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Civics In Action! Washington D.C. 2019

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Highlights from the 2019 trip!


  • Phillip Rucker - White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post

  • Jonathan Capehart - The Washington Post editorial board 

  • Brett Baier, Chief political anchor for Fox News

  • Phil Mattingly, CNN (interviewed at Capitol)

  • Bob Cusack, Editor In Chief, The Hill

  • Juliet Eilperin, Environmental Reporter, The Washington Post

  • Nick Wadhams, National Security Reporter, Bloomberg News

  • Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press


Policy Experts:

  • Jeremy Bash – Former Chief of Staff at the Department of Defense & CIA

  • Eric Fanning – Former United States Secretary of the Army and presently President and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association

  • Jen Psaki – Former White House Communications Director for Barack Obama

  • Melanie Nakagawa, CEO of Climate Initiative  

  • Mary Anne Hitt, Director of Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club

  • Jeremy Bash, Former Chief of Staff, Department of Defense & CIA

  • Eric Fanning, President and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association, former Secretary of the Army

  • Jen Psaki, Former White House Communications Director, President Obama

  • Eric Schultz, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama

  • Jeff Nussbaum, speech writer for former VP Joe Biden

  • Capricia Marshall, former US Protocol Ambassador, President Obama

  • Christina Reynolds, Vice President, Communications, Emily’s List


Law Makers:  

  • Representative David Cicilline

  • Representative Joe Kennedy III



  • Global Fund for Children

  • National Geographic

  • Save the Children 

  • World Wildlife Fund

  • Clean Water Action Network

  • Teach for America 

  • World Wildlife Fund (Students attended their annual summit and reception)

  • Green Peace


  • Environmental Defense Fund

  • World Central Kitchen (meeting at Chef Jose Andres’s Oyamel Restaurant)

  • Education Reimagined

  • Conservation International

  • The Education Trust

  • Climate Action Network

  • American Youth Policy Forum

  • Ocean Conservancy


Government Agencies:

  • Environmental Protection Agency, Drinking Water Protection Division

  • Global Change Research Program

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation (NOAA), Marine Debris Division

  • USAID, Afghanistan & Haitian Divisions


  • Embassy of Brazil

  • Embassy of Lithuania

And Fun!:

  • Newseum

  • Air & Space Museum

  • U.S. Capitol

  • Jefferson Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial – (where students recited the Gettysburg Address)

  • Policy group dinners

  • National Geographic

  • National Archives

  • Capitol (where students had a special visit to Speaker’s Balcony overlooking the Mall)

  • National Galleries

  • National Portrait Gallery

  • Ford’s Theater

  • White House

  • Jefferson Memorial (for morning fun run)

  • MLK Memorial

  • FDR Memorial

  • Vietnam Memorial

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