(Photo of Julia Taft ('70-'71), with CBS reporter Mike Wallace at a Fellows
(Photo of Susan Stautberg ('74-'75), with Vice President Nelson
(Photo of Class of 1971-72 meets with Pope Paul VI.)
(Photo of 1976-77 Fellows Lynn Schenk, Bill Drummond and David Cleary on a Fellows trip to the Arctic.)
"The White House Fellows program was a key point in my life. The
year gave me the opportunity to understand the impact of good public
policy--and bad. It also gave me invaluable insight and experience which
I put into use every day as a Member of Congress."
--Lynn Schenk ('76-'77), U.S. Congress, 49th Distrct of California
(Photo of Keith Crisco ('70-'71), with President Nixon in the Roosevelt Room.)
"Through the work experience I learned firsthand the complex
challenges our national leaders face as well as how decisions are made
and carried out at the highest levels of government. The educational
program allowed me to meet and begin to understand leaders from all sectors of
society. And the camaraderie of the fellowship itself gave me a chance to
get to know some very outstanding people from quite diverse backgrounds.
Not only have my classmates remained close friends and mentors, but the
program has had a tremendous impact on my career."
--Anne Cohn Donnelly ('79-'80), Executive Director, National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
(Photo of President Reagan greeting the 1985-86 class of White House Fellows and their families in the Cabinet Room.)
(Photo of John Weiland ('87-'88) and Alan Kopit ('87-'88), with William Webster following an educational luncheon.)
"I have found that the White House Fellows program attracts people
who are enthusiastic, committed, and dedicated to making things work.
The contributions that the Fellows have made at the FBI and CIA have been
significant and of real value to the nation. I am a believer in this
--Judge William Webster, former Director, CIA and FBI.
(Photo of Congressman Joe Barton ('81-'82.)>
"Every day in the Congress, I put to practical use the knowledge I
gained from my year as a White House Fellow. The White House Fellowship
program is absolutely an outstanding program about
the Federal Government."
--Joe Barton ('81-'82), Member of Congress, 6th District of Texas
(Photo of Jeri Eckhart ('85-'86), with Labor Secretary Ann McLaughlin and Vice President Bush.)
(Photo of President Clinton greeting the 1993-94 class in the Blue Room.)
"I grew up in the projects of Brownsville, Brooklyn, a precinct
which boasts the highest murder rate in New York. Nevertheless, I earned
three degrees, became an attorney at a prestigious law firm,
and served in the administration of New York's first African-American mayor.
I thought I had accomplished everything that was possible for a ghetto
kid. I was wrong. The Fellowship program has taken me from City Hall to
the State Department, where I'm working on the U.N. Convention
on the Rights of the Child, and trying to make foreign policy and the money
we spend relevant to other ghetto kids. When I return to Brooklyn, I'll
take back a better sense of what our government can accomplish and an
eagerness to help it do more."
--Martha E. Stark ('93-'94)
(Photo of Suzy Becker ('93-'94) and Program Director Brooke Shearer meeting with leaders of Brooklyn's Hasidic community.)
(Photo of Michael Levy ('93-'94) with HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros ('71-'72)
"Whether attending daily morning meetings with the Secretary or
working on special assignments--like traveling to Vidor, Texas, to
assure the peaceful desegregation of an all-white public housing
development in the shadow of the Ku Klux Klan--the Fellowship has provided
me the opportunity not merely to observe but to participate actively in
the inner workings of the federal government."
--Michael Levy ('93-'94)
(Photo of Robert Grusky ('90-'91), with Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.)