Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Aug. 14 4:00 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Friday, Aug. 14 4:50 PM (Eastern)
In the wake of the Trump administration’s attacks on consumer, worker, health and environmental safeguards, it’s crucial that we revive our system of public protections. The next Democratic White House will face substantial political and procedural obstacles to legislation—from skittish red-state lawmakers to the filibuster. Executive orders, cabinet appointments, strong regulation and tough enforcement hold the key to implementing a new agenda. This panel will focus on how activists can push the next administration for bold, progressive reforms through agency actions—and take the fight directly to big corporations and big money interests.
David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect magazine. He is the author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud (2016), winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, and Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power (2020), released in July. His work has also appeared in The Nation, The Intercept, The New Republic, Vice, HuffPost, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. He has been a guest on MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, NPR, and Pacifica Radio. He lives in Los Angeles.
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Celinda and her firm are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education, and have worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA), Next Generation, AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, NEA, AFT, IAFF, Sierra Club, EcoAmerica, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign, EMILY’s List, the Kaiser Family Foundation and The RWJ Foundation. Her work has also taken her to advise fledgling democratic parties in several post-war Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, and South Africa. In 2008, Celinda worked as pollster for Vice President Biden.
Rajesh Nayak is a Fellow the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. Previously, he spent three years at the National Employment Law Project, where he was the organization’s Deputy Executive Director, helping to lead a major restructuring reorienting the organization around the goals of building worker power and dismantling structural racism.
Prior to joining NELP in January 2017, Raj spent seven years serving in senior roles in the Obama Administration’s labor department, most recently as deputy chief of staff to Secretary Tom Perez. He also served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, helping to manage the agency’s ambitious regulatory agenda.