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Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series: Young Elected Officials Bridging the Partisan Divide

Date November 28, 2022

Time 1:00 - 2:00 PM

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Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series: Young Elected Officials Bridging the Partisan Divide

As part of our annual Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series, The Eagleton Institute of Politics is pleased to welcome the Millennial Action Project’s CEO Layla Zaidane and MAP network legislators, Senator London Lamar (D)-TN and Representative Adam Pilkington (R)-AK, for a discussion on bi-partisan legislation and other ways young leaders are bridging the partisan divide. Dr. Elizabeth C. Matto, Director of the Center for Youth Political Participation, will moderate the discussion on Monday, November 28th, 2022, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.


About the Speakers

Layla Zaidane is the President & CEO of the Millennial Action Project, the largest nonpartisan organization of young lawmakers in the United States. MAP works with over 1,600 Millennial and Gen Z elected leaders in Congress and state legislatures to bridge divides.

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Senator London Lamar (D)-TN has dedicated her life and career to uplifting the lived experiences of families and communities. She currently represents the 33rd senate district as the youngest female and African America legislator in the Tennessee State Senate.

Representative Aaron Pilkington (R)

Representative Aaron Pilkington (R)-AK is Regional Vice President of Operations for ARcare and is currently serving his second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 69, which includes portions of Johnson and Pope counties.


About the Moderator

Elizabeth C. Matto is a teacher-scholar-practitioner of democratic education who earned her Ph.D. in American Politics from George Washington University. She directs Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP), leading research as well as educational and public service efforts designed to encourage and support the political learning of high school and college students and civic action among young adults, including those holding and running for office. These projects include: RU Ready, a civic engagement initiative designed to provide high school students with the tools and encouragement to be civically and politically engaged in their communities; RU Voting, a project focused upon engaging Rutgers students and college students around the country in local, state, and national elections; and the Young Elected Leaders Project, research regarding young people serving in public office nationwide at all levels of government.


About the Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series

The Louis J. Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series was designed to promote civic engagement through an annual discussion of timely and enduring issues of great significance, with the objective of generating real civil discourse and action. The program was established through the generous support of Lou Gambaccini’s family, friends and colleagues to honor his outstanding legacy in public service and his lifelong dedication to upholding the highest standards of civic responsibility, always striving and inspiring others to leave communities better and more beautiful than they found them.