Legislative Hoyas

This week on the pod, we're diving deep into legislative politics on the Hill. Our two guests are both Hoyas: Robert Flock, the Associate Director of Advocacy for Legislative Affairs at Credit Union National Association and Colleen Nguyen, the Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice. They have a lot to say about their respective jobs and how lobbyists and Hill staffers interact so you'll want to tune in!

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Max Magid
"Climbing the Hill"

This week on the pod we have Jaime Harrison and Amos Snead, two veterans of Capitol Hill who decided to write a bipartisan book about their experiences - called Climbing the Hill. They have fantastic advice and amazing stories of what federal legislative politics is like, so be sure to listen!

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Max Magid
"There Is No Age Limit On Having An Impact"

We're thrilled to have South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the pod this week! He is the first openly gay mayor in the U.S. and was formerly a candidate for DNC Chair. He has a lot of great knowledge to share about local government so tune in!

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Max Magid
“You Want to Work in Politics, So Just Go Do It”

We are so excited to welcome Michael Tyler onto the pod! He is currently the Chief of Staff to DNC Chairman Tom Perez. Previously, he worked on numerous campaigns such as Obama '08, Michelle Nunn, Russ Feingold, and others. Tune in to hear a fascinating episode with lots of great advice for anyone interested in getting into campaigns and politics!

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Max Magid
"That All Went Out the Window"

We're happy to welcome 4 of the authors of the book, West Wingers! In this pod, you'll hear from Gautam Raghavan, Cecilia Muñoz, Ned Price, and Brad Jenkins - all of whom were Senior White House officials.

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Max Magid
"We're Not Spending the Money Correctly"

We're happy to welcome another GU Politics Fellow, Tim Lim, onto the pod this week! Tim previously worked on President Obama’s re-elect through Gen44 and on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Team in 2016. He has also worked on digital strategy at the Bully Pulpit initiative and now has his own political consulting firm.

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Max Magid
"It Needed to be Done"

For our second episode of the season, we're happy to welcome a GU Politics Fellow, Erin Conaton. Previously, she has served as the Staff Director of House Armed Services Committee; Undersecretary of the Air Force; and Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. She is also a Hoya!

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Max Magid
"This is Going to be a Good Night"

We're excited to welcome Josh Pitcock onto the pod for the first episode of Season 4! He's been with Vice President Mike Pence since 2005, serving as a close confidante and most recently, his White House Chief of Staff.

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Max Magid
"Trying to Counter"

Katie Walsh Shields joins us in our last pod of the semester (cue tears). But never fear — the former RNC Chief of Staff delivers great insight into the role of data and what it's like to work for a party during a presidential election.

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Alec Camhi
"Hail to the Chief (of Staff)"

Former Chief of Staff to Nancy Pelosi, Nadeam Elshami, joins us on the pod this week! Christian and Kendall talked to him about his long career on the Hill, all the way back to his start in the mailroom. You won't want to miss — Nadeam's story is fascinating.

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Aaron Bennett
"Default to the Best Possible Behavior"

Two former White House Social Secretaries joined us on the pod this week — Lea Berman of the Bush 43 White House and Jeremy Bernard of the Obama White House. They both shared fascinating insight on the politics of event planning and the excitement of programming on the biggest stage in the world.

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Alec Camhi
"All Eyes Will Be Focused on You"

Long-time Republican communications strategist, Kevin Madden, joins us on the pod this week. Justin and Alec talk to him about his time working for John Boehner on the Hill, and for both of Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns. He had a lot to say about how the work of messaging in politics has changed over the years with the increasingly rapid news cycle.

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Alec Camhi
"Going to the Supreme Court"

Our interview this week featured former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Alec and Justin talked to him about some of the biggest national cases he handled in his time in the Administration, plus what he's doing now as Chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee working to fight against gerrymandering.

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Max Magid
"All You Have to Do Is Show Up"

Former Obama White House staffer, Kyle Lierman, joins us on the pod this week to take us through his journey in politics, beginning as a Field Director in '08 all the way to the White House and beyond. We talked to Kyle about some of the big initiatives he worked on during his time at the White House including "It's On Us" and the Obama team's celebrity outreach programs - plus, how he's keeping that important work moving with his new firm, Civic Advisors.

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Alec Camhi