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Since 1965, White House Fellowships have offered a select group of outstanding people a year-long opportunity to participate in government at the highest levels. More than 550 alumni of the program have gone on to become leaders in all fields of endeavor, fulfilling the fellowship's mission to encourage active citizen and service to the nation.

The White House Fellows Program is the nation's most prestigious fellowship for leadership development and public service.

The White House Fellows Program
c/o O.P.M. - Shelia Coates
1900 E Street, NW, Room B431
Washington, D.C. 20415
Phone (if sending by express mail) 202-606-1818
Internet: Facsimile
(202) 395-6179
Director: Jocelyn White

Tina Choi
New York, NY

Tina Choi, 29, is a graduate of the Foreign Service Programme at Oxford University, a specialized post-graduate course of international law, finance, politics, and diplomatic studies for currently serving diplomats from around the world. Prior to attending Oxford, she completed research in Istanbul, Turkey on civil society/private sector partnerships and was the head of the Global Teaching and Learning Project at the United Nations. Choi received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis on Latin America. She received her graduate degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she focused on social policy and organizational behavior. She has been a recipient of the Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship to start a legal services organization, a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to study international law and politics abroad, and a Ford Foundation research grant. She was honored in 1997 as a "Woman Redefining Leadership" by the State of the World Forum and was selected by the International Development Conference (IDC) as one of the "100 Global Social Entrepreneurs." Choi immigrated to the United States from South Korea at age three.




San Jose, CA

Kimberly A. Connors, 38, is a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California, currently assigned as a community prosecutor working with residents, community-based organizations, and city agencies to improve the quality of life in high crime areas. During her tenure with the District Attorney's office, she prosecuted cases in the areas of narcotics, robbery, child support, rape, and child molestation. Upon graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Connors worked as a police officer for the San Jose Police Department. Connors served as a patrol officer, undercover prostitute decoy, and was selected to serve on the Narcotics Enforcement Team, the City's primary law enforcement response to the crack cocaine epidemic. After receiving her J.D. from Cornell Law School, Connors worked for a San Francisco law firm specializing in pollution exclusion insurance defense. Connors also volunteers as a nationally certified child passenger safety technician teaching parents the proper selection, installation, and use of child safety seats.




Jennifer Franke
San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Franke, 32, is the Director of Marketing and the Consumer Web Site at Embark, Inc., an online education company providing products and services to higher education institutions, high schools, and students around the world. Franke graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her B.A. from Boston College and earned her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where she served as Class President. After graduating from college, Franke worked as a Jesuit Volunteer, teaching neglected and abused children. She then directed a non-profit organization for low-income families. Franke also worked as a general management consultant with Renaissance Worldwide, Inc. and co-founded the San Francisco office of Bridge Strategy Group. She has taught parent education to those at risk of neglecting and abusing their children. Franke also served on the Advisory Board of Independent Means, Inc., a company helping teen women achieve financial independence. Most recently, as a camp counselor at Summer Stock, she taught teen women investment management skills. Franke received Boston College's Order of the Cross and Crown and the Josephine B. and Newton N. Minow Prize in Communications.




Kansas City, MO

Kris W. Kobach, 35, is a law professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He also serves on the City Council of Overland Park, Kansas. Kobach earned his B.A. at Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude. As a Marshall Scholar, he attended Oxford where he earned his master’s anddDoctorate degrees in Political Science. While there, he rowed on the Oxford University Crew. He then earned his J.D. at Yale, where he ran a clinic that helped battered women obtain temporary restraining orders. He served thereafter as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Kobach has published numerous articles in constitutional law, written a book on referendums and popular initiatives, and his research on the historical use of constituent instructions in amending the Constitution was an instrumental part in moving the case of Cook v. Gralike to the Supreme Court in 2000–01. His columns on legal issues have appeared in the Kansas City Star and the New York Post. Kobach has been a Big Brother and has helped build schools in rural South Africa. A type I diabetic, Kobach keeps healthy by continuing to row competitively. He won the Master’s National Championship in the men’s double scull event in 2001.




Santa Barbara, CA

Michael Lynn, 35, is on the faculty of emergency medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and Highland General Hospital where he supervises medical students and residents-in-training in a busy urban emergency department. A graduate of UCLA School of Medicine, where he was honored with the Ransom J. Arthur Award for Scholarship and Humanism in Medicine, Lynn trained in emergency medicine at an inner-city trauma center before becoming actively involved in teaching. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka, and a Watson Fellow in Asia, and has worked extensively with leprosy victims. He also took a leave of absence from medical school to serve as an Echoing Green Public Service Fellow in Bolivia where he helped combat Chagas’ disease, a life-threatening parasitic infection. Lynn is a graduate in history from Carleton College and continues to volunteer as a physician in developing countries, most recently in Uganda and Mexico working to establish health clinics and to provide emergency services and training.




Colorado Springs, CO

Bruce “Sheriff” McClintock, 36, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force currently serving as the Deputy Director of Operations at the Space Warfare Center, Schriever AFB, Colorado. McClintock was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in astronautical engineering. After Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training he completed his first operational tour as an A-10 pilot at RAF Woodbridge, United Kingdom, while flying missions in Europe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. McClintock is a top graduate of USAF Weapons School (1992), USAF Test Pilot School (1995), and Air Command and Staff College (1999). He holds masters degrees from the University of Florida in Aerospace Engineering and from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies in Airpower Art and Science. A senior pilot with over 2,500 hours in 35 different aircraft, he has performed envelope expansion and next generation weapons testing on both the F-16 and A-10. Committed to helping others achieve their full potential, Sheriff helps develop children and young adults as a coach, classroom tutor, and mentor.




