Mayor Condon Named Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellow

Brian Coddington, 509.625.6740

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:11 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon has been named to the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership program as one of two dozen emerging bipartisan leaders from across the country.

The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Its Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership program seeks to enhance democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.

“These men and women represent the very best among the new generation of America’s political leadership,” former Congressman Mickey Edwards, the program’s director, said in announcing the new class. “They have each won the notice and praise of their constituents and their colleagues and have shown a dedication to public service that is an encouraging sign in a time of great challenge. There are now nearly 300 Rodel Fellows, at all levels of government, working to ensure that Americans receive thoughtful and responsive leadership. We are very proud to have these outstanding leaders join their ranks.”

Condon is part of the 13th Rodel Fellowship class, which includes state elected leaders, mayors and councilmembers from 19 states. He joins state Sen. Hans Zeiger as one of two members of the class from Washington. Former state Rep. Kevin Parker is a member of the 2010 class.

“Being named to the Rodel Fellowship program is a great honor and an opportunity to learn about leadership in public service from some of the best minds in the country,” Condon said.

The Rodel Fellowship program is open by invitation only to men and women who are in publicly elected office and who are ideally between the ages of 25 and 50. Fellows are identified for their reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue. The 24-month fellowship program consists of three weekend-long seminars.