Profiles in Public Service


Profiles in Public Service tells the compelling stories about the unsung public servant leaders who have driven government’s most important accomplishments.

Co-hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher help break down common myths about government by highlighting the critical ways in which federal employees have demonstrated bold leadership to protect our health, safety and general well-being. In an age when people continue to hold negative views about government—but also rely on it to solve big problems and crises—the stories we share promise to rebuild public faith in the nation’s largest public organization.

Episode 6

July 16 | 43 minutes

Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein talks about her distinguished career covering the federal government, her favorite stories and how President Biden has approached the federal workforce differently than his predecessor.

Tags: Integrity, Adaptability, Influence

Episode 5

July 2 | 59 minutes

Hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher speak with Mary Gibert and Gail Lovelace, two former leaders at the General Services Administration, about ensuring smooth presidential transitions, getting more young people into public service and managing historic transfers of power—from the first conducted after 9/11 to our most recent one in 2020.

Tags: Innovation and Creativity, Integrity, Adaptability

Episode 4

June 18 | 34 minutes

Hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher talk to Ian Brownlee, acting assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, about the State Department’s recent efforts to rescue more than 100,000 Americans stranded abroad at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brownlee shares stories from the front lines of this unprecedented multi-agency campaign, discussing the challenges it posed across government, the lessons it provides for future rescue operations and the bureau of consular affairs’ unheralded work in serving the American people.

Tags: Conflict ManagementSystems ThinkingEmotional IntelligenceIntegrity

Episode 3

June 4 | 62 minutes

Washington Post columnist James Hohmann talks to Dr. Fiona Hill, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and former Ambassadors to Ukraine William B. Taylor and Marie Yovanovitch about why young people should go into public service, the importance of the career workforce and the state of our democratic institutions. Then, hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher offer their perspectives on the discussion. This conversation was hosted by the Partnership for Public Service on May 6, 2021, as part of Public Service Recognition Week.

Tags: IntegrityConflict ManagementAccountability

Episode 2

May 21 | 51 minutes

Hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher talk to Drs. Gary Gibbons and Eliseo Pérez-Stable from the NIH about their groundbreaking efforts to tackle COVID-19 health disparities. The two leaders discuss the importance of diverse vaccine trials, what the pandemic has taught them about promoting health equity and the latest vaccine acceptance rates in underserved communities.

Tags: Evidence-based Decision-makingDiversity, Equity and InclusionConflict Management

Episode 1

May 7 | 42 minutes

Hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher talk with three NASA leaders about how the agency thrived in the midst of unprecedented challenges over the last year, from the return of manned spaceflight from American soil to new achievements in Mars exploration. These leaders share how they have built a culture of innovation and success, and NASA’s vision for the future.

Tags: Innovation and CreativityVision SettingAdaptabilityAuthenticity