Applications for Foundation’s 2015 Water Leaders Class Now Available
Deadline to Apply is Dec. 12
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Water Leaders Class, a yearlong program that educates young professionals from diverse backgrounds about water issues. The deadline to apply is Dec. 12, 2014. The class begins January 2015.
Since the program began in 1997, about 20 people have been selected each year to participate in the program named for William “Bill” Gianelli, a past president of the Foundation’s board of directors. Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions.
After attending a January orientation, individual class members are assigned a top level policy-maker as a mentor. Class members spend one day “shadowing” their mentor and then conduct a one-on-one interview on a specific research topic chosen by the class. In addition to the January orientation, class members are required to attend the Foundation’s March Executive Briefing, the Bay-Delta Tour in June, along with one other water tour, and class work-group sessions to develop a PowerPoint presentation on the selected research topic. The class then presents the PowerPoint to the Foundation’s Board of Directors at the end of the year.
Tuition is $3,800. Some scholarship funding is available from the William R. “Bill” Gianelli and Anne Schneider scholarship funds.