Kent County, Michigan – Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library, was named as a Michigan State University’s Class of 2018 Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellow. He is one of 24 people from across Michigan who will be traveling to communities across the state, touring established and up-and-coming businesses, visiting non-profit organizations and learning what makes successful leaders.
Werner said, “I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to have an opportunity to participate in the prestigious Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP). Thanks to the Joey Rogers Leadership Award that I received from the Urban Libraries Council, I can afford to attend this important training. Advocacy skills are vital for libraries. My goal is to learn and teach other libraries how to be stronger advocates for the communities that they serve. These skills will also assist me as a member of the American Library Association Policy Core.”
Among the 2018 MPLP Fellows are legislative directors, township trustees, attorneys, a minister, a teacher, firefighter and captain in the Detroit Police Department.
“Our MPLP Fellows are diverse, committed to civil discourse and preparing themselves to lead from the grassroots to the highest levels of elected and appointed office,” said political scientist Matt Grossmann, director of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.