GSPM MasterClass with Stephanie Peters

About The Webinar

The final GSPM MasterClass of 2020 features GSPM alumna Stephanie Peters, Senior Director of Congressional Government Affairs for Microsoft Corporation. Stephanie sits down with GSPM professor Dr. Michael Cornfield to discuss her career representing one of America's top companies on Capitol Hill. She will offer an inside look at the relationship between the federal government and the private sector, while providing her own unique perspective as a woman of color in the highest levels of the public affairs profession.

  • Stephanie J. Peters has served as Microsoft’s Director of Congressional Affairs for the House of Representatives Democrats since 2009. She represents Microsoft on public policy issues ranging from patent reform, trade policy, immigration, STEM education to cyber-security and telecommunications. Stephanie manages government affairs consultants and a portion of the Microsoft Political Action Committee. She drives collaborative legislative efforts and corporate affairs initiatives across U.S Government and Legal Affairs teams as well as business divisions. Stephanie represents the company on corporate affairs working groups, trade associations initiatives and diversity and inclusion focused efforts such as global women in technology and the diverse congressional caucuses foundations “bridging the digital divide” campaigns. From 2013-16, she led the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in Washington, D.C. as well as provided counsel and support to the Department of Defense public sector sales team. 
    Prior to joining Microsoft, Stephanie was a partner at a law firm in Washington, DC. She represented multi-national corporations, trade association and foreign sovereign clients. She also had a significant pro bono practice which earned her the firm’s Pro Bono Award in 2002. She was a member of the firm’s crisis management team and the diversity committee. From 1995-2000, she worked on Capitol Hill, as Minority Counsel, to the Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee.  She was responsible for briefing members on laws and policies regarding immigration, refugees, intellectual property, encryption and served as an impeachment counsel during President Clinton’s Impeachment proceedings. 
    Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University, her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her Master of Arts in Political Management from The George Washington University.  She has served on the Boards of Directors of the US branch of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Ohio State University Alumni Association and Global WIN. She is a member of the D.C Jazz Festival’s Corporate Advisory Board and is a “room” parent and a member of the parent’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee at her son’s school.

  • Dr. Michael Cornfield is an Associate Professor of Political Management at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and Research Director for the Global Center for Political Management.

    Cornfield directs the PEORIA (Public Echoes Of Rhetoric in America) Project, a research initiative developing qualitative and quantitative methods to extract political intelligence from social media data.  Project reports and bulletins may be found at .

    He teaches the introductory course in the Political Management Program, Fundamentals of Political Management, and supervises the thesis and independent study courses.

    Cornfield is the author of two books: Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet (The Century Foundation, 2004) and The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values, co-edited with David M. Anderson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).  

    Cornfield received his B.A. from Pomona College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before coming to The George Washington University, he taught at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. Cornfield also served as a Senior Research Consultant to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.  He lives with his wife Kathryn Mimberg and son Matthew in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Stephanie Peters

    Senior Director of Congressional Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation | GSPM Alumna

  • Michael Cornfield

    GSPM Associate Professor and Research Director

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