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Alyssa Macy, Austin Smith Jr. chosen to participate in American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

SUBMITTED AND MADRAS PIONEER PHOTOS - Austin Smith Jr. and Alyssa Macy are participating in the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.After a competitive and rigorous selection process, two Warm Springs residents, Alyssa Macy and Austin Smith Jr., were chosen earlier this year to participate in the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

"We were seeking leaders who have proven that they have the capacity to meet and surpass expectations within their workplaces," noted Audreona Mullens, administrative assistant for the American Leadership Forum, in the acceptance letter. "And we also sought candidates who fully give of themselves in service to their communities — and ultimately to the public good. You are that leader, and we are pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming class."

Beginning in mid-July, Macy, the chief operations officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and Smith, wildlife biologist for the tribes' Branch of Natural Resources, participated in orientation, and then in separate weeks of community-building activities. Macy attended Class 35, from July 22-27, and Smith, Class 36, from Aug. 12-17.

A 1993 graduate of Madras High School, Macy earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 2000, and is completing a Master in Public Policy from Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She returned to Warm Springs three years ago.

Macy was nominated for the leadership group by Janet Brown, Jefferson County manager for Economic Development of Central Oregon, and Se-ah-dom Edmo, coordinator of the Indian Ways of Knowing program at Lewis and Clark Graduate School, and member of the Oregon Indian Education Association Executive Board.

Smith, a 2004 graduate of MHS, entered the U.S. Marines after high school, and served as an infantry rifleman until 2009. In 2015, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource and Conservation Technology from Oregon State University.

Although he had worked as a technician in Natural Resources in high school, from 2002-04, he became a biologist after graduation three years ago.

Smith was nominated by Jim Manion, general manager of Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises.

According to the American Leadership Forum's website, the purpose of the nonprofit organization "is to join and strengthen leaders in order to better serve the public good. It enhances leadership by building on the strengths of diversity and by promoting collaborative problem solving within and among communities."

"By creating a network of leaders with established bonds of trust and mutual support, ALF strengthens the skills and commitment of leaders to utilize collaborative approaches to dealing with often complex community and statewide issues," the website states.

Following the Community Building Week Experience, which is held in a Cascade Mountains wilderness, there is a series of monthly workshops "to build skills and awareness in collaborative and adaptive leadership, conflict management, community-building, understanding diversity, systems thinking, and the personal dimensions of leadership."

The year-long program includes a commitment to service. Graduates, who are called "senior fellows," use their skills and connections to continue to work on community, regional and state issues.

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