Time12:00PM7:00PM EST Location925 13th St NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Events hosted by RSI AND In-Person

R Street’s Real Solutions Summit

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This October, the R Street Institute will host The Real Solutions Summit in Washington, D.C. At a time when the nation is increasingly polarized, R Street is focused on fostering connections, hosting deep conversations and collaborating for policy impact.

The Real Solutions Summit will feature in-depth discussions, networking opportunities, keynotes and panels that address critical public policy challenges – from the future of U.S. democracy and elections, to prioritizing public safety while fostering law enforcement-community relationships, to adapting to the rapidly-evolving world of artificial intelligence.

Please see the agenda below for the most up to date list of speakers and speaking times as we continue to add more to the Summit.


12pm – Check-in and Lunch

12:30pm Welcome Remarks, “3 Keys for Restoring Political Trust”

  • Erica Schoder, Executive Director, R Street Institute (Bio.)

Panel 1 – One Ring to Rule Them All: How centralized power is corrupting our institutions, increasing polarization, and undermining elections

  • Part 1:
    • [Moderator] Ramesh Ponnuru, Editor, National Review (Bio.)
    • James Wallner, Senior Fellow, Governance, R Street Institute (Bio.)
    • Veronique de Rugy, George Gibbs Chair in Political Economy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center (Bio.)
    • Casey Mattox, Vice President for Legal and Judicial Strategy, Americans for Prosperity (Bio.)
  • Part 2:
    • [Moderator] Matt Germer, Associate Director and Resident Elections Fellow, Governance Program, R Street Institute (Bio.)
    • Jonathan Bydlak, Governance Policy Director, R Street Institute (Bio.)
    • Trey Grayson, Partner, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys and former Kentucky Secretary of State (R) and former Chair of the Republican Association of Secretaries of State (Bio.)
    • Scott Warren, Fellow, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University (Bio.)

Panel 2 – Taking Reform Seriously: Policing, policy and preventing violent crime

  • [Moderator] Diane Goldstein, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) (Bio.)
  • Jillian Snider, Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties Policy Director, R Street Institute (Bio.)
  • Tracie Keesee, President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Policing Equity (Bio.)
  • Ja’Ron K. Smith, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Office of American Innovation (2019-2020) (Bio.)


Fireside Chat – Future of Philanthropy

Panel 3 – The Case for Optimism in the Age of AI

Closing Remarks

  • Sabrina Schaeffer, Vice President of Public Affairs, R Street Institute (Bio.)

Rooftop reception: Planet Word Museum