Loving and Leaving Washington is a reflection of public service based on forty years of experience in government and the non-profit sector. The career of the author John Yochelson spans national security, economic competitiveness and education. Kennedy-era idealism led him to the heart of the Washington establishment, but the loss of the middle ground prompted him to leave the DC power game in 2001. His San Diego-based non-profit supports Department of Defense efforts to build a more diverse U.S. science and engineering workforce.
The loss of faith in Washington that has carried Donald Trump to the White House dims the future of public service.
It’s hard to fathom how much has changed since John F. Kennedy called my generation to serve the nation in his 1961 inaugural address. His appeal to put country first made federal employment much more than a job. Seven out of 10 Americans trusted the government to do the right thing most of the time. Today, two out of 10 Americans surveyed do.
This seismic shift has transformed the landscape of public service... Click here to read more.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
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Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
University of San Diego
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San Diego, CA 92110
Author John Yochelson in conversation with former Dean Paula Cordeiro
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
7812 Girard Ave.,
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
JCC of Greater Washington
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A dedicated public servant recounts his bicoastal career working in European security, economic policy, education, and other arenas. See the entire review.
John Yochelson was seventeen when he first heard President Kennedy’s call, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” See the entire review.
Loving and Leaving Washington is John Yochelson’s personal odyssey, tracing a youthful yen for public service through years of nonprofit leadership and now, unhappily, to growing doubts about the capacity of our political system to produce good government.
— Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve
John Yochelson’s advice and commonsense approach are much needed today and will be particularly valuable for the next Generation of leaders.
— Sam Nunn, former U.S. senator and current co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
Any student considering a career in public service will find that John Yochelson’s memoir is full of valuable insights about creating meaningful social and economic change.
— Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
John’s story of collaboration, compromise, and true public service sets the bar for what the next generation of political leaders must be.
— Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and author of On Competition
A dedicated public servant recounts his bicoastal career working in European security, economic policy, education, and other arenas...a compelling case for working in policy research and advocacy.
— Kirkus Review
John Yochelson has served as president of BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent) since establishing it in 2001 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as president of the Washington D.C.–based Council on Competitiveness, as well as senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the International Herald Tribune, and the Baltimore Sun.