SACO – Senator Justin Chenette is headed to Harvard University this summer after being
awarded a full ride fellowship.
Chenette, who is serving his second term representing Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis,
Limington, and Buxton in the Senate, will attend the Senior Executives in State & Local
Government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in July.
The 3-week intensive leadership development program is designed for all senior-level state and
local government officials. The goal is to hone skills and further the leadership potential of
accomplished individuals from across the United States.
“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance my leadership, teambuilding, policy,
and communication skills from colleagues around the country,” says Sen. Chenette. “All the best
practices I learn at Harvard will be directly applied to my work in the legislature to better serve
our community and state.”
The fellowship, worth $16,500, is provided by the David Bohnett Foundation and the Victory
Institute. Sen. Chenette is one of only 6 recipients nationwide to be awarded a full ride
The mission of the David Bohnett Leaders Fellowship is to develop a strong cohort of LGBTQ
public officials. In collaboration with the Victory Institute, the foundation has sent over 150
outstanding LGBTQ leaders to the Harvard program since 2002, and connects these alumni to
opportunities for further leadership development.
The program runs July 8th through July 26th in Cambridge, Massachusetts.