Jesse Fernandes, who received her Master of Urban Planning degree in May 2010, has been awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), a prestigious two-year post graduate fellowship with the federal government.
The PMF program was established 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. By drawing graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the PMF Program provides a continuing source of trained men and women to meet the future challenges of public service.
As a Fellow with the Army Corps of Engineers, Fernandes will be based in Alexandria, VA, but she will have the opportunity to travel around the country to regional Army Corps of Engineer offices and rotate through other positions within the agency. She will likely be working at the community level, helping local municipalities incorporate water resources into their long-term plans. For example, work may include helping communities write zoning ordinances that take into account future flooding and drinking water resources. The fellowship begins in September 2010.