Executive Master of Public Service student Renee Tyler has been selected to participate in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) reciprocal professional exchange program as part of Professional Fellows Programs. The program will send Tyler to Thailand for two weeks in September, offering opportunities for educational exchanges between United States and Southeast Asian leaders.
Tyler has worked as the Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Dubuque, Iowa, since 2016. Previously, she worked for the City of Little Rock as a Parts and Special Projects Manager for Fleet Acquisition.
Since 2010, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has managed Professional Fellows Programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
The overall goal of the program is to create a global network of emerging local government leaders to positively impact practices at their organizations and in their communities by enriching their leadership skills and cultural understanding and by providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and ongoing collaboration.
The program has brought professionals from Asian/Pacific countries to the United States for visits that include Fellowships in local governments. Staff from the host jurisdictions then have an opportunity for a return visit to their Fellow’s Asian/Pacific country.
These reciprocal exchanges have expanded their horizons and reinforced the value of global knowledge sharing.
Tyler is one of 34 students enrolled in the Clinton School’s first-of-its-kind EMPS degree program. The new two-year program is offered entirely online, giving professionals the enhanced knowledge, skills, and network, they need to advance without relocating or giving up their current employment.