Politics

Leadership at the State Level: A Conversation with Democratic Governors

Event information
Date
Thu Aug 1, 2024
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Location
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N. Third St.
Aspen, CO
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Featuring New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, in conversation with Elliot Gerson, executive vice president of Policy Programs and International Partners at the Aspen Institute, on the historic investments Gov. Hochul has made in her state. Additional speaker(s) to be announced.
Paepcke Auditorium, doors at 5:30 pm

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Kathy Hochul is the 57th and first female Governor of New York State. She began her career in public service on her local Town Board, before serving as Erie County Clerk and as a Member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District. As Lieutenant Governor, she chaired the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, and served as co-chair of the State’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, Women’s Suffrage Commission, and Child Care Availability Task Force. Since being sworn into office in 2021, Governor Hochul has led by establishing a bold vision for New York’s future. Governor Hochul has spearheaded comprehensive policies and initiatives to help New Yorkers and their families, while building an economy that is stronger and more inclusive than before. Governor Hochul is making historic investments in the people, places, and things to make that happen – from healthcare workers, small businesses, and working families to infrastructure, education, and workforce development. And in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reckless decisions to strip away abortion rights and strike down common sense gun regulations, Governor Hochul led the charge in Albany to protect reproductive health care and strengthen gun safety laws, ensuring New York continues to stand as a beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the nation. Governor Hochul was born and raised in Western New York. She and her husband, Bill Hochul, are the proud parents of two children and one granddaughter.

Elliot Gerson is the executive vice president at the Aspen Institute responsible for its Policy Programs, its Public Programs and its relations with its International Partners. The Institute’s Policy Programs focus on both domestic and international issues. They foster candid dialogue among leaders and policy experts of diverse views, advocate new policy, host leadership fellowships, and work for impact in communities, nationally, and globally. The Institute’s public programs – including the Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Security Forum, Aspen Ideas Health, Aspen Ideas: Climate, CityLab, and many smaller programs across the country and world – open the Institute’s doors to a broader audience and further both its educational goals and its promotion of ideas to lead to action. The Institute has International Partners based in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, a US Supreme Court clerk, practiced law in government and privately, held executive positions in state and federal government and on a presidential campaign, and was president of start-ups in health care and education, and of two leading national insurance and health-care companies. He has served on many non-profit boards, especially in the arts. From 1998 to 2023, he was American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, administering the 32 annual United States Rhodes Scholarships to the University of Oxford.


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