Wednesday, November 6, 2013
San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria was one of two dozen office-holders around the country named Wednesday to the Aspen Institute's Rodel fellowship program for the nation's most promising young political leaders.
The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan leadership training organization, says it selects officials who have won recognition for their commitment to effective and principled bipartisan governance.
"These are men and women who have forged records of excellence at all levels of American government," said former Rep. Mickey Edwards, the program's director. "All of them have been nominated for the fellowship by their peers and by political observers and community leaders who have singled them out as the best of the best of our emerging political leadership."
The 24 fellows will take part in three weekend-long seminars plus weeklong overseas trips over a two-year period.
Past fellows have included former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Gloria was the only Californian and one of only three mayors to be selected.