Policy Memo
Fall 2019
Thank you for coming to the 2019
Holiday Party!
The McCourt School of Public Policy welcomed students, alumni, faculty, and staff to the 2019 Holiday Party on Friday, December 6th. This year’s theme was Holidays Around the World featuring food from all over the world.
The McCourt School has Launched a New Website
We are proud to announce that the McCourt School has a brand new website! As part of Georgetown University’s commitment to inclusivity, this website is fully compliant with all WCA guidelines and will serve as a key resource for students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Welcome to our new GU Politics Fellows
The McCourt School’s Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) is eager to welcome six new fellows to the hilltop this spring. Next semester’s fellows are: Lily Adams, communications director at Kamala Harris for President; Joe Crowley, a member of congress from New York; Kate Nocera, DC bureau chief at Buzzfeed news; John Rogers, the former executive director at NRCC; and Robert Traynham, head of public affairs at Facebook. 
Current Students and Alumni Connect at Networking 101 Event
In advance of the McCourt School annual networking night, the McCourt School alumni association held a networking 101 event for current students. The turnout was great and offered McCourt students insight into how to prepare for future networking opportunities. 
Mark Zuckerberg Addresses Students at GU Politics Event
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined the McCourt School's Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) for “ A Conversation on Free Expression.” The event kicked off a new GU Politics initiative, Democracy in the Digital Age, which features conversations with leaders across the spectrum of politics, government, technology and media on the challenges and opportunities for democracy in the digital era.
Presidential Candidates Explore Climate Change at McCourt
More than 10 of the candidates running for U.S. president participated in a conversation with young voters on the issues surrounding climate change during a bipartisan, two-day forum at GU Politics in September. Candidates shared their visions for addressing the effects of climate change and answered questions from Georgetown students. 
Alum Devotes Her Policy Acumen to Hawaiian Entrepreneurs
Brittany Heyd (JD/MPP ‘13) was on the fast track for a high-powered law firm job when the lure of the startup world pulled her in another direction. For the past two years, Heyd has run Mana Up, a startup that fosters economic development in Hawaii by promoting local products and services.
New Program Enables Students to Register to Vote with Ease
This year, GU Politics and GU Votes launched a new program that allows students to register to vote while choosing classes. As a result, there was a 2% increase in the number of students who are registered to vote, which means that 98% of the Georgetown student body is now registered. 
From Police Officer to Policy Student
Sergeant Howard Singer (MPM'17), the communications advisor to the First Deputy Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, is leading a new initiative through the Georgetown McCourt School to establish and expand educational and leadership opportunities for all NYPD ranks and civilian titles.
Tracking Children's Health Insurance Coverage
Kids and teens are quietly losing their health insurance at unprecedented rates across America. A recent report from the McCourt School's Center for Children and Families reveals disturbing declines at the state and national level.
Improving Voting Transparency
Anyone who voted in the District of Columbia last year might have seen one of the volunteers for a new project, Observe D.C. The first-ever sample-based election observation project in the United States, Observe D.C. was the brainchild of Ben Mindes (MPP’19), a recent McCourt graduate.
Professor’s Early Research Paves Way for Policy Debate on Criminal Justice Reform
In December 2018, the First Step Act was signed into law, marking a significant moment in U.S. criminal justice reform. The legislation will hopefully make it easier for ex-offenders to get jobs, says McCourt professor Harry Holzer, a leading voice on workforce issues and labor market policy. Holzer was one of the first people to research employers’ perceptions around hiring individuals with a criminal record and has been working to incentivize the hiring of ex-offenders ever since.