One Hundred Leaders: A Five-Year Investment Report

November 9, 2012

After five years and 100 Fellows, the John Jay Institute releases a report charting the progress and achievements of its alumni.

As the 2012 election came and went and changed nothing in Washington, the Institute marked its fifth year building tomorrow’s game-changing leaders, and commissioned its 100th Fellow for public service. In response to these milestones, the Institute team is pleased to release "One Hundred Leaders: A Five-Year Investment Report."

The report is based on a study of all 100 alumni and their paths since completing their fellowships, a study that included interviews, quantitative data, and qualitative evaluations. The Institute represents a long-term investment in the future of American leadership, yet even at this early stage, it is clear the investment is producing a leadership network unlike any in the nation.



Notable findings from the report:

Fellows Are Pursuing Public Service, and the Alumni Network Grows More Effective Daily.

Ninety-one percent of alumni are in direct public service, compared to less than 10% of comparable graduates from top-tier universities. They are military officers, government analysts, congressional staffers, nonprofit executives, fundraisers, and more. David Eastman '10 ran for office in the Alaska state legislature this year. His classmate Laura Hickey's '10 work at the Pentagon is shaping policies to modernize U.S. military training programs.

Over 80 leading federal and state lawmakers, think tanks, media outlets, public charities, and businesses employ John Jay Fellows. Fellows are already in key positions--often obtained thanks to another Fellow. Gresham Kay '07 is the CEO of the Center for Ethics Preservation, fighting pornography and human trafficking in Texas; half a dozen alumni have consulted on the project.

Fellows Are Providing Groundbreaking New Ideas and Research.

Thirty-one percent of alumni have advanced degrees (or are studying to obtain them), including 17 doctorates. Schools include the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Columbia University, Oxford University, and dozens more. Dr. Jordan Raney '08 won the Demetriades Prize for best dissertation in nanotechnology; Karen Rupprecht '08 earned a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program. Zachary Crippen (Saratoga '12) is a 2012 Rhodes Scholar, John Balonze '09 a Fulbright Scholar, and Fellows have earned three Publius Fellowships, six Blackstone Fellowships, and numerous other awards.

The kind of informed, prudent original thinking that won these awards has influenced ideas outside the ivory tower as well, as Fellows' writing has been published by dozens of major newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and think tanks. Connor Ewing '08, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas, was an editor for a first-ever effort to provide a history of strategic philanthropy to aid donors in effective giving. Brian Brown '07, also involved with the project, has developed ways to utilize technology to strengthen civil society that have been published in national journals and magazines.


John Jay has been called the "father of American conservatism" and rightly so. His commitment to the rule of law and American constitutionalism was fundamentally informed by the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as classical and medieval thought and the British system of law. As a man of the bar and bench he ranks high in the pantheon of in Anglo-American jurisprudence. Author (with Madison and Hamilton) of The Federalist Papers, Jay was President Washington's first choice for Chief Justice of the United States as well as President Adams's. I delightfully applaud the vision and work of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society & Law in perpetuating the high constitutional principles and lasting legacy of their namesake among the future leaders of our great county."
The Honorable Kenneth W. Starr
Former Solicitor General of the United States
President, Baylor University