June 16, 2000
Lexington, KY Assemblywoman Charlene Gonzales Zettel (R-Poway) is one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments (CSG).
The Toll Fellowship Program will take place from September 30, 2000 through October 5, 2000, in Lexington, Kentucky. The annual week-long seminar is named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado state senator who founded CSG in 1933. It is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government. This year's dynamic program focuses on trends analysis, policy development and institutional changes. The experience gives these leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service.
Assemblywoman Zettel was nominated by California Assemblywoman Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), with endorsements from California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin and California State Senator Dede Alpert (D-San Diego). Zettel was selected from many outstanding applicants by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include a sitting governor and members of Congress.
Zettel represents the 75th Assembly District, which includes the northern and eastern portions of San Diego County and includes the cities of Poway, Santee, and parts of Escondido, San Diego, and Spring Valley, as well as the communities of Alpine, Borre-go Springs, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Winter Gardens, Rancho Bernardo, Casa de Oro, Jamul, Campo, Descanso and Boulevard.
Zettel is the Chair of the Assembly Republican Caucus and serves as Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. She is also a member of the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Education, Transportation and Health.
Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Zettel served two terms on the Poway Unified School District board of Education. The Board is responsible for 29 schools and more than 31,000 students within the School District. During her tenure on the Board, Zettel's fellow Board members twice elected her as Board President.
In addition to her experience in education, Zettel, also served as a practicing dental hygienist and as the owner and manager of more than 300 rental units in San Diego for more than twenty years. Zettel's community involvement includes serving as President of the Painted Rock Elementary PTA, and as an active member of the Chambers of Commerce for Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Ramona, Alpine and Diamond Gateway. She is also a former member of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Foundation.
Zettel and her husband, Dr. David Zettel, have lived in the Poway area for more than 28 years. They have two children: Brent, 21, a junior at Harvard University, and Jeff, 19, a freshman at the University of Southern California.
With regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, and a Washington, D.C. office, The Council of State Governments is a national nonpartisan nonprofit public service organization. The Council serves 50 states and six U.S. territories and commonwealths. In addition to the Toll Fellows Program, CSG provides legislative conferences and executive workshops, research information and multistate problem-solving opportunities for state governments.