Stepping Up, Taking Lead: A Roadmap into Politics and Public Service

Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 12:00-4:15 pm EDT | Virtual


First 100 Attendees Receive $10 DoorDash Gift Card

Have you ever thought about running for office or seeking an appointed position? Our democracy needs you!
Join us for an interactive workshop with leading experts and organizations to learn how to run for office and pursue presidential and state appointments.

Check out the lineup below. Registrants will be sent a single Zoom link for all sessions and may join for a partial day. 




Panel 1: Leading in Elected Office: Practical Tips for Running and Winning

12:00-1:30 pm EST | 9:00-10:30 am PST

Manny Espitia, Run for Something

Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Higher Heights for America

Moderated by Teresa Acuña, Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance


Panel 2: Stepping into Politics: Advice for Appointed Office and Civic Engagement

1:45-2:45 pm EST | 10:45-11:45 am PST                                             

Reggie Greer, Presidential Personnel Office, Office of President Joe Biden

Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Sid Espinosa, Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Microsoft

Moderated by Cesar Alvarez, Native American Alumni of Harvard University


Panel 3: Lessons from Veterans in Elected and Appointed Office

3:00-4:15 pm EST | 12:00-1:15 pm PST

Delia Garcia, Secretary of Labor, Kansas

Adrian Perkins, Mayor of Shreveport City, Louisiana

Mark Takano, U.S. Representative (D-41), California

Moderated by Sejal Shah Gulati, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance


Co-sponsored by: Native American Alumni of Harvard University, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, Harvard Black Alumni Society, Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance
Please email with questions.