Two New Speakers Scheduled at the 2014 NJC!!

Randi Park is a Publishing Officer at The World Bank. She is currently focused on  ebook, web, and mobile app development and dissemination. Since joining the World Bank, she has also provided oversight of book manufacturing and pre-press, print-on-demand, and warehouse and distribution operations. Prior to working at the World Bank, Ms Park was Sr. Production Manager at World Book Encyclopedia, where she managed digitization of the 22 volume encyclopedia and produced many other English and foreign language educational and reference products.   Annie Rorem is a Policy Associate for the Demographics & Workforce Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.  She has a background in both theoretical mathematics and public policy, and conducts research on education and labor force participation with a particular interest in gender.  Annie is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and worked for several years as a middle school teacher before completing her MPP at University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy. Annie is a contributor to statchatva.org and is an author of ‘Cultivating Young Women’s Leadership for a Kinder, Braver World’, published by The Kinder and Braver World Project: Research Series in December 2012.
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Managing Director of Brookings Institute to Speak at 2014 NJC

William J. Antholis serves as the managing director of The Brookings Institution. In that capacity, he works directly with Brookings's president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research.  On behalf of Brookings’ president, he also works directly with Brookings board of trustees and a range of university, philanthropic and other institutional partners. Dr. Antholis is also a senior fellow in Governance Studies, where his work focuses on the politics and institutions of international diplomacy. He is the author of the forthcoming book: Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global, (Brookings Press, Sept 2013). It explores how country-sized provinces and states in the world’s two biggest nations are increasingly becoming global players. William Antholis spent five months in India and China, travelling to over 20 states and provinces in both countries. He explored the enormously diversity in business, governance, and culture of these nations, temporarily relocating his entire family to Asia. Along with Brookings President Strobe Talbott, he is the author of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming (Brookings Press, 2010). He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Antholis served in government. At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998.  He also was deputy director of the White House Climate Change policy team.  At the State Department, he served at the Policy Planning Staff and in the Economic Affairs Bureau. Prior to joining Brookings, he served for five years as director of studies and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a U.S. grant-making and public policy institution devoted to strengthening transatlantic cooperation. In that capacity, Dr. Antholis was project director of the Trade and Poverty Forum, a six-country dialogue of leading citizens and legislators focused on using the global economy to address persistent global poverty and inequality. He was also an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Visiting Fellow at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University. In 1991, Dr. Antholis co-founded the Civic Education Project – a nonprofit organization that supported western-trained social science instructors at universities in 23 Central and Eastern European countries.  He served on its board of trustees until 2007, when it was absorbed by the Central Eastern European University. Dr. Antholis earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in politics (1993), and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in government and foreign affairs (1986).  He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Kristen Suokko and two daughters.
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2014 National Journal Conference Speaker Bios Released

2014 National Journal Conference Speaker Bios

Sean Lowry is an Analyst in Public Finance at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, DC.  As an economic analyst, Mr. Lowry provides nonpartisan policy analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate regarding small business, economic development, and tax policy.  He has developed a broad portfolio of written reports and memoranda within a short period of time, including individual income tax and tax reform issues, Affordable Care Act employer penalty and medical device excise tax, and federal small business financing programs. Mr. Lowry has worked previously as a Research Analyst for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and interned at the U.S. State Department, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the Department of the Treasury. His research has been cited by the New York Times, Brookings Institution-Urban Institute Bipartisan Tax Center, Washington Post, and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in International Affairs and Economics, and an MPP from the University of Maryland College Park.   Paul Kane joined washingtonpost.com in January 2007 to write a blog about Congress. He previously worked at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the inside politics of Capitol Hill. Kane covered the Senate leadership from late 2000 through 2005 for Roll Call, and in 2006 he covered the ongoing ethical scandals that engulfed the 109th Congress. In 2004, he won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage for Congress from the National Press Foundation, and he was awarded "special citation" from the foundation as a runner-up for the Dirksen award in 2006. A veteran of congressional coverage since the early days of the Gingrich revolution, Kane came to Washington in 1995, starting at States News Service, the regional wire service that used to provide local coverage out of the capital for smaller papers across the country. His byline appeared in Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe and Bangor Daily News, among other papers. He also worked in the one-person bureau for The Record of Hackensack, N.J. (1998-2000), getting his first real taste of political corruption as he covered the start of an FBI/Justice Department investigation into favors-for-gifts-and-cash allegations against former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.). Before coming to Washington, Kane took a one-year assignment in 1994 as a copy editor and writing coach for China Daily, the English-language newspaper in Beijing. His daily journalism also includes time spent at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. (1993-1994), and The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. (1992-1993). A 1992 graduate of the University of Delaware, Kane is a native of Maple Glen, Pa., a suburb just outside of Philadelphia.
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Payment Information for the National Journal Conference

All schools who register for NJC should received their invoice shortly after with payment information. If you are interested in paying electronically for your attendance to VPR’s Second Annual National Journal Conference, please follow the link below. Electronic Payment Form for National Journal Conference Electronic registration payments should be made no later than January 16th at 11:59PM. Please email us directly with any questions that you have about electronic payment or conference registration. Please contact Director of Events, Yuhuan Fu at yf5un@virginia.edu.
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