Open Society Foundations Names Leadership in Government Fellows
The Open Society Foundations on Wednesday announced the 2019 recipients of their Leadership in Government Fellowship, an initiative supporting seasoned public servants chosen from the senior ranks of federal, state, and local government who have advanced economic and social justice. Among the recipients of the Fellowship are Hillary Blout, who will work for the release of individuals serving long-term sentences through education campaigns, the implementation of new California law, and the development of tools to empower communities to advocate on behalf of incarcerated loved ones; Frances Colón, who will work to catalyze policy change to counter the effects of climate gentrification on vulnerable communities of South Florida; Kevin Killer, a member of the Oglala Lakota/Kiowa tribe, will work to bring truth, reconciliation, and healing principles to Native American communities in the U.S. by using collaborative partnerships with the indigenous community and its allies; and Masum Momaya will explore how cultural workers and artists in museums, libraries, national parks, and other public institutions work with social movement leaders and policymakers to bring about the narrative and cultural change necessary for political and policy change. The two other Fellows are Jane Flanagan, a workplace rights attorney, and former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis -- who was fired by Mayor Catherine Pugh after continued issues and an uproar over the death of Freddie Gray while in custody. More here.