Staff Bios

Cindy S. Moelis

Cindy S. Moelis, Director

Cindy S. Moelis was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships on April 21, 2009.  Founded in 1964 by President Johnson, the White House Fellowship is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. The mission of the Fellowship is to give promising young leaders “first hand, high-level experience in the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”  As Director, Ms. Moelis is responsible for administering all aspects of the unique and prestigious non-partisan program.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Moelis served as the Executive Director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, where she supported efforts to improve Chicago’s public education system and started a youth running program to promote health.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Moelis promoted social justice and youth development as an assistant to Chicago’s Mayor, Richard M. Daley for social policy, program officer at the Steans Family Foundation, and as the Executive Director of a citywide youth development project for the President of the MacArthur Foundation.

Ms. Moelis holds an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her spouse, Robert Rivkin, General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and their three wonderful children: Stephanie, Claire, and Alexander. Claire and Alexander attend school in Washington, D.C. and Stephanie attends Yale University.

Sophie Kim Goldmacher, Deputy Director

Sophie Kim Goldmacher serves as the Deputy Director. She has been a part of the White House Fellows program staff since 2011, serving previously as Associate Director for Education. A native of Alameda, California, Sophie is an alumnus of the California Senate Fellows program and served as a policy consultant in both chambers of the California Legislature. Sophie graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science, and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University, where she founded the Women in Public Policy Initiative. She was selected to be the student commencement speaker at both graduation ceremonies. 

Pandoria Nobles-Jones, Administrative Officer

Pandoria Nobles-Jones has served as the Administrative Officer since March 2000.  Prior to the White House Fellows Program, she worked at the Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.  She is married and resides in the District of Columbia.

Jennifer Paolino, Associate Director for Education

Jennifer Paolino serves as the Associate Director of Education. Prior to this role, Jennifer served as a Protocol Officer at the U.S. Department of State where she was responsible for coordinating official gifts on behalf of the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. A skilled public affairs professional, Jennifer’s experience spans both state and federal government. Previously, she worked as Program Manager for Green Initiatives at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation where she engaged the public and private sector to develop one of the first state-coordinated plans to advance the green economy in the country. In addition, she has supported the field efforts for several political campaigns and coordinated government affairs and marketing efforts in the private sector. Jennifer holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Brown University, where she also received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and American Institutions. She is a native of Providence, Rhode Island and resides in the District of Columbia.   

Rashida Kamal, Special Assistant to the Director

Rashida Kamal serves as the Special Assistant to the Director. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Mind. As an undergraduate, she served as the chair of the NYU Civic Team, a resident assistant, and an admissions ambassador. Prior to joining the White House Fellows Program, she worked in the Office of Management and Administration as a White House Intern. Rashida is from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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