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Three Majors Selected as White House Fellows

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Three Army majors have been selected as White House Fellows for the Class of 2018–2019 after a rigorous competition for the opportunity to spend a year working at the highest ranks of the federal government.

Maj. Christina Fanitzi, a military intelligence officer from Milton, N.Y., is assigned to the White House’s National Economic Council. An Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran, a White House announcement says Fanitzi recently redeployed to Afghanistan where, as director of operations, she organized and led a 1,700-soldier military intelligence unit to assist Afghan National Security Forces with over 56,000 hours of intelligence collection.

A distinguished military graduate of Georgetown University’s Army ROTC program, Fanitzi taught leadership, accounting and negotiation at the U.S. Military Academy’s Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department and led the West Point Negotiation Project, an initiative to train cadets, prominent business schools, and conventional and special operations units in principled negotiations.

While at West Point, Fanitzi created the first Army Negotiation Conference, served as a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member and received recognition as a finalist for the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She is also a graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she earned a master’s degree, established Dartmouth’s Alumni Veterans group, and received the Julia Stell Award for significant leadership and community contributions, as well as the Dux Femina Facti Award for outstanding female leadership.

Maj. Michael Harrison, an infantry officer from Rural Retreat, Va., is placed in the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Harrison has led soldiers throughout Asia and Europe, including 28 months deployed to northeastern Afghanistan. “Throughout his career, Mike formed and led organizations executing counterterrorism and counter-insurgency missions, as well as strategic deterrence operations within the European theater,” the White House said in a statement. His most recent assignment was as executive officer of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Harrison was assistant professor and executive officer in the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences, teaching American politics and economics and mentoring cadets. He is a U.S. Military Academy graduate. He has also been a Big Brothers Big Sisters officer mentor, served as a women’s soccer team and men’s football team academic mentor, and continues to volunteer and serve underprivileged youth and Gold Star families. He received a bachelor’s degree in pre-law from West Point and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Maj. David Schulz, an infantry officer from Harbor City, Calif., is placed at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has served multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. “As an Army Foreign Area Officer assigned to the Western Hemisphere, Dave is a political-military regional expert, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has served at U.S. Embassies in El Salvador and Mexico,” the White House statement said. His most recent assignment was as military deputy foreign policy adviser to the U.S. Northern Command.

Schulz has been a senior lecturer at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School. He also volunteers as a Big Brother and mentor in the communities where he is stationed and is committed to serving underprivileged children by creating opportunities for them to earn an education and better their lives.

Schulz enlisted in the Army at age 17, earned an ROTC scholarship and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School and earned a dual master’s degree in defense analysis and national security while also serving as the elected chairman of the President’s Student Council.