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United: An Analysis and Discussion of the 2020 Election

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The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy invites you to attend a virtual panel discussion

United: An Analysis and Discussion of the 2020 Election

Wednesday, November 4
12-1 p.m. ET
Virtual Session

Join experts from academia and government for a virtual moderated discussion, analysis and audience Q&A featuring a range of views on the election and Pennsylvania’s role in the outcome.

All participants must register for the event. A Zoom login link will be provided before the virtual session in a confirmation email.

This event is part of Heinz College's annual Washington D.C. Colloquium, which aims to educate students on different industries and sectors within Washington D.C.

Register by Monday, November 2

Questions? Contact CMUevents@andrew.cmu.edu.


Richard Stafford, moderator
Distinguished Service Professor, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Richard StaffordRick Stafford has been a Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy since 2006.

He has directed the launch of Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 and Metro21 Initiatives, the university's foray into the smart cities arena.

Prior to his Heinz appointment, Stafford served as Chief Executive Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The Conference worked to undertake several major regional initiatives in the Pittsburgh region in public governance, regional economic development, education and workforce development, and civic reorganization. Prior to the Conference, much of his career had been dedicated to public service. He served as Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh during the governor's first term, and as chief of staff for the last 16 months of his second term. Stafford was Director of Research and Issues for the Thornburgh for Governor Committee and served as the Director of Transition between the administrations of Governor Milton Shapp and Governor Thornburgh. Previous to that position, he served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Building on his professional governmental and civic experience, Stafford's research and teaching are focused on the intersection of elective politics and policy making, particularly at the state and local government level.  He develops case studies to illustrate principles of what he defines as "engineering public policy change."  Building on his experience in launching Traffic21 and Metro21, his current teaching is focused on the societal consequences of technological change and the public policy responses to those consequences.

Stafford has done extensive consulting in the private sector and public policy arena, as well as served on various governmental and community organizations.  He currently serves on the Advisory Committee to The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh and the Natural Gas Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  As a partner in a family farm in southwestern Pennsylvania, Stafford is involved with several organizations related to food, environment, and agriculture.

Stafford is a recipient of Carnegie Mellon University's Alumni Merit Award and the Heinz College’s Public Service Award, an inductee into the Hall of Fame of Junior Achievement of Southwest Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Coleman Award for Civic Leadership.


The Honorable Tom Corbett
Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Tom CorbettThe Honorable Tom Corbett is executive in residence at Duquesne University School of Law. The former governor most recently served as an adjunct professor at the law school.

As the commonwealth's 46th governor, Corbett held Pennsylvania's highest office from January 18, 2011 through January 20, 2015.

Corbett has a long and distinguished career serving citizens as assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. attorney, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania attorney general, and governor. Corbett has also served as a key advisor to U.S. presidents and governors.

Corbett received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College and his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. He served his country as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Infantry Division from 1971 until 1984, rising from private to captain. He and his wife are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of six. 


Joseph Mistick
Associate Professor, Duquesne University School of Law

Joseph MistickJoseph Sabino Mistick is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where he currently teaches Criminal Law, Election Law, Land Use Law and Law, Public Policy and the Executive Branch. He is the founder of the award-winning Urban Development Law Clinic, which he has operated since 1995. He has also taught Administrative Law, Sentencing and Sanctions and Remedies and Damages.

As a weekly Sunday columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review since 2002, Mistick writes on current affairs, politics and public policy. For over 20 years, he was the Democratic half of the political talk show Roddey Mistick, first appearing on WQED television and then on PCNC, the public affairs channel of WPXI television. Mistick is a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker. He has appeared on Voice of America, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS NewsHour, Court TV and numerous local television and radio stations.

As executive secretary (deputy mayor) to Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff from 1989-1992, Mistick oversaw the development of Crawford Square, the Second Avenue Technology Park and Washington's Landing. During the Masloff Administration, the wage tax was reduced twice, major city cultural assets were saved by transferring them to non-profit organizations and the Regional Asset District Tax was successfully shepherded through the public process and approved by the state legislature.

A recognized expert in land use law, urban development, and crime and public policy, Mistick helped create the Pittsburgh Weed & Seed Program during the Masloff Administration, in partnership with the United States Attorney for the Western District. The Department of Justice promoted this program as a national model.

During the administration of Pittsburgh Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, Mistick served seven years as chairman of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment and vice-chairman of the Planning Commission. He wrote numerous ordinances, including the Sidewalk Cafe ordinance and the Downtown building height ordinance and conducted over 5000 zoning hearings during the city development boom known as Renaissance II. He also served as chairman of the Mayor's Entertainment Center Development Task Force.

Mistick was appointed by Mayor Caliguiri to the original Pittsburgh Apportionment Commission. He also served on the original Allegheny County Apportionment Commission by appointment of the Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served as counsel to the Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the 2012 reapportionment of the state legislature.

Mistick has spent nearly fifty years in public service and the law, starting as a page in the Pennsylvania House when he was 15. He has served as an aide to the Allegheny County Commissioners and the Urban Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania State Senate. He was an elected member of East McKeesport borough council, municipal secretary of Braddock Borough, a delegate to the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission and a board member of the City/County Public Auditorium Authority.

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