DC Service Summit

The Service Summit brings together students, young professionals, and community leaders to learn from keynote speakers about best practices and strategies to make a larger difference in the region.

Keynote speakers will include Christopher Malagisi, Pat Leahy, and Wes Felton. The event will be emceed by Get Involved! Inc. Founder, Tom Baker, and DC Service Summit Chair, Regina Anderson. Through the community vendors who participate, attendees will learn about ways to become more engaged in the city through civic involvement opportunities.

1st Annual Get Involved! D.C. Service Summit

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Offices of Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K Street N.W., Washington D.C.

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Awards are also presented at the event to the Get Involved! honorees and the D.C. Rising Stars.


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Timeline of Events at 1st Annual D.C. Service Summit (Tentative)

5:00 Networking
5:30 Speaker
5:50 Networking
6:05 Speaker
6:25 Get Involved! Awards
6:45 Speaker
7:05 Rising Stars Presentation
7:25 Speaker
7:45  Networking


Christopher Malagisi

Christopher Malagisi is currently an Adjunct Professor at American University for the School of Public Affairs and teaches two courses: History of the Conservative Movement 1945-Present and Campaigns & Political Activism. Malagisi is a proud American University alum graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and CLEG, and completed the competitive four-year SPA Leadership Program.  He also received a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, concentrating in political management and public policy.

Malagisi currently serves as the CPAC Director for The American Conservative Union (ACU) – the nation’s oldest conservative movement organization that hosts the largest gathering of conservatives each year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and releases the annual ACU Ratings of Congress – a yearly score earned by Members of Congress based on their conservative voting record.


Patrick R. Leahy

With more than fourteen years of public policy experience in both the executive and legislative branches, Pat Leahy has a background in various public policy issues, program management, and strategic communications.

From 2007 to 2009, Leahy served as Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez where he focused on achieving Congressional approval of United States free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.  Additionally, from 2006 to 2007, he served as a key member of the Secretary’s team charged with achieving approval of comprehensive immigration reform.

Prior to this service, Leahy worked on Capitol Hill for a number of Members, including House Conference Chairman J.C. Watts and Senator Fred Thompson.

Leahy also worked for the House Administration Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004.  During his tenure he was instrumental in the development and passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).  Leahy currently uses his expertise on election reform and disability policy in his position as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, where he directs and develops projects to implement HAVA.  Recently, Leahy designed a $2,000,000 program to improve voting processes and technology for the more than 50,000 wounded warriors currently recovering from battlefield injuries.

Outside of his daytime job, Leahy also operates a small consulting company, the Leahy Group, which develops new nonprofit initiatives and provides strategic advice on pressing public policy issues.

Leahy graduated with honors from Millersville University in 1997 with majors in both Political Science and History.  In 2011, Leahy was elected to serve on the University’s Alumni Board of Directors where he currently co-chairs an alumni athletics outreach committee.

In his free time, Leahy is an amateur bodybuilder who participated in the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Natural Yorton Cup Championships, where he received the award for Best Poser.  Leahy also enjoys swimming, reading, and is an avid baseball fan.  In addition, he has a Guide Dog named Galahad who is a five year old yellow Labrador.