|January 13, 2015 at 7pm|
San Francisco, CA 94111
7:00-7:30 Open Networking
7:30-8:00 Monthly Speaker | The State of Your State: Key Issues in 2015
Hear Jeff Collins examine the pressing political issues facing California in 2015.
Jeff is Senior Counsel for International Policy at Chevron, where he's taken particular interest in corporate social responsibility, revenue transparency, and environmental protection. He's previously worked as the White House National Security Council Director for Turkish Affairs, as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State, and as a litigator at O’Melveny and Myers in New York.
Jeff is Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee; an Advisory Board Member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights’ Business and Human Rights Project; and a member of the OECD’s Advisory Group on Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractives Sector. He has been named an Aspen Institute Visiting Scholar; a Washington Post Federal Player; and a U.S. Department of State Colin L. Powell Fellow. Jeff graduated with his JD from Northwestern University School of Law, from Stanford University with his BA, and is a proud native of California.
8:00-8:45 Breakout Sessions | The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and The Co-Founders Project
Convene Project Teams and tackle challenges using your skill set.
8:45-9:00 Open Networking
From San Francisco to Austin, Miami to New York, FWD.us has enlisted thousands from our community to roll up our sleeves, get engaged, and communicate to lawmakers the urgent need for immigration reform. Despite the overwhelming public support for commonsense solutions, Congress has refused to act, so we at FWD.us are renewing our commitment to improve the political process by rallying the tech community to the cause.
To do this, each FWD.us regional chapter will launch three projects this fall: The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and TheCo-Founders Project. We are committing our resources to these local chapters, which will serve as accelerators for political advocacy.
The Democracy Project: A team of innovators focused on developing new and creative strategies to engage in advocacy.
The 2.0 Project: A team of problem solvers and strategists who want to use their specialized skills to shape the national narrative on critical political issues.
The Co-Founders Project: A team of donors and volunteers who drive our quarterly ThinkFWD events that provoke discussion at the critical intersection of politics and technology.
Join any of these teams. Chapters will be the central home for everything we do in tech and politics, so visit our FWDMonthlies to join your local chapter’s expansion and renew your commitment to tech-driven political reform.
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