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Remembering Barbara Bush, Former Campaign Staffer Shares a Story She Kept Secret for 34 Years

Remembering Barbara Bush, Former Campaign Staffer Shares a Story She Kept Secret for 34 Years

First Lady Barbara Bush had an unwavering desire to help others with her innate kindness and piercing wisdom. As a role model for leading a life of service to others, she will forever be our inspiration for helping people reach their fullest potential in life. I hadn’t thought about this story in years, but yesterday I was on a walk and thought about this moment back in 1984. Not even my husband or my son knew about this...

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Reducing Traffic Congestion and Keeping Kids Safe [Video]

Reducing Traffic Congestion and Keeping Kids Safe [Video]

Danville, CA — I proudly serve as the Program Manager for the Measure J Congestion Relief Agency (also known as TRAFFIX). I have a long history serving in key roles in government at the federal, state and local levels. My story with TRAFFIX started when my son was a freshman at Monte Vista High School. He rode the TRAFFIX bus from 2012 through 2014 as a high school freshman and sophomore. During that time, I became engaged with the program and was appointed to the Citizens Advisory...

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What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

The last interview I conducted during my series at the Dole Institute was one I looked forward to the entire time. Donna Lucas of Lucas Public Affairs is among the top 100 insiders at the California State Capitol. And she’s worked hard, achieving top roles in state government as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chief of Staff to former California First Lady Maria Shriver. Donna currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Public Policy Institute...

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Interview with former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Survivor, Leader, Public Servant [Video]

Interview with former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Survivor, Leader, Public Servant [Video]

It was really important to me to include former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in the series on extraordinary women at the Dole Institute. I had seen Ellen in action as my representative in the U.S. Congress and watched her ascend to one of the highest levels of government as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Since leaving the State Department in 2012, Tauscher has assumed a number of publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, including serving on...

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Meet Ellie Schafer: Special Assistant to President Barack Obama [Video]

Meet Ellie Schafer: Special Assistant to President Barack Obama [Video]

What’s it like to meet the Pope? Or Jimmy Buffett? Ellie Schafer knows. She’s the Director of the White House Visitor’s Office and someone I have known for more than 20 years. She has a very unique and interesting story which began when she was the face of “Mr. Bubbles”, around age five. Since then, she helped her father, a Republican, become Governor of the State of North Dakota and did advance work for the Dali Lama prior to working for Senator Barack Obama on...

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