SACRAMENTO, Calif. — April 24, 2019 — e.Republic Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler has been named one of nine American Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows for 2019. The five-year-old Zhi-Xing program immerses American leaders in Chinese culture to promote understanding between the people of the two nations.

The recruitment and selection of Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows is done by seven steering committees around the United States composed of prominent local leaders and Eisenhower Fellows. Candidates are selected based on their exceptional leadership skills, eagerness to advance their personal and professional growth and ability to produce impactful change.

The 2019 Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders from across the United States and across a broad range of fields. The 2019 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows are:

  • Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic, Folsom, CA
  • Nancy Mancilla, CEO & Co-founder, ISOS Group, LLC, San Diego, CA
  • Samir Mayekar, CEO & Co-founder, NanoGraf Corporation, Chicago, IL
  • Jeanette Quick, Lead Counsel, Gusto, San Francisco, CA
  • Jonathan Sanchez Leos, Director, Fellow Affairs & Community, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
  • Julie Shin, Head of Strategic Operations & Innovation, Productivity, Citigroup, New York, NY
  • Whitney Soenksen, Data Innovations Manager, City of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Dana Wagner, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Impossible Foods, San Francisco, CA
  • Adelmise Warner, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SiriusXM and Pandora, San Francisco, CA

“I’m deeply honored for the opportunity to start my journey as an Eisenhower Fellow, and I look forward to advancing international understanding and collaboration around the government technology and Smart Cities ecosystem,” said Haisler, who helps lead product development and strategic direction for e.Republic, publisher of Governing and Government Technology magazines.

Haisler and the other Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows will spend a month in China to participate in intensive cultural immersion, group sessions with Chinese and U.S. experts, and individually-tailored meetings in four to six Chinese cities.

“This year’s Zhi-Xing Fellows are forward-thinking innovators, addressing some of the most important issues of our times. We’re pleased to welcome them into the global network of Eisenhower Fellows,” said Dr. Robert M. Gates, chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships.

Before joining e.Republic in 2014, Haisler was chief information officer and assistant city manager for Manor, Texas, where he helped launch Manor Labs, a ground-breaking government innovation program which received global recognition as a new model for engaging citizens and implementing their ideas.  As government innovation director for a private software firm, Haisler also helped design and deploy innovation programs for New York City and Bogota, Columbia.

Eisenhower Fellows commit to lifelong engagement with the organization and its nearly 1,600 active Fellows around the world.

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