John Messner                                Gunnison County Commissioner
John Messner Gunnison County Commissioner


Earlier this year, I was one of six Coloradans selected as a 2019 Gates Family Foundation Public Leadership Fellow to attend a three-week program in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. When I received news on the selection, I was both proud and humbled about this incredible learning opportunity.

It had been a long time since I last stepped into a classroom at Western Colorado University (Harvard of the Rockies), so there was certainly doubt as to whether I was ready for this experience. Yet, having the chance to be in a room with leaders in state and local government from around the country, being taught by Harvard professors at the top of their fields, was a dream come true.



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