Friday, October 11, 2013

CAP's 10th Anniv. Event - A Launch-Pad for President?

The Center for American Progress (CAP) is turning 10 and will celebrate the occasion by holding a 10th Anniversary Policy Conference in Washington, DC on October 24.

Hillary Clinton, a possible contender for the presidential race in 2016, will be the featured speaker at the event.  The President of CAP, Neera Tanden, is a longtime adviser to Clinton, and worked on her 2000 Senate race in New York and later on her 2008 presidential campaign.

Other speakers at the event include:
  • Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Former Vice President Al Gore
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel
  • Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA)
  • Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD)
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
  • Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
A variety of other speakers will also be announced soon.

Julia Gillard, the former Australian Prime Minister, recently joined the Brookings Institution as a Nonresident Senior Fellow.  She will be affiliated with the think tank's Center for Universal Education.

Center for American Progress (CAP), which has close ties to the Obama Administration, was recently ranked as the 30th best think tank in the world by the annual University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings.  It was ranked as the 11th best think tank in the US.  It was also ranked as the 2nd best think tank in the world in terms of best use of the Internet or social media.