“People Over Politics” Put Into Action: A Look at Political Gridlock and Political Reform

February 19, 2014

USC Schwarzenegger Institute to Host Feb. 24 Symposium Examining Impacts of Electoral Reforms in California

Contact and RSVP: Merrill Balassone at (213) 740-6156 or balasson@usc.edu

WHAT: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline a group of experts delving into hyper-partisanship and the solutions to end it at a Government and Leadership Conference on Monday, February 24, “People Over Politics,” hosted by the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute.


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California
  • Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
  • Bonnie Reiss, Global Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute
  • Nancy Staudt, Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute
  • Susan Kennedy, Political Strategist
  • Christian Grose, Professor of Political Science at USC
  • Kathay Feng, Executive Director of California Common Cause
  • John Fortier, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project
  • Jackie Salit, President of IndependentVoting.org
  • Dorothy Siemon, Vice President of AARP’s Office of Policy Integration
  • Howard Wolfson, Advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Monday, February 24

WHERE: University of Southern California, Town and Gown Ballroom, 665 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (campus map here: http://web-app.usc.edu/maps/)

The Government and Leadership Conference, the first in what will be an annual event for the Schwarzenegger Institute, is open to the media.

***Please note, however, that no recording will be allowed during the Scarborough and Brzezinski panel discussion from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m..***

About the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy is committed to advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve.