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Virginia Woman Selected as White House Fellow

August 28, 2014 | By admin
Kate Higgins Bloom

The White House announced that a Coast Guard lieutenant has been appointed to the 2014-2015 class of White House Fellows. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Kate Higgins-Bloom is one of the 15 selected for the program.

From 2006 to 2007, Higgins-Bloom served as Commanding Officer of USCGC BARANOF, a Coast Guard ship in the Middle East. She was assigned to a multinational task force dedicated to protecting critical Iraqi maritime infrastructure and preventing piracy in the Persian Gulf. Prior to assuming command, she had a diverse career, including deployment as a member of the Principal Federal Official’s Cell for the Hurricane Katrina response, and supported events from oil spills to 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Higgins-Bloom was a founding member of the Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy & Development Alumni Group, and the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

She earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson created The White House Fellows Program which gives promising leaders firsthand, high-level experience with the working of the federal government.

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