Late, Late Lunch with...

Late, Late Lunch with...

Late, Late Lunch with...

We've changed the rules. No more Brown Bags. Now, we provide the lunch.


RIPPAC’s Late, Late Networking Lunches offers a limited number of students a chance to get up-close-and-personal with key political players. 

During an off-the-record discussion, we focus on what these important people wished they had known when they were young and just starting out.  The vibrant discussion goes from there.



Past Speakers


Late, Late Lunch with Liz Cornwell (Nov. 12, 2021)

 Liz Cornwell addresses students at Late Lunch Event  Rowan Students gather to talk to Liz Cornwell  Liz Cornwell Speaks to Rowan Students

Liz Cornwell graduated from Rowan Univerrsity in 1981 witha  BA in English and a concentration in Communications. As the district director for NJ Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr., she oversees policy initiatives, community outreach, and constituent services for more than 220,000 people.


Late, Late Lunch with Ron Ladell (Oct. 29, 2021)

 Ron Ladell speaks to students at Late Lunch event  Ron Ladell with students displaying RIPPAC t-shirt

 Ronald Ladell and Students Outside Savitz Hall  Ronald Ladell speaking with Rowan Students

Ron Ladell oversees AvalonBay's development activities throughout New Jersey. He focuses on developing premier residential and mixed-use communities in high barrier-to-entry markets. He graduated with a Political Science degree from Rutgers University - New. He later received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark


Late, Late Lunch with Mo Butler (Oct. 15, 2021)

  Mo Butler addresses students at Late Lunch event  Mo Butler greeting students at Late Lunch

 Mo Butler talks to students one-one-one  Mo Butler listens to student question


Mo Butler is a highly respected public affairs expert with extensive experience in government relations, political campaigns, and strategic communications in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.  At Mercury Public Affairs, Butler advises clients across various sectors including Government, Real Estate Development, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Not for Profits.



Hon. Sarah Adelman, Acting Commissioner, NJ Dept. of Human Services (April 9, 2021)

Sarah Adelman head shot


Adam Zellner ’92, Founder & President, Greener By Design  (March 19, 2021)

 Adam Zellner at Late Lunch  Adam Zellner Speaks to students at Late Lunch


Governor Jim Florio


 Governor Jim Florio at Rowan Institute event  Governor Jim Florio with Rowan Institute Students

RIPPAC welcomed Governor Jim Florio back to campus for the final Late, Late Lunch of the Spring Semester. Sharing insights from his long career, Gov. Florio discussed the upcoming elections, his own triumphs and disappointments in governing, and the direction the United States is taking.


Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson

Asm. Daniel R. Benson came to campus courtesy of RIPPAC. Impressed with the questions on policy Rowan's students asked, he shared his thoughts on a wide range of topics including the upcoming elections, his work and education, and the students' interests. 

Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson speaking to Rowan    Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson during his discussion with Rowan students  Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson with Rowan Students, Dr. Ben Dworkin, and Steve Weinstein



Jennifer Holdsworth ’03, political consultant  (March 2019)

RIPPAC welcomed Jennifer Holdsworth ’03, one of the nation’s leading Democratic political strategists, back to campus to discuss how politics really works and what she knows now that she wishes she knew when she was starting out. Jennifer, the first female two-time President of Rowan's SGA, answered questions about what it's like to be a woman working in politics.

 Jennifer Holdworth speaks to students   Jennifer Holdsworth Takes a Question   Jennifer Holdsworth with students



Hon. Troy Singleton ’05, State Senator  (February 2019)

Senator Troy Singleton has devoted his life to public service in government, political, and policy posts at all levels. His rapid rise to the highest levels of management in the New Jersey Legislature and as an elected official is a testament to his widely praised talent for assessing, developing, and implementing legislative responses to major public policy challenges.

     Troy Singleton   Troy Singleton with Rowan Students  Senator Troy Singleton speaking to Rowan Students



Steve Ayscue, political consultant  (October 2018)

Steve Ayscue discusses thinking on your feet  Ayescue Late Lunch  Ayscue teaches at late lunch

The Improv of Politics: Making Tactical and Message Decisions on a Moment's Notice

On Friday, October 19, 2018, Steve Ayscue, Checkmate Advisors, one of the state's top political and media consultants, came to campus to speak to students about the importance of being able to deal with the unexpected. The training exercise drove home to students the importance of thinking on your feet.



Steve Sweeney at Brown Bag event



Hon. Steve Sweeney (April 2018)

In a packed classroom on April 6, 2018, the Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship (RIPPAC) hosted New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney for an off-the-record discussion of politics in the Garden State.  

These kinds of exclusive events are for current Rowan students only.