Washington Events

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 06:00 PM
RFD in Washington, DC

NextGen Network: Energy & Environment Happy Hour

YPFP's Energy & Environment Discussion Group is hosting an open happy hour with all NextGen professionals focused on climate, energy, and environment!

When: May 9, 6-9pm

Where: RFD (Chinatown)


As a follow-up to several recent events including Earth Day (4/22), the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit (4/21-4/23), and YPFP's Climate 2030: Pairing Progressivism and Pragmatism (4/27), we are excited to host an open happy hour for all leaders in energy and environmental policy.

Please join members of the YPFP Energy and Environment Discussion Group, Clean Energy Leadership Institute fellows, and others to discuss these recent events, efforts to solve complex global energy and climate challenges, or to just meet other young professionals in the area.

*YPFP's Energy and Environment Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss the most pressing, challenging, and often the most controversial issues in the environmental and energy policy spheres. Our diverse members stem from public, private, and non-profit sectors and have the opportunity to discuss and debate country or regional specific issues, as well as broader thematic issues that shape international dialogue. 

*The Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) is a nonprofit leadership development organization working in Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. CELI provides early career professionals with the technical content, leadership development, and a professional community to build the next generation of clean energy leaders.



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YPFP’s NextGen Network Series facilitates opportunities for informal engagement and discussion amongst YPFP members and other professional groups in the DC area.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM

YPFP Disruptor: Conquering the Foreign Policy Establishment

Too often, NextGen leaders' voices go unheard and their contributions for change unrecognized. YPFP knows it is past time for NextGen voices to positively influence the foreign policy establishment. 

War on the Rocks' Bombshell team joins YPFP to discuss how NextGen leaders can advance vital priorities and disrupt established practices.

Share your stories before the event in this short survey, and check out the full Bombshell podcast here.


May 16, 2016

Discussion begins at 7pm

University of California Washington Center Auditorium







   Erin Simpson is the Founder and CEO of Archer Avenue Consulting. Most recently, she worked as CEO of Caerus Associates, where she designed and lead a number of defense research projects. She earned a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Kansas. Erin's favorite meal when traveling is Sushi Sasabune, the benevolent dictatorship of sushi.







 Radha Iyengar is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She served in a number of roles in the Obama administration within the Department of Energy, the National Security Council, and the Department of Defense. She has a PhD in Economics from Princeton and a BS in Economics from MIT. Radha is a longtime member of the cheetah fan-club.








 Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She has held multiple senior staff positions in the Department of Defense and on the National Security Council.  Loren holds a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Her Twitter crush is @LibyaLiberty.









YPFP’s Disruptor informs NextGen views by emphasizing the need for fresh ideas to disrupt institutionalized foreign policy approaches that aren’t working.






Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
TBD in Washington, DC

NextGen Know-How: Writers' Workshop with War on the Rocks

How can I be a successful writer? Where should I focus my efforts? How can I engage with the right audiences and form relationships with the right publications? Ryan Evans, the CEO and editor-in-chief of War on the Rocks, will answer these questions and more at our hands-on Writers' Workshop for NextGen foreign policy influencers.






Ryan Evans is the CEO and editor-in-chief of War on the Rocks, a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. See the rest of his bio here.



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This event is part of YPFP’s NextGen Know-How Series, helping NextGen professionals build skills to make their voices heard in the global policy arena.

Friday, June 02, 2017 at 09:00 AM

Special Invitation: Arms Control Association Annual Meeting

Want to attend? Special discount available for YPFP members.

Over the decades, arms control agreements have limited and reduced arsenals, curbed the spread of nuclear weapons, and halted testing by all but one state. But today, that disarmament process has stalled.

The Arms Control Association is excited to partner this year with YPFP as a co-host of their post-event reception, which aims to connect the next generation of global nonproliferation leaders. Through this partnership, we are also able to offer a discounted rate ($50 instead of $65!) for YPFP members who wish to attend the June 2 annual meeting policy conference in addition to or instead of the evening reception.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include:


  • President Donald Trump wants to “expand” the U.S. nuclear capacity and has denounced the New START agreement;
  • Russia has deployed ground-based cruise missiles in violation of the INF Treaty;
  • Hard-liners in Washington and Tehran are working to undermine the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; and
  • North Korea continues to flaunt international law while improving its nuclear and missile capabilities.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Keynote speaker and "2016 Arms Control Person of the Year"; Ambassador Tony de Brum, former Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands. Ambassador de Brum led his government's case at the International Court of Justice against those nuclear weapons states which have failed to meet their disarmament commitments. 
  • Thomas M. Countryman, former Acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation;
  • Ulrich Kuehn, Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Fellow, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH); and,
  • Anya Loukianova, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, RAND Corporation

For a more updated list of the full agenda or new speakers, check back at: ArmsControl.org/ArmsControl17

Further Details:

Dress Code: Business to Business Casual

What to Bring: Business Cards

Register as a YPFP member

Registration for the Annual Meeting also includes a complimentary drink ticket for a special reception following the day!

Not a YPFP member? You can still attend! Learn more about attending the ACA's Annual meeting.


YPFP and friends are also invited to a special reception following the Annual Meeting to meet and mingle with the leading voices in the arms control community!

Friday, June 02, 2017 at 05:00 PM
18th Street Lounge in Washington, DC

NextGen Network: Arms Control Association Special Reception

Meet the leading advocates for international arms control at their 2017 annual meeting reception... Bring your business cards!

When: Friday, June 2 at 5:00p

Where: 18th Street Lounge
(Note: 21+ only)


YPFP and the Arms Control Association (ACA) invite you to a special reception featuring the leading voices in the arms control community. (Complimentary drink ticket is included for all attendees of the ACA's Annual Meeting.)


Interested in attending the ACA's Annual Meeting? YPFP members are eligible for a special discount. Learn more.

About the Arms Control Association - The Arms Control Association, founded in 1971, is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.