How to Apply

Join our diverse group of  highly motivated and bright participants who come together from a wide array of community sectors to explore and refine their leadership skills, gain a comprehensive look at community and regional issues, build their professional networks, and become part of a supportive learning community.  Class size is limited, so application does not guarantee admission. Early application is recommended. 

You may apply online now and our program director will be in touch with you to discuss your application. Or you may contact her before applying to schedule a meeting to discuss the program.

attendance & activities

MONTHLY TRAINING SCHEDULE:  Once-monthly second Fridays from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, at various local sites in or near Berkeley, such as Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley City College, and City of Berkeley offices. Continental breakfast, snacks, and some lunches are included.

 Periodic Happy Hours after class at various sites are offered as well as fun, voluntary weekend and summer break outings for family, friends, and alumni.  

RETREAT:  A one-day offsite retreat in Danville on one of the scheduled training days at the beautiful Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, which is provided without charge to LEB by the National Park Service. Participants carpool to the retreat or take BART to Walnut Creek and are shuttled to the site by park service staff.

ATTENDANCE: One absence is allowed, with prior notice to the program director.  The missed training day may be made up during the next round of training with approval of the program director. We know that schedules around childcare, school schedules, important work meetings, etc. can be complicated, so notice to the program director of late arrival or need to step out for an important call is expected when possible.

OUTSIDE CLASS ACTIVITIES:  Participation in LEB events such as community outreach and service activities is expected, which may require up to six hours total time outside of training days during the year.

GRADUATION:  This event coincides with the final training day and is jointly planned by the cohort and the Alumni Committee.


Tuition includes all training days, retreat, class materials, continental breakfasts, snacks and some lunches on LEB training days. The cost of tuition does not cover the full cost of the program. Therefore, participants are encouraged to invite their agencies and other community corporations and businesses to become program sponsors or provide in-kind support.

Tuition is $1,500/participant. A modest amount of scholarship funding may be available. LEB will invoice participants or designated agency staff upon acceptance into the program.

Applications can be completed online and must include a signed signature page (e-signatures are acceptable) or mailed to:

LEB, 1442 A Walnut Street, #438, Berkeley, CA 94709

Instructions for submitting tuition payment will be provided upon notice of acceptance into the LEB program. Payment may be made by check or credit card and must be paid in full by December 31, 2019 unless a prior arrangement has been made with the program director.