Designed for recent or soon-to-be retirees seeking to deepen their civic engagement, knowledge about the County, and to expand their community network.


LM’s flagship program is designed for experienced leaders across all sectors, who want to gain a deeper understanding of local issues, connect with other key decision-makers, and explore ways to collaboratively strengthen our community.

Applications open January 2020

A dynamic, professional development program which provides rising leaders between 25-35 years of age with the skills and connections necessary for success.

Applications open January 2020

This program is designed to provide organizations the awareness, skills and structures needed to identify and implement practices that lead to racially equitable outcomes.


Designed to connect businesses and professionals to structured volunteer and community engagement opportunities in Montgomery County.

A 1-day experiential bus tour, designed for those with limited time, but plenty of interest in catching up on the latest developments in Montgomery County.


When you join Leadership Montgomery, you become part of an engaged network of leaders who are helping Montgomery County thrive.


Fees and Tuition
Session Dates
Refer a Friend
Notable Graduates

Application Fees and Tuition

LM may be able to provide tuition assistance. Please contact our office for more information. 

The full tuition cost is $5,500 and tuition assistance is available. Tuition covers all costs including food, retreats and member benefits & events during the program year.

The full tuition cost is $2,800. Tuition covers all costs including food, facilitators and course materials during the program year.

The full tuition cost for a single participant is $950 and tuition assistance is available.

Spouses/significant others are encouraged to apply and participate together; the full, discounted cost for both participants is $1,800.

The full tuition cost is $2,850 and tuition assistance is available.

  • $350 for NonMembers
  • $300 Current LM Members

Cost includes bus tour, breakfast,  lunch, materials and a post networking happy hour with key Montgomery County ifluencers.

Costs are based on the level of participation. Individual participation is as little as $200. Businesses are invited to select from Leadership Partnership levels beginning at $750 to take advantage of offerings that meet their community engagement goals. Several of our offerings are also available on a fee-for-service basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Session Dates





September 19-20, 2019
October 23, 2019
November 20, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 15, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
April 7, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 14-15, 2020

September 6, 2019
October 4, 2019
November 1, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 10, 2020
February 7, 2020
March 6, 2020
April 3, 2020
May 8, 2020

September 11, 2019
October 16, 2019
November 13, 2019
December 18, 2019
January 22, 2020
February 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
April 22, 2020

October 3-4, 2019
November 1, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 3, 2020
February 7, 2020
March 6, 2020
April 3, 2020
May 1, 2020

Refer a Friend

Think someone would be great for the program? Submit their information here. Or encourage them to attend an upcoming recruitment event.


Notable Graduates

  • Tom Manger, Former Chief, Montgomery County Department of Police
  • Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President, Montgomery College
  • Georgette “Gigi” Godwin, President & CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • Bob Youngentob, President & Co-Founder, EYA, LLC
  • Bruce Lee, President, LDG, Inc.
  • Jane Fairweather, President, Jane Fairweather Team, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
  • Eddie Snyder, Chairman, Snyder Cohn, P.C.
  • Josh Starr, Former Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools; CEO, PDK International
  • Jerry Weast, Former Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools; Founder & CEO, Partnership for Deliberate Excellence
  • Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, The Universities at Shady Grove
  • Kevin Beverly, President, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
  • Debbi Jarvis, Senior Vice President Corporate Relations, Howard University
  • Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Facilities, and Services, Marriott International
  • Chuck Short, Special Assistant to the County Executive, Montgomery County Government
  • Angela Franco, President & CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Murphy, Former President, EagleBank
  • Josh Carin, Owner, Geppetto Catering, Inc.
  • Bob Levey, Professor of Journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bruce McNamer, President & CEO, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
  • Rob Green, Director, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
  • Bill Robertson, Former President & CEO, Adventist HealthCare
  • Avi Halpert, Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, United Therapeutics Corporation
  • Father John Enzler, President & CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • Jim Sweet, President, Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc.
  • Lee Barnes, President, Barwood Taxi
  • Sally Rudney, Former Executive Director, The Community Foundation of Montgomery County
  • Hercules “Herc” Pinkney, President Emeritus, Montgomery College
  • Christopher Bruch, President & CEO, Donohoe Companies
  • Bobbi Shulman, Artist
  • Carla Reid, GM & CEO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Rose Li, President & CEO, Rose Li and Associates, Inc.
  • Current County Council:  Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, Hans Riemer, Gabe Albernoz, Evan Glass
  • Current Maryland Senate: Cheryl Kagan, Will Smith Jr.
  • Current Maryland State Delegates: Charlotte Crutchfield, David Fraser-Hidalgo, Anne Kaiser, Ariana Kelly, Marc Korman, Lily Qi
  • Current Board of Education: Judith Docca, Shebra Evans, Karla Silvistre, Brenda Wolff
  • Other Current Elected Officials: Beryl Feinberg; Councilmember, City of Rockville, Jeffrey Slavin; Mayor, Town of Somerset, Laurie-Anne Sayles, Councilmember, City of Gaithersburg


Leadership Montgomery is advancing Montgomery County through a network of more than 2,500 public, private and nonprofit leaders who share a commitment to making meaningful changes for a thriving community.

Celebrating 30 years of excellence, LM educates, inspires, convenes and connects leaders through programs supported by a hands-on learning curriculum and service-based programs. Our graduates emerge better connected to people, organizations, and volunteer opportunities through improved understanding, services and relationships.

Currently, LM offers six programs; three experiential leadership programs and three community development programs that uniquely connect and engage leaders across all sectors and career stages.

By participating in one of our programs, you will join a network of passionate leaders who contribute considerable time, talent and energy to the betterment of our community.  In addition, you will become more aware of the social and economic issues in Montgomery County, and develop a greater appreciation for all the county has to offer.

Our programs are specifically geared towards creating a thriving Montgomery County through a network of engaged leaders. We welcome anyone who has a desire to see our county succeed.

However, in order to participate in one of our experiential leadership programs (CORE, Emerging Leaders or Senior Leadership Montgomery) all applicants must:

  • Either live or work in Montgomery County.
  • Be willing to commit the required time to the program.
  • Have the support of their sponsoring organization.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to strengthening our community.

Additional prerequisites may be required depending on program.

Once an LM program is complete, our graduates and program participants utilize their LM experience to build a stronger county and have served on over one thousand boards, committees and commissions across in the county and region. Program graduates and participants are also encouraged to become LM members to remain engaged and informed about Montgomery County.

Graduates and previous program participants can remain involved through membership. LM hosts an average of 30 unique events per year including educational, political, volunteer, behind-the-scene and networking events that are exclusively for members. Membership also includes access to the LM graduate directory, opportunities to showcase your business and limitless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

In addition, continued involvement can include participation in another LM program or serving as a speaker, facilitator or mentor for LM programs.

Leadership Montgomery is funded through tuition, membership dues, event registrations, and contributions. The leadership programs’ tuition covers less than half of the operating budget and we remain grateful to the individuals, businesses, and organizations that provide financial and in-kind support.

Leadership Montgomery offers a variety of ways to get involved:

Leadership Montgomery maintains a collaborative relationship with area community leadership programs and is a member of the Association of Leadership Programs.


Help us educate, inspire, convene and connect leaders to advance Montgomery County.