Leadership Portland

Leadership Portland is a Portland Business Alliance program that broadens perspectives on the most critical issues facing the Portland metro 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 skills in achieving impact through inclusion and human-centered, equity-informed, developmental approaches to systems change.

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

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

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Professional biography (brief, up to 200 words)
  • High resolution headshot
  • Two letters of recommendation - one from your employer and one from a community organization with which you are involved. Letters can be uploaded with the application or emailed separately
  • If selected for the class, pay the $3,300 tuition

The application for the Class of 2023 has closed. If you are interested in applying for the next class, please reach out by email to [email protected].


The Leadership Portland program begins with a two-day retreat in September, continues with one program day each month, October through May, and concludes 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
  • Participants should plan to attend all Program Days. One excused absence is allowed.
  • Participation in a team community Impact Project
  • Attendance at graduation
  • Maximum of two participants from one member company
  • Payment of $3,300 tuition for each participant
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 Ben Forstag to inquire about your company’s rate or discuss scholarship support.


Leadership Portland includes an Opening Retreat (mandatory, two days) followed by a series of Program Days. Program Days will be held on the second Thursday of each month beginning in October and ending in May, concluding with team Impact Project presentations and graduation.
The Alliance intends to organize all Leadership Portland program days as in-person experiences.
  • Opening Retreat: September 26-27, 2022 (two days, stay overnight), mandatory
  • Program day topics to include (October-May):                    
    • 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 2023

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

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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