The William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is
California’s premiere water leadership program aimed at early to
mid-career, up-and-coming community leaders from diverse
backgrounds, including members of minority and ethnic
communities. During the one-year program, class members
deepen their water knowledge and enhance their
leadership skills. The competitive program draws participants
from across all stakeholder groups and fosters a
stronger understanding of the various perspectives on water.
Led by Executive Director Jennifer
Bowles, the Water Leaders class brings together 20 or so
participants in their early to mid-career from across California
and various stakeholder groups. The program deepens knowledge on
water, enhances individual leadership skills and prepares class
members to take an active, cooperative approach to
decision-making about water resource issues. Each class member is
paired up with a mentor from a leading stakeholder group or who
works as a policymaker.
The Water Leaders program is aimed
at early to mid-career attorneys, engineers, farmers,
environmentalists, water district employees, and
others working on water issues for state, federal and
non-governmental organizations and private companies.
Acceptance to the one-year program is extremely competitive. Read
this page to learn what you need to submit to be considered for
the 2021 Water Leaders class. The program begins
in February with a mandatory class orientation.