This reflection on the post-election picture will feature Tom Davis ’71 H’09, former chair of the House Oversight Committee and seven-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives and partner at the law firm Holland and Knight; Chloe McKenzie ’14, founder and CEO of BlackFem, Inc., and CEO of On a Wealth Kick; Jennifer Peter ’90, managing editor at The Boston Globe; and Paul Smith ’76 P’09 H’15, Amherst College trustee, professor from practice at Georgetown Law School and vice president for litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their reflections and ask questions.
Tom Davis ’71 H’09 served in Congress from 1994 to 2008, representing Virginia’s 11th district. During that time, he served as House GOP campaign chairman for two cycles (2000 and 2002) and chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight before retiring, undefeated, in 2008. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia Law School. With Martin Frost and Richard Cohen, he is the author of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis.
Chloe McKenzie ’14 works at the intersection of education, finance, social justice and the visual and performing arts. She is a Ph.D. candidate in social work research at the University of Kentucky and the leading researcher in financial trauma, abuse and shame. An LJST major at Amherst, she has a graduate certificate in financial planning and services from Boston University and a master’s in public administration from New York University.
Jennifer Peter ’90 helps run the newsroom as one of The Boston Globe’s senior editors, coordinating between departments and ensuring that a steady flow of enterprising and interesting stories flow to the website throughout the day. She switched to this position after more than seven years as the Globe’s metro editor, overseeing almost all aspects of local news. She began her career as a reporter for 12 years, covering mainly politics at newspapers in Idaho, Connecticut, Virginia and Massachusetts. Peter studied English and fine arts at Amherst and started at the Globe in 2004.
Trustee Paul Smith ’76 P’09 H’15 is a professor from practice at Georgetown Law School and vice president for litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to protect voting rights, to defend reasonable campaign finance regulation and to enforce government ethics rules. Prior to this, at Jenner & Block LLP, he became one of the most prominent Supreme Court advocates of his generation. He has handled many cases involving civil rights and civil liberties, notably in the areas of free speech, voting rights and gay rights. He has argued 21 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark gay-rights case Lawrence v. Texas and Brown v. EMA, which established the First Amendment rights of video game producers.