Former board of education trustee Michael Makarski met with President Barack Obama and members of his administration this month in Washington, D.C., as part of a program for young progressive officials who have won elected office.
Makarski took part in the event as a member of People for the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.
He said meeting the president was the “thrill and opportunity of a lifetime,” adding that the group convened to discuss issues facing states and municipalities like energy and technology.
Makarski, who is active in local Democratic politics and wrapped a term on the board of education earlier this year, was one of more than 100 people participating in the event. Obama dropped in to a reception in the East Wing of the White House to shake hands and pose for photos.
Administration officials addressing the participants included Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Stephanie Cutter, a deputy senior advisor to Obama, and Heather Zichal, an Obama deputy for energy issues.