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Joseph Jones, MPA
Executive Director

Brenda Kole, MPA
Assistant Director of Operations

Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt
Associate Director of Wellness & Nutrition Policy

Erin Austin
Communications Strategist

Kathryn Allen
Public Policy Fellow, full-time

Britney Samuelson
Administrative Assistant & Assistant to Sen. Harkin

National Advisory Council

Marsha Ternus, J.D. (Chair)
Former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice
Inaugural Executive Director, The Harkin Institute

Charles E. Cook, Jr.
Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report
Columnist, National Journal

Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.
President, Des Moines University

Michael G. Gartner
Principal Owner, Iowa Cubs
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Former President, NBC News

Ruth R. Harkin
Former Senior Vice President, United Technologies Corporation;
Past Member, Iowa Board of Regents

Rachel R. McLean, Ph.D.
Ruan Companies

Sally J. Pederson
Former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

Stephen W. Roberts, J.D.
Of Counsel, Davis Brown L.L.P.
Former Iowa Republican State Chairman

Nancy Shor
Senior Policy Advisor, National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives

Harkin Institute
October 2, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin will discuss the evolving role of American mayors in today’s political environment and other top issues facing American cities at The Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Oct. 30 at Drake University.