Lindsay Rodman, a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, judge advocate, and foreign area officer (Latin America) from Kent, Connecticut, has been named as one of 15 White House Fellows for 2014-15. She is the only Connecticut resident named to the prestigious fellowship for the coming year, and the third state resident in the past three years. The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and leadership.
Rodman most recently served as Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where her portfolio included military justice, space law and human rights law issues. Her placement during her service as a White House Fellow will be with the National Security Council.
Before moving to the Joint Staff, Lindsay was assigned to Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters Marine Corps. From 2010-2011, she was deployed to Afghanistan as an operational law attorney. She previously served as a defense counsel and legal assistance attorney in Okinawa, Japan.
Founded in 1964, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government.
Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.
Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Rodman worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC. In early 2014 she was selected as a Center for New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader. She has been a member of the Warlord Loop, and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rodman graduated in 2003 from Duke University with an A.B. in Mathematics and in 2007 from Harvard Law School with a J.D. and the Kennedy School of Government with a Masters in Public Policy. She has volunteered at the DC Rape Crisis Center, and authored an article on sexual assault in the military that was published in 2013 by the Wall Street Journal.
The class of White House Fellows for 2014-15 includes individuals from New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Woodside (CA), Naperville (IL), Miami, Norfolk (VA), Midland (MI), Missoula (MT), Los Angeles, Voorhees (NJ), Penn Valley (PA), McAllen (TX), and Irvine (CA).
It is the third consecutive year that Connecticut has had a resident appointed as a White House Fellow. Last year, Justin Finnegan of Darien was selected, following Anne O’Connell of West Haven the preceding year.
The first class of White House Fellows, in 1965, included William R. Cotter, later elected to Congress representing Connecticut’s First District. He was joined in that class by Robert E. Patricelli, who would go on to become one of Connecticut’s prominent health care entrepreneurs and business leaders. The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University bears his name.
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