Our History and Board

In 2001, Samuel J. 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.

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.

Partnership Founders

Board of Directors

Our elected Board of Directors serves as volunteers and brings a diverse set of experiences to the Partnership. The Board guides our strategic priorities and helps to ensure our financial health by providing fiscal oversight and support of fundraising efforts.

Doug Conant

Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership and Former CEO and President, Campbell Soup Company
About Doug

Les L. Lyles

Former Chairman of the Board, USAA, Retired General and former Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force
About Les

Sean O’Keefe

University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
About Sean

Board Members Emeriti

Since our inception, the Partnership has enjoyed the support and guidance of many exceptional and dynamic leaders. Their counsel and stewardship have been invaluable to our growth, evolution and impact. We are grateful for their dedication and contributions to our mission and proud of what they continue to do for our country.

Advisory Board of Governors

Norman Augustine
Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Diana Aviv
CEO, Feeding America
James A. Baker III
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Jacquelyn M. Belcher
President and CEO, Options Unlimited, LLC
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Erskine Bowles
Former Chairman, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
Bill Bradley
Former U.S. Senator
Paul Brest
Former President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Professor of Law, Emeritus and Former Dean, Stanford Law School
Molly Broad
President, American Council on Education
Walter Broadmax
Distinguished Professor, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Richard H. Brodhead
President, Duke University
Dan Burton
Former U.S. Congressman
Jonathan Bush Sr.
President and CEO, J. Bush & Company
Kathryn Bushkin Calvin

CEO, United Nations Foundation

Albert Carnesale
Chancellor Emeritus and Professor, University of California at Los Angeles
U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper
Hodding Carter III
Professor of Leadership and Public Policy, UNC
U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins
William M. Daley
Former White House Chief of Staff
Steven A. Denning
Chairman, General Atlantic LLC
Elizabeth Hanford Dole
Former U.S. Senator
Kenneth M. Duberstein
Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group
U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin
Michael D. Eisner
Founder, The Tornante Co.
Stuart E. Eizenstat
Partner, Covington & Burling
Roger Enrico
Chairman of the Board of Directors, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
Harold Ford Jr.
Managing Director and Senior Client Relationship Manager, Morgan Stanley Former Chair, Democratic Leadership Council
Norman Francis
President, Xavier University
Mark D. Gearan
President, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Daniel R. Glickman
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
Stephen Goldsmith
Director, Innovations in American Government Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania
Stephen B. Heintz
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
John L. Hennessy
President, Stanford University
Charles O. Holliday Jr.
Former Chairman and CEO, DuPont
U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer
Maryland's 5th Congressional District
General P.X. Kelley
28th Commandant, US Marine Corps (Ret.) Director, Saul Centers, Inc.
Alan Khazei
Founder and CEO, Be the Change, Inc.
Sharon King
Director of Ageing Programme, The Atlantic Philthropies
Joel I. Klein
CEO and Executive Vice President, Education Division, News Corporation
Wendy Kopp
Founder and Board Chair, Teach for America
Richard C. Levin
President, Yale University
Joseph Lieberman
Former U.S. Senator
Bernard Marcus
Co-founder, The Home Depot, Inc.
George Mitchell
Co-founder, Bipartisan Policy Center Former Majority Leader, U.S. Senate
Former U.S. Representative James Moran
Virginia’s 8th Congressional District
Mario Morino
Co-Founder and Chairman, Venture Philanthrophy Partners
Philip A. Odeen
Chairman, AES
Robert J. O’Neill Jr.
Executive Director, International City/County Management Association
Norman J. Ornstein
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Eugene C. Patterson
Editor Emeritus, St. Petersburg Times
Bill Paxon
Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
John E. Pepper
Former Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company
Hugh Price
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Admiral Joseph Prueher
Former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Consulting Professor, Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
Don Michael Randel
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Victoria Riskin
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Antioch University Santa Barbara Founder, Human Rights Watch in Southern California
Charles O. Rossotti
Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chairman Council on Foreign Relations
Richard Schlosberg
Former President and CEO, Trustee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
John Sexton
President, New York University
Mark Shields
Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour and Syndicated Columnist
Billy Shore
Founder and Executive Director, Share Our Strength
Lawrence H. Summers
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Jeffrey Swartz
Former President and CEO, Timberland Company