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2015 Class of Women in Government

Governing Institute’s Women in Government Program Highlights Outstanding Contributions of Women in Public Service

Diversity of experience and perspective in organizations is powerful. This is especially true in representative government. The Governing Institute celebrates the contributions that the 24 women below make every day as public servants. They give voice to critical issues, are genuinely interested in what is best for their constituents and add a diversity of opinion that makes our democracy better. They are knowledgeable, driven and courageous, and we express our gratitude and respect for their service.

This cohort of the Women in Government Leadership Program comprises the inaugural class in a new, ongoing project of the Governing Institute. The program creates a bipartisan, national network of women thought leaders. They will build relationships across city and state boundaries. They will meet together throughout the year for leadership development and job-critical training. And they’ll serve as mentors for future generations of women serving in government. We look forward to seeing the power and impact of these influential women now and in the future.

I’m honored to extend our congratulations to the Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2015!

-- Julia Burrows, director of the Governing Institute

Class of 2015:

Angelique Ashby, Mayor Pro Tempore, Sacramento, California

Barbara Bollier, Kansas State Representative

Sharon Weston Broome, Senate President Pro Tempore, Louisiana

Sallie Clark, Commissioner, El Paso County, Colorado

Janet Weir Creighton, Commissioner, Stark County, Ohio

Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Georgia State Representative

Lynn Fitch, State Treasurer, Mississippi

Manju Ganeriwala, State Treasurer, Virginia

Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology, Virginia

Kristin Jacobs, Florida State Representative

Tishaura O. Jones, Treasurer, St. Louis, Missouri

Joette Katz, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Lauren Matsumoto, Hawaii State Representative

Mia McLeod, South Carolina State Representative

Stephanie Miner, Mayor, Syracuse, New York

Jennifer Montgomery, Supervisor, Placer County, California

Alisha Morgan, Former Georgia State Representative

Annise Parker, Mayor, Houston, Texas

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Assemblywoman

Madeline Anne Rogero, Mayor, Knoxville, Tennessee

Marie Lopez Rogers, Supervisor, Maricopa County, Arizona

Marilyn Strickland, Mayor, Tacoma, Washington

Lisa Wong, Mayor, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

*Rising Star: Emily Wattman-Turner, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado

About the Program

The Women in Government Leadership Program is a special initiative of the Governing Institute. This professional network of accomplished women in state and local government provides a community in which members share their experiences, mentor colleagues and encourage future generations of women in public service. The 24 women in the program’s inaugural cohort -- the Class of 2015 -- were elected and appointed officials from state and local governments across the country. The group includes Democrats and Republicans from 19 different states. To nominate an individual, click here.