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 continue building your skills and knowledge.

Professional development remains a hallmark of IDA. The 2023 application is now open until December 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET. Please visit our 2023 Emerging Leader Fellowship application webpage for more information about applying. For additional information regarding the Emerging Leader Fellowship program, contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development. 

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Michael Ashkenasi

Los Angeles, CA

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Alyssa Barrera Mason

Corpus Christi, TX

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Haylee Chenchar

Cheyenne, WY

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Kim DeMeritt

Tempe, AZ

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Scott Ford

Sacramento, CA

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Claudia Freeland Jolin

Baltimore, MD

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Rhiannon Friedman

Topeka, KS

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Katie Gosa

Arlington, TX

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Colleen Gyori

Ontario, CA

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Jennifer Hensley

Boise, ID

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Daniel Hoagland

Washington, DC

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Loshawn Maxwell

Wilmington, DE

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Lyndsie Montgomery

Weatherford, TX

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Sydney Morris

Hartford, CT

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Danette Nguyen

Fairfax, VA

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Rachel Radawec, LPM

Tampa, FL

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Adam Rhew

Charlotte, NC

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Nicole Roberts

St. Petersburg, FL

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Domico Rodriguez

Rapid City, SD

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Marisa Rogo

Stamford, CT

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Lauren Ross

Seattle, WA

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Randall Scott

San Francisco, CA

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Pamela Sellden

Denver, CO

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Matt Sirgo

San Antonio, TX

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Winki Tam

Vancouver, BC

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Kaitlin Thresher

Mesa, AZ

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Francesca Vignola

New Haven, CT

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Ben Whitfield

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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Paul Young

Memphis, TN