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White House Strategies Schwartz to Judge
iOme; Joins Choi, List, Kettl and Merzer

GREEN BAY, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Laura Schwartz, principal at White House Strategies joins James Choi of Yale, John List of the University of Chicago, Don Kettl of the University of Maryland and author Martin Merzer as a judge for the iOme Challenge.

iOme challenges US College Students to come up with a better retirement system – one that will be ready when they retire in 40 years; a system that will benefit all working people. The winning team earns $16,000 + plus a trip to Washington DC to present their idea to policymakers during the week of the State of the Union address. President Obama is expected to address The Retirement Challenge during his State of the Union speech.

Schwartz served as The White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration. She traveled the world with President Clinton for his foundation post-presidency, and served as a senior advisor to Senator John Kerry on his presidential campaign.

In 2005, Laura joined Fox News Channel as a political commentator, moving to CNN to cover the presidential primaries for Larry King Live and onto the CBS Early Show for the general election. She founded White House Strategies in 2001.

Professor Choi’s research focuses on various aspects of household investment behavior and the effect those investments have on security prices. His work has led to changes in 401(k) plan design at many U.S. corporations and has influenced pension legislation both in the U.S. and abroad.

Professor List has served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, and written extensively as an environmental economist who applies behavioral and experimental techniques.

Professor Kettl is a student of public policy and public management. He specializes in the management of public organizations, and is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

During his 36-year career at The Miami Herald and The Associated Press, Merzer served as a business writer, as a foreign correspondent, as a roving national writer and in many other roles. He also regularly mentored younger staffers and coached college students.

The iOme Challenge is seeking entries from students at any college, community college, technical college and university. Intent to Submit Deadline is October 15.

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