John Gardner Fellowship Program and the State Department Form Partnership
The John Gardner Fellowship Program and the State Department signed an agreement officially recognizing the John Gardner Fellowship and easing the process of placing Gardner Fellows at the State Department. Ambassador Arnold Chacon, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, signed the agreement on behalf of the State Department. In his remarks, Ambassador Chacon described the agreement as "a win-win for the State Department and the John Gardner Fellowship." The State Department obtains the services of young fellows, who are dedicated to making impactful and meaningful change. Gardner Fellows, in turn, receive the opportunity to experience first-hand foreign policymaking.
The John Gardner Public Service Fellowship is a program jointly operated by Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley. The John Gardner Fellowship selects six fellows – three from Stanford and three from Berkeley – each year. It is one of the most highly sought after and competitive fellowships at each university.
The State Department has been an excellent leadership training ground as many Gardner Fellows can attest, including Matthew Colford (Gardner Fellow 2014) whose fellowship was at the State Department in the U.S. Mission to the U.N. At the ceremony, Matthew thanked his mentor Jeremy Weinstein, for teaching him both about the substance and the process of policymaking. Jeremy Weinstein served as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. from 2013-14 and as Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, from 2014-15. In fall 2015, Weinstein returned to teaching political science at Stanford University. The Gardner Fellowship Program is very grateful to Professor Weinstein for his help in securing the State Department’s recognition, being a wonderful mentor to Matthew, and for his support of the Fellowship over the years.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Jack Citrin, the Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies; Thomas Schnaubelt, the Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service; Erika Fernandez Zamora, Gardner Fellow 2014; Drew Flood, Gardner Fellow 2012; Megan Swezey Fogarty, previous administrator of the John Gardner Fellowship Program at Stanford and current Deputy Executive Director, Haas Center for Public Service; along with Leslie Garvin and Terri Bimes, the current administrators of the John Gardner Fellowship Program at Stanford and UC Berkeley respectively.
Photo: IGS Director Jack Citrin, Ambassador Arnold Chacon, and Thomas Schnaubelt (the Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service)