The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced its 2012 class of David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows, a group of 11 openly LGBT leaders in government and non-profit organizations who will receive scholarships to attend an elite executive development program at the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School this summer. The Fellows will also enjoy follow-up programming and networking events throughout their careers.
The Victory Institute 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 known for its hands-on learning experience designed to help seasoned public officials meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities.
“Each of the 2012 Bohnett Fellows has already dedicated his or her life to public service and social progress. We are thrilled to be able to help them reach the next step of success in their careers through participation in this outstanding program,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Institute.
More than 100 Bohnett Fellows have been chosen for the program since its inception a decade ago, including: Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Arizona congressional candidate and former state legislator Kyrsten Sinema; Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez and San Francisco City Treasurer Jose Cisneros.
“Graduates of this program include some of the country’s most visible and successful openly LGBT public leaders. We’re proud to partner with Victory to help them grow their potential to make lasting change,” said Michael Fleming, executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation.
The 2012 David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows are:
Hon. James Cappleman – Alderman, Chicago City Council
Hon. Sally Clark – President, Seattle City Council
Dennis Coleman - Executive Director, Equality Texas
Masen Davis - Executive Director, Transgender Law Center
Hon. Adam Ebbin - State Senator, Virginia
Helmi Hisserich - Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Housing Department
Mark Kelleher – Human Rights Commissioner, San Francisco
Hon. Steven Kirkland – Judge of the 215th Civil District Court, Harris County, Texas
Hon. Donna Nesselbush – State Senator, Rhode Island
Hon. Mary Washington – Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates
Hon. Edward Zipprich – City Council, Red Bank, N.J.