Truman Governance Fellows

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The Truman Governance Fellows Program is a twelve-week program for Truman Scholars who have a demonstrated interest in working at a senior level in the federal executive branch. The program consists of a series of workshops led by senior figures with experience in high-level executive branch positions along with one-on-one mentoring. The program will launch in Fall 2014.The program is designed so that participants (1) Develop knowledge of the key issues and challenges associated with senior executive branch service (as political appointees or in senior executive service roles), (2) Build community among one another – Truman Scholars who share an interest in working at the highest levels in the executive branch, and (3) Prepare to succeed as managers and as leaders in the federal executive branch. 

Once launched the Truman Foundation will run the Governance Fellows Program every two years during the autumn of even-numbered years. Workshop topics might include:
  • Paths to political appointments
  • Chance versus choice in getting the right job
  • Senior Executive Service
  • Navigating the federal personnel system
  • Skill-building to become an effective manager
  • Working within an agency
  • Budgets, directives, and oversight
  • Views from the inside
  • How to write a ‘federal resume’
Each class of fellows will be small — limited to 12-18 Truman Scholars — and sessions will be off-the-record to encourage candor and an open exchange of ideas. The program is for Truman Scholars of all ages and political stripes who will be living in the Washington, DC area this fall and can be available to participate in 8-12 workshops between September and December. We will aim to schedule workshops for early or late in the day, in order to avoid, wherever possible, conflicts with the workday. 
Address any questions about the program to Andrew Rich, Truman Executive Secretary, at or 202.395.3545.