Rodel America

Innovative leadership workshops for state and local leaders
across the United States.

Rodel America

Rodel America applies the proven Rodel Fellowship model at the state and regional level. The program selects a cohort of 18 to 24 elected officials from the same region, balanced between the parties and reflecting the area’s ideological dynamics. The cohort gathers for a rigorous series of three multi-day seminars held over a one-year period. Seminar discussions are designed to increase mutual understanding, create an atmosphere conducive to problem-solving, foster dynamic leadership, and identify areas of shared concern and common values. Our goal is to break down partisan barriers among elected officials, building relationships and trust that will change the way state leaders interact and solve problems. Through thought-provoking readings, open and honest conversations, and time spent in fellowship, participants revisit the passions that drove them to elected office while fostering connections that they carry back to their everyday work. Rodel has run two state-level programs, one in Rhode Island and one Washington state, and is expanding the program to other regions around the United States.

For more information, please contact Samantha Thompson-Foster.

OUR Programs

Rodel Rhode Island

Rodel Washington

Rodel gathered 22 state and local-level elected officials from across the state. The cohort gathered three times between April 2023 and December 2023. Working with leading scholars as moderators, the Fellows read and discussed classic texts dealing with ethical values, democratic principles, and wise and effective leadership.

Rodel Washington selected a cohort of 18 elected officials. The group gathered for three multi-day seminars between December 2022 and December 2023 to consider their role as leaders and read and discuss texts such as the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s Farewell Address, John Winthrop’s City upon a Hill, and Federalist No. 10.

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Inaugural Federal Executive Cohort Gathers for Second Seminar

The inaugural cohort of the Rodel Federal Executive Fellowship met for the second time in April in Charlottesville, Virginia. Twenty-three senior civil servants in the federal government gathered to discuss technological innovation in the public sector, the changing geopolitical landscape, and the evolving relationship between civil servants and political leaders. Fellows engaged in deep and meaningful discussions throughout the weekend. Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and former Executive Director of Code for America and author of Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better, guided the Fellows in a conversation on strategies for innovation in the face of bureaucratic obstacles. Richard Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of…

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Rodel Judicial Class of 2023 Meets for Second Seminar

The 2023 Rodel Judicial Fellowship held its second seminar this month in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Hotel Condado Vanderbilt. Seventeen federal judges and supreme court justices from across the country gathered to discuss the role of judges in American democracy, constitutional interpretation, and leadership on and off of the bench. This weekend, like every Rodel seminar, was anchored by 100-120 pages of intense scholarly reading. Vibrant discussions on canons of statutory and constitutional interpretation were led by professors Alexandra Lahav of Cornell Law School and Benjamin Eidelson of Harvard Law School. Kaye Monk-Morgan, CEO of the Kansas Leadership…

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2024 Edwards Book Award Longlist Announced

The Rodel Institute is delighted to announce the longlist finalists for its 2024 Edwards Book Award. The Edwards Book Award is an annual prize recognizing books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding and practice of democracy and American politics. The prize carries an honorarium of $10,000. The winning book is chosen by a committee that includes past Rodel Fellows, external academic advisors, and Rodel Institute staff. This year’s award committee is comprised of Rodel Felllows Larry Obhof (former OH Senate President), Mike Signer (former Charlottesville, VA Mayor), Miguel Solis (former Dallas School Board Member), and Jamie Woodson (former TN State…

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