Keough School of Global Affairs alumni selected for prestigious U.S. government fellowship program

Four Keough School master of global affairs alumni have been appointed Presidential Management Fellows, earning coveted positions in a highly selective leadership development program sponsored by the US government. The two-year fellowships enable US citizens with recent advanced degrees to begin government careers while supported by extensive leadership training and dedicated mentoring.

“The Presidential Management Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for our graduates to apply what they learned at the Keough School to a variety of opportunities in the US government,” said Melinda Fountain, associate director for professional development and alumni relations. “Thousands of applicants compete each year for a chance to begin a US government career and enhance their skills through this program. We are very proud of our graduates and applaud their hard work.

The Keough School graduates selected as Presidential Management Fellows are now working in the following US government departments and roles:

  • Rachel Gagnon ’21, US Department of State
    Program Analyst, Bureau of European Affairs
  • Theresa Puhr ’20, US Secret Service
    Management and Program Analyst, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy
  • Jasmine Passa ’19, USAID
    Budget Analyst, Office of Global Health
  • Steve Wagner ’19, US Department of Veterans Affairs
    Management and Program Analyst, Strategic Initiatives and Integration Team, Education Services

Bearing the presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. Created in 1977 by executive order, the program aims to create a cadre of potential government leaders. The program is animated by a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading its fellows to a career in the United States government.

The two-year Master of Global Affairs program prepares professionals for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector. It integrates rigorous professional training with extended, global fieldwork and close engagement with policymakers, multidisciplinary faculty and students from around the world working to address global challenges. The application deadline for the fall 2022 semester is December 15, 2021.

Congratulations to the Keough School’s Presidential Management Fellows!

Photo: Clockwise from top left are Steven Wagner (MGA ’19), Rachel Gagnon (MGA ’21), Theresa Puhr (MGA ’20), and Jasmine Passa (MGA ’19), who were recently named United States Presidential Management Fellows.

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