As a recipient of the 2010 Presidential Management Fellowship, I accepted a position as Project Manager for the Los Angeles field office in Multifamily Housing, specializing in homeless and low-income housing, transit-oriented development, residential solar power, and green retrofitting in the Los Angeles basin. I was a grant reviewer for the Office of Sustainable Communities’ Regional Planning Grant. During my time with HUD I co-authored various publications and training materials on sustainable housing that were distributed to HUD offices nationwide. I also launched an ongoing lecture series for HUD staff about best practices in sustainable housing and LEED certification.
Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.