LEAD Maryland Seeks Applicants For Next Class

LEAD Maryland is currently seeking 25 applicants interested in participating its upcoming Class X. In association with the University of Maryland Extension, the LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to identifying and developing leadership to serve agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Applications are due by October 1.

From a LEAD Maryland Press Release (2016-06-17):

The LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. (LEAD) is seeking applications for the next class of LEAD Fellows. Program information and the application are available at www.leadmaryland.org . Completed applications are due October 1, 2016. The next class of LEAD Fellows, Class X, will participate in 2017-18.

The LEAD Maryland Foundation (LEAD) awards a two-year fellowship to selected participants, creating classes of up to 25 emerging leaders. A state-wide program, the LEAD Fellowship Program curriculum focuses on proving public issues education, skills building, leadership development and personal growth. Through program participation, Fellows become more equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, lead communities, and shape public policy.

LEAD Fellows represent a diversity of people with activities or interests in production agriculture, rural and urban farms, natural resources, forestry, aquaculture, the environment, food processing, food sourcing, food marking and distribution, rural communities, rural services and development, land use and conservation. Fellows may have other roles in business, sales and services, communications, education, policy, science, law, nonprofits, and others within or serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.

Both county government and state officials have participated in previous LEAD Maryland classes. If you have questions about the LEAD program or the application process, please contact Susan Harrison at 410.827.8056, ext. 136 or leadmd@umd.edu. MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp is a member of the current LEAD Class IX and is willing to offer his perspective as a class member. You may contact Knapp at 410.269.0043 or lknapp@mdcounties.org.

Useful Links

LEAD Maryland Website