The Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy

The 2018 Eastern Leadership Academy will take place August 26-30, 2018.

A completed Robert J. Thompson ELA Fellow application must include ALL of the following components in order to be considered:
  1. Cover Letter: Describing the reasons for your interest in applying for the Robert J. Thompson Academy
  2. Current Resume
  3. Short Bio (no longer than 200 words)
  4. Headshot Photograph
  5. Letter of Recommendation from a Legislative Leader or CSG/ERC executive committee member. It should explain the applicant’s qualifications for being awarded the opportunity to participate in ELA based on the following criteria: Leadership potential, including problem solving and consensus building skills; Dedication to public service; and commitment to improving institutions of state government

First Name:
Last Name:
Preferred Mailing Address
where you can receive Express Packages (no PO boxes):
State * Zip *
Check one:
Agency and/or Branch
within state government:
Email address:
Confirm email address:
Recommended by:
Recommender's Mailing Address
State Zip
Recommender's Telephone:


Areas of Policy Interest:

Please upload the following components: cover letter, current resume, short bio, and a photograph. Uploaded items must be smaller than 2 MB per item.

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Uploaded Files


Please list the email addresses of the officials providing letters of recommendation below. They will be emailed instructions to upload the documents to attach to this application.

  1. Name Email
  2. Name Email
  3. Name Email


Applications must be submitted or postmarked by midnight May 15, 2018.
Online applications are preferred, however, hard copy applications can be mailed to:

The Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy
The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference
c/o Véronique M. Cavaillier
22 Cortlandt Street, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10007

All application and program questions can be directed to Véronique M. Cavaillier:
Phone: (646) 383-5717
Fax: (212) 587-4188