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Culver City Chamber

Center for Nonprofit Management

National Exchange Club - CC Branch

Steering Committee

Representing the City of Culver City:

  • Göran Eriksson, Vice Mayor, Culver City Council
  • Alex Fisch, Councilmember, Culver City

Representing West Los Angeles College

  • Dr. Jim Limbaugh, President
  • Dr. Allison Tom-Miura, Dean of Adult and Continuing Education

Representing the Exchange Club of Culver City

  • John Cohn, immediate past president

Representing the Culver City Chamber of Commerce

  • Colin Diaz, President/CEO

Representing the Center for Nonprofit Management

  • Leslie Robin, Senior Strategist

Representing LCC Alumni

  • Katherine Maxwell


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What is Leadership Culver City?

  • A nine-month program in community leadership for individuals who live or work in Culver City and who are interested in increasing their knowledge about and engagement with community assets and issues. 
  • An introduction to civic literacy through a series of monthly activities/exercises that expand the participants’ knowledge of Culver City: its governance, its businesses, its services, and its people.
  • A joint project of the City of Culver City, West Los Angeles College Foundation, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club of Culver City, and the Center for Nonprofit Management. 

How is Leadership Culver City structured?

Through the course of the program, participants will consider, from multiple perspectives, one overarching question:  How do we sustain and enhance a livable Culver City for the next century?

  • Tentatively scheduled topics of discussion will include: Mobility/ Transportation, Housing & Community Devel, Business/Economic Development, Education/Workforce, Non-Profit Organizations /Social Services, City Govt/Public Agencies, and Arts & The Creative Economy, Environment & Sustainability 
  • Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with community and business leaders, advocates, and change agents at each monthly session.
  • The program begins with a one-day leadership retreat in September, followed by eight sessions and concluding with a graduation ceremony/dinner at the end of May.
  • Participants will work in teams on a group project of their choosing and will prepare a written statement of personel commitment at graduation. 

What will participants gain from the experience?

  • Understand and apply knowledge to be able to actively participate and initiate change in their community.
  • Fully understand the complexities of living in, working in, and managing a vibrant urban community.
  • Identify opportunities for impactful engagement with issues, initiatives, and programs of Culver City.

What is the schedule of sessions? 

All sessions will be held on the second Friday of the month, 8 a.m. -3:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Sessions will be held at various locations throughout Culver City.

2019 Dates 2020 Dates
  • Fri, Sept 13: All-day Leadership Workshop
  • Fri, Oct 18
  • Fri, Nov 8
  • Fri, Dec 13
  • Fri, Jan 10
  • Fri, Feb 14
  • Fri, Mar 13
  • Fri, April 17
  • Fri, May 8
  • Fri, May 29: Evening Graduation Ceremony

How do interested individuals apply?

  • Accepted candidates must also complete the WLAC NONCREDIT APPLICATION and payment of tuition by August 23, 2019 (there is no additional cost to enroll in WLAC noncredit classes.)
  • To apply, interested individuals must be at least 21 years of age, live or work in Culver City, and have a genuine interest in and the challenges and opportunities that face our community.  Each application will be reviewed by the Leadership Culver City Working Group.
  • Participation will be limited to 25 participants in order to maximize opportunities for discussion and engagement with guest speakers and presenters.


What is the cost to participate?

Total cost of the program is $900, which includes all learning materials, meals, and graduation reception. (There is an "early bird" special of $800 for applications before August 1st). Upon your acceptance in the program, West Los Angeles College will notify you about accepted methods of payment.


A limited number of partial scholarships will be available.  Scholarship applications should be requested via email at