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Careers in Political Strategy Panel This Wednesday Evening, January 27th

January 26, 2010

Are you interested in working on a political campaign or want to advocate for an issue you really care about?  Then come and hear from our panelists who have all held prominent positions as political strategists.

Karen DeFilippi, SIS/BA ’05- Karen has worked on various campaigns, on the congressional, gubernational, and presidential level.  Of note, Karen served on various positions for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 2008.  Ms. DeFilippi was also the Deputy Campaign Manager for Mike Signer’s Lt. Governor Democratic Primary in Virginia and Finance Director for Speaker Gaye Symington’s gubernational campaign in Vermont.  She currently works for Representative Harry Teague as a Scheduler and Legislative Assistant.

Mike Pepe, SPA/BA ’98- Mike Pepe began at Direct Impact, where he helped to develop campaign strategies for law makers of various levels.  In 2007, he effectively managed Pat Herrity’s bid to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Mike has also been involved with the Republican National Committee as the Statewide Absentee Ballot Director in Virginia and was deployed to assist in Senator Saxby Chambliss’s run-off election.  Mike Pepe is currently a Field Manager at DDC Advocacy, which identifies and mobilizes high-level community support for national issue advocacy campaigns for the firm’s clients.

Jamal Simmons– Jamal started on  Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential Campaign managing logistics for reporters.  In 2000, he managed media relations in 40 states for former Vice President Al Gore’s Presidential run.  Jamal was also the traveling press secretary for 2004 Presidential candidates Senator Bob Graham and General Wesley Clark.  During the 2008 election, Jamal could be seen on TV providing political analysis on CNN. He currently serves as a Principal with the Raben Group

The event is being held on Wednesday, January 27th, at 7PM in the SIS Lounge.  Please RSVP for this event at

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