2019-2020 Leadership Modesto Class Update:

In response to the current “shelter in place” order, the Leadership Modesto Steering Committee, with support from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, is extending the 2019 – 2020 class year, to the 2019 – 2021 class year. This is to provide the current class, whose planned schedule was suspended in March, time to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic professionally, and resume the planned class schedule when we are all truly moving on from this.

This year’s class enjoyed their leadership experience, day trips, and class project planning through the halfway point of the annual schedule. With the time uncertainty that represents the fluidity of this unprecedented crisis, it felt most fair to the time and financial investment of this class, to suspend the schedule for the rest of this year, and allow them to resume and complete their Leadership Modesto experience starting back up in January 2021. Their graduation will be celebrated in June of 2021.

Please check the Modesto Chamber of Commerce website in early 2021 for information on the next upcoming class. For any additional questions you can email leadershipmodesto@gmail.com or info@modchamebr.org



2019-2020 Leadership Modesto Class

The Leadership Modesto program has an astounding 30+ year track record for inspiring, growing and uniting high quality leadership in our community. The primary objective achieved through the Leadership Modesto program is  to identify and foster new and potential Modesto leaders through a dynamic,  hands on, ten-month intensive that instills the requisite knowledge and understanding of the many facets of

community life and leadership.The Leadership Modesto program provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas, grapple with current local and regional issues, and begin the important self-development of place and purpose required to assume leadership roles.

Program themes include: an introduction to local government, community services, education (K-12 and higher), healthcare, working with the media, arts and culture, and land use policy and agriculture. The program features a weekend retreat which helps to bond the class initially – building a foundation of trust and support right from session one.Leadership Modesto is a commitment to self-development and community building. The 10 month immersion runs from September thru June and the application and selection process is highly competitive.

Leadership Modesto Mission: To identify, educate and motivate potential community Leaders.

As a participant you will …

  • Expand your understanding of Modesto and Stanislaus County through exposure to community issues you may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore.
  • Exchange ideas with current experts, decision makers and community leaders on a broad range of topics.
  • Enhance leadership and management skills
  • Develop close relationships and mutual concerns with other class members.

What is covered?
Leadership Modesto is a ten-month program that is covered in nine, one-day seminars and a weekend retreat. Those selected will discuss, explore and gain “hands on” experience in the areas of:

    • Local Government, and Politics
    • Community Services
    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Media & Perception
    • Arts, Culture and Community
    • Legislative issues in Sacramento
    • Infrastructure and Land Use
    • Public Safety
    • Business Community and Agriculture

The program will also include a weekend retreat focused on team building and leadership skills. Applications are sought and encouraged from all segments of the community, including business, professional services, government, education, civic organizations, the arts and labor.


Leadership Modesto is seeking individuals with a sincere commitment, motivation and interest in serving the community…

  • All applicants are pre-screened and finalists will be interviewed
    Tuition is $1,295 per participant. At least $295 of the total must be paid by the applicant. The remainder maybe paid by the applicant, their employer or a community organization
  • Participants must attend all sessions or they will be considered for dismissal. Tuition will not be refunded
  • Since attendance at each session is required, applicants must have the FULL support of their employer

For more information, please call the Modesto Chamber at 209.577.5757 or email: tchristensen@modchamber.org.

Leadership Modesto is Modesto’s future… By making people aware of what makes the community “tick”, by building an understanding of the myriad points of view on issues facing the community. Future leadership is built.
Jeff Cowan – Founder, Leadership Modesto
Leadership Modesto is an outstanding program that should be a prerequisite for anyone concerned about our community and where it is headed. I would have no reservations about rating the program two thumbs up!”
David Harvey – Leadership Modesto Alumnus, 1990-91
Leadership Modesto is a fantastic ride. I still am amazed at all of the nuance and perspective that I have gleaned from this experience. Not to mention all of the new friends and working relationships formed. Leadership Modesto is a must for all future leaders.
Keith D. Boggs – Leadership Modesto Alumnus, 1999-00