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, [email protected]

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 Monday, May 4, 2020. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 3, 2020. Please submit all materials with your application by the deadline to be considered.


The Leadership Portland 2021 program begins with a two-day retreat in October, continuing with one program day each month, November 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 with a nonprofit partner. 

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
Annual tuition for the Leadership Portland program is $3,300. This can be paid in installments. Some Alliance membership levels include tuition discounts. Reach out to Hillary Patterson to inquire about your company’s rate or discuss scholarship support


Opening Retreat: October 29 and 30, 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.
  • If social distancing requirements are in place due to public health concerns, the retreat and program days will be offered as interactive online events following the same schedule.                       
    • City/County Government 
    • Healthcare
    • Technology and the Innovation Economy
    • Law and Public Safety 
    • State Government and Public Policy (includes Salem visit)
    • Culture, Arts and the Creative Economy 
    • Education 
    • Land Use and Transportation
  • Graduation: June 2021

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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