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 or work in the corporate sector, are managers and administrators in nonprofit and government agencies, 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 after the recruitment period begins in May 2020.  Or, you may apply online now or download a copy of the application and our program director will contact you to discuss your application and place you on the waiting list for the Class of 2020.

attendance & activities

PROGRAM ORIENTATION:  Date & lococationTBD, a weeknight from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

RETREAT:  A one-day offsite retreat in Danville, on one of the scheduled training days at the beautiful Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Participants carpool to the retreat.

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, lunch, and snacks included.  Periodic Happy Hours after class at various sites are offered as well as fun weekend day and summer break outings for family and friends.  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.

OUTSIDE CLASS ACTIVITIES:  Participation in planning LEB events & support of a yearly fundraising and community outreach event is expected, which may require up to six hours of time outside of training days during the year.

GRADUATION:  A 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. 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.

Cost is $1,500/participant. 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.