Massachusetts State Rep. Paul Mark Selected as CSG Toll Fellow

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Massachusetts state Rep. Paul Mark has been selected to participate in one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials, The Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship .

The 48 leaders in the class of 2017 hail from 32 states, Puerto Rico and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. A committee of program alumni reviewed applications and selected the class.

"I applied to be a CSG Toll Fellow because I felt it would be helpful to my continued growth as a leader in state government," Mark said. "Friends in the Massachusetts Legislature have completed the program and speak highly of it as an amazing learning experience that helped them to grow both professionally and personally."

The Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, has convened a group of the nation's top officials for the intensive, six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp for more than 30 years. This year's program will be held Aug. 25-30 in Lexington, Ky.
 
The program's agenda includes a lineup of dynamic sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities. Each year's program is unique, but previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.

"CSG's Toll Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime leadership development opportunity that has shaped public service careers for decades," said David Adkins, CSG executive director/CEO. "CSG welcomes these new leaders into the Toll Fellows family and we look forward to being a resource for them throughout their careers."

Adkins was a 1993 Toll Fellow when he served as a Kansas state representative.

Toll Fellows alumni include Stanley Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President; Benjamin Downing, a former Massachusetts State Senator; Cheri Beasley, associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; U.S. Rep. John Carney, a former Delaware lieutenant governor; Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey; Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; Delaware Gov. Jack Markell; Anne McKeig, associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin; Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill; Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate; U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a former Indiana secretary of state; former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis; and Rhonda Wood, associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

"By participating in this program I hope to continue to expand and enhance the skills that make me an effective legislator and a good public servant," Mark said. "I expect that this program will improve my existing skill set, introduce me to new, useful ideas and skills that I am not currently utilizing, and open up new possibilities as I consider what my role is and what it should be in both the Legislature and beyond."


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