Most of the class of 18 is from Miami-Dade County.
The program is led by Katy Sorenson, who had a reputation as one of the most principled and ethical South Florida elected officials when she was a Miami-Dade County commissioner.
She is the president and CEO of The Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami, a program to educate elected officials at the state and local level in the important issues of governance.
“It’s inspiring to be able to convene another group of committed, thoughtful elected officials who are eager to serve their communities in an honorable and intelligent way,” Sorenson said in a statement about the new leaders’ class.
The 2013 program will kick off with a keynote address from former Mayor Glenda Hood, the first woman to serve as mayor of Orlando. Other speakers and presenters will include former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, D-Fla. and U.S. Rep. Diaz-Balart, R-Miami.