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


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Programs for Building a Network of Engaged Leaders


  • Eight monthly interactive sessions
  • Gain a deeper understanding of County issues
  • Discover new ways to get involved and give back
  • Visit unique sites throughout the county
  • Create meaningful new friendships
  • Connect with local leaders and elected officials
Applications Open January 2022
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Senior Leadership Montgomery is a program for people 55+ who are seeking to deepen their civic engagement, their knowledge about the county and expand their community network. This program helps to answer the question, “What’s Next?” by informing, educating and connecting participants to the resources and expertise of other local leaders.

Once-per-month for eight months, participants engage in learning more about the place in which they live while developing significant and meaningful relationships with their classmates. The connections made can help participants become better engaged in their communities and make those communities better places for future generations.

Subject matter areas for the program include:

  • Montgomery County 101
  • Civic Engagement
  • Safety Net
  • Public Safety
  • Education
  • Arts

Experiential learning components include a guided bus tour of unique and history county sites; a 360 degree exploration of the education system;  visit to MoCo’s Correctional Facility in Clarksburg and Public Safety Training Academy; nonprofit service projects; and networking lunches with elected county officials.

Senior Leadership Montgomery is a program for people 55+ who are mid/late career, retired/semi-retired, or career transitioning professionals and wish to learn more about county issues and community involvement.

Graduates leave the program as part of an exclusive alumni network of more than 2,500 leaders who are better informed of county history and present-day realities. They also emerge better connected to the people, organizations, and service opportunities that can collectively move Montgomery County forward.
Our Graduates can expect:

  • Gain a deep perspective on county issues
  • Create close and lasting friendships
  • Gain access to a network of community leaders

Where applicable, organizations supportive of their staff member’s participation can gain additional visibility and recognition as being committed to the improvement of Montgomery County as well as engaged employees with access to a network that can assist in helping businesses thrive.

The 2020-2021 Senior Leadership Montgomery Program sessions occur once a month beginning on September 29, 2021 and ending on April 27, 2022. A full list of session dates can be found here.

Applicants MUST:

  1. Be 55+ years of age either living or working in Montgomery County
  2. Be willing to give time, energy, and experience to volunteer/community service
  3. Be able to travel to various program sessions throughout the county
  4. Complete and submit an online application

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.

We are moving forward with an in-person curriculum for the 2021-22 leadership programs. While Montgomery County continues to lead the nation in COVID vaccination rates, Leadership Montgomery (LM) remains vigilant with the health and safety of our constituents and partners.

  • We will continue to monitor and adhere to all federal, state, and local guidelines around COVID-related policies.
  • When we gather for in-person events/programs, LM will continue to encourage social distancing, supporting elbow bumps over handshakes.
  • While Montgomery County remains in the “moderate” or “low” risk categories (as defined by the CDC), masks will be optional for those who are fully vaccinated. For the safety of those who are yet to be vaccinated, we ask those individuals to continue wearing masks while attending LM events.
    • If/When Montgomery County is elevated into the “substantial” or “high” risk categories, we will require masks indoors for all attendees/participants, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Some event venues will require the usage of masks while on their premises, regardless of vaccination status. We will follow the policies of each venue/business and will notify all event attendees/participants accordingly.

This policy is subject to change as guidelines are updated. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

If more stringent gathering restrictions are put into place, we will cultivate an exciting hybrid experience utilizing video conferencing and smaller, outdoor gatherings similar to the successful 2020-21 leadership program year.

Interested candidates can apply online via the button above or contact us, at 301.881.3333 or

Do you want to join the next Senior Leadership Montgomery class?

Application Open January 2022

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