SF State MPA Grad Selected for Highly Competitive Federal Program

The MPA faculty at SF State are pleased to announce that Dan Curtis (MPA, December 2011) was the only CSU student, and one of only 40 students across California, to be selected as a Finalist for the federal Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF).  This program is by far the most prestigious in the field of public service.

Dan came to the MPA program after a stint in the US Air Force and completed the degree while working full-time for the US Weather Service in the Bay Area.

Under the PMF program, graduates enter federal service as a GS-9 employee, receive high level attention, mentoring and other benefits and complete the program two years later at a GS-11.  The program is basically a fast-track management training program.  Once they are selected as Finalists, they are responsible for finding a placement with a federal agency either in Washington, DC or in one of the regions.

This year, 9,100 students or recent grads from public administration, law, social work, environmental science or related disciplines applied for the 2012 class of PMFs after being nominated by their institutions.

We are very excited about Dan being one of the 658 selected as a finalist and especially about his position as the only CSU student selected.  This is obviously a very competitive program.

Congratulations, Dan!

(On a related note, our MPA program has the distinction of being the only program we know of where 3 faculty members were formerly PMFs;  Drs. Gen, Naff and Stowers previously served as PMFs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Merit Systems Protection Board and Housing and Urban Development, respectively.)

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