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    For information about requirements to participate in an executive program on the Harvard Kennedy School campus, please visit this page.

    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
    Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Public Leadership Executive Certificate series.

Senior executives in state and local governments face greater demands from a skeptical public today than at any time in recent decades. Across the country, revenues have fallen sharply, the need for services has spiked and trust in government has plummeted.

To exercise effective leadership in this difficult environment, officials in government and nonprofit organizations need knowledge and skills to develop creative solutions under tight constraints and increased public scrutiny.

Hear from Faculty Chair David King

Learn more about the flagship executive program, Senior Executives in State and Local Government and the alumni network built since its launch in 1978 from Professor David King.

Improved Leadership and Decision-Making Skills

Senior Executives in State and Local Government provides a balance of traditional and hands-on learning experiences to help seasoned public officials better address the concerns of their constituents and communities. This three-week executive program for senior executives in local government will enable you to:

  • Challenge assumptions about how to exercise leadership in the public sector.
  • Develop new conceptual frameworks for addressing policy issues.
  • Examine innovative partnerships and new models of collaborative governance.
  • Explore the relationship between citizens and their government.
  • Understand the behavioral dimensions of decision making.
  • Exchange ideas with experienced faculty and a diverse group of colleagues.

The program operates as an interactive classroom, in which you, your peers and faculty work together on real-life case studies, learning from each other. You'll be in an environment where the classroom serves as a forum for raising difficult issues and creating and maintaining a conversation that leads to change.