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Centerville woman named White House Fellow for 2011-12

Centerville woman named White House Fellow for 2011-12

By | Posted - Sep. 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Centerville woman has been named a White House Fellow for 2011-12.

Lindsay Barenz, an associated with the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City, will work in the administration's Office of Management and Budget, according to an announcement by the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Before going into private law practice, Barenz was a law clerk from 2004-2005 to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Barenz is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, Coker Fellow and Co-Chair of Outlaws, the LGBTQ law student association.

A union organizer with the Service Employees International Union before attending law school, Barenz received a bachelor's degree with honors in political science from the University of Utah. She was raised in Centerville.

Barenz was among 15 fellows selected in a highly competitive process that considers an applicant's record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service, according to the White House announcement.

The program was created in 1964 to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”

The fellows also take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, DC area.


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