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“Off the Record” is the Yale Politics Initiative’s master class series on political practice. Guests come to campus to teach one-time, application-only classes capped at twenty students. The classes focus on case studies in the guests’ areas of expertise, and are designed to leave participants with new skills and a deeper understanding of the guests’ work.

To apply for master classes with our upcoming guests, fill out the forms below. Our master classes are comprised of students with a wide range of academic and extracurricular interests. We are primarily looking for students who have creative, specific, well-informed questions for our guests.


 
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Richard Trumka

President of the AFL-CIO. Works to ensure that all workers to have the power to determine their wages and working conditions.

Date: Apr. 17, 4:00-6:30pm (Apply by Apr. 13)

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Alyssa Mastromonaco

White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama. Youngest woman to hold the position. Senior adviser and spokesperson for NARAL.

Date: Nov. 20 (Apply by Nov. 14)

 
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Robby Mook

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Manager. President of House Majority PAC, former Director of DCCC.

Date: TBA

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“A new series of student-sponsored master classes is bringing top-level political operatives to campus, not to talk about their ideologies or partisan points of view, but to reveal the secrets of their winning strategies — completely off the record.”

- YaleNews


PREVIOUS Guests

 
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Amanda Litman

Founder of Run for Something, a PAC that helps recruit and support young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office.

 
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Joel Benenson

Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist and Barack Obama’s lead pollster. Only Democratic pollster to win 3 presidential campaigns.

 
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Mark McKinnon

George W. Bush’s and John McCain’s chief media advisor. Reform advocate and media columnist. Co-host of SHOWTIME’s The Circus.

 
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Marjorie Dannenfelser

“Trump’s pro-life whisperer” and President of Susan B. Anthony List. POLITICO Magazine’s Top 50 Influencers in 2018.

 
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DeRay Mckesson

Black Lives Matter activist, community organizer, podcast host, and author. Fortune Magazine’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015.

 
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David Simas

CEO of the Obama Foundation and White House Director of Political Strategy and Outreach for President Barack Obama.

 
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Dana Loesch

NRA Spokesperson. Conservative political activist, commentator, talk radio host, and author. Former Breitbart writer and editor.

 
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Cecile Richards

Former President of Planned Parenthood. American pro-choice activist, TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012.

 
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Neera Tanden

President of the Center for American Progress. Policy Director for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008.

 
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Jeff Roe

Ted Cruz’s Chief Strategist. Helped elect 52 congressmen, 8 senators, and 6 governors nationwide. Founder of Axiom Strategies.

 
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Tony Podesta

Washington Superlobbyist. “King of K Street.” “The Lobbyist.” “One of Washington’s biggest players.”

 
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Frank Luntz

Top Republican Strategist and Pollster. Coined “climate change,” “death tax” and “government takeover” of healthcare.

 
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Patti Solis Doyle

Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Manager. Nationally recognized political organizer and strategist.