We are excited to announce the new class of the Jackson Leadership Fellows Program — our second — an initiative at the heart of the Foundation’s work. The Fellows Program is intended to provide a small cohort of young professional leaders in the Puget Sound region with training, mentoring, and networking to build their skills. The program is values-based: it is founded on the principles that anchored Senator Jackson and that we believe translate to a younger generation. Their enthusiastic, community-oriented, and passionate outlook invigorates all of us. And we intend to keep them connected to the Jackson Foundation and the Jackson legacy. We know you will be excited to learn more about who they are and how they will contribute to our region – and our nation – in the years ahead.
The 2017 class is diverse in so many ways, with Fellows drawn from the government, non-profit, academic, philanthropic, and business sectors. We are certain the variety of viewpoints represented will help generate new ideas and new ways of solving problems. The Fellows range in age from young 20’s to 40. They share an enthusiasm for their careers: this year’s class is engaged in natural resources management, climate, and renewable energy as well as rule of law, human rights, political communication, racial equity, and civil discourse. It is that tremendous commitment to success – coupled with a desire to give back to the community – that has already made them stand out.
We hope to contribute to the continued development of these exceptional young leaders. We will keep you informed on the work they are doing together and individually in the spirit and tradition of Senator Henry M. Jackson.
Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director