STAFFER

By Jim Papa

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There are many titles for these over-caffeinated, overworked, underpaid, Washingtonians, but just one name: STAFFER. There's no other workplace in the world where one might find themselves picking up coffee, shaping legislation that will impact global markets, ordering an Uber, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, all in the same day. Capitol Hill has long been the launching pad for very BIG careers, a cauldron that forges our country's most influential leaders. Our mission is to share their stories.

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Michele Jawando
00:46:53

Michele Jawando is currently the US Head of Strategic Engagement and Public Policy Partnerships at Google, but she got her start as a staffer working for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. In this episode, she and Jim discuss being raised by immigrant parents, how she became interested in politics and activism, how attending an HBCU impacted her life, and what it means for people to see African-American, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare to enter the White House in January 2021.

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Nov 19, 2020
Kimberley Harris
00:38:41

From Big Law to the Justice Department and the White House, Kim Harris has advised some of the most powerful offices and corporations. In this episode, Kim takes us through her career in The Office of White House Counsel and how her time as a staffer prepared her for her current role as Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and General Counsel of NBCUniversal.

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Nov 12, 2020
Luis Miranda
00:52:34

At 19, Luis Miranda emigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico and found a life in politics and public policy. He has since spent nearly four decades as a leader in both the public and private sectors within New York City. His life is the subject of a new HBO Documentary, Siempre, Luis, which follows his life and work, as well as his relationship with his son, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Oct 29, 2020
Fred Hochberg
00:39:02

Fred Hochberg is a successful businessman and public servant. He helped grow his mother’s business from a small mail-order company into an international, publicly-traded company corporation. Forbes described the success of the company under his control as “one of the great success stories of American entrepreneurship.” Fred brought this same spirit to his career in public service by becoming dDeputy aAdministrator of the Small Business Administration in 1998. He continued his service in 2009 under President Obama as Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he became the longest serving Chairman in the agency’s history. In this episode, hear how Fred’s experience in both the private and public sectors gives him a unique perspective on leadership and getting results from the team.

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Oct 22, 2020
Katie Fallon
01:06:40

From Wall Street to the White House, Katie Fallon has had an illustrious career in politics working alongside Senator Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama. She left politics in 2016 to work in the private sector, accepting a role at Hilton Hotels as Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs and recently has accepted a new position at McDonald’s as Chief Global Impact Officer. In the episode, she discusses how she got interested in politics, shares stories working in Senator Schumer’s office, and reflects on her time working for President Obama and Hillary Clinton. This episode was recorded remotely on July 22nd, 2020.

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Oct 15, 2020
David Clunie
00:53:38

David Clunie joins STAFFER to discuss his journey from the Bronx to becoming the Executive Director of the Black Economic Alliance (BEA). David reflects on his time developing mentors at Howard University School of Law and his transition to public service in the Obama Administration before joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. Now at the BEA, David focuses his time on the prosperity and economic security of all Black Americans.

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Oct 08, 2020
Congressman Tom Cole
00:56:05

Congressman Tom Cole has served as the representative to Oklahoma’s 4th district since 2002. As a member of the Chickasaw Nation, he is one of only four registered Native Americans in Congress, a community for which he is a fierce advocate. In this episode, learn how Congressman Cole was raised in a political family under his mother, Helen Cole, and how his work in public service has afforded him the ability to make his community stronger.

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Oct 01, 2020
Former Congressman Steve Israel
00:46:14

Steve Israel served the state of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years and is currently a novelist and the Director of the new nonpartisan Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University. But, he first got his start as a staffer for Representative Richard Ottinger. The congressman dives into what he finds are the traits of a great staffer, shares stories from his time in office, and discusses his new role at Cornell.

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Sep 24, 2020
Neera Tanden
01:01:51

Neera Tanden joins Jim Papa to discuss her long career in politics and her role as a staffer. Neera is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and a veteran staffer. While attending UCLA, she found her interest in politics and public policy while working on Michael Dukakis’s presidential run in 1988. She then received her law degree from Yale University and moved to DC to continue her pursuit of a career in politics in the Clinton White House. Neera has gone on to have a storied career working closely with the Clintons, from President Bill Clinton’s administration to Hillary Clinton’s race against Donald Trump in 2016, she has been a close ally, trusted advisor, and friend to the Clintons over the years. Today, she plays a critical role in leading progressive Democratic policy and fighting back against the Trump White House.

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Sep 17, 2020
Steve Schmidt
01:05:30

In this episode, Jim Papa is joined by political strategist, Steve Schmidt. Steve has been working in politics for 30+ years and has managed election campaigns ranging from state Attorney General to, most notably, John McCain’s 2008 presidential run. Today, he is a founding member of The Lincoln Project -- a group of current and former Republicanpolitical operatives dedicated to the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020. Go back in time to when Steve first got interested in politics, hear some fresh perspectives on the 2008 presidential election, and learn about what Steve believes is necessary in order to help get this country back on track.

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Sep 10, 2020
Jim Papa on "Off the Record"
00:48:21

Paul Hodes and Matt Robison interview Jim Papa, one of the most experienced staffers in Democratic politics. Jim gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to help new members of congress to do their jobs and win their re-election campaigns, explains what it was like working for President Obama and Rahm Emanuel, and shares some of the best insider stories from his own new podcast "Staffer."

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Sep 08, 2020
Symone Sanders
00:50:36

On this episode of STAFFER, Symone Sanders joins host Jim Papa to discuss her life in politics. In August 2015, she joined Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign, serving as the youngest national press secretary on record (25 years old). Currently, she is a Senior Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. In this episode, they discuss her upbringing, getting her start in politics, and she shares stories about life on the campaign trail.

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Sep 03, 2020
BONUS: Jim Papa joins Doug Thornell on The Electables
00:55:56

Our host, Jim Papa, joins The Electables hosted by Doug Thornell to discuss the launch of STAFFER and to reminisce on their times working as staffers at the White House and on The Hill.

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Aug 24, 2020
This is STAFFER
00:01:12
There are many titles for these over-caffeinated, overworked, underpaid Washingtonians, but just one name - STAFFER. There is no other workplace on Earth where employees find themselves picking up coffee, shaping legislation that will impact global markets, ordering an Uber and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, all in the same day. Capitol Hill has long been the launching pad for very BIG careers, a cauldron that forges our country's most influential leaders. Our mission is to share their stories.
Aug 18, 2020