Good Government Initiative inaugural class named

By Jeremy Glazer….
The Good Government Initiative, collaboration between Pinecrest resident and former Miami- Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson and the University of Miami to help develop the leadership skills of elected officials, has announced the members of its inaugural class.

The members include elected officials from Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as members from a range of levels of government, including municipal, school board, county and state.

“I’m excited about this first crop of students who represent the future of leadership in our community,” said Sorenson. “They have demonstrated that they are interested in improving their skills in governance and in working with their peers to improve government throughout South Florida,”

Those selected will participate in comprehensive training on a variety of issues, including budget and finance, economic development, land use, ethics, cultural diversity and more.

“This first class will emerge with a body of knowledge that will help them be better leaders, and with a supportive cohort that will help the entire South Florida region work toward good government at all levels,” said Sorenson. “We are grateful to the University of Miami and the Knight Foundation for their support.”

The members of the inaugural class are Patricia Asseff, Hollywood vice mayor, Springs Councilmember Jennifer Ator, State Representative Dwight Bullard, Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers, Surfside Mayor Daniel Dietch, Miami Beach Commissioner Jorge Exposito, Jupiter Councilmember Wendy Harrison, North Miami Beach Councilmember Barbara Kramer, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Keith London, Coral Gables Commissioner Frank Quesada, Miami- Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado, Miami Gardens Councilmember Felicia Robinson, Biscayne Park Mayor Roxanna Ross, Broward County School Board member Nora Rupert, Monroe County School Board member Robin Smith-Martin, Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez and West Miami City Commissioner Elsa Vazquez.

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