El Pomar Foundation recently partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders to assist with the D.C.-based nonprofit’s Election Exchange program. The program will bring 50 young elected leaders, activists, policy experts, and grassroots organizers together for an in-depth look at the American electoral process.
Two El Pomar fellows, Ben Jourdan and Sabrina Ragaller, are currently living in Washington D.C.assisting ACYPL with preparations. Over the course of their visit, we will post periodic updates on their experience living, working, and learning in our nation’s capital.
One of the best parts about working in Washington, D.C. has been the ability to capitalize on the concentrated cache of knowledge, expertise, and experience in this city. Recently, Ben Jourdan and I visited The Brookings Institution for a free panel discussion dedicated to the “Arab Awakening.” The three featured experts were asked to determine the Arab Spring’s importance in the 2012 U.S. elections. A few months ago, the consensus would have been easier – it wasn’t. Now, with an American ambassador dead, and fiery protests erupting across the Middle East, Ben and I sat in a crowded briefing room filled with unexpected gravity.