Tonia Reyes Uranga heads to Harvard for League of California Cities

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tonia-reyes-urangaCouncil Member Tonia Reyes Uranga was awarded the League of California Cities/Latino Caucus Fellowship to participate in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. Participants in this prestigious program are immersed in an intensive three-week course that provides experiences for participants, both inside and outside the classroom, to strengthen their ability to exercise effective leadership in rapidly changing political and social environments. The Fellowship Grant was a competitive process that was issued nationwide and evaluated separately by the League of California Cities/Latino Causes and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions Committee. Reyes Uranga left Long Beach for Cambridge on June 6 to participate in the program from June 7 to June 26.

In selecting Reyes Uranga for the fellowship, the Latino Caucus considered her experience in elected office, her work in the community and her contributions to the League of California Cities and the Latino Caucus. John Arriaga, Executive Director of the Latino Caucus said, “The League of California Cities Latino Caucus strives to provide our members with quality services and professional development opportunities. Tonia was selected for the fellowship because she is the most qualified applicant to represent the League at this important leadership training and for her ability to apply her experiences to the benefit of our communities and the League of California Cities.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and the City of Long Beach”, said Reyes Uranga in accepting the scholarship at the League of California Cities Executive Forum on May 27, 2009. “There is a lot of uncertainty for many families and businesses in our communities. I look forward to learning from other professionals and the professors at the Kennedy School how we can succeed in these challenging times to emerge as a stronger and unified City.”

The Harvard Kennedy School cites on its website, “Leaders everywhere recognize that lifelong learning is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. In the public, private, and nonprofit sectors alike, leading effectively requires a continuous commitment to building new skills, networking, and keeping up with innovative ideas and the latest research.”

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