CiviCO is Accepting Applications for the 2023 Governors Fellowship Program

Leaders focused on positively impacting through public service should apply.
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CiviCO, a nonprofit that cultivates civic-minded leaders, is now accepting applications for its 2023 Governors Fellowship Program. Each year, CiviCO selects 30 mid- to senior-level career executives from across Colorado who demonstrate professional credibility and achievement, are actively engaged in the community through volunteerism or board membership, and maintain a strong standing in the community.

The application period for the Colorado Governors Fellowship program is open now to Colorado residents through March 10, 2023. Apply at

Ryan Heckman, co-chairman of CiviCO, said of the fellowship, “We are seeking diverse change-makers from around Colorado who want to apply their leadership skills to government, public sector initiatives and community engagement.”

Since 2016, CiviCO has graduated 151 fellows. “Our Colorado Governors Fellows become better, more informed community leaders, while building valuable relationships with those who currently shape our state. I don’t want to name-drop, but Coloradans are definitely benefiting from our fellows’ contributions every single day,” said Heckman.

In partnership with McKinsey Academy and BetterUp, CiviCO provides skills, coaching and knowledge to improve individual leadership ability while inspiring graduates to embrace their roles as community and civic leaders.

The year-long fellowship includes formal instruction by University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs professors, applied case studies, conversations with thought leaders, and access to the governor and his senior staff through meetings and events, with shadow sessions and capstone projects with cabinet-level and senior administration officials. Fellows who complete all requirements of the Colorado Governors Fellowship program will be ceremonially inducted.

Applicants must commit to the 9-month program, which includes sessions with the Governor, shadow meetings with senior administration officials and the closing capstone project. The program emphasizes the biggest issues and opportunities facing Colorado.

The program begins in September 2023 and ends in May 2024 with a fall retreat. For more information, visit

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