Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


Exposed by COVID-19: Our Divided National Identity

May 27, 2020

Featuring Brad Kane, author of Pitchfork Populism

Wednesday, May 27 | 11:00 a.m. via Zoom

Guest Brad Kane will speak with JCRC Public Policy Director Jessica Trubowitch about individualism vs. communalism, the conflict between two national identities in the United States. Mr. Kane will discuss the history of these ideologies, how and why we see them becoming more entrenched during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it means for the future of our democracy.


About Brad Kane
Bradford Kane is the author of Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America. Kane has developed policy, legislation and speeches in Congress, California state government and the nonprofit & private sectors. He was speechwriter and researcher for Congresswoman Maxine Waters in 2019, and he began his career as legislative counsel to Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, counsel to the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce/Consumer Protection, and a member of President Clinton's Task Force on Health Care Reform. Kane served the State of California as Deputy Controller for Legislation, and as a Deputy Secretary of Information Technology. He was a member of the Nielsen Media Research Task Force on Television Measurement, created the Bipartisan Bridge and developed environmental and economic equity initiatives. In the global arena, he was a Strategy Council member of the United Nations Global Alliance on ICT & Development, CEO of the International Commission on Workforce Development, and Director of Strategic Initiatives and International Development at TechSoup Global. Kane was a featured contributor on The Huffington Post, and contributor to the book, Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America. He earned his B.A. at University of California, Davis, and his J.D. at U.C. Hastings College of Law.

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