About this Site

The Robertson Foundation for Government teamed up with social networking site GovLoop to create PathtoPMF.com, establishing the interactive site and the guide as the “go-to” guide to help prospective applicants navigate the PMF process from application to placement.  The guide provides applicants with advice directly from PMF alumni, career advisors, and agency program coordinators.

The Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG) is a nonprofit family foundation dedicated to helping government meet its talent needs by identifying, educating and motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

The RFFG identified the very real need to provide beginning-to-end assistance for those planning their PMF application.  In fact, the Foundation played a major role in making this resource available. The Foundation’s commitment to government service can be seen in these pages, and the great careers which will undoubtedly come from them.

To learn more about the Robertson Foundation for Government, you can visit their site here.

GovLoop’s mission is to connect government to improve government. As the leading knowledge network for government, we aim to inform and inspire public sector professionals to achieve even greater levels of service.  As a part of our mission, we are proud to provide this comprehensive guide for the next generation of government leaders as a resource in their application to the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

To become a member, learn and discuss on GovLoop, you can visit the site here.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management provides a wealth of information about the PMF program on their website, but there are also lot of people – from PMF alumni to career advisors to agency program coordinators – who are willing and able to help an aspiring PMF to navigate the application process. The inspiration for this guide arose from a need to bring all those voices together into one easy-to-use resource that share the critical information that you need to know about the program that doesn’t appear on PMF.gov – the hard-won knowledge and experience of people affiliated with the program.

As a result, the real credit for this 2012 guide goes to all the talented people who contributed their expertise and passion to this project: 60 current and past PMFs, 10 university career counselors, 10 agency coordinators. You will meet many of them in the pages ahead. We hope that their valuable experience and insight into the PMF selection process will help you make the most of your application, and will give you the best shot at reaching your goal of becoming a Presidential Management Fellow.

The vision of the Robertson Foundation, which identified the lack of beginning-to-end assistance for those planning their PMF application, played a large part in making this resource possible. Their commitment to government service can be seen in these pages, and the great careers which will undoubtedly come from them.

Applicants: start your public service engines…and good luck!


Got questions or ideas about the site? Contact us via email at andrew@govloop.com or by phone at (202) 407-7421


Questions for Robertson
Timothy “Bo” Kemper, Robertson Foundation for Government



Questions for GovLoop
Andrew Krzmarzick, GovLoop Community Manager