The Impact of the Program

Testimonials

President Donald Trump: “As White House Fellows, you have humbly contributed your time and talents at the highest levels of public service. Your daily efforts have assisted me in achieving record results for the American People. I hope you take great pride in knowing that you played an integral role in improving policy and addressing matters of the highest concern to our Nation. I am grateful for your hard work and dedication.”

President Barack Obama: “This prestigious program has welcomed talented, engaged women and men to the Federal Government each year. Through their service White House Fellows have gained valuable first-hand experience and a richer perspective on issues defining the times. Many have gone on to shape important debates and make tremendous contributions throughout our society – from the public sector to business and academia. This program continues to speak to what is possible when we set aside personal ambition in pursuit of the common good, and it offers a reminder that those who love their country can change it.”

President George W. Bush: “White House Fellows across our nation are improving the lives of their fellow citizens and contributing to our culture through public service. When President Lyndon Johnson announced the establishment of the White House Fellows program in 1964, he said “A genuinely free society cannot be a spectator society.” As we face the challenges and seize the opportunities of a new era, we remember these words and know that America will rely on the energy, dedication, and ambition of our next generation of leaders. The White House Fellows Program serves as an investment in the future of our country.”

President Bill Clinton: “Since 1965, the White House Fellows Program has brought enterprising young men and women to Washington to learn first-hand the arts of policy-making and public administration. In return, each Fellow contributes his or her talent and energy to a year of service, adding immeasurably to the quality and effectiveness of government. Nearly 500 Americans have served as White House Fellows, and virtually all of them have gone on to make significant contributions to their communities and to our nation.”

President George H. W. Bush: “From the time it was instituted, the White House Fellows program has appealed to and fostered men and women with independent minds and a hunger for great achievements and has offered a unique training ground for young people to pursue careers of vision, discovery, and service in every aspect of American life. The results have exceeded all expectations. Indeed, it is almost impossible to quantify the extent of the program’s influence on the character of our country.”

First Lady Nancy Reagan (remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the Program in 2015): “The caliber of leadership potential and civic involvement that White House Fellows display is daunting. My husband was extremely supportive of the White House Fellows program. He understood the importance of offering citizens an opportunity to work side by side with government officials, teaching them the vital skills needed to become industry or community leaders.”

David Rockefeller – Founding Chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships: “From your ranks have emerged presidential candidates, cabinet secretaries, admirals and generals, governors, senators and representatives, judges, corporate CEOs, university presidents and deans of prestigious graduate schools, non-profit executives and scientists. Without exception, Fellows have taken the time to lead and create organizations dedicated to the betterment of our nation, just as President Johnson and John Gardner had hoped you would.”

White House Fellows Elected to Public Office

Senate (4)

Congress (7)

State Level Officers (9)

State Legislators (12)

Judges/State Attorney (3)

Mayors (3)

City Councils/County Executives (5)

Other Local Elective Office (1)

White House Fellows Confirmed by Senate

Cabinet Secretaries (3)

Agency Heads (11)

Ambassadors (14)

Deputy/Under Secretaries (12)

Assistant Secretaries (17)

General Counsels (5)

Inspector General (1)

Federal Reserve Board (1)

Judges – Circuit Court of Appeals (2)

US Attorneys (3)

Board of Directors (1)

White House Fellows: Generals/Admirals

AIR FORCE (26)

ARMY (17)

NAVY (14)

MARINE CORPS (3)

Business and Non-Profit Leaders

CEOs, Presidents, and High-Level officers of Business Enterprises (180)

White House Fellows College Presidents/Deans

University Presidents (26)

Deans Professional Schools (27)