Graduate wins fellowship with Veterans Affairs in D.C.

Tiel Keltner, a 2009 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, was named a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. She works with the Office of the Under Secretary for Health of the Veterans Health Administration.

Tiel KeltnerTiel said she wanted to use her law degree in an interdisciplinary capacity, and her legal education prepared her well.

"I am excited to be working in the area of health policy for the federal government," she said. "Studying health law in an environment with a strong social justice focus was excellent preparation for a fellowship dedicated to improving health care for our veterans. Working at the heart of the health care reform movement has been an incredible opportunity to gain hands-on experience with both the legislative and policy processes."

The Presidential Fellows Management Program is a two-year fellowship and training program leading to a permanent position. The purpose is to attract to the federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

Keltner is the second 2009 graduate to win a position with the prestigious program. Mike Clyburn is working in the Community Planning and Development office of the region 10 Housing and Urban Development office in Seattle.



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