Kennedy
Fellows

DRIVING POLICY CHANGE

Public Policy Fellowship

JPKF’s Public Policy Fellowship prepares emerging leaders to create change for the IDD community at the federal and state level. Past Fellows have worked alongside Senators and Members of Congress on key IDD policy including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Developmental Disabilities Services and Bill of Rights Act. Former Fellows hold senior leadership roles in the nonprofit and private sectors and in the federal government, including in the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Education, and the Department of Labor.

PAST FELLOWS

George Jesien

1995

Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (Retired)

Sue Swenson

1996

President, Inclusion International
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Dan Mont

2003

CEO, and Co-Founder, Center for
Inclusive Policy

Sharon Lewis

2007

Principal, Health Management Associates

Lisa Pugh

2008

Newsmakers Host, WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network

Kimberly Knackstedt

2009

White House Disability Policy Director

Michael Gamel-McCormick

2010

Disability Policy Director, Office of U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

Jake Cornett

2012

Executive Director,
Disability Rights Oregon

Scott Robertson

2013

Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor

Patricia Nobbie

2014

Disability Policy Engagement Director, Anthem, Inc.

Valerie Williams

2015

Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

David Egan

2015

Author, IDD community member,
and IDD leader and advocate

Mary Schuh

2017

Research Associate Professor,
University of New Hampshire

Jackie Hubbard

2018

Attorney, Disability Law Center

Ashley White

2019

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin

Montrel Tennessee

2022

Government of the District of Columbia Department on Disability Services

The Fellowship

Summary:

The Fellowship is a one-year, full-time, intensive immersion experience in federal public policy in Washington, D.C. The program includes a stipend and modest relocation expenses. Fellows must be prepared to live in the Washington, D.C. area and devote themselves full-time to the Fellowship.

Purpose:

To prepare emerging leaders to assume leadership roles in the public policy arena at the federal and/or state levels.

Who should apply:

The successful applicant’s background will include distinguished involvement in efforts to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the regional, state, or national level.

After their year in Washington, it is expected that former Kennedy Fellows will make significant contributions to policy and program development in their home state or another state, or continue to advance public policy on the national level.