Career Center

Emerging Leader Fellowship

The IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program that brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program graduates become new CEOs, accept CEO positions in other organizations and others have elevated to more senior staff levels. ELF candidates seem to be extremely well prepared to address complex leadership questions involving diverse community stakeholders, board governance issues and staff related issues. They are confident in discussing the pros and cons of various solutions to everyday urban challenges, and they convey energy and genuine enthusiasm. Graduates listen well to questions and respond with thoughtful insight. Continued professional development provides the greatest advantage for a successful future for both rising stars and veteran leaders—it begins with a personal commitment to continually building your skills and knowledge.

Professional development remains a hallmark of IDA. For additional information regarding the Emerging Leader Fellowship program, please contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development, or visit our upcoming events page to check for available application information. Interested in connecting with the rising stars of IDA? Email Tracie Clemmer, IDA’s Director of Corporate Relations.

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Matthew Allen

San Francisco, CA

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Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner

Oakland, CA

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Chris Boss

San Francisco, CA

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Emma Burns

Saint Paul, MN

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Alicia Callaghan

Toronto, ON

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John Cerniglia

Madison, WI

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Phillip Dodge

Columbia, MD

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Nikola Fischerova

Vancouver, BC

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Amy Geren

Portland, ME

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Suzy Godefroy

Brampton, ON

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Tammy Hughes

Atlanta, GA

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Andrew Iltis

Denver, CO

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Jennifer Kitson Jelenek

Kalamazoo, MI

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Ted Jutras

Washington, DC

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Kristine Kennedy

Philadelphia, PA

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Sunny Lee

San Diego, CA

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Puneeta McBryan

Edmonton, AB

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Michael Monestime

Cambridge, MA

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Madeleine Odendahl

Washington, DC

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Todd Ogden

Lincoln, NE

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John Owens

Chandler, AZ

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Eleni Polakoff

Venice, CA

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Kathryn Ricchiuto

Seattle, WA

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Heather Schroeder

Syracuse, NY

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Brandon Stam

Grand Junction, CO

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Jonathan Teeters

Albuquerque, NM

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Karen Thompson

Lake Wales, FL

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Kristen Vails

Oklahoma City, OK

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Ebony P. Walton

Washington, DC

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Blage Zelalich

San Jose, CA