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Three Recent Rockefeller College Alumni Named
2016 Presidential Management Fellows

After participating in a highly demanding multistage assessment and testing process, Rockefeller graduates Jasmine Clemons, MPA ’16 of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Greg Danis, MPA ’16 of Latham, N.Y.; and Kimberly Segura, MPA ’16 of Albertson, N.Y. were selected as Presidential Management Fellows out of a group of 6,000 applicants from 300 colleges and universities who applied for the prestigious and highly competitive fellowship. The three have each received a two year-work assignment administered by the Office of Personnel Management, within an agency of the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Jasmine Clemons
recently began her new role as a policy analyst in the Grants and Management Division of the Federal Transit Administration. At Rockefeller, Jasmine concentrated her studies in the areas of policy, politics and institutions, and women and policy. “I’ve always felt a strong desire to make sure that the voices and needs of marginalized populations are represented in the democratic process,” explains Jasmine. “PMF is an excellent opportunity to build upon my leadership and management skills and provides training and rotational opportunities that I wouldn’t receive in any other federal role.”

Greg Danis
will join Jasmine at the Federal Transit Administration as an equal opportunity specialist. “I have always felt a calling to public service,” says Greg, who while at Rockefeller focused his coursework in policy analytic methods and financial management. “I began my career as an educator and would love to one day work on education policy. More recently, I’ve worked for a state agency here in New York that funds grants for individuals with disabilities. I have worked on a number of projects related to disability employment, healthcare, and transportation. I would love to continue my work at the federal level in any of those areas.”


Kimberly Segura, who studied public economics and financial management while a graduate student at Rockefeller, has landed a position with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Management and Budget as a budget analyst. “My parents brought me to Washington D.C. in middle school and, from the moment I arrived, I fell in love with the city and its never-ending history lessons,” recalls Kim. “Before we returned to New York, I promised my father that no matter what it took, I would work in Washington. Working in government was a natural decision for me. I’ve always been interested in ensuring that our government creates policies that are inclusive and beneficial to all citizens.”


The Presidential Management Fellowship program was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to the federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths, who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Fellows perform valuable service to the nation while jump-starting their careers. They receive full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, rotations, feedback on their work and professional development opportunities. After completing the program, agencies may place PMFs as permanent federal civilian employees.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 Rockefeller College News Magazine.