Rep. Olivia Cajero Bedford, a Democrat from Tucson, was selected to participate in the 2009 session of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program conducted at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
The three-week program specializes as a sort of classroom workshop for educating public officials at the state and local levels. According to the program’s website, officials who participate will analyze and attempt to resolve case studies of real situations and issues in order to hone their skills as leaders and policymakers.
“Working toward common ground and exhibiting strong leadership is always a goal of mine as a lawmaker, and from this program I hope to learn as well as polish my skills to benefit Arizona,” Cajero Bedford stated in a press release July 10.
According to the program’s brochure, participants will learn to “challenge assumptions about how to exercise leadership in the public sector, develop new conceptual frameworks for addressing program and policy issues,” and “exchange ideas with experienced faculty and a diverse group of participants.”
Cajero Bedford has served in the House since 2003, and is a member of both the House Appropriations and Commerce committees. The Tucson native has been involved in politics since the early 1960’s, including the campaigns and political careers of her parents, former Reps. Bernardo “Nayo” Cajero and Carmen Cajero, who served in the House for 28 years.