Welcome to Kern Leaders Academy Welcome to Kern Leaders Academy
Presenting the Class of 2021

Extensive Academy Education and Training Program

The Kern Leaders Academy selects 8 community leaders each year to participate in this extensive education and training program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund. Educational Training is held over nine weeks, with 72 hours of instruction.

  • The Academy teaches community leaders how to listen to constituents, with a clear understanding of how to seek endorsements, support, and reserve the right to make independent decisions.
  • Successful graduates will feel secure knowing they have the knowledge and vision to put their services forward as a community leader and eventually, an elected public official who is capable of offering creative solutions to the challenges facing Kern County.


2021 Academy Topics Include:

  • Ethics, Leadership and Critical Thinking
  • Social Capital Theory
  • The View from the Dias
  • Homelessness
  • B3K Prosperity
  • County Demographics
  • Energy Production
  • Public Education
  • Equality is not Equity
  • Societal Needs
  • Being a Community Advocate
  • Kern County 2031
  • Local Government Finance
  • San Joaquin Valley Issues
  • Kern County Poverty
  • State Issues
  • Ag and Water Issues
  • Healthcare
  • Kegley Institute Fall Lecture Series
  • Local Government
  • Final Thoughts: Tying It All Together


Kern Leaders Academy
c/o Kern County Taxpayers
Education Fund, Inc.
1401 19th Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4400

Phone: 661-322-2973


The Project Vision

The Kern Leaders Academy is a cutting edge community leadership program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund, whose purpose is to assist in the development of visionary community leaders who recognize that a healthy business climate is necessary for a strong economy, and a strong economy is necessary for a vibrant community. The Academy provides education and training to civic, professional and business leaders with outstanding leadership potential so that they may enter public service with the appropriate skills and vision to creatively address the challenges facing Kern County.

Latest News

2021 Kern Leaders Academy Commencement

Left to right: Jim Wheeler, Lori Pesante, Karina Moreno, Eric Arias, Michael Turnipseed, Ronda Newport, Kevin Oliver, Debbie Teofilo, Alex Garcia

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Kern Leaders Academy 2021 Applications are now available

The Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund is proud to announce that applications for Kern Leaders Academy are now available. The Kern Leaders Academy

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2020 Kern Leaders Academy Commencement

Michael Turnipseed (Academy Director), Sanjeev (Sunny) Advani, Josh Bryant, Elizabeth Ramos, Ucedrah Osby, Ally Triolo, Angela Trevino, Monica Jara

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