President Mark D. Gearan took part in a panel discussion as part of the National Conversation on American Unity on Tuesday, July 23 in Philadelphia. The discussion was the second in a series of conversations hosted by the Commission on Political Reform in partnership with the National Constitution Center and USA TODAY in Philadelphia.
USA TODAY’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page moderated the Town Hall conversation with 10 commission members – including national political figures, volunteer leaders, business executives, academics, and state and local elected officials.
The Commission focuses on policy recommendations on electoral system reform, congressional reform and encouragement of greater public service. The 23-member Commission is an effort of the Bipartisan Policy Center chaired by Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary Dan Glickman, Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Senator Trent Lott and Senator Olympia Snowe. Gearan was appointed to the Commission earlier this year.
The Bipartisan Policy Center drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Center combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.
Gearan, who headed the Peace Corps before accepting the HWS presidency in 1999, is chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee and co-chair of the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard College. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Annapolis Group and the National Campus Compact.
Prior to his Peace Corps directorship, Gearan served in the White House as assistant to the President and director of communications, as well as deputy chief of staff during the Clinton administration. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he managed the campaign of Al Gore, segueing to the position of deputy director of President-elect Clinton’s transition team.
The public can view the webcast here.