For Immediate Release: April 27, 2018
PSA Awarded Hewlett Grant for Bipartisan Congressional Negotiation Program with Harvard Kennedy School
Washington, DC – Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) announces a new grant award from the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative. This year-long grant will support PSA’s partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to pilot an original negotiation program for Congressional staff. It will be the third PSA-Harvard negotiation course. The upcoming program will integrate new learning, case studies and simulations into the curriculum designed specifically for Capitol Hill audiences.
“We are thrilled to continue PSA’s important work on Capitol Hill thanks to this generous support from the Hewlett Foundation. At a time when partisan politics continue to challenge our national institutions and the role of Congress, bipartisan programs like this are important bridge-builders,” said Nathan Sermonis, PSA Executive Director. “Partnering with renowned experts at the Harvard Kennedy School, we aim to improve the environment for collaborative policy solutions on Capitol Hill.”
The joint program will enlist HKS faculty to pilot newly-designed course materials built in the legislative context. Unlike previous training programs, this iteration is handcrafted specifically for Congressional staff to directly connect negotiation lessons to their unique workplace.
The Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative focuses on strengthening the values of U.S. democracy in this highly polarized political climate. The nonpartisan initiative supports organizations that foster bipartisan problem-solving, strive to strengthen Congress as an institution, improve campaign finance, and set the stage for negotiation and compromise in Congress.
Partnership for a Secure America is a nonprofit founded by former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and the late former U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) to advance bipartisanship on today’s critical national security and foreign policy challenges. Leveraging the leadership of its distinguished Advisory Board, PSA has unique credibility and access to forge common ground and fashion thoughtful, fact-based policy that promotes America’s national interests.