El Paso, TX

Rich Morales, 34, is a U.S. Army Major and Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he teaches engineering economics, systems analysis, and management. His research areas include military innovation, infrastructure privatization, and joint headquarters design. Morales earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at West Point, an M.B.A. in strategy at the Yale School of Management, and studied systems dynamics at MIT. As a cavalry officer he led a tank platoon in combat in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, commanded an M1A1 Abrams tank company in Germany, and led U.S. armor soldiers engaged in multinational U.N. peacekeeping in the Balkans. Morales was elected to the Board of Directors of the Yale Co-op Bookstore, earned a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for mentoring youth, and was personally commended by the Secretary of Defense for his leadership. He raced in two Graduate School Rowing Championships, teaches at the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans in Washington, and coaches the Novice Women’s Crew at West Point.




Monte Sereno, CA

Steve Poizner, 44, is the President (on leave) of SnapTrack, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. He founded and sold SnapTrack, which created the GPS-based technology to pinpoint the geographic location of cell phone users in emergencies, to Qualcomm Inc. in March 2000 for $1 billion. He was the founder and CEO of Strategic Mapping, Inc., which built digital mapping systems used internationally by market researchers and city planners and served as management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Poizner also formed a charitable foundation focused on improving the quality of public education in the inner city. He served successively as treasurer, president, and chairman of the board of the Palo Alto Jaycees, which he helped open to female members. Poizner received his M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1980 and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with highest honors, from The University of Texas in 1978. His honors include 1977 Top Male Student at the University of Texas, 1980 Arjay Miller Scholar at Stanford Business School, and 1990 San Jose Mercury News “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year in Silicon Valley”. Poizner has also earned a black belt in Shotokan karate.




Roswell, GA

Mary Elise Sarotte, 33, most recently taught international relations and history as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. She was admitted to Harvard at 15 and offered entry directly into sophomore year. After receiving a B.A. in history and biochemistry, she won fellowships for graduate study in West Berlin and at Yale University. While at Yale, she volunteered for a downtown soup kitchen and won both a Prize Teaching Fellowship and a Humboldt Scholarship. She took time off to write for The Economist, Time, and the German newspaper Die Zeit. In 1999, Sarotte received her Ph.D. and served as Student Marshall at commencement. Since graduating she has worked at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She has published one book, Dealing with the Devil, written another, and received an advance contract from Harvard for her third, a history of arms control, proliferation, and détente. Sarotte overcame disabling juvenile arthritis through competitive swimming and remains active in U.S. Masters, competing most recently in the 2001 National One-Hour Swim.




Durham, NH

Roberta Shea, 35, is a Major in the United States Marine Corps and is the Marine Corps’ first woman selected as a White House Fellow. After 2 1/2 years in the enlisted ranks, Shea was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where she earned a B.S. in History. Subsequently, she earned her M.S. from Boston University in Computer Information Systems. Shea was most recently assigned as a Company Commander with a Marine Wing Communications Squadron in support of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. She has served as a Recruit Training Company Commander in one of only three companies that train young women to be United States Marines. She also served on the staff of the Corps’ Drill Instructor School as its first female Assistant Director. Shea also was the Marine Corps’ communications officer for the humanitarian assistance operation supporting 32,000 migrants in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She has volunteered through several mentoring programs for youth in both San Diego and Los Angeles.




Ann Arbor, MI

Katherine E. White, 34, is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wayne State University. White graduated from Princeton University, receiving a electrical engineering and computer science. She received a J.D. from the University of Washington, and a LL.M. in intellectual property law from the George Washington University School of Law. White teaches and publishes works concerning intellectual property law. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, she studied in Munich, Germany at the Max Planck Institute. She is a Major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). She served on active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Office of the Chief Counsel Honors Program, where she practiced government contracting and patent prosecution. She serves as a reserve officer teaching at the JAG School in Charlottesville, Virginia. White also clerked for Judge Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. White serves as a state-wide elected member of the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents and as a member of the Department of Commerce Patent Public Advisory Committee. She is a registered patent attorney.




Cliffside Park, NJ

Howard Zucker, 41, is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Zucker received his B.S. from McGill and while in college worked with NASA astronauts at MIT designing Space Shuttle experiments. He received his M.D. from George Washington University at 22, becoming one of America’s youngest doctors. Zucker trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric cardiology at Harvard and served on the Yale faculty. Zucker directed Columbia’s Pediatric ICU and supervised design of its award-winning critical care complex. He holds a J.D. from Fordham and LL.M. from Columbia Law as a Kent Scholar. His honors include ABC News’ Person of the Week, Columbia pediatrics Teacher of the Year, and he is listed in “Best Doctors in America.” He is on the Little Hearts Foundation board, founded the Terre Verte Foundation, mentors at-risk children for the Gorilla Press Project, and traveled to China to provide medical care to orphans. Zucker is a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History’s Genomic Revolution exhibit and is working on a medical documentary.




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