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BPC, Georgetown to Explore Intersection of Business, Government and Society

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington, D.C.– The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business have announced a collaborative relationship through the school’s Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative. Georgetown McDonough Dean David A. Thomas and BPC President Jason Grumet signed a memorandum of understanding during a celebration with the groups on March 26 at Georgetown University.

“The Bipartisan Policy Center’s mission to drive ‘principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue’ has much in common with our mission here at the McDonough School of Business to develop globally minded, principled leaders prepared to serve both business and society,” said Thomas. “Together, we can address the most significant challenges and opportunities facing business and government.”

The relationship, the first of its kind for BPC, will result in joint projects and conferences to address the interaction of business, government and society. Scholars from both organizations will work together to establish a set of business principles and practices that could be instated within agencies of the federal government to make them more efficient and effective. All of this will be done in preparation for a new presidential administration in 2017. The two groups also will explore other issues affecting the United States and the world.

“This is an important moment for Georgetown McDonough in its efforts to be the preeminent business school at the crossroads of business, government and society,” said James P. Moore, Jr., managing director of Georgetown McDonough’s Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative. “The mission and work of the Bipartisan Policy Center is critically important, and our ability to collaborate with it will not only benefit our respective organizations but will have a significant impact on the general public.”

Through this new agreement Georgetown McDonough students will be encouraged to apply for internships at BPC and BPC leaders will provide mentorship to business students.

“BPC is committed to forming innovative partnerships that strengthen our work, expand our reach and keep us on the leading edge of national policy debates,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “We are delighted to join with Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in bringing together the best aspects of corporate leadership, policy development and public service.”

A six-person working group with members from both organizations will move the plans for projects forward. The team from Georgetown McDonough will consist of Moore; Bill Novelli, founder of Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative and distinguished professor of the practice; and Professor John Mayo, founder and executive director of Georgetown’s Center for Business and Public Policy and professor of strategy. Novelli also has been actively engaged with BPC in supporting its efforts on a variety of fronts, most notably in tackling social security reform and as an integral member of its Debt Reduction Task Force. They will be joined by Grumet; former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe; and Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.