Federal Spotlight: Rebecca Rose
MC: How long have you been in Federal service and what is your main responsibility in your role today?
RR: I’ve been in the Federal service for close to 10 years now. I have two current roles: By day I lead a team of more than 20 geographically dispersed employees with a $5 million budget for strategic communications and outreach within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) that has close to a $2B Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) portfolio. EERE leads the Department of Energy’s efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation.
The rest of the time I serve on the board of Young Government Leaders (YGL) as their Strategic Communications Director, which involves developing an overarching communication strategy to promote YGL to members (more than 8,000 across the nation) and the public at large. YGL is the only 501(c)3 non-profit professional organization founded and led by young government employees. YGL actively builds and maintains a leadership community for young public servants across the country through professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events, seminars, fellowships, and scholarships.
MC: What keeps you motivated and passionate to stay in the public sector?
RR: Seeing the impact I make through my work for the American public is what keeps me motivated and passionate to stay in the public sector. I get to see my work in the news and social media on a daily basis.
MC: What is one of your biggest achievements?
RR: Completing my master’s degree. I’m the only one in my family to have a four year degree or an advanced degree. I was also recently accepted into the Partnership for Public Service Excellence in Government Fellowship program. The program prepares leaders to be more than managers. They are innovators whose creativity in problem-solving stands up to the complexity of our 21st century challenges.
MC: What advice would you share on making public service a career and not a pit stop?
RR: Don’t be afraid to change jobs or agencies to build the kind of work experience you want. Also, know when to leave – If you’re no longer challenged by your current position it’s time to move on to a new experience.
MC: What advice would you share with young people on entering government?
RR: Be persistent. Getting into the government can be a challenging process, but it’s worth it. If you’re new to government, learn as much as you can and take advantage of professional development programs offered by your agency, which can include academic lectures, leadership training, and mentor programs.
*Answers reflect Rebecca’s own personal views and do not reflect those in her official capacity.