Application for the next Leadership Portland cohort open through June 9

April 2024

Join the Chamber’s long-standing civic immersion and leadership development program

For over 20 years, Leadership Portland has helped Rose City professionals learn how their city works and connect with key leaders in the community. Now is your chance to get involved with this great program.

The next Leadership Portland cohort starts in the Fall, but the application to join the class is open now through June 9.

Apply Now for Leadership Portland


Leadership Portland is made possible, in part, through the support of:

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Meggy Finn

Leadership Portland has been a great experience, deepening my understanding of the intricate workings of the city and state I proudly call home.The opportunity to connect with a broad array of professionals from various industries has not only expanded my network but also enriched my perspective on community leadership.

Meggie Finn, Sr. Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing, Portland Trail Blazers

What is Leadership Portland?

Each year, Leadership Portland brings together a diverse group of professionals from a range of organizations and industries to connect, learn, and grow over a 10-month program. Cohorts participate in monthly program days, exploring different aspects of civic life in the Rose City: local and state government, public safety, land use, education, housing and infrastructure, arts and culture, and more. Programming includes topical deep-dives, panels, group discussions, site visits, and excursions, all aimed at deepening the cohort’s insight into Portland.

The goal: building connections within the class and inspiring the next generation of Portland’s leaders to engage deeply with the community.

Who should participate in Leadership Portland?

  • Professionals from the private (big and small business), public, and non-profit sectors in all industries
  • People looking to understand how their city works–from local government, to education, land use, public safety, and more
  • Individuals with an interest in serving the community and an investment in the future of Portland
  • Anyone interested in engaging in civil dialogue on Portland’s challenges, with perspectives from a variety of backgrounds and experiences

The details…

Program Requirements

  • Participants must be a member of the Chamber for the full duration of the Leadership Portland program
  • Participants must be able to meet the time requirements of the program
    • A two-day retreat at Skamania Lodge (September 16-17, 2024)
    • One program day a month (October 2024 – June 2025)
  • Participants must agree to the Chamber’s Code of Conduct for Events and Programs

The 2024 Leadership Portland cohort at their program kickoff retreat

Application Materials

To complete the Leadership Portland application, you will need:

  • To complete the online application form, available here.
  • The following supplemental materials:
    • professional bio
    • resume
    • headshot
    • two letters of recommendation (one letter should be from your employer

Program Costs

Leadership Portland tuition for the 2024-2025 program year is $3,500.

Tuition covers all costs related to the program, including the two-day off-site retreat, program day costs, and food.

A limited number of tuition scholarships and discounts are available each year.

Leadership Portland has provided me with an engaging forum to educate myself in ways not possible on my own, while also getting in the weeds in particular areas of interest. Yet it’s experiencing all of this with a talented and diverse group of individuals that has made this such an impactful experience!

Eric Lukingbeal, Vice President, Corporate Banking, PNC