On Dec.12, the Hamilton College Program in Washington D.C. students attended their farewell dinner hosted by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack ’72, and Kirkland alumnae Christie Vilsack K’72 and Barbara Stein K’72. Tom Vilsack is former Governor of Iowa. Christie Vilsack is senior advisor for international education at USAID, and Barbara Stein is director of strategic partnerships for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
During the dinner, Secretary Vilsack discussed his experience as Iowa’s governor and his appointment to the Obama Administration Cabinet. Despite the gridlock in Congress, Vilsack discussed many recent positive accomplishments of the Department of Agriculture. Christie Vilsack also discussed her Congressional election campaign experience.