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eldp-white About the ELDP

Introducing the ELDP Class of 2021 - 40 Participants from the Pacific and Virgin Islands
  • What makes leaders successful in the islands, and what makes islanders successful leaders?
  • How do interpersonal relationships contribute to organizational success?
  • Which skills should aspiring island leaders cultivate to be successful at work, in their communities, and at home?
  • What leadership lessons can be learned from nation-builders, from traditional navigators, and from community leaders?

Attracting and retaining qualified staff to work in critical government positions is among the greatest challenges faced by insular governments. Educated, promising employees are often trained by government only to be offered higher paying jobs in the private sector; others relocate abroad to pursue alternative work opportunities. Talent development and succession planning are routinely identified by government institutions as high-priority needs across the Insular areas.

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) was commissioned by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs in 2008 to assist the insular governments with developing and retaining the qualified and skilled staff needed to lead insular governments into the future. Today, the ELDP serves as the premier leadership development program for government employees throughout the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands. For the past twelve years, the ELDP has provided insular government participants with the skills and strategies they need to lead. Energized by their program experience, the 149 ELDP alumni represent an extraordinary group of Islanders with diverse professional backgrounds, exceptional personal qualities, and an enduring commitment to public service. ELDP alumni represent virtually every government agency, and serve the insular governments as elected representatives, ambassadors, judges, cabinet members, directors, and dedicated public servants.

The program comprises four week-long classroom sessions and a series of developmental and career enhancement assignments between classes. The program is administered by the Graduate School's Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives, with funding support from the United States Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs.

Complete information on the Executive Leadership Develoment Program (ELDP) can be found in the ELDP Program Description. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on this website.

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FY19 Performeters Released for Insular Areas

Calendar icon04 May 2021

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The Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) program has released Performeter Reports based on the FY19 financial statements for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as the Freely Associated States, which...

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The Road to Recovery: Further Updating the Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Strategies for Mitigation in the Republic of Palau

Calendar icon28 Feb 2021

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The Graduate School USA’s Economic Monitoring and Analysis Program (EconMAP), with funding support from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and the Asian Development Bank, has published a new Technical Note, The Road to Recovery: Further Updating the Economic Impact...

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PITI-VITI Completes Training for Pacific Island Accountability Professionals on Auditing COVID Spending

Calendar icon27 Oct 2020

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The Graduate School USA’s Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives hosted “Auditing COVID Spending in the Pacific Islands: Opportunities and Challenges,” professional training held virtually on October 20, 2020. The training was funded through the Office of Insular Affairs’ technical...

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Executive Leadership Development Program Launches 2021 Cohort with 40 Public Servants from the Pacific and U.S. Virgin Islands

Calendar icon16 Oct 2020

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A promising group of 40 public servants from throughout the U.S. affiliated insular areas represent the 2021 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Cohort. The ELDP is funded by the U. S. Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and administered by the Graduate School USA’s...

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Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.