Govern for America is building the next generation of public sector leaders to create more diverse, effective, and responsive government. 



We strive to ensure that our country’s most dynamic and diverse young leaders are working to solve our biggest challenges. We believe that by empowering these leaders to work on what matters, where it matters, we can build more inclusive government systems and revitalize trust in our public institutions. We are working for a world where our most dynamic emerging leaders see government as an avenue for meaningful change, and our governments reflect the values and diversity of our nation.


Govern for America launched in 2018 when a group of former government leaders, educators, and recent graduates came together to create pathway into government for dynamic young people from diverse backgrounds to work on the issues that matter most to their communities. We built GFA based on our experiences working with state employees collaborating on the toughest challenges facing the state, and shared insights from government leaders, researchers, and systems change agents across the country.






The GFA Board of Directors and Advisory Board serve as highly-engaged brain trusts for our work. Each is comprised of a diverse array of experts from government, academia, non-profits, and the private sector who provide unique and indispensable insight and knowledge to our organization.


Govern for America Advisory Board

David Burstein, Founder, Run for America

Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE

Kumar Garg, Senior Director for Technology and Society, Schmidt Futures

Bari Harlam, Chief Marketing Officer, Hudson Bay Company

Marina Martin, New America

Macky McCleary, Partner, Innogy Consulting US

Andy Moss, New York University

Willa Perlman, Co-CEO, LPA Search Partners

Anthony Russ, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young,

Billy Watterson, Director, Galaxy Gives

John White, State Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

Andrew Yang, Founder, Venture for America