Guam- Island officials’ newly acquired policy advocacy skills were put to the test as they wrapped up the third session of leadership development training in Yap.
Twenty-six island government officials tested their skills in developing policy reform options to address issues relevant to the islands. Through the use of leadership concepts and principles, the cohort interpreted and utilized fiscal and economic data to learn how to govern better.
“We are proud to support the development of leadership skills and capacity in young professionals from the U.S insular areas,” said Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs. “We look forward to seeing them continue to develop and assume more responsibility in decision-making for the future of the islands.”
Guam has the smallest group in the program. Representing the island was John Camacho from the Department of Administration and Rodalyn Gerardo from the Office of Public Accountability.
The leadership training was part of the Pacific Islands Executive Leadership Development Program, which included participants from the U.S Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the CNMI, as well as the FSM, the Marshal islands and Palau. The training, which began in 2009, addresses challenges attracting and retaining qualified individuals to work in core functions of the island governments.
The island officials will participate in one final session before graduating from the program in June.