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Past Fellows

Henry “C.J.” Jackson & Johanna Maska – Spring 2017

C.J. Jackson & Johanna Maska, Dole Fellows

Henry C. “C.J.” Jackson is the author of POLITICO’s definitive evening wrap on the 2016 presidential race, the 2016 Blast. He also co-teaches a class on covering presidential elections in the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering national politics, campaigns and elections. Before joining POLITICO, Jackson spent nearly 10 years with The Associated Press, including six years as a national writer based in Washington, D.C., where he covered Congress, politics and a variety of policy beats. Before moving to Washington, Jackson served as a political writer for the AP in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jackson covered the beginnings of Barack Obama’s groundbreaking Iowa campaign, including the first print interview after then-Sen. Obama declared his presidential campaign. He has interviewed an array of presidential hopefuls, including all of the candidate who ran for president in 2016 not named “Donald Trump.” Jackson was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2004.

Johanna Maska is former Director of Press Advance for the Obama White House, managing President Obama’s public image on trips across the United States and to 40 countries including extended tours of Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. She played a key role in President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Maska left the White House in 2015 to join the executive team of the Los Angeles Times, from which she continued on to found Ad Astra Strategies, where she is a growth and strategy advisor to early stage companies. Maska graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2004.

Discussion Group Topic: President Trump: The First 100 Days

Judy Lloyd – Fall 2015

Judy Lloyd, Dole Fellow

Judy Lloyd has served 32 years as a government affairs professional, private sector small businesswoman, special events planner, advocate, and community leader. She is currently a senior district representative for a California state senator and owns her own company, Altamont Strategies, which oversees government affairs, events, advocacy and development. Lloyd has a particular interest in women in leadership and public service, the topic of her fall Study Group series.

With a background in a variety of disciplines, Lloyd has enjoyed a long career in public service. In 1982, Lloyd began her work in politics with a state senate campaign in Cortland, New York and by 1984 had joined a national presidential campaign staff. She has worked in the office of the U.S. Senator Majority Leader, U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She served on diplomatic missions to Europe and Russia (1991) and the Middle East (2004). Her work has involved her in campaigns at the local, state and national level.

Lloyd is a graduate of Clarkson University and has earned accolades from the San Francisco Business Times, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and the Astra Women’s Alliance.

Study Group Topic: First in Their Class: Authentic Women and the Originality That Got Them There

Bob Steil – Summer 2015

Bob Steil, Dole Fellow

Steil currently heads up his own government relations consulting firm. From 2005-2013, he was the assistant vice president of state government relations at Genworth Financial Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. Steil was the director of government affairs at American Medical Security from 1999-2005, the state affairs counsel for United Healthcare from 1997-1999 and the senior counsel for state affairs at Health Insurance Association of America from 1984-1997. Steil holds a Law degree from Washington University School of Law and is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois.

Throughout the past 36 years, Steil has done government relations work at both state and federal levels. He has worked in the private sector, through employment with major insurance-affiliated organizations, managing a state and federal government affairs staff. Steil has represented entities before more than thirty state legislatures, agencies and governor’s offices, as well as before the United States Congress and various federal agencies, overseeing and engaging directly in all facets of government relations activities.

Steil is married with three children and three grandchildren. He is a native Chicagoan who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

Study Group Topic: Government Relations & Lobbying

Jimmy LaSalvia – Spring 2015

Jimmy LaSalvia, Dole Fellow
Jimmy LaSalvia is a strategist, commentator and speaker. In 2009, Jimmy founded GOProud to represent gay conservatives and their allies; he served as its full-time executive director until 2013. Under his leadership, GOProud became one of the highest-profile gay political organizations in the country. Prior to GOProud, he served on the national staff of Log Cabin Republicans first as Grassroots Outreach Director, then as Director of Programs & Policy. Jimmy helped to build the organization across the country and lobbied to pass legislation in numerous state capitols and in Washington, DC. A long-time conservative activist, Jimmy has held volunteer and professional staff positions in political campaigns and party organizations in South Dakota and Kentucky.

