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 2024 application is now closed. For additional information regarding the Emerging Leader Fellowship program, contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development. 

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Sharon Alton

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Rachel Ammon

King Of Prussia, PA

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Sydney Bethel Price

Gilbert, AZ

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Sam Black

Norfolk, VA

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Lauren Boston

Washington, DC

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Constance Cavallas

San Francisco, CA

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Jack Cullen

Rock Island, IL

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Cathleen Edgerly

Lansing, MI

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Audrey Gerlach

Cleveland, OH

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Alena Green

Atlanta, GA

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Hunter Hebert

New Orleans, LA

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Jalitha Jarrett

Charlotte, NC

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Betsy Lundy

Bangor, ME

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Cory Luster

Baltimore, MD

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Julie McKinney

Birmingham, AL

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Nelson Mitchell

Regina, SK

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Nabavi Oliver

Washington, DC

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Vanessa Olson

Austin, TX

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David Pancoe

Winnipeg, MB

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Jameson Parker

Sacramento, CA

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Briana Paschall

Bala Cynwyd, PA

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Patrick Richard

Moncton, NB

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Ernesto Romo

San Diego, CA

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Raymond Romo

Camden, NJ

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Daniel Sabillon

Glendale, AZ

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Albert Sanchez

Houston, TX

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Robbie Silver

San Francisco, CA

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Brian Smith

Washington, DC

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Bonnie Trein

Washington, DC

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Portland, ME