Program Overview

The APA Los Angeles Leadership Program is a new professional development program created to help promising, career-oriented planners prepare for leadership roles in their departments and organizations. Participants will meet together six times over six months with classes designed to help them improve their skills for positions of increasing responsibility while also growing their effectiveness in their current roles.

Program participants will gain knowledge and skills in leadership, organizational dynamics, communication, and career planning to help them identify and achieve their professional goals while equipping them with tools to make even stronger contributions to their organizations.

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2017






  • Demonstrated Leaders

    The program includes presentations from established practitioners representing planning and allied professional fields, including architecture, real estate development, law, economic development, and community engagement.

  • Online Instruction

    In an effort to maximize flexibility and cost-effectiveness, the program will utilize online courses made available by the educational website Lynda.com.

  • Interactive Group Sessions

    The program incorporates hand-on activities with valuable takeaways focused on immediate practical use and long term career success. 

  • Unique Meeting Locations

    Each meeting will take place at a different facility within the Los Angeles area to expose participants to different learning environments.

  • Job Shadow

    Each participant will take part in a job shadow with a leader of each participating organization/agency. The job shadow will enable each participant to observe a typical workday to develop leadership-related knowledge and skills.

  • Participant Recognition

    In an effort to recognize each participant’s commitment to developing leadership skills among the community of professional planners, successful completion the program is officially recognized by awarding a certificate of completion at the annual APA Los Angeles awards gala.


1st meeting group

Program Fees

Each program participant will be required to provide a fee of $50 to cover the costs for materials.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the Inaugural 2017 Program. Apply today! The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017

If you have any questions please contact Richard Rojas, Professional Development Co-Director, at profdev@nullapalosangeles.org.