Elizabeth Verardo MA ’16 (front row, center) is among 15 young leaders selected for the program this year.

Elizabeth Verardo, a 2016 graduate of Jackson’s master in global affairs program, was recently named a White House Fellow, one of 15 young leaders selected for the prestigious program this year.

Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program offers exceptional young leaders first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. Fellows spend a year working with senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking Administration officials, and leave the Administration equipped to serve as better leaders in their communities. Fellowships are awarded on a non-partisan basis.

This year’s Fellows advanced through a highly competitive selection process, and they are a remarkably gifted, passionate, and accomplished group. These Fellows bring experience from across the country and from a broad cross-section of professions, including from the private sector, local government, academia, non-profits, medicine, and the armed forces.

Verardo, from Centerport, New York, will serve at the National Security Council. She is a Major in the United States Army and has served multiple combat deployments as an Apache helicopter pilot. Most recently, Verardo was the senior aviation advisor for a Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson, CO, and served as Operations Officer for the Division’s Air Cavalry Squadron. Outside of operational assignments, she taught American Politics and American Foreign Policy as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences. Liz is an active Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and 2014 Pat Tillman Scholar. 

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