For Immediate Release
February 21, 2014
Contact: Nicole Singletary
"It was an absolute privilege to be the first Miami Lakes representative in the program," said Councilman Lama. "It was a priceless opportunity to collaborate with other elected officials on issues impacting our communities and potential solutions. This course should be a requirement for all newly elected officials."
The Leaders of Excellence program is the Good Government Initiative's cornerstone effort to provide elected officials with educational opportunities that they can then apply towards their public service. It fills the gap between formal education in academic careers with life experience to create more effective decision-makers. Additionally, the Leaders of Excellence program creates a network of peers who elected leaders can turn to for shared ideas and support.
"In a year that has seen some low points for some government officials, I think it is encouraging to see these public servants going the extra mile to absorb as much information about good government as they can," said Katy Sorenson, the program's founder. "Councilman Lama has taken the time in a very busy life to listen and learn more about key areas of his responsibility. That's something that a lot of people don't think elected officials are willing to do, so, through leaders like him, we have real reason to be believe that there are still many dedicated public servants who are working on behalf of their constituents."
Councilman Lama with the Excellance Program Graduates