The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute today announced its 2011 class of David Bohnett Gay & Lesbian Leadership Fellows, a group of 14 openly LGBT leaders in government and non-profit organizations who will receive scholarships to attend an elite professional development program at the Harvard Kennedy School this June and July.
GLLI and the David Bohnett Foundation partner each year to send accomplished, mid-career, openly LGBT professionals to Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, which is reknown for its hands-on learning experience designed to help seasoned public officials meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities.
“This program is an investment in our community’s leaders. LGBT officials and community leaders deserve the best training and professional development available, and the Harvard Kenney School program is the best of the best,” said Chuck Wolfe, GLLI’s president and CEO.
Michael Fleming, executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation and an alumnus of the Harvard program, congratulated the 2011 Bohnett Fellows. “This is one of the strongest and most diverse group of Fellows this program has seen. With each passing year the program has drawn more applications from increasingly impressive leaders. As a funder, the proof is in the pudding. With alums like Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Campbell, California Councilman Evan Low and Arizona State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, we have tangible evidence of the calibre of the national leaders we are helping to nurture,” said Fleming.