Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Kennelly and Edward Silverman, managing director and head of public policy for RBS Greenwich Capital, will participate in a conversation, "Of the People, By the People, and For the People: The Role of Business and Non-Profit Agencies in the Creation of Public Policy," on Thursday, Feb. 8.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Konover Auditorium in
the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Kennelly, who became president and chief executive officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in April 2002, has spent 25 years in public service at the local, state, and federal levels.
She was a member of the U.S. Congress, representing Connecticut's First District, for 17 years.
A former ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security, Kennelly was the first woman to serve as Chief Majority Whip, and was vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the House Committee on Intelligence.
Throughout her career, Kennelly has advocated for Social Security, Medicare, and other health and retirement issues.
After leaving Congress, she served as counselor to the commissioner and associate deputy on retirement policy at the Social Security Administration, where she worked to educate Americans about the choices they face to ensure the future solvency of Social Security.
In addition, Kennelly served on the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, and in 2006, was appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board.
She is currently interim head of the Dodd Center's National Advisory Board.
Silverman began his career at RBS Greenwich Capital in October 1989, after a 12-year career in the executive and legislative branches of government.
He is responsible for strategic planning relative to developments in the political and public sectors.
He served for nine years as banking committee counsel, legislative director, and chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd.
From 1978 through 1981, he served as deputy assistant secretary for legislation and Congressional relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
RBS Greenwich Capital Inc., together with its affiliates, is a trading, finance, and investment company firm with more than 20 years of experience in fixed-income markets.
With headquarters in Greenwich, and many offices elsewhere, RBS Greenwich Capital is a primary dealer of U.S. Treasury securities, and serves as both principal and agent in the sale and trading of mortgage and asset-backed securities.
The company is also a dealer in over-the-counter U.S. Treasury options, and a broker in exchange-listed futures and operations.
The event will be moderated by Barry Feldman, UConn's vice president and chief operating officer and a professor of public policy.
It is sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and Leadership Legacy Experience, part of UConn's Division of Student Affairs.