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2006-2007 Fellows with Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Fran Townsend; Fred Kacher, to her left, is placed at the HSC

Work Placement

White House Fellows 2007-2008 Placements

Engagement in the work of the federal government lies at the heart of a White House Fellowship. Work assignments can offer unparalleled experience working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and challenges. This work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows' part.

White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Their assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities range from chairing interagency meetings and designing and implementing federal policies, to drafting speeches for cabinet secretaries to representing their agencies on Capitol Hill and in international treaty negotiations. Job assignments are made by the Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships in consultation with agency officials on the basis of interviews conducted during "Placement Week".

Fellows receive a salary and benefits from the agency for which they work. Salary is paid uniformly at the federal pay grade GS-14, step 3. White House Fellows cannot receive compensation from any other source during their year of government service.

In return for the privilege of participating in the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to apply what they have learned by contributing to the nation as greater leaders in their respective communities, professions, and in public service. Fellows are expected to return to their former or new occupations more experienced in public policy decision-making and better prepared to contribute to national affairs, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program.

White House Fellows 2007-2008 Placements

Mr. Jaime Areizaga                  
Department of the Treasury

Mr. Louis Bremer                    
Homeland Security Council

Dr. Patrick Conway                 
Department of Health and Human Services

Major Bobbi Doorenbos         
Department of Agriculture

Lt. Colonel Dawn Dunlop        
Department of Energy

Major John Gallagher              
National Security Council

Lt. Colonel Stacey Hawkins     
Small Business Administration

Ms. Julissa Marenco                
Environmental Protection Agency


Mr. Travis Matheson               
Department of Transportation

Ms. Anne Neuberger               
Department of Defense

Dr. Eric Patterson                    
Office of Personnel Management

Dr. Jaewon Ryu                       
Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms. Kristine Singley                 
National Economic Council

Mr. Andrew Smarick               
Domestic Policy Council

Major Kathryn Spletstoser       
Department of State


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