Great Grads - Mohamed Jallow
MPA, Public Service ManagementMohamed Jallow is completing his master's degree in public administration. He is part of The Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, which provides support for City College's graduate program in Public Service Management.
Mohamed is a native of Sierra Leone, a traumatized country in West Africa better known for conflict diamonds, and a brutal civil war, which ended in 2002. His experiences during the civil war have always guided his academic journey and contributed to his enduring passion for Africa's future.
"Call me an idealist, but I feel it is imperative for people like me to have a stake in making the continent better for future generations," he says. "I was raised loathing government in general and public service in particular. I incorrectly associated all those who pursue a career in it as corrupt and incompetent."
This he attributed to his upbringing, in a country where the very mention of government strikes fear in the hearts of citizens, as it is associated with brutality and chaos. With an excellent education at City College that includes a BA in international studies (2008), he has a different attitude about government and public service now. This is evident in his activities outside the classroom.
Mohamed was a Franklin Williams Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2010, and is now a full-time program associate at the organization. He blogs frequently for the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies' Powell Network Blog, where he was an Ambassador John Price fellow, and Critique Echo, a German-African newspaper where he writes on contemporary African politics and U.S. policy toward Africa. During his time with the Rangel Center, Mohamed served as a graduate research assistant, where he worked on minority education trends
"I am very grateful for the opportunity, and rigorous academic development I received from the Rangel Center and the City College," said Jallow. I hope current students can take advantage of all the opportunities the college provides.
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"Call me an idealist, but I feel it is imperative for people like me to have a stake in making the continent better for future generations."
- Mohamed Jallow