Water Leaders

Water Leaders

2016 Water Leaders on Lower Colorado River Tour

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.

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Program Overview

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.

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Application Package
Learn about criteria for acceptance, scholarships and tips for completing a solid application for the competitive program

Applications for the 2020 Water Leaders class can be found here. The one-year program begins on Jan. 23 with a mandatory class orientation at the Foundation’s Sacramento office.

We recommend putting your best effort into the application package, especially the written statement, as this is a highly competitive program.