Fireside Chat with David Frum
David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Harper Collins, 2018).
David Frum has served as the chairman of the United Kingdom’s leading right-of-center think tank, Policy Exchange. He has held positions at the American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute in this country. In 2001-2002, he was a speechwriter and special assistant for President George W. Bush. He is the author of eight previous books; his memoir of the Bush administration was a New York Times bestseller. Frum is a graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Danielle Crittenden Frum, live in Washington DC and Prince Edward County, Ontario. They have three children.
Heather Podesta guides a bipartisan team of 17 professionals as the founder and CEO of Invariant. Now in its twelfth year, Invariant (formerly Heather Podesta + Partners) is consistently named one of the top firms in Washington and is the largest independent, woman-owned lobbying firm in the country, posting revenue of $10 million annually.
Known for her political savvy, substantive policy chops, and commonsense approach, Heather translates Washington for business and business for Washington. Her work is highlighted in many major media outlets, with profiles in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, which quoted a senior Senator remarking that, “Heather is invariably the most knowledgeable person in the room because she's done her homework.” Her expertise comes from years on Capitol Hill working for Members of Congress on the tax-writing committees. She first got her start in Washington as a lawyer focused on transportation regulatory issues.
Heather is known for her generous support of Democratic candidates across the country and provides valued kitchen cabinet counsel to candidates and officeholders alike. She is an avid contemporary art collector. She is a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; sits on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theater and the Center for Reproductive Rights; and serves on the Washington DC Police Foundation Board.
She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.