Regional Fellows Program

In effort to strengthen land use decision making among local government leaders and to foster regional solutions to land use challenges, ULI Washington, has launched the Regional Fellows program, modeled after the Daniel Rose Fellowship, a program of the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, which is jointly operated by ULI and the National League of Cities.

Regional Fellows Program

ULI Washington has selected three jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region to participate in the pilot year of the program – Montgomery County, Maryland; Fairfax County, Virginia; and the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Four fellows and a program coordinator from each jurisdiction will participate in the yearlong program, which kicked off with an all-day meeting February 2 at ULI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Regional Fellows program is intended to create an open atmosphere of learning, trust, and honest exchanges as each team receives guidance on a specific land use challenge and gets the opportunity to offer feedback and advice to peers and build relationships that continue long after the fellowship period concludes later this year.

Each fellowship team is composed of an honorary fellow – an elected or appointed chief executive who will serve as the symbolic head of each team; three senior leaders in planning, economic development, or transportation, who will be actively engaged in the program; and a program coordinator – a midlevel career official who will support the fellows and manage their work.  A full list of participants is available in our Regional Fellows Directory.

Questions about this program may be directed to Deborah Kerson Bilek at