Peter D. Hart
Leading Pollster and Public Policy Expert
NASF is pleased to announce Peter Hart as this year’s Washington Forum luncheon keynote speaker.
As a leading public opinion expert and pollster for NBC and Wall Street Journal, Hart has been key in determining the future for some of the most influential corporations and politicians in the country. One of the top analysts in the United States, he is a leading shaper of national trends and political messages.
The National Journal named Hart one of its 150 national leaders who shape federal government policy, lauding him as “probably the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates.” His organization, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, has conducted strategy planning projects for IBM, Coca-Cola, and Tiffany & Co. Political clientele have included Hubert Humphrey, Jay Rockefeller, Edward Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Bob Graham.
Since 1971, Hart has served as chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, he has been a pollster for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal since 1989. In the political realm, he has represented more than 55 United States Senators and 40 governors. Additional focuses on public policy and cultural issues have included work for the Smithsonian Institution, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kennedy Center.
In 2002, Hart was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campaign Consulting by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). He appears frequently on Meet the Press, TODAY, and Rock Center with Brian Williams.
For the past 30 years, Hart has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught public opinion and public policy at Duke University, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Shorenstein visiting fellow at the JFK School at Harvard University.
The Honorable Tom Ridge
Former Governor of Pennsylvania and the First Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security
NASF is pleased to announce that Tom Ridge will greet NASF attendees and deliver remarks at Washington Forum’s evening reception, Monday, April 15.
The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration. During his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Ridge worked with 180,000+ employees from 22 government agencies to create an entity that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, and improved information sharing worldwide.
Prior to the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. His aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care, and the environment. Mr. Ridge also served six terms as a member of the US House of Representatives.
Mr. Ridge serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He is Chairman of Ridge Global, LLC, Chairman of the Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute and a Partner of Ridge Policy Group, LLC, which provides solutions to cybersecurity, international security and risk management issues.
U.S. House Editor at Cook Political Report
NASF presents David Wasserman as political keynote speaker at this years Washington Forum.
David Wasserman is the U.S. House editor and senior election analyst for the non-partisan Cook Political Report. The Cook Political Report provides analyses of presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races.
Wasserman analyzes the current political environment, and his data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local trends, the relationship between consumer brand loyalty and voting, and what the future holds for American elections.
In 2016, Wasserman drew wide praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his uncanny September piece entitled, “How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote.”
Wasserman served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2016, 2012, and 2008 and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-SPAN Washington Journal, CNN, and NPR. He is a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight.com and his commentary has been cited in outlets including POLITICO, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and RealClearPolitics.
In 2018, his interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the “Atlas of Redistricting” took top prize for News Data App of the Year at the Global Editors Network’s Data Journalism Awards.
An enthusiast for data and maps, Wasserman served as a contributing writer to the 2014 and 2016 editions of the Almanac of American Politics. He has shared insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
Prior to joining the Cook Political Report in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website. In that role, Wasserman led the publication to correctly predict Democrats would score a gain of 29 House seats in November 2006.
Wasserman holds a BA in government with distinction from the University of Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of congressional redistricting standards.