Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership graduated its 61st class of Fellows on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit leadership organization founded in 1987 to improve the practice of democracy in North Carolina. Its mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership. No other program in North Carolina offers such a comprehensive curriculum in strategic non-partisan political leadership development.

With social distancing guidelines in place, the final five week of the Spring Fellowship were delivered online. IOPL plans returning to in person learning for its Fall fellowship. Applications for the Fall Fellowship are now open. For more information, visit: https://iopl.org/apply/

The graduates of the 61st class of Fellows are as follows:

Will Argenbright- Holly Ridge

Hattie Dougherty- Smithfield

Sandy Ellington-Graves- Saxapahaw

Leland Hyer- Raleigh

Peter Kane- Summerfield

Katie Lawson- Durham

Zach Padget- Raleigh

April Parker- Raleigh

Kerry Shipman- Charlotte

Chris Stock- Wake Forest

Ashley Taylor Jacobs- Durham

Michael Wilson- Raleigh