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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, Culver City Council
  • Jim Clarke, former Mayor, Culver City

Representing West Los Angeles College

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

Representing the Exchange Club of Culver City

  • John Cohn, immediate past president
  • John Lopez, board member

Representing the Culver City Chamber of Commerce

  • Colin Diaz, President/CEO

Representing the Center for Nonprofit Management

  • Leslie Robin, Senior Strategist


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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, 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, Development/Housing, Business/Economic Development, Education/Workforce, Non-Profit Organizations /Social Services, City/Public Agencies, and The Creative Economy 
  • 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 seven sessions and concluding with a graduation ceremony/dinner.

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.

2018 Dates 2019 Dates
  • Fri, Sept 14: All-day Leadership Workshop
  • Fri, Oct 12
  • Fri, Nov 9
  • Fri, Dec14
  • Fri, Jan 11
  • Fri, Feb 8
  • Fri, Mar 8
  • Fri, April 12
  • Fri, May 10: Evening Graduation ceremony

How do interested individuals apply?

  • Applications are available at the Leadership Culver City website:
  • Applications are due by July 15.  All successful candidates will be notified by Aug 1.
  • To apply, interested individuals must be at least 18 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 Steering Committee.
  • Participation will be limited to 20 participants in order to maximize opportunities for discussion and engagement with guest speakers and presenters.
  • Successful candidates will also enroll in West Los Angeles College and its noncredit program in order to receive certification of attendance and completion (there is no additional cost for enrolling at WLAC).
  • Click here to complete the online application

What is the cost to participate?

Total cost of the program is $800, which includes all learning materials, meals, and graduation reception. 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