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The White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP) engages a diverse annual cohort of GS-15 career employees to work on the federal government's highest priority and highest impact challenges. The Program is sponsored by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and supported by the Performance Improvement Council (PIC).


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Program Goals & Objectives

Develop Talent

Cultivate the next generation of career senior executives through a rotation focused on the complex, cross-agency challenges that increasingly confront the Federal Government while incorporating a development component to build and strengthen enterprise leadership skills.

Key Objectives:

  • Provide Fellows a broad federal perspective on high-priority challenges.
  • Provide Fellows with access to senior decision-makers.
  • Develop Fellows as a cadre of leaders with the skillsets and networks to address challenges through a cross-agency lens and implement solutions across organizational boundaries.

Deliver Results

Harness top talent from across the government to support implementation of key priorities and address mission critical challenges, such as Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals.

Key Objectives:

  • Strengthen on-going implementation efforts on specific Administration initiatives, such as the Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals that require collaboration and coordination among multiple organizations.
  • Strengthen long-term strategic planning to ensure delivery of tangible results.

Current Cohort

Christine Assili headshot

Christine Assili

Federal leader in strategic communications and transportation security
Melinda Campos headshot

Melinda Campos

Experienced leader, attorney, and expert in international law
David M. Gratz

David M. Gratz

Supervising attorney with expertise in Veterans’ law
Reena Duseja headshot

Reena Duseja

Physician and Policy Researcher for Cross-Cutting Solutions
Victor Hall headshot

Victor Hall

Focused on the safe use of nuclear power technology
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Ariel Novick

Federal leader in healthcare program innovation & implementation
Jacob Parcell headshot

Jacob Parcell

Public servant dedicated to customer service and innovative design
Scott Jackson headshot

Scott Jackson

Public servant focused on building better government
Heather M. Shirey headshot

Heather M. Shirey

Innovative engineer, scientist, and technical advisor who collaborates globally to solve problems
Thomas Tso headshot

Thomas Tso

Expert on retirement and welfare benefits law
Mr. William J. Weinig

William J. Weinig

Government leader with broad experience managing teams in acquisition environments
Terry O. Woods, Ph.D.

Terry O. Woods, Ph.D.

Innovator focused on providing patients access to safe, effective medical devices