The Pomona Leadership Institute (“PLI”) is a civic and community leadership program offered by the Pomona Community Foundation (“PCF”), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public benefit California corporation.

Over the next three years, PLI will bolster and train a pipeline of diverse leaders who have a collective interest in the central issues affecting Pomona residents and who are motivated to be next-generation leaders in non-profit or community organizations, as board members, or in local public office. The program is broadly modeled after civic leadership programs underway across California including in Sacramento, Pasadena, the Inland Empire, and Orange County.

Each year, PLI will select 12-18 rising community leaders and provide comprehensive training on key community issues – including health, education, economic development, and civic engagement – and on the leadership skills with which to address these issues. Institute graduates will likely receive both a certificate and assistance in securing a formal leadership role.

When you have download the fillable application, please email us at pcf@pomonafoundation.org with your attached application.


The program will be composed of ten one-day workshops taught from September to June. Leadership training itself will be both the focus of two distinct sessions and also taught through the context of each community issue being studied:

Workshop 1: Orientation, History of Pomona, Individual/Class Exercise, Networking Happy Hour

Workshop 2: Leadership Assessment tool, Leadership fundamentals, Introduction to Pomona’s Promise, General case study and break out groups

Workshops 3-8: In-Depth Study of Community Issues as applied through a range of Leadership Qualities
Topic Areas: Civic Engagement; Education & Career Readiness; Community Social Issues; Crime Prevention & Community Safety; Health & Care Coordination; Economic Development
Workshops will combine trainings, break-out groups, case studies, and panel discussions.

Workshop 9: Review and summarize issues and comparative data, Ethics session, Begin group project

Workshop 10: Leadership assessment retake, Reinforce leadership training, closing


In order to apply, individuals must: be nominated by a member of the community; have lived or worked in the City of Pomona for at least two years; be 25-45 years of age (exceptions may apply); and be free of probationary restrictions that could detract from active participation in the Institute. Graduates of the Institute are expected to demonstrated continued professional involvement with fellow participants over the three-year span and will be invited to various forums regarding the Institute.

Applications will be due June 2, 2017. Final candidate selection will be made by August 4, 2017 by an Advisory Committee consisting of stakeholders from local business, education, and nonprofit entities.


For the 2017-2018 PLI academic year, tuition will be waived.

PCF is actively seeking and securing grants for the Institute to fund all materials and curriculum development, compensate the faculty/experts leading the workshops, and cover operating expenses. PCF is requesting in-kind donations to provide facilities and meals for each full-day workshop.