Top republican and democratic consultants, leading political journalists in traditional and new media, and eight Georgetown alumni and faculty round out the new Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

“Each of these individuals share our commitment to engaging young people about improving our political system and encouraging them to see politics as a noble vehicle for public service,” said Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of GU Politics. “We could not be more thrilled to have this group as a part of our team.”

Founded as part of the McCourt School but open to the whole University community, GU Politics opened it’s doors last fall as the hub for all things politics on Georgetown’s campus.

GU Politics expanded its Advisory Board from 15 to 18 members in its second year, with several inaugural members returning for the 2016-17 year. New board members appear in bold:

  • Mary Cheney, Managing Partner, New Troy Strategies. Former aide to Vice President Cheney.
  • Ron Christie, Former policy advisor to Vice President Cheney and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Adjunct Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy and McDonough School of Business.
  • S.E. Cupp, Columnist, New York Daily News. CNN Contributor and former host of “Crossfire.”
  • Patrick Dillon (COL ‘99), Former White House Deputy Director of Political Affairs and Special Assistant to President Obama. Spring 2016 GU Politics Fellow.
  • E.J. Dionne, Columnist, The Washington Post. Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy.
  • Sara Fagen, Former White House Political Director for President George W. Bush. CNBC Contributor.
  • Tina Flournoy (COL ’78, L ’84), Chief of Staff, Office of President Bill Clinton.
  • Peter Hamby (COL ’03), Head of News, Snapchat. Former Emmy-award winning political reporter, CNN.
  • Brad Jenkins, Managing Director and Executive Producer, Funny or Die D.C.. Former Associate Director White House Office of Public Engagement.
  • Brianna Keilar, Senior Political Correspondent, CNN. Fall 2015 GU Politics Fellow.
  • Kim Kingsley, Co-Founder and Former COO of POLITICO.
  • Ron Klain (COL ’83), Former Chief of Staff to both Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore. Ebola Response Coordinator, Obama Administration. Senior Debate Preparation Advisor to Obama, Kerry, Gore and Clinton.
  • Cathy Koch (G ‘94), Americas Tax Policy Leader, Ernst & Young. Former Tax Policy Advisory to Harry Reid and Max Baucus.
  • Kevin Madden, Former senior advisor and spokesman for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Former Press Secretary to then-House Majority Leader John Boehner.
  • Kim Rubey (C ‘96), Head of Global Communications and Strategic Engagement, Airbnb. Former campaign aide to John Edwards, John Kerry, and the DCCC.
  • Alex Skatell, Founder and CEO, Independent Journal Review.
  • Charlie Spies (L ‘98), Chair of Political Law Practice, Clark Hill PLC. Election Law Attorney for Jeb Bush SuperPAC, Romney SuperPAC, and Republican National Committee.
  • Ashley Spillane, Millennial Engagement Expert. Former President of Rock the Vote.

This dynamic and diverse set of professionals, along with our student leaders, will continue to help us shape the future of GU Politics. We are grateful to each of them for their service to Georgetown and our students.

Georgetown graduate and undergraduate students have an opportunity work alongside the Advisory Board, through one of our many student leadership opportunities.

Contact Hanna Hope, Operations and Student Engagement Manager, to discuss how to get involved.