October 25, 2019

Selected for White House Leadership Development Program


Yaro T. Kulchyckyj

WASHINGTON – Yaro T. Kulchyckyj of the U.S. Department of State was among the 18 U.S. civil servants selected for the White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP) for 2018-2019.

The WHLD Program helps build the next generation of leaders in the executive branch. Its aim is to strengthen enterprise leadership across the government by providing senior level federal employees with expanded perspective and skillsets to address challenges facing the country. It is sponsored by the Executive Office of the President (EOP), the President’s Manage­ment Council (PMC), and supported by the Performance Improvement Council (PIC).

The fellows for 2018-2019 hail from 12 federal agencies: Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, General Service Administration, Social Security Admini­stration, State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Kulchyckyj has 25 years of experience focusing on diplomacy, development and defense. He has 15 years of service with the Department of State in Washington, supporting the U.S. national security strategy, coordinating and executing U.S. foreign policy, drafting agency and inter-agency strategic and management plans, and preparing and reporting agency financial and performance reports to the U.S. citizenry.

Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Kulchyckyj worked for nearly 10 years in Ukraine, implementing U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus as a USAID Democracy Officer, and supporting and managing development assistance for non-governmental organizations in the region.

Mr. Kulchyckyj has received numerous State Department and USAID awards, including the Superior Honor Award (three times), the Meritorious Honor Award (three times) and the Benjamin Franklin Award.

Outside of government, Mr. Kulchyckyj is a senior fellow with the Partnership for Public Service and the recipient of the 2015 Leadership in Action Award for impact and service across the whole-of-government.

A Fulbrighter and a former Performance Improvement Council Fellow, Mr. Kulchyckyj holds a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor of arts from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.

In 2018, Mr. Kulchyckyj completed the National Security Executive Leadership Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute, where he has also lectured for nearly 10 years as an adjunct on the State Department’s strategic and resource planning process. Mr. Kulchyckyj has attended training at the National Defense University and served as an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine.

In his role as a White House Leadership Development Fellow, he supported the President’s Management Agenda and concentrated on reducing the burden of unnecessary reporting requirements and assisted in coordinating the Robotics Process Automation (RPA) initiative across the whole-of-government.

Mr. Kulchyckyj is married with four children, lives in Arnold, Md., and is presently pursuing a doctorate in international affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Mr. Kulchyckyj’s Ukrainian community activity includes teaching in schools of Ukrainian studies in Philadelphia and Washington, and serving as a scout leader in Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization.