Why We Invested
Under the hypothesis that local and state governing bodies tend to be the breeding grounds for federal office, addressing bipartisanship and leadership at the source is a crucial and under-utilized strategy. The Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership (Rodel Fellowships) works to build lasting bonds among “junior” lawmakers with proven results. The Democracy Fund’s additional funding will support ongoing engagement and relationship building among and across fellowship classes, regions, and officeholder groups. Furthermore, part of an effective strategy for changing the way Congress works is changing the behavior of those who serve in Congress. There continues to be a strong energy around, and potential for impact among, these office holders.
The Rodel Fellowships seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership.
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