Programs & Models
Leadership Anchorage (LA) is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be an effective and compassionate leader for our city, and our state.
Through a series of ten rigorous monthly sessions of interviews, speaker presentations, readings, and group activities, participants learn about the current issues and challenges facing our community. They come to better know themselves and one another as they explore issues and exchange ideas.
Leadership Anchorage consists of an initial two-day retreat in October and nine full-day sessions held monthly on Saturdays through May. Sessions are held at different locations throughout the Anchorage area to introduce participants to a range of neighborhoods and community venues.
In addition to the sessions, participants spend approximately 80 hours outside of class on their group projects, meetings with mentors, and preparations/readings for the class.
What is the cost?
Tuition is $2,000, with $300 due before the first session, and the balance due by graduation in May, made in monthly or lump payments. Many participants obtain financial support from their employer, personal sponsors, Native corporations, and other groups. We also offer a limited number of needs-based scholarships.
Our approach uses readings, in-depth discussion, and reflection to guide participants in their learning. We use the history and stories of our community as valuable resources in understanding the issues we face and in shaping our future.
LA intentionally engages participants from a cross-section of sector, background and experience, age, and interests to deepen understanding, challenge assumptions, and encourage new connections that might not otherwise develop.
Working in small teams, participants partner with local organizations to work on community impact projects that tackle real, immediate needs within the Anchorage community.
Participants select a mentor within an area of interest or industry to guide them in meeting their goals for leadership development and community contribution throughout the program.
Thank you to our Sponsors
Leadership Anchorage is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, by corporate and foundation sponsors, and gifts from alumni and other members of the community. We are grateful for your support!
Since 1997, almost 400 alumni have graduated from Leadership Anchorage, and now serve as leaders at all levels and in every sector of the state.
Alumni benefit from the strong connections they form during the program and the access they have to the broad network of distinguished alumni all across Alaska.
Alumni remain connected and engaged through a series of learning and social events, hosted by the Advisory Council and the Forum.
LA Advisory Board:
Marilyn Alvarenga - Chair
Kris Palmatier - Vice Chair
Joe Sonnier – Treasurer
Sarah Preskitt – Secretary
Jennifer Howell - Member
Stephanie Kesler - Member
Nancy King – Member
Leo Medal – Member
Diëgo Perez - Member
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Applying lessons learned through community-based, small group projects is a core component and enduring legacy of Leadership Anchorage (LA). Since its founding in 1997, Leadership Anchorage participants have connected with a wide range of organizations and community champions to meet real needs. In the past three years, those projects have been focused on supporting the goals of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Welcoming Anchorage initiative: building a stronger community through supporting and celebrating equity and inclusion. LA23 is currently in the process of selecting their projects.
Below is a listing of past LA projects. This table can be sorted by any of its columns or you can use the search box to find a project name, LA Team member, or supporting organization. Thank you to Nancy King, LA 18, for culling this information from our archives!