Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has been selected for the prestigious Aspen Institute – Rodel Fellowship Program for Public Leadership. The program is only open to 24 U.S. political leaders – 12 Democratic and 12 Republican – deemed as “rising stars” in their communities.
The Rodel Fellows are nominated by their peers. Former Congressman Mickey Edwards, a vice president of the Aspen Institute, explains the DA was awarded a seat in the class, after selection officials consulted with local leaders and journalists, who consider him a promising young political leader.
“We really search the entire country and put a lot of effort into selecting the Rodel Fellows,” Edwards said. “Philadelphians should take a lot of pride that Mr. Williams stood out for his intellect, thoughtfulness, and a bipartisan approach to governing.”
“I am honored to be part of such a distinguished group of political leaders,” District Attorney Seth Williams said. “I intend to use this experience to add to my ability to fulfill my commitment to serve all of the people of Philadelphia fairly and ethically, and grow personally and professionally.”
The Aspen-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2010 includes: Minnesota State Representative Sarah Anderson, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Arkansas State Representative Steve Harrelson, Memphis School Board President Tomeka Hart, Alexandria (VA) Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, Kansas State Representative Jeff King, Oregon State Representative Tina Kotek, Delaware State Representative Tom Kovach, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, Oklahoma State Senator Todd Lamb, George State Representative Alisha Morgan, New Orleans Councilmember Kristin Palmer, Washington State Representative Kevin Parker, Maine State Senator Kevin Raye, Arizona State Representative Michelle Reagan, New Jersey State Senator Teresa Ruiz, Florida State Representative Juan Zapata, and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
The two-year fellowship is designed to briefly break down partisan barriers and provide officeholders with an opportunity to step back from their daily responsibilities to consider broader questions of good governance. “We do not teach anything per se,” Edwards said. “These are moderated conversations, covering everything from Aristotle to Virginia Wolfe to Martin Luther King Jr.” Conferences, seminars and policy programs seek to facilitate roundtable discussions on how to make a good society and how elected officials can do a better job to get to that point, Edwards added.