PrezFest 2019 / Speakers

Speakers

Engage with a bipartisan group of former White House officials, journalists, presidential scholars, and other experts

Madeleine albright

Madeleine Albright

Albright was the 64th U.S. secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama in 2012. 

Yoni Appelbaum

Yoni Appelbaum

Appelbaum is senior editor for politics at The Atlantic. He holds an A.B. from Columbia University and a PhD in history from Brandeis University.

Don Baer

Donald Baer

Baer served as assistant to the president and White House director of strategic planning and communications under President Bill Clinton. 

Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Barnes was assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She is now director of UVA's groundbreaking Democracy Initiative. 

Dan Bartlett

Dan Bartlett

Bartlett served in several high-ranking positions at the White House, completing his service as counselor to President George W. Bush in July 2007.

Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

A graduate of UVA, Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. 

John Bridgeland

John Bridgeland

Bridgeland served as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, assistant to the president, and director of the USA Freedom Corps during the George W. Bush presidency. 

Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks

Brooks teaches courses on international law and constitutional law at Georgetown Law. From 2009–11, she was counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy. 

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Robert Bruner

Bruner is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus of the Darden School of Business. He is also a Miller Center senior fellow.

Andrew Card

Andrew Card

Card was chief of staff under President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he managed and ran the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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Kristen Cavallo

Cavallo is CEO of The Martin Agency, a full-service agency with expertise in advertising, planning, direct response, digital, media, data analytics, design, and branded content.

Ann Compton

Ann Compton

Compton was White House correspondent for ABC News. A 40-year veteran of the White House press corps, she was the first woman with that position on TV.

Dale Copeland

Dale Copeland

Copeland is a professor of politics at UVA and a faculty senior fellow at UVA's Miller Center. He is an expert on security studies and international political economy.

John Dickerson

John Dickerson

Dickerson, a UVA alumnus, will serve as PrezFest 2019's emcee. He is co-host of CBS This Morning, and previously had been anchor of CBS News' Face the Nation.

Renee DiResta

Renée DiResta

DiResta is the director of research at New Knowledge and a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust. She helps policymakers respond to malign narratives on social networks.

Tom Donilon

Thomas Donilon

Donilon was national security advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the National Security Council staff and providing the president’s daily national security briefing.

Eric Edelman

Eric Edelman

Edelman, a Miller Center practitioner senior fellow, was a senior official at the Departments of State and Defense and the White House; he was also U.S. ambassador to Finland and Turkey. 

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Conor Gaughan

Gaughan is the managing partner of Collective Conscience, a social impact and political impact strategy firm.

Susan Glasser

Susan Glasser

Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Trump’s Washington. She founded the award-winning Politico Magazine.

Stephen Hadley

Stephen Hadley

Hadley was the principal foreign policy advisor to President George W. Bush, directed the National Security Council staff, and ran the national security policy process.

Harry Harding

Harry Harding

Harding is an Asia specialist at UVA's Miller Center. A professor of public policy, he is adjunct chair professor at Taipei's National Chengchi University.

Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer

Hemmer is an expert on the history of American politics and media at UVA's Miller Center. Her book, Messengers of the Right, charts the history of U.S. conservative media activism.

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Johnson is a UVA grad and a professor in the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University. He is the author of Political Consultants and Campaigns.

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Kristina Johnson

Johnson is the chancellor of The State University of New York and served as undersecretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy under Barack Obama.

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Sylvester Johnson

The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology.

Ibram X Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, Kendi is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar

Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino, which influences millions of voters through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns. 

Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer Lawless

Lawless is the Commonwealth Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics.

David Leblang

David Leblang

Leblang is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics at UVA and a faculty senior fellow at the Miller Center. 

Chris Lu

Chris Lu

Lu worked in all three branches of the federal government, including seven years in the Obama administration, and is now a practitioner senior fellow at UVA's Miller Center.

Anita McBride

Anita McBride

McBride is currently at the School of Public Affairs at American University. She previously served as chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush.

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough

McDonough served as White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama, managing the 4,000-member White House staff, cabinet secretaries, and agency leaders.

Guian McKee

Guian McKee

Part of the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program, McKee is an expert on health care policy, urban policy, the War on Poverty, and the Great Society.

Mack McLarty

Thomas "Mack" McLarty

McLarty was White House chief of staff, Counselor to the President, and Special Envoy for the Americas during the administrations of three U.S. presidents. 

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Charles Mathewes

A Miller Center senior fellow, Mathewes is Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at UVA and director of the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion.

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews

A veteran journalist, Matthews hosts MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, where he gets into lively debates with prominent politicians, newsmakers, and leaders. 

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of books about Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, George H. W. Bush, and other U.S. presidents. 

Ambassador Derek Mitchell

Derek Mitchell

A UVA alum, Mitchell served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma)—the first U.S. ambassador to the country in 22 years.

Stephen Mull

Stephen Mull

Mull is vice provost for global affairs at UVA, taking primary lead on global relations, strategic vision, outreach, and international activities.

John Negroponte

John Negroponte

Negroponte is the Miller Center's Schlesinger Distinguished Professor. He served as director of national intelligence and deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush.

Mike Nelson

Michael Nelson

Nelson is a political science professor at Rhodes College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Miller Center. He is an expert on the presidency and political parties. 

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John Owen

Owen, the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, is the chair of the UVA Department of Politics. He is also a senior fellow at the Miller Center.

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick

Patrick became the first African American governor of Massachusetts in 2006. After serving two terms, he returned to the private sector in 2014.

Barbara Perry

Barbara Perry

Perry is the director of presidential studies at the Miller Center. She is an expert on the presidency, the Supreme Court, and the Kennedys.

Srđa Popović

Srđa Popović

Popović helped found Otpor!, the Serbian youth movement that took part in ousting Slobodan Milošević. He is a nonviolent expert and the leader of CANVAS.

Saikrishna Prakash

Saikrishna Prakash

Prakash is the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and the Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law at UVA's School of Law and is a Miller Center faculty senior fellow.

Susan Rice

Susan Rice

Rice served under President Barack Obama first as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and then as national security advisor from 2013 to 2017. 

Russell Riley

Russell Riley

Riley is the White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center, where is also serves as co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program.

Margot Rogers

Margot Rogers

A UVA alum, Rogers served as chief of staff to Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan from 2009–11. She is now a special advisor to UVA's president, James Ryan.

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Rove was deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Courage & Consequence. His new book is The Triumph of William McKinley.

Robert Rubin

Robert Rubin

Rubin served as the 70th secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1995 to 1999. He joined the Clinton administration as the first director of the National Economic Council.

Larry Sabato

Larry Sabato

A graduate of the University, Sabato is the founder and director of UVA's Center for Politics. He directs its Crystal Ball website, a leader in accurately predicting elections since its inception.

Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

Sebelius served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked to pass the Affordable Care Act.

Todd Sechser

Todd Sechser

Sechser is the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. in the UVA Discovery Professor of Politics and a senior fellow at the Miller Center.

Marc Selverstone

Marc Selverstone

Selverstone is chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center. He is an expert on the Vietnam War, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

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Michael Shure

A UVA alumnus, Shure is senior national correspondent and anchor for i24NEWS. Previously he served as chief political correspondent for Al Jazeera America.

Stephanie Streett

Stephanie Streett

Streett is the executive director of the Clinton Foundation, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Clinton Presidential Center.

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Mona Sutphen

Mona Sutphen served as deputy chief of staff to President Obama and has spent over 20 years working on the intersection of geopolitics, policy and markets.

Larry Terry

Larry Terry

Terry is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA, leading its mission to inform public policy, deliver public service and develop public leaders.

Dan Twining

Daniel Twining

A UVA graduate, Twining is the president of the International Republican Institute, which aims to advance democracy and freedom around the world.

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Thomas Walls

The holder of two UVA degrees, Walls is the executive director of UVA's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He has served three U.S. senators, most recently Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).

Amy Walter

Amy Walter

Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report, where she provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment.

Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He served in the Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations.

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Brantly Womack

Womack is the Miller Center’s C. K. Yen Chair and a professor of foreign affairs at UVA. In 2011, he received the China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities.