is In Session
| BY JEFF
JSA’s winter convention cycle is home to our popular Congress
conventions. Us old time JSA alumni are probably not familiar
with these conventions as they were introduced to JSA in the early
‘90’s. Younger alumni mostly recall Congress as
favorite JSA convention. By some measures, JSA’s Congress
conventions are our most popular and most educational and they
certainly are our most “democratic.”
These conventions are
a fun way for young people to learn about the legislative process just
as many of us learned from Schoolhouse
in the 1970s.
JSA launched our Congress Convention format originally as
“expansion conventions” and held them in areas
looking to expand – Fresno, San Diego, Houston, Portland,
and Washington, D.C. While not overly successful at spawning
chapters in new areas (only growth in Texas and Oregon can be
attributed to these conventions), Congress convention attendance
started rapidly growing in the early 2000’s and can be
for some of JSA’s expansion on the East Coast and Midwest. In
particular, our Washington DC conventions have grown from a couple
hundred students over one weekend to three weekends with over 2,000
students combined. Over the years, the great line up of
speakers – from Ralph Nader to Pat Robertson to Dennis
to Edwin Meese - has helped fuel this growth.
Educators have heralded JSA’s Congress Conventions as our
educational because they not only give students a chance to explore
controversial issues, they also help students understand “how
bill becomes a law.” More so than textbook accounts
Congress works, JSA lets students experience the excitement
frustrations of lawmaking. Through heated committee sessions
fiery speeches on the “floor” of the House and
students compromise, persuade and wind up settling on solutions to the
challenges facing our nation. There are 535 folks who work in
Washington DC who could learn a thing or two from our students.
Unlike debate resolutions at Fall State and Spring State, the issues
discussed at JSA’s Congress Conventions come straight from
ordinary JSA delegates. While appointed Debate Directors determine the
resolutions for most of our conventions, the legislation debated at
Congress is submitted by chapter members. The range of topics
impressive. From lighter issues like abolishing the penny and banning
Barbie dolls that make girls insecure about their body image to tough
controversies like health care reform and affirmative action, students
have weighed in on policies they feel Congress should consider.
At the end of the Congress Conventions, students are encouraged to get
in touch with their Congressional representatives and let them know
about the legislation from the weekend. Real world politicians should
take note of the issues and creative solutions that capture the
attention of today’s student leaders.
JSA Alumni Association launched last year with a flurry of activities
In an effort to learn more about JSA alumni and reconnect them with
each other, we surveyed over 30,000 alumni and published the first ever JSA
Alumni Directory. It lists 4,500 alumni from 1940 to 2011 and is a fascinating look at what our alumni
are up to today.
Hopefully many of you were able to attend one of the alumni events last
November at the Fall State Conventions in Los Angeles, Santa Clara,
Boston and Austin. JSA alumni had the opportunity to participate in a
student-alumni debate, hear from an alum speaker and meet the current
JSA Governor and cabinet in a private reception.
Coming up next month are two amazing JSA fundraising events in Los
Angeles and San Francisco. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
headlines an intimate gathering at a home in Atherton, CA to benefit
JSA and, in Los Angeles, LA City Councilmember, JSA alum and candidate
for mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at a private lunch. Find more
information and purchase tickets here: JSA Spring Fundraisers.
The JSA Alumni Steering Committee is making plans now for more alumni
events later this year and will publish an updated Alumni Directory as
well. Please watch your email for further information and, if you have
any suggestions on what you would like to see,
New Directors Named
Junior Statesmen Foundation is pleased to announce the election of five
new members of its Board of Directors. Jennifer Anastasoff,
Amy Demske, Steve LaVoie, Jay Maguire and Anne Raby Gates were elected
to four year terms as JSF Directors. Short biographies of the
new Directors can be found below.
Additionally, Alex Evans, June Thurber Paine, and Jim Lintott were
re-elected to new terms. The 2012 class of joins nine other
civic minded alumni and friends of JSA who make up the fiduciary Board
of Directors that governs the Junior Statesmen Foundation and supports
the activities of the student-run Junior State of America.
The Board of Directors also elected a new slate of officers to lead the
foundation. Re-elected to their posts were Alex Evans,
President; Marty Barash, Vice-President and Susan Thurman,
Treasurer. Joining them for the upcoming term with be Amy
Demsky, who was elected Secretary.
New members of
Statesmen Foundation Board of Directors
Co-Founder and CEO, Fuse Corps
Jennifer is a co-founder of Fuse Corps and the founding CEO. She has
significant experience engaging the corporate sector in pro-bono
projects in particular in education. Prior to starting Fuse Corps,
Jennifer engaged top corporate professionals in pro-bono projects as
well as in education as founding CEO of a teacher recruiting
organization and founder of an international corporate service
fellowship program. Her prior work includes teaching through Teach for
America and serving as an analyst in the California Legislature. She
has spoken and presented papers at Harvard University and its Business
School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Comparative
International Education Society Conference. Jennifer has a Masters in
Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in
Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she
received the prestigious Public Service Fellowship.
As a student at Pacifica High School, Jennifer served as the Northern
Governor for JSA and attended the JSA Summer Schools at Stanford and
Amy J. Demske
Senior Government Relations Director, Arent Fox LLP
Amy has spent more than twenty years helping shape state and federal
health policy. Since 2003, Amy has worked as a senior lobbyist for the
law firm Arent Fox, representing healthcare innovators on federal
legislative and regulatory matters. Amy’s practice consists
of hospitals, health systems, device and drug manufacturers and
provider organizations and she writes and speaks to groups about the
implications and intersection of legislative and regulatory changes to
the Medicaid and Medicare programs, healthcare system and delivery
change, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and coverage and
payment for emerging technologies. Amy also provides professional
services to non-profit and charitable organizations, and received the
firm’s Pro Bono award in 2009 for outstanding contributions
to the public interest.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Amy directed the federal operations for
Broydrick &Associates, a Wisconsin-based government relations
firm, and managed the health care practice at the Carmen Group. Amy
served on the legislative and budget team at the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (then Health Care Financing Administration)
during passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, focusing on federal
budgeting, Medicaid’s charity care program for public
hospitals, state financing programs, demonstration programs, and the
creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Amy
received the Administrator’s top award for service for the
development of the President’s FY 1998 Medicare and Medicaid
legislative program. In 1991, Amy served as a leadership aide to
Florida House Majority Leader Anne Mackenzie, and in 1994 assumed the
role of Legislative Director for Florida’s health care agency
and as Governor Lawton Chiles’ legislative liaison. In this
role, Amy led a statewide campaign in support of the
Governor’s comprehensive health care reform legislation to
increase access to care for Floridians.
Amy is the immediate Past Chair of the Montgomery County Board of
Social Services, responsible for advocating for programs and services
to support the county’s safety net. Amy has also served as a
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing foster children
that have been removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect.
As a student at Watchung Hills High School in New Jersey, Amy was the
first JSA student leader on the East Coast and organized the first JSA
convention on the East Coast after attending the JSA Summer School at
Anne Raby Gates
Exec. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Disney Consumer
Anne returned to her role as Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in October 2009.
She is responsible for DCP’s finance and accounting functions
and leads budgetary and strategic planning reviews. Gates also oversees
franchise development and management, the North America Sales team, and
the division’s information technology function. Previously,
Anne was Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Europe and
Emerging Markets. She was responsible for all merchandise licensing and
support functions for DCP’s European region, which consists
of United Kingdom; France; Benelux; Iberia; GAS (includes Germany,
Austria, Switzerland); Nordic and Italy. In addition, Gates was
responsible for DCP’s Emerging Markets in Asia, Europe and
Latin America and oversaw the Disney Store Europe.
Anne’s experience at The Walt Disney Company began in 1991 as
a Senior Manager for Operations and Planning. In 1993, she was promoted
to Vice President, Division Finance and Planning and was named Vice
President, Planning and Business Development at Disney Interactive in
1997. Following an assignment as vice president, Operations Planning,
The Walt Disney Company, Anne was promoted to Senior Vice President and
named DCP’s Chief Financial Officer in 2000. She was promoted
again to Executive Vice President in 2001. Prior to joining Disney,
Anne worked for PepsiCo. Her roles included a position as manager,
Business Development for KFC International, based in London, for
Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Anne received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the University of
California, Berkeley and a master of science in operations research
from Columbia University.
Anne was a JSA leader at Cubberley High
School in Palo Alto and attended the Junior Statesmen Summer School at
Chairman and CEO, Arrowstream
Steve founded ArrowStream in 2000 and serves as Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. Steve’s extensive experience in
foodservice and finance, combined with his passion and commitment to
building trust among trading partners, has helped him develop a unique
vision for reshaping the foodservice supply chain. Since founding
ArrowStream, he and his team have been dedicated to building the
world’s most efficient supply chains. Prior to forming
ArrowStream, Steve was President of the Sterno Division at Blyth
Industries, a $1.3 billion global consumer products company.
Previously, Steve held several positions at Blyth Industries including
Vice President of International and Corporate Controller.
Steve earned his Master’s degree in public and private
management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and his Bachelor
of Arts from The University of California, Berkeley. Steve has earned
many professional recognitions including: Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Midwest honoree, finalist for
the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) 2010 CEO of the Year, and
Supply and Demand Chain Executives’ 2009 Pros to Know. He
serves on the Board of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and
chairs its investment committee. He has been involved with the
International Foodservice Manufacturers Association since 1999.
Originally from Sonoma, CA, one of Steve’s teachers gave him
the announcement about The Junior Statesmen Summer School. He gave up a
baseball road trip that summer to attend the program at U.C. Davis and
the experience had a deep affect on his life.
Principal, Maguire Strategies
Jay provides business development services, political strategy advice
and direct legislative advocacy to an array of clients in Washington,
DC and in Austin, Texas, with interests in procurement, appropriations,
transportation, health care, renewable energy, insurance, tobacco
regulation, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and tax matters.
