Water Leaders

Water Leaders

2019 Water Leaders along the Colorado RiverThe William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is California’s premiere water leadership program aimed at up-and-coming community leaders from diverse backgrounds, including members of minority and ethnic communities, who show a committed interest in water. 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.

2022 Water Leaders Application Package
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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 2022 Water Leaders class. The program begins January 2022 with a mandatory class orientation.

Program Overview & Requirements

Led by Executive Director Jenn 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.