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The 21st Century Public Servant

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Excelsior College new School of Public Service will host a luncheon and panel discussion on the requisite skills, qualities and roles of current and future public servants.

Dr. Robert Waters, School of Public Service at Excelsior College, will moderate this discussion which features a very distinguished speaking panel—including current and former legislators as well as members of the legal community.


Michael A. Arcuri, counsel at Hancock Estabrook, LLP. Arcuri specializes in helping businesses interface with the state and federal government on administrative and regulatory matters.

Mr. Arcuri was a member of Congress for New York’s 24th Congressional District from 2007 to 2010. While in Congress, he served as a member of the influential Rules Committee. He also served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Economic Development, Water Resources and Environment, and Highways and Transit subcommittees.

From 1994 to 2007, Mr. Arcuri served as district attorney in Oneida County, New York.

Parris Glendening, president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute where he works with leaders across the nation to understand and adopt policies that are effective in rebuilding state and local economies and helping communities grow smarter. As Governor of Maryland from 1995-2003, Glendening led the creation of a groundbreaking smart growth initiative that focused on using the entire $23 billion state budget as an incentive for smart growth.

Before becoming governor, Glendening was a local elected official for more than 20 years. He began public service in 1973 as a city councilman in Hyattsville and was later elected to the Prince George’s County Council in 1974. In 1982 he was elected County Executive of Prince George’s County, a post he held for three consecutive terms.

Julia Leighton, general counsel for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). As general counsel, Leighton advises the board of trustees, management team and lawyers on a wide variety of legal issues.

Before becoming PDS’s general counsel, Leighton spent 11 years litigating criminal cases; eight years as a staff attorney at PDS and three years as a trial attorney in the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Leighton is also a former member of the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee and a current member of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee.

Additionally, Leighton is a member of PDS’s Forensic Practice Group and was a 2001 founding member.

Congressman Paul Tonko, fourth term member of the United States House of Representatives currently representing New York’s 20th Congressional District. He is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy. Tonko also serves on the Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. As a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, he serves on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

In addition to committee duties, Tonko is a co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, the green voice in Congress. He is also a longtime honorary vice-chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan, nonprofit coalition that promotes energy efficiency across all sectors of the global economy.

Before serving in Congress, Tonko was president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before that, he served in the New York State Assembly for 25 years, 15 of which he was the chairman of the Committee on Energy.

This event will be held at Excelsior College, Washington, DC Center from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. For more information or to register, click here.

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