Congratulations to Katherine Eleanor Buckingham, Master in City Planning degree candidate in the department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Devin Helfrich, Master of Science in Technology and Policy graduate, who have both been named finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF). The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates, designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders by providing sustenance during the first years of employment and encouraging development of leadership capabilities.
Katherine has shown her commitment to public service through her volunteer work at Northeast Community Challenge Coalition, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association, the Spanish in the Elementary Schools (SITES) program, and the Harmony Project. Outside of community service, she has directed her studies and career towards public service by researching at the Greater Ohio Policy Center and working in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. She is a strong believer in “creating sustainable, resilient communities.”
Helfrich always wanted to pursue a career in public service, and eventually left the private sector to begin working careers in Washington D.C. He also executing a speaking tour concerning blocking expansion of the US nuclear weapons complex. Helfrich focuses on environmental and energy policy, desiring to “improve the welfare of all, and not the welfare of a few at the expense of many others.”
We wish him the best in the final round of selection!