In early 2014, Jimmy announced that he had left the Republican Party and changed his voter registration to “no party.” His decision to join the New Majority of voters who aren’t represented by either major political party received significant media attention. Now, he is focused on working outside of the traditional political party system to make our country better and change the world.

Jimmy has appeared on the FOX News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and other television networks. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post and other national and international newspapers and media outlets. His public speaking engagements have included speeches at Columbia University, Princeton University, Tufts University, George Washington University, Smith College and over a dozen other colleges and universities. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at political conferences and programs.

Jimmy LaSalvia was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1970 and grew up in a well-traveled military family. He graduated from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Study Group Topic: All Politics is Personal – A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars

Steve Kraske – Fall 2016

Steve Kraske, Dole Fellow

An associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC and host of KCUR’s “Up to Date” program since 2002, Steve Kraske is a veteran of political correspondence. He started with the Kansas City Star in 1986 as a police reporter, and has since seen a storied career that has covered state and local politics in Missouri and Kansas in addition to 11 national political conventions. Kraske is now a member of The Star‘s editorial board.

Kraske graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in journalism, and was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Discussion Group Topic: Toss Out the Playbook: Trump, Clinton and the Wacky Politics of 2016

Dave Helling – Fall 2014

Dave Helling, Dole Fellow
Dave Helling has been involved in radio, television, and print media since 1977. Currently, he is a multi-media reporter for The Kansas City Star, providing videos for web, as well as regular contributions to the print edition. He produced the “Truthwatch” series of stories, examining claims made in political advertising and is a longtime political and government reporter.

Helling came to Kansas City in 1984 as a reporter/anchor for WDAF-TV Kansas City and from 1999 to 2005 was a reporter/anchor for KCTV-5 Kansas City. In previous positions, he has been a reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau of KARD-TV Wichita, KHGI-TV Kearney, Neb., and KHAS Radio, Hastings, Neb. Born in Texas and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Helling is a 1973 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School and a 1977 graduate of Creighton University, Omaha. Awards include Freedom of the Press Award, ACLU; three Emmy nominations; and Silver medalist, New York Film Festival.
Study Group Topic: Behind the Byline: Political Journalists on the Midterm Election

Mark Sump – Spring 2014

Mark Sump, Dole Fellow
Mark Sump is President and CEO of ACTIVATE, a political consulting firm focusing on technologies that improve and encourage grass roots participation in Democratic campaigns and progressive organizations across the country. Sump has worked in four presidential campaigns and dozens of congressional and state-wide races. As a consultant, Sump helps campaigns design and implement sophisticated grassroots efforts and is known for his introduction of the robo call technology to political campaigns in 1998. In 2005, Sump invented Activate, the first virtual dialing technology that allows volunteer campaigns to make phone calls with the same speed and efficiency of professional companies.
Study Group Topic: The Brave New World of Political Communications: Lessons from the Obama Campaigns

Sarian Bouma – Fall 2013

Sarian Bouma, Dole Fellow
Sarian Bouma is the founder and CEO of Capitol Hill Building Maintenance, Inc. and is currently a consultant on small business startups and international trade policies. She is a member and advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee and serves as Commissioner of African Affairs for the state of Maryland. During her tenure with The Brookings Institution, Bouma served at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and worked directly under the chairmanship of the late Hon. Congressman Donald Payne. Bouma has 25 plus years of direct management experience with finance, planning, facility maintenance, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and budget control. Bouma is also a motivational speaker and author of Welfare to Millionaire: Heart of a Winner.
Study Group Topic: Exploring Untapped Markets: Global Entrepreneurship & Politics

Steve Glorioso – Summer 2013

Steve Glorioso, Dole Fellow
Tip O’Neill used to say, “all politics are local.” KC Democratic political consultant Steve Glorioso’s varied career in local, national and international politics provides him the background and experience needed to present you with a real-world survival guide to community politics. Covering corruption, transparency, leadership styles and basic forms of local government, Glorioso’s study group has got it all. Come find out how to apply his ideas to your everyday political and civic involvement.
Study Group Topic: A Practical Guide to City Politics

