How to Apply

Join our extensive group of  participants who come together from diverse sectors of the community, including those who run own their own businesses, are managers and administrators in nonprofit and government agencies, police officers, and educators who seek to explore and refine their leadership skills, gain a comprehensive look at public service, and build their professional networks.  Class size is limited, so application does not guarantee admission. Early application is recommended. 

Contact Ann Goldman, Program Director, to get on the waiting list and to be informed about upcoming gatherings to meet alumni and other interested participants.  You will be sent an application form when the recruitment period begins.  Or, you may apply online or download a copy of the application.

attendance & activities

PROGRAM ORIENTATION:  Date TBD, a weeknight from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Mechanics Bank, downtown Berkeley

RETREAT:  A two-day, one night retreat at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, on a Friday and Saturday on dates to be decided by the class, typically held three to four months into the program training series. Accommodations are on the rustic side, with double rooms, all meals deemed excellent by the participants, and a low-ropes, ranger-led team challenge course.   Participants carpool to the retreat.

MONTHLY TRAINING SCHEDULE:  Once-monthly second Fridays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, at various local sites. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks included.  Periodic Happy Hour after class at various sites is offered.  One absence is allowed, with prior notice to program director.  Missed training day can be made up during the next round of training with approval of the program director.

CLASS PROJECT:  Participation in class designed community social service project.

FUNDRAISING EVENT:   Participate in Team Trivia or other event along with Steering Committee is expected.

GRADUATION:  An evening celebration to which family, friends, alumni, presenters, and city officials are invited. 


Tuition includes all training days, retreat, class materials, continental breakfasts and lunches on LEB Friday training days.

Cost is $1,500/participant. Agency invoicing and other payment arrangements should be made with the program director within one week of acceptance of application. 

Applications  can be completed online, but signature page should be mailed to the program director, Ann Goldman at

LEB, 1442 A Walnut Street, #438, Berkeley, CA 94703

Tuition checks should be made out to:  Berkeley Chamber Foundation, which is the LEB fiscal sponsor.  The Berkeley Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.