Executive Leadership Development Program – County of Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

The Executive Leadership Development Program is an intensive, four-month program. Each cohort consists of 20 senior- and mid-level County executives who are competitively selected based on their current impacts and anticipated professional growth. The program models the best of executive education training for experienced public administrators through in-person and online sessions and executive coaching opportunities. The instructors consist of USC faculty, regional university faculty who specialize in public and nonprofit leadership, and Los Angeles County executives.

Calendar – Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Coming Soon!

Executive Education students working together


Online via Zoom

I highly recommend this course to all of my colleagues as it provides a myriad of benefits. The topics are relevant and can easily be applied to the day to day interactions in any workplace. It is a resourceful tool that facilitates thinking outside of the box and trying out various techniques in a safe setting. The course provides opportunities for personal and professional growth while enhancing your political savy in navigating through the workplace. It’s a wonderful opportunity.

Program Participant, 2019
Cohort 26

About the Program

Program Training

Topics centered on 10 leadership competencies:

  • Effective Communication
  • Building, Managing, and Leading Teams
  • Establishing and Building a Shared Vision
  • Change Leadership: Managing and Enabling Process Change
  • Building Consensus and Commitment
  • Influencing and Negotiation
  • Partnering/Network Development
  • Outcome-Based Decision Making
  • Managing Projects
  • Political Acumen

Who is this program is designed for?

Senior- and mid- level LA County managers who aspire to executive leadership positions

Program Goals

Provide each participant with new skills for fostering transformational leadership within their teams, departments and the County.

Create a County community of collaborative learners and develop a leadership network for LA County administrators.

Equip the County with pools of exceptional talent and carry out its mission to provide effective and caring service to the public.

What You Should Know

“ELDP Added to my growth in the path of gaining executive presence. It provided a wealth of theory in both management and leadership.

Program Participant, 2019
Cohort 28

Group Projects

Coming soon!!

Current and Past Presenters

Brandi BlessettBrandi BlessettAssociate Professor and Director of the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of CincinnatiA Mindful Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reuben BrockRueben BrockExecutive Leadership Development PresenterOutcome Based Decision Making
Galia CohenGalia CohenExecutive Leadership Development PresenterNegotiation and Influence
Paul Danczyk headshotPaul DanczykDirector of Executive Education in SacramentoPublic Service Leadership and Management, Executive Coaching
Evie DiCiaccio headshotEvie DiCiaccioExecutive Leadership Development PresenterPartnership and Network Development and Executive Coach
Ana Daniels headshotAna Estrada DanielsExecutive Coach and Online FacilitatorTeam Development, Courageous Leadership, and Executive Coaching; Psychological Safety
Lisa Garrett headshotLisa M. GarrettExecutive Leadership Development PresenterMotivation and Engagement
mira headshotMira RinglerExecutive Leadership Development PresenterEffective Communication
Alexandru RomanAlexandru V. RomanExecutive Leadership Development PresenterProject Management
Tommy RoystonTommy A. RoystonExecutive Leadership Development PresenterLeadership
Nefertiri SickoutChief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer of the City of Philadelphia
Peter Wright headshotPeter WrightExecutive Leadership Development PresenterPower and Politics

Executive Leadership Development Program Photos

Executive Leadership Development Program Fall 2019

Executive Leadership Development Program Fall 2019

Executive Leadership Development Program Spring 2019

Executive Leadership Development Program Spring 2019

What People Are Saying

ELDP Reflections: Traci Blackburn

ELDP Reflections: Patrick Errett

ELDP Reflections: Julia Orozco

“To me, the program was quite beneficial. It shined a spotlight on different strategies and ideologies around effectively communicating. I have already begun sharing information learned here with my staff.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 29

“The virtual online course presented expert advice and education on Leadership geared toward the County workplace. Bringing together so many experts into one course was beneficial and much appreciated.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 30

“The ELDP has provided me with very valuable lessons to enhance my leadership skills. The connections I was able to create is priceless. During the pandemic, the ELDP is a light of hope.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 29

“The ELDP program has been a wonderful experience to connect with different colleagues. Through every session, we had a safe environment to truthfully share our experiences and struggles, as well as to honestly provide solutions and remedies that all organizations encounter. My hope, is every participant will hold ourselves and each other accountable to carry out the knowledge and experience acquired through each session and group discussion.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 29

“The ELDP Program was well-conceived to offer career enhancement and target potential future leaders for the County of LA. We experienced a high paced interactive lecture environment facilitated by world-class educators from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Each class session provided break out opportunities with our classmates who represent different and meaningful perspectives. If you have the opportunity to participant in the ELDP, take it.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 29

“ELDP is a powerful opportunity to develop yourself for future leadership roles within the County! Working with a dynamic cohort also provides a great environment and networking opportunity!”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 29

“I have over 20 years of County service, and was unsure if this program would provide real value or learning. I was pleasantly surprised at how beneficial and engaging this course was. The knowledge and engaging instructors opened my eyes to new leadership techniques and communication styles I had never considered. I left with a great appreciation for all that I do not know about effective leadership in the County.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 29

“ELDP supports your awareness of yourself and how you impact those around you. Being conscious about preferences for how you think, problem solving, and relating to others, how you “Show Up,” is essential to having productive communication. ELDP provides support to you by normalizing this experience and offering insights and skills to be more effective in leading people.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 31

“This program has helped me focus on the approach to being a manager in the public sector. The instructors gave us tools that are directly applicable to our roles in managing public projects. I feel more confident in leading my team and negotiating conflicts toward a consensus.

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 32

“The program provided me with insights into many leadership skills that we tend to overlook with our busy schedules. It’s a reminder that we are all human. We are not just numbers, clients, or “employees,” and need to have empathy, be humble and have an open mind. Great opportunity to network and interact with great people.”

Program Participant, 2020
Cohort 31

Contact Us

Downtown Los Angeles

Paul Danczyk


Executive Education in Sacramento for the
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

[email protected]