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January 18, 2007

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
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Boston – Treasurer Tim Cahill and Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral today announced that they have been selected by Eisenhower Fellowships for their 2007 New England International Leadership Initiative. As participants in this new program, Sheriff Cabral will travel to Australia and Treasurer Cahill will travel to India and Ireland to examine how they manage the challenges of increasing urbanization. Treasurer Cahill will focus on economic development, while Sheriff Cabral will focus on public safety, security and corrections issues.

“I am honored to be selected for this fellowship,” said Treasurer Cahill. “I look forward to taking my knowledge and experience to these countries and bringing back ideas for Massachusetts.”

“This is a very exciting opportunity to learn and grow as a leader,” said Sheriff Cabral. “Rapid urbanization presents a number of public safety challenges and I look forward to the exchange of ideas and best practices.”

Cabral and Cahill were chosen after a competitive interview and selection process. The Eisenhower Fellowships Selection Committee, which is composed of leaders and innovators in the Boston area, chose them based on their demonstrated leadership and vision, work in issues that are critical to this region’s urban challenges, and their roles in the community.

Both were nominated for the fellowship by Stephen P. Crosby, the founding Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. “All too often, public officials barely even study issues in neighboring states, let alone other countries, to help develop policy options for Massachusetts,” said Crosby. “I knew Tim Cahill and Andrea Cabral had the leadership skills and intellectual curiosity to both appreciate, and win, this prestigious opportunity.”

As Eisenhower Fellows, Sheriff Cabral and Treasurer Cahill will travel on an intensive four to eight week individualized professional program to their respective countries, where their perspectives and contacts will be enriched through professional meetings with leaders in academia, government, business, and the non–profit sector.

Cahill and Cabral were among eight people selected nationwide for this fellowship and join a network of some twenty New England fellows including Robin Blatt, Principal, Applied Biogenuity; Founding Editor & Publisher, The Journal of BioLaw & Business, and Former Maine State Senator Susan Longley, as well as an international network of over 1700 fellows.

Eisenhower Fellowships is a private, non–profit, non–partisan organization seeking to foster international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas, and perspectives among emerging leaders throughout the world. Established in 1953 as a birthday tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the organization has sponsored Fellows from more than 100 countries. The chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships is General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired); former President George H.W. Bush is honorary chairman. For more information please visit

Tim Cahill was recently sworn in for a second term as Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to his election in 2002, Cahill served as Norfolk County Treasurer from 1997–2002, as a Quincy City Councilor from 1987–2003, and was a successful small business owner and the author of a book about local businessmen. Treasurer Cahill lives in Quincy with his wife, Tina, and their four daughters.

In 2002, Andrea Cabral was sworn in as the 30th Sheriff of Suffolk County and first female sheriff in the Commonwealth’s history. She was elected to a full term in 2004. Before becoming Sheriff, Cabral was Chief of District Courts and Community Prosecutions and Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1994–2002. She is also a former Assistant Attorney General, Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney and the author of a legal education manual on domestic violence restraining orders.

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