lawanamayfieldCHARLOTTE, N.C. — City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield has completed her three-week stint at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, joining a long list of government leaders who have participated in the intense state and local government program.

In late May, Mayfield had turned to her constituents and community for support attending the program. Part of her costs were paid for by a grant through the David Bohnett Foundation’s LGBT Leadership Fellowship.

In a press release Monday, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and David Bohnett Foundation congratulated Mayfield on her accomplishment.

“I congratulate LaWana on this accomplishment – this intense program for senior executives at the Harvard Kennedy School is transformational,” Torey Carter, managing director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, said in the release.  “It provides a continuum of leadership development that bridges personal and professional growth with the skills necessary to address challenges that affect her community.”

David Bohnett said the fellowship from his foundation “empowers LGBT leaders who are making a difference int he world, honing skills and furthering their leadership potential.”

Mayfield has served on City Council since 2011. She was the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to local office. She represents Council’s District 3.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.