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Bohnett pledges $800,000 to LGBT leadership program

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced it has received a grant of $800,000 from the David Bohnett Foundation to give senior LGBT leaders the opportunity to attend executive education programs at the Harvard Kennedy School.   The Victory Institute’s David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows program, now in its tenth year, enrolled its 100th fellow this summer.

Graduates of the program include some of the country’s top LGBT political talents, including Houston Mayor Annise Parker, New York State Sen. Tom Duane, Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez and San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros.

“So much is at stake for the next wave of LGBT leaders, and the Leadership Fellows program reflects this pivotal period,” said David Bohnett (pictured), the philanthropist and entrepreneur for who the program is named. “It empowers LGBT leaders who are making a difference in the world—it hones their skills and furthers their leadership potential.”

The program is designed to create a cohort of outstanding LGBT public officials with the skills and ability to take on substantial leadership roles in their communities.  “We’re grateful for the David Bohnett Foundation’s strong commitment to helping Victory grow the leadership potential of the LGBT community,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Institute. “This gift will help us expand and deepen the Bohnett Leadership Fellows program, and that will pay huge dividends as these leaders go on to brilliant careers in public service.”

For more information on the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows program, visit here.