In each city, we partner with at least one elected official. These leaders have a vision for how their city can improve, and fellows work alongside them to make that vision a reality. Fellows can expect to work on impactful and intensive policy initiatives that achieve real change in their communities. 

Read on for information about our 2017 elected official partners and recent policy initiatives. 


2017 URBAN LEADERS FELLOWSHIP ELECTED OFFICIALS
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Erika Beltran | Texas Board of Ed


Mary Pierce | Nashville Board of Ed
 


Jennifer Niles | D.C. Deputy Mayor of Ed
 


David Grosso | DC City Council


Miguel Solis | Dallas Board of Ed


Mary Ann Sullivan | Indianapolis Board of Ed
 


Ethan Ashley | Orleans Parish School Board


Julie Holland | KCMO Mayor's Director of Ed


Mike Johnston | Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate


Matt Westmoreland | Atlanta Board of Ed,
Atlanta City Council Candidate


David Silver | Oakland Mayor's Director of Ed



POLICY PROJECTS

Our elected and appointed officials are still working on their policy agendas for the summer of 2017. Fellows work on a range of issues from education and economic development, to budget decisions, criminal justice reform, and much more. For more detailed information on previous policies our fellows have worked on in each city, click HERE.  

The policies listed below are a representative sample of recent policy projects worked on by ULF fellows:

  • Creation of a strategic plan to support families through milestones leading up to pre-kindergarten

  • Development of programmatic and policy initiatives within The Oakland Promise, a comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative

  • Creation of a framework for opening, closing and relocating schools in Washington, D.C.

  • Development of an investment analysis tool for school districts to evaluate budget decisions

  • Implementation of plans for Colorado's economic development legislation: Pay For Success and Rural "Jumpstart" Economic Development