Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

Emerging Leader Fellowship Program
Posted on 05/16/2023

IDA Selects Daniel Sabillon for 2023 Emerging Leader Fellowship Program
Fellows to learn essential leadership and place management skills

The International Downtown Association (IDA) selected 30 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2023 Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program. Following an extremely selective process, Glendale’s Downtown Manager, Daniel Sabillon, was selected to participate in the week-long experiential program. Alumni of the IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship program, launched in 2016, are fast becoming sought-after leaders for the future of city building worldwide.

“The success of our Fellowship program underscores how critical this training is to our growing industry,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “This is the only program of its kind created specifically for urban place management professionals. IDA is looking to further illustrate the importance of our industry by elevating leaders with the necessary skills to champion inclusive city building. Professional development remains a hallmark of IDA.”

The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program bringing together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

“It is an honor to have been selected for this prestigious Fellowship Program,” said Glendale Downtown Manager, Daniel Sabillon. "I look forward to participating and collaborating with industry leaders who are driving redevelopment in urban centers and creating new opportunities for their communities."

“The International Downtown Association is looking to build the future of our industry, and these accomplished executives are the rising stars of our profession,” said Downey. “With this program, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”

The program takes place June 4-9, 2023 in New York City. Professionals from several place management organizations across the city provide technical in-the-field training. The event takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan with field visits provided by several local BID leaders.

Congratulations to the 2023 Emerging Leader Fellowship cohort! For more information about this year’s cohort, visit IDA’s website.

About the International Downtown Association
The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit www.downtown.org.