Nine employees from across King County have been selected to participate in the inaugural Bridge Fellowship Program as part of the County’s commitment to provide leadership and development opportunities to employees.
This year’s Bridge Fellowship participants are:
- Debra Baker, Project Manager, DPD
- Markeith Blackshire, Park Specialist II, DNRP
- Sung Cho, Social Worker, DCHS
- Leeza Jones, Assistant Accountant, DES
- Daniel Kenny, Mechanic, DOT
- Ebony Martin, Personal Recognizance Investigator, DAJD
- Barbara Pastores, Transit Operator, DOT
- Kimberlee Sawyer, Wastewater Treatment Operator, DNRP
- Bill Stockman, Transit Superintendent, DOT
The nine fellows were selected in April from a pool of 186 applicants from across all County departments and agencies, and exhibited leadership potential, a desire to advance across the organization, and alignment with King County’s Equity and Social Justice principles. The program received so many exceptional applications that selecting just nine participants for the pilot was extremely difficult.
By participating in the Bridge Fellowship program, employees will enhance their leadership skills, learn more about County systems and operations, and advance their King County careers.
During the intensive five-day Bridge Fellowship Academy, fellows strengthened their leadership skills, were given an overview of enterprise-wide goals and initiatives, and gained a better understanding of how the County operates.
More than 40 speakers from around the County and Dr. Michael Shadow from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington addressed a wide array of topics essential to working more effectively in the public sector.
The Bridge Fellows recently finished 360 degree evaluations from their managers, peers, and direct reports that provided constructive feedback to fellows to help them grow in their careers. Fellows are also completing their Individual Leadership Development Plan consultations, which will guide their development for the remainder of the year.
Fellows will also begin role immersion experiences based on their career aspirations and departmental needs, allowing them to try on a new role at King County for two to 12 weeks, and participate in a Bridge Fellowship cohort project which will examine the question, “How do we better imbed Equity and Social Justice principles at all levels in the County?”
King County will review the outcomes of the inaugural Bridge Fellowship program to determine how to expand the program for next year with future cohorts. All unsuccessful applicants will be invited to participate in upcoming career development workshops, hosted by Human Resources Division. Find out more about the program.