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Election Administration


Since at least the 2016 U.S. presidential election and during the 2020 U.S. presidential election, which was administered in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, election administration has been an increasingly difficult, polarized, and even dangerous civic process that is nonetheless central to procedural democracy. This panel explored how and when state and local election officials are included in the process of policymaking change around election administration and where policy can strengthen this civic necessity in the future.

Panelists included Richard Barton (Assistant Teaching Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department, Syracuse University), Jeff Greenburg (Senior Advisor on Election Administration, Committee of Seventy), and Audrey Kline (Deputy Clerk and Recorder, City and County of Denver).

November 14, 2023.

The Environment


The topic of environmental governance continues to grow in salience as the federal government and individual states grapple with evolving and, in some cases, unexpected environmental conditions. This panel convened a set of academics and practitioners that discussed the processes by which these policy solutions come about and how key policy stakeholders negotiate their design.

Panelists included Sara Rinfret (Professor of Public Administration and Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs at Northern Arizona University), Neela Ram (Southeast Regional Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council), and Paul Babbitt (Senior Legislative Assistant and Counsel for Senator Mark Kelly).

September 14, 2023

Center for Policy Design and Governance
426 Eggers Hall