State Representative Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, was selected to participate in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
The program is held every year on the campus of the University of Virginia for a select group of state legislators who have been nominated by the legislative leaders from their state. Leaders are asked to nominate one or more members who, by their actions, have demonstrated qualities associated with leadership: integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision and common sense.
“It was an honor to be nominated and selected to participate in this program,” said Fay. “Meeting and working with legislators from all over the country and of all political stripes reinforced for me the importance of listening, understanding and trust among our elected officials. I will work to build even better relationships with my colleagues in the Maine Legislature and use the tools we discussed in the program to continue working on behalf of my constituents.”
The goal of the Emerging Leaders Program is to inspire those selected to continue their careers in public service. Class discussions examine qualities and characteristics of leadership including ethical leadership, the art of compromise, coalition building and the philosophical underpinnings of representative democracy.
Fay is one of only 50 state legislators chosen from a nationwide pool of over 200 nominees. “These legislators represent the best in our legislative institutions and are destined for future leadership roles in their state,” said Stephen G. Lakis, President of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. “Spending time with these up-and-coming leaders renews my confidence in our country’s great democratic experiment.”
Fay is serving her first term in the Maine Legislature and represents part of Casco, part of Poland and part of Raymond.