Events & Media


Student-Selected Panel

"The First Hundred Days of the Trump Administration"

Das Williams, Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor
Debbie Cox Bultan, Executive Director, NewDEAL
Lanny Ebenstein, Department of Economics, USCB

Moderated by Matthew Potoski, Professor, Bren School

Monday, April 10, 2017
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"The Trump Administration seems to be making unprecedented moves. Join us as we discuss what the future might hold and the roles we can play in protecting the environment. How can the Bren community continue to make a positive impact in these times?"

—Sarah Salem (MESM 2018), student representative, Dean's Advisory Council

Das Williams
Debbie Cox Bultan
Lanny Ebenstein
Matthew Potoski


The Trump administration is close to completing their first 100 days in the oval office. With the first round of executive orders, cabinet nominees, and proposed budgets making a splash, what’s next? How will the choices made by the administration affect local, state, and national environmental policy? Join the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Spring Colloquium, where we will discuss these questions with members of the Bren Community and beyond.


Das Williams was elected First District Supervisor of Santa Barbara County in June 2016. Williams previously represented the area, along with over half of Santa Barbara County and a quarter of Ventura County, in the California State Assembly from 2010 to 2016. During his extensive public service, Williams has earned a reputation as a champion for renewable energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and coastal protection. Williams holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Management with a focus on water pollution, planning processes, and land-use law from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.

Debbie Cox Bultan has twenty-five years of experience in center-left politics, public policy, and non-profit leadership. She is the Executive Director of NewDEAL, a national network of rising pro-growth, progressive state and local elected leaders that seeks to help them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Debbie previously served as Executive Director for the Civic Leadership Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit that prepares underserved youth for college, career, and civic life. Prior to helping launch NewDEAL, Debbie spent fifteen years at the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) where she served in a number of capacities, including National Political Director and Chief of Staff. Among her accomplishments at the DLC was developing a network of, and policy tools for, state and local elected officials across the country. Debbie is also a veteran of numerous political campaigns in California.

Lanny Ebenstein received his B.A. from UCSB and his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He has had 10 books published in the history of economic and political thought, including the first biographies of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. Dr. Ebenstein is also the author of Chicagonomics: The Evolution of Chicago Free Market Economics, which was an "Editors' Choice" selection in the New York Times Book Review. Dr. Ebenstein's current research foci include the history of economic thought and progressive taxation. In the community, he served eight years as a member of the Santa Barbara Board of Education. Dr. Ebenstein is a registered Republican and a former Republican candidate for California State Assembly.

Matthew Potoski arrived at the Bren School in 2011 after spending a dozen years on the faculty of Iowa State University. He teaches courses on corporate environmental management, and his research focuses on management, voluntary environmental programs, and public policy. He co-authored The Voluntary Environmentalists (Cambridge, 2006) and was co-editor of Voluntary Programs (MIT, 2009). Professor Potoski is currently co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the International Public Management Journal. He received the ISU LAS Early and Midcareer Awards for Achievement in Research.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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