(Ep. 7) Improving Lives, Changing Policy + Public Service with PG Sittenfeld
July 5, 2016
PG Sittenfeld currently serves on Cincinnati's City Council, where he chairs the Education & Entrepreneurship Committee and was the youngest Councilmember ever elected in Cincinnati. He was a 2016 candidate for the Democratic nomination for Ohio's United States Senate seat - a race in which he finished 2nd, earning nearly a quarter million votes in his first bid for statewide office.
PG also co-founded the non-profit Community Learning Center Institute, which included an innovative proposal to turn school buildings into around-the-clock learning hubs featuring adult education, co-located health and dental facilities, and recreational programs.
Listen to the episode as PG shares:
- Why PG got into politics
- Why local politics can actually affect the political discourse on a national level
- The issues that PG and other millennials care about that motivated him to get involved in politics
- Why leading by example is important
- Are millennials wrongly stereotyped as cynical and apathetic about politics?
- Why millennials may feel frustrated by politics and is it a justified feeling?
- How young people in elected office can provide much needed diversity
- How PG wants to inspire other millennials to get into public service
- What’s fun about being an elected official
- The 2 roles that PG feels are important in his political career
- Why a community based approach to improving people’s lives is important
- How a holistic approach to education is really a whole child approach
- Why millennials are really outward facing in their outlook
- Lessons learned from his failed Senate bid
- Positive outcomes PG accomplished by being in the campaign
- Why millennials crave work that has meaning
Links and Resources:
Political biographies (i.e. Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson)
“On My 30th Birthday, 30 Tips for Your 20s” by PG Sittenfeld