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School of Public Policy Offers "Politics and Pandemic" Digital Series

July 21, 2020  | 1 min read

Throughout April and May 2020, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy hosted the “Politics and Pandemic” webinar series, featuring keynote speakers offering local, national, and federal perspectives, as well as an analysis of how the global coronavirus pandemic has influenced the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

David Mansdoerfer (MPP ’11), former deputy assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, led the inaugural session entitled “The Federal Government’s Response to COVID-19,” alongside associate professor of public policy Michael Shires, both exploring emergency management processes employed in Washington, DC. Other guest speakers included Pete Peterson (MPP ’07), School of Public Policy dean and Braun Family Dean’s Chair; Dan Schnur, adjunct professor specializing in American politics; and Rick Cole, former city manager of Santa Monica.