The William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is a competitive, one-year program attended by early to mid-career, up-and-coming community leaders from diverse backgrounds, including members of minority and ethnic communities. Class members deepen their water knowledge and enhance their leadership skills through the program.
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.
Applications for the one-year program are generally available in the fall for the next class that begins in mid- to late January. We recommend putting your best effort into the application package, especially the written statement, as this is a highly competitive program.