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Meet the POC Amongst the 2018-2019 White House Fellows

Meet the POC Amongst the 2018-2019 White House Fellows

The President’s Commission on White House Fellows on Monday announced the 2018-2019 class of White House Fellows. Among the 14 Fellows are three people of color: Jeremy Hosein, David Schulz, and Joseph Van Valen. Jeremy Hosein is serving his fellowship with the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. The New York University graduate, who received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, is a senior Neurosurgery Resident at the University of Colorado, where he specializes in the surgical management of diseases of the brain and spine. During medical school, the Papillion, NE native was elected to serve on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Prior to this, he served as an intern with former Senator Chuck Hagel and as a Policy Advisor to former Nebraska Governors Dave Heineman and Mike Johanns. David Schulz is serving his fellowship at the Department of Homeland Security. The University of California, Los Angeles graduate, who also attended the Naval Postgraduate School and earned a dual Master’s degree in Defense Analysis and National Security, is a Major in the U.S. Army. The Harbor City, CA native led soldiers during multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he is a political-military regional expert, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has served at U.S. Embassies in San Salvador, El Salvador, and Mexico City, Mexico. Most recently, he served as the Military Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Northern Command. Schulz volunteers as a Big Brother and a mentor in the communities where he is stationed. Joseph Van Valen is from Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is serving his fellowship in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Stanford University graduate, who has a Master’s from the University of California, Irvine, is a Major in the U.S. Air Force. He previously served as the Executive Action Officer for the Air Force’s only Contingency Response Wing, where he directly assisted executive leadership in developing and executing the strategic vision for a 1,500-member logistics organization with a unique humanitarian relief mission. Van Valen also served as a liaison to FEMA during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, coordinating all Department of Defense airlift support for FEMA’s response efforts. He has flown more than 270 combat hours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to entering the Air Force, Van Valen was a Senior Software Engineer for America Online, Inc., and is a named inventor on three patents. See the full Fellows class here.

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