Introduction by Dr. Mark Alan Hughes, Professor of Practice, School
of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Elaine Kamarck, Brookings Institution
Dr. Stuart Butler, The Heritage Foundation
Dr. E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post, Brookings Institution, and
Dr. John DiIulio, Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor, Fels Institute
of Government, University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Butler has been generating ideas for The Heritage Foundation since 1979, when the young British scholar joined the still relatively obscure conservative think tank as a policy analyst specializing in urban issues.
Now as Heritage's Vice President of Domestic and Economic Policy Studies, Butler's ideas continue to change the course of public policy in America. Recently, he has played a large role in the national "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," in which a group of nonpartisan, ideologically diverse budget realists have been traveling the country to build public support for tackling the growing budget threat posed by the "Big Three" entitlement programs - Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
John J. DiIulio Jr.
John J. DiIulio, Jr. is Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, and Professor of Political Science, at Penn.
He directs Penn’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program (Fox) and Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), and serves as chairman of the Penn Chaplain’s Office Advisory Board; as a board member of Penn Hillel; as a faculty advisor to Penn’s undergraduate interfaith group, PRISM; as a member of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government Academic Policy Committee; and as advisor to Penn doctoral candidates in several fields including political science, social work, education, and city planning.
A Philadelphia native and the first member of his family to attend college, he received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Political Science at Penn, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science at Harvard University. He taught at Harvard and spent thirteen years as Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, directing its first domestic policy research center and the largest Masters in Public Affairs concentration within Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
At the Brookings Institution, he was the C. Douglas Dillon Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies and directed the Brookings Center for Public Management. He has also directed programs at Public/Private Ventures and the Manhattan Institute.
E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a National Book Award nominee; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era; Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge; and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Mark Alan Hughes
Mark Alan Hughes is a Professor of Practice at PennDesign and a Lead Investigator at the DOE's Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He is a Faculty Fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, a Senior Fellow of the Wharton School's Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn's Fox Leadership Program. He has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute, and a senior adviser at the Ford Foundation.
He was the Chief Policy Adviser to Mayor Michael Nutter and the founding Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, where he led the creation of the Greenworks plan. He drafted the Policy Markets Behavior component of the winning $159 million EEB Hub proposal to DOE and seven other federal agencies, and he directed PMB research for the Hub's first two years.
Elaine C. Kamarck is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings and the Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management. She is also senior editor of FixGov, a blog focused on discussing domestic political and governance challenges and realistic solutions. She is a public sector scholar with wide experience in government, academia and politics. Kamarck is an expert on government innovation and reform in the United States, OECD countries and developing countries. In addition, she also focuses her research on the presidential nomination system and American politics and has worked in many American presidential campaigns. In the 1980s, she helped to found the “New Democrat” movement that resulted in the presidency of Bill Clinton.
As a senior staffer in the White House she created the National Performance Review, the largest government reform effort in the last half of the twentieth century. After the White House, she spent fifteen years at Harvard University teaching government management and American politics. She is the author of How Change Happens—Or Doesn’t: The Politics of U.S. Public Policy (Lynne Rienner, 2013), which explores transformative changes in the space where politics and policy overlap and asks why some policies succeed and others fail. Her most recent book on politics is Primary Politics: How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System and her most recent book on government organization is The End of Government As we Know it: Making Public Policy Work.