Peter G. Peterson Foundation: 2019 Fiscal Summit
June 2019. Washington DC, Newseum
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, based in New York, is a non-partisan organization dedicated to addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges to ensure a better economic future. Founded by Peter G. Peterson and led by Chairman and CEO Michael Peterson, the Foundation works with leading policy experts, elected officials, and the public to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships and research to educate and involve Americans across a variety of perspectives.
While the Peter G. Peterson Foundation presents several events throughout the year, the Fiscal Summit is their marquee event. Empire’s Los Angeles based team (formerly Peak XV) has been producing the Fiscal Summit since its inception.
The Fiscal Summit brings together leaders, experts, and policymakers to discuss how to build a sustainable fiscal future to put America on a path for prosperity, leadership and growth. In 2019, the headlining speakers included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi interviewed by CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju, and Director of the OMB and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney interviewed by CNBC Correspondent Eamon Jamers.
Other notable speakers included Congressman John Yarmuth (KY), Congressman Kevin Brady (TX), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND), and Director of the Congressional Budget Office Phillip Swagel.
The event kicked off with a cocktail reception in the POV Lounge and Terrance of the W Hotel overlooking DC and the Washington Monument. Peter G. Peterson Foundation CEO Michael Peterson welcomed guests and gave a quick synopsis of the next days’ schedule.
The conference was held at the Newseum in Washington DC and consisted of panels and presentations in the main plenary room on the 7th floor followed by lunch and additional discussions on the 8th floor. Both rooms were webcast and included interactive polling and online Q&A to the moderator via a private email system.
After the main conference concluded, a special session called “The Solutions Initiative” was hosted on the 7th floor, which had been rearranged during the lunch hour. This session brought together leading think tanks from across the political spectrum to put forward comprehensive plans to set America on a stronger, more sustainable fiscal path. The Solutions Initiative session provided attendees an opportunity to learn more about the initiative and interact directly with the plans’ authors about their policy choices, recommendations and tradeoffs.
This special session included speakers from seven Centers and Institutes and was moderated by Jeff Holland from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.