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January 9, 2013

Ohio University Washington Policy Forum kickoff event Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. 

The Ohio University Washington Policy Forum will conduct a kickoff event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Capitol Visitors Center at HVC 201 A/B in Washington, D.C. The event, “The First 100 Days of the Incoming Congress and Administration,” is the first in a planned quarterly event series.

The Washington Policy Forum will provide a venue for alumni in the region to engage in thoughtful policy discussions, network with fellow Bobcats and stay more connected to current Ohio University news, research and projects. The forum will bring together alumni panelists to give keynote talks, present papers, moderate discussions and offer critical insights into current policy trends.

The Jan. 16 event will feature a panel moderated by Randy Wynn, ’73, deputy executive editor of CQ Roll Call. Panelists include Ryan Berger, ’02, senior policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R, Tenn.); Ken Kies, ’74, managing director, Federal Policy Group; Crystal King, ’05, political director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Don May, ’92, managing director, Farragut Square Group; and Drew Fields, ’89 partner, Mercury Strategies.

Panelists will focus on healthcare law, the outlook of telecommunications and technology, tax reform, party policy and strategy, deficit reduction and party political messaging and strategy.

The Washington Policy Forum is sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, the Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs, Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Ohio University Alumni Association.

“The Washington Policy Forum is a way for the University and colleges and schools to give back to our alumni in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “We are excited for discussions on issues of substance that impact the nation as a whole.”

Dr. Mark Weinberg, director of the Voinovich School, said, “The Voinovich School is excited to see the Ohio University Washington Policy Forum come to light. By working with our partners and some of the greatest alumni in the nation’s capital, a thoughtful and meaningful event took shape and we are proud to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to the discussion.”

Ohio University understands that the OU Washington Policy Forum falls within applicable exemptions permitting government staff to attend this event. Contact the applicable ethics committee for additional guidance.

There is no charge to attend. A reception with light appetizers and two drink tickets per guest is also planned. To register, visit

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