Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray along with Shawn Stokes, Director of the DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR), announced the launch of the District Executive Leadership Program. The program will serve as the premier professional development opportunity for executives in the District of Columbia Government.

DCHR partnered with The George Washington University [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][ut_highlight color=”#1e73be”] (and Symphonic Strategies) [/ut_highlight] to design, develop, and deliver the program, which will strengthen executive-level talent through the use of cutting-edge learning and peer coaching. The inaugural cohort of 20 executives started the eight-month program this morning.

“I am excited that the District now has a strong program for executives backed by The George Washington University,” said Mayor Gray. “The program adds to the robust list of learning and development options for all employees.”

The District Executive Leadership Program will include proven innovative leadership practices and simulations. The curriculum includes the following principles: Organizational Leadership, Strategic and Systemic Thinking, Leading and Managing Change, and Execute Communication.

“I would like to thank Mayor Gray for supporting the Executive Leadership Program,” said Shawn Stokes, DCHR Director. “The program will enhance the supply of executive-level talent across the District by establishing a robust pipeline of leaders.”

2014 Executive Leadership Program Cohort

  • Jesus Aguirre, Director, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Lucinda Babers, Director, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Quincy Booth, Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Matthew Brown, Deputy Director for Resource Allocation, Department of Transportation
  • Sheila Bunn, Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Kenneth Evans, Deputy Budget Director, Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Derek Ford, Chairman, DC Housing Financial Agency
  • Barry Gersten, Chief Information/Technology Officer, DC Metropolitan Police Department
  • Jennifer Greene, Director, Office of Unified Communications
  • Brian Hanlon, Director, Department of General Services
  • Rosalynn Hughey, Deputy Director, Office of Planning
  • Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Sr. Counsel to the Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Tony Robinson, Director of Public Affairs, Office of the City Administrator
  • Christopher Shorter, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Health
  • James Staton, Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Contracting and Procurement
  • Gitana Stewart-Ponder, Legislative and Policy Analyst, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Service
  • Wayne Swann, Human Resource Officer, Department of Human Services
  • Charles Thornton, Director, Office of Returning Citizens
  • Camile Williams, Chief of Staff, Office of Aging
  • Kimberly Williams, Deputy Director, Department of Human Resources



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