FOTH in Bloom


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This year’s Foundations on the Hill is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  According to the latest predictions, the Cherry Blossoms should be at their peak bloom as philanthropy leaders come to town to meet with their Members of Congress.

But we’ve got more than beautiful flowers for you. Check out our list of expert speakers, designed to help prepare you for your policy meetings on the Hill.

Stuart Rothenberg Editor and Publisher, The Rothenberg Political Report and Columnist,Roll Call
For years, Rothenberg has reported on the nation’s political news with unbiased clarity and nonpartisan precision. The Rothenberg Political Report is a biweekly newsletter that provides reporting on and analysis of American elections—and the potential ramifications of those elections. He also writes a column in Roll Call twice a week. Rothenberg has contributed op-ed pieces to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Orlando Sentinel. He also has appeared on Meet the Press, Today, This Week, Nightline, and The McLaughlin Group.

M. Jeff Hamond
Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates

Hamond specializes in taxation, economic policy, and philanthropic issues. He joined Van Scoyoc Associates after serving as the top economic policy adviser to three U.S. Senators: Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). During his tenure on Capitol Hill, he played a key role in developing a number of economic initiatives, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit (included in the stimulus package in 2009), the “Cash for Clunkers” program, the expansion of tax-free benefits for transit users, and several pieces of legislation benefitting the charity and foundation sectors.

Seth Harris
Deputy Secretary, Labor Department

Before joining the Labor Department in February 2009, Harris served as a professor at New York Law School and as director of its labor and employment law programs. In addition, he was a senior fellow at the Life Without Limits Project of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and a member of the National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility. Harris also served at the Department of Labor during the Clinton administration. He held several positions during that time, including counselor to the secretary of labor and acting assistant secretary of labor for policy.

Gabriella Gomez
Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, U.S. Department of Education

Gabriella Gomez was confirmed on May 1, 2009, by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for Legislation and Congressional affairs. In her role, she advises the secretary of education on legislative matters pending before Congress and serves as the department’s liaison to congressional requests. Gomez previously served as a lead policy adviser on higher education issues and lead negotiator for House Democrats on higher education legislation, including helping to successfully pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Suzanne Immerman
Director of Strategic Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education

Suzanne Immerman serves as the director of Strategic Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Education and special assistant to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and facilitates alignment with the philanthropic and business community. Immerman has earned more than 15 years of experience in the independent sector, spanning corporate, private, and family philanthropy as well as nonprofit program development. She previously served as director of the Wolfensohn Family Foundation and deputy director of the September 11th Fund, a $530 million foundation established in response to the terrorist attacks.

Rocco Landesman
Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Rocco Landesman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 2009. Prior to his appointment, he was a Broadway theater producer and an assistant professor at the Yale School of Drama. He has also served as president of Jujamcyn, a company that owns and operates five Broadway theaters. Landesman has produced several Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, including The Producers (2001), and has advocated relationships between the commercial and not-for-profit sectors of the American theater.

The full FOTH agenda is available at www.foundationsonthehill.org.

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