Lieutenant Governor-Elect Miller, Other Alumni Poised to Take Office
Lieutenant Governor-elect Aruna Miller (CORE 2013) leads the list of Leadership Montgomery (LM) alumni who were successful in their bids for election to public office. More than 20 LM alums from three of LM’s leadership programs were on the ballot during yesterday’s general election.* (Nearly 40 appeared on the ballot for the primary back in July).
LM’s mission is to connect and prepare leaders to build thriving and inclusive workplaces and communities.
By gathering leaders across public, private, and nonprofit sectors, The organization offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage in collaborative discussions providing unique perspectives that create solutions to challenges facing our region.
“For more than 30 years, our organization has been the gathering place for leaders who want to grow and make change in their community,” said Dana Pauley, President and CEO. “No matter the sector, participants strengthen their leadership through our programs. We are truly excited to see how these (and all) alumni will put their leadership to use for the greater good of our community.”
Aspirations for political office vary. Some enter the program already serving as elected officials, while others decide to get involved after completing the program. Regardless of the timeline and reason, LM has always worked to support the needs of our county’s cross-sector leaders.
Once the results are certified, Miller will be the first LM grad elected to the position. Two of her classmates, Marc Korman (CORE 2013) and Karla Silvestre (CORE 2013), were also successful in their bids for reelection to the MD House of Delegates and Montgomery County School Board, respectively. Other classes with multiple candidates on the ballot were CORE 2005, CORE 2017, and CORE 2020.
Come December, seven of the 11 Montgomery County Council members will have participated in an LM Leadership Program: Gabe Albornoz (CORE 2008), Marilyn Balcombe (CORE 2000), Andrew Friedson (CORE 2020), Evan Glass (CORE 2010), Natali Fani-Gonzalez (CORE 2021), Laurie-Anne Sayles (CORE 2017) and Kate Stewart (CORE 2020).
When election results become official, LM will have alumni representation in the Montgomery County Council, Montgomery County Board of Education, MD House of Representatives, MD Senate, and the office of MD Lieutenant Governor. Below is a list of alums who are poised to take office:
*LM does not, nor has it ever endorsed any candidate for political office.
|Board of Education||Grace||Rivera Oven||CORE 1996|
|Board of Education||Karla||Silvestre||CORE 2013|
|Board of Education||Brenda||Wolff||SLM 2018|
|Board of Education||Julie||Yang||CORE 2020|
|County Council||Gabe||Albornoz||CORE 2008|
|County Council||Marilyn||Balcombe||CORE 2000|
|County Council||Natali||Fani Gonzalez||CORE 2021|
|County Council||Andrew||Friedson||CORE 2020|
|County Council||Evan||Glass||CORE 2010|
|County Council||Laurie-Anne||Sayles||CORE 2017|
|County Council||Kate||Stewart||CORE 2020|
|Lieutenant Governor||Aruna||Miller||CORE 2013|
|MD House of Delegates||Charlotte||Crutchfield||CORE 2017|
|MD House of Delegates||David||Fraser-Hildago||CORE 2008|
|MD House of Delegates||Anne||Kaiser||CORE 2005|
|MD House of Delegates||Aaron||Kaufman||EL 2015|
|MD House of Delegates||Ariana||Kelly||CORE 2014|
|MD House of Delegates||Marc||Korman||CORE 2013|
|MD House of Delegates||Lily||Qi||CORE 2005|
|MD House of Delegates||Jheanelle||Wilkins||CORE 2020|
|MD Senate||Cheryl||Kagan||CORE 2002|