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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Evening Program
President Trump as an Experiment: Disrupting Politics
James Strock

What are we learning in the early months of the Trump administration? James Strock will discuss what's new, what's familiar, and what matters most amid the disruption of American politics and governance underway.

James Strock, an independent entrepreneur and reformer in business, government, and politics, is a frequent speaker 21st century leadership, servant leadership, and presidential leadership. A student of presidential leadership, his first book, Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator was published in a commemorative edition for the Reagan Centennial. Strock is also the author of Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Both books are widely used in business and not-for profit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and the military. Strock is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Leadership (Goethals and Sorenson, eds.), and wrote the articles on Winston S. Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Roosevelt.

In addition to extensive business and legal experience, he has served in senior positions in both federal and state governments. From 1991-97, Strock served in Governor Pete Wilson’s cabinet as California’s founding secretary for environmental protection. Following confirmation by the California State Senate, he led the Cal/EPA, an organization comprising 4,000 employees, achieving worldwide environmental, energy and economic impact. During this time, he also served on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Strock to serve as assistant administrator for enforcement (chief law enforcement officer) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he led a major expansion and reorganization of the national program, while driving civil and criminal enforcement to record levels.

Strock is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Charles Joseph Bonaparte Scholarship) and Harvard Law School where he was a teaching fellow for Professor Richard Neustadt’s course on presidential leadership. 

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