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 42nd class of Harvard Fellows.
Since 1980, Gates sponsorship has enabled nearly 300 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 2022 Gates Family Foundation Harvard Fellows are:
- Ginger White Brunetti, Executive Director, Denver Arts & Venues
- Liane Jollon, Executive Director, San Juan Basin Public Health
- Shontel Lewis, Director District B, Regional Transportation District
- Andrew Marsh, City Administrator, City of Idaho Springs
- Kristin Stephens, County Commissioner, Larimer County
- Anna Stout, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Grand Junction
- Sean Strode, City Councilor, City of Rifle
Congratulations to all of these dedicated civic leaders, who were selected from among a competitive group of 28 experienced applicants.
In all, there will be a total of 16 Gates Fellows attending the Harvard program this summer, in either June or July. The program was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Gates Fellows selected in 2020 will be attending along with their peers selected for the 2022 cohort.
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.