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Culver City Chamber

Center for Nonprofit Management

National Exchange Club - CC Branch

Steering Committee

Representing the City of Culver City:

  • Gorän 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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Leadership Culver City is presented through the partnership of West Los Angeles College, the City of Culver City, the Exchange Club of Culver City, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for Non-Profit Management.


A nine-month program in community leadership for individuals who live and work in Culver City that focuses on civic literacy and engagement around 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 functions, its businesses, its services, and its people. 


Leadership Culver City will provide participants the opportunity to engage with local and regional community leaders from government, education, business, and non-profit organizations to address an important question:  HOW DO WE SUSTAIN AND ENHANCE A LIVABLE CULVER CITY FOR THE NEXT CENTURY?


We will consider this question through an interdisciplinary approach to civic literacy:

  • Mobility (transportation)
  • Real Estate/Development/Housing
  • Business Environment
  • Education
  • Non-Profit Organizations and Social Services
  • City and Public Agencies


Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with community leaders, advocates, and change agents at each monthly session.


Also included will be an all-day team-building retreat and a graduation ceremony at which participants will receive certification from West Los Angeles College through its program of adult and continuing education.



As a result of participation in Leadership Culver City, each individual will 

  • Understand and be able to effectively practice the concept of civic literacy and engagement;
  • Fully understand the complexities of living in and managing a vibrant urban community; and
  • Identify other opportunities for engagement with issues, initiatives, and programs of Culver City.


All sessions are held on one Friday per month, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the exception of September’s leadership-building workshop and the concluding graduation ceremony.  At these monthly meetings, participants will have the opportunity to interact with local and regional subject matter experts in a series of discussions and group activities.


  • September:  All-day team-building workshop
  • October/November:  Morning sessions
  • December:  no session
  • January through April:  Morning session
  • May:  “Graduation” and discussion of opportunities for further involvement


Cost per person is $600, and includes all learning materials, meals, and graduation reception.  A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Participation will be limited to 15 participants in order to maximize opportunities for discussion and engagement with guest speakers and presenters.

Application Process

Applicants should have an authentic interest in Culver City and the challenges and opportunities that face our community.  Each application will be reviewed by the Leadership Culver City Steering Committee.

Interested individuals should complete the application form, print and mail with an application fee of $100 to Leadership Culver City c/o Office of the President, West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.  The application fee will be applied to the program fee and will be returned to applicants who are not selected.  All applicants must be a minimum age of 18.

Applications are due May 18, 2018, with successful participants being notified no later than June 30, 2018. 

Successful candidates will also enroll in West Los Angeles College and its non-credit program in order to receive certification of attendance and completion (there is no additional cost for enrolling at WLAC).