Virtually Together Presidential Sites Pre-Summit

The George & Barbara Bush Foundation joined our friends at the White House Historical Association held a virtual Presidential Sites pre-Summit panel discussion on July 23, 2020. Representatives from the Presidential Sites Summit Planning Committee discussed coping ideas and strategies during this challenging time.

A series of virtual panel discussions took place throughout the months leading up to the 2021 Presidential Sites Summit. These sessions allowed the community of presidential sites to stay connected in the absence of a 2020 gathering.

We hope you enjoy!

Panelists:
Stephanie S. Streett, Executive Director, Clinton Foundation
Tom Collamore, Senior Advisor, George and Barbara Bush Foundation
Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, Director, LBJ Presidential Library
Hannah Abney, VP of External Affairs, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Moderators:
Anita B. McBride, Chair, Presidential Sites Summit Committee
Stewart D. McLaurin, President, White House Historical Association

You can view the event on their website: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/pss1/register

About the Panel                                                                                                                             

Streett

Stephanie S. Streett is executive director of the Clinton Foundation, where she oversees the strategy and management of the Clinton Presidential Center. The Clinton Center provides a unique perspective of the work – past, present and future – of the 42nd President of the United States William J. Clinton, as well as extensive educational and cultural opportunities for visitors of all ages. Streett oversees the Presidential Leadership Scholars program on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. This first of its kind leadership development program produces bold and principled leaders committed to solving our world’s greatest challenges through a unique collaboration between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. She also serves as Corporate Secretary for the Clinton Foundation Board of Directors.  

Streett served in the Clinton White House for eight years, first as Deputy Assistant to the President, and then as Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling. Previously she worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget. Streett earned her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She and her husband, Don Erbach, are the proud parents of three teenage daughters. 

Tom Collamore is the founder of Collamore Consulting Group LLC, a strategic counsel and advisory firm serving foundations, corporate executives and trade associations. Tom is the senior advisor to the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, representing the foundation in Washington, D.C. to further President and Mrs. Bush’s legacy of service.

From 2007 to 2018 Tom was the chief communications officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was Executive Vice President and Counselor to the President.

Before joining the Chamber in 2007, Tom spent 14 years with Altria Group, Inc., as vice president of Corporate Public Affairs.

Tom served as chief of staff and assistant secretary of commerce in the George H.W. Bush administration.  He was also assistant secretary of commerce for administration, serving as the secretary’s principal adviser on management issues and as the department’s chief financial officer.  For these positions he was nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

From 1985 to 1989, Tom served in the White House on former Vice President Bush’s senior staff. During that time, Tom traveled with Bush, visiting more than 30 countries and all 50 states, and was a senior traveling aide throughout the campaign for president, culminating in Bush’s 1988 election. Tom began his government service as special assistant to Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige from 1981 to 1985. He received the Commerce Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Federal Service in 1985.

Tom is President of the board directors of the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children in Ridgely, Maryland and is on the advisory council of the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. 

A native of Connecticut, Tom graduated from Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, where he serves as a trustee emeritus. He graduated magna cum laude from Drew University, where he previously served on the board of trustees. Tom resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Jacqueline, and their four children.

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. Until January 2020, he taught as Associate Professor of History at UT-Austin, where his classes focused on American and international history. Lawrence is author of Assuming the Burden:  Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam and The Vietnam War:  A Concise International History, as well as several edited books and numerous articles, chapters, and reviews on various aspects of the history of U.S. foreign relations. Lawrence has held the Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellowship at Yale University (2006-2008) and the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professorship in American Foreign Policy at Williams College (2011-2012). He earned his BA from Stanford University and his PhD from Yale University. He is now completing a study of U.S. policymaking toward the Third World in the 1960s. 

Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group.  Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.

McBride

Anita McBride directs the Legacies of America’s First Ladies Initiative at the American University where she serves as Executive in Residence in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs. Her White House service and experience spans three decades and four Administrations including as Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on White House history, its occupants and presidential transitions.

McLaurin

Stewart D. McLaurin, as president of the White House Historical Association since 2014, leads the Association’s non-profit and non-partisan mission to support conservation and preservation at the White House with non-government funding.

Under his leadership, the Association has expanded greatly in mission reach and impact; fundraising results; educational public programming, and award-winning publications that teach the story of White House history; and related retail offerings inspired by history.

For more than 35 years, McLaurin has held leadership roles with national non-profit and higher education organizations such as the American Red Cross, Georgetown University, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.