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 issue that keeps me up at night is the impact of political polarization on public service.”

— John Yochelson

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OP ED

THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE UNDER TRUMP

by John Yochelson

Published January 26, 2017 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

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EVENTS

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

POLITICS & PROSE BOOKSTORE

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
Washington, DC 20008

Author John Yochelson in conversation with Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service.

Click here to view event video, and here to see photos.

LIVE RADIO INTERVIEWS

wsRADIO.COM

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

John Yochelson on
San Diego Union-Tribune
Community Spotlight radio show

Click here and here to listen to the radio interviews.

LUNCH

FELLOWS OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PRESIDENCY
AND CONGRESS

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

Washington Marriott
Washington, D.C.

FORUM ON
PUBLIC SERVICE

Convened by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES)

6-8 p.m.,
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Author John Yochelson in conversation with former Dean Paula Cordeiro

CAREER TALK

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO
SCHOOL OF GLOBAL POLICY
AND STRATEGY


2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

BOOK SIGNING

WARWICK'S BOOKSTORE

noon-3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016


7812 Girard Ave.,
La Jolla, CA 92037

LUNCH WITH
INTERNS & STAFF

PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

1100 New York Ave.
Washington, D.C.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

LESSAN'S FAMILY
ANNUAL BOOK FESTIVAL

noon-1 p.m.,
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

JCC of Greater Washington
5125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

BOOK SIGNING

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
BOOK FAIR & AUTHORS' NIGHT

(in partnership with Politics & Prose)
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

529 14th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

TALK

"THE RISE OF EXTREME PARTISANSHIP AND THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE"

12:45 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road NW
Washington, D.C.
Click here for flyer

DINNER PANEL DISCUSSION

with former ambassador Stephen Sestanovich and Ms. Reema Dodin, Floor Director to Assistant Senate Majority Leader Richard Durbin

"POLARIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE"

6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Council on Foreign Relations
1777 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

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REVIEWS

KIRKUS

A dedicated public servant recounts his bicoastal career working in European security, economic policy, education, and other arenas. See the entire review.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS

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.

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TESTIMONIALS

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Contact the Author
John Yochelson

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PHOTOS

As a member the President’s Export Council, meeting with President George H.W. Bush, 1991. Courtesy of the author.
Meeting First Lady Hillary Clinton on the D.C. circuit at a White House reception, 2000. Courtesy of the author.
With former secretary of state Henry Kissinger at CSIS International Councillors meeting, Washington, D.C., 1988. Courtesy of the author.
BEST vice president Karen Harper and I congratulate students from Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, for winning the MATHCOUNTS Video Challenge, at Disney World, Orlando, 2014. Courtesy of the author.