You have the power to make a difference in our community. Tempe Leadership values and welcomes all individuals who want to be actively involved in making a difference in Tempe.

Why Join Tempe Leadership?

By participating, you are investing in your community as well as your personal and professional growth. Plus, you have the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. If you would like to connect with other active community members, positively influence your community, and enhance your leadership capacity, Tempe Leadership is for you. What it means to you:

  • Meet and work with other people who are enthusiastic about making positive contributions to our community.
  • Learn more about Tempe and be exposed to a broad range of viewpoints.
  • Get connected, make lasting relationships, and have fun!

Application and Selection

Thank you for your submissions. The class 34 application period has closed. We will begin class 35 applications in April 2019


Tuition for 2018-2019 is $800. This fee contributes towards meals, materials, retreat and class expenses.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance up to 50 percent of the tuition fee is available. Awards are based on financial need. If you are interested in financial assistance, please fill out a

Financial Aid Form and submit it with your Tempe Leadership Application.

Class Commitment

Class members are expected to participate fully in the entire program in order to qualify for graduation. Generally, participation requires 2 days per month.

Participants are encouraged to secure their employer’s support.

Interview dates are scheduled for mid May.

2018 Class Issue Dates

Friday Sept 14 and Sat Sept 15 – Orientation

Friday, Sept 21 Project Walk

Friday, Oct 5 Human Services Issue Day

Friday, Oct 19 Public Safety Issue Day

Friday, Nov 2 Governance Issue Day

Friday, Nov 16 ASU Issue Day

Friday, Nov 30 Arts and Culture Issue Day

Friday, Dec 14 Fire Issue Day

2019 Class Issue Dates

Friday, Jan 4 Neighborhoods & Historic Preservation Issue Day

Friday, Jan 18 Journalism and Media Issue Day

Friday, Feb 2 Education Issue Day

Friday, Feb 16 Business Issue Day

Friday, Mar 1 Health and Wellness Issue Day

Saturday, Mar 2 Tempe Cares community service

Friday, Mar 15 Transportation and Tourism Issue Day

Friday, Mar 29 Sports and Recreation Issue Day

Friday, Apr 12 Tempe Water Issue Day

Friday, Apr 26 Personal Leadership Issue Day

Friday, May 3 – The Alumni Experience

Graduates of the Tempe Leadership program become lifelong members of a unique alumni group devoted to community service.