14th & G Podcast

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti – The Chaos Continues

Thanks for joining us on another episode of 14th and G! This week, we’re sitting down with Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti to discuss this year’s Q4 slide deck. Take a listen for insights into a post-Kavanaugh world, the upcoming midterm elections, implications for the rest of the lame-duck session and a whole host of new possible disruptions for D.C.

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Pia Carusone, co-founder of Republic Restoratives

This week on 14th and G we invited Pia Carusone, co-founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery, and former Chief of Staff to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. On this episode, we’re here to discuss her unconventional path from political campaigns to owning a small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar in the heart of Washington, D.C. Carusone also served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until entering the private sector where she currently works at political firm, The Campaign Group.

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Talking China with Aperture Strategies founder Scott Mulhauser

Welcome back to 14th and G! Today, we are hosting Scott Mulhauser, founding partner of Aperture Strategies to talk about China. Scott has served in senior positions across the globe, most recently as chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he helped run one of the largest and busiest posts in the world with five consulates, 49 federal agencies and more than 2,000 employees and their families. He represented the U.S. across China, traveling to more than half of China’s provinces to lead trade missions and speak on behalf of the U.S. government as he worked with leaders in both countries to advance the U.S.-China relationship. In particular, he worked closely with companies, organizations, media outlets, universities and public officials to help them explore opportunities, manage relationships and respond to crises in China, Asia and across the globe.

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Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti – Midterms in the Age of Disruption

This week on 14th and G, we once again host our very own Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti. Against the background of an escalating tariff war and President Trump’s sky high approval rating amongst the GOP, will the Democrats be able to take back the House? Get ready to dive into this Fall’s upcoming elections, Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and Trump’s private sit down with Vladimir Putin. Hope you enjoy!

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Timothy Hwang, Founder and CEO of FiscalNote

This week on the podcast we are hosting Tim Hwang, Founder and CEO of FiscalNote. FiscalNote is a Government Relationship Management platform that uses AI, analytics, and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and automate the law. Before starting FiscalNote from a Motel 6 and making his way to Pennsylvania Ave in D.C., Tim began his career in politics working on the Obama ’08 campaign and serving as an elected official on the Montgomery County Board of Education. Take a listen to find out what happened when Tim cold called Mark Cuban after watching an episode of Shark Tank!

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Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y, Co-Author of New Power

This week on 14th & G, we welcome thought leader Henry Timms onto the show to discuss his book, a national bestseller, New Power. Timms is the Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center that creates programs and movements that foster learning and civic engagement. Our discussion will examine the fate of traditional institutions in the face of newcomers able to harness the energy behind a connected crowd. Join us as we dive into topic such as #BlackLivesMatter, Pope Francis, and the high school Parkland activists.

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Dr. Halena Gazelka, Chair of the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program and Director of Inpatient Pain Services, Division of Pain Medicine

This week on 14th & G, our guest Dr. Halena Gazelka is here to share her insight into the Opioids crisis. She is the Chair of the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program and Director of Inpatient Pain Services, Division of Pain Medicine. She is an expert in pain management. Dr. Gazelka was recently appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. With both the Senate and the House currently trying to tackle the opioid crisis this is an incredibly timely conversation with Dr. Gazelka.

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Andy Chasin, Director of Public Policy at Blue Shield of California and Lauren Aronson, Principal, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas and Executive Director of the Campaign for Sustainable Drug Pricing (CSRxP)

This week 14th & G welcomes healthcare experts Andy Chasin and our own Lauren Aronson to preview the President’s long awaited speech on drug prices. We also talk about the future of the ACA. Is single payer an option? Should we really consider putting seniors on a bus to Canada? It’s a fun wide ranging discussion on healthcare with two folks who know all the ins and outs of the insanely complex American heath system. Hope you enjoy.

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James Lewis, Senior Vice President of CSIS – Trade Edition

James Lewis, Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) joins us to discuss the future of trade. James and CR dive deep into discussion regarding the future of US-China relations, the impact of cyber, and what the future of trade negotiations may look like.

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Brad Traverse and Tom Manatos, Jobs Edition

On our special Jobs Edition of 14th & G, we are welcomed by DC job experts Brad Traverse and Tom Manatos. Brad who serves as the Director of Federal Government Relations for BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee and Tom, Spotify’s Vice President of Government Relations give us an inside look at their second occupation as the leaders of DC’s go-to job websites. They share their career tips from time management and professional advice to the best ways to navigate the unique DC career world.

