Government and Public Policy

Interested in public service? Come learn from UChicago's best and brightest serving in local, state, and federal government. The government panel and roundtables feature alumni making a real impact -- from those who advise legislators on Capitol Hill, to those who assess the effectiveness of city programs, to those who protect our country through national security efforts. Hear from successful College alumni working in government and policy-making organizations to learn how you too can launch a career in the service of others.

Panel Participants

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

Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago
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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.

Sofia Gross, AB'15, Fellow, Harvard University

Leads Political and Non-Profit Partnerships , Snap, Inc/Snapchat
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Ms. Gross is a part of Snap, Inc's Public Policy Team where she leads Political & Non-Profit Partnerships in Washington, DC. She first started at Snapchat in 2015 as a Politics & News Producer on the News Team based in New York City. She is also currently a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on the impact technology is having on democratic participation. Ms. Gross studied International Studies and NELC at the College focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She currently serves on UChicago's Alumni Schools Committee Task Force, serves a the Alumni Committee Chair for the IOP at UChicago and is an Executive Board Member of TurboVote. While on campus, she was Team Captain of the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, obsessed with the IOP, engaged with Hillel and a member of Delta Gamma. She is originally from San Diego, CA.

Bryant Jackson-Green, AB'13, MPPA'18, Northwestern

Strategic Policy Advisor, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
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Mr. Jackson-Green graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. While in the College, he as involved with the Midway Review, Students for a Free Society, and the International Leadership Council. After graduation, he went on to attend the Public Policy and Public Administration master's program at Northwestern University and worked in criminal justice research for nonprofits and in government. His work at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) focuses on agency strategic planning and managing the Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils project in partnership with Loyola University.

Christopher Kang, AB'98, JD'01 (Duke)

Chief Counsel, Demand Justice
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Mr. Kang is Chief Counsel of Demand Justice, which organizes around our nation's courts and fights for progressive change. He served in the Obama White House for nearly seven years, as Deputy Counsel to the President and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. He oversaw the selection, vetting, and confirmation of the president's judicial nominees; revamped the commutation process; and helped spearhead the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and passage of the Fair Sentencing Act. Mr. Kang also has served as National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and worked for U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin, as Director of Floor Operations, Judiciary Committee Counsel, and Counsel for labor issues. He graduated from the College in 1998, concentrating in public policy and economics, and was active in community service, Student Government, theater, and ultimate frisbee.