”, which follows her team’s innovative approach to centering conversations on
structural racism that galvanized a resilience movement to foster equity through systems and policy
change. On the heels of that success, Dr. Ellis and her team have launched a Truth & Equity movement in
Washington, DC.

Dr. Ellis holds several leadership positions in public health, including Chair of the 
National Academy of Science’s, Enhancing Community Resilience in the Gulf States Committee, Scientific Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevention and Injury Center and the
National Academy’s Culture of Health Advisory Board.  In 2018 Dr. Ellis was selected as an Aspen Institute
Ascend Fellow to support her leadership in developing cross-sector strategies to address childhood
trauma, foster equity and build community resilience.

 

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Our own President Marilyn introduces Interim Director Eduardo Perdomo.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, he has been living in USA and Washington DC for over 7 years. Eduardo has over 13 years of experience in project management working in community development and international development projects financially supported by the United Nations, Organization of American States, Spaniard Agency for International Development, US Agency for International Development and the Government of the District of Columbia. He currently serves as the Interim Director at the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) where he develops strategies to better serve the Latino community and oversees the daily operations of the Agency. Since coming to MOLA Eduardo has helped the Agency to increase its grants budget by 70% and managed a grant portfolio of more than 420 community programs in the areas of education, health & wellness, economic development, arts and humanities, public safety, civic engagement, housing, and youth development.

Eduardo has multiple skills but one that sets him apart are his cross-cultural competence that enable him to interact with people of different backgrounds and approach social issues in the search for solutions through a multifaceted point of view. He feels privilege for being able to serve DC residents and to work under the Leadership of Mayor Muriel Bowser and the guidance of the Director of the office on Latino Affairs, Ms. Jackie Reyes-Yanes.

One of the things he enjoys in life is being able to interact with the beneficiaries of the programs supported by MOLA and listen to their testimonies of how important for their lives these interventions have been. Eduardo is proud of being part of the team that supported Mayor Muriel Bowser’s ‘friendly immigrant policies” by assisting in the implementation of the immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant.

Our own President Marilyn introduces Interim Director Eduardo Perdomo. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he has been living in USA and Washington DC for over 7 years. Eduardo has over 13 years of experience in project management working in community development and international development projects financially supported by the United Nations, Organization of American States, Spaniard Agency for International Development, US Agency for International Development and the Government of the District of Columbia. He currently serves as the Interim Director at the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) where he develops strategies to better serve the Latino community and oversees the daily operations of the Agency. Since coming to MOLA Eduardo has helped the Agency to increase its grants budget by 70% and managed a grant portfolio of more than 420 community programs in the areas of education, health & wellness, economic development, arts and humanities, public safety, civic engagement, housing, and youth development.

Eduardo has multiple skills but one that sets him apart are his cross-cultural competence that enable him to interact with people of different backgrounds and approach social issues in the search for solutions through a multifaceted point of view. He feels privilege for being able to serve DC residents and to work under the Leadership of Mayor Muriel Bowser and the guidance of the Director of the office on Latino Affairs, Ms. Jackie Reyes-Yanes.

One of the things he enjoys in life is being able to interact with the beneficiaries of the programs supported by MOLA and listen to their testimonies of how important for their lives these interventions have been. Eduardo is proud of being part of the team that supported Mayor Muriel Bowser’s ‘friendly immigrant policies” by assisting in the implementation of the immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant.

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Eduardo Perdomo | Interim Dir. Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs | September 14, 2022

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Our own Bob Johnson introduces Jim Laychak.
James J. Laychak became the full-time Executive Director of the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF) in January of 2020.  Working with the new board, his focus is to raise the funds to design and build the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center.
After losing his younger brother in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Mr. Laychak became involved in the process of creating a memorial on the grounds of the Pentagon to honor the 184 men, women and children killed there on September 11, 2001.  Mr. Laychak worked to establish the PMF, the non-profit tax-exempt organization responsible for raising the funds to design, build and maintain the Pentagon Memorial.  From the earliest stages, Mr. Laychak served as a member of the Steering Committee that helped guide the project’s site selection and design competition, including the juried process to pick the final concept design for the memorial.

Mr. Laychak has led the PMF since its inception and has served as primary public spokesperson for the PMF with the press and television news organizations.  Mr. Laychak developed and executed the strategic plan that enabled the PMF to raise the money needed to design and build the Pentagon Memorial, which was dedicated on 9/11/2008.  Mr. Laychak led the execution of the fundraising plan that raised $25M over a four-and-a-half-year period. He also acted as the primary liaison between family members, senior leadership within the Pentagon, and the design-build firm throughout the construction phase of the Pentagon Memorial.

