Superintendent Cheser Chosen for Colorado Governor’s Fellowship

On Aug. 18, CiviCO, a nonprofit that cultivates civic-minded leaders, announced 29 Colorado business executives and community leaders as 2022-23 Colorado Governor's Fellows. The Colorado Governor's Fellowship program prepares private and nonprofit sector leaders for opportunities to deepen their understanding of Colorado state government and statewide public policy issues.

“This fellowship is a great opportunity to give Southwest Colorado a voice,” said Cheser. “I’m strongly focused on and committed to our local schools; and now I can also be an advocate for education across the state. I’m ready to lean in, learn, and make an impact.”

Governor Jared Polis welcomed the new fellowship cohort. "I am thrilled to welcome the newest cohort of Governor's Fellows through the continued partnership between CiviCO and the Colorado Governor's Office. These fellows will gain valuable experience from this program and go on to help ensure Colorado is the best place to live, work and run or start a business.”

Since 2016, CiviCO has graduated 122 fellows who are now leading and serving predominantly across the state of Colorado. The program enables participants to shadow members of the Polis Administration and various statewide agencies while working on real-time public policy projects.

"The program is committed to creating platforms for leaders to grow from a place of seeking to understand Colorado's rural/urban divide, and the value of diversity of thought, civic engagement and multi-sector leadership," said Ryan Heckman, co-chairman of CiviCO.

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