Young Leaders Programs


Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, Class II

These are the 24 young leaders selected as among the very best, brightest, and most promising members of America's emerging political leadership:

State Representative Rafael Anchia, of Texas, a former vice president of the Dallas School Board, was named national “Man of the Year” by the League of United Latin American Citizens.  A graduate of SMU and Tulane Law School, he has taught courses at a number of universities in the United States and Mexico.

Andre Bauer, of South Carolina is the youngest lieutenant governor in the United States.  He has also served in both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate.   He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol.

Laura Brod, Assistant Majority Leader of the Minnesota state House of Representatives, is on the governing board of the Council of State Governments.  She has a master’s in Urban and Regional Management and an undergraduate degree with a major in geography and a minor in Russian Area Studies.

Adolfo Carrión, Jr., is the Bronx Borough president and a former member of the New York City Council.  He has also been a city planner, a teacher and associate pastor of a Bronx church.  He has a master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Jeff Cloud is the chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.  He has also held high-level staff positions with a governor, two members of Congress, and the mayor of Oklahoma City.  He has degrees in petroleum land management (from the University of Oklahoma) and law (from Oklahoma City University).

Eric Garcetti, president of the Los Angeles City Council, has received awards from Green Cross (environmental leadership) and Human Rights Watch.  He has a Master’s Degree in international relations from Columbia, was a Rhodes Scholar, and studied at the London School of Economics.  Garcetti taught at Occidental College and the University of Southern California.

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, a career prosecutor, was named one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony.  She has a degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California's Hastings College of Law.

Jon Husted is the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.  Before being elected to the legislature, he was vice-president of business and economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.  He has undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Dayton, where he was an All-American defensive back for the Dayton Flyers.

Dianne Jones has been a judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court for the past seven years, prior to which she was assistant United States Attorney, assistant federal public defender, and an assistant district attorney.  She received a distinguished alumnus award from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.

New Jersey State Senator Ellen Karcher is a leading advocate for ethics reform and for women's health protection.  Before being elected to the legislature, Senator Karcher served on the Marlboro Township Council.  She has a master’s in Politics and Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.

Chuck Larson has served in both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate.  A major in the Army Reserves, he won the Bronze Star in combat in Iraq, where he flew over 50 missions as a helicopter door gunner.  He has an economics degree and a law degree, both from the University of Iowa.

Lisa Madigan is the Attorney General of Illinois, the first woman elected to that position.  Before becoming Attorney General, she was a member of the Illinois Senate.  She has also worked as a teacher and community advocate.  During apartheid, she went to South Africa as a volunteer teacher.  She has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown and a law degree from Loyola University. 

Delaware State Treasurer Jack Markell is a former senior vice president of Nextel, a former banker, and a former senior manager for Comcast.  He was named one of ten outstanding innovative leaders under 40 by New Democrat.  He has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Vermont Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz has been a litigator, a law clerk, a founding director of the Vermont Leagues of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center, and president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and a law degree from Georgetown.

Lynette Boggs McDonald is a Nevada county commissioner and a former Las Vegas City Council Member.  She is past president of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities and a former Las Vegas assistant city manager.  She has a business degree from Notre Dame and an M.B.A from UNLV.

Rob McKenna is the Washington State Attorney General and a leader in the fights against methamphetamine production, identity theft, and protecting children against sexual predators.  A former attorney in private practice, he has undergraduate degrees in both economics and international studies and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita was the youngest secretary of state in the nation when he was elected.  A specialist in election reform, he is treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  He has an undergraduate degree from Wabash College and  a law degree from Indiana University.

Andrew Roraback is a member of the Connecticut State Senate and a former member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.  He has a B.A. from Yale and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

State Representative Deborah Ross, of North Carolina, is a former executive director of the North Carolina ACLU and a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University.  She has a degree in international relations from Brown University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina.

Pennsylvania State Representative Josh Shapiro was previously a congressional staff member for eight years.  He is also a fellow of the Pennsylvania Leadership Academy at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Greg Stanton, a member of the Phoenix City Council, chaired the Phoenix General Plan Campaign and served on the Phoenix Central City Planning Committee.  He has an undergraduate degree in political science and history from Marquette University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Leah Landrum Taylor is a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives and is a founder of the non-profit Landrum Foundation, which provides charitable support for post-secondary education.  She has a master’s in political science from Arizona State University.

Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh is a former president of the National Association of Secretaries of State and is on the executive committee of the Council of State Governments.  He has a degree in criminal justice from Washburn University.

Darren White is the Sheriff of Bernalillo County (Albuquerque), New Mexico.  As a member of the Governor's Cabinet, he ran the Department of Public Safety, overseeing the state police and the Emergency Management Bureau.  He has a management degree and served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.


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