JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Shamed Dogan will join 23 other political leaders from around the country to participate in a program designed to bring together elected officials who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse. Dogan was selected for a Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership after an exhaustive year-long search by the Aspen Institute, which is a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC.
The institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program seeks to enhance 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; to support and inspire political leaders committed to sustaining the vision of a political system based on thoughtful and civil bipartisan dialogue; and to help America’s brightest young leaders achieve their fullest potential in public service.
“I am honored to be part of this group and excited to engage in what I know will be a productive dialogue with other elected officials who share my passion for providing thoughtful and responsive service to the people we represent,” said Dogan, R-Ballwin.
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. Selected on an annual basis, each class consists of 24 Fellows, identified by the program’s leadership as America’s emerging political leaders with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue. The 24-month fellowship program consists of three weekend-long seminars, generally held in Aspen, Colorado.