Director’s Desk

Welcome back, and buckle up! September was always sure to be a hectic month packed with drama and deadlines – from the debt limit and government funding, to the expiration of the flood insurance and children’s health insurance programs. Add to that list new urgency over resources for Hurricane Harvey relief and the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and we are in for quite a ride.

As always, we have a slate of great classes coming this fall that can help you make sense of it all, so check out our website for more information. Whether you’re looking for advanced insight into the legislative process, hands-on workshops, or an in-depth research seminar, we have you covered.

I’m also thrilled to announce that we have a new Senior Fellow joining the faculty this week. Matt Glassman comes to GAI from Capitol Hill, where he spent a decade at the Congressional Research Service. He’s going to introduce himself in the piece below, and I hope many of you will get to know him in the months ahead. Welcome to the team, Matt!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer full of family and friends. And just like that, the kids have started school, the traffic has returned, and Congress is back in session. At GAI, we’re excited to get back to work and hope to see you soon.


Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute