Franklin Fellows Program
I’m a mathematician and a statistician. The Franklin Fellows program tries to draw people from all walks of life and all types of professions. And so occasionally they try to find scientists who are willing to work in the U.S. Department of State to advise on science diplomacy policy.
The Franklin Fellowship was a great opportunity for me because I had been practicing law for a few years and was doing development work in an academic institution. And I wanted to get into foreign policy. I had always wanted to come back to Washington.
The Franklin Fellows program is, as I describe it to people, a program that is mostly late-career people who have a special expertise. And it’s an opportunity to serve for a year and really gain a new perspective on the world and on our government.
My passion really hadn't matched up with where I was in my career, and the Franklin Fellows program allowed me to utilize that educational experience, as well as the management and substantive experience that I gained in my old company, and engage in a pursuit that I think is my life's calling.