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YPFP DC: White House Fellows Program Panel
YPFP is pleased to bring you our next installment in the Tools of the Trade Series. With applications now open for the White House Fellows program, YPFP cordially invites you to join a panel of former distinguished Fellows, Ziad Haider and Mark Vlasic, to share their experiences and provide useful insight on the character, attributes, and skills one should cultivate to participate in this prestigious public service program.
White House Fellows Program
Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first- hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.
Ziad Haider is an attorney at White& Case LLP. He served as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Department of Justice, a Foreign Policy Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate, and Professional Staff on the House Committee on Homeland Security. He was a Research Assistant at the Stimson Center's South Asia Program and a Fellow at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan analyzing governance reforms in FATA; a Fulbright Scholar in Southeast Asia studying Islamic law; and a Fellow at Human Rights Watch's China Program. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the
Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association, and author of The Ideological Struggle for Pakistan (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2010). Haider received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. and M.P.A. from Georgetown and Harvard.
Mark V. Vlasic is a senior fellow and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and a principal at Madison Law & Strategy Group PLLC, where he heads the firm’s international practice. A public sector specialist at the World Bank Group, Mark served as the head of operations of the StAR Secretariat, a presidential initiative to help developing countries recover stolen assets from past dictators. Before joining the Bank, he served as a White House Fellow/special assistant to the Secretary of Defense (focused on foreign policy issues) and advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan, and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates. Prior to his government service, Mark practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and served on the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica genocide prosecution trial teams at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mark has taught the Iraqi judges that tried Saddam Hussein, served on the U.S. Delegation to the Pan Am 103 “Lockerbie” (Libyan) terrorist bombing trial in the Netherlands, provided commentary to CNN, FOX News, BBC News, Al Jazeera, CBS and NPR, and has published widely. A U.S. Army officer, he has been attached to Capitol Hill and the Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in The
Hague, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Mark studied business, theology and government at Georgetown University while on an Army ROTC scholarship, and received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law and conducted post-doctorate research at Universiteit Leiden as a NAF-Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. Mark is life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services & Finance Industries.
Tuesday, December 18th | 6:15-7:15 PM EST