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About Us

Meet the Team

Who Are We?

John Gill

John Gill, Deputy Director, Center for Leadership Development

John W. Gill is the Deputy Director at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Leadership Development and leading the strategy and execution of the Federal Human Resources Capability Improvement initiative, with specific design and implementation responsibility for the HR curriculum. John began with the Federal Government in 2013 as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before Moving to OPM, John served in the Office of Management and Budget supporting the presidential administration transition. John was a member of the White House Senior Executive Service Reform Advisory Group. The Group provided thought leadership that helped shape the previous administration’s 2015 Executive Order on Strengthening the Senior Executive Service. John is an adjunct professor with the Georgetown University Master’s program in Human Resources and appointed Chair of Advisory Board for the Georgetown Master's in HR program. He earned his B.A. at Columbia University and his M.B.A. at Florida Technical University.   

Arianne Gallagher

Arianne Gallagher, Director

Arianne is the Director of the Office of Presidential Fellowships at OPM's Center for Leadership Development, which includes managing the PMF Program. Arianne is a Class of 2011 PMF Graduate and comes to the team from the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget where she served as a Performance Manager leading a portfolio that included Federal hiring policy and other talent management initiatives. Arianne was also the co-founder and later the Deputy Director of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program while serving as a Program Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and later at GSA.  Arianne holds both a Political Science degree and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh while also being a certified Project Management Professional. Arianne is incredibly excited to be working on the program that inspired her to public service. In her personal time Arianne loves to travel and spend quality time with Sprocket, her miniature schnauzer. 

Rob Timmins

Rob Timmins, Deputy Director

Rob first started his Federal career at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command and a year later transferred to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). During his 25+ year history with OPM, Rob worked on government-wide programs such as the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Scholarship for Service (SFS), USAJOBS and USAStaffing, NATO's 50th Anniversary, and the former Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, which is now the PMF Program. He has been a member of the PMF Program Office for 15+ years and serves as the Deputy Director. In addition, Rob was a Search and Rescue Officer with the Civil Air Patrol and a Police Officer with the Fairfax County Police Department in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 5 years. Rob is the oldest of 6, is married to his husband, Jeff, lives in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC, a long-standing member of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and spends his free time traveling overseas and co-managing several properties with his husband.

Ida Dalessandro-Felix

Ida Dalessandro-Felix, Director of Training & Leadership Development

Ida specializes in Organizational Development and Employee Growth. Prior to her employment with OPM, Ida was an accomplished private sector business leader with 25 years' experience. She held management positions in two highly acclaimed international companies for 15 years prior to starting two business ventures. Her expertise prompted her to work in staff development and training on an international level. For the past seven years, Ida served in the role of Human Resource Development and career counselor for the Federal Government. Ida leads the leadership development segment for the PMF Program. Ida holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and an Executive Masters in Organization Development. Ida is a certified Executive Coach and obtains multiple certifications in the field of Human Resource Development.

 Brandon Jacobsen

Brandon Jacobsen, Communications & Outreach

Brandon comes to the PMF Program Office as a Class of 2017 PMF himself, taking on a role in communications and outreach. Before embarking on a career in Federal service, he spent nearly a decade in the education field, teaching high school Spanish and serving as the Education Director of a skateboarding non-profit in his hometown of Tacoma, WA. He brings a passion for strengthening programs that empower others. Brandon holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Washington, an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University, and is a certified Project Management Professional. He currently resides in Arlington, VA, with his girlfriend Kelsey and their dog, Bodi.

Marilyn Wiley

Marilyn Wiley, Agency Liaison

Marilyn started with the PMF Program Office in August 2017. During her 25+ years with OPM, she worked on several projects for OPM's Retirement Services. These opportunities allowed Marilyn to work with employees at all levels within the organization to streamline business processes and to resolve inquiries from annuitants and their survivors on pending claims matters. Through many administrative changes, she worked with the agency on a proposed restructuring effort. Her passion for inclusion has been instrumental in performing her work with the agency's initiative. Marilyn holds a BA degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a MA degree in Organization Development from American University. She has two sons and one daughter.

Cynthia Gloster

Cynthia Gloster, Events Management

Cynthia entered into Federal Service 28 years ago, she started her career at the U.S. Department of the Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel, and in 2000 Cynthia joined OPM as a Program Assistant in OPM's Office of Employee Relations and for the past 17 years she has worked in the Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability Division (HCLMSA), Small Agencies Office. Cynthia reassigned to the PMF Program Office in August 2017. Cynthia has 4 children, 3 adorable grandchildren, and a Silky Terrier named Max.

Rebecca Wadness

Rebecca "Becca" Wadness, Recruitment & Placement

Becca is serving as a Class of 2018 PMF, focused on recruitment and placement of Finalists in the PMF Program. Previously, Becca worked in the non-profit sector on international education and human rights, managing programs across the Middle East and North Africa. Becca holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Originally from Boston, Becca first moved to Washington, DC, in 2012. She loves to travel often and has spent extended time abroad in Paris and Algiers.

What Do We Do?

  • Perform overall management of the PMF Program.
  • Develop strategies for attracting and recruiting graduate students with diverse backgrounds into the PMF Program.
  • Develop and conduct a rigorous application, assessment, and selection process to determine a pool of Finalists.
  • Market the PMF Program to Federal agencies and departments and to accredited graduate schools.
  • Provide structured development programs and activities including orientation and training sessions.
  • Serve as a conduit for effective communication among all members of the PMF Program community: Agency PMF Coordinators, hiring officials, supervisors, educational institutions, assessors, applicants, and Fellows.
  • Provide agencies with access to systems and information needed to administer the program in their agency.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the PMF Program.

In general, we help to bring the best new leaders into the Federal Government!

Contact Us

Have questions or comments?

Mailing Address:
Presidential Management Fellows Program
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW, Room 2469
Washington, DC 20415

Email Addresses: (General Inquiries) (Application and Assessment Inquiries)

UPDATED: 09-05-2019