13 MPPs Named Presidential Management Fellows Finalists

 February 8, 2024

Correction as of Feb. 9, 2024 

Thirteen Sanford Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduates and students have been announced finalists for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, the federal government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines.

There are 25 announced finalists from Duke University.

The 13 recent MPP finalists include:


•              Gabriela Antonova ’22 MPP, PMF ‘23

•              Jessica Au ’21 MPP, PMF ‘23

•              Eli Boone ’23 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Jamie Chornoby ’24 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Sara Darwish ’22 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Ian Hitchcock ’24 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Chandlee Jackson ’23 MPP, PMF ‘23

•              Ryana Jones ’24 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Stephen McCarthy ’24 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Elizabeth (Laurie) McDowell ’22 MPP, PMF ‘23

•              Chase Ransdell ’24 MPP, PMF ‘24

•              Abigail Sherman ’22 MPP, PMF ‘23

•              Jordan Wilson ’24 MPP, PMF ‘24


The PMF Program aims to recruit and develop the next generation of federal government leaders from all segments of society. The PMF Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The PMF Program received 7,193 applications and 825 applicants were selected as finalists in 2024. The 2024 finalist pool represents 102 unique academic degree programs, 264 unique academic institutions worldwide, and approximately 14% are veterans.

Finalists have the opportunity to apply for PMF appointments with participating federal agencies for a 12-month period. As Presidential Management Fellows, the finalists will have the opportunity to interview with federal agencies and find placements that align with their career aspirations and expertise. This program offers advanced degree holders a pathway to a permanent career appointment at a federal agency, providing them with a unique opportunity to apply their skills while engaging in leadership development training.

Congratulations to our MPP students and graduates on this achievement!


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