Ever wanted to advise a president, serve in Congress, or help craft public policy behind the scenes — but just don’t know how to get there, or which path is right for you?
Then “Why Public Service?” is the podcast for you. Each week, we dive into the minds of men and women who chose to help improve our nation through a career in public service— whether through government service, working for think tanks, advocacy groups, or philanthropy.
This podcast is a product of the R Street Institute, a free market think tank in Washington, D.C.
Michael Stern, Point of Order
Michael Stern is the creator of PointOfOrder.com, a site that explains and assesses complex legal issues involving Congress. Mike is also a policy advisor to the 501c(3) group, Good Government Now, and he serves on the board of the Committee for a Fiscal Responsibility Amendment. Mike is also a founding member of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, and sits on the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Previously, he served as a senior counsel in the United States of Representatives. Follow him on Twitter @mls1776.
Terry Ryan, BLUUM
Terry Ryan is chief executive officer of BLUUM. Terry has been in public service for more than two decades. He has been a teacher in Poland and conducted research on education policy in Poland and the United Kingdom. He spent more than a decade at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, where he advanced education reform in Ohio. Terry also has co-authored two books on education reform. Presently, Terry is chairman of the board of the Idaho Charter School Network, and serves on Idaho Governor Brad Little’s education task force. BLUUM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Idaho dedicated to ensuring Idaho’s children reach their full potential by cultivating great leaders and innovative schools. Follow him on Twitter @IDTerryRyan.
Ashley Poling, Postal Regulatory Commission
Ashley Poling is a commissioner on the Postal Regulatory Commission. She was nominated by Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate on Thursday, August 1 for the remainder of a six-year term that expires November 22, 2024. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Poling served as the Director of Governmental Affairs and Senior Counsel to Ranking Member Gary C. Peters (D-MI) on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where she advised Senator Peters on policy issues, negotiated with stakeholders to advance bipartisan legislation, and implemented strategies to advance Senator Peters’ governmental affairs priorities. Ms. Poling also served as Senior Policy Counsel to Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and as Counsel to Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on their respective Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittees, where she focused on postal reform and federal workforce issues. Ms. Poling holds a J.D. degree from Elon University School of Law and an English degree from The College of William and Mary. She is a native of North Carolina. Follow the Postal Regulatory Commission on Twitter @PostalRegulator.
Cheryl Miller, Hertog Foundation
Cheryl Miller is director of the Hertog Foundation. It is an organization that offers educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic and political life of the United States. Previously, Cheryl worked in the executive office of the president, at the New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute and the America’s Future Foundation. Follow the Hertog Foundation on Twitter @HertogFDN.
Andy Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners
Andy Rotherham is co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization working to support educational innovation and improve outcomes for underserved students. He is a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report and a senior editor at The 74, an education news and analysis publication, and blogs at Eduwonk.com. Andy previously worked in the White House and started two other education organizations. Follow him on Twitter at @arotherham.
Cynthia Richie Terrell, RepresentWomen
Cynthia Richie Terrell is the founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, an organization that advocates for reforms to advance women’s representation and leadership in the United States. Cynthia has been in public service for much of her life. She helped found FairVote, a group that is helping update America’s election laws, and she has worked for presidential, congressional, state and local campaigns. Follow her on Twitter @CynthiaRTerrell.
Great first few episodes
So far, so good! Can't wait to see who else they interview. The short episodes are a great format.
Get a real view into what public service actually looks like
When people get into the line of work, they often don’t know what they’re getting into. This podcast gets a deeper and more genuine look into it
Perfect lead off hitter for podcast in Yuval Levin. The man is brilliant. Anyone else at AEI, The Dispatch, and National Review would be great in the future as guests. In addition, former members of the military/law enforcement, intelligence community, state, or the economy.