General Roosevelt Barfield – Spring 2013

General Roosevelt Barfield, Dole Fellow
General Barfield served as the Deputy Director of Operations in the Operations & Logistics Directorate of the United States Africa Command. As the Deputy Director, he supervised the four operations divisions in the execution of future operations, current operations, anti-terrorism and force protection and information operations. General Barfield received his Reserve Officer Training Corps commission as a mechanized infantry second lieutenant from the University of Kansas in 1981. He has been deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Study Group Topic: U.S. Engagement: Political-Military Affairs

Nancy Dwight – Fall 2012

Nancy Dwight, Dole Fellow
Nancy Dwight is chairman of Dwight Partners, a consulting agency specializing in strategic communications and organization building for corporate, political and non-profit clients. Nancy has nearly 40 years of experience in professional politics and nonprofit leadership. She was Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 1980’s. Nancy served on the Bush-Cheney Steering committees in New Hampshire for the 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns and the Romney for President Committee in 2008.
Study Group Topic: An Insider’s Look at the Presidential Election

Steve Hildebrand – Fall 2012

Steve Hildebrand, Dole Fellow
Steve Hildebrand served as Barack Obama’s Deputy National Campaign Manager during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. He was at the forefront of all strategic decisions and helped craft the overall campaign from the beginning until Obama’s victory on Nov. 4, 2008. Steve’s extensive political career has included managing races in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota as well as running two political parties. He oversaw the Midwestern states for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996 and served as Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1997-1998.
Study Group Topic: An Insider’s Look at the Presidential Election

Tom King – Spring 2012

Tom King, Dole Fellows
Tom King is a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Political Director who has been involved in more than 200 political campaigns over the past 20 years. During that time he has worked on campaigns on every level, from State Representative to Mayor to United States Senate. Previously a partner at Fenn & King Communications to concentrate on personalized service by taking only a handful of races. He has won numerous awards for various political television advertisements. Tom is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and formerly served as an aide to Boston Mayor Kevin White.
Study Group Topic: Presidential Play-By-Play

Lisa Spies – Spring 2012

Lisa Spies, Dole Fellow
Lisa Spies is a political fundraiser with over ten years of experience raising national and PAC contributions. Currently, Lisa is the PAC Finance Director, Director of Women for Romney, and the Director of Jewish Outreach for Romney for President, Inc. In addition, she is fundraising for Cong. Connie Mack’s (FL) bid for the U.S. Senate and is the D.C. Finance Director for Sen. David Vitter (LA). Lisa is the Exec. Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee. During the 2010 election cycle, she directed key fundraising efforts for Sen. John Thune (SD), Sen. Vitter and Cong. Mike Pence (IN). Described as a “Super-Fundraiser” by Capitol File Magazine in 2006, Lisa directs multi-million dollar national fundraising efforts including high-dollar donor events, PAC events and direct mail and internet programs, as well as conferences of all sizes.
Study Group Topic: Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is

Elizabeth Conatser – Spring 2012

Elizabeth Conatser, Dole Fellow
Since 2003, Elizabeth Conatser has been the owner of a professional fundraising and event planning firm specializing in Republican political candidates, initiatives and non-profit organizations. She has a diverse fundraising background, and has raised millions of dollars for Republican Congressmen and Senators, as well as Presidential campaigns, and Republican political committees. Elizabeth provides her clients a multitude of fundraising services including campaign finance plans, complete event planning and execution, major donor fundraising and political action committee (PAC) fundraising.
Study Group Topic: Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is

Tom Baxter – Fall 2011

Tom Baxter, Dole Fellow
Tom Baxter is editor of the Southern Political Report and senior vice president of InsiderAdvantage, its parent company. Baxter has written about politics in the South since 1987, joining InsiderAdvantage in 2007 to edit a website and newsletter devoted to that subject. He has appeared on CNN, Fox and other channels, and was political consultant for CBS-Atlanta during last year’s elections.
Study Group Topic: Southern Politics

