Leadership Portland

Leadership Portland is the Alliance’s long-standing civic engagement program, helping Portland professionals understand the institutions and critical issues that impact our region. Class cohorts participate in monthly program days, exploring different aspects of civic life in the Rose City: local and state government, public safety, transportation and infrastructure, education, arts and culture, and more.

For questions, please contact:
Director, Leadership Programs, [email protected]

Applications are now closed for the 2023/2024 year

Leadership Portland broadens the perspectives of business leaders on the most critical issues facing our region while giving back through the program's community impact projects. If you want to learn about the issues impacting our region and make a difference, then Leadership Portland is for you.

Applications are now closed for the 2023/2024 year

Leadership Portland is made possible, in part, through the support of:


The following calendar provides a general sense of the program flow. Specific dates may change, as needed.

Program Application Open: April 17 – May 31
Applicant Interviews: Rolling: May 1 – June 15
Applicant Notifications: Rolling: May 15 – June 30
Pre-Program Welcome Reception: August
Leadership Portland Retreat (mandatory): September 7-8
Monthly Program Days: October – May (Second Thursday of the month)
Class Graduation: June

Participation Requirements

To participate in the Leadership Portland program, participants must meet all of the following requirements.   
  • Participant or participant’s employer must be a member of the Chamber throughout the duration of the program
  • Participant must agree to the time requirements of the program
  • Maximum of two program participants from any single organization


For the 2023/2024 program year, tuition for Leadership Portland will be $3,500. 

Tuition covers all costs related to the program, including the two-day off-site retreat, program day costs, food, and transportation to Salem for state government program day.

Note: Some Alliance memberships include discounts that may lower the cost of Leadership Portland tuition. A limited number of additional scholarships and discounts are available each year.