How to Apply

Become a part of a diverse network of leaders working to make Ventura County even better.


The application process for the 2019/2020 Ventura County Leadership Academy (Cohort XXV) will open in February. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 24th.

The 2019 process for application and preparation for the Ventura County Leadership Academy is as follows:

  • Submit your application by May 24, 2019 including the $25 application fee.  Application should be made using the online form - a PDF of the application can be downloaded and viewed for content but please use the online form to apply.
  • All applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process during the month of June. 
  • Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in July.
  • In addition to the Focus Sessions, cohort members will be creating and scheduling an immersion activity for themselves within the Ventura County community. Immersion activities usually take before the first cohort session in September, and it is a requirement for graduation. It is most often a ride-along with a local police department or fire department, but participants are encouraged to think outside the box. More information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

2019-2020 Cohort XXV Curriculum Dates

Cohort Mixer - September 5, 2019 (Thursday evening)
First Session - September 13, 2019
Second Session - October 11, 2019
Third Session - November 15, 2019
Fourth Session - December 5, 2019 (Thursday)
Fifth Session - January 10, 2020
Sixth Session - February 7, 2020
Seventh Session - Sacramento – February 23-25, 2020 (Sun-Tues)
Eighth Session - March 20, 2020
Ninth Session - April 10, 2020
Tenth Session - May 8, 2020
Graduation - May 14, 2020 (Thu - evening)






Curriculum subjects include, but are not limited to: public safety, social services & healthcare, local government & the legislative process, education, transportation, housing, water & agriculture, economics, and arts and culture.

email: info@VCLeadership.org
phone: 805-665-3504