Susan Bryant – Fall 2011

Susan Bryant, Dole Fellow
Susan Bryant currently serves as chair of the Wake County, North Carolina Republican Party. Wake County (Raleigh and its suburbs) has the largest number of registered Republicans in the state. Susan has taught at Yale University, Harvard University and American University as well as making numerous national media appearances.
Study Group Topic: A Run For the White House

Kevin C.M. Benson – Summer 2011

Kevin C.M. Benson, Dole Fellow
Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Benson was the chief army planner for the invasion of Iraq and was also involved in planning the drawdown of U.S. forces there. Benson, who just completed his PhD at KU, also ran the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
Study Group Topic: Boots on the Ground

Dennis Moore – Spring 2011

Dennis Moore, Dole Fellow (D)
Former U.S Representative for Kansas’s 3rd congressional district, serving from 1999 until 2011.
Study Group Topic: Life in Congress

Walt Riker – Spring 2011

Walt Riker, Dole Fellow
Walt Riker has spent more than three decades on the front lines of high pressure, high profile communications. As a former television reporter, Capitol Hill Press Secretary and Vice President of Global Media Relations for McDonald’s, he has been in the center of a virtual 360 degree career in news media, crises, politics, public relations, marketing, message development, issues management, speech writing and strategic thinking.

Study Group Topic: Corporate Responsibility

Peter Fenn – Fall 2010

Peter Fenn, Dole Fellow
Peter Fenn is president of Fenn Communications Group, one of the nation’s premier political and public affairs media firms. They have worked in more than 300 campaigns, from President to Mayor, and represented a number of Fortune 500 companies. Prior to forming the firm, Fenn was the first Executive Director of Democrats from the 80’s, a political action committee. He also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Fenn founded and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Study Group Topic: Midterm Elections 2010

Joseph C. Phillips – Fall 2010

Joseph C. Phillips, Dole Fellow
Phillips is a television actor, best known for the role of Lt. Martin Kendall, Lisa Bonet’s husband, on the hit series The Cosby Show. He has appeared on dozens of television shows, including General Hospital, Without A Trace, and Castle. A syndicated columnist, Phillips’ “The Way I See It” appears weekly in more than 30 publications across the country. Phillips is author of He Talk Like a White Boy. He has been National Co-Chair of the African American Steering committee for Bush/Cheney ’04, a member of the Republican National Committee’s African American Advisory Board, and a 2005 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

Study Group Topic: Black Conservatism in America

Kevin Jackson – Fall 2010

Kevin Jackson, Dole Fellow
Jackson is a leader in the consulting industry in America, having some of the world’s largest companies as his clients. Jackson is also a highly sought national speaker. He is author of The BIG Black Lie. Jackson has appeared numerous times on the Glenn Beck show, The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, and MSNBC. Jackson hosts a radio show and does many guest appearances on some of the more prominent conservative radio shows around the country. Jackson writes his almost daily blog, The Black Sphere, and is a contributing writing to Breitbart’s Big Government, American Thinker, and his work has been featured in Townhall magazine.

Study Group Topic: Black Conservatism in America

David Strauss – Spring 2010

David Strauss, Dole Fellow
Chairman of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Advisory Committee and former Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore.
Study Group Topic: Surviving in 2010: Blue Incumbents in Red Districts

Wilma Goldstein – Spring 2010

Wilma Goldstein, Dole Fellow
Goldstein now adds Spring 2010 Dole Fellow to her long and illustrious career in management, political consulting, survey research, public relations, political campaigns and associations, with a particular emphasis on women’s issues.
Study Group Topic: Landing THAT JOB in Washington

Kay Waldo Barnes – Fall 2009

Kay Barnes, Dole Fellow (D)
Mayor of Kansas City, Mo. from 1999-2007
Study Group Topic: You Be the Mayor

