A Brookline surgical resident, a Roxbury principal, and a Weymouth woman advising the Liberian government are among 30 finalists to be White House fellows, what is billed as the nation's most prestigious leadership program.
Manish Sethi, a surgical resident with Harvard's Combined Orthopedics Program; Rachel Skerritt, a headmaster with Boston Public Schools; and Laura Bacon, technical advisor and researcher for the government of Liberia will now compete for 11 to 19 slots that will be announced in June. The fellowships go from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.
The finalists represent a diverse cross-section of professions, including business, medicine, law, nonprofits, media, state government, finance, education, and the military, the White House said, and represent President Obama’s commitment to public service.
“This year’s finalists represent some of our nation’s most promising leaders.” first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. “Most importantly, each one of the White House Fellow’s finalists has found a way to positively impact the lives of those around them.”
Alumni include former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, Senator Sam Brownback, Representative Joe Barton, CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, writer Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former CNN chairman and CEO Tom Johnson.
The full list of finalists is below:
2009-2010 White House Fellows National Finalists and Hometowns
Chisaraokwu Asomugha, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Yale University School of Medicine; Hamden CT
Laura Bacon, Technical Advisor & Researcher, Government of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia; Weymouth, MA
Jeremy Block, PhD. Candidate, Biochemistry , Duke University; Manlius, NY
Sudip Bose, Attending Emergency Physician, Advocate Christ Medical Center; Chicago, IL
Nicole Campbell, Vice President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
Jose Fernandez, Managing Director, BTI Group; San Francisco, CA
Jonathan Finer, Foreign Correspondent, The Washington Post; New Haven, CT
Rebekah Gee, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar; Columbus, OH
Elisha Gilliam, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Victor Glover, Test Pilot/Project Officer, VX-31, Naval Air Weapons Station; Pomona, CA
John Green, SEAL Troop Commander, SEAL Team SEVEN; Los Angeles, CA
Kenneth Harbaugh, Writer, NPR contributor and retired Navy aviator; Hamden, CT
Zheng Huang, Managing Director, Intel Corporation; San Jose, CA
Kellee James, Economist, Chicago Climate Exchange; Chicago, IL
Sarah Johnson, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows; Lexington, KY
Robert Lyman, Commander, 96th Communications Squadron, US Airforce; Walkersville, MD
Anish Mahajan, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar; Poughkeepsie, New York
Mehret Mandefro, Staff Physician, Adolescent HIV Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Research Faculty, University of Pennsylvania; Alexandria, VA
Ann Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer, Direct Relief International; Santa Barbara, CA
Emil Michael, Founder and President, Venture Consulting; Miami Beach, FL
Kendric Robbins, Executive Officer, Task Force 2-6 Infantry, United States Army; Albion, ME
Anthony Russell, Press Secretary to the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Stafford, VA
Manish Sethi, Surgical Resident, Harvard Combined Orthopedics Program; Brookline, MA
Raj Shah, MBA Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; Bonaire, GA
Rachel Skerritt, Headmaster, Boston Public Schools; Roxbury, MA
Marc Sternberg, Founder & Principal, Bronx Lab School; New York, NY
Maura Sullivan, Epidemiologist, Risk Management Solutions; Palo Alto, CA
Adam Taylor, Senior Political Director, Sojourners; Washington DC
Presiliano Torrez, Assistant Attorney General, New Mexico; Albuquerque, NM
Michael Webber, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy; Austin, TX
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