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Public Policy with Kelly Veney Darnell of the Bipartisan Policy Center - Policy Dialogues Ep.20



The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board's video and podcast series called Policy Dialogues discusses current events through a policy lens.


Episode 20 focuses on public policy with Kelly Veney Darnell. Participants also included Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11).


Kelly Veney Darnell is the Chief Operating Officer for the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is a Washington, DC-based think tank to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.


Kelly has held political positions as the Federal Affairs Director for the City of Atlanta and as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Lewis in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She received her B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and a Master’s of Public Management from the University of Maryland. She received her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.


We discussed:

  • Why she first got interested in public policy;

  • What it was like working for Representative John Lewis;

  • The interaction between a Chief Operating Officer and public policy;

  • The work of the Bipartisan Policy Center; and

  • What it means to follow your north star.

The views expressed do not represent official positions of the school or alumni network.

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