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School of Public Policy Presents Fall 2017 Policy Intensives with Practitioners Series

Throughout the fall 2017 semester, Pepperdine School of Public Policy will host the Policy Intensives with Practitioners Series—a set of half-day workshops focusing on timely topics in law and government. All sessions will take place on Fridays at Drescher Graduate Campus, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

This semester’s program will include:

  • September 15

Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Guest speakers:

Kevin McGowan (MPP ’10)

Assistant Director, Office of Emergency Services Ventura County Sheriff's Office

James Featherstone

President and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council

This workshop will explore contemporary and emerging 21st century challenges posed by natural, technological, and human-caused disasters, and how governmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as the private sector, address these challenges. Discussions will focus on philosophical and practical positions related to the implementation of local, state, and federal emergency management and homeland security policy, leadership, and management.

  • October 27

Social Media Strategies for Politics and Policy

Guest speaker:

Alexander Kouts

Head of Product, Countable

Attendees will explore what Silicon Valley professionals can teach us about how to leverage bleeding-edge technology and processes to serve and communicate with constituents—citing real examples of real innovation projects live in Congress and from market-leading civic technology consumer applications.

  • November 10

Technology & Smart Cities

Guest speaker:

Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto

The city challenges of population growth, inadequate infrastructure, generating new economic opportunities, and climate changes are daunting and require the creation of bold and innovative urban development strategies. Fortunately, the architecture for a new generation of sustainable and high-performing cities is starting to take shape. This workshop will explore this topic through lecture, discussion, and activities.

  • December 1

Understanding the Law and Environmental Policy

Guest speaker:

John Nagle

John N. Matthews Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

Environmental regulations influence the decisions of businesses, communities, and governments alike. This session will examine how these regulations work and what they seek to accomplish. The discussion will begin with an overview of the history of environmental policy, focusing on the laws that emerged from the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It will also focus on California's environmental regulation as the state continues to chart a course that is much more ambitious than the federal government and other states.

All workshops are open to the public. Professional development credit is available for current School of Public Policy students. Admission is free and tickets are required to attend.

For additional information about the series, and to register to attend, visit the School of Public Policy website.