Public policymaker readies the next generation

Former Massachusetts State Senator Marian Walsh teaches in Leadership program and inspires first-times to run for public office

What is the best use of decades of hard-earned political savvy and policy-making experience? Answer: share it.

That’s what Marian Walsh, a faculty member in the Master of Science in Leadership program and long-time elected officeholder is doing. After 11 terms in the Massachusetts state legislature representing West Roxbury, MA, Walsh is now an author, teacher, and an advocate for interested citizens running for public office.

Campaign Guide

Walsh recently published the book, Run: Your Personal Guide to Winning Public OfficeTargeted to aspiring candidates, the book offers them this toolkit: “…RUN inspires, equips, and supports you. It describes the help you’ll need, where to find it, and how to ask for it. It empowers candidates for public office to have authentic and relevant political conversations. RUN shows how to be the best candidate you can be, how to make a difference – and how to win.”

Campaign School

In addition to teaching and writing, Walsh is a faculty member for the American Campaign School and Leadership Camp, which will be held November 15-16 at the John F Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.

The two-day campaign school promises to be: “…[a] personal non-partisan training program to winning public office, whether you are running for office for the first time, running for reelection, or are simply thinking you might want to run someday in the future. …the program will empower voters who want candidates for public office to have authentic leadership and relevant political conversations. The program will show you how to be the best candidate one can be – and how to win.” Walsh will present “Fundraising ’101′: Connecting With Voters.”

Presented in conjunction with State House News Service, registration for American Campaign School is open until November 1 and scholarships are available.

Walsh’s career transformation has earned notice in the Boston Sunday Globe; a column on the op-ed page entitled, “Running a Farm Team for Politics” appeared on October 20, 2013.

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