bohnett-fellowsThe Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute sent its latest class of nine Fellows to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government this past weekend.

The David Bohnett Gay & Lesbian Leadership Fellows program is a partnership between GLLI and the David Bohnett Foundation to send some of the country’s best and brightest LGBT elected and appointed officials and community leaders to the Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, one of the nation’s most prestigious executive training programs for public officials.

Past Fellows have called the program life changing.  “Participants gain a better sense of their own skills and better understanding of their own possibilities and limitations so that they can move forward,” said George Walker, a GLLI vice president who oversees the program.  “This partnership works to train the very best of leaders, and represents a commitment to building the skills and potential of the growing network of out officials.”

“It is important to spread the word about leadership opportunities and the different ways that we can define leadership, so that we can redefine who it is that can be a leader,” Walker said.

The full David Bohnett Leadership Fellows Class of 2009 includes:

Mr. David Ambroz, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. David Augustine, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Daniel Bernal, San Francisco, CA

Representative Cathy Connolly, Laramie, WY

Representative Mark Ferrandino, Denver, CO

Mr. David Hopkins, Seattle, WA

Representative Marko Liias, Mukilteo, WA

Senator Joe McDermott, Seattle, WA

Treasurer Doug Milliken, Centennial, CO

Honorable Terry Mutchler, Rose Valley, PA

Supervisor Kyle Richmond, Madison, WI

Honorable David Roberts, Solana Beach, CA

Commissioner Andrea Shorter, San Francisco, CA

Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, Somerset, MD

Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas, TX

Mr. Jeffrey Walker, Cambridge, MA