Newt Gingrich – Fall 2009 Visiting Dole Fellow

Newt Gingrich, Dole Fellow (R)
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999

Scott Burnett – Spring 2009

Scott Burnett, Dole Fellow (D)
Former Director of the Presidential Speakers Bureau during President Jimmy Carter’s administration (1977 to 1981)
Study Group Topic: Obama’s First 100 Days, co-led by Bill Lacy

Michael Glassner – Spring 2009 Visiting Dole Fellow

Michael Glassner, Dole Fellow (R)
Senior Advisor to Bob Dole from 1985 to 2000

Steven Jacques – Spring 2005 & Summer 2009

Steven Jacques, Dole Fellow (D)
Democratic political operative and Lead Advance for Barack Obama during 2008 campaign
Study Group Topic 2009: Everything’s Jacques

Machael McKennna – Fall 2009

Mike McKenna, Dole Fellow (R)
President of MWR Strategies, a political consulting firm
Study Group Topic: We’ve Got Issues

Scott Morris – Spring 2007

Scott Morris, Dole Fellow
Director of FEMA Florida
Study Group Topic: The Politics of Disasters

Ray Strother – Fall 2008

Ray Strother, Dole Fellow (D)
Media and Political Consultant
Study Group Topic: Political Communications Strategies

Joe Gaylord – Fall 2008

Joe Gaylord, Dole Fellow (R)
President of Chesapeake Associates, a political consulting firm
Study Group Topic: How to Develop and Run a Successful, Winning Campaign

Jennifer Schmidt – Fall 2007 & Spring 2008

Jennifer Schmidt, Dole Fellow
Legal counsel to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Judiciary Committee
Study Group Topic Fall 2007: Women in Politics: Career Stories
Study Group Topic Spring 2008: Gender, Race, and Religion in Politics

Jerry Austin – Fall 2007

Jerry Austin, Dole Fellow (D)
Democratic political consultant and President of Gerald J. Austin and Associates Inc., an Ohio-based political consulting and marketing firm
Study Group Topic: Presidential Politics from the Inside

Bob Holden – Spring 2007

Bob Holden, Dole Fellow (D)
Governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005
Study Group Topic: You Be the Governor: Making Decisions in the Fast Lane — Policy vs. Politics

Alan Cobb – Spring 2006

Alan Cobb, Dole Fellow (R)
Director of Americans for Prosperity, Republican grassroots activist
Study Group Topic: Citizen Involvement: Actions bypassing elected representatives.

Jim King – Fall 2006 Visiting Dole Fellow

Jim King, Dole Fellow (D)
Democratic White House advisor from Kennedy to Clinton

Ed Quick – Fall 2006

Ed Quick, Dole Fellow (D)
Missouri State Senator, 1985-2004; staff member for U.S. Senators Tom Eagleton (D-MO), David Pryor (D-AR) and Senate committees.
Study Group Topic: The Culture of Congress: Examining the different influences — interest groups, issues, constituencies and elected and appointed officials — that affect Capitol Hill.

Scott Richardson – Fall 2006

Scott Richardson, Dole Fellow (R)
Legal counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) from 1979-1985
Study Group Topic: Bob Dole: The Senate Years

John Toohey – Spring 2006

John Toohey, Dole Fellow
Senior aide to John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential run
Study Group Topic: Politics in an Age of Entertainment and Instant Information

Karen McCarthy – Fall 2005

Karen McCarthy, Dole Fellow (D)
U.S. Representative for Missouri’s fifth district, from 1995 to 2005
Study Group Topic: One Person CAN Make a Difference in Public Policy

Paul Curcio – Fall 2005

Paul Curcio, Dole Fellow (R)
Partner in Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm, a media consulting firm
Study Group Topic: Big Time Political Advertising

Ed Rollins – Spring 2005 Visiting Dole Fellow

Ed Rollins, Dole Fellow (R)
White House Political Director under President Ronald Reagan

Adam Taff – Spring 2005

Adam Taff, Dole Fellow
2004 Kansas Republican Congressional nominee

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