Coast Guard Lieutenant Named to White House Fellows Program

Coast Guard Headquarters NewsWASHINGTON – The White House Fellows Program announced today that Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell has been selected as a White House Fellow. Lt. Clay Pell is a Coast Guard judge advocate general and executes regular Coast Guard exchanges with China to improve military diplomacy, instructs courses on human rights and military justice, and has prosecuted crimes for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Prior to military service, Pell worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, and international law firms.

Pell helped lead a national campaign to increase funding for inexpensive, lifesaving medicines for children under five, and has supported Progreso Latino, the International Institute, and the China Working Group in their drive to instruct foreign languages in local schools and provide critical services to communities of new Americans.

Pell, who is fluent in Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic and studied law in China and Argentina, will undertake his fellowship at the White House. He is a native of Providence, R.I.

The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson 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,” according to a White House press release.

The program provides those selected with an opportunity to work within the U.S. government, and it is intended to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service.

Education and community service also are key components of the fellowship program. Each fellow must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at senior levels in the federal government.

Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields, including government, business, media, medicine, education, diplomacy and the military.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service, White House officials said in a released statement.

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