History and Values


In 1963, Samuel J. Heyman (1939–2009) was fresh out of Harvard Law School. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s call to serve, Heyman joined the U.S. Department of Justice and served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Upon his father’s death in 1968, Heyman left government to assume responsibility for his family’s business, but his experiences in government fueled his belief that public service was not only honorable, but vitally important to the nation and deserving of America’s best talent. “The future of our nation quite simply depends on the quality of our government,” Heyman said.

As the new millennium dawned, Heyman realized that our government would lose an entire generation to retirement: those, like him, who had answered President Kennedy’s appeal. He believed that the challenges facing the country were the most profound in decades and that replacing a generation of public servants with the very best talent must be a national imperative. He was enthusiastic about the possibilities, noting “my optimism about what can be accomplished is underpinned by the fact that young Americans today are so extraordinarily idealistic. They are the most active citizens in recent history. They’re volunteering for community service at record levels and they are the most likely of all age groups to believe that one person can make a difference by helping others.”

So in 2001, Heyman founded the Partnership for Public Service to revitalize the federal civil service. Since that time the Partnership has worked to restore pride in government service and to attract the country’s most talented, intelligent and committed workers to serve the American people.

Samuel J. Heyman


We believe that good organizations start with good people. We strive for excellence, as one team, in pursuit of our mission. Our values guide how we achieve success for the Partnership and our partners:

  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government
  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect
  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results
  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible