Leadership Anchorage


Founded in 1997, Leadership Anchorage (LA) is the premier leadership development program for established and emerging Alaskans seeking to expand their impact in the community.

LA is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be an effective and compassionate changemaker for our city, and our state. Each year, a diverse cohort of leaders is selected to participate in this 9-month program consisting of monthly Saturday sessions, enhanced by group projects, individual mentorships, readings, resources, and guest speakers from the community.


Chuck Seaca

Director of Leadership Programs
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Why LA?

Transform Your Leadership
LA participants practice and strengthen essential 21st-century leadership competencies including facilitation, coaching, collaboration, and team-building.

Through assessments and interactive activities, you will develop an understanding of how you show up in the world and tap into your vision, mission, and purpose.

Amplify and Diversify Your Networks
LA is a unique opportunity to become a part of a powerful community of diverse leaders from a wide range of industries, backgrounds, ages, and experiences.

Throughout the program, participants are introduced to new organizations, individuals, venues, and connection points across the city. You will build close, supportive relationships within your cohort and across our powerful network of over 400 LA alumni and mentors.

Activate Ideas Into Action
If you aspire to make a real difference in your community or organization, your LA Community Project provides the perfect opportunity to step boldly into that vision as you tackle real, immediate needs within the Anchorage community.

Apply To Leadership Anchorage

Each year, a diverse cohort of up to 20 is selected to participate in the program with sessions starting in September. Get details about the program and apply.

Leadership Anchorage Alumni

LA has over 400 alumni across Anchorage, and Alaska. An Alumni Advisory Board hosts a range of activities and events for networking and continued learning.

Community Projects

A core element of the LA experience is the team projects that connect participants with partner organizations to address real, immediate community needs.

Congratulations to LA26!

Leadership Anchorage is celebrating its 26th anniversary and we are thrilled to announce the members of the new Cohort! Meet LA26 below.

Ashley Anderson
Resource Basket Coordinator, RurAL CAP
Cortney Anderson
Chemical Dependency Counselor, Genesis Recovery Services
Charisse Arce
Senior Attorney, Earthjustice
Ahmbra Austin
Director of Employee Experience, UAA
Carolyn Hall
Co-Owner, Jensen Hall Creative
Lucy Hansen
President/CEO, Polynesian Association of Alaska
Ahmed Hassan
Driver, Alaska Yellow Taxi
Naya Indira
Mental Health Clinician, McLaughlin Youth Center
J.J. Jackson
Behavioral Health Aide, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Jessie Jacobs
Anchorage Regional Manager, Office of Children's Services
Francisco Mercado
Coordinator, Camp Fire Alaska
Eiden Pospisil
Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, Alaska Humanities Forum
Ashley Simien
Respiratory Technician, Procare Home Medical
Noah Star
Assistant Attorney General, Alaska Department of Law
Stephanie Stillwell
Nurse Consultant and Wellness Coach, MindBloom LLC
Tamara Zenobia
Founder, Butterfly Jazz Intuitive Arts LLC

Thank you to the mentors for LA 26!

Dr. Amana Mbise, Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Angelina Burney, Administrative Services Director at the Office of Senator Murkowski

Bill Falsey, Lawyer at Huth Reynolds LLP

Carol Gore, President/CEO at Cook Inlet Housing Authority

Catkin Kilcher Burton, Retired Colonel at US Marine Corps

Deb Nyquist, Owner at Thrive Consulting

Dr. Gwen Kennedy, Principal Consultant at Kennedy and Consultants

Heather Harris, Organizational Resilience Officer at the Foraker Group

Jason Metrokin, President/CEO at the Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Joel Kiekintveld, Co-Director at the Anchorage Urban Training Collaborative

Ken Miller, Co-Director at Denali Fundraising and Grant Consultants

Megan Edge, Prison Project & Communications Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska

Judge Pamela Washington, Alaska District Court

Sarah Groogan, Senior Director at Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Shirley Mae Staten, Executive Director at Keys to Life Alaska

Stephen Qacung Blanchett, Founder of Pamyua

Alaska Humanities Forum

The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.

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