Education in the 2016 Presidential Campaign (sponsored panel)

Education in the 2016 Presidential Campaign (sponsored panel)

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Jul. 17 1:45 PM

Ends: Friday, Jul. 17 3:00 PM

Room: 228 AB

The next President will have a huge responsibility in shaping the future of public education in America. Common Core, access to higher education, college affordability, civil rights and equal opportunity in education, and the federal role in public education will play a crucial part in the debate of both the Republican and Democratic nomination process and the general election.

This panel is sponsored by the National Education Association


Brad Bauman

Brad Bauman

Brad Bauman is a political consultant working for Democratic candidates for office and progressive causes. Bauman is the former Executive Director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In that capacity, Bauman oversaw the legislative, communications and political operations for the second largest caucus in Congress. Prior to that, Brad served as Communications Director for various members of Congress and numerous targeted Congressional campaigns

Brad was named a Rising Star in American Politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine in 2004. He earned his Masters Degree in Political Management from the George Washington University and his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators — she is the first Latina and first former Teacher of the Year to lead the NEA.

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Arshad Hasan


Arshad Hasan is a long serving member of Netroots Nation’s Board of Directors and served as the immediate past Chair of the Board.

Over his career as a non-profit executive, Arshad has lead some of the progressive movement’s most high-impact political organizations such as Democracy For America and Progress Now. He now works with organizations with organizations on strategy and with coalitions coordinating around shared goals.

Arshad just launched a new firm, Convey Communications, which works with rising leaders – especially women, people of color, and queer folks – on their public communications skills.

Rep. Mark Takano


Congressman Takano represents California’s 41st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris.

He serves as a member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee as well as the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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