Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, May 20, 2019

Political strategist, entrepreneur Lierman joins Board of Visitors

Terry Lierman (MA '71) Terry Lierman (MA '71)

With more than 30 years of consulting and communications experience, Terry Lierman (MA ’71) has joined the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors. Lierman is a founding partner of Summit Global Ventures, which he began after serving as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer from 2007 to 2011.

Early in his career, Lierman founded and directed Capitol Associates Inc., a consulting firm that provided government and public relations services for various organizations within a wide scope of fields. During this time, he honed expertise on health research, budgetary processes, services administration and program development.

“We are honored to have such an accomplished and enthusiastic alumnus joining our Board of Visitors,” said La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee. “Like many fellow alumni, Terry began his career in public service, working for the National Institutes of Health, and has a commitment to improving global health.”

Combining his entrepreneurial and political talents, Lierman has launched several companies and nonprofit organizations, and he serves as chair of the Institute for Human Virology’s Advisory Board. Lierman ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, served as finance co-chair for Howard Dean's presidential campaign from 2003 to 2004, and was chair of Maryland's Democratic Party from 2004 to 2007.

Board members help the La Follette School identify resources that can enhance its stature and standing, provide career advice and assistance to students, provide fundraising assistance, and act as goodwill ambassadors for the School.

In February, Lierman spoke about his wide-ranging career in the federal government and public service with students in Professor Tim Smeeding’s undergraduate class, Contemporary Public Policy Issues. Lierman offered an insider’s look at how the White House and Congress work.

The class offers a general primer on large-scale social, economic, and other policies directed by federal and state governments. It is one of the first courses for the La Follette School’s new Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program