“Keep smart people around” - Mónica Barnkow, Manhattan Times

“I love helping make change.”

Far from being invested in mere dollars, the object of the speaker’s affection was political and governmental work.

“It is great to work in government,” she said.

Catherine Torres, a partner at MirRam Group, a political consulting company, formed part of a recent panel on political consulting and campaign management at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) this past Mon., Nov. 10th.

Graduate SIPA students heard first-hand from experts in the field and sought out insights on how they too could join their ranks.

Together with Torres, the panelists were: Melissa McNamara, Vice President of Communications Practice with Global Strategy Group (GSG); Karine Jean-Pierre, a SIPA professor; and Nick Gourevitch, Senior Vice President and Director of Research with GSG.

“I had an election project for three and a half years,” said McNamara by way of introduction. “Before that, most of my experience was in journalism.” Read more...