As Presidential Management Fellows, Dammann and Yim will work in federal agencies for two years. Dammann will be at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the nation’s top biomedical research agency in Bethesda, Md, and Yim will be at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Seattle.
“The fellowship is specifically designed to develop government leaders,” says Janelle Wong, director of the Institute of Public Service in the SU College of Arts and Sciences. “Our students have been recognized for their achievements in the classroom and their commitments to public service.”
As an at-large fellow, Dammann will have the opportunity to rotate through NIH’s various institutes and centers and experience different organizational cultures and fields, including management, budget and communications.
Before enrolling in the MPA program, Dammann helped organize New York City’s International Fringe Festival, conducted political campaigns and worked for a biotechnology think tank in Chicago. As part of his MPA coursework, he worked in Ethiopia on water and sanitation systems with Catholic Relief Services.
At USCIS, Yim will work directly with individuals seeking immigration and citizenship benefits for themselves and their family members. Yim will review petitions for citizenship, check for fraud, issue Green cards and provide immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
For the past five years Yim has worked for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell as a Constituent Services Representative and Federal Grants Coordinator.
Frank Dammann and Stephen Yim were named Presidential Management Fellows. The federal program is one of the most competitive and prestigious domestic fellowship programs in the field of public administration and public policy.