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.