PPIA Junior Summer Institute 40th anniversary celebration - Public Event Hosted by the Ford School

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PPIA Junior Summer Institute 40th anniversary celebration

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On July 26th at 5pm ET, I hope you will join me and the Ford School of Public Policy for an event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute.

To celebrate this milestone, the Ford School is hosting a conversation with three distinguished alumni of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute: Farouk Ophaso, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Kenita Williams, Chief of Staff for the Southern Education Foundation, and David C. Wilson, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

They will discuss how their time in the PPIA program affected their careers, what advice they have for young professionals interested in public service, and lessons learned about the role that universities can play in building more inclusive and equitable public institutions.

After the panel, there will be a networking session from 6-6:30pm ET for PPIA alumni, supporters of the program, and current PPIA students to share career advice, talk about current policy issues, and catch up with friends in small breakout room discussions.

We hope to have PPIA alumni from all institutions join in the celebration. I hope you'll join us!

Headshots of Farouk Ophaso, Kenita Williams, and David C. Wilson
L-R: Farouk Ophaso, Kenita Williams, and David C. Wilson

From the speakers' bios

Farouk Ophaso (MPP ‘06) is the Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Mr. Ophaso has over 15 years of experience in the federal budget and appropriations process, serving in a variety of roles in the U.S. Congress, White House Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Air Force. He has been responsible for allocating billions of dollars for clean energy and the environment, overseeing budget activities related to education, labor, science, and space programs, and creating and executing legislative strategies to secure funding to combat the zika virus, Ebola, and the opioid epidemic.

Kenita Williams (MPP '07) is the Chief of Staff for the Southern Education Foundation. In her role, Kenita works to strengthen existing programs, leads on key strategic initiatives/new pathways for impact, supports the President & CEO in the development and management of organizational strategy and operations, and represents SEF’s values and efforts to key external stakeholders and the public.  Additionally, Kenita oversees SEF’s leadership development portfolio, creating and managing a cadre of fellowship programs and resources designed to cultivate a constellation of change agents to enact policies and practices that lead to a more equitable education system throughout the South.

Dr. David C. Wilson is the Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Wilson is a political psychologist specializing in the use of survey-based experiments to study political behavior and policy preferences. His scholarship focuses on the psychology of political opinion about policies, contentious social issues, and political figures. He is drawn to investigate justice-related biases in political preferences created by judgements of others.