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2024 Public Policy Analysis Challenge

Violence In America 2024 Public Policy Analysis Chal;lenge

Final Competition

Sunday, April 21, 6 p.m.

91社区, Reid Chapel

Throughout the academic year, teams of students will examine the central issue presented by the 2024 edition of the Public Policy Analysis Challenge – Violence in America. Guided by insights from distinguished experts in the field, faculty mentors, and data analysis, each team will develop a specific recommendation to enhance public policy on a violence-related issue. On April 21, finalists will present their proposals to a live audience. A panel of four esteemed judges will determine which team has the best proposal. Teams will compete for $10,000 in prize money for first, second, and third place.

David Castagnetti

Our Emcee - David Castagnetti

A renowned public policy expert and strategist, David Castagnetti co-founded Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, one of the most respected and effective bipartisan government relations firms in Washington DC, and currently serves as a partner at Denton Global Advisors.

Before joining the private sector, Mr. Castagnetti served as Chief of Staff to two committee chairmen, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) of the Senate Finance Committee and Congressman Norm Mineta (D-CA) of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, contributing to some of the most important policy advancements in the areas of trade, tax, transportation, and technology.

Meet Our Judges

Aldernman Brian Hopkins

The Hon. Brian Hopkins

Alderman, City of Chicago, 2nd Ward

Dr. Dimple Patel

Dr. Dimple Patel

Psychologist and Board Member, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Illinois Chapter

Char Rivette

Ms. Char Rivette

Executive Director, Chicago Children鈥檚 Advocacy Center; Chair of the Illinois Children鈥檚 Justice Task Force

Sodiqa Williams

Ms. Sodiqa Williams

General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Re-entry Services, the Safer Foundation

Our Final Student Groups

team 1 group photo

The Unspoken Threat: Youth Mental Health and School Violence in America

By Tobi Ellis, Andrew Rotering, and Gavin Smith
Mentor: Kent Grote, Assistant Professor of Economics

team 2 group photo

Lake County Parental Support For Safe Families Program

By Astrid Castro and Isabella Tello
Mentor: Stephanie Caparelli, Assistant Professor of Politics

team 3 group photo

Wheels to Wellness: Illinois Mobile Outreach and Overdose Program

By Georgia Tsakos, Vasilisa Vasilyeva, and Loreto Galvan-Alva
Mentor: James Marquardt, Professor of Politics