Government and Policy

Interested in government? Come learn from UChicago's best and brightest serving in local, state, and federal government. The government panel and roundtables feature a select few of the many people employed in both local and federal governments, from those who staff America's diplomatic missions overseas, to those who assist in regulating the American stock market, to those who craft the policies that guide everyday life. Hear from successful College alumni working in government and policymaking organizations alike to find out more about building a career in service of your fellow citizens.

Panel Participants

Matthew Dolbow, AB'98, MPA 2013 (Harvard Kennedy School)

Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

As Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the UN, Matthew oversees U.S. negotiations to achieve sustainable social and economic development. He joined USUN following a ten-year China "tour." From 2013 to 2016, he led Embassy Beijing's Economic Strategy and Investment Unit, advising U.S. policymakers on the impact of China's overseas aid and investment on U.S. foreign policy objectives. He helped negotiate China's first agreement to cooperate with another country as an aid donor, rather than as a recipient, a pact the two countries announced during President Xi's 2015 U.S. state visit. From 2009 to 2012, as Spokesman for the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, Matthew created social media platforms that attracted 300,000 subscribers. In 2013, Matthew completed an MPA at Harvard's Kennedy School. He received a AB in Anthropology from UChicago in 1998 and speaks Mandarin and Korean.

Colleen Duke, AB'91, MBA, Northwestern'02

Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

Ms. Duke graduated from the College in 1991 with a degree in art history and economics. She also has an MBA from Northwestern University. She currently serves as Public Affairs Officer in the Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Services section at the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago. Her sectors include environment and climate change, academic relations, education marketing, social/new media, and special projects. She joined Global Affairs Canada in 2003, having previously worked in museums including the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Academy of Sciences (now known as the Peggy Notebart Museum), the Museum of Broadcast Communications and the Smithsonian Institution.

David Glockner, AB'82, JD'85 (Stanford)

Regional Director, US Securities and Exchange Commission

Mr. Glockner graduated from the College in 1982 with an AB in politics, economics, rhetoric, and law, and was a Maroon editor and runner. After attending Stanford Law School, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago in 1987, where he specialized in financial crime. He served as chief of the office's criminal division from 2000-2012, working on prosecutions of two successive Illinois governors and the chief of staff to the Vice President of the United States. From 2012-2013 he led the Chicago office of a global digital risk management and investigations firm. He joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2013 as Director of its Chicago Regional Office, and oversees the SEC's enforcement and examination activities in nine Midwestern states. He teaches a class on cybersecurity and the legal system at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Erin Sweeney, AB'05, MPP/UP'07 (Kennedy School); MA'15 (Rutgers University - Newark)

Nonprofit Exec. Dir. & Former Foreign Service Off.

Ms. Sweeney is a nonprofit leader in Newark, NJ, where she has spent several years working in urban/Newark policy, education, and youth development at various organizations. Previously, she was a Foreign Service Officer and Pickering Fellow, serving tours in Nigeria, Bolivia, and NYC, and temporary assignments in DC, Tanzania, and Germany. She received multiple Department awards, including the Secretary's Award for Overseas Volunteerism from Secretary Clinton for her community work in Africa. She graduated from UChicago in 2005 with a bachelor's in public policy, from Harvard Kennedy School in 2007 with a master's in public policy/urban planning, and recently completed a master's in American Studies from Rutgers University - Newark, focusing on immigration/migration and Newark. In her free time, she volunteers for a bunch of organizations (including as a UChicago alumni interviewer!) sits on several nonprofit boards, and still loves to travel.