Women in Public Office: Challenges, Progress and Impact


Location: Curry Student Center Ballroom

Please join us for an in-depth conversation about the challenges, risks, and rewards of being a woman elected leader today. RSVP encouraged. No charge for current NU students, staff, and faculty. $45 for industry professionals, which includes parking. Register here.

Speakers

Katherine Clark, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts’s 5th District
Congresswoman Clark was first elected in a special election in Dec. 2013. She serves on the House Committee on Education and Workforce, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In the House Democratic Caucus, Katherine is an Assistant Whip and a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Women’s Caucus. Katherine brings a depth of experience as a state senator, state representative, general counsel for the MA Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general. She is a vocal advocate for ending wage discrimination, protecting women’s healthcare, access to affordable, high-quality childcare, paid family leave, safer schools, and other reforms to address the challenges women and families face. Katherine has a J.D. from Cornell Law School, M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and B.A. from St. Lawrence University.

Linda Dorcena Forry, Massachusetts Senator, 1st Suffolk District
State Representative Forry was elected Senator in 2013 for the 1st Suffolk district, which includes Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, and Hyde Park. Upon Linda’s election to the MA House of Representatives in 2005, she became the second Haitian American to hold public office in the state. Linda has championed improvements for education, job creation, business and community development, healthcare, housing, public safety, emerging technologies, and natural resources. She is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing and the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs. Linda serves on the Joint Committee for Transportation; Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Health Care Financing; and Education. As the only Haitian American elected official, she spearheads efforts to rally groups around issues important to ethnic communities. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Linda has a B.S. from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Jennifer Nassour, Esq., Founder and President, Conservative Women for a Better Future
Jennifer is an attorney at Consigli and Brucato with practice areas in civil and criminal trials, family law, personal injury, and government relations. In 2011, Jennifer founded Conservative Women for a Better Future, a non-profit dedicated to electing conservative women in the Northeast. She was chair of the MA Republican Party from 2009 to 2011, when Republicans won the U.S. Senate seat held by Scott Brown and doubled their ranks in the House of Representatives. Jennifer retired the state party’s debt, increased communications, reenergized the activist base, and rebuilt the activist infrastructure. Under her leadership, the party added 100 city and town committees and launched a series of campaign training seminars. Jennifer has a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, M.A. in Political Science from C.W. Post University, and B.A. in Political Science from the SUNY at Stony Brook.

Moderator

Rhondella Richardson, AS’90, Investigative Reporter, Team 5, WCVB-TV
Rhondella is a member of Team 5 Investigates, WCVB-TV Channel 5's investigative unit. Her previous positions have included co-anchor of the weekend edition of the EyeOpener and Sunday AM and midday newscasts; and general assignment reporter. Prior to WCVB-TV, Rhondella was a reporter at KING-TV in Seattle and WJAR-TV in Providence; an assignment desk assistant for WHDH-TV in Boston; a producer and reporter for Cablevision's The Neighborhood Network News; and a news assistant for WGBH-TV's Nightly Ten O'clock Newscast. Rhondella has a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and awarded the "Medallion Award" for her contributions to the university and community while making significant professional strides. She serves on the Corporation of Northeastern.

Event Partners

College of Social Sciences & Humanities; Department of Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; SheLeads - Career Development; Feminist Student Organization; Northeastern Panhellenic Council; and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators