IOP Announces Eight New Advisory Board Members

February 14, 2018

By Institute of Politics


The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) today announced eight distinguished new members of its Advisory Board:

  • Bob Dold, former congressman from Illinois
  • Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan
  • Michael Morell, former acting director and deputy director of the CIA
  • Shailagh Murray, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama
  • Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Kasim Reed, former mayor of Atlanta
  • Bret Stephens (AB ’95), op-ed columnist for the New York Times
  • Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report

“The prominent Americans we name to our Advisory Board today have been active participants in the IOP from its inception, as speakers or visiting fellows,” said David Axelrod, the IOP’s founding director. “Diverse in their viewpoints, backgrounds, and expertise, they already have given their time and talents to engage with our students. I’m grateful that they have agreed to continue that commitment by joining our splendid Advisory Board to help illuminate our path forward as we mark our fifth anniversary on the University of Chicago campus.”

The Advisory Board – leaders from politics, government, journalism, and business – provides ideas and counsel to the IOP director, staff, and student leadership on ongoing programming and priorities. For a full roster of the IOP’s Advisory Board, please visit

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