2010 Path to Politics Series

“Building Coalitions to Win”

Our 2010 series will help participants understand the importance of building coalitions when you run for office.  We’ll introduce attendees to party committees, political action committees, constituency groups, advocacy groups and show future candidates and interested individuals how these groups can help a candidates to build an effective campaign and win.

To RSVP:  Please send an email to info@runningstartonline.org with the subject line ‘Path to Politics RSVP’ and let us know your name and which Path to Politics seminar you plan to attend.

2010 Schedule

Building Your Base: Introductions to Coalitions, Party Committees & PAC’s
Hosted by Brown Rudnick
Date & Location: February 24th; 601 13th Street NW, Suite 600


  • Joanna Burgos, Western Regional Press Secretary at the National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Jennifer Pihlaja, Midwest regional political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Labor of Love: Understanding Labor Unions
Hosted by AFSCME
Date & Location: March 16th; 1625 L Street, N.W., Main Conference Room

Speakers: Liz Shuler, Treasurer-Secretary of the AFL-CIO

Taking Care of Business: Understanding the Business Community
Hosted by the Financial Services Roundtable & State Farm Insurance
Date & Location: April 15th; 1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 500 South
Time: 12 – 2pm


  • Janene D. Jackson, Esq., Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy at the DC Chamber of Commerce
  • Kate Smith, PAC Director at The American Council of Life Insurers

Out of Left Field: Understanding the Progressive Community
Hosted by Democratic GAIN
Date & Location: September 22nd; 1850 M St NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC (map)
Time: 12-1:30 PM


  • Amy Taylor Marshall, Managing Director, Public Policy and Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Lisa Turner, Owner and President at The Turner Group Inc
  • Cathy Duvall, Political Director at Sierra Club

Out of Right Field: Understanding the Conservative Community
Hosted by TBD
Date & Location: October 25, 2010
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM


  • Kate Obenshain, Vice President of Young America’s Foundation
  • Andy Roth, Vice President of Government Affairs, Club for Growth
  • Katie Vlietstra, President of WUFPAC and Former Federal Liaison,
    Office of State-Federal Relations, Governor Rick Perry

Good Fundraising Begins at Home: How to Find and Get PAC Dollars
Hosted by DLA Piper
Date & Location: November 11th; DLA Piper 500 8th St. N.W., Washington, DC (map)
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM


  • Nancy Bocskor, President of The Nancy Bocskor Company
  • Stefanie Conahan, Senior Finance Advisor for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • William Minor, Partner, Federal Political Law, DLA Piper