Campus: San Francisco State University -- May 11, 2005
SFSU Students Earn Presidential Management Fellowship
SFSU, with four finalists for fellowship with government agencies, leads
Four students in San Francisco State University's master of public administration
and public affairs (MPA) program - Jennifer Brown, Thomas Wei, Robin Melrose Berman
and Nancy Gilbert - were recently selected by the federal Office of Personnel
Management as finalists for the U.S. government's Presidential Management
Fellowship (PMF) Program.
"The PMF Program is the nation's most prestigious management training program for
students graduating with degrees in public administration, management or policy,"
said Genie Stowers, professor and director of SFSU's Public Administration
SFSU has the highest number of finalists among all CSU campuses and had 10
students nominated for the fellowship. University of California, Berkeley's
public policy program also has four finalists.
Once a PMF finalist becomes a fellow by securing a position with a federal agency,
the fellow will have the opportunity to receive formal mentoring by high-level
managers and rotate among other agencies to learn more about the government,
The Office of Personnel Management presents finalists with the opportunity to
attend a PMF job fair in Washington, D.C., to give prospective fellows the
opportunity to obtain a job within the executive branch of the government.
Hundreds of agencies including bureaus of defense, national security and
international policy, participated in the recent job fair.
Brown, an Alameda resident, is a Children's Protective Services social worker.
The Center for Army Analysis recently offered her a position to be stationed at
Port Belvoir - just south of Washington, D.C. - as an operations research analyst.
Wei, a Berkeley resident, accepted a position with the Social Security Administration
(SSA) in the San Francisco region.
Gilbert, a San Francisco native whose interest lies in community development and
urban policy issues, hopes to receive an appointment from the Department of Urban
Housing and Development or an organization in a related field.
Melrose Berman, a San Francisco resident, declined a job offer from the Department
of Justice in Washington, D.C., because she would prefer a California-based
The SFSU Public Administration Program is the only program accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs in San Francisco. Its faculty
is comprised of nationally known scholars - three are former PMF participants -
who train students to excel in administration, governance and policy in the public
and nonprofit sectors.
Contact: Matt Itelson, (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665;