Renew America Together, a 501 (c)(3) organization designed to promote and achieve greater common ground in America by reducing partisan division and gridlock, has selected Squire Patton Boggs principal Tommy Andrews and associate Bradford Ellison to its third annual Civility Leadership Institute.
Renew America Together’s mission is to revitalize public and political discourse by teaching and promoting civics, citizenship, and civility. The organization’s Civility Leadership Institute (CLI) convenes a diverse group of leaders from around the country for a year of training, learning, and crucial conversations. Participants gain deeper understanding from each other while discussing important topics impacting the world today. CLI cohort members will begin their year-long journey by attending the Civility Summit in Little Rock, Ark. in July. Following their convening, the cohort will meet virtually once a month and will work through a curriculum that will feature dynamic, nationally recognized speakers, and strengthen their relationships with each other.
Additionally, CLI graduates will receive professional certifications in Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue, TypeCoach Influence Training, and participate in a six-month follow-up program to continue building relationships with one another and measuring their progress and accomplishments.
Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Andrews, who has more than a decade of experience working in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the US government, served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs after joining the White House in 2018. He also served as Director of Members Services for former Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) from 2015 – 2018, where he was the speaker’s liaison to all 435 members of Congress and their staff. He also served under Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-OH) as special assistant and personal aide to Mr. Boehner from 2009 – 2015.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Ellison advocates on behalf of clients facing congressional investigations, navigating international trade regulations, and building digital and physical infrastructure around the world. Prior to joining the firm, he developed a versatile background in foreign affairs and government relations, having served as a Political and Economic Affairs Intern at the US Embassy in Lomé, Togo and twice in Rep. James E. Clyburn’s (D-SC) Office of the Majority Whip.
CLI alumni members include community leaders, law enforcement, mayors, educators, business leaders, grassroots activists, congressional staffers, nonprofit executives, and students, among others. In 2022, Squire Patton Boggs principal Caren Street was selected to the second annual cohort.
Additional information about the Civility Leadership Institute can be found here.