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Enacting legislation on Capitol Hill is only one part of the policymaking process. Congress regularly enacts vague laws, leaving policy details to the discretion of executive branch agencies. The policy process also includes the White House agenda — formally, through the budget, or informally, through the president’s bully pulpit. Rules, regulations and executive orders can significantly affect organizations’ bottom line. Examine the many dimensions of executive power and how they affect your enterprise.

 “The course provided a window into the White House. Class content created value that I’ll carry forward for the rest of my career.” – Class participant

OPM Competency: Political Savvy

This course is required for the Certificate in Policy Strategy.


Brookings scholars, policymakers, foreign diplomats, and corporate professionals are the types of speakers who will share their insights within this course.

Past speakers from this course include:

  • Ron Christie, CEO, Christie Strategies; Former Deputy Assistant for Policy to Vice President Dick Cheney; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush
  • Sally Katzen, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, New York University School of Law; Former Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget
  • The Hon. Ray LaHood, Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Former Congressman (R-IL), United States House of Representatives
  • Jen Psaki, Vice President for Communications and Strategy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former White House Communications Director, Administration of Barack Obama; Former Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State
  • Peter Rouse, Senior Policy Advisor, Perkins Coie LLP; Former White House Chief of Staff, Administration of Barack Obama

Program Benefits:

  • Examine current executive-branch priorities
  • Learn who makes policy and how policy is made in the White House, Office of Management and Budget, and government agencies
  • Develop comprehensive organizational strategies that take into account the executive branch's role in policy formulation and implementation
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