Mayor Levar Stoney named Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow

Past fellows include Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Rep. Gabby Giffords

Mayor Levar Stoney has been named a Rodel Public Leadership Fellow. The Aspen Institute’s Rodel Public Leadership Fellowship is a nonpartisan program that identifies and convenes political leaders to explore and examine the responsibilities of public leadership and its role in American democracy. 

Past fellows include Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, Stacey Abrams and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“I’m honored and excited to be a part of this cohort of service-minded elected officials, including many of my fellow mayors,” said Mayor Stoney. “I believe Richmond can serve as a shining example to other cities of how to remove barriers for residents and make democracy work, a mission entirely in line with the values and goals of the Rodel Fellowship.”

Says Vice President at Aspen and program leader John Kroger: "The Rodel Fellowship brings together the nation’s most promising political leaders from across the political spectrum to examine the underlying values and principles of American democracy. The program seeks to support thoughtful and civil bipartisan dialogue and find common ground among leaders with different values and backgrounds.  We are honored to have Mayor Stoney join us and look forward to his participation."

The 24-month fellowship program consists of three weekend-long seminars dedicated to closely examining theoretical and historical texts. Expenses are covered by the program. The new class of fellows will not meet in person until it is deemed safe by public health professionals. 

Mayor Stoney has been a participant in the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and served as a Rose Center Fellow for Public Leadership. He is chair of the Children, Health and Human Services Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Click here to learn more about the program.