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Mark Bohannon, Red Hat’s Vice President of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs

We are joined on this episode by Mark Bohannon, Red Hat’s Vice President of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions. Mark provides insight to exactly what that means and how innovation interacts with policymakers. Take a listen as he also predicts what future technological advancements we should keep on our radar, from middleware to the cloud.

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Robby Mook and Matt Rhoades, Presidential Campaign Strategists

Robby Mook, Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton 2016 and Matt Rhoades, Campaign Manager for Mitt Romney 2012 discuss their bipartisan “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook” that they’ve developed through Harvard’s Belfer Center. Their playbook aims to provide simple and actionable information to make any campaign, regardless of party, more secure from adversaries. These campaign experts also provide us with their predictions for the 2018 midterm elections.

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Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti, Partners, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti join us on this episode of 14th & G to discuss Mehlman’s most recent Q1 slide deck, “Why 2018 Will Make 2017 Seem Tame.” Listen as they predict how the Administration and Congress will approach critical policy items such as NAFTA, trade, and border security. Mehlman and Castagnetti also offer insight into the 2018 midterm elections and what we should be keeping an eye out for as election day quickly approaches.

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Jamie Smith, Bitfury’s Global Chief Communications Officer

14th & G welcomes Jamie Smith, Bitfury’s Global Chief Communications Officer. Bitfury is the leading full service blockchain technology company, operating as the driving force behind the highly talked about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Jamie gives us the inside scoop on what exactly bitcoins are, how the blockchain works, and how our future could be shaped by both blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.

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Chris Padilla, IBM’s Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs

CR is joined by Chris Padilla, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for IBM on this episode of 14th & G. Prior to his current role at IBM, Padilla served as the Under Secretary for International Trade within the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Bush Administration. Take a listen as Padilla discusses IBM’s “new collar jobs” initiative, trade, and their approach to the future of artificial intelligence. Additionally, hear firsthand what Padilla predicts to be the big winners in the future of technology.

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Peter Scher, JPMorgan Chase’s Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility

In this episode of 14th & G, CR welcomes JPMorgan Chase’s Peter Scher. Peter serves as both Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility. As the Head of Corporate Responsibility, Peter oversees the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States and has led the development of many of the firm’s flagship programs, including the $150 million investment in Detroit’s revitalization. In 2016 and 2017, Peter was named in Washington Life Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the U.S. Capitol, noting his experience in navigating the intersection of business and the public sector. Take a listen as CR and Peter dive into a discussion of tax reform and JPMorgan Chase’s investments in Detroit, Washington and Chicago.

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Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti, Partners at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

On this episode of 14th & G, CR Wooters is joined by the firm’s very own partners, Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti. Take a listen as they give their insight to what we should expect to see on Capitol Hill over the new few weeks. Mehlman and Castagnetti share their expectations for healthcare, NAFTA, DACA, trade and tax, and other highly discussed legislative topics. Additionally, listen as Mehlman dives into his latest slidedeck “Navigating the New Gilded Age” and explains the correlation of the Gilded Age era to our modern times.

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Allison Jaslow, Executive Director of the IAVA

In this episode of 14th & G, CR welcomes Allison Jaslow, Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The IAVA is a leading veterans non-profit organization, that helps post 9/11 veterans. Allison, a former Army Captain, has an impactful conversation with CR where she discusses topics such as her two tours in Iraq and the #SheWhoBorneTheBattle campaign. They also discuss veterans hiring veteran’s healthcare and her view on the recent high profile flag protests.

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Dean Garfield, President and CEO of ITI

By CR Wooters

14th and G, a new product from Mehlman Castagnetti, is the podcast sitting at the intersection of business and policy. Hosted by Mehlman Castagnetti Principal CR Wooters, each 20 minute episode features an interview discussing the future of business and the potential public policy impacts of innovation. 14th & G is designed to deliver quick, easily-digestible insights into the business of Washington.

In the first episode of 14th & G, CR welcomes Dean Garfield, President and CEO of ITI, the Information Technology Industry Council, one of the leading tech associations in Washington. CR and Dean have a lively discussion about the future of tech policy, taking note of both topical issues like tax reform and longer term issues like potential regulations of drones and autonomous vehicles. Garfield has been at the helm of ITI since 2009. ITI’s membership includes such tech companies including Twitter, HP, VMware and Adobe.

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