Congratulations to the 2019 Gates Family Foundation Harvard Fellows - Gates Family Foundation

Seven senior public officials from state and local governments across Colorado have been selected to attend a three-week program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as members of Gates Family Foundation’s 40th class of Harvard Fellows.

Since 1980, Gates has sponsored more than 260 of Colorado’s top civic leaders to participate in the Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. The program operates as an interactive classroom, where fellows work with peers and Harvard faculty to analyze case studies of real issues, find solutions to complex problems, and work together and learn from each other.

The 2019 Gates Family Foundation Harvard Fellows are:

  • Yolanda Avila, Colorado Springs City Council, District 4
  • Jennifer Bacon, Denver Public Schools Board of Trustees, District 4
  • Greg Felt, Chaffee County Commissioner, District 2
  • Dominique Jackson, Colorado House of Representatives, Member, District 42 (Arapahoe)
  • John Messner, Gunnison County Commissioner, District 1
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Director
  • Angelika Schroeder, Colorado Board of Education, Board Chair

Congratulations to all of these impressive, dedicated civic leaders, who were selected from among a competitive group of more than 50 experienced applicants.

Each spring, Gates invites elected, appointed, and career officials from state and local governments across Colorado to apply to the Kennedy School program. The Gates Fellowship pays all but a small portion of the $16,500 total program cost — which includes tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals. Participants or their employers must fund the balance. More information is here.