THE FRANK J. FAHRENKOPF & CHARLES T. MANATT 2020 ELECTION SERIES

Taking Back the White House: The Democrats' Path to the Presidency

About The Webinar

Joe Biden will officially accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States at a party convention unlike any our country has ever seen. What do Biden, his campaign, and the Democrats have to do in order to take the White House on Election Day? Our panel of experts takes a deep dive into the strategies the Democrats should employ and the opportunities that exist on the road to Election Day. This virtual lecture kicks off the Frank J. Fahrenkopf & Charles T. Manatt 2020 Election Series.

  • Dr. Lara M. Brown serves as an associate professor and the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University.

    A distinguished writer and dedicated scholar, Dr. Brown is the author of Amateur Hour: Presidential Character and the Question of Leadership (Routledge, 2020) and Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants (Cambria Press, 2010).

    Dr. Brown is a frequent presence in the media, appearing on dozens of television and radio programs, and serving as an expert on national elections and candidate strategies, political scandals, and presidential leadership for scores of print publications. She has written for op-eds and blogs for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Huffington Post.

    Before coming to George Washington University, Brown served as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University. Prior to returning to academia in 2004, she worked as an education policy and public affairs consultant in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Dr. Brown served as a political appointee in President William J. Clinton’s administration at the U.S. Department of Education.

    Born and raised in California, Dr. Brown earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned a M.A. in American politics and public policy from the University of Arizona. Her doctoral dissertation centered on the electoral fortunes of congressional incumbents tarnished by political scandals. 

    Dr. Brown grew up racing sailboats on the San Francisco Bay and she is an avid college football fan. She is married and lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

  • Anthony Coley is the founding partner of Corner Office Strategies. 

    Anthony was most recently an Executive Vice President at Managed Funds Association (MFA). He also served as Senior Advisor to MFA's President and CEO, former Republican Congressman Richard H. Baker. In these roles, he developed the Association’s global communications and marketing strategy, provided strategic counsel to Mr. Baker, and helped the Association achieve its immediate and long-term strategic objectives.


    Anthony previously served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary providing communications counsel to Secretaries Jacob J. Lew and Timothy F. Geithner. He worked in close collaboration with President Obama's economic team to create and implement public affairs strategies on issues related to capital markets, banks and non-bank financial institutions.  At the end of his service, Secretary Lew presented him with Treasury's Distinguished Service Award and medal.

    Before joining Treasury, Anthony was a Director at Brunswick Group advising Fortune 500 companies and other clients facing critical public affairs challenges. A veteran of Capitol Hill, he concurrently served as Communications Director and chief spokesman for U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He was also a top communications aide to U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr., U.S. Senator Zell Miller and U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine.

    In the New Jersey Statehouse, Anthony was press secretary to the Governor and later Director of Public Communications for the State. Earlier in his career, he served on the communications staff of two presidential campaigns: Gore-Lieberman 2000 and Kerry-Edwards 2004.

    Anthony received a B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College and M.A. in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.

  • Carly Cooperman is a seasoned political consultant and communications strategist with deep experience advising corporate, political and advocacy clients across the globe. A partner and CEO of Schoen Cooperman Research, she is also a senior strategist to former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and an advocate for progressive policies.

    As a senior strategist for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Cooperman was a lead pollster for his 2020 presidential bid, developing the communications and paid media strategy for the campaign. 

    Cooperman helped the Democrats win control of Congress in 2018, as she led the polling for Bloomberg’s political action committee, Independence USA (IUSA); 21 of the 24 candidates backed by IUSA – including 15 women – won. Under Cooperman’s leadership, the firm predicted the electoral outcome in the target districts with 92 percent accuracy. 

    Cooperman has spent her career working to make advancements in some of the toughest progressive spaces. As a lead pollster for Everytown for Gun Safety, she has helped pass gun safety reforms and elect gun safety candidates across the country, most recently developing the organization’s messaging strategy for its successful bid to help Democrats take control of the Virginia state House and Senate in 2019. 

    Working with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Cooperman developed the communications strategy for the effort to ban flavored e-cigarette products nationally; with Beyond Carbon, she worked to elect officials at the local, state and national level who support combating climate change. She has conducted dozens of focus groups for public health initiatives, specifically on passing initiatives to reduce sugar sweetened beverage consumption in cities across the country. 

    In the corporate arena, Cooperman has extensive experience helping businesses build their brands and deepen customer engagement. As a research partner to Margaritaville for a decade, she helped them grow from a regional chain of restaurants to a hospitality and lifestyle brand. She also has worked with HBO, Apple, Snap, VICE Media, Equinox, Major League Baseball, Walmart and Citizens Bank. 
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    Cooperman was a frequent panelist on Hill.TV’s political opinion show, “What America’s Thinking,” and has contributed articles to Politico, The Hill, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Rasmussen Reports and Real Clear Politics. She serves on the board of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University.

  • Bill Press began his career as a political insider and media commentator on KABC-TV and KCOP-TV, both in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mike Award. He also served as aide to California Governor Jerry Brown and was Chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.

    The former co-host of MSNBC's Buchanan and Press, CNN's Crossfire and The Spin Room, Press has built a national reputation on thought-provoking and humorous insights from the left side of the political aisle.

    Press is the author of ten books: Eyewitness (Redwood Press, 1988), Spin This! (Atria, 2001), Bush Must Go! (Dutton Books, 2004), How The Republicans Stole Christmas (Doubleday, 2005), Trainwreck (Wiley, 2008), Toxic Talk (Thomas Dunne Books, 2010), The Obama Hate Machine (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012), Buyer's Remorse (Threshold, 2016), From the Left (Thomas Dunne Books, 2018), and Trump Must Go (Thomas Dunner Books, 2018).
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    Bill Press is host of the twice-weekly "The Bill Press Pod" - available on Google, Apple, Spotify, or Tune-In. He's a member of the White House press corps. He also writes a weekly column for The Hill and a weekly syndicated newspaper column distributed by Tribune Media Services.

    Press resides in the nation's capital with his wife Carol.

  • Lara Brown

    GSPM Director

  • Anthony Coley

    Founding Partner, Corner Office Strategies | GSPM Alumnus

  • Carly Cooperman

    Partner & CEO, Schoen Cooperman Research | GSPM Board of Advisors Member

  • Bill Press

    Host, The Bill Press Pod | GSPM Board of Advisors Member

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