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Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) is a nonprofit that connects, ignites and develops county-specific sustainable leaders to strengthen our communities. Each year, we help experienced and emerging leaders in Snohomish County gain an understanding of the critical issues affecting the region and the stewardship capabilities needed to resolve them. Through our nine-month Signature Program and Young Professionals Program, we work in small teams with the business, government and nonprofit sectors as Community Impact Project Partners. LSC features more than 700 alumni who remain strongly invested in Snohomish County.



Leadership is reflected in many ways. It is our goal to reflect that diversity in our class participants. Say yes to strengthening your community by applying today!

At LSC, Wildly competitive leaders apply, and noncompeting, collaborative leaders emerge.

Leadership Snohomish County develops leaders for a lifetime, providing education and opportunities for people and organizations to strengthen our community.  In identifying quality candidates, we review each application carefully, looking for prior leadership achievement as well as leadership potential. Your unique qualities, initiative, experience, and desire all play a role in creating an engaged, enthusiastic class. 


Which LSC program is the right fit for you?

Signature Program

The Signature Class is for professionals with some leadership experience in community roles, from varied career, educational, political, and cultural backgrounds, who are ready to explore local issues and leadership strategies to prepare for civic involvement. 

Enrollment includes participation in a two-day retreat held September 19 and 20, seven all-day Education Days October-April (either the first or second Thursday of each month), participation in a team community impact project, a research interview, an all-day equity and inclusion workshop and a presentation day in May.

Young professionals PrograM

This program is for young professionals who are able to dedicate time and energy to developing themselves for the betterment of the community and ready for ongoing involvement in civic responsibilities.

Enrollment includes participation in a kickoff luncheon in October, six Education sessions (first Monday of each month, November through March), participation in a team community impact project, an all-day equity and inclusion workshop, and a presentation day in April/May.


Submit your application online using one of the above links. Forms are not lengthy but cannot be saved, so please be prepared to attach your resume (and two reference letters, if applying for the Signature program) and complete your application in one sitting. Applications are due by June 30. Our classes do fill each year and we encourage early application. If you have questions or require an accommodation for an offline application, please contact Kathy Coffey at kathyc@leadershipsc.org.


Colleagues, employers, alumni, and board members nominate candidates to apply to our classes. Some people find us. We look across three sectors in the community – business, government, and non-profit– to ensure that we have a diverse group in each class. Interviews will be conducted during June, and notifications are made by July 1st.


Tuition is kept affordable through sponsorship and scholarship support. Most employers underwrite program tuition. Leadership Snohomish County has a limited amount of financial assistance available for eligible participants. Signature Program tuition is $2,800 ($2,500 nonprofit rate) and Young Professionals Program tuition is $1,200 ($1,000 nonprofit rate).


Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) is launching its first Leadership for Racial Equity Cohort to build and strengthen the capacity of multi-sector leaders to work towards real, transformational and sustainable systemic change within their respective organizations/institutions.

LSC has been committed to connect, ignite and develop sustainable leaders to strengthen our communities since 1998 and has recognized the need to expand its program offerings to ensure our leaders have the awareness, knowledge, skills and abilities to take action to work towards advancing racial equity.

The Leadership for Racial Equity Cohort is a 5-month certification program that was co-designed by Racial Equity expert Bernardo Ruiz, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant of the Racing to Equity Consulting Group and Tami Farber, Senior Director Equity Training and Development of Leadership Snohomish County.

Participants will come together once a month for a full day intensive executive learning and engage in a dynamic, adult learning focused and transformative process to:

● Build the capacity of leaders to effectively and sustainably work to drive institutional change in their organizations/institutions to ensure racial equity

● Learn the skills necessary to dismantle institutional and structural racism in their organization/institutions

● Develop a sustainable network of equity guardians with a shared analysis to advance racial equity for systems change in Snohomish County by creating and operationalizing a shared value system

● Cross pollinate ideas and develop intentional practices to thrive as leaders for racial equity: manage personal vulnerabilities, care for and honor our personal well-being and sustain your courageous spirit

Course Content Includes:

● Deepening participants’ awareness and of their own racial identity and its influence on their leadership practice and decision-making process

● Re-imagining your organization to advance racial equity

● Critical Race Theory – understanding the foundation for developing a deep racial equity analysis

● Learning from our History

● Dismantling Systems of Oppression

● Intersectionality

● Normalizing, Organizing and Operationalizing Racial Equity within our Organizations

● Racial Equity Analysis and Organizational Assessments

● Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity

● Developing/Identifying our Leadership for Racial Equity’s WHY

● Organizational Change practices and Leadership Mapping

The Leadership for Racial Equity Class of 2019 will begin May 10th . The Cohort is limited to 25 participants. Cost per person is $2,800. Partial scholarships will be available for $500 and $1000 and we will notify applicants between April 12th - 15th. For more information, please contact Tami Farber -tamif@leadershipsc.org (425) 297-3684


"It gave me the opportunity to meet people I would not have met in different sectors."