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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Selected for Nationally Recognized ‘Civil Society Fellowship’


County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has been selected to join a distinguished group of leaders from across the United States as a member of the Civil Society Fellowship: A Partnership of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and the Aspen Institute

“It’s is an honor to be selected to participate in the Civil Society Fellowship,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “The difficulties of a broken behavioral health system, an unrelenting homelessness crisis  and a child welfare system that fails our children affect us all. No single individual or entity can fix these societal challenges, but by connecting and growing alongside other value-driven leaders through this fellowship, we will drive change and create a more perfect union.”

The Civil Society Fellowship is a leadership development program preparing the next generation of community and civic leaders, activists and problem solvers from across the political spectrum. The Fellowship provides participants the opportunity to engage in experiential learning and text-based dialogue, build trust among a diverse cohort of leaders based on shared insights and mutual respect, and put ideas into action through a required leadership venture. 

“This inaugural cohort of Civil Society Fellows expresses high intentions through 23 stellar leaders deeply invested in urban, rural, coastal, and middle America,” said Nike Irvin, Managing Director of the Civil Society Fellowship. “With the benefit of the Fellows’ time in leadership seminars and in their ventures, their communities and our country will feel the impact of this much-needed Fellowship.”

Civil Society Fellows will spend five weeks over the course of two and a half years in structured retreat – exploring their leadership, core values and visions for a more free, just and equitable society. Each fellow will launch a leadership venture tackling a societal problem of their choosing that will stretch them and make a positive impact on their communities, their country and the world. Civil Society Fellows join the 3,000+ Fellows in the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

“At a time when our country seems to be more divided than ever and we are continuously presented with more and more complex challenges, it’s vital that we bring together the next generation of diverse leaders — individuals across the political and ideological spectrum — in an effort to develop innovative strategies and solutions to those problems,” said ADL CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt. “ADL, along with our partners at the Aspen Institute, is incredibly proud to welcome this inaugural class of Fellows, who undoubtedly possess the potential and tenacity needed to combat the issues that consume our society today.”

“This class excites me because of the rich and diverse dimensions represented in each individual and across the cohort as a whole,” said Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Program of the Ford Foundation and member of the Civil Society Fellowship Executive Committee. “They embody the ways in which we have more in common than what divides us.  Most people in our societies are looking for ways to move us forward together.  Having a multi-year endeavor like this Fellowship Program, working with groups of leaders over time, is vitally needed.”

Link to original press release and the complete list of fellows.