2012 participants discuss their experience in the program.
Senior executives in state and local governments face greater demands from a skeptical public today than at any time in recent decades. Across the country, revenues have fallen sharply, the need for services has spiked, and trust in government has plummeted. To exercise effective leadership in this difficult environment, officials in government and nonprofit organizations need the knowledge and skills to develop creative solutions under tight constraints and increased public scrutiny.
The Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides a balance of traditional and hands-on learning experiences to help seasoned public officials meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities. This three-week program operates as an interactive classroom, where faculty and participants work together on real-life case studies and learn from each other. One of the most frequently cited problems of public officials is how to create and engage in public discourse about difficult subjects. Participants will be in an environment where the classroom serves as a forum for raising difficult issues and practicing the skill of creating and maintaining a conversation that leads to change.
Faculty Chair David King on the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
“I left the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program armed with valuable new skills and strategies for tackling the complex challenges facing both my agency and the community of organizations and interest groups with whom we work.”
-Paige Lewis, Director, Policy and External Affairs, Colorado State Forest Service