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Smithson Fellows Cohort Tours Castle; Speaks with EPA and SI Government Relations

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 by in The OFI Blog |

Smithson Fellows Dara, Karin, Matthew, and Jeremy in the Smithsonian Castle


On Tuesday, December 14th, the 2016 James Smithson Fellows met at the Smithsonian Castle as part of their monthly cohort enrichment series. Rick Stamm, Curator of the Smithsonian Castle Collection, gave a behind-the-scenes tour, providing a wealth of knowledge on James Smithson, his crypt, and the rest of the Castle collections, from the architectural model as envisioned by James Renwick, to photos of the famous barn owls, residents in one of the towers for a couple years, to a 19th century German desk with five hidden cabinets. The tour was followed by a meeting in the Castle Regents Room where Ed Fendley from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities and Philip LoPiccolo from the Smithsonian’s Office of Government Relations, conducted a lively seminar discussion with Smithson Fellows, Karin Burghardt, Jeremy Feinberg, Matthew Lesley, and Dara Satterfield on the policy and politics of climate change and sustainability.

Ed Fendley has served in the Federal government for 30 years. He worked as a Foreign Service Officer, as a negotiator dealing with global climate change, and as a White House staffer. Ed now serves in the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities, where he helps communities become walkable, healthy and economically vibrant. In addition to his Federal career, Ed teaches a course on sustainability and environmental policy at the University of Maryland.

Philip LoPiccolo has worked with the Smithsonian since April, 2008. Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, Philip spent over seven years working for Representative Silvestre Reyes (El Paso, Texas) serving as a Senior Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, and in El Paso office as a Senior Field Representative.  He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of El Paso, Texas, one of the 25 largest cities in the United States.  Prior to his Congressional work, Philip spent 15 years with the National Park Service in various capacities mostly related to cultural resource preservation and museum collection management.  Philip holds a BA and MA in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on the U.S. – Mexico border and traditional healthcare practices.

Smithson Fellows with Ed Fendley (Left), Amy Lemon, OFI Smithson Fellowship Coordinator, and Rick Stamm (Right)