He joined the Washington offices of the Chicago-based law firm of Bell,
Boyd and Lloyd in 1997 as Legislative Representative for clients of the
firm. He provided lobbying, media relations, crisis management and
campaign finance services and advice to clients in a wide range of
industries—from the mutual fund trade association to a major
ship-husbanding contractor. He represented Computer Associates, then
the world’s largest software manufacturer before the US
Congress and the Virginia legislature, where he obtained solid results
against an entrenched special interest which sought to legally infringe
the intellectual property rights of the client. He successfully managed
a multi-state project over five years to prevent the implementation of
selective taxation of small tobacco manufacturers to the benefit of Big
In 2005, he left Bell, Boyd and formed Maguire Strategies, a boutique
government affairs shop with clients in Florida, Texas and Washington,
DC and strategic partnerships with lobby shops and law firms in several
As a student at Pasadena High School in Texas, Jay attended the Junior
Statesmen Summer School at Georgetown University. Subsequently, Jay
also worked as a counselor and speakers program assistant at the
program and served as a counselor and assistant director at the JSA
Summer School at UT Austin. Jay currently serves as chair of the JSA
Texas Advisory Committee.
Adds a Veteran and New Blood to Management
is pleased to announce to key additions to our management team.
Larry Guillemette rejoins the staff as Chief Academic Officer
Patchell comes on board as Chief Development Officer.
has over 25 years experience working in the fields of civic and
experiential education. Larry began his relationship with The
Junior Statesmen Foundation more than 20 years ago when he opened the
JSF’s first office in Washington, DC while serving as the
Director of East Coast and Texas Programs for the Junior
State. In 1992, he moved on to serve as the Director of the
Institute on Political Journalism at the Fund for American Studies at
Georgetown University and later served as the Executive Director of the
American Institute of Architecture Students.
For more than 10 years, Larry was the principal of a boutique meeting
and event management consulting firm that organized and executed major
events including international conferences and trade shows, product
launches and fund raising events. Prior to
rejoining the Junior Statesmen Foundation, Larry was the Director of
Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Academic Travel
Abroad, an industry leader in providing in-depth adult travel learning
programs. At ATA, Larry worked closely with arts, educational
and other cultural non-profit organizations as that use travel as part
of their fund raising strategies.
Larry’s work in civic education began when he served as the
Director of Educational Programs for the Congressional Youth Leadership
Council, where he was responsible for such programs as the National
Young Leaders Conference, the Washington Journalism Conference and the
Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.
started his career in Washington DC, working as the Deputy
Political Director for Business Executives for National Security, a
non-partisan education and advocacy organization that seeks to inject
business principles into national security planning.
After graduate school he went to work for AT&T and later
AT&T Wireless in a several sales, marketing, sales management
and business development roles. During this time he was responsible for
the business relationship with several of the largest and most
recognizable Bay Area based Fortune 500 companies.
Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from the
University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters degree emphasizing
international relations and business management from the University of
California San Diego. His Masters’ work included a
two-year graduate research project at Japan’s Tohoku
University as a sponsored Monbusho (Department of Education) Fellow.
By Karen Prosser
Good news from the East Coast: Liz
a former JSA Lt. Governor in Northern California and Summer School
graduate in 1983, is running for Mayor of Princeton, NJ in the upcoming
June 5 Democratic primary election.
"The next few years offer a great
opportunity to show how we can continue to build on the consolidation
of our two municipalities -- Princeton Borough and Princeton Township
-- and remake ourselves into a Princeton that will be stronger, more
vibrant and even more extraordinary than before," Lempert said in a
press release announcing her candidacy. "I want to make sure
consolidation works well for all residents. If we do it right, we'll be
a model for others -- a fitting role for a town with so much renowned
Something you don't hear often enough from political leaders, and JSA
Rutherford led the way:
San Bernardino County supervisors rolled back their own health and
retirement benefits Tuesday, approving a proposal to reduce their
compensation by 18 percent.
The board, voting unanimously, took the step following a county civil
grand jury report last July that criticized supervisors' benefits as
"overly generous" compared to surrounding counties. A survey
requested by Supervisor Rutherford found that San Bernardino supervisors
received the second highest salary and benefits among seven Southern
California counties. Only Los Angeles County supervisors
"We were way out of whack with comparable counties in Southern
California," said Rutherford, who proposed the cut and described their
benefits as "gold-plated." Janice is a Republican who is serving her
first term as a San Bernardino County Supervisor.
1987 JSA Summer School at Stanford and Los Angeles Symposium and
Stanford Summer School Resident-Advisor, and his wife, Maria are
expecting their first child in October.
JSA Northern California Governor, JSA Georgetown Summer School graduate
and Resident Advisor at several JSA summer programs gave birth recently
Piquette, known as Coco. Mom
and Babe are living in Florence, Italy.
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Spring Fundraiser with L.A. City Councilman and JSA Alum Eric
Garcetti in conversation with Dan Schnur
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in conversation with former California Contoller Steve Westly
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