The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GLCDF) were established to increase the leadership development and civic engagement of the Latino community across Georgia.

The GLCDF has implemented the GALEO Institute for Leadership (GIL) to focus upon leadership development of the Latino community across our state. As part of the GALEO Institute for Leadership, we have formed a strategic partnership with the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute to expand and develop our joint efforts for their Community Leadership Program.

The University of Georgia, Fanning Institute: Founded in 1982, the Fanning Institute is named for Vice President and Professor Emeritus J.W. Fanning, whom many consider being the father of leadership in Georgia. His leadership and community development legacy are carried on today through the Fanning Institute’s continued vision of building community capacity.

The curriculum being utilized for the GALEO Institute for Leadership will be the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute 4th Edition CLP (revised 2006). The curriculum provides eight modules designed to assist participants in:

  • Becoming more knowledgeable about themselves, leadership practices and their communities;
  • Developing skills needed to assist them in becoming stronger community leaders;
  • Coming together to use their newly acquired knowledge and enhanced leadership skills to address community issues, needs, problems, and challenges;
  • Exercising leadership by engaging themselves in activities and undertaking projects to improve their communities.

The GIL currently consists of the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program modules coupled with complementary activities to further promote the leadership development of our community leaders.  Latinos are a growing segment of Georgia’s community and we have a responsibility to lead.

Participants from ALL backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Recruiting for the 2022 GIL cohort will begin in Fall 2021.  If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Elizabeth Silva, Program Manager for Leadership Development, at for more information.