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Steve Hill (78-79), seasoned executive over two careers, looks back at things he has learned along the way.

Ziad Haider (2011-12), Director of the Truman National Security Project’s Asia Expert Group offers insights as to why the Chinese leadership has turned to French political philosopher Alexis de Toqueville The Old Regime and the Revolution for wisdom in how to preserve stability and legitimacy of one party rule.

  • New WHFFA Website is Launched!

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    Welcome to our new website!  We are proud to announce the release of our newly redeveloped website. Although it may look the same at first blush, significant work has been done “under the hood” so that we now have an open-source technology platform capable of supporting our increasingly on-line communications.

    Click here to read more about the new website features, and learn how you can get started using the site!

  • 2013 Leadership Conference

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    Our 2013 Leadership Conference focused on major problems and opportunities facing America and the world that demand innovative approaches – often involving collaboration across disciplines and other traditional boundaries.

    We explored a wide array of challenges — from transporting humans to Mars … to implementation of the Affordable Care Act … to serving America’s 20+ million veterans. Many of you were there to participate! Now we need you to join our WHFFA Communities of Interest to keep the momentum going!.

    Click here for a report the 2013 Leadership Conference, to include links to our first ever webcasts of key speakers, videos of award presentations and photos of the Legacy of Leadership Dinner.

  • WHFFA 2013 Awards

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    The honorees for the 2013 Awards continue the WHFFA tradition of honoring those Fellows and Friends of the WHF Program for their remarkable achievements in furthering the vision of a lifetime commitment to public service espoused by our founder and moral compass, John W. Gardner.

    2013 IMPACT Award honors Esther Benjamin (1999-2000).

    2013 Valenti Friend of the White House Fellows Award honors the Honorable John R. Phillips, past Chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

    2013 John W. Gardner Legacy of Leadership Award honors Fernando Torres-Gil (1978-79).

Media

In Chicago Tribune, Katherine Skiba outlines how the WHF Program has sent its chosen few on to bright futures

SAN FRANCISCO – Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is the new president of the Federal Judges Association, a voluntary group of nearly 1,000 judges dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary.

WHF John Borling (1974-75), held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for six years and eight months, has published Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton

I am thrilled to share with you that history has been made with the discovery of the first-ever treatment for children with Progeria.

Ted Johnson writes in The Atlantic how he was named for President Theodore Roosevelt, the first president to dine with an African American in the White House.

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    Melissa Goldstein

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    1999-2000

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    Johns Hopkins University

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of the Vice President

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    Wifredo Ferrer

    Class

    1994-1995

    Education

    University of Miami

    WHF Assignment

    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • James Muller>
    James Muller

    Class

    1983-1984

    Education

    Harvard University

    WHF Assignment

    Department of Education

  • Mitchell Reiss>
    Mitchell Reiss

    Class

    1988-1989

    Education

    Oxford University

    WHF Assignment

    White House National Security Council

  • Jennifer Jacobs>
    Jennifer Jacobs

    Class

    2005-2006

    Education

    University of New Mexico

    WHF Assignment

    White House National Security Council

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    Donald Haider

    Class

    1976-1977

    Education

    Stanford University

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of Management and Budget

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    Fred Kacher

    Class

    2006-2007

    Education

    Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    WHF Assignment

    White House Homeland Security Council

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    David Lussier

    Class

    2000-2001

    Education

    University of Massachusetts at Lowell

    WHF Assignment

    White House Domestic Policy Council

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    S. Lael Brainard

    Class

    1994-1995

    Education

    Wesleyan University

    WHF Assignment

    White House Council of Economic Advisors

  • Peter Levin>
    Peter Levin

    Class

    1995-1996

    Education

    Carnegie Mellon University

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of Management and Budget

  • Kenneth Zeff>
    Kenneth Zeff

    Class

    2005-2006

    Education

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of Management and Budget

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    Bedouin Joseph

    Class

    2006-2007

    Education

    Florida State University

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of Management and Budget

  • Clara Shin>
    Clara Shin

    Class

    1998-1999

    Education

    Smith College

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of the Chief of Staff

  • Dennis Blair>
    Dennis Blair

    Class

    1975-1976

    Education

    United States Naval Academy

    WHF Assignment

    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Jean Callahan>
    Jean Callahan

    Class

    1998-1999

    Education

    Rutgers University

    WHF Assignment

    Department of Health and Human Services

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    1980-1981

    Education

    United States Military Academy

    WHF Assignment

    White House Office of Policy Development

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