Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership graduated its 65th class of Fellows on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at NC State’s McKimmon Center. The class of 16 North Carolinians completed twelve weeks of training to develop their skills to campaign and govern more ethically and effectively.

The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides leadership development to people who have been identified as having the potential to become future public leaders. Participation in the Fellows program is based on leadership potential, without regard to age, race, ideology, or party affiliation. NCIOPL has over 1,100 graduates representing more than 82 North Carolina counties.

David M. Powers of Powers Strategies LLC delivered the ceremony’s keynote speaker, while Durham City Councilor and 2017 IOPL Fellow Leonardo Williams spoke as the alumni representative.

Applications for the Fall Fellowship are now open. For more information, visit: https://iopl.org/apply/

The graduates of the 65th class of IOPL Fellows are as follows:

Matt Ballance- Hendersonville

Jennifer Balkcom- Hendersonville

Tina Blake- Durham

Faye Bordeaux- Greenville

Morgan Dunn- Raleigh

Pam Escobar- Concord

Mary Gentry- Cary

Regina Howard Glaspie-Greensboro

Dori Goebel- Greensboro

Greg Hedgepeth- Knightdale

Rebecca Kelley- Southport

Keethan Kleiner- Durham

Gerardo Serrano- Raleigh

Sabrina Steigelman- Fayetteville

Chelsea Walsh- Hendersonville

Miles Wobbleton- Raleigh