Kennedy School Alumni Join White House Fellows Program

October 3, 2008
by Lindsay Hodges Anderson

Three Harvard Kennedy School alumni are among the incoming class of 2008-09 White House Fellows. A total of 14 new Fellows were named.

Margaret Angell MPA 2006, Michael Hayes MPP 2005, and Christopher Meyer MPP 2008 were notified of their selection to the prestigious program this summer.

According to the White House website, "Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement, evidence of leadership skills, a strong commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government."

Senior Associate Dean and Director of Degree Programs Joseph McCarthy said it is an honor for the school to have three alumni in the White House Fellows program.

"We are flattered to have, among this year's class of Fellows, the largest number of graduates from any single school and the only graduates of a school of public policy," said McCarthy. "The HKS mission statement says that we aspire to train enlightened public leaders, and the presence of three of our recent graduates among this year's 14 White House Fellows - as well as the 11 HKS alumni among the 89 finalists - provides encouraging evidence that we are making good progress toward that mission."

Typically, fellows spend a year as special assistants to top-ranking government officials, including the vice president. They will travel domestically and internationally to study U.S. policy and its effects. There are also opportunities to participate in discussions with leaders from the public and private sectors.

Angell will work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her professional background includes stints working in both Massachusetts’ and New York’s educational system, and as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan.

Hayes will work with the National Security Council and the White House. Lt. Cmdr. Hayes has received multiple decorations for his 15 years of military service in the Navy and as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

Meyer’s placement is with the Department of Defense. His background includes holding the title of school principal for Teach for America, operating his own business in his native Louisiana, and serving as policy coordinator for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Notable alumni from the White House Fellows program include Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Roger P. Porter and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.

To find out more about the fellows program, visit the officialWhite House Fellows Web page.

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