Our Leadership Challenge

Regional leaders need a diverse skillset. Regional agencies use consensus-based processes that respect local decision-making. But regional responsibilities–like transportation, equity, climate change, and housing–often elude easy consensus. Effective regional leaders must balan these diverse political interests.  This allows them to facilitate visions that benefit the economic, environmental, and social health of a region.

These skills are not found in a textbook. We learn from experience.  Sometimes leaders have to put themselves “out there” to manage and adapt to change.  But how do we anticipate the unexpected? When is it safe to take a risk? How do we build-in accountability? And how do we share a vision so that a team–or an entire community–can work to the same result?   These are the challenges of leadership.

A Program Designed for California’s Regional Leaders

The California Academy for Regional Leaders (CARL) is a six-month program designed for mid-career professionals in regional government. Participants will learn to identify their personal leadership style, leverage their strengths, improve strategic thinking, and gain insight into the complex structure and functions of the regional government. Each class is selected for the diversity in terms of personal background, professional experience, expertise, geographic location, and the size and function of their agency. Our objective is to create a class that will learn as much from each other as they will from professional instruction.

CARL allows participants to take their career to the next level and strengthen their organizations by becoming more effective leaders and building state-wide professional networks.

Investing in the next generation to keep regional agencies at the vanguard of service.

Current Status

We have just selected the third class cohort.  Instruction will begin in October 2020.  We expect to open the application process for the fourth class in June or July of 2021.  Please enter your contact information if you want to be notified when registration re-opens.

CARL Program Interest Form
Management is about doing things right, Leadership is about doing the right things.
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