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Welcoming Remarks


Suzanne Philion - Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsU.S. Department of State



Spencer OvertonGeorge Washington University Law School

Spencer Overton is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Political Law Studies Initiative at The George Washington University Law School.  His scholarship focuses on voting rights and campaign finance, and he is the author of several academic articles and the book "Stealing Democracy:  The New Politics of Voter Suppression."  During Professor Overton’s time working in the Obama transition and Administration (2007–2010), he was a key leader on the Administration’s landmark efforts to curb special interests, enhance transparency, and increase citizen participation.  On the Obama Transition Team, he served in the Office of the General Counsel and helped write the Administration’s ethics guidelines. He also chaired the Transition Team's Election Assistance Commission Agency Review Team, and served as a member of the Federal Election Commission Agency Review Team and the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform group.  In the Obama Administration, Professor Overton served as a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and partnered with White House officials to lead the Administration's policy efforts on democracy issues.

Daniel Baer - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and LaborU.S. Department of State

Daniel Baer was sworn in as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on November 23, 2009.

Dr. Baer’s portfolio for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor includes the Office of East Asian Pacific Affairs, the Office of African Affairs, the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs and the Internet freedom office.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Dr. Baer was an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he taught business ethics to MBA and undergraduate students. In 2007-2008 he was a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

From 2004-2007, Dr. Baer worked at The Boston Consulting Group where he was a Project Leader and provided strategic advice to leaders in the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors.

A Colorado native, Daniel Baer holds doctoral and masters degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in social studies and African American studies.


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