Local Leaders Academy

Model. Inspire. Lead.

Downtown Los Angeles

This program is designed to equip local elected leaders with strategies that will further develop and refine their leadership skills and styles. Program participants will strengthen their network and increase efforts of collaboration between County of Los Angeles administration and the surrounding cities. Upon completion of this program, participants will have the necessary tools to implement growth and progress to local governance and administration within their communities.

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Course Calendar

Fridays, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturdays, 8:30am – 5:00pm

August 9
August 10
August 23
August 24
September 13
September 14
October 4
October 5

Program Information

USC Hotel, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA

Program Includes:
Continental breakfast
Lunch on Saturday sessions

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Local leaders academy male student in a green sweater in a classroom setting. Man wearing glasses sits next to him.

Who is this content designed for?*

  • Local Government Elected Leaders
  • Newly elected officials

*Fall 2019 is designed for locally elected officials within Los Angeles County

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Confidently navigate complex policy changes that require skilled leadership approaches
  • Positively advocate for support and facilitate necessary interactions
  • Assertively apply self-awareness and social-awareness to their present role

Apply Online

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019

Program Training Includes

Presence and Social Awareness
Creating Presence
Executive Presence
Social Awareness
Managing Diversity

Culture and Decision-Making
Public Participation
Communicating with Difficult People

Negotiation and Influence
Public Service Ethics
Developing Collaboration
Problem Solving Negotiation for Public Sector Leaders

Change Leadership
Community-Centered Engagement
Readiness and Resilience: The two-sided coin of “change”

Download the Curriculum Schedule

Fall 2019

Local Leaders Academy Faculty and Presenters

Ali E. AbbasProfessor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Public Policy
Director, Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making (DECIDE)
Decision analysis, risk analysis, multi-attribute utility theory, information theory, Bayesian analysis, and data-based decision making
Lorraine Aguilar in black and whiteLorraine AguilarLocal Leaders Academy PresenterCommunicating with Difficult People
Terry L. CooperProfessor Emeritus of Public PolicyAdministrative ethics, administrative theory, citizen participation, neighborhood organizations, role of citizens
Paul Danczyk headshotPaul DanczykDirector of Executive Education in Sacramento
Local Leaders Academy Presenter
Structured Program Overview, Focused Program Goals, Concentrated Program Reflections
Daryl Dixon headshotDaryl DixonLocal Leaders Academy PresenterSocial Awareness and Managing Diversity
Laree Kiely headshotLaree KielyLocal Leaders Academy PresenterReadiness and Resilience
David Landis headshot in black and whiteDavid LandisLocal Leaders Academy PresenterProblem Solving
Juliet Ann MussoAssociate Professor
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Federalism, urban political economy, fiscal policy, community governance, neighborhood organizations
Mindy RomeroResearch Assistant ProfessorPolitical sociology, voting rights and electoral participation, latino political behavior, collective political behavior, youth civic engagement, identity and political movements, social stratification, new technologies and civic engagement
Joanne Speers headshotJoAnne SpeersLocal Leaders Academy PresenterPublic Confidence in Government
Craig Steele headshotCraig SteeleLocal Leaders Academy PresenterMeeting Management
Frank V. ZerunyanProfessor of the Practice of Governance
Director, Executive Education
Director of ROTC Programs
Local Governments, Administrative Law, Public Private Partnerships, Leadership, Negotiation, and Executive Education

Contact Us

Downtown Los Angeles

Eleni Mastorakos

Program Administrator