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The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is an interdisciplinary leadership development program for emerging and high-potential leaders in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the City of Chicago and Cook County.

Launched jointly by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Office of Civic Engagement, in partnership with LISC Chicago and the Civic Consulting Alliance, the program is designed to develop a pipeline of talented leaders to help non-profits and government agencies thrive.

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Civic Leadership Academy! You can learn more about the application process, apply, or nominate a candidate here.

Civic Leadership Academy fellows—an annual cohort of 30 high-potential leaders of nonprofit organizations and government agencies that serve residents and communities across the city of Chicago—engage in a six-month interdisciplinary leadership development curriculum that includes lectures, case studies, workshops, conversations with civic leaders throughout Chicago, as well as a week-long global practicum abroad.

How will the Civic Leadership Academy benefit you?

Faculty from all five UChicago professional schools and the College, representing a variety of disciplines, teach in the program alongside civic practitioners.

What makes the Civic Leadership Academy distinctive?

People

Meet the Civic Leadership Academy faculty and the graduates who are working together to improve the quality of life for the residents of Chicago.

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We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Civic Leadership Academy. Apply today!

Click the link below to learn more about the Civic Leadership Academy's annual application process, apply for the 2022 cohort, or nominate a candidate.

Applications are due by October 1, 2021.

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