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Majority of White House Fellows Class of ’15 Have Kennedy School Connection

The White House Fellowship is among the most prestigious positions of public service in the country. The Fellowship is based on an outstanding record of achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to service. These Fellows meaningfully contribute to executive levels of government service in the federal government during their year-long term. The Fellows are placed in an office within the Executive Branch for first-hand education about the workings of government. In addition, the Fellows have a structured professional development program concerning leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs paired with community service projects throughout the year.

Of the 15 Fellows selected this year, 6 are Kennedy School alums. They include: Megan E. Carroll, MPP ’09; Kate F. Higgins-Bloom MPA ’11; Mario Luis Ramirez, MPP/MD ’07; and Lindsay L. Rodman, MPP/JD ’07. The Center for Public Leadership also had two HKS student fellows included among the ranks: Jacob E. Donnelly, MPA/ID & MBA’11 who was a CPL George Fellow and Jonny Dorsey MPA and Stanford MBA ’14 who was a CPL Zuckerman Fellow.

Two additional White House Fellow selectees have Harvard Kennedy School connections. Marisa L. Porges was a Belfer Center Fellow and graduated from Harvard College in 2000. Edward Sheen graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009 and was a CPL Zuckerman Fellow.

For all of us at the Kennedy School looking to ask what we can do – we can look to these Fellows as public service models. Congratulations to all the Fellows.