Listening to America


The Biden-Harris administration is inheriting a deeply divided country at a time when we are also facing unprecedented challenges from a stubborn virus that has sickened or killed many Americans and hobbled the economy.

The challenges are clear and daunting. However, the old adage that “all politics is local” still applies. The perspectives of constituents back home and local governments and jurisdictions have never been more important.

So, in addition to national issues, what are the concerns of citizens in communities small and large, rural and urban? What could a realigning of priorities signify for local government officials? And what are people on the ground saying are the most pressing issues for their families and friends right now?

This will be the most diverse Cabinet in history. And even though there are more diverse voices in national offices than ever before, will traditionally underserved groups be heard?

In Listening to America, The Hill will convene local and state government officials, representatives of communities and diverse stakeholders to discuss, listen and understand the many contours of America, and determine how all voices can truly be heard.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT



  • Gov. Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado
  • Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Mayor, New Orleans, LA
  • Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, UT-Austin LBJ School
  • Hailama Farden, President, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
  • Dr. Alicia Mousseau, Vice President, Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, South Dakota
  • Mayor Javier E. Sánchez, Mayor, Española, NM
  • Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council

Partner Remarks:

  • Anne Marie Dougherty, CEO, Bob Woodruff Foundation


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


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The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was wounded by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans, including suicide prevention, mental health, caregiver support, and food insecurity. To date, BWF has invested over $76 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members, and their family members, across the nation. For more information, please visit or follow them on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.