After the Pentagon Memorial was dedicated in 2008, Mr. Laychak guided the transition of the PMF to an organization focused on designing and building a visitor education and conference center near the Pentagon Memorial.  Working closely with the Pentagon’s Washington Headquarters Service and Arlington National Cemetery, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center (VEC) will be a short walking distance from the Pentagon Memorial. When completed, the VEC will complement the Pentagon Memorial and will complete the 9/11 story. The VEC will provide a place to educate future generations about the acts of heroism and bravery that took place at the Pentagon on 9/11 and how our government responded to the 9/11 attack.

Our own Bob Johnson introduces Jim Laychak.
James J. Laychak became the full-time Executive Director of the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF) in January of 2020. Working with the new board, his focus is to raise the funds to design and build the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center.
After losing his younger brother in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Mr. Laychak became involved in the process of creating a memorial on the grounds of the Pentagon to honor the 184 men, women and children killed there on September 11, 2001. Mr. Laychak worked to establish the PMF, the non-profit tax-exempt organization responsible for raising the funds to design, build and maintain the Pentagon Memorial. From the earliest stages, Mr. Laychak served as a member of the Steering Committee that helped guide the project’s site selection and design competition, including the juried process to pick the final concept design for the memorial.

Mr. Laychak has led the PMF since its inception and has served as primary public spokesperson for the PMF with the press and television news organizations. Mr. Laychak developed and executed the strategic plan that enabled the PMF to raise the money needed to design and build the Pentagon Memorial, which was dedicated on 9/11/2008. Mr. Laychak led the execution of the fundraising plan that raised $25M over a four-and-a-half-year period. He also acted as the primary liaison between family members, senior leadership within the Pentagon, and the design-build firm throughout the construction phase of the Pentagon Memorial.

After the Pentagon Memorial was dedicated in 2008, Mr. Laychak guided the transition of the PMF to an organization focused on designing and building a visitor education and conference center near the Pentagon Memorial. Working closely with the Pentagon’s Washington Headquarters Service and Arlington National Cemetery, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center (VEC) will be a short walking distance from the Pentagon Memorial. When completed, the VEC will complement the Pentagon Memorial and will complete the 9/11 story. The VEC will provide a place to educate future generations about the acts of heroism and bravery that took place at the Pentagon on 9/11 and how our government responded to the 9/11 attack.

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Jim Laychak | Executive Director, Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. | My 9/11 Story | September 7, 2022

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Our own Sterling Hoffman introduces Paul Tukey, who joined the Glenstone Museum team in 2010, is an award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker, HGTV host, consultant and motivational public speaker who is internationally recognized as a pioneering leader in sustainable landscaping. Now serving as the Director of Environmental Stewardship at Glenstone, Paul has been helping to create a “living classroom” on the all-organic 300-acre site that includes native meadows, a five-acre organic lawn, restored streams and tributaries, forests, and more than 12,000 recently planted native trees. 

Winner of the prestigious Communicator of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society, as well as the 2018 Green Medal Award from the Garden Writers of America, Paul has been featured in thousands of media outlets from Martha Stewart and Good Morning America as well as National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times, which called him, “The godfather of the natural land care movement.” He has published four magazines, including People, Places & Plants (1995-2009), and produced and co-hosted an HGTV show of the same name. His books include the Organic Lawn Care Manual (Storey 2007) and Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games (Storey 2012), and Raising Tomorrow’s Champions (Inspire Media 2021). His 2010 feature-length documentary film titled, “A Chemical Reaction,” profiling the lawn pesticide bans sweeping across Canada and the U.S., earned three EMMY nominations.

Our own Sterling Hoffman introduces Paul Tukey, who joined the Glenstone Museum team in 2010, is an award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker, HGTV host, consultant and motivational public speaker who is internationally recognized as a pioneering leader in sustainable landscaping. Now serving as the Director of Environmental Stewardship at Glenstone, Paul has been helping to create a “living classroom” on the all-organic 300-acre site that includes native meadows, a five-acre organic lawn, restored streams and tributaries, forests, and more than 12,000 recently planted native trees.

Winner of the prestigious Communicator of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society, as well as the 2018 Green Medal Award from the Garden Writers of America, Paul has been featured in thousands of media outlets from Martha Stewart and Good Morning America as well as National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times, which called him, “The godfather of the natural land care movement.” He has published four magazines, including People, Places & Plants (1995-2009), and produced and co-hosted an HGTV show of the same name. His books include the Organic Lawn Care Manual (Storey 2007) and Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games (Storey 2012), and Raising Tomorrow’s Champions (Inspire Media 2021). His 2010 feature-length documentary film titled, “A Chemical Reaction,” profiling the lawn pesticide bans sweeping across Canada and the U.S., earned three EMMY nominations.

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Paul Tukey | Director of Environmental Stewardship, Glenstone Museum | August 17, 2022

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Our own Salvador Farfán introduces Dan Schnur.  Dan is a Professor at the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan has also taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. 
He is the founder of the USC/LA Times statewide political poll and currently hosts a weekly webinar for the LA World Affairs Council Town Hall called “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” (www.lawac.org) 

Previously, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California’s leading political strategists. He served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and was the chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. 

In 2010, Dan was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), where he implemented groundbreaking campaign finance disclosure requirements. Dan also was a founder and cochairman of the Voices of Reform project, the bipartisan statewide effort whose work laid the foundation for California’s landmark redistricting reform. After completing his FPPC term, Dan registered as a No Party Preference voter and launched Fixing California, an organization dedicated to campaign finance and political reform. In 2014, Dan ran for statewide office as a non-partisan candidate for California Secretary of State.

Dan has been an advisor to the William & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Broad Education Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stuart Foundation on a variety of political reform, K-12 education and college and workforce preparedness efforts.

Dan is an active community volunteer as well, serving as a board member of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Junior State of America, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) and as a senior advisor to the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) leadership training programs. He is the former Los Angeles director for the American Jewish Committee and serves as an advisor to the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. He is a member of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Senior Fellows program, where he mentors UCLA graduate students and advises them on their academic and professional goals.

Dan’s commentaries have appeared in several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. In addition, he has been an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

Dan is a graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Cecile Ablack, an international communications consultant and former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, live in LA.

Our own Salvador Farfán introduces Dan Schnur. Dan is a Professor at the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan has also taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
He is the founder of the USC/LA Times statewide political poll and currently hosts a weekly webinar for the LA World Affairs Council Town Hall called “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” (www.lawac.org)

Previously, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California’s leading political strategists. He served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and was the chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson.

In 2010, Dan was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), where he implemented groundbreaking campaign finance disclosure requirements. Dan also was a founder and cochairman of the Voices of Reform project, the bipartisan statewide effort whose work laid the foundation for California’s landmark redistricting reform. After completing his FPPC term, Dan registered as a No Party Preference voter and launched Fixing California, an organization dedicated to campaign finance and political reform. In 2014, Dan ran for statewide office as a non-partisan candidate for California Secretary of State.

Dan has been an advisor to the William & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Broad Education Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stuart Foundation on a variety of political reform, K-12 education and college and workforce preparedness efforts.

Dan is an active community volunteer as well, serving as a board member of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Junior State of America, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) and as a senior advisor to the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) leadership training programs. He is the former Los Angeles director for the American Jewish Committee and serves as an advisor to the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. He is a member of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Senior Fellows program, where he mentors UCLA graduate students and advises them on their academic and professional goals.

Dan’s commentaries have appeared in several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. In addition, he has been an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

Dan is a graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Cecile Ablack, an international communications consultant and former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, live in LA.

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Dan Schnur | Why This Isn’t The Midterm Election that Either Biden or Trump Wanted | August 10, 2022

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Sampling of Our Past Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC would like to thank our past speakers for the engaging and motivational and informative presentations.

Bob Cusack

Editor in Chief, The Hill/TheHill.com

Reporting on politics and policy in the nation’s capital since 1995, Mr. Cusack joined The Hill as Business and Lobbying Editor in 2003 and is now the newspaper’s Managing Editor.  Mr. Cusack regularly appears on ABC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC as a political analyst.

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana

Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana was a tenured Professor of History at Cosumnes River College (CRC) in Sacramento, California from 1994 to 2013. She is also Co-Founder and President of Friends of Rwanda Association (F.O.R.A).

Manny Mandel

Holocaust Survivor

Emanuel “Manny” Mandel was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936, the year in which his parents returned to their native Hungary. Manny’s father had been selected to become one of the Chief Cantors…

Juan Williams

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Institute for Global Engagement

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Anne Midgette is a graduate of Yale University. She lived in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music, and art throughout Europe for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications.  In 2008, she took over as the chief classical music critic for The Washington Post.