Leadership Portland

Leadership Portland is a Portland Business Alliance program that broadens the perspectives of business leaders on the most critical issues facing our region while giving back through the program's community Impact Projects. Through the regular program days and Impact Project, the nine-month program increases awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals, and develop advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.

For questions, please contact:
Hillary Patterson, Director, Leadership Programs, 503-552-6741

Current & Past Participants

Leadership Portland began in 2003, and since then has helped hundreds of professionals gain the development necessary to excel.
Meet the Class



To apply for the Leadership Portland program, candidates must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • High resolution headshot
  • Resume
  • Short biography (up to 200 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation - one from employer and one from a community organization with which you are involved (can be mailed, or scanned and emailed)
  • Submit all above supporting documents by deadline

The application process for the Class of 2021 opens on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2020. Please submit all materials with your application by the deadline to be considered.


Each year, the program runs from September to June. The program begins with a two-day retreat in September, continuing with one program day each month, October through May, and concluding with a graduation ceremony in June. In addition to attending the program days, participants are required to complete a team-based community Impact Project. 

The following requirements must be met to qualify for successful completion of the program. If you cannot commit to the schedule below, please consider applying at a time when you can commit to the time requirements.
  • Employer must be an Alliance member in good standing
  • Employer must remain a member in good standing throughout the program
  • Attendance at all program days. One excused absence is allowed to meet graduation requirements
  • Participation in a team community Impact Project
  • Attendance at graduation
  • Maximum of two participants from one member company


  • Opening Retreat: Sept. 10-11, 2020 (two days, stay overnight), mandatory
  • Program days will be held on the second Thursday of each month beginning in October and ending in May, concluding with team project presentations and graduation                        
    • City/County Government 
    • Health Care
    • Tecnology and the Innovation Economy
    • Law and Public Safety 
    • State Government and Public Policy 
    • Culture, Arts and the Creative Economy 
    • Education 
    • Land Use and Development
  • Graduation: June 2021


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Join the Alumni Association

The goal of the Leadership Portland Alumni Association (LPAA) is to provide engagement opportunities to individuals who have graduated from the Portland Business Alliance's Leadership Portland program to continue to refine their leadership skills and contribute to the community. 
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Leadership Portland 2019