Meet the Fall Fellows: Phil Kent

Phil Kent was recently chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) from the beginning of 2003 until the end of 2014. He was responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries.

Summer of Service: Social Finance

Authored by IOP Director's Intern with Social Finance Maddie Sewani ’16. This summer, I had the privilege of serving as the first Director’s Intern at Social Finance (SF), a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress. Central to SF’s work is an innovative financing tool called the Social Impact Bond (SIB), a public-private-nonprofit partnership that has the potential to scale evidence-based social interventions, create taxpayer efficiencies, and generate financial returns for investors.

Meet the Fall Fellows: Valerie Biden Owens

Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign. Mrs. Biden Owens has led every campaign in her brother Joe Biden’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations. She also has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail. A 2008 New York Times article quotes David Wade, then Mr. Biden's press secretary, as saying Mrs. Biden Owens “is absolutely his political alter-ego and confidante.”

Summer of Service: conservative magazine National Review

Authored by IOP 2014 Summer Director's Intern with the National Review Molly Wharton. This summer, I am interning in Manhattan at National Review, a conservative magazine and website for news and opinion. I have been mainly working with National Review Online, which is a separate publication from the semimonthly magazine, though I do copyediting for the magazine from time to time as well. I have always been interested in journalism, having written for my high school newspaper as well as The Crimson at Harvard. Before this summer, though, I had never written about politics and was excited to try it out.

Meet the Fall Fellows: Anton Gunn

Anton J. Gunn is the Founder & President of the 937 Strategy Group, LLC, a national consulting firm that equips the next generation of social and political entrepreneurs in the health & human services industries. Previously, Anton Gunn served as a senior official in the Obama Administration as the Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where he advised President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on public engagement strategies to introduce Main Street to the Affordable Care Act.

Summer of Service: SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Authored by IOP Director's Intern with SelectUSA Sarah Sohn '16. This summer, I have been interning at SelectUSA, a government program housed within the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Established by Executive Order of the President in 2011, SelectUSA encourages and facilitates domestic and foreign business investment in the United States. When I was first looking to apply to this position, I was immediately drawn to the intersection of business, government, and foreign and domestic policy at which the SelectUSA initiative operates, and I wanted to learn more about the ways in which this organization goes about achieving its unique mission.

Meet the Fall Fellows: Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., until June 30, 2013 was president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf was the national advocate for the commercial casino industry and was responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational issues affecting the industry for the past 18 years.

Summer of Service: U.S. Conference of Mayors

Summer of Service: During the summer of 2014 the IOP is proud to sponsor and work with over 150 students who are spending their summers working in politics and public service around the world. We caught up with Kevin Hornbeck'16 who is spending his summer interning with the U.S. Conference of Mayors! Read his Q&A below.

Meet the Fall Fellows: Kristen Soltis Anderson

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Republican researcher and strategist, a columnist at The Daily Beast and partner and co-founder of Echelon Insights. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy.

Summer of Service: Purple Strategies

During the summer of 2014 the IOP is proud to sponsor and work with over 150 students who are spending their summers working in politics and public service around the world. We caught up with Ryan Pallas '16 who is spending his summer interning with Purple Strategies! Read his Q&A.

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