03/18/2014 03:13 pm ET Updated May 18, 2014

Lessons From 25 Tears at the Treasury Department

David A. Lebryk has held numerous positions at the Department of the Treasury since 1989. In 2012, he was named the first commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service when the Financial Management Service and the Bureau of the Public Debt were consolidated. Lebryk spoke about his experiences at the Treasury with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Fox also heads up their Center for Government Leadership.

Q. What drew you to public service?

A. I come from a family of teachers, so it was very much instilled in me at a young age the importance of education and public service. I also saw the opportunity to make a real difference and to do meaningful work. I haven't been disappointed.