Applications are now open for Class XL!

About the Program

The Tempe Leadership program began in 1983 with a mission to attract, develop, educate, and empower individuals who live and/or work in Tempe through its leadership program


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


The program runs from September to May and requires attendance at 18-20 issue days (mostly on Fridays) and developing and implementing a class project which benefits residents or organizations in Tempe.

Examples of issue days include learning about public safety, arts and culture, education, business, health and wellness, transportation, human services, and more.

Application Process

Applications are due on May 15, 2024

Potential participants will be interviewed by the Tempe Leadership Council the following week.

Those selected to join Class XL will be notified by June 30, 2024.

A Few Notable Alumni

Neil Giuliano- Former Tempe Mayor, Graduate of Class 1

Joel Navarro- Tempe City Council Member, Graduate of Class 19

Arlene Chin- Tempe City Council Member, Graduate of Class 22

Andrea Glass- First Female Asst. Fire Chief with Tempe, Graduate of Class 29

Marni Anbar- Tempe Business Woman of the Year Finalist, Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Graduate of Class 32

Doreen Garlid- Tempe City Council Member, Graduate of Class 34

Apply Today!

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • April 25, 2024- 5 – 7:00 pm, Hundred Mile Brewing
  • May 2, 2024- 5 – 7:00 pm, Bogey’s