UNM Law Student Named Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Tracy L. Canard GoodluckTracy L. Canard Goodluck, a third year student at the University of New Mexico School of Law, has been selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship program, a two-year paid fellowship under the U.S. government’s premier program for leadership development.

Goodluck is interested in securing a position working in policy or legislative affairs in the Departments of Interior, Justice or Education. She will be engaged in the matching process in the coming months.

“This prestigious Fellowship is very competitive. Tracy has worked very hard on her application, paying great attention to detail and remaining tenacious with the process,” says Bonnie Stepleton, Assistant Dean for Student Services. “This is quite an accomplishment and we are very proud of her success. It comes as no surprise and she will represent UNM very well.”

Goodluck is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is also Mvskoke Creek, and is pursuing the Indian Law Certificate at the UNM Law School.

She is very active in student organizations. In her second year of law school, Goodluck was a delegate for the State of New Mexico to the Democratic National Convention and she was elected by the Democratic State Central Committee to be one of New Mexico’s five state electors. Currently she is Co-Managing Editor of the Tribal Law Journal, a Marshall-Brennan Fellow, and one of the 3L student representatives on the Admission’s Committee.

Prior to law school, Goodluck worked for Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), a National non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, focused on Indigenous Values-based Leadership. Before that, she was an educator and school administrator for 12 years. She is a co-founder of the Native American Community Academy (NACA), Albuquerque’s first charter school focused on Indigenous education for urban Native American youth and others.

For the last two years, a student from the UNM School of Law has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship program. Summer Huff, Class of 2013, was matched with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

About the PMF Program

Established in 1977 by Executive Order, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program has been the government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The PMF Program selects the best candidates possible from graduate schools across